Fringe for fam­i­lies

Why should adults get all the Fringe Fes­ti­val fun? By Rose John­stone

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01Kids Club

Last year’s in­au­gu­ral Kids Club proved so pop­u­lar that or­gan­is­ers had to adopt a night­club-style ‘one in, one out’ pol­icy. This time, they’ve moved it to the larger Art­play for a week-long se­ries of day­time par­ties that are far from your av­er­age school hol­i­day pro­gram fare. Fin­ish­ing School’s An­drew Mcclel­land will bring the beats at Start­ing School ( Fri Sep 29); bu­toh-cabaret rebel Yumi Umi­u­mare will steer kids to the weirder side of life with Kooky Spooks ( Wed Sep 27); and com­edy duo Dou­ble Denim will put on Ex­press Your­self – a fem­i­nist party for girls, boys and ev­ery­one in be­tween. On the fi­nal night, Mel­bourne col­lec­tive Ho­tel Now will put on Rain­bow Par­adiso ( Sun Oct 1), an in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance party cel­e­brat­ing rain­bow fam­i­lies. àart­play, Bir­rarung Marr, Mel­bourne 3000. 2-3.30pm. Free. Sep 27-Oct 1.

02Di­nosaur Time Ma­chine

Don’t deny that you’ve al­ways wanted to get close to a life-size T-rex. Sat­isfy your Juras­sic Park fan­tasies by treat­ing the kids to an hour of dino ed­u­ca­tion con­veyed through cir­cus, pup­petry and play. àwon­der­land Spiegel­tent, 699 La Trobe St, Dock­lands 3008. 1pm. $24. Sep 23-Oct 1.

03 Spook­mas­ter

Sea­soned chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer Mark Pen­zak first toured Spook­mas­ter across the UK back in 2004, where it re­ceived rave re­views. This re­vised ver­sion – told through pup­petry and dig­i­tal pro­jec­tions – fol­lows the story of a boy called Jack, who is vis­ited in his dreams by the mys­te­ri­ous Spook­mas­ter, who teaches him how to con­front his fears. àgas­works Arts Park, 21 Gra­ham St, Al­bert Park 3206. Tue-sat noon (Sat Sep 23 11am). $23. Sep 23-30.

04Trash Test Dum­mies

Mel­bourne’s three sil­li­est garbage men are back af­ter award-win­ning sea­sons at the Adelaide and Ed­in­burgh fringe fes­ti­vals, with more laugh-out-loud slap­stick com­edy than ever. àmeat Mar­ket, 3 Black­wood St, North Mel­bourne 3051. Mon-fri 2pm; Sat, Sun 3pm. $25. Sep 23-30.

05The Chil­dren’s Party

There’s a new po­lit­i­cal party in town, and it’s run by kids! Artists Ben Lan­dau and Alex Walker have over­seen the cre­ation of a party run en­tirely by chil­dren. Watch as rep­re­sen­ta­tives tackle some of the stick­i­est cur­rent de­bates, from cli­mate change to asy­lum seek­ers. àfringe Hub, Arts House, 521 Queens­berry St, North Mel­bourne 3051. 4pm. Free, book­ing re­quired. Sun Sep 24.

The Chil­dren’s Party

Trash Test Dum­mies

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