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Family Minecraft Days at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

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Did you know that the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) hosts Family Minecraft Days in the school holidays?

Read on to find out more.

If you're anything like me you tend to switch off when your kid starts talking about the ins and outs of their Minecraft world.

Family Minecraft Days at ACMI

It's not that you don't want to embrace their passion for the latest video game craze involving building things out of blocks, but you're busy and there's so many other things you need to do!

The Family Minecraft Days at the ACMI are designed for people just like you and I, busy parents, who have no idea about Minecraft but would like to know more.

The 3 hour sessions are recommended for families with children age 5yr plus and are held in one of the private workshops rooms, not far from the ACMI shop and cafe (bonus points for being near to takeaway hot beverages for us parents!).

The afternoon session begins with an overview of what Minecraft is and the educational capabilities of this innovative video game that has taken the world by storm since its inception in 2009.

There are two workshop presenters who are fully versed on all things Minecraft, and are ready to help you along the way.

Following the intro, families are grouped together on connected computers so that each member of the family can see each other in their own little virtual world. Although slightly different from playing Minecraft on the iPad, Family Minecraft Days are held on large monitors, and you use keypads and a mouse the manoeuvre your character.

If you've not played Minecraft before or your child has not used a keyboard to play, fear not, you can follow instructions projected onto the big screen in the room.

Once you are familiar with basics of moving your character up, down, left, right, etc, you are then left to craft your family home together. You and your child/ren can build your home however you wish, with your kids more than likely leading the way!

After three hours you will walk away knowing much more about Minecraft than you did before. This is a great opportunity to see your child sharing what they love with you, and teaching you some of their perfected skills!

Mr.8 really enjoying having a go at coding using this particular Minecraft version beause this is something he'd not had the opportunity to try before. Perhaps this will open up a whole new world for him, to learn coding as well as playing Minecraft.

In saying that, there are full-day school holiday programs available at the ACMI during each break, such as the Minecraft building challenge, the massive Minecraft movie workshop and young coders classes to inspire tech savvy kids, too.

Family Minecraft Days at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) run during each school holiday break and cost $35 or $30 concession, $28 for ACMI Members.

Find out more www.acmi.net.au/families

Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
When: 1 - 4pm on selected Saturdays during school holiday breaks.

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