School holiday activities
The Victorian School Holidays will start on 29 June - 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.On this page
Arts Centre Melbourne - Kids and Families
Grug and the Rainbow - More stories based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior. 1-5 July 2015.
Intergalactic Sound Stage Workshop - A fantastic sound design workshop that gives you the opportunity to record your own sound design, dialogue and narration for a video excerpt of the exciting The Intergalactic Nemesis stage show. Have a go at bringing the graphic novel to life with sound effects and your very best acting voice and take home your finished creation. 10 July 2015.
Music Makers - Did you love our Instant Rockstar workshop? Here’s a most excellent follow-on workshop just for you. Spend time on the music, putting together super awesome loops, recording your voice, mixing your track and extending your music composition skills. At the end, we’ll send you your track so you can play it for your family and friends. 7 July 2015.
The Magic Chicken - It looks like another quiet day in the run-down old bistro - until the arrival of an unexpected feathery visitor. This clucky young lady soon has the besotted chefs wrapped around her wing tip, until a ravenous customer stirs the situation up into a casserole of confusion. Will our plucky chicken escape the pot? Will the wolfish customer get his just desserts? Can our dumb waiters stop the caper from turning to custard? 8-12 July 2015.
The Time of Your Life - Whether it’s a birthday party, a camping trip, playing in the Grand Final or a difficult challenge you’ve faced, it’s important to remember the times of your life and the people you love. In this workshop, you’ll make a photo story with pictures from a treasured time, and narrate the story that means so much to you. 6 July 2015.
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.
Alliance Française de Melbourne - Enhance The Future Of Your Child: Opt For French - The programs are designed to expose early learners to French and provide them with basic skills through games and fun activities (mimes, drawing, craft, stories, songs, dancing). Children learn in a vibrant, playful and stimulating environment. Enrolments are now open for intensive classes from 29 June – 10 August 2015 (mornings) and Term 3 courses beginning 13 August 2015.
ArtPlay - The ArtPlay schools program offers a range of workshops covering a variety of art-forms for you and your students to explore.
Bindu Creative Dance - Creative movement/art sessions for primary school aged kids.
Bits & Pieces - offers a place whereby customers can come into the studio and spend some time to build/paint our wooden models.
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 July school holidays. The Box Hill Community Arts Centre's range of programs are tailored for children, teenagers and family activities.
Bubble Dome Workshops - Learn skills in a range of the latest Technology and computer workshops across Melbourne. Workshops include Robotics, Minecraft, Girlcraft, Coding, App and Web Design and Looming for 5-18 years. Various locations include Brighton Grammar, Kingswood Coolege and Tintern Grammar.
Charteris Music School - Music @ Charteris - Enjoy creative fun at our 'Sing & Make Music' School Holiday Programs!
Club Engineer - Build and program robots with Lego Mindstorms, Write then play your own computer games. Club Engineer teaches tech-savvy kids, teens and young adults engineering principles through robotics and game programming. Our junior program is for students from year five to year seven and prepares them for entering the Robocup Rescue competition. Our middle and senior school programs are for students from year eight and beyond and teaches game programming using a variety of commercial languages and tools. All our course-ware is available online for free for those who can not make it to a face-to-face session.
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 AprilSchool Holidays Fun! Open to ages 4 to 13 years who love music, songs and singing.
e2 Young Engineers offer Lego Challenge for children between the ages of 6-12 years. We build educational models like amusement park rides, aircraft, transportation vehicles, cranes etc using Lego bricks and Lego technic while developing creativity, concentration and social skills to name a few.
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.
Magic School with Tim Credible the Magician - This interactive workshop brings children into the world of magic, and teaches them how to perform some dazzling magic tricks.
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!
Music Works Magic - Fun for all during the school holidays.
Performing Camps of Australia - Workshop based in Melbourne. Classes in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre & Technique 7 hours of dancing, with qualified and very experience teachers.
PrimeSCI! School Holiday Science Workshop Programs - The April School Holiday Science Workshops will run from Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th April, and will be a fun-filled week of hands-on holiday science for curious kids from Kindergarten to Year 8. Lessons will include Lego Robotics, Forensic Science, Erupting Volcanoes and Squid Dissection!
PrimeSCI! Science in the Park Programs - The Science in the Park programs will run from Monday 30th March to Thursday 2nd April at Braeside Park, and Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th April 2015 at Coolart Wetlands & Homestead, and will be fun-filled hands-on science in the outdoors for curious kids from Prep to Year 6. Programs will include Freshwater Habitats, Australian Biodiversity (Frogs) and Plants, Sap & Guts.
Robotics Club Australia Holiday Camps - Robotics and technology holiday camps for kids and teens. Programs available every school holiday with exciting modules which promote innovation among kids and teens with a strong focus on STEM and STEAM education in an engaging way. Includes Young Explorer, Young Inventor and Teen Innovator.
Sound of Moves Art, Dance & Drama Workshops - Fun and creative workshops suitable for ages 3-10yrs.
The Space Dance & Arts Centre School Holiday Program - Build your child's confidence with 3 AMAZING days of dancing, singing, & acting. No experience needed, just a creative mind and a passion for having fun!
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.
Tim Credible's Family Magic Show - A dynamic, interactive comedy magic show presented by one of Melbourne's favourite children's entertainers, Tim Credible the Magician. Guest starring Douzie the Dragon, Ace the Party Poodle and of course YOU!
