This is the first post in a new series of day trips in and around Melbourne and what better place to start than our wonderful city. Apart from a 2-year stint in London, I have lived in Melbourne my whole life. I have always loved it and apart from New York, I don’t think I would want to live anywhere else in the world.
So to our day… Last Friday I took Mum and Ava into the city. We had booked tickets to see The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the stage version of the classic children’s book by Judith Kerr.
As it was a beautiful sunny day, we decided to head in a little early so we could take a walk around the NGV and the Arts Centre. The show time was 1.30pm and we needed to eat before hand, so I was super happy to find a Yum Cha food truck out the front of the NGV. With a simple selection of dim sims and dumplings, how could you go wrong? We found a shady spot out front of the gallery and scoffed our tasty treats.
After lunch we walked up to the lawn at the Arts Centre and there was an outdoor installation called ‘Home’. A huge makeshift house has been built with shadow boxes on all sides that are filled with small house-shaped wooden blocks. Each small ‘home’ is made by a member of the public and represents their feelings of what home means to them. We loved looking at all of the different ‘homes’ and Ava was keen to point out her favourites.
Next it was show time at the Playhouse Theatre in the Arts Centre. This adaptation of the old-fashioned book, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, was full of fun, singing and audience participation (just like an old school pantomime). A little bit goofy with miming and slapstick-style humour, it was perfect for amusing the small peeps in the audience. The characters were really engaging and the tiger completely stole the show (the suit was brilliant!).
In the foyer a creative area was set up for the kids to create their own tin of tiger food (just like in the book), so we took the bits and pieces home for later. Mum had Ava for the night and they decided to create lots of different food for tiger (the stuffed toy that of course you have to buy because every other kid has one and your kid looks at you with those eyes and says ‘Mum, can I have a tiger toy?’. Damn you marketing peeps!). Mum tells me they worked on this for at least two hours leading up to bedtime – love it!
So it was back to the NGV for a coffee and babycino and a quick stop out front to touch the water-wall window. Ava was fascinated with the water feature as I remember being when I was a kid. Walking through to the cafe, it was hard not to miss Carsten Holler’s Golden Mirror Carousel. WOW! What a stunning installation and a gorgeous experience, although Mum wanted to kill me after we had to wait in line for at least 10 minutes just to get on it (she was obviously fading and in need of that coffee!).
After all of that excitement we went home to chill out, well I did as I waved goodbye to Mum and Ava as they left for Mum’s. Dan and I took the opportunity to go to the movies and catch a bite to eat afterwards. I seriously don’t remember the last time I went to dinner and a movie on a Friday night – RESULT!