March 12 - March 14 2022

Paper Planet at ArtPlay

Paper Planet is a universally accessible experience that families find utterly captivating.

A Paper Planet production photo. A smiling child with long dark hair wears large handmade paper wings and other paper costume pieces.

Presented by ArtPlay for Moomba Festival

Children and families are invited into a forest of tall cardboard trees and after exploring the space, they add to this strange and delicate planet using only paper, tape and their imaginations. Theatre and play merge in this magical place, as creatures, plants, costumes, characters, stories and adventures spring to life.

Paper Planet grows as more families visit, and every session is truly unique as imaginations go wild. Children choose how they interact with the performers and with other children; some children find themselves absorbed in quiet making, and others prefer to play and explore.

Paper Planet is child-led, deeply involving and highly sensory, and sure to delight the whole family.

“It was amazing. We felt inspired and safe.” Parent

Bookings will open at 7am each day – i.e. Saturday sessions will open for bookings at 7am on Saturday. Sunday sessions will open for bookings at 7am on Sunday. Monday sessions will open for bookings at 7am on Monday.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your session to check in. ArtPlay is unable to admit latecomers.

ArtPlay brings together children (from babies to 13 years of age) and artists to explore and create innovative arts experiences that encourage self-expression and playful exchange. ArtPlay offers creative encounters that are by, for and with children and can be experienced at ArtPlay or in your own home.

Logo: ArtPlay

Saturday 12 March – Monday 14 March

  • 10am-11am
  • 11.30am-12.30pm
  • 2pm-3pm
  • 3.30pm-4.30pm

Bookings will open at 7am each day – i.e. Saturday sessions will open for bookings at 7am on Saturday. Sunday sessions will open for bookings at 7am on Sunday. Monday sessions will open for bookings at 7am on Monday.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your session to check in. ArtPlay is unable to admit latecomers.

  • Paper Planet will take place indoors in the Main Space.
  • The ArtPlay building is wheelchair accessible, with wheelchair accessible entrances and bathrooms. These are open at all times while the building is open.
  • All bathrooms in the ArtPlay building are all-gender and individual cubicles.
  • There is no ATM at ArtPlay.
  • Paper Planet is a universally accessible experience, there is no English language barrier, and it can be entirely non-verbal.
  • Children and families choose how they engage with the performers and the space, moving around as they like.
  • Polyglot Theatre and ArtPlay staff are trained in disability and cultural awareness.
  • A visual story for this season is available to view and download here: Paper Planet visual story.
  • To help us prepare for your participation, please let ArtPlay know if you have a medical condition or allergies that we should be made aware of in advance, or if you have any access requirements or questions. Please contact ArtPlay via artplay@melbourne.vic.gov.au

The following COVID-safety measures are in place to ensure that everyone can have fun safely.

  • Proof of COVID vaccination or appropriate medical exemption will be required for all Paper Planet attendees aged over 18 years.
  • All Paper Planet attendees will be asked to check in on arrival.
  • You will need to pre-book to attend Paper Planet.
  • Within the sessions, density quotas will be maintained.
  • Baby change facilities are available at ArtPlay. These are wheelchair accessible, and accessible by parents of any gender.
  • Pram parking will be available alongside the performance space.
  • Water, breastfeeding/chestfeeding and infant’s bottles are welcome during the sessions, however we do ask that there is no eating (where possible) in Paper Planet.
  • ArtPlay has a free water fountain available for refilling bottles.

Parking

  • The closest parking (including disabled parking) is in the Federation Street Car Park (Wilson Parking). To get to ArtPlay from the car park, take the lift or stairs down to the ground level and exit through the door facing out to the playground. Cross over the playground; ArtPlay is the red brick building next to it. For more information about rates and to book parking, please visit: wilsonparking.com.au/park/3250_Federation-Square-Car-Park

Public Transport

  • Flinders Street Station (train) is wheelchair accessible and has escalators, lifts, a hearing loop and info screens. For the Metro Trains Access Guide, please visit metrotrains.com.au/station-accessibility-features
  • Federation Square/Swanston St #13, Stop ID 19499 (tram) is a level access stop, but not all routes that use this stop are currently serviced by low-floor trams. For more information about this stop, visit ptv.vic.gov.au/stop/2204/federation-squareswanston-st-13/1/tram
  • To get to ArtPlay from the train station or tram stop, cross over Swanston Street towards Fed Square and follow the river along Princes Walk until you see the playground on the left-hand side. ArtPlay is the red brick building next to the playground.

Contact

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Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.