What’s On This Week: Virtual Events for Australian Families During Lockdown

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Check out the line up of free virtual family events in Australia this week as school holidays continue for another week. As in-person activities and events have been cancelled due to lockdown, virtual events have been popping up online for you to enjoy with your kids.

Here are fun sessions being offered by Little Warriors, Newcastle Museum, SEA Life Sydney Aquarium, local magician Joel Howlett and more. All events are in AEST. We’ll add more to the list as we find out about them. Know of an Australian virtual family or kids event not on the list? Send us an email

Monday 27 September

10am – Enjoy a virtual visit to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and find out what makes Ringo the Wombat so special on a live stream.

10:30am – Local magician Joel Howlett will be doing Magic for Kids videos each weekday of the school holidays. These videos will include tricks, puzzles and jokes with household items. Tune in to JD’s World of Magic Facebook page to watch the sessions.

11am – Join Little Warriors and Nicole Pratt to hear from one of Australia’s greatest female tennis stars. In this session, Nicole will share valuable insights into the game and her experiences as a player and now as a coach. Little Warriors, powered by SLOCOACH, is a virtual 30 min interactive program for kids. Each weekday, there will be an online training session with a well known Australian athlete. Free but registration required.

Tuesday 28 September

10am – Share in a child’s early art experiences and discover artworks from the National Gallery of Victoria together with online sessions designed for children aged 2 – 5 years and their parents or carers. In this session, Japan and Me, discover Japanese artworks from the NGV Collection and learn how clothing and accessories were used in 1920s – 30’s Japan to represent the wearer’s identity. Children can join the discussion by sharing their likes and dislikes and taking part in spotting and guessing games before watching a simple origami demonstration to try at home. Bookings required.

10:30am – Local magician Joel Howlett will be doing Magic for Kids videos each weekday of the school holidays. These videos will include tricks, puzzles and jokes with household items. Tune in to JD’s World of Magic Facebook page to watch the sessions.

11am – Join Newcastle Museum resident scientist Catherine for New Museum at Home Experiments. The session will stream on their Facebook page.

11am – Join Little Warriors and James Casey to hear from one of the World’s best SUP and Foil surfers. In this session, James will share valuable insights into understanding the ocean, training, fitness, and health. Little Warriors, powered by SLOCOACH, is a virtual 30 min interactive program for kids. Each weekday, there will be an online training session with a well known Australian athlete. Free but registration required.

Wednesday 29 September

10am – Join SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium live to learn more about turtles. Learn everything about what makes these wonderful marsupials our superheroes. The live stream runs on the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Facebook page.

10:30am – Local magician Joel Howlett will be doing Magic for Kids videos each weekday of the school holidays. These videos will include tricks, puzzles and jokes with household items. Tune in to JD’s World of Magic Facebook page to watch the sessions.

Thursday 30 September

9am – Join Little Warriors to hear from WNBA and WNBL Hall of Famer Lauren Jackson. In this session, Lauren will share her journey to becoming one of the all-time sharing some tips around training and the importance of chasing your dreams. Little Warriors, powered by SLOCOACH, is a virtual 30 min interactive program for kids. Each weekday, there will be an online training session with a well known Australian athlete. Free but registration required.

10:30am – Local magician Joel Howlett will be doing Magic for Kids videos each weekday of the school holidays. These videos will include tricks, puzzles and jokes with household items. Tune in to JD’s World of Magic Facebook page to watch the sessions.

11am – Join the State Library of Victoria for a celebration of books, hilarity and togetherness hosted by book creators Adrian Beck, Mick Elliott and Nat Amoore. This hour of power will combine dad jokes, dancing and drawing in a live-streamed, interactive workshop. Spring off the couch and onto your feet for a boogie with Nat Amoore, party with DJ Becks while he spins his decks, and marvel at Mick Elliott’s ‘sketchy’ challenges. Come dressed as your favourite book character, or get your air-guitar ready to rock, and go into the draw to win one of our special prize packs! Free but bookings required. Suitable for kids aged 5 – 10.

11am – Join Newcastle Museum resident scientist Catherine for New Museum at Home Experiments. The session will stream on their Facebook page.

11am – Join Little Warriors and Nutrigrain Iron woman Champion Lizzie Welborn. In this session, Lizzie will talk about the importance of fitness, health, her love for the ocean, and what it takes to be a champion. Little Warriors, powered by SLOCOACH, is a virtual 30 min interactive program for kids. Each weekday, there will be an online training session with a well known Australian athlete. Free but registration required.

4:30pm – Enjoy a free online cooking class with Donna Hay. Join Donna for a masterclass in hosting the perfect dinner party for your family! Spoil them with some delicious recipes that are super easy, super tasty and will be sure to impress! Registration required.

Friday 1 October

10am – Tune in for a LEGO live build session at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. Join Master Model Builder Kieran and build LEGO relating to superheroes on the Facebook page. Head over to the Fun Hub to download your parts list to get ready!

10:30am – Local magician Joel Howlett will be doing Magic for Kids videos each weekday of the school holidays. These videos will include tricks, puzzles and jokes with household items. Tune in to JD’s World of Magic Facebook page to watch the sessions.

11am – Join Little Warriors to hear from big wave surfer and former Junior World Champion Laura Enever. In this session, Laura will talk through her journey and what it takes to surf the world’s biggest and scariest waves. Little Warriors, powered by SLOCOACH, is a virtual 30 min interactive program for kids. Each weekday, there will be an online training session with a well known Australian athlete. Free but registration required.

Saturday 2 October

11am – Join National Gallery of Victoria online to explore the playful side of making art. These 45-minute artist-led activities use everyday art supplies and encourage creative thinking. Children are welcome to participate on their own or with the whole family. Free but Registrations required.

Sunday 3 October

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