The best free and cheap events for families

Find family-friendly fun and free events in Melbourne.

19 May - 29 May

Inside Out

A place for imagination, collaboration and artful play.

4 Jun - 5 Jun

Patricia Piccinini Workshop

A chance for young art fans to meet Patricia Piccinini and create their own artworks.

1 Apr - 20 May

Peppa Pig's Aquarium Adventure

Join Peppa Pig for an aquarium adventure this school holidays.

22 Jun - 31 Jul

Potion Putt: A Wizardy Mini-golf Course

Test your magic and wizarding putt-putt skills at this mini-golf course.

27 Jun - 9 Jul

The Melbourne Magic Festival

Casting its spell with performances and workshops for all ages this winter.

17 May - 16 Oct

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The brand-new production can now be enjoyed in one magical afternoon or evening.

27 Apr - 30 Nov

Songbirds at North Melbourne Library

Engage your young bookworm with stories, songs, rhymes at North Melbourne Library Songbirds.

28 Apr - 1 Dec

Songbirds at East Melbourne Library

Engage your young bookworm with stories, songs, rhymes at East Melbourne Library Songbirds.

11 Jun

Story Houses and Found Objects Workshops

An exhibition and workshops that explore community and hope through storytelling and art.


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30 May - 28 Nov

Library Cinema

See contemporary, classic and documentary films on the big screen at Library at The Dock.

After dark dessert bars

Discover Melbourne's best cakes, cocktails and sweet treats after the lights go down.

The best winter dining pop-ups in Melbourne

Find secret bars, basement hideaways and exclusive dining experiences.

21 May

Carnival of the Animals

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra brings a zoological fantasy to life through music and puppetry.

18 May - 22 May

La Mama for Kids: Sophie's Kids Cave

A musical adventure of dancing, singing and play about bedtime and a cheeky missing dragon.

18 Jun

Jams for Juniors: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Introduce babies and toddlers to the magic of music with The Sorcerer's Apprentice.


An interactive 3D art gallery with optical illusions that visitors can touch and explore.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Discover thousands of aquatic animals in four enchanting worlds at this top Melbourne attraction.

Melbourne Zoo

Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne.

Melbourne Museum

Explore history, culture, science, and nature at this popular Melbourne attraction.