Amazing arts experiences for families

Spider Goat

There are many ways to enjoy the awesome FREE family fun in Central Geelong on Friday 4 May - but one of the easiest is to follow Geelong After Dark’s Amazing Arts Adventure.

It’s easy to participate - just pick up a postcard from one these venues: Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Geelong Gallery, Courthouse Youth Arts, Market Square, Westfield Geelong or the National Wool Museum - and start your journey!

Follow the clues to hunt down amazing arts experiences. Collect a stamp at each point and when you reach the final destination, pop your postcard in the collection box for a chance to win some great prizes. Completed cards must be submitted by 9pm to go in the draw.

One of the family-friendly highlights of this year’s Geelong After Dark will be the exhibition Spider-Goat & The Insect Electro at the National Wool Museum.

Internationally renowned contemporary artist Kathy Holowko has created a giant immersive spider web inspired by the spider goat (genetically modified goats that produce spider silk). Yep, the spider goat is actually a “thing”. Google it!

Light-filled cocoons with gentle electro beats will lead you through the installation where you unravel an unusual and thought provoking story about animal fibres. 

Kathy has teamed up with Pierre Proske from Sensory Empire who has brought his sound and lighting magic to this enchanting installation, created especially for the National Wool Museum and Geelong After Dark.

Another must-do After Dark highlight for families is a visit to the Geelong Library. See the Dome come alive at night. Explore the mysterious and illuminating world of bugs, beetles and other creepy crawlies in a whole new way with pop-up performances, artistic installations and interactive happenings. Create your own glow-in- the-dark mini-beast as part of the Amazing Arts Adventure and experience a world of bugs, beetles and bees.

Pop next door to the Geelong Gallery and delve into the world of children’s books with Reimagine - a survey of Australian children’s literature and book illustration over the past 20 years. Keep your eyes open for the owl and stop in at the creative finger puppet station for some crafty fun.

There will be plenty of action across the road too at Geelong Performing Arts Centre. Look out for costumed crusaders, pop-up music performances and tinkle the ivories on the People’s Piano.

But don’t just limit your visit to the main venues when there’s so much more to explore and surprises around every corner. African drumming and dancing, circus performers, sculptures, street art, theatre and so much more.

Bring warm clothes and a sense of adventure. You never know what you’ll discover!