Music Play

Music Play 2024

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Velcro your dancing shoes, grab your baton, capture your creativity and get ready to play.

These April school holidays Melbourne Recital Centre turns into the biggest sound playground in town! With an array of activities, performances, and musical installations, Music Play is the perfect adventure for mini-music lovers, festival-loving families and friends.

Whether they’re a teeny-tiny head banger, the next maestro, or enjoy simply experiencing musical magic on stage, over two jam-packed days children of all ages can let loose and play!

Meet the Music Play line-up:

Performances

Across both days, the main stage at Melbourne Recital Centre hosts a revolving roster featuring the who’s who of kid band superstardom… and you!

Teeny Tiny Stevies
The ARIA Award-winners with irresistible pop tunes, sweet harmonies and melodious ukuleles.

Bunny Racket
Punk rock mayhem with King Bunny and his fluffy friends.

Conduct Us
A chance for kids to take to the stage and make their conducting debut with the acclaimed Partridge Quartet.

Installations

The Ground Floor becomes a place of musical exploration with a number of installations to jump in, and on.

Pivot by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
Climb on the talking see-saws, ask a question, and see what happens…

HEXADECA by Pulsing Heart
Spin in your seat and listen to the music you make.

Melodius by Thomas Campbell
Venture up and down the grand (musical) staircase and keep your ears open.

Rainbow Paths by Helen Kowk and Chad Toprak
Play and learn along the technicolour trail.

Workshops

Level One is the home of discovery with these ultra-participatory workshops.

ABC of Beatboxing with LC Beats
Learn from human beatbox machine Luke Cavalan.

Kidstruments with Playable Streets
Throw the rulebook out the window and design an instrument unlike any other.

Compose a Tune
Grab a musical note, stick it to the wall, and watch as it comes to life.

Plus

Musical facepainting, a photobooth, Eliza Shephard as a roaming musical pixie, food trucks, pram parking, quiet zones, and, for parents: coffee!

All performances, installations, and workshops will be held multiple times, across both days of Music Play, so no need to rearrange nap schedules. Select a timed entry that works for you, and stay as long as you like!

Caring for our Community

Melbourne Recital Centre is committed to the safety of our artists, staff and patrons. A range of public health, hygiene and physical distancing measures are currently in place. Click here to learn more.

Music Play FAQ

How do the session times work?

Entry is every 30 minutes. Pick an entry time and spend as long as you like in our playground. We estimate you could experience everything in 2 hours, but you’re welcome to stay longer or leave earlier – it’s in your hands! Our final session is at 2pm, and things wrap up at 4pm.

What is the recommended age range and who needs a ticket?

Music Play is fun for all ages, but we think ages 2+ would have the best fun. Entry is free for children under the age of 2. Children aged 2 and over (and their grown-ups) will require a ticket.

What is the schedule and artist line-up?

We’re sharing some hints about what is in store on the details tab. Full artist list will be announced on Friday 1 March. Performances will repeat multiple times during the day.

When should I arrive?

We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your booking time. Due to the popularity of the event, we may not be able to accommodate you if you arrive 30 minutes outside your ticketed time.

What food and drink are available?

We’ll have options for food and drink throughout the day. Stay tuned for more detail here!

Will there be Pram Parking?

Monitored pram parking will be available onsite throughout both days. We recommend travelling light, as space is limited.

Will there be a Quiet Space?

A small dedicated quiet space will be available on Level One.

Series

This production is part of the following series:

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