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7 Fabulous Family Friendly Live Shows In Melbourne This Spring

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With a spring in our step and spring in the air, we're all just about ready for what the new season brings to Melbourne.

As always, the cultural capital of Australia does not disappoint. There's an enticing selection of live shows to tempt families into theatres this September and October.

From live Shakespeare to circus, ballet to a 'horrible histories', a hilarious kid's tale bought to life on stage to musical theatre, here are 7 fabulous family friendly shows to enjoy in Melbourne this July.

Click on each purple heading for more info.

Horrible Harriet

The stage performance Horrible Harriet, based on the hilarious kid's book by Leigh Hobbs, is currently on tour around Australia and arrives in Melbourne this September.

Kate Smith as Athol and Nat Jobe as Harriet in Horrible Harriet (photo Heidrun Lohr)

Join Harriet's search for identity and friendship, with songs, laughs and mischievous fun, live on stage.

Age recommendation 4 years plus.

Where: Geelong, Nunawading, Frankston & Melbourne
When: 24 - 30 September, 2017
Book: Here

Horrible Histories

Live Nation brings Horrible Histories to the stage this September. Are you ready to meet the most famous, infamous and dangerous characters in British history?

Horrible Histories

Where: Moonee Ponds & Frankston
When: 23 & 24 September, 2017
Book: Here


Play-loving kids who live behind a junkyard in a exhilarating new show from Australia’s world-famous national youth circus the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

Junk at Arts Centre Melbourne

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, St Kilda Road
When: 22 & 23 September, 2017
Book: Here

Aladdin - The Musical at Her Majesty's Theatre

It's a big bold broadway show and incredibly spectacular. Aladdin - The Musical is a mind-blowing musical rendition of Disney's timeless tale Aladdin.

Aladdin - The Musical

You can enter the 'Aladdin Digital Lottery" every Wednesday for performances two weeks in advance, for a chance to score seats for just $50. Worth a try!

When: Till January 2018
Where: Her Majesty's Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Book: Here

The Australian Ballet's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Fall down the rabbit hole with the Australian Ballet in this dazzling international extravaganza performing at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Suitable for older children (10 years plus): duration 175 minutes and two intervals.

When: 12 – 30 September 2017
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, St Kilda Road
Book: Here

Shakespeare at the Pop-up Globe

Introduce your kids to Shakespeare in a very special theatre that will quite literally 'pop-up' in Melbourne this spring.

Enjoy live Shakespeare Pop-up Globe in the Gardens next to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl over a period of six weeks this spring. Tickets now on sale.

Where: Adjacent to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
When: 21 September - 12 November 2017
Book: Here

Pop-up Globe in Melbourne

Around the World in 80 Days

Hold onto your seats and your children, as you take an extraordinary global race through raging typhoons and escape runaway trains & stampeding elephants with Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days.

Around the World in 80 Days Image credit James Terry Photography

This on-stage version of the whimsical tale Around the World in 80 Days is adapted from the original book by French writer Jules Verne, published in 1873.

Performing for just one show at Frankston Arts Centre on Friday 22 September at 8pm.

When: Friday 22 September, 8pm.
Where: Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston
Book: 03 9784 1060 or Here

Also a special mention for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, offering not just one, but many affordable live shows for families this spring.

Also a family friendly event organised by the Australian Ballet offering ballet fans (6 years plus) a special peek into the daily lives of a dancer. Watch as they take class on stage and fine-tune their technique in preparation for a performance. Tickets just $5 for groups of 10 or more, $19 for single tickets. See Behind the Scenes for more.

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