We finally made it to the NGV

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On Saturday we finally made it the NGV Triennial exhibition in the city. It didn’t disappoint. We were a little late to the party, it’s been open since December and I think everyone I know in Melbourne has been. If you haven’t, you have a few days until it closes. A few words made me super keen to go, “interactive” and “free”. What more could a parent want than a free and interactive exhibition to take their baby to for a family outing? Nothing in the world is free anymore and there aren’t many things that appeal to an 11 month old and the parents as well. 

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I’ve been waiting to go since February, my news feed was flooded with photos of skulls and flowers and I wanted to see it for myself. However getting to the NGV seemed more challenging than normal. My husband and I are no city slickers. We don’t know our way around, we have no concept of peak hour traffic, and frankly we just about avoid it at all costs. But we finally made plans to go a few weeks ago. It didn’t end well. We chose possibly the worst time to drive in. It took us an hour and half to get into the city as opposed to half an hour. By this point we were rather frustrated. Hunter was starting to cry and I’m pretty sure he needed a serious nappy change!  

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Finally we got into the city. We made it. Yeah....no.  The two closest car parks were full. The other car parks politely informed us that they would be $64 for the day and I impolitely declined their invitation. What on earth is the point of going to free exhibition if parking will cost more than your lunch? This was not the day we had in mind. By this point the screaming had started from the back, I was practicing some deep breathing, failing mind you and Michael was not so silently fuming about how he spent his only day off in two weeks doing his two most hated things; driving and going to the city. All three of us chucked a giant tantrum and we went home. 2 hours in the car. We didn’t see skulls or flowers. Just the inside of my car. 

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A few weeks later we had recovered from our disaster of a family day and made the effort to go again. 30 minutes in. $16 for a carpark. A bright sunny clear day. It was perfect. The NGV was beyond incredible. Hunter loved it all, we loved it all. Each room was so different to the next, beautiful and inspiring in its own way. We had lunch on Southbank afterwards, soaking in the Autumn Sun and listening to buskers. Follow that up with some cheeky gelato and a walk along the river, we couldn’t have asked for a better family day out!  

Moral of the story don’t give up on your dreams. Try, try, try again. Or in actual fact the moral is plan your trips better next time! 

Emily x

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