School holiday activities
The Victorian School Holidays will start on 23 December - 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
Angelina Ballerina - The Mousical - Everyone's favourite little star, Angelina Ballerina, pirouettes onto the stage in a brand new musical adaptation packed full of singing and dancing direct from London's West End. 15-19 January 2014.
Dinosaur Zoo - Young imaginations will run wild in this prehistoric journey, where little dino lovers connect with the wonders of palaeontology with Erth's monster dinosaur puppets. 7-19 January 2014.
Dr Seuss's The Cat In The Hat - Based on the Book by Dr Seuss. Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain. 2-9 January 2014.
Horrible Histories - We all want to meet people from history - the trouble is everyone is dead! 16-22 January 2014.
Instant Rockstar - It's your time to shine! 15 & 17 January 2014.
The Illusionists - Seven of the greatest illusionists on earth in the most spectacular magic show of all time! 3-12 January 2014.
The Wiggles’ Ready, Steady, Wiggle with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Get in quick before it sells out! 14 December 2013.
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 - holiday programs for kids and teens in the January holidays where they will be playing drama games, learning acting skills and creating a short film project. 13-17 January 2014 (teens); 20-25 January 2014 (kids).
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 - During the September-October school holidays the Australian Tapestry Workshop will be holding a holiday weaving class for children on the 2nd October. There will be two classes, one for ages 5-9 and one for ages 10-14. Please book your tickets online.
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.
Bop Till You Drop - Our programs are suitable for boys and girls and are focused on developing performing arts skills, while gaining self-confidence. 24 September - 4 October 2013, various venues.
Box Hill Community Arts Centre - Have fun at any age and ability with the fantastic range of art activities that will keep everyone creatively entertained during the January school holidays. 13-17 January 2014.
Double Helix holiday programs (Victoria) - Join the science fun and games with a range of great holiday programs for children of all ages in Melbourne. Booking is essential for all programs. 14-23 January 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.
Invent the World:
Minecraft Challenge - In this course, kids get the opportunity to learn planning, problem solving and creative thinking while playing one of the most popular video games available. 16-20 December 2013.
Lego Robotics - This project teaches kids basic programming, engineering, teamwork and construction. 13-17 January 2014.
Game Programming - This course is designed to teach kids a programming language in a way that makes it fast and easy so they can get straight to work on the fun stuff, like building video games! 20-23 January 2014.
Tabletop Adventures - Do you love creating stories? Games? Ever wanted to show your friends what it feels like to be a wizard battling the forces of evil? What about exploring space and meeting strange new races, both friend and foe? Create your own game scenarios and lead others into adventure. 12-13 December 2013 and 28-29 January 2014.
Just Dance - learning, playing, creating. Ph: 9555 1320
Melbourne Youth Music's 2014 Summer School - Applications for our 2014 Summer School are now open. A week of rehearsals, workshops, creativity, concerts and fun for musicians aged 7-30, from beginner to advanced. 13-18 January 2014.
Music Theatre Boot Camp - Music Theatre Boot Camp is a fun and inclusive school holiday program exploring the skills of music theatre. The 5 day program is for primary aged students working with the three disciplines of music, drama and dance. Check website for dates and locations.
PrimeSCI! School Holiday Program - Attention young scientists! It's time for eggstraordinary eggsperiments and to learn about science in the kitchen!
Summer Holiday Robotics Camps - Junior Robotics is about Exploring Simple and Advanced Machines and build real life models using gears, levers, pulleys and axle. At our Senior Robotics Day Camp, students get to program and control NXT Mindstorms robots and to try out the new EV3 robot and take on the Body Forward? Challenge. Through the Body Forward? Challenge, teams will explore the cutting-edge world of Biomedical Engineering to discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body's potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.
Stonnington City Council - Teenage Holiday Program - The Teenage Holiday Program is a recreation program suitable for young people aged 10-15 in Years 6 to Year 9. The program runs from Monday to Friday for two weeks during the school holiday periods. 13-24 January 2014.
Thread Den - During the school holidays, Thread Den offers a great range of sewing classes for kids aged 6 years and up. Develop skills with textiles, add to your folio, or just make something completely unique. Classes are run in Thread Den's light filled sewing lounges and are led by industry professionals and friendly instructors.
Tree Sparrow Treasures - Jewellery making workshops, workshops are aimed at 5+ age group and 10+ age group.
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.
Carnival of Science - Explore the science behind the carnival. Until 2 February 2014.
Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style - Celebrate 50 years of James Bond inthis unique exhibition exclusive to Melbourne Museum. 1 November 2013 - 23 February 2014.
Faith Fashion Fusion: Muslim Women’s Style in Australia - An exhibition exploring fashion, faith and Muslim identity. Until 9 June 2014.
First Peoples - First Peoples is now open at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum.
Melbourne Now - Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, design and architecture produced in this city. 22 November 2013 - 23 March 2014.
Naghlingah Boorais: Beautiful Children - Possum skin cloaks made by 30 Koorie children celebrate their culture, identity and traditions. Until 24 February 2014.
The Big Think: The Big Bang theory in black and white - A perfect mix of art and science brings a new look to the Big Bang theory. Until 2 February 2014.
Think Ahead - What will our future be like? Starts 5 December 2013.
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.
ACMI - School holidays:
Kids in the Studio: Space Explorers - Be the star of your very own space adventure movie in this green screen holiday workshop. 13-17 January 2014, 20-24 January 2014.
Kids in the Studio: Cut it Out - Kids can create cut-out characters and explore the principles of animation by making their very own short animation. At the end of the workshop, each participant can take their own cut-out animations home. 9 &10 January 2014, 23 & 24 January 2014.
