Its day 3 of winter school holidays.
The shopping centres are full with emo kids and angry mums.
There's nothing to do. WRONG!
Unless you have a partner to curl up on the couch with and watch the same season of Scrubs for the 64th time, this time of year can be pretty bloody boring! So we've come up with a little list of things to do over the next few weeks to keep you stimulated.
This year is Barbie's 50th birthday and the world (lead by Mattel) has gone nuts about it! Shangai helped celebrate by building the first Mattel Barbie flagship store. $60 million later, this bright pink six storey building is critically acclaimed as sheer architectural brilliance. It offers shoppers a unique kind of retail experience of all things Barbie. If you haven't seen footage have a gawk at this http://www.archdaily.com/21065/barbie-shanghai-store-slade-architecture/
Melbourne comes to the party by showcasing a forever Barbie exhibition at Federation square. The exhibition takes visitors through every aspect of Barbie's life over the past 50 years through the fashions, dream houses, cars, pets and her men. Here you will also be able to view over 300 Barbie dolls - the largest collection ever assembled in the Southern Hemisphere
Our favourite part of the exhibition though... your get to make your own Barbie! Robert Best, Barbies personal stylist, is there running a series of workshops taking you through the full design process in the 'Style-me Suite'.
Tickets are cheapies- only $15, for an afternoon which will take you right back to when you were a little girl and remind you why you spent years playing with Barbies. Get down to Federation Square between 10am and 6pm daily until the 12th July
Gertrude st Projection Festival
This is the second year of this festival in Fitzroy running from July 3rd until the 10th. Last year the entire of Gertrude st in Fitzroy was transformed into an outdoor gallery. You can walk, ride or drive through the st at night and view more than 20 sites of moving, still and installation works. This years theme is dream and it runs all week from 6pm - midnight.
Melbourne Magic Festival
Umm... How cool is this? 2 weeks. 70 performers. 20 shows for kids, families and adults only. Plus the Australian Junior Magic Championships! You can also make use of the magic classes and workshop.
Persuasion: Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen
This exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria is beautiful! It features 29th century fashion in throughout the lifetime of Jane Austen, with pieces dating back to the 1820's! This is highly recommended, it'll make you want to wear bustiers, full skirts and sip on English breakfast tea all day.
Melbourne Scarf Festival 2009
Ok, I don't really know about this one but it'd be a laugh.. if someone treks to Geelong to go to this festival at the National Wool museum pretty please leave a comment here and tell us about it!
The festival's theme this year is 'Transformations'. This is from the website:
This year's theme is 'transformations', which embodies the notion that all materials (plant, animal or synthetic), raw and/or existing, can be changed in form, appearance, nature or character to produce a new object - in this instance, a scarf.
Festival runs until 19th of July
Or perhaps you can see a stage show? There are plenty of blockbusters on at the moment ie Chicago, Avenue Q, Jersey Boys and Wicked.
If you have any more suggestions or have been to any of the above, tell us what you thought x