School holiday activities

The Victorian School Holidays will start on 7 April - are you ready to entertain your children? Below are a range of activities you might consider to entertain them with over the summer school holiday period.

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Arts Centre Melbourne - Kids and Families

Bellissimo! - Never before has it been so easy to compose music for the landmark Federation Bells in Birrarung Marr. 14 April 2014.

Community Therapy Access Program - This new program has been established to develop partnerships with community disability organisations. 8 & 10 April 2014.

Instant Rockstar - Kids get to be the rockstar and director in this fun and easy music video workshop. 9 & 16 April 2014.

REMIX The Rap Guide to Evolution - Evolve your beat making skills by remixing one of Baba Brinkman’s vocal tracks from the The Rap Guide to Evolution, coming direct from Canada in June. 9-16 April 2014.

The 13-Storey Treehouse - A play by Richard Tulloch, adapted from the multi-award winning book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Directed by Julian Louis. 5-13 April 2014.

Arts, Crafts and Mixed

a3 - australian arts alive - Looking for something exciting to do these holidays? Join a3 – australian arts alive at our holiday programs for a fun and fresh approach to the performing arts.

ArtPlay - The ArtPlay schools program offers a range of workshops covering a variety of art-forms for you and your students to explore.

Australian Tapestry Workshop - School Holiday Weaving Workshop with Kate Mclaren. In this workshop children will do a short tour of the Workshop and watch the weavers at work then learn the art of hand weaving on their own mini loom. They will make a colourful tapestry to take home using the same yarn we use in the Workshop. Children can take their loom and some yarn home to keep making tapestries. Includes tuition by weaver and materials to take home. 15 April 2014.

Bindu Creative Dance - Creative movement/art sessions for primary school aged kids.

Blanc Canvas Studios - range of art lessons and classes for children aged 4 and up.

Box Hill Community School Holiday Program - Have fun at any age and ability with the fantastic range of art activities that will keep everyone creatively entertained during the April school holidays. The Box Hill Community Arts Centre's range of programs are tailored for children, teenagers and family activities. 7-17 April 2014.

Creation Music Education - Inspiring Young People to find their Voice! - Melbourne's Premier Music Education company, Creation Music Education, is offering another series of Children's Song Recording & Confidence Building Workshops for Easter School Holidays Fun! Open to ages 4 to 13 years who love music, songs and singing - We inspire confidence and self belief in your child! 19 April 2014.

Double Helix holiday programs (Victoria) - Join the science fun and games with a range of great holiday programs for children of all ages in Melbourne. Booking is essential for all programs. 8-17 April 2014, Various locations - Highett, Glen Waverley, Kew & West Footscray.

Gasworks - Kids Holiday Program - Gasworks’ kids programs offer creative and entertaining experiences for children aged 4 to 14 both during and outside School Holidays. Bringing together a range of energetic artists and performers who specialise in working with kids, our workshops, performances and classes are imaginative, engaging and fun!

GlazeIt Studio - Pottery Painting at GlazeIt Studio is a unique, fun and creative activity for all ages and occasions, which involves decorating ready-to-paint ceramics into beautiful and usable pottery pieces.

Just Dance - learning, playing, creating. Ph: 9555 1320

Kraftworks for Kids - a fun craft-based school holiday program for kids aged 8 through 14. Our activities include: Figurine Painting, Jewellery Making, Plasterkraft, Scale Modelling, and Stitchery. All activities encourage patience, persistence, and practical skills.

Little Acrobats Ballarat Circus School - Children can make their own hula hoop, juggling balls or poi! Mondays and Tuesdays 10:00am - 11:30am and 12:00pm - 1:30pm Circus skills Class $25 (ages 4-12 years) Juggling, diablo, poi, devil sticks, spinning plates, hula hoop and aerial hoop Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00am - 12:00pm and 12:30pm - 2:30pm 1 Hour Circus Skills Class $15 (ages 2-4 years) Fridays 11am.

Moving Into Music - conducting School Holidays 3-day Rhythm Workshops to be held 9,10 11 April 2014.

Music Theatre Boot Camp - Music Theatre Boot Camp is a school holiday empowerment program utilising the magic and beauty of theatre, music and dance to assist children explore their creativity and hidden (or well known) talents. In this 5 day program school-aged children learn a song and dance from a well known musical, as well as learn about stage craft and play lots of fun games to open up and liberate their voices and bodies. The children are with us at various locations around Melbourne between 9:30-3:00, and then perform what they've learned on the Friday for their personal onlookers!

