School holiday activities
The Victorian School Holidays start on 21 December - are you ready to entertain your children? Below are a range of activities you might consider to entertain them with over the spring school holiday period.On this page
Arts Centre Melbourne - Kids and Families
Air Play - A comic adventure so epic it will lift you out of your seat. 18-22 January 2017.
Room on the Broom - Adapted from the award-winning picture book by JULIA DONALDSON & AXEL SCHEFFLER published by Macmillan's Children's Books 4-15 January 2017
Arts, Crafts and Mixed
ACMI Spring School Holiday Program – Learn some neat new skills in creative workshops that cover film making, creating YouTube videos, being a TV video game critic, coding, robotics, Minecraft, animation, Scratch (MIT) programming and more!
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.
Bindu Creative Dance - Creative movement/art sessions for primary school aged kids.
Bits & Pieces - Offers a place where kids can come into the studio and spend some time to build/paint wooden models.
Blanc Canvas Studios - A 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.
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.
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.
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 - Hands on minds on workshops which allow children aged 3-9+ to build knowledge and express themselves creatively, a crucial skill for 21st century learners.Market Make It Zones – Market flavoured fun for the mini marketeers!
Music Works Magic - Fun for all during the school holidays.
No Vacancy Gallery – A series of School Holidays workshops for the last week of the September school holidays covering Story Telling and Illustration, Fimo Jewellery Making, Zine Making, Photography, Terrarium Making, Drawing Club, Brush Pen Lettering and more!
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 very experience teachers.
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 targeting the 5+ and 10+ age groups.
Trentham Neighbourhood Centre Inc. – A range of school holiday experiences, including Make your own lollies, Science Lab, the Oddball movie and lunch, Archery and Wombat Forest tours. For more information and bookings call 5424 1354.
Wyreena Community Arts Centre - Wyreena Community Arts Centre offers a School Holiday Program several times throughout the year.
Cake Me! - Learn to use fondant and cake decorating tools to create 3D and 2D toppers on cupcakes. No experience required, just bring your enthusiasm and we will provide the rest! Attend a 90 minute sugar sculpting and cake decorating tutorial, or join our four-part workshop series!! Cake Me. Kids will deliver professional sugar sculpting and cake decorating tutorials, suitable for primary and secondary school children, aged 5 and above
Itsy Bitsy Chef - The Spring in September holiday program is a fun hands on and engaging cooking experience for kids aged 5-13 years old. Come and join the fun in the kitchen where the Menu is always new and exciting! Your child will have the opportunity to learn invaluable skills and enjoy the fruits of their work with their friends, then take home the rest of the spoils to their loved ones.
Biomedical Breakthroughs - How well do you know your physical self? You probably know your blood type but do you know how your immune system works? What your blood cells actually do? Or why your own body might start to attack itself? Until 20 January 2017.
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.
ArtVo Immersive Gallery at Harbourtown Melbourne – A new interactive 3D art or otherwise known as Trick Art Museum – the first of its kind in Australia. As opposed to normal art museums, visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with the artworks, photographing themselves and becoming part of the art. Open 7 days a week - 10am to 6pm. Book your ticket online. Cost: $25 (Adult), $20 (Student), $15 (Child 5-15 years and Seniors).
Duldig Studio – Visit on 6 November to view former home and artists' studio of sculptor Karl Duldig, On the Open Day, we will launch the Clay for Kids sculpture and painting exhibition. There will be free drawing and clay activities for kids.
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 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 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 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 Aquarium - Wander through glass tunnels and see thousands of creatures, including sharks and stingrays, that live in the Southern Ocean.
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
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 Summer 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.
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.
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.
Summer by the Sea - a great opportunity for you to discover Victoria's marine and coastal environments, hundreds of FREE guided activities across our state. 2-26 January 2017.
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.
The Dream Fairies - Join these magical fairies as they go on an exciting adventure. This enchanting production is an interactive adventure full of activities, acrobatics and charm that will enthral the young ones these school holidays. Come dressed as a fairy or an elf and join in the performance. Tickets on sale soon!
Wind in the Willows - Join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and, of course, Mr Toad, as they return to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne this summer, bringing to life Kenneth Grahame's immortal story of life on the riverbank. Tickets on sale soon!
Science and Engineering
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. 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.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.
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.
Scienceworks Summer School Holiday Program - Bring out your inner inventor at Scienceworks these summer school holidays.
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 - 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!
Community Sports Camps - Register now for our upcoming camps. Footy, Netball or Soccer.
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 and Geelong. Cost: $35 to $55 per day. Bookings via website.
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.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: $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.
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!
Sportzbuzz - School holiday programs for 3-8 year old children.
Springvale Indoor Sports Centre – Explore the inflatable world of Space Jump. $7 entry per child with a free dodgem session upon arrival. Open every day of the school holidays with a morning session and an afternoon session.
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 both student's 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.
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.
TechnologyAcademy of Interactive Entertainment – Industry Day – AIE's Industry Experience Days are a great opportunity to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops using industry-standard 3D animation and game development tools.
Code It Yourself – These coding camps for kids are an opportunity to learn the basics of computer coding and game creation or 3D printing & design. MacBook Air laptops are provided for you to work on but you can continue your projects at home on your PC if you want to.
MakerDojo - A comprehensive school holiday program of making, creating, electronics and coding. Suitable for ages 7+. Venue: Bialik College.
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.
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