Gardens of the Galapagos

Combining the beauty of the Galapagos Islands with the magic of interactive puppetry, we are proud to present Gardens of Galapagos — a live outdoor theatre experience coming to Bentleigh these school holidays.

Explore the animal life and flora of this unique environment, then stay on to meet the puppets after the show.

Inspired by Graeme Base’s popular children’s book The Waterhole, Gardens of the Galapagos is brought to life by puppetry studio A Blanck Canvas.

Event dates and location

  • Thursday 29 September, 6.30pm–7.20pm and 8pm–8.50pm
  • Friday 30 September, 6.30pm–7.20pm and 8pm–8.50pm
  • Saturday 1 October, 6.30pm–7.20pm and 8pm–8.50pm

Hodgson Reserve, Higgins Road, Bentleigh

This is an outdoor event. Gates will open from 5.30pm, with access to the event seating area from 6pm for the 6pm show.

The show will run for approximately 20–​25mins. Stay on afterwards to meet the puppets!

Bookings are free however a ticket is required for all guests over the age of 3+ years. Click on the below booking link and select the date and time you would like to attend.


What time does the event start?

The event space opens 30 minutes prior to each session. Please check your ticket for the date and time of your booking.

How long does the event go for?

The event includes a 25-minute performance, followed by an opportunity to ‘meet the puppets’. Each event session will run for approximately 50 minutes in total.

Do I need to book for this event, and how much does it cost?

Bookings recommended but walk-ups welcome. This is a free event, but it is best to book a ticket for the date and time you want to attend. Tickets are not required for children under 3 years.

Can I get tickets on the night?

Tickets will only be available on the night if the event is not booked out. We encourage all guests to pre-book tickets to avoid disappointment.

What should I bring?

We all know Melbourne weather can be unpredictable! This is an outdoor, evening event and so we recommend wearing warm clothes and wet-weather gear.

The event space is a grassed oval, and seating is not provided. We strongly recommend guests bring their own picnic blankets to sit on as the ground may be wet.

Guests who BYO chairs will be seated towards the back of the event space, so that all children and guests sitting on the ground can see the show without obstruction of chairs.

Is the event accessible?

Increased parking spaces will be available on Higgins Road for those with an Australian Disability Parking Permit.

The event space is a grassed oval, with concrete paths circulating the space. Toilets, including an accessible toilet, are available at the venue.

We are happy to assist if you have access requirements in order to participate in the event. Please contact the event team via phone on 03 9524 3333 or email us at to discuss your requirements.

Are there any road closures or traffic changes to know about?

No, there will not be any road closures in the surrounding area, but we ask that you take care when driving near the event area due to increased patrons walking to the event. Speed limits may be reduced in surrounding streets to allow for increased traffic.

Is there parking available nearby?

There is limited parking available in the streets surrounding Hodgson Reserve. We encourage guests to walk or catch public transport where possible.

Will there be food and drinks available for purchase?

Light refreshments will be available to purchase at the venue. The Carnegie Lions Club will be offering a sausage sizzle and popcorn, crepes will be available from Carnival Crepes, and ice cream. Drinks will also be available to purchase from both vendors.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, guests may bring their own food and drinks.

Can I bring my dog/pet?

There will be small children, music, loud noises, along with bright/flashing lights during the show. For this reason, dogs will not be allowed within the event space, and must be on a leash within the park during the event times.

Can I bring a pram?

Yes, prams are welcome but will be required to be left in the allocated pram parking area.

Can I smoke at the event?

No, all Glen Eira City Council events are smoke-free.

Will the event be called off if it’s raining?

This is a purely outdoor event, and in the case of heavy rain or dangerous weather, the event may need to be cancelled in the lead up to or on the day of the event. We will contact all guests via the email provided at the time of booking if this happens. Please also keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook pages for up-to-date information.

What happens if my child gets lost?

Please alert a member of the Council's event team or security personnel.

All our event staff are trained in lost child procedures.

What happens if I hurt myself?

St John Ambulance staff are on-site at all events.

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