School holiday activities

The Victorian School Holidays start on 17 July 2017. Below are a range of activities you might consider to entertain them with over the autumn school holiday period.

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Arts Centre Melbourne - Kids and families

Arts Centre Melbourne - What’s on.

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.

Bits & Pieces - Offers a place where kids can come into the studio and spend time building and/or painting wooden models.

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 school holidays. The Box Hill Community Arts Centre's range of programs are tailored for children, teenagers and family activities.

Bricks 4 Kidz School Holiday Workshops - Designed for kids aged 5-12, creative play with Bricks 4 Kidz models and LEGO games. With themes inspired by the much loved movie franchises Star Wars, Minions, Frozen, Jurassic World and the ever popular Mine Craft game, children will work and play with LEGO Technic pieces such as gears, axles, electric motors and more.

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 College and Tintern Grammar.

Charteris Music School - Music @ Charteris - Enjoy creative fun at our 'Sing & Make Music' School Holiday Programs.

Daylesford Arts, Recreation and Cultural Centre - School Holiday Program - Running at the ARC over the 2 weeks of school holidays is a fun and diverse program of activities for school aged children.

Duldig Studio Museum + Sculpture Garden – Using Slawa’s art and design as inspiration, design your own umbrella, try your hand at sculpting or the so you think you can draw challenge.

Extend Before and After School Care - Open to primary school aged children, the holiday programs run according to a daily timetable of structured activities based on arts and crafts, sports, team games, cooking, science, construction, problem solving, dance and drama. Incursions and excursions are also offered on special days with limited places available.

Gasworks Arts Park – Gasworks’ kids holiday programs offer creative and entertaining experiences for children aged 4 to 14 during the school holidays. Bringing together a range of energetic artists and performers who specialise in working with kids, the 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.

KidsCo. School Holiday Program in your Workplace – Fun, developmental and age appropriate activities where your child will learn through play and exploration whilst building confidence, feeling good about themselves, and instilling leadership. With a curriculum designed by teachers and child care specialists with 15 years industry experience, each day features an exciting theme that incorporates all fundamental areas of learning (Active, Create, Move and Experiment) in a fun, engaging and inclusive environment.

Kids with soul - Creative, fun, musical event for children. Venue: Lower Templestowe.

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.

LEGO Education Learning Centres School Holiday Programs - Explore how robotics, mechanisms, renewable energy and creative construction engages students in playful learning.

Market Make It Zones – Market flavoured fun for the mini marketeers.

Music Works Magic - Fun for all during the school holidays.

No Vacancy Gallery – Photography, drawing, collage, jewellery, comics and crochet workshops. email info@no-vacancy.com.au for more info!

100 Story Holidays – Go on story-telling quests, make giant comics and create your own galaxies at 100 Story Building's creative writing workshops for ages 7 -16 years. Cost: $49/3 hour workshop.

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 experienced teachers.

Ready Steady Go Kids - Glen Waverley - Multi-sport program for 1.5 to 6 years. Our physio designed program teaches children the fundamentals of 10 different sports and develops essential motor skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.

Tree Sparrow Treasures - Jewellery making workshops for 5+ and 10+ age groups.




Families - There are so many amazing things for kids and adults to explore, play, watch and create at ACMI.

IMAX - Don’t just watch the movie, become part of it! IMAX provides the most immersive cinematic experience in the world. IMAX is Believing.


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

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 Education Programs - NGV Education Programs are designed to educate through art, and promote visual literacy, higher order thinking and communication skills and enhance students’ understanding of themselves and the world in which we live.

NGV Kids - Programs and events for kids.

NGV Teens - Programs and events for teens.

School Holidays at NGV - The NGV presents a range of specially developed artist projects, programs and publications for children and families. Visit the Gallery these school holidays and discover the creativity behind stop-motion animation and Australian car design, or learn to craft unique accessories with the makers from Melbourne's Thread Den sewing lounge.

State Library of Victoria - Kids & family.


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

Museum Victoria – Autumn Holiday Program

National Sports Museum - Holiday Program

National Wool Museum - Geelong

Shepparton Art Museum - Children's Programs

Nature and wildlife

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

Cooks' Cottage - A visit to the historic landmark Cooks' Cottage, situated in the beautiful heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens, is a must when exploring Melbourne.