PrimeSCI! School Holiday Program - Attention young scientists! It's time for eggstraordinary eggsperiments and to learn about science in the kitchen!

Robotics Club Autumn Holiday Program - Our Junior programs include building robotic models and exploring the use of gears, pulleys, levers, wheels, axels, motors and sensors and other electronic gadgets with simple programming. Senior Robotics programs will get students to build and program the NXT Mindstorms/EV3 robot and take on Bio Medical themed missions which gets them to explore ways to repair injuries and maximize the body's potential towards a healthier life.

Technology camps - A variety of technology driven holiday programs for kids and teens. Our robotics and technology modules promote a STEM education with all the holiday fun with the Young Explorer. Young Inventor and Young Innovator.

The Pop-up Book Factory - With Kid's Own Publishing, Ages 5-12, Abbotsford Convent. 8 & 17 April 2014.

Thread Den - During the school holidays, Thread Den offers a great range of sewing classes for kids aged 6 years and up. Develop skills with textiles, add to your folio, or just make something completely unique. Classes are run in Thread Den's light filled sewing lounges and are led by industry professionals and friendly instructors.

Tree Sparrow Treasures - Jewellery making workshops, workshops are aimed at 5+ age group and 10+ age group.

Westside Circus Autumn Holiday Program - Spend these school holidays at the circus! Westside Circus is offering workshops for kids 3 – 12 to improve general circus skills, make your own circus equipment and learn how to put on a show. For ages 10 – 15 we have specialist classes in Tumbling and Aerials, and a 3 day intensive which can help you refine your skills in your preferred discipline. We are also offering workshops during the holidays for young people aged 6 – 18 years with disabilities and their siblings through our Mixability Youth Circus program, where the focus is 'circus ability not disability'. 7-11/14-18 April 2014.

Wyreena Community Arts Centre - Wyreena Community Arts Centre offers a School Holiday Program several times throughout the year.


Ladro Kids Pizza Making Classes - Famous for their stellar pizza offering, Ladro will teach kids how to make the pizza base dough, roll it out and top it with some delicious and wholesome ingredients.


AZTECS - Discover the fascinating and ultimately tragic story of the Aztecs. 9 April - 10 August 2014.

Faith Fashion Fusion: Muslim Women’s Style in Australia - An exhibition exploring fashion, faith and Muslim identity. Until 9 June 2014.

First Peoples - First Peoples is now open at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum.

Rescue - How would you react in a high-pressure scenario with people's lives at stake? 22 March - 5 October 2014.

The 25th Object - We've gathered together 24 incredible items, each telling a myriad of stories about Geelong, but what should the 25th object be? 14 February - 18 May 2014.

The Big Think: The Big Bang theory in black and white - A perfect mix of art and science brings a new look to the Big Bang theory. Until 2 February 2014.

Think Ahead - What will our future be like? Daily, Now Showing.

Top Designs 2014 - Creative journeys start here. 22 March - 13 July 2014.

Winning Sky Photos: The David Malin Awards 2013 - See spectacular images of the night sky! 17 February - 27 April 2014.


ACMI - Kids' Flicks - Smart films for smart kids. Our fun-filled Kids' Flicks program is guaranteed to delight and captivate the imagination of children and grown-ups alike.



Bendigo Art Gallery - School Holiday Program - Imagine, design and create at our special holiday workshops.

Geelong Gallery - The Gallery offers a range of fun, family-friendly art adventures and workshops each school holiday.

Heide Museum of Modern Art - Kids Activities - Discover fun ways to explore the exhibitions and gardens at Heide with these FREE printable activities designed especially for kids.

National Gallery of Victoria - Activity for kids
Donkey's Tail Jnr - Improvised and experimental music made with unusual instruments. 27 March - 21 April 2014.
Fables go Pop - Especially for Melbourne Now, Preston Zly designs have made a selection of shoes inspired by some of their favourite fables, fairy tales and myths. On screen watch Johanna Preston make one of the fairy tale shoes and make your own paper shoe to keep and display at home. 27 March - 21 April 2014.

NGV Schools Programs - NGV Schools Programs are educational sessions for students and teachers in the Gallery that are led by an Educator. We advise groups (led or self-staffed) to book well in advance to reduce waiting times and ensure access.


State Library of Victoria - School Holiday Programs


Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E)

Museum Victoria
Immigration Museum - Autumn School Holiday Program - Mexican Holiday. 5 April - 21 April 2014.
Melbourne Museum - Autumn School Holiday Program - Awe Inspiring Aztecs. 5 April - 21 April 2014.
Scienceworks - Autumn School Holiday Program - Imagine the Future. 5 April - 21 April 2014.

