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Kids Fest - PLAY!

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by Phil
Publish date
30 June 2014
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It’s that time of year again, when we get incredibly excited about the amazing visitors coming to our Winter Kids Fest at the Immigration Museum - and this year they will be coming to PLAY! This year’s festival provides children and parents with the opportunity to experience a range of fun and exciting indoor and outdoor games, toys and activities from many cultures.

Children everywhere like to play with balls, jump, run and chase each other.  However the rules and equipment they use may be different depending on their own cultural traditions. Some games were originally based on religious ceremonies, while other games were based on mythology, folk customs and the routines of everyday life. On Sunday 6 July, children and their families will get the opportunity to discover these and many more for themselves.

Crowd of visitors in the Immigration Museum Theatrette. Crowd of visitors in the Immigration Museum Theatrette.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria
 

On the ground floor we will have performances of Indigenous hip hop dancing along with a Punch and Judy Magic Show, while roving performances from the King Marong African drumming group will keep us entertained throughout the day.

  Children participating in workshops and activities during Kids Fest Punch and Judy during Kids Fest
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Upstairs we will be discovering traditional children’s games with the Play Lady in our Community Gallery and play traditional games enjoyed all over the world, including jacks, marbles, elastics, and spinning tops. In the Long Room there will be an opportunity for the children to make their own toys, in particular a kite to fly outside or decorate a set of babushka dolls. There will also be a treasure hunt challenge to find toys in our exhibitions – how many will your family find? 

Girl playing with babushka dolls Girl playing with babushka dolls
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria
 

In the Immigration Discovery Centre children will be able to challenge friends and family to a battle of tic tac toe, chess, snakes & ladders, or dominoes. There will also be a selection of online multicultural games available on our computers.

School Visitors Immigration Museum Children playing chess
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Meanwhile the fun will continue outside in the Festival and Market Street Courtyards for children to get active with skipping, quoits, bucket stilts, bocce, hopscotch and much more.

  Two children, a girl and a boy playing with coloured balls Two children, a girl and a boy playing with coloured balls
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Join in the revelry and celebrate worldwide games, toys and activities at this special one day festival.

Let the games begin!

Kids Fest: Carnivale

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by Elise Murphy
Publish date
4 August 2011
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Elise is the Programs Manager, Community Engagement at the Immigration Museum.

Q: Carnaval, Carnevale, Carnival, Kanaval, Karneval or Carnivale?

A: Brazil, Italy, Jamaica, Haiti, Croatia and the Immigration Museum on Sunday 17 July 2011.

If you came along to the Immigration Museum on 17 July, you and 1230 others experienced carnival traditions from all of these places and more at our winter Kids Fest: Carnivale.

While Carnivale has its roots in pagan, Roman Catholic and Portuguese festival traditions, it is now celebrated in different ways and at different times of year in many countries all over the world. 

visitors in the Immigration Museum Theatrette Crowd of visitors in the Immigration Museum Theatrette.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria
 

On festival day, you may have marvelled at the Magic Punch and Judy puppet show, with its characters that emerged from 16th century Italian Commedia dell’Arte theatre and are still popular costume choices for Italian Carnevale today.

Punch & Judy
Punch and Judy from the Magic Punch & Judy Puppet Show.
Source: EntertainOz
 

You probably also joined Queen Jigzie and rapper Ru.CL to shake and shimmy your way through songs, dances and stories relating to Jamaican Carnival.

Kids enjoying Jamaican Carnival songs Kids enjoying Jamaican Carnival songs.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria
 

You created your own unique Rara instruments just like people do for Haitian rural Carnival processions, and used them during the Brazilian batucada percussion workshops.

  Playing with instruments Making and playing percussive instruments
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria
 

You rang in the festivities with Museum Victoria’s Federation Handbells and cooked up a New Orleans Mardi Gras King Cake with play dough and loads of glitter.

Kids Fest activities Left: Federation Handbells. Right: making a Mardi Gras cake.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria
 

You had your face painted as a Carnivale character or sported a Carnivale-inspired balloon creation, and made yourself an Italian mask or puppet, Brazilian headpiece or Guinea-Bissau bull mask.

Kids Fest activities Making an Italian Carnevale puppet.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria
 

And finally, you danced and displayed all your finery in the kids parade alongside our prancing peacock float.

Thank you all for coming along and we hope to see you back at our next Kids Fest in January 2012.

Links:

Immigration Museum

Past Event - Kids Fest: Carnivale

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