Children playing with paints.

Open House Melbourne releases biggest ever family program for the Weekend

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28thJuly 

The Open House Melbourne Weekend is back in 2019, taking place over Saturday 27th and Sunday 28thJuly – giving Melbournians access to a diverse array of tours, activities and programs that aim to educate and challenge participants on the ever-changing built environment of the city.

Open House Melbourne presents a special Open Kids program with over 30 family-friendly activities taking place over the Weekend across Melbourne city, Boroondara, Hobsons Bay, inner north, north, inner south and further afield.

Some highlights from the special kids program include:

URBAN TACTILITY at the Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum

22 July – 11 August Urban Tactility is open for all to get involved. The installation will feature oversized tactiles in a playful and exploratory way, visually guiding the participants from the street to Urban Tactility – connecting participants to the many sensory experiences the courtyard offers and to ways people with blindness or low vision experience these spaces. The Immigration Museum will also run a workshop for kids to create their own miniature model of what they would display at their own museum – designs which they will be able to take home.

Robotic Art at Tay Greggan 

30 Yarra St, Hawthorn 3122

Sunday 28thJuly, 10am – 4pm

Built in 1892 next to the Yarra River, Tay Greggan house exemplifies the arts and crafts approach during the early twentieth century. Paying homage to the arts and crafts era,Tay Greggan will be running an engaging session for children focusing on robotic art. Younger children will be able to control Shperos to create their own piece of robot art; older children will have the chance to use codes including randomisation and loops to produce a variety of effects. Smocks and water-based paints will be provided, but art-friendly clothes recommended.


Flinders Walk, Melbourne 3000

Saturday 27th& Sunday 28thJuly 10am – 4pm  

SIGNAL is a space for young people aged 13-25, but is open to all across the Open House Melbourne Weekend to get creative and be inspired surrounded by Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station, Yarra River, Federation Square and the Arts Precinct. SIGNAL’s program includes making collages, zines and badges, or try your hand at fabric flowers or clay modeling.

Ping Pong WoW! ArtPlay 

Birrarung Marr

Behind Federation Square, Melbourne 3000

Saturday 27th& Sunday 28thJuly, 10am – 4pm

Ping Pong WoW is back again this year, presented by the Ball Room Artists as their signature body of work. Families are encouraged to bring children aged 3-8  to discover the possibilities of a sea of ping-pong balls.

Hawthorn Arts Centre

360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn 3122 

Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm

Building Buddies art workshop with James Price.

Using collage techniques, James will lead the kids through a discussion about the buildings of Hawthorn and the types of people who may have used them throughout their life.

City of Boroondara Precinct Pick up a special Open House activity book which features kids activities for each of the Boroondara buildings, available from any of the Boroondara sites or the Open House Info Hub.