Melbourne Fringe has answered school holidays prayers this September with a full week of free programming for kids and their families. Reflecting the Festival’s values of accessibility, diversity and inclusivity, the inaugural Kids Club has been programmed as a space for kids to run wild – whoever they are and whatever they like. Program highlights include:

 Comic Chaos

Hosted by Bernard Caleo, kids are invited to take in their drawings, ideas and creative ideas to see them transformed into one large comic book. Dragons, doorsteps, ears and emus will combine in this epic choose-your-own-adventure storybook ride.

Tuesday 27 Sept – Saturday 1 Oct, 10:30am – midday

 Dance The Pacific

Nuholani hosts an inside look into tropical Tahiti with a participatory workshop uncovering the art of Polynesian dance. In ancient times, dance was used to record history, tell stories and celebrate life.

Tuesday 27 September, 12:30pm  

  Rainbow Cactus

Yana Alana and her friends, The Queries, invite the audience to participate in a jungle of juicy stories, songs and dancing, all while riding on the rainbow rollercoaster. Audience members are encouraged to bring their friends and gather their families to celebrate diversity at this queer-friendly event.

Shake, Shimmy, Shim Sham, Sha Bam!

Tessa Waters hosts this rollicking and energetic show. Waters is a favourite Fringe clown, who’ll have audiences filled with laughter and energy, celebrating all body types. A show for kids of all ages, including parents.

Thursday 29 September, 12:30pm

Starting School

Take a trip back to the musical golden age with host Andrew McClelland. Audiences young and old are welcome to embark upon a musical education with songs from The Smiths, The Beatles, Beyoncé, The Supremes, Prince and many more.

Friday 30 September, 12:30pm

Fringe Footy Club

Join Dr Professor Neal Portenza and Penny Greenhalgh in their preparation for the Grand Final Day and the big game. Parents and kids alike with enjoy the chance to dance the day away to the exciting football-themed fusion of comedy, clowning and physical theatre.

Saturday 1 October, 12.30pm

Melbourne Fringe fosters the idea of cultural democracy – of art for everyone – which is why established and emerging artists stand side-by-side testing bold new work. With over 460 events, Melbourne Fringe is a fun, affordable way to experience new and exciting art in Melbourne.