Tickets for the Australian premiere season of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been flying out the Princess Theatre’s door since they went on sale in July last year. So you’re probably thinking you’ll need to book months and months in advance to score the best seats in the house, right? That’s generally true, but for those of us without the patience to wait half a year (and those of us who don’t have ready access to a time turner), there’s now a new way to get great tickets. The show’s producers have announced details of a digital ticket lottery, which will allow fans to score tickets for just $40 per part (so $80 for the full, two-part epic). The program is known as “Friday Forty” and is modelled on the lottery run for both the West End and Broadway productions of the show. There will be a minimum of 40 tickets available through the lottery for each performance, and while you can’t guarantee where those seats will be, producers are promising they’re some of the best in the theatre. Our favourite thing about Friday Forty? It’s a digital lottery, so you don’t even have to line up at the theatre, and can enter every week from anywhere you’ve got an internet connection. Here’s how it works: Entries are open from 12:01AM every Monday of the show’s season until 1am Friday. You can either enter at the official Cursed Child website or on the TodayTix app. The winners will be drawn at 1pm each Friday, and if you’re lucky enough to be selected you can purchase up to two tickets to performances the following week. There’s a maximum of two tickets per transaction, so we’d recommend you double your chances by finding a loyal friend and both entering the lottery each week. The first lottery is open now, so get your entry in and your Felix Felicis potion at the ready! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at the Princess Theatre from January 18 and booking through until December 1.
Big things come in small packages as Melbourne Museum goes miniature Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be like Alice and eat something to become huge, or drink something to become tiny? What would the world look like to a giant? What does it look like to a cat? You can find out at Melbourne Museum’s Mini Mega Model Museum, which plays with scale in more than 300 objects displayed in tiny and oversized galleries. There are model specimens to examine in the Zoomological Laboratory, hyper-realistic wax food in the life-sized cafeteria to play with and a fully furnished mini-mansion to pore over. The mini-mansion took more than 40 years to create, and museum visitors could spend hours appreciating every tiny detail. Kids can learn about model making and try their hand during the Mini Mega Makers Workshop. And for some very large-scale critters, have a stroll through the museum’s Dinosaur Walk.
The Kabloom Flower Festival is Back! Held on Tesselaar’s flower farm in Melbourne’s stunning Dandenong Ranges, the KaBloom Flower Festival is where arts and flowers collide. Step right up to see the world’s first KaBloom circus spectacular where artists from Melbourne’s own CircaNICA, the circus agency of the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), perform a modern extravaganza every day – think contortionists amongst the marigolds, acrobats in the snapdragons and performing jugglers in the petunias.
Once again Cadbury will share the fun of Easter with the Cadbury Easter Picnic and Egg Hunt, which raises much-needed funds for The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Good Friday Appeal. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of this family favourite event that, with the help of attendees, supporters and volunteers, has raised more than $1.6M for The Royal Children’s Hospital so far. Ticket Purchasing Information All adults attending the event (ages 13+) must purchase an Admission Only ticket to enter the event. Children 3-12 years should purchase an Entry & Egg Hunt ticket. When choosing a child’s Entry & Egg Hunt ticket you will note within each session time are four (4) meadow options (Red, Blue,Yellow and Green). All Egg Hunt Meadows are exactly the same, sit near each other and offer the same experience. Just pick whichever one has availability. Avoid the Queues! Pre-purchase your ride tickets now and save! Avoid the queues, buy your ride ticket online and save $2 per ticket. You will be able to collect your wristband(s) at the gate upon presentation of your ride ticket. Ride wristbands give you unlimited access to: Little blue train – All Ages Chair’o’plane (New) – All Ages Cup & saucer –All Ages Pony rides– Ages 3-12 Super slide – All Ages Inflatable obstacle course (New) – Ages 5+ For a little more money you can purchase ride tickets on the day. Unlimited ride pass $20 each. Single ride ticket $5 each. Free Activities Interactive craft – Ages 3+ Face painting – All Ages Lawn games – All Ages
Alongside the NGV’s massive KAWS exhibition is a special section just for kids New York artist KAWS (aka Brian Donnelly) has brought his larger-than-life sculptures and paintings to the NGV this summer for KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness. Alongside this mega exhibition will be something for the littlest art fans. KAWS: Playtime is a free and immersive exhibition for kids that includes a number of hands-on activities that draw inspiration from KAWS’ work, especially his BFF character which is inspired by popular cartoon characters. The exhibition is on display until April 13 at NGV International and it’s free to attend.
Party like it’s somewhere between 1999 and 2009 with the Pussycat Dolls, Smash Mouth and Jesse McCartney If you spent your first café paycheck on the CD single of the Pussycat Doll’s ‘Don’t Cha’ (and subsequently learnt all the risqué chair dance moves) then So Pop 2020 is so the music festival for you. The nostalgic party debuted in 2019 with Aqua, Vengaboys, Blue, B*Witched and other beloved old-school acts, and it’s returning to Melbourne with a very fresh line-up of artists from the ’90s and 2000s that we know you secretly – or openly – still adore. See a very slick performance by all-female pop powerhouse the Pussycat Dolls, yell-sing along to ‘All Star’ and ‘I’m a Believer’ by Californian garage-rock legends Smash Mouth, and share your beautiful soul with Disney teen icon (now in his 30s, so relatable), Jesse McCartney. Other acts that’ll take you back in time at the huge Melbourne Arena show on April 30 include the massively popular British disco-pop five-piece Steps; ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor (she certainly won’t kill the groove); ‘Saturday Night’ Eurodance star Whigfield; trance-pop mixer with mad moves DJ Alice, and more. Tickets are available now. NB: The event has been rescheduled from Thursday, April 30 to Friday, May 1.