National Sports Museum - Holiday Program

National Wool Museum

Shepparton Art Museum - Children's Programs

Nature and Wildlife

City of Melbourne Junior Rangers. Join the City of Melbourne Park Rangers in Melbourne's beautiful and historic parks and gardens for summer fun and adventure. Suitable for children aged 5 - 12 years, this environmental program incorporates art and craft, guided walks and story telling.

Collingwood Children's Farm - Open every day of the year.

Cooks' Cottage - How does YOUR garden grow? Come and visit Cooks Cottage during the spring school holidays and enjoy innovative activities where children can learn and have fun at the same time. The How Does YOUR Garden Grow? holiday program includes a fun workshop session where kids make their very own grass buddy.

Fitzroy Gardens - Visit the Tudor Village.

Gumbuya Park - Gumbuya Park has a variety of activities ranging from our Wildlife Sanctuary, Aboriginal Centre to a selection of rides. Wildlife tours available. All at a very affordable price. Free BBQ areas can be prebooked or a cafe is available to purchase from. Park is open daily 10am - 5pm.

Junior Rangers - Parks Victoria - Kids who have an interest in nature, animals and the outdoors have the opportunity this summer holiday to join a park ranger for fun activities. For more information, or to find a park near you visit www.juniorrangers.com.au or call Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

Marine Discovery Centre - The Marine Discovery Centre conducts special programs for adults and children throughout the year during school holidays and on weekends. These programs aim to provide people with the opportunity to experience the wonders of the marine environment.

Melbourne Aquarium - Wander through glass tunnels and see thousands of creatures, including sharks and stingrays, that live in the Southern Ocean.

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne - Explore 363 hectares of untouched heathlands, wetlands and woodlands, and see bird and animal life, including several rare and endangered species.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne - Children's Garden

Wildlife Xposure @ Prahran Market - Do your kids like wildlife? Have they ever wanted to handle a reptile or other native Australian Animal? Yes? Then you MUST bring them down to Prahran Market for this interactive wildlife demonstration. For the first time ever in its School Holiday Program, Prahran Market will offer children the opportunity to learn about and even handle (under qualified supervisors of course) some of Australia's most notable creatures. Thursday 17th April 10.30am-1.30pm.

Zoos Victoria - School holidays - During the school holidays we also offer full day educator-led holiday program's for kids and teenagers.
Healesville Sanctuary - Keeper for a Day - Our keepers have their hands full caring for our animals and need your help! Go behind the scenes with some of our most precious and endangered Australian animals these school holidays. Meet amazing predators such as Tasmanian Devils, platypus and snakes. Come and work as a keeper at Healesville Sanctuary to discover what it takes to care for these animals and fight extinction. 8, 9, 15 & 16 April 2014.
Healesville Sanctuary - Vet for a Day - Come and work alongside our vets on real life cases involving Healesville Sanctuary's animal collection and injured wildlife brought to the hospital. 9, 10, 16 & 17 April 2014.
Melbourne Zoo - Kids Go Wild - In Kids Go Wild children will have an action packed day, visit secret areas of the Zoo, meet animals up close, chat to Zoo keepers, take part in craft and games, and have fun with other kids who are as wild about animals as they are! 7-17 April 2014.
Werribee Open Range Zoo Keeper for a Day - If you are keen to find out what it takes to work in a zoo, caring for the amazing array of different animals, then come out to Werribee Open Range Zoo next school holidays. Come and discover what a keeper's day really involves! 8, 10 & 14 April 2014.

Out and About

A Maze'N Things

Bundoora Park - Bundoora Park offers a great holiday program for primary school aged children where they spend the day on the farm.

Federation Square - School Holiday Program - With a little planning a day out in the city doesn't have to be expensive. Throughout the school holidays Fed Square has a jam-packed program of free and affordable activities to delight visitors of all ages.

Fort Queenscliff - tours over the school holidays are at 11am, 1pm & 3pm each day of the school holidays.

Funfields - an outdoor family fun park featuring a range of both wet and dry rides including a toboggan slide, go karts, pirate ship, 5 waterslides, aquatic playground, mini golf and more.

Luna Park - Ride all day or get your skates on and push, glide or swing-roll into Luna Freeze.