Tree Sparrow Treasures - Jewellery making workshops, workshops are aimed at 5+ age group and 10+ age group.
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.
Alice's Wonderland - Jump down the rabbit hole into a magical, bizarre and fascinating world of illusion and mystery! Until 1 November 2015.
The Anzac battlefield: Landscape of war and memory - The enduring fascination with Gallipoli is explored in this exclusive exhibition which presents some 100 items recovered from the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Gallipoli battlefield (2010 – 14) supported by the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish governments. Historical and geographical context is provided by maps and engravings on loan from the University of Melbourne, the Mehmet Ugurlu print collection and the Turkish Naval Forces Command. 14 April - 31 August 2015
Think Ahead - What will our future be like? Daily, Now Showing.
Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family - If you thought you knew tyrannosaurs, think again. 23 May - 4 October 2015
WWI: Love & Sorrow - The world's most destructive conflict recalled through the experiences of eight people. Daily.
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.IMAX
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.
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.
Immigration Museum - Winter School Holiday Program - 27 June – 12 July 2015.
Melbourne Museum - Winter School Holiday Program - 27 June – 12 July 2015.
Scienceworks - Winter School Holiday Program - 27 June – 12 July 2015.
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, 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
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.
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.
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!
Out and About
Bundoora Park - Bundoora Park offers a great holiday program for primary school aged children where they spend the day on the farm.
Eureka Skydeck - Visit Eureka Skydeck these Winter School Holidays where kids can enjoy free explorer activities between 11am-4pm daily.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.
Fruit Tasting Tractor - Orchard Fruit Tasting Tours are available between 9am to 4pm seven days a week year round.
Fun4Kids Festival - Fun4Kids Festival is Australia's BEST children's festival made up over 80 live performances and an incredible array of kids activities throughout our amazing zones....everyone in the family will be entertained! With so many things to do in one location, you can choose your own adventure and enjoy the Festival at your own pace. The festival is a week long extravaganza of fun! 28 June - 4 July 2015
Luna Park - Ride all day or get your skates on and push, glide or swing-roll into Luna Freeze.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel - Fly in to Spring at the Star these school holidays and enjoy Melbourne's delightful sunshine from above.
Puffing Billy - Get on board Puffing Billy.
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.
Sports and Active
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.
Amazing Golf - kids club over the winter.
AMP IT UP - 1 or 2 day Holiday Programs are designed to provide boys and girls aged 5-12 with the opportunity to develop their sporting skills and be active, while making new friends in a safe and fun environment. Offering a range of programs including AFL, Netball, Cricket, Soccer and Basketball and with programs run in partnership with Melbourne City, Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades, AMP IT UP Holiday Programs will ensure a fun time is had by all.
Bop Till You Drop - Performing arts programs to build confidence in your child. Ideal for 5-12yr olds. Programs run for 2 full days in 4 locations every school holidays.
BOUNCE Tramp Camp - is the best way to beat boredom these school holidays! Exclusively designed for kids aged 9-12, Tramp Camp provides daily supervision whilst kids get to explore the awesome facilities at BOUNCE. Kids will experience non-stop fun developing their aerial skills, throwing dodge balls and launching themselves into the Big Bag. Tramp Camp is great exercise and an opportunity to make some awesome new friends - join the Free-Jumping Revolution!
Collingwood Football Club School Holiday Program - The Collingwood Football Club Holiday Program will be held on Wednesday 8th April from 9:30am-3:30pm. The program is a day full of fun filled football and fitness activities for children aged 6-12 years old, held at the home of the Collingwood Football Club in Olympic Park. Cost is $130 per child and includes a Subway lunch, giveaways, opportunity to meet selected Collingwood players and a day full of fun!
Community Sports Camps - Register now for our upcoming camps. Footy, Netball or Soccer.
Jump Factory Trampoline Park - Melbourne's hottest new trampoline park is here!
Inflatable World - Inflatable World is a safe, high energy, maximum activity zone on a fully inflatable indoor playground.
Kids & Teens Yoga - Join us for some Yoga fun especially designed for children.
Latitude - a massive, indoor aerial superpark and features - amongst other things - trampolines, an obstacle course, rock climbing, basketball lanes, and a kids zone for younger children. There's something for children of every age, and parents can relax with something from the cafe, knowing their kids are safe and well-supervised in the brand new, state-of-the-art facility.
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 - 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 - the ultimate school holiday program for your active 5-12 year old!
Ready Set Trot - Ready Set Trot is a junior participation program for children with an interest in horses but don’t have one of their own. Ready Set Trot aims to introduce young people to horses and provide them with a better understanding of horsemanship in a fun and exciting way – regardless if they have access to a horse or not. Ready Set Trot will teach the fundamentals of horsemanship, introduce young people to the many various areas of the horse industry and aims to instill in them a lifelong passion for horses.
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.
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.
Tandivale Equestrian Centre School Holiday Program - runs a day program each holidays suitable for beginner and experienced riders from 7yo.
Team Holiday - a multi-award winning holiday program providing full-day activities to over 35,000 children aged 5-15 every year. We operate from over 20 convenient locations across Melbourne and greater Victoria. 95% of families surveyed rated us better than any other Holiday Program they'd ever been to. Our programs are perfect for working families or for kids who are just looking for fun activities to do during their holiday break.
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