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Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
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Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery

We went to the new Pauline Gandel children’s gallery within the Melbourne Museum and it was fantastic! I already knew a little bit about it from the photos I’ve seen online, but I was blown away by how good it was for the little ones. It truly exceeded my expectations!

The gallery is aimed at children from babies to 5 year olds and it is an amazing space for them to explore, play and learn. There is all manner of objects, colours, textures, animals, sounds, buttons, puzzles and books for them to discover. With a combination of hands-on exploration and discovery, open-ended play-based learning, immersive environments and unique objects your little ones will be intrigued, amazed and surprised… I certainly was!

The beginning of the gallery space features a walk through mini subway station. As you make your way through, the tiles change colour and pulse with light, the kids loved running through this! A mini train greets you at the end and you find you have entered a children’s wonderland filled with an array of interactive walls, pods, booths and tables. My kids loved touching the illustrated wall to watch it light up with cute animations. It was very hypnotic and cool. Moving through to the larger open space we were greeted with a mini disco to the left and two large giraffes on the right – standing watch over a large climbing structure and a myriad of interactive stations. There were lots of kids running around, screaming, jumping, pulling ropes, dancing and thoroughly enjoying themselves. What a sight! There was so much to see and do my little ones didn’t know where to look or start! Take a look at my photos as words can not explain how much there is to see and do!

Once you have finished exploring inside make your way to the garden. Here kids can explore nature, discover hiding mice and lizards (fake ones!), pretend to be paleontologists and discover fossils in the large sandpit, have fun with the water feature or touch and discover the large variety of rocks and plants. It’s a beautiful nature inspired space. There’s lots of benches for weary parents to sit and relax on too!

The gallery has two cafes, so you can refuel without leaving the building. We ate at the Museum Market Cafe and there were lots of healthy options such as sandwiches, salads, fruit salad, yoghurt, homemade pastries, plus cute cardboard dinosaur lunch boxes for the kids which had a sandwich and a biscuit in it. They offer free water, high chairs and a microwave to heat up bottles etc. Toilets have change tables and nursing facilities plus there’s lots of room for prams – although these were parked just outside the main gallery play area.

It’s very easy to spend quite a few hours here, my advice it to try and get there earlier as it starts to get very crowded later in the day. Check out the gallery for all the pics!

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Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
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Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk

The Heide Museum of Modern Art is located in Bulleen. Originally it was a dairy farm, however the site was converted into a contemporary gallery in the mid 1950’s. Since then it has evolved into the home and exhibition space for many contemporary Australian artists. When walking up to the gallery meeting point you are greeted by the striking architecture, which is in stark contrast to the surrounding native gardens and trees. We are so fortunate to have such a renowned and contemporary gallery in the north!

Heide hosts a variety of programs for children and we attended the latest installment of Artbubs. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how good the program was! We met at 10am near the entrance to Cafe Heide where our guides checked our names off and take our coffee order, then we were off to the sculpture garden. Luckily for us the weather was fantastic however the program wouldn’t have been as successful if it was cold and wet – keep that in mind when booking.

First we had story time on a large rug, the guides were enthusiastic, inclusive and fun. After our story we walked around the gardens and viewed several sculptures. The guides gave us a short run down about each artwork and encouraged the children to touch each piece and to talk about the shapes, positions, colours and materials used. It was all presented in a child friendly manner and I thought it was a fantastic way to introduce kids to the concept of art.

After our tour we headed to the education room where a large table was set up with craft materials for the children to make their own sculptures. This part of the program allowed for exploration of materials and ideas, and it was just plain fun! My little one could have stayed all day! Throughout the craft session our coffees arrived and the kids had babychinos with marshmallows, what a treat! Following this there were toasted ham and cheese sandwiches and fruit platters – all food was provided by Cafe Heide.

The session runs for 1.5 hours and I thought it was a fantastic way to spend the morning. I will definitely be attending other sessions. Keep an eye on their website as it’s constantly being updated. Currently they also have some school holiday programs which look great! Oh and the cost of the program also includes entry to the gallery, so once you finish your session you can take a walk through and check out the latest exhibition. Fabulous!

Details:
Address: 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen
Phone: 03 9850 1500
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday and public holidays, 10am-5pm

 

 

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Heide Museum – Art bubs sculpture park

Put this one down in the diary! The Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen is having an interactive tour for parents and carers with their toddlers (aged between 2 – 5 years). How fantastic?! I love art, and any activity that encourages my kids to share in this passion with me gets my tick of approval!

The morning consists of a guided tour through the sculpture park, a delicious morning tea from Cafe Heide (sign me up!), drawing and other art activities for the little ones.

I can’t wait!

Tickets can be purchased through the Heide website

Details
Date:
15 March 2017
Time: 10am – 11.30am
Pricing: Adult $35, Concession $32, Children are free
Location: Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, VIC (Assemble at Heide III Information Desk)

Image credit: Heide Museum of Modern Art

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