School holidays – what’s on


The Immigration Museum’s Wheelie Workshop Source: The Squeaky Wheel

The Easter school holidays are upon us (last class this Saturday!). What to do? Help is at hand…

The Immigration Museum has just launched a free multilingual tour app for Apple and Android, in English, Arabic,  French, Italian,  Japanese and Mandarin.

There are school holiday activities – including Dazzling Deco Rides (until 12 April), where you bring your own  helmet, horn, toy vehicle, pram or walking frame to personalise with special decorations, or help deck out the Museum’s own mini-fleet; or create a good luck travel charm.

The Freedom exhibition (until 8 June), photos by Andy Drewitt of 24 asylum seekers since World War II.

On Wednesday April 1, they’re running Art, Hope & Culture (1-2.30pm), talks by women artists from migrant/refugee backgrounds:

  • Helen Kassa – a writer, film maker and spoken word artist who was born in Eritrea and raised in Ethiopia
  •  Mehwish Iqbal – a visual artist whose work draws on personal experiences of social, cultural and political landscapes in the country of her birth, Pakistan, and her home Australia
  • My Le Thi, a visual artist of Chinese heritage from Vietnam, whose work displays a strong social conscience and concern for oppressed minorities and the dispossessed
  • Yumi Umiumare a dancer, choreographer and the only Japanese Butoh dancer living in Australia. Migrating to Australia in 1993, she has been creating her distinctive style of visceral dance theatre works over the last 20 years.


Zheng Ye Treasure Hunt – courtesy of the Chinese Museum Melbourne.

AND…  the Chinese Museum, on Cohen Place off Little Bourke,  is holding a Children’s Treasure Hunt.: “Follow Zheng He, the most famous Chinese explorer of all time, and hunt for treasures across Museum’s five floors. Answer the 10 questions on the treasure map and win a prize at the end of your journey”.

The Museum also has some permanent kids’ trails for under-12s.


Sun Loong, via

If you fancy a trip out of town, there’s also a lot going on at the Golden Dragon Chinese Museum in Bendigo, with Children’s workshops on Good Friday. On Saturday 4 April, the Chinese Spring Festival kicks off, with dance performances, a torchlight parade and an Easter Gala Procession featuring Sun Loong, the longest Imperial dragon in the world, which only parades in the public once a year.

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