Little Melbourne Reviews
White Night Melbourne - The biggest night in Melbourne beating New Year's Eve.
I was a part of White Night Melbourne in 2013 but only saw the coolest party on the block - a foam party and didn't venture away from the NGV International. I had also consumed a few drinks and couldn't move myself (or want to) away from the action. Fast forward to 2014 and 3 children (including a sleeping baby) and we had a blast - family-friendly style! We parked at the Royal Botanic Gardens - we truly got lucky that night!
This year seemed to attract even more visitors than last year and with it came the (minority) of complaints. 'It's too crowded' seemed to be the statement of the day on social media the following day. I hate to point out the obvious but what do you expect when thousands of people flock to the City centre to take in the nights offerings. We had our pram with us and never once did we feel in danger - in fact people actually moved out of our way. My daughter was on my husbands shoulders so she had the best advantage point. Tick.
We started off with pizza and noodles on Southbank and it was buzzing with families. We headed to ArtPlay just after 7pm (when White Night officially kicked off) and enjoyed 'Happy Circles' activity then the kids jumped/played/swung/run/slid at the playground.
Purple Rain at RMIT was high on our list and it didn't disappoint. Yes, purple rain droplets on to umbrellas - what a huge highlight.
The projections on Flinders Street ranged from the iconic Luna Park Melbourne to what I envisaged a candy man store straight out of Willy Wonka. Flinders Street was jam packed but if you followed our facebook page you would have already got our tips about White Night.
The NGV International 'Tattoo Faces' projections out the front was a sight to behold especially as you could see the reflections in the water - incredible stuff. Inside was heaving, such a great Melbourne vibe mixed with art and culture. Out the back the drinks were flowing quite nicely!
We had a quick run around the building here visiting our day time #MelbourneNow favourites from Trugo, to Darren Sylvestors dance floor and a few others. The place was buzzing!
Here's a few tips on how to do #WhiteNightMelb with kids:
- Get the kids to have a sleep in the day. Our 4 and 5 year old did. I knew if they didn't have a bit of shut eye our night probably wouldn't go to plan. Tired kids = unhappy kids!
- Write their name and your mobile number on a piece of paper and stick it in their shoe or pocket just in case they loose sight of you and you become separated.
- Can't face White Night in the evening? Do it as day breaks in the morning. It probably makes sense to get up at the crack of dawn and head in but I'd be wary of people who've had a few too many drinks the night before (even though White Night is alcohol free). Still, that's the Mum in me coming out and to be honest i'm not sure I could face it that early in the morning. We know a few families who chose to do it this way. Whatever works!
So...White Night Melbourne with kids - ABSOLUTELY!
See this year's program and plan, plan, plan!