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 pre-booked 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 school 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 Sea Life 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.

Zoos Victoria - School holidays - During the school holidays we also offer full day educator-led holiday programs for kids and teenagers.

Out and about

A Maze'N Things - Fun family attraction on Phillip Island. Perfect for families or groups looking for things to do on Phillip Island that everyone will enjoy.

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 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.

Funfields - an outdoor family fun park featuring rides designed for all ages including a specific kidzone. Rides include a toboggan slide, go karts, pirate ship, waterslides, aquatic playground, mini golf and more.

Greyhound Racing Victoria – A School Holiday Kids Program is being held at racing venues in Traralgon. Kids will enjoy big-screen interactive video games, face painting, karaoke, sporting activities and make new four-legged friends at the Greyhound Adoption Program stand. Meet Turbo – the GRV friendly mascot and enjoy Turbo themed activities including a jumping castle, inflatable slide, activity bags and photo opportunities. Entry is free and kids will also receive a complementary meal and drink.

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

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Puffing Billy - Get on board Puffing Billy - Australia's premier preserved steam railway and operates every day except Christmas Day!

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.

Rippon Lea House & Gardens Grab a picnic, some friends, family and enjoy a wonderful family day out at Rippon Lea House & Gardens.

What's on at the Shrine - Upcoming talks, screenings and curator tours.

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

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

Victorian Goldfields Railway - Steam Train - All aboard for family fun.

Visit Regional Victoria - There's something for everyone to enjoy in regional Victoria. Check out the special events and some of our favourite attractions.


Guy Le Magicien – Guy Ranguin is a famous New Caledonian artist - a magician, ventriloquist and balloon modellor. Let Guy and Leo, his little clown-boy puppet, entertain the whole family! Monday July 3 to Friday July 7, 2:00pm – 2.45pm @ Northcote Town Hall. Suitable for ages 0 to 12.

Magic School with Tim Credible – Hey Kids do you want to learn MAGIC? In this interactive magic workshop you will be taught some amazing tricks and how to perform them. Magic and fun for the whole family. July 3 – 7, 10 – 14, 12:15pm – 1:05pm @ Northcote Town Hall. Suitable for ages 4 – 12. (Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult).

Monsieur et Madame Raguin – A very funny show with Mr and Mrs Raguin, two New Caledonian French performers. They both want to be the star of the show, but the audience will get to decide! Will they prefer Carine, the beautiful dancer with her magnificent costumes, or Guy with his comic magic tricks? Saturday July 8 & Sunday July 9, 2:30pm – 3.15pm @ Northcote Town Hall. Suitable for ages 0 to 15.

National Institute of Circus Arts Australia (NICA) – Children can run away to the circus and experience a selection of circus activities including juggling, tumbling, mini trampoline, static trapeze, aerial ring, hula hoops, tight wire and more. Come along for a day or stay for the whole week! You can choose from 3 hour or all day programs. There is also a serious circus program for teens.

Rock Academy – A school holiday program that helps develop the skills of teen musicians. Participate in song writing sessions, form bands and be mentored by some of Australia's leading professional musicians like Phil Ceberano in preparation for a weeks’ end performance. This is not a class based program, as much time as possible is spent rocking!

Tim Credible’s Family Magic Show – A dynamic and interactive comedy magic show presented by one of Melbourne’s favourite children’s entertainers and magician. Guest starring Douzie the Dragon, Ace the Party Poodle and of course You! July 3 - 15, 10:30am – 11:20am @ Northcote Town Hall. Suitable for ages 4 – 12.