Mt Baw Baw Kids' Adventure Festival - The inaugural Kids' Adventure Festival provides children and parents with the opportunity to experience a range of fun outdoor activities in a natural but safe setting, giving families exposure to the life-long benefits of activity in natural landscapes. The event has been specifically designed for the younger generation, with walks, runs, climbs, obstacle courses, bike rides and plenty more 'wild' play planned for the weekend event. 5-6 April 2014.

Puffing Billy - Get on board Puffing Billy.

Rippon Lea House & Gardens

Queen Victoria Market - School Holidays are bigger at Queen Victoria Market! Let the kids have some fun at one of the most exciting and colourful destinations in Melbourne with a range of FREE activities for kids to enjoy in a secure and safe environment!

Quest Skills for Life School Holiday Camps - School Holiday Camps in Victoria every school holidays. The journey based programs have a strong focus on Leadership and Development.

Sovereign Hill - Pan for gold or chat with the storekeepers and miners at Sovereign Hill.

SkyHigh - Enjoy the stunning views, an exquisite English garden, Adventurous SkyHigh Maze and links to trail walks in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Steam Train - All aboard for family fun.

Visit Melbourne - There is so much to see and do in Melbourne and with V/Line you can enjoy discounted entry at some of the best attractions.
Visit regional Victoria - There's something for everyone to enjoy in regional Victoria. Check out the special events and some of our favourite attractions.

Wonderland Fun Park


Gasworks Arts Park - Gasworks Arts Park offers double the excitement these school holidays as they present two outstanding premier children productions, the incredible acrobatic adventure Controlled Falling Project on 4-5 April, and the colourful storybook world of Tashi on Wednesday 16 April.

Sports and Active

AFL Victoria School Holiday Program - introduces both boys and girls who are turning 5 and turning no older than 12 in the year they register to the basic skills of Australian Football.

AllSportz Sports Camp - Suited to children between 2-10 years old, our unique school holiday program will immerse every child in to a world of sports, fun and excitement.

Archie Thompson School of Soccer - A 3 day football experience for boys and girls! 7-9 April 2014.

Bop Till You Drop - We run a structured performing arts program with rotating classes each day. Classes include: DANCING, SINGING, ACTING, Cooking, Science, Self-motivation, Goal setting and Team challenges . 8-17 April 2014.

Community Sports Camps - Register now for our upcoming camps. Footy, Netball or Soccer.


Ice Skating - Icehouse offers two Olympic-sized rinks, roving entertainers during the holidays, live DJ's skating sessions for late afternoon/early evening for older kids and teens, a tiny tots area for the non-skaters, plus lessons.

Kids & Teens Yoga - Join us for some Yoga fun especially designed for children.

Kix Camps - A unique, 3 day, sleep-away soccer camp for kids in the April school holidays. 7-9 April 2014.

Life Saving Victoria

Manningham YMCA - Manningham YMCA is now running holiday clinics for participants of a variety of skill levels and ages. The Clinics are designed to be fun, something new and expose children to a range of new sports and activities. By participating in this clinic you will learn new skills, make new friends and participate in sports which you may never have been able to.

Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre Queenscliff - Summer by the Sea Holiday Program at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre Queenscliff.

NetSports - Affordable Sports Camps. Basketball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Football, Netball, Tennis.

Noble Park Aquatic Centre - The NPAC and Springers School Holiday Program runs throughout the school holidays.

Planet Sport School Holiday Program - There is no better place to spend the school holidays than at Planet Sport Holiday Camp. 6-24 January 2014.

Skateboarding at Riverslide Skate Park - in the Alexandra Gardens, is a five-minute skate from Flinders Street Railway Station.

SoccerWise - Bialik College, Hawthorn East & Caulfield South Primary School, Caulfield South. Limited places - bookings essential. Soccer school holiday program for boys & girls 4 to 12 years of age!

SportWise - There is no better place to spend the school holidays than at a SportWise Multi-Sports Holiday Program. Soccer, Football, Cricket and much more!

Sportzbuzz - School holiday programs for 3-8 year old children. April 2014 school hoiday dates coming soon.

SSAAVIC Target Shooting - Do you want to try something different this school holidays? Why not try the exciting sport of target rifle shooting, in a safe and supervised environment at the SSAA Springvale Range? Stay tuned for more next holidays...

Strike Bowling - Got your school holiday battle plan ready?! School Holidays discounts for both student's and their accompanying parents for Bowling, Laser Tag, Karaoke and pool.

Carlton Baths Community Centre
Melbourne City Baths

Tandivale Equestrian Centre - school holiday program each weekday for children aged 6 and up, no previous riding experience is required. January School Holiday Program bookings will open in November!.

Visit your local council website for pools and activities in your area.

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