March is almost upon us, which means Labour Day long weekend, which means Moomba!
Every year the City of Melbourne invests in a huge program of events - basically everything is FREE except for rides and food.
With entertainment running over 4 days, it can be a little daunting to figure out what suits you and your family.
The majority of the action takes place along both sides of the Yarra River from Princes Bridge to the Swan Street Brigde.
We've put together an overview of what's on, when and where...
On the south side of the river (opposite Birrarung Marr) is huge area where the children's activities take place.
Within the Kids Zone is: The Pavilion, Mini Tents, Disney Zone and Play Space. Confused? Don't worry it will all make sense when you see the map!
Kids Zone fun runs Saturday-Monday from 11am to 6.30pm daily and there's something for everyone including: circus workshops, puppet making, face painting, live performances, Frozen ice rink, The Fairies and Pirates Never Land maze, make a Moomba accessory, make a Moomba float and lots more. I'm exhausted just writing about it!
Full program is HERE
Just past the Kids Zone is the Skate Park that will be open from 10am daily Saturday-Monday. The public can take to the ramps to scoot, skate or pedal (BMX) as well as watch professional demos and competitions. There are also clinics and the Vans Drop Your Hammer skate comp.
Full program is HERE
The long tradition of folk launching themselves, and their homemade flying contraptions, into the murky Yarra is now a charity event and takes place at midday on Sunday 8th. More info is HERE
Fireworks displays will take place nightly Saturday-Monday at 9.30pm - the best viewing vantage points are along the river.
With over 2000 participants, the annual Mooba Parade kicks off at 11am Monday 9th March and heads down St Kilda Road. Go early to get a good position to see the floats and roving performances.
There is much, much more happening over the Labour Day weekend, with a host of bands and musicians performing and water sports and carnival rides to also check out.
The FULL PROGRAM IS HERE and the only way you will make sense of it all is to print THIS MAP to take with you!
Public transport is absolutely the way to travel into the city to enjoy the Moomba festivities, as there will be several road closures leading into town.
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