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Let your imagination out to play during the Commonwealth Games!

The Big Dingo
Hey kids! Bring your parents down to the Alexandra Gardens during the Games and help build the biggest dingo ever. The City of Melbourne's ArtPlay is taking over a corner of the Gardens with its Big Dingo project, a collaborative arts program for kids created especially for the Commonwealth Games. Sculptors Suzanne Davis and Amanda King are creating a massive frame for a 6-metre high dingo, and they need help to decorate it. So come on down - the ArtPlay team will help you make beautiful native Australian flowers like wattle, waratah, heath and banksia from recycled materials. Once the flowers are finished, they'll be stuck on the Dingo until it's completely covered and turned into a beautiful floral sculpture. The workshops are free and all materials are supplied. Suitable for children of all ages.

Kite Creatures
You can also drop into the ArtPlay starshade and spend up to half an hour assembling a colourful hand-held platypus kite. Supervised by artist Lizz Lethlean and the ArtPlay team, this hands-on experience is suitable for children aged 5 years and above. The kite-making workshops are free and all materials are supplied.

Date: 16 - 18 March, 20 - 25 March
Time: 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Date: 19 March
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Alexandra Gardens
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