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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has announced a $40 ticket lottery

    Date: January 18, 2020 - December 1, 2020

    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.

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    Moonlight Cinema

    Date: January 23, 2020 - March 29, 2020

    Summer blockbusters and cult classics hit the Botanic Gardens this summer There’s nothing quite like a film under the stars in the evening cool of the Botanic Gardens. Settle back with friends and family for a movie this summer at Moonlight Cinema.   The alfresco theatre has announced its dates for the 2019-2020 summer season, with films running from Thursday, November 28 until Sunday, March 29. Punters can expect a mix of acclaimed Oscar hopefuls, kids’ favourites, festive faves and retro screenings to satisfy the nostalgic urges. There will be screenings of the Elton John biopic Rocketman, JLo’s star turn in Hustlers, a 20th anniversary screening of The Matrix, Joaquin Phoenix’s thrilling Joker, Stephen King’s Dr Sleep, Disney blockbuster Frozen 2, the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as well as Pulp Fiction, Love Actually, Dirty Dancing and Die Hard. You can check out the full program here.   As always, the Moonlight Cinema food truck and bar can supply you with comestibles, but you’re welcome to BYO food and drinks, too. A pop-up Tia Maria bar will even be serving Espresso Martinis (essential for long movies) and Tia Popcorn Frappés.  Those looking to splurge can opt for the gold grass experience where you’ll sloth out on bean bag beds with a premium view of the big screen. You don’t even have to get up for movie snacks or drinks as waiters will happily take your order.  Screenings kick off at sundown (around 8.45pm from December to February and 8.15pm in March) and tickets range from $18-$40.

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    Mini Mega Model Museum

    Date: January 23, 2020 - August 21, 2020

    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. 

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    Melbourne Star’s Summer Beach Box

    Date: January 23, 2020 - February 29, 2020

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    Cool down with a view: the Melbourne Star’s summer beach boxes are back What could be a better summertime activity than taking a 30-minute flight in Melbourne Star’s cool, temperature-controlled cabin? This summer, Melbourne Star’s cabins will become pop-up summer beach boxes featuring pool toys, refreshments and a blissfully cool temperature controlled space 120 meters above Melbourne.     During this flight, you’ll also enjoy 360-degree views of the port, towards Melbourne CBD and all the way out to the shores of Mornington Peninsula. By nighttime, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset with views of the city along with audio commentary playing in the background, revealing the hidden stories and history of the viewable landmarks. Summer Beach Box bookings also include a cheese platter and a complimentary drink for each guest. The Summer Beach Box experience is available daily from 11.30am to 8.30pm, until February 29, 2020. Bookings must be made five days in advance The flight starts at $29 per person for a group of eight or $200 for an intimate two-person flight.

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    Zoo Twilights

    Date: January 24, 2020 - March 7, 2020

    Help raise funds for conservation while listening to big-name musicians under the stars We’d be lion if we said that Zoo Twilights wasn’t our summer highlight.    The concert series kicks off in January and attracts some pretty big names in music. Kicking things off on January 24 is Aussie duo Confidence Man supported by party starters Wax’o Paradiso. The next night audiences will be treated to a special performance from Iva Davies and Aussie music royalty Icehouse.    Influential Jamaican reggae troup Toots and the Maytals will also hit the stage this summer,  as well as a run of Aussie favourites like Missy Higgins, the Cat Empire, Methyl Ethel, Meg Mac and Julia Jacklin. ‘I’m Not in Love’ singers 10cc are also gracing the line-up, as is UK art pop pioneers Stereolab. Randy Newman, whose inescapably hummable ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ anchors the Toy Story film series, will hit the stage as part of his Australian tour. The festival will close on Saturday, March 7 with a performance from living legend and soul king Mavis Staples.  Topping the line-up, of course, are the Zoo’s wild residents. All proceeds from the Zoo Twilights summer concert series will be going back towards the zoo’s conservation work, including work to save the critically endangered mountain-pygmy possum from extinction.  No Zoo Twilights night is complete without a gourmet picnic – pre-order a hamper with your tickets or check out the Taste of Twilights food zone on the night for street eats from some of Melbourne’s best food trucks. Zoo Twilights tickets also include exclusive zoo entry from 5.30-7pm before the show (Zoo Twilights tickets do not include entry to the zoo prior to 5.30pm). See the full line-up below: Fri Jan 24 – Confidence Man, supported by Wax’o Paradiso Sat Jan 25 – Icehouse, with special guests Fri Jan 31 – Toots and The Maytals, supported by Systa BB Sat Feb 1 – An Evening With Randy Newman Fri Feb 7 – Missy Higgins, supported by William Crighton Fri Feb 14 – The Cat Empire, supported by Emily Wurramara Fri Feb 21 – 10cc, supported by Russell Morris Sat Feb 22 – Methyl Ethel, supported by Hatchie Fri Feb 28 – Julia Jacklin, supported by Weyes Blood Sat Feb 29 – Meg Mac, supported by Fergus James Fri Mar 6 – Stereolab, supported by Mildlife Sat Mar 7 – Mavis Staples, supported by Emma Donovan and The Putbacks

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    KAWS: Playtime

    Date: April 13, 2020

    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.

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    So Pop

    Date: April 30, 2020 - May 1, 2020

    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. 

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