The Weekender: November 30 – December 2

EXPLORE the magical world of Narnia, join in the city’s Christmas celebrations, or grab a really cheap pizza at an iconic Melbournian pub this weekend. Diane Leow has the details.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition
Until February 2, 2013 – The Pavilion at Docklands

Fans of C.S. Lewis’ popular book series The Chronicles of Narnia, rejoice! Walk through the cupboard into a wintry wonderland and experience the wonder of the White Witch’s icy throne or reach out and touch a frozen waterfall. You may even pick up a science fact or two by finding out how our actions affect the earth’s climate, and if us humans really can communicate with animals. Check out the trailer above and get excited! Tickets are $19.90 for adults and are available at Ticketmaster. For more information, head to the website.

Melbourne Knowledge Week
Until December 1

When one thinks about Melbourne, what comes to mind? Good coffee, amazing food, and diverse culture, perhaps? Melbourne is also home to many knowledge organisations and universities (the latter we all know about!). Melbourne Knowledge Week provides a platform for the city to showcase her strengths in the knowledge sector, and encourage discussion about various advancements we are seeing in the world today. Topics include higher education, biotechnology, creative industries and more.

Plus, there are many events that don’t require an admission fee. The above video presents Augmented Reality, a multimedia sensory experience. You can activate virtual scenes, interact with virtual people, or even watch a digital plane land right in Federation Square. Download the knowledge week program guide here, or head on over to the events listing.

Calling all women - take part in a free self-defence class in the CBD on Friday evening! Photo: Wing Chun Bing Fa Kung Fu Academy

Free Women’s Self-defence Classes
Until Friday, November 30

Ever wanted to kick some butt but end up flailing all four limbs? Or perhaps you always wanted to pick up some self-defence skills but never had the time. For one week, Wing Chun Bing Fa Kung Fu Academy is offering free self-defence classes for women of all ages. The classes are all in the evenings at Wing Chun Bing Fa Academy, which is on Swanston Street in the city. Click here to sign up or call 0421 809 462 to book.

Join in the Christmas Cheer at City Square on Friday! Photo: Steve Davidson via Flickr

Official Launch of the Christmas Festival 2012
Friday, November 30 – City Square

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go… Less than a month till Christmas arrives! From 7.30pm, enjoy a whole array of activities. Watch a Christmas pantomime, say hello to Santa, and be amazed as the iconic City Square Christmas tree is lit.

Grab a cheap pizza at Bimbo's this weekend. Photo: Ryan Hyde via Flickr

Bimbo Deluxe Turns 10!
Until Sunday, December 2

Bimbo’s is a Melbourne institution. Known for cheap pizzas and great DJs spinning music seven days a week, they are celebrating a decade of great food and music until this Sunday. All pizzas go for $2 during lunch, and $3 for dinner – and who doesn’t love a great bargain?

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