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Events for Children at Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017

Thursday 14th of September to Sunday 1st of October
by EricaL (follow)
Writer, blogger, Mum-of-two. Editor of melbourne.kidtown.com.au
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Spring is just around the corner, which means the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017 is almost ready to launch.

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is an annual arts festival held in Victoria's capital city and the second largest in Australia (after the Adelaide Fringe).

Held every year from mid-September to early October, the Melbourne Fringe Festival offers fun workshops, circuses, comedy acts, interactive art and a whole lot more.

Just in time for the spring school holidays, the Melbourne Fringe Festival will offer yet another action packed and affordable (some activities are completely free) program for children to enjoy in 2017.

Between 27 September to 1 October, the Fringe’s "Kids Club" will transform ArtPlay into play space decimated to children's activities. The Kids Club is one of the highlights of the festival and is completely free for all to enjoy.

Additionally, there is a full and fabulous line-up of events to appeal to all children from tots to pre-teens.

Highlights of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017 for Children

Fizzy Kids

Multi-award-winning comedian Isabel Angus (EDGE!, PRIME!, BLISS!) is joined by theatre-maker Harley Hefford in her debut children’s show, Fizzy Kids!

Fun characters Angus and 'identical' twin brother Dizzy have found themselves worn down by the pressures of being All Grown Up. Their goal? To stop being disgustingly serious adults and become ultimate Fizzy Kids (Fun, Interesting, Zany, Zestful, Youthful Kids).

How will they manage this? By throwing a life-changing Birthday Extravaganza with a twist, with the help from you and all their new friends in the audience!

Utilising an entertaining mix of wordplay, dance and physical comedy, Fizzy Kids! appeals to both children and adults, suited to ages 4 plus.

Fizzy Kids

Where: Studio Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park
When: 26 - 30 Sept
Book: Here

Dinosaur Time Machine

Take a trip in a giant time machine and go back in time to meet a life-sized Tyrannosaurs Rex. Learn Dino-tastic facts and enjoy this theatrical production that mixes science with puppetry, circus and imaginative play.

Dinosaur Time Machine

Age suitability: 3–9 years.
Where: Wonderland Spiegeltent
When: 23 Sep – 1 Oct
Book: Here

Trash Test Dummies

The Trash Test Dummies take 'bin night' to a whole new level in an action-packed circus routine involving the humble wheelie bin.

These dexterous dummies will take you on a journey into their playful imagination where you'll be dumped with a whole load of fun during this 55 minute hilarious show.

Trash Test Dummies

Where: Emerald City – The Gingerbread House, Meat Market
When: 23 – 30 Sep
Book: Here

I Hate Children, Children's show

Every child is invited on stage to star in Edinburgh Fringe's top rated kids show.

Starring Paul Dabek, the "world’s meanest award-winning magician" and world-class child hater is coming to Melbourne.

If you love your children but hate boring kids shows, then you are going to love this top-rating magic show.

I Hate Children, Children's show

Where: The Melba Spiegeltent
When: 16, 23 and 30 Sep
Book: Here


Mixing performance, puppetry and digital projection, Mark Penzak enacts a humorous, touching and enjoyably spooky story about a boy who confronts The Spookmaster in his dreams and learns to master his fears.


An engaging, uplifting story about families, facing problems and growing up.

Where: Gasworks Arts Park
When: 23 and 26–30 Sep
Book: Here

With over 440 events in 164 venues, the aforementioned events for children is just a snippet taken from this year's exciting Melbourne Fringe Festival program.

To see exactly what's on for children and where from 14 September to 1 October 2017 head to melbournefringe.com.au.

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