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January 26 Public Holiday

Kids + Families
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Kids + Families


Friday 26 January 2024
10am - 10pm


Main Square
The Atrium
The Edge


Lift access
Wheelchair accessible

Getting There

Head to Fed Square for a day of free programming, food and giveaways – and a break from the heat of the day.

There will be free activities for kids, including screenings of Kangaroo Beach, music-making sessions with Junkyard Beats, and arts and craft activities with Yarn Strong Sista.

There are also free food giveaways (limited numbers available), including picnic hampers from Transport Hotel, burgers by Digging for Fire, sausages from Absolute Bangers, Mabu Mabu salads, and Giovanni’s Gelatos. Quench your thirst with free drinks, from SLURP-IT slushies to Blak Brew iced coffees.

To beat the heat in style, grab exclusive giveaways from Clothing the Gaps and Ochre Sunscreen.

As the sun sets, gather for an evening screening of the Australian Open Semi Finals.

Australia Day programming presented by Fed Square in partnership with the Victorian Australia Day Council.

Free Entertainment & Activities

10am–11am: Junkyard Beats workshop | Main Square
10am–12pm: Yarn Strong Sista face painting and necklace making | The Atrium
11.30am–12.30pm: Junkyard Beats workshop | Main Square
12pm–3pm: Yarn Strong Sista ochre painting and bush bouquet making | The Atrium
1pm–2pm: Junkyard Beats workshop | Main Square
1.15pm–3pm: Kangaroo Beach live performance (4 x 10 minute shows) | Main Square
2.30pm–3.30pm: Junkyard Beats workshop | Main Square

Freebies & Free Food

10am: Clothing the Gaps hats and Ochre 60ml sunscreens* | Main Square & The Atrium
10am–12pm: Morning tea by PAWA Catering* | The Atrium
11am: Picnic hampers* | Collect from Transport Hotel
12pm: Salads from Mabu Mabu, burgers from Digging for Fire, sausages from Absolute Bangers, coffees from Blak Brew, slurpies from SLURP-IT* | Main Square
2pm: Ice creams from Giovanni’s Gelato* | Main Square
3pm–4pm: Afternoon tea by PAWA Catering* | The Atrium

*while stocks last

On The Big Screen

10am–4pm: Kangaroo Beach screenings | Main Square
4pm–late: AO Semi Finals | Main Square

Click here for more information about 26 January Public Holiday across Victoria.

Green My Plate

Thanks to the closed loop system from Green My Plate, the January 26 Public Holiday will be a low waste event. All food vendors will be serving up their delicious food on the reusable Green My Plate plates and bowls which you then simply place into the pink bins within the venue. The team from Green My Plate will be continuously collecting the reusable plates and cups to then wash and recirculate, leaving a cleaner footprint, and diverting single-use food packaging from landfill.

The process is simple. Simply head to your choice of food vendor, order up, then place your reusable plate in the pink bin.

The plates will be reused over and over at events across Victoria. We encourage and thank everyone for doing their part and assisting us with making dishes, not waste.