Science and engineering

Club Engineer - Build and program robots with Lego Mindstorms or write then play your own computer games. Club Engineer teaches tech-savvy kids, teens and young adults engineering principles through robotics and game programming. The junior program is for students from year five to year seven and prepares them for entering the Robocup Rescue competition. The 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 course-ware is available online for free for those who cannot make it to a face-to-face session.

cnaptic holiday program – 3 D Internet of Things: Create a magical device this holiday. Light up a Christmas tree, startle your neighbour's cat, entertain your pet fish, and much more. All done remotely via an internet connected device. Learn about IoT and have heaps of fun using IoT-enhanced 3D printed objects. Suitable for ages 6+. Cost: $70/day. Extensions and challenges are available if your child joins multiple days. Program starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm.

e2 Young Engineers – Hands-on LEGO® Challenge workshops where students build educational motorized models like amusement park rides, aircraft, transportation vehicles, cranes etc. Through the use of exciting experiments and building originally designed LEGO® bricks models that illustrate Science and Engineering topics your child will have FUN while improving creativity, concentration, visual-spatial and social skills just to name a few. Lego kits, battery, motor with visual instructions will be provided.

Golden Gear Robotics S.T.E.A.M Laboratory – Technology adventures: kids learn to code through building and programming Lego Mindstorms and Lego Edison robots. Learn about circuits through fun & creative electronic craft activities in our mobile makerspace. Northcote, Melbourne.

Scienceworks Autumn School Holiday Program - Explore the immersive art-science installation Neon Nature: Divide and Multiply

Sports and active

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

AFL Victoria Holiday Programs - The 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. The program is a fun and inclusive program for boys and girls and includes skill development, fun activities, minor games and modified games. The holiday program provides a fun, exciting and safe environment for children to develop their skills whilst interacting with others. Various venues - check website for details.

Airheads Fun Zone – An indoor trampoline/inflatable centre @ Lynbrook offering a school holiday special of buy one hour get one hour free to customers who call to make a booking or make a booking online. School holiday open hours 10.00am – 6.00pm. Cost: General Admission $14ea/per hour. Juniors aged 1 - 4 $10.00ea/per hour. Socks $3 per pair.

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.

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.

Australian Sports Camps – For over 33 years, ASC have provided the best sports coaching for Australian children aged 6 – 16 offering interactive and fun skills-based camps and school holiday programs that ensure participants improve their game and love for their chosen sport.

Billi Lids School Holiday Program - We provide extra activities on the school holidays including a Disco, Face Painting, Arts and Crafts, Entertainers (Elf Sneaky Bottom and Max the Magician) and Movies. All of these are included in the $10.00 entry fee (Per Child) and entitles the Parents and child to stay all day if they wish.

The Boatshed Learn to sail programs – If you are looking for a fun way to fill in some of the school holidays, why not get the kids out learning how to sail. The Boatshed is proud to offer school holiday programs around regional Victoria and surrounding bayside areas. The Tackers 1, 2 and 3 programs are the main accredited introductory kids sailing course recognised by Yachting Australia for Ages 7 to 12 years.

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 World Springvale - You can relax as the kids bounce, jump, leap, crawl and slide through our inflatable activity park. It's hours worth of activity, fun and entertainment on weekends and during the holidays.

BOUNCE Tramp Camp - 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.

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

Harry Kewell soccer camp in Torquay - Register for upcoming camp.

Harry Kewell soccer camp in St Kilda - Register now for upcoming soccer camp.

Hi Voltage Karts - The opportunity for young children and teens to learn electric go kart racing in a safe and friendly environment. A state of the art indoor track in Ravenhall is matched with expert mentors and the holiday programs.

Kelly Sports Australia Kids Holiday Programs - Since 1994, Kelly Sports has been an industry leader in the delivery of quality sports programs to over 20,000 children ages 5 to 12 years. The holiday programs provide a range of fun and stimulating activities that develop children's fundamental sporting skills. Venues throughout Victoria in Greenvale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Berwick, Mornington, Templestowe, Plenty Valley, Glen Waverley, Point Cook, Burwood, Hadfield, Geelong and Vermont. Cost: $35 to $55 per day. Bookings via website.

KIDS Adventure Outdoors Anglesea (KAOS) - A weekend holiday adventure for families with children aged from 3 – 13 years. Activities include sailing, canoeing, climbing, bush cooking, flying fox, archery, skateboarding, stand up paddle boarding, hut building, mountain biking, geocaching, fishing, surfing, orienteering vertical challenge, estuary discovery, a camp out and much more! Bookings now open.

