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Five Unmissable Events for Melbourne Families this Winter

by EricaL (follow)
Writer, blogger, Mum-of-two. Editor of melbourne.kidtown.com.au
Top five family-friendly winter events in Melbourne and beyond

Winter in Melbourne usually calls for indoor pursuits. Either that or it's a case of rug up and carry on and enjoy outdoor adventures in our fine city!

Luckily for us, there's a fun list of events ready to entertain families in Melbourne this winter. The following events are both indoor and outdoor.

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Little Big Shots 2018: Film Festival for Kids at ACMI

The Little Big Shots Film Festival at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is Australia’s largest and longest running film festival curated especially for kids.



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Shine (2016) screening at the Little Big Shots Film Festival


This year's exciting program boats some 126 short films from 26 countries, including France, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, France, Brazil, Argentina, US, UK and China.

There's animation to mockumentaries, documentaries, short films and so much more. Programs are split into age category so you can choose the appropriate selection of films for your child.

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Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne
When: 8 - 11 June 2018
Book: Buy tickets: Here

Oz Comic-Con

The weekend of the year when all the great Cosplayers of Melbourne head to Melbourne Convention Centre dressed as their alter egos!

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne


But Oz Comic-Con is so much more than that. Unleash your inner geek with comic art workshops at the kids’ comic artists workshops, head to the main stage for guest panel discussions or have a go at Anime trivia.

Gamers can put their skills to the test in daily tournaments of new and classic titles and see what's in store for the future of gaming.

Who will you meet at this year's Oz Comic-Con? Thor, Darth Vader, Doctor Who, Wonder Woman, the Melbourne Transformers, Harry Potter, Elsa? All of the above, most likely, and a whole lot more.

Dust off your costumes and buy tickets now!

Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
When: 9 - 10 June 2018
Book: Save on door entry when you book online: Here

Christmas in July Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill

Rug up in your thermals (because it is cold in Ballarat!) and take a road trip to Sovereign Hill for the ever-popular Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July event.

Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill


During the day, the Sovereign Hill township evokes a sense of old-world winter wonder. Take a stroll down Main Street as faux snow falls at regular intervals over the Victorian-style buildings, decorations fill the window displays, the smell of Christmas treats and spices fill the air, and traditional Christmas-themed pantomimes are performed.

At night, Main Street sparkles with an amazing light projection show with over 25 of Sovereign Hill's buildings lit up with large-scale image projections and Christmas animations.

Where: Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
When: 30 June - 22 July 2018
Web: Here

Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice returns to the Hisense Arena this July for another magical show on the ice.



Celebrate the legacy of Disney this year as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!

Mickey Mouse leads a parade of characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and an ensemble of Disney Princesses.

Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf from Disney's Frozen
will hit the ice, alongside characters from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin!

Sing-a-long to over 30 of your favourite Disney songs including “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me,” and “Hakuna Matata.”

Arrive a little earlier than your show time and help Zootopia favourites, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, investigate an off-ice caper to ensure Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic starts without a hitch.

Where: Hisense Arena, Melbourne
When: 5 - 10 July, 2018
Book: Here

Boneo Maze WinterGlow Festival

Head down to the Mornington Peninsula over the Queen's Birthday long weekend to enjoy the first ever WinterGlow festival at Boneo Maze.

WinterGlow Festival at Boneo Maze


Don your winter woolies and enjoy everything that the Boneo Maze has to offer after dark. There's mini golf, giant games, mazes and a jumping castle available all day.

Extra activities that make up part of the WinterGlow Festival include roving luminous dragonflies, a fire show, movie tent, face painting, neon photo booth, neon lantern workshops, light sculptures, music, rides on the vintage carousel and more.

Amsterdam snack foods will be available via street vendor Lekker Lekker and coffee from Woodland Folk. Warm your bellies with mulled wine and beers from the Red Hill Brewery.

Where: Boneo Maze, 695 Limestone Rd, Fingal VIC
When: Sunday 10 June, 2018
Book: Here

Is your favourite Melbourne winter event on our list? If not, tell us what we've missed!


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