Seniors Card in wallet? Check. Sunscreen packed? Check. Dance moves mastered for flash mob? Check.
From 5 October, more than 25,000 seniors will head to the city to take part in a range of free events and activities as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival. Here are some of the highlights of the week-long program.
Grand Organ concert
Everyone’s favourite baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, will be celebrated on Wednesday 8 October in this free organ concert by Martin Setchell. If you’re yet to experience the majesty of the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, this is your chance.
Technology and dance classes
For those feeling a bit behind with technology, Melbourne libraries are running a series of free classes on using Facebook, email and Skype. They’re also putting on tango lessons (ooh la la), grandparent’s storytime and history classes.
Let’s get physical
Get some exercise at Melbourne’s recreation centres – City Baths, Carlton Baths, North Melbourne Rec Centre and Kensington Rec Centre – with free yoga and tai chi classes, followed by morning tea. Space is limited, so book early.
Set sail for Docklands
Head to Docklands for a range of activities on both sides of the harbour. A ferry service, free for Seniors Card holders, will reveal the sites from the water as you cross Victoria Harbour, between New Quay Promenade and Library at The Dock.
Experience a flash mob
For those heading into Federation Square on Sunday 5 October, keep an ear out around 12.30pm. We don’t want to give too much away, so let’s just say there are a whole heap of people practicing their moves for a very special performance.
The Victorian Seniors Festival runs from 5 to 12 October across the city.