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.

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

Melbourne Fencing Centre

My Education Group Chinese Immersion Camp - An exciting 3 day Chinese immersion adventure camp in the beautiful rainforests of Victoria designed for children aged 10-13 of all Chinese speaking abilities, from beginner through to native speaker. Activities include canoeing, flying fox, giant swing and low ropes course while the evenings will focus on Chinese Cultural activities and making friends! ALL activities will be conducted in Chinese with a focus on using and learning Mandarin in a fun and practical way!

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

O’Brien Group Arena – Ice skating

Out Beyond School Holiday Camps – A unique youth development organisation specialising in outdoor education, eco-tourism and adventure travel, Out Beyond runs school holiday camp programs in Melbourne and Regional Victoria for students from all around the world. The camps are designed to be fun, safe, student-led experiences in unique outdoor educational and recreational environments. Camps are usually 7 days, however longer holiday camps span multiple destinations and continents and run for up to 21 days.

Peninsula Bike Skills – The Dirt-Riderz School Holiday Program is a full day of riding the mountain bike tracks and trails of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula supervised by experienced mountain bike instructors. Cost: $35 - $65 per person.

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.

Royal Brighton Yacht Club School Holiday Sailing Programs - Sailing courses for adventurous junior and teen sailors in a friendly, fun and safe environment with the days broken into sections with lots of breaks for snacks and games. You don’t need to be a member to become involved. All courses are run by accredited instructors and include access to great facilities off the water.

RUSH HQ - Australia's ONE and ONLY indoor Challenge Arena. 1 indoor venue with 5 amazing worlds of rock climbing, high ropes, performance trampolines, basketball lanes & inflatables. Cure all school holiday boredom with the AMAZING FAMILY value buy 1 hour and get any additional hour for just $2.

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.

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?

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

SUPERFEST. School holiday activities at Daylesford Arts, Recreation and Cultural Centre - A program of fabulous, fun activities for kids during the school holidays.

Surf X School Holiday Surf Program - Hawthorn East – A unique school group surf tour from Hawthorn to the Victorian coastline, bringing surfing into children’s lives. We take care of transport, equipment, certified instruction and supervision, lunch, water, sunscreen, snacks and any other specific requests you may have for your child.

Carlton Baths Community Centre
Melbourne City Baths

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.

Trout fishing – Go fishing with the family. 'Ready-to-catch' rainbow trout are now stocked into lakes around Melbourne and regional centres.

Tween F.O.M.O. – A holiday club for kids 9-14 offering exciting excursions and adventures such as zip lining, tobogganing, geocaching, rock climbing, laser force and heaps more.

X-Golf Knox – An indoor golf simulator centre that allows children to play on the best golf courses from around the world. The simulators also allow you to play a par-3 course and practice your driving, chipping and putting. $20 per child for up to two hours. Price includes a milkshake from Burgled.

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


Chisholm Institute - School Holiday Workshops.

Code Camp – Three and four day coding camps are multiple Melbourne school-based locations. In Little League Code Camp (Years K-1), Code Camp Spark and Ignite (Years 2-7) and Code Camp Leap (For students having mastered Spark & Ignite Camps), kids create and build their own game, learning about user design and the psychology of user experience. The end result is an app that works on multiple devices, and every kid goes home with their own self-created game.

Code It Yourself Club – Attend a full day, CIY.Club sessions. Coders embark on a journey of learning, training and mastering the foundations underlying some of today’s most exciting areas of Technology. Pathways start at the basics of game coding and 3D design with progression opening doors to more advanced challenges in these topics, as well as 3D printing, website development, robotics or App design.

That VR Joint – A virtual reality entertainment centre in Fitzroy offering games and experiences suitable for kids 7 and up. Explore King Tut's tomb, see what a real job is like in the Job Simulator where the robots are in charge, climb a chocolate wall and monkey climb across massive candy canes or even shoot space aliens in a faraway galaxy. Cost: $30 for 30 min, and this time slot can be shared between two children.

Further information

Event not listed? - Contact us via our email address contact@dpc.vic.gov.au and tell us about your school holiday event.

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