Kids in the Studio: Flip it - Kids create their very own flip book, choosing from a number of music video scenes and characters inspired by Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition. The characters on the page morph and transform into a short animation – the drawings literally come to life in your hands! 13-17 January 2014, 20-24 January 2014.
Make a Movie - A workshop for budding young filmmakers! Working in a small group under the guidance of experienced staff, you will create a team name for your movie ‘studio’, pitch your ideas, write a script, storyboard, act, direct and operate a camera. 15-17 January 2014.
Writing for the Screen - Gain an understanding of how to transform great ideas into great scripts in this intensive full day workshop. 13 January 2014.
Intermix Presents Show Your Own - Show your own work on the big screen in front of friends and media professionals at this exciting and collaborative event for young creators. 23 January 2014.
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 - Children's Festival - Melbourne Now - Melbourne Now for Kids has lots of engaging artworks and projects throughout the exhibition and for nine days in January you are invited to the inaugural Melbourne Now Children’s Festival. 18-26 January 2014.
NGV Kids Space - NGV Kids Space: An Excellent Adventure will invite children on a journey inspired by a time when sailing ships explored the seven seas.
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 - Summer School Holiday Program - Islamic Art and Design. 21 December 2013 - 27 January 2014.
Melbourne Museum - Summer School Holiday Program - Melbourne Museum summer of LEGO®. 21 December 2013 - 26 January 2014.
Scienceworks - Summer School Holiday Program - Imagine the Future. 21 December 2013 - 26 January 2014.
Shepparton Art Museum - Children's Programs
Slip Over Clay Body - 17 Januuary 2014.
Melbourne Now: Kids on Tour Free Workshops - 21-23 January 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:
Dinosaurs invade Churchill Island - Stomp, chomp and romp your way back to the Jurassic period when Dinosaur Adventures come to Churchill Island, 21-27 January 2014.
Summer holiday program - From 2-19 January 2014 join education rangers from Phillip Island Nature Parks for a series of family fun activities, including Churchill Island pirates, Bush Creatures and Features, Koala Prowls and Rockpool Spotlights.
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. 14, 15, 21 & 22 January 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. 16 & 23 January 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! 13-24 January 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! 15, 17, 21, 22 & 24 January 2014.
Out and About
Family Games Night - We've grown up with them. They shaped our childhood playtime. Eased countless hours of holiday boredom...and now we've shelved them. Board Games. It's time to revisit the grand old glory days of the classic board games we grew up with. No i-devices necessary! A collaboration between Third Door Theatre and Footworks, brings you Family Games Night, an interactive family friendly experience bringing all our favourite board games to life on stage. 25-28 September and 2-5 October 2013.
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.
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.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream - 25th Anniversary - For summer 2013/2014 Glenn Elston will presents a brilliant new adaptation of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" featuring a dynamic young cast of lovers as well as the Australian Shakespeare Company’s troupe of talented regulars. 21 December 2013 - 22 March 2014.
Alice in Wonderland - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s classic story, is coming to life in the beautiful gardens of Rippon Lea House and Gardens and Geelong Botanic Gardens for the summer holidays. All the crazy characters will be there! Geelong Botanic Gardens 28-29 December 2013; Rippon Lea 2-24 January 2014.
Caribbean Pirates at the Polly Woodside is a swashbuckling adventure comes to life on the Polly Woodside this summer! Join the most crazy and colourful pirates of the Caribbean as they regale their life stories on the high seas, battling for booty from passing merchant ships and living the pirate life to the full. Learn the pirate talk, do the pirate walk, sing the pirate songs - and go on a treasure hunt on the ship to find the lost treasure! 6-25 January 2014.
King Kong - Summer performances now on sale.
The Wind in the Willows - Melbourne's favourite family entertainment continues its well-loved tradition of bringing the animals home to the Royal Botanic Gardens for summer. 27 December 2013 - 25 January 2014.
Zoo Twilights - Zoo Twilights returns to Melbourne Zoo this summer with fourteen artists over fourteen nights taking to the stage to entertain you in a live music setting like no other. 24 January - 8 March 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.
Ice Skating - Icehouse offers two Olympic-sized rinks, roving entertainers during the holidays, live DJ's skating sessions for late afternoon/early evening for older kids and teens, a tiny tots area for the non-skaters, plus lessons.
Kids & Teens Yoga - Join us for some Yoga fun especially designed for children.
Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre Queenscliff - Summer by the Sea Holiday Program at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre Queenscliff.
NetSports - Affordable Sports Camps. Basketball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Football, Netball, Tennis.
Noble Park Aquatic Centre - The NPAC and Springers School Holiday Program runs throughout the school holidays.
Planet Sport School Holiday Program - There is no better place to spend the school holidays than at Planet Sport Holiday Camp. 6-24 January 2014.
Skateboarding at Riverslide Skate Park - in the Alexandra Gardens, is a five-minute skate from Flinders Street Railway Station.
Skylark Circus Summer Camp - gives kids the opportunity to experience the joy of summer camp with its memories of friendship and camp fires, combined with the playfulness and unique daring of the circus arts, all just an hour and a half from Melbourne. 13 January - 18 January 2014.
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. 23 & 24 December, 14, 16, 22 & 24 January 2014.
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? Mondays to Thursdays 13-30 January 2014.
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.
Summer by the Sea 2014 - Summer by the Sea 2014 is coming around fast! Stay tuned with plenty of fun, free events happening right along the Victorian Coastline from the 2-26 January 2014!
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!.
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