Hello. I'm Erica, the editor of KidTown Melbourne, and this is my story.
In 2014, I took my then baby to the opening of the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. I was a fashion blogger at the time.
On this particular day I didn’t have anyone to babysit, so I didn’t think twice and took my son with me. When I arrived, my son was not just the only baby present, but the only child. In a sea of media, TV cameras, photographers, journalists, bloggers and writers, there I was with a tiny child in his pram, cooing and smiling at all those who chose to glance in his direction.
All eyes were on Jean Paul Gaultier, there in person that morning to open his exquisite fashion exhibition.
As I wandered around exhibition with my son in his pram stopping to admire the impressive displays, a few media folk acknowledged my tiny companion. A journalist from The Age stopped to talk to me. She commended my decision to bring my son along to the opening. She then went on to tell me she’d done the same when her children were little. She explained how her children had now grown up into cultured young men who appreciate the arts and now choose to attend art galleries and watch theatre shows.
I went home that day and thought about what that journalist had said. From that day forth, I made it my mission to expose the kids to all the activities, shows and events I could manage/afford. KidTown Melbourne has offered a platform for me to share those experiences. Getting out to enjoy everything this amazing city has to offer can only be a good thing for my little people, right?
Some of the most incredible experiences we’ve had as a family since the beginning of KidTown Melbourne, have been going to live theatre and circus performances, enjoying art installations, exhibitions & museums, hearing live music, experiencing animal encounters, trying our hands at animation, LEGO & robotics workshops and so much more. Such experiences have opened-up our family’s minds and our world.
I truly believe exposing our children to such experiences has made an enormous impact on their development as human beings by expanding their imagination, curiosity and creativity.
By sharing all the fun and creative experiences available in Melbourne and beyond, I hope to inspire you to explore our wonderful city with your kids too. I know sometimes days out aren’t affordable which is why I offer ticket giveaways on KidTown Melbourne.
Of course I also share lots of free or minimal cost activities that Melbourne has on offer; museums, galleries, and festivals, so there’s really no need for anyone to miss out on the fun.
In light of social distancing, closures and restrictions in 2020, we shifted our focus a little by sharing new ways to entertain your kids at home too. Digital learning channels, educational devices, creative things to do at home and much more.
Thank you for joining me on this journey!
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