School holiday activities
The Victorian School Holidays will start on 22 September - are you ready to entertain your children? Below are a range of activities you might consider to entertain them with over the winter school holiday period.On this page
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. 3 October 2014.
Instant Rockstar - Kids get to be the rockstar and director in this fun and easy music video workshop. 1 & 4 October 2014.
I Think I Can - Who would you like to be today? 1-5 October 2014.
Nick Jr.'s Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure - Dora, her best buddy Boots the Monkey and the rest of their friends embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island in search of the ultimate pirate party. 11-13 September 2014.
Now Hear This – A Live Sound Effects Workshop - Ever wondered how the sound effects for movies and radio are made? 2 October 2014.
Siblings in Sync - This award-winning program is designed for children with disabilities and their siblings. 23 or 25 September 2014.
The Marlin Expedition - Last night an extraordinary fish was accidently hauled up. Its life can only be saved by returning it to the deep – but our fisherman needs your help! 1-5 October 2014.
Tropscore Jr Music Composition Workshop - The exciting APRA Tropscore competition has opened up to kids 15 and under!20, 25 & 29 September 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.
Actors Connection - 5 day acting and film making holiday program. 22-26 September 2014.
ART du JOUR - During the upcoming school holiday break ART du JOUR by Leiela is running 2 fun and interactive Elves and Fairies Cup Cake Decorating Workshop sessions for kids aged 3 to 12 years old, located in Keilor and Hawthorn East. The children will be demonstrated by Leonie Leonida of Curious Cakes to design, decorate, style and create their own Elf and Fairy garden cupcakes using premium products by Bakels and leave with their very own gift activity bag, balloon, certificate and take home box by Cheerico Bakery Supplies with their 4 cup cakes. ART du JOUR by Leiela proudly supports Kids Under Cover. Keilor and Hawthorn East.
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 - 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. Two sessions, $25 per child 10am to 12 noon 1pm to 3pm Suitable for age 5 and up. 2 October 2014.
Bilingual Stories Australia - Language immersion school holiday programs in French, German and Spanish.
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.
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.
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 July School Holidays Fun! Open to ages 4 to 13 years who love music, songs and singing.
Dance School HolidaPy rogram - The Space Dance & Arts Centre - Kids holiday program for 4-14yrs. The 4-6yrs program includes arts, crafts, dancing and games. The 6-14yrs includes 4 different dance styles along with a mini performance for parents. 30 September, 1-2 October 2014.
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!
Get animated! School holiday workshops - State Library of Victoria - Discover the art of storytelling in these hands-on animation workshops for children. Learn techniques and tricks of the animation trade, and take home your own creation. 29 September - 3 October 2014.
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.
Masks within Masks - Artist Sarah Metzner will begin the workshop with a group discussion of selected works in the TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper in My Mask exhibition, focusing on how the artists interpret the ideas of masking in many different forms, including how masks can both reveal and conceal identities. 2 October 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!
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 Program - Attention young scientists! It's time for eggstraordinary eggsperiments and to learn about science in the kitchen!
Robotics Club Spring Holiday Program - Junior programs such as electronics and modular robotics. Middle school holiday programs include Vex IQ robot camps and Lego Mindstorms EV3 Camps with different challenges. Teen robotics camps provides and exclusive visit to Autodesk.
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.
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.
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.
Empty Coolamons - In Memoriam to the Stolen Generations. Until 26 Apr 2015.
First Peoples - First Peoples is now open at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum.
From Where I Stand: Place, Culture and Politics - This exhibition highlights the diversity of Aboriginal art in Victoria. Until 26 Oct 2014
Rescue - How would you react in a high-pressure scenario with people's lives at stake? 22 March - 5 October 2014.
Think Ahead - What will our future be like? Daily, Now Showing.
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.
National Gallery of Victoria - Activity 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 - Spring School Holiday Program - The Art of Travel. 20 September - 5 October 2014.
Melbourne Museum - Spring School Holiday Program - 20 September - 5 October 2014.
Scienceworks - Spring School Holiday Program - Pop Whoosh Bang. 20 September - 5 October 2014.
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum - This school holidays, visit the museum for FREE! 20 September - 5 October 2014.
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. 23, 24, 30 September and 1 October 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. 24 & 25 September, 1 & 2 October 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! 22 September- 3 October 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!23, 25 & 29 September and 1 October 2014.
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 Spring 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.
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. Kids who take a flight on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel these school holidays, 20 September -5 October 2014. There's also free face-painting and balloons for kids on 28 September and 4 & 5, October from 12pm - 3pm and craft activities throughout.
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.
Gasworks Arts Park - Peter Pan Jr. 11-13 September 2014.
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.
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.
Cancer Council Victoria Seven Parks Walk - Challenge yourself and your family to a 27km walk through seven of Melbourne's finest parks. This family friendly event is a great way to see Melbourne, benefit your health, join in a great community activity and raise vital funds for cancer research, prevention and support. 5 October 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.
Jump Factory Trampoline Park - Melbourne's hottest new trampoline park is here!
Kids & Teens Yoga - Join us for some Yoga fun especially designed for children.
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 - Fencing Holiday Program - Sept 2014 Physical Chess: outwit and outsmart your opponent. 12 hours of fun and excitement run over 3 days. Suits ages 9+ Program is run by Olympia/VIT teacher.
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. 22-26 September, 29 September - 3 October 2014.
Pretty Fit Kids - Only one week left, be quick limited spots! Be active this school holidays! PrettyFit is a jam packed class full of circus skills and strength & coordination exercises that will get your kids fit while laughing & smiling!! All classes taught by circus professionals & fully qualified personal trainers! Classes: *3-4 years: 1st Oct: 9am-10am & 3rd Oct: 9am-10am; *5-8 years: 1st Oct: 11-12.30 & 3rd Oct: 11-12.30
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.
Visit your local council website for pools and activities in your area.
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!.
Wesley College Holiday Program - Fun, fun, fun! That's what we're all about. Are you ready for an amazing experience these school holidays? Join us at our Term 3 Holiday Program. We offer a range of indoor and outdoor activities for primary-aged (Prep-Year 6) children at our Elsternwick, Glen Waverley and St Kilda Road campuses. We also have programs specially designed for 3 and 4 year olds at the Elsternwick and Glen Waverley campuses. Our programs include fun and engaging incursions and excursions.
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