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School holiday activities

The Victorian School Holidays will start on 21 September - 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.

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Arts Centre Melbourne - Kids and Families

Carnival of the Animals - The Circa Carnival comes to town with whimsical tales of creatures of land and sea, who tumble, fly, leap and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom. 28 September - 4 October 2015.

Film Scoring Workshop - Music composition is a vital component of films. 19-22 September 2015.

Intergalactic Sound Stage Workshop - A fantastic sound design workshop that gives you the opportunity to record your own sound design, dialogue and narration for a video excerpt of the exciting The Intergalactic Nemesis stage show. Have a go at bringing the graphic novel to life with sound effects and your very best acting voice and take home your finished creation. 30 September 2015.

Music Makers - Did you love our Instant Rockstar workshop? Here’s a most excellent follow-on workshop just for you. Spend time on the music, putting together super awesome loops, recording your voice, mixing your track and extending your music composition skills. At the end, we’ll send you your track so you can play it for your family and friends. 1 October 2015.

Paper Planet - Children's imaginations will go wild in a world of creatures, vines and flowers, with costumes and impossible constructions...all made of paper! 29 September - 4 October 2015.

The Intergalactic Nemesis - A Live Action Graphic Novel. 9-13 September 2015.

The Teensy Top - Roll up, roll up to The Teensy Top, the shortest, sharpest and smallest show in town. Be amazed, be in awe, be the only one (or two, or three) in the audience! Come and discover the secrets of The Teensy Top, the most intimate of venues. 29 September - 4 October 2015.

The Time of Your Life - Whether it’s a birthday party, a camping trip, playing in the Grand Final or a difficult challenge you’ve faced, it’s important to remember the times of your life and the people you love. In this workshop, you’ll make a photo story with pictures from a treasured time, and narrate the story that means so much to you. 24 Septemer 2015.



Arts, Crafts and Mixed

a3 - australian arts alive - Looking for something exciting to do these holidays? Join a3 - australian arts alive at our holiday programs for a fun and fresh approach to the performing arts.

ArtPlay - The ArtPlay schools program offers a range of workshops covering a variety of art-forms for you and your students to explore.

Bindu Creative Dance - Creative movement/art sessions for primary school aged kids.

Bits & Pieces - offers a place whereby customers can come into the studio and spend some time to build/paint our wooden models.

Blanc Canvas Studios - range of art lessons and classes for children aged 4 and up.

Born to Fly Kids - Holiday Program is a free children’s holiday program that encourages primary school children to reach their full potential through an action-packed, fun filled, interactive learning experience. Including puppetry, story telling, skits, arts and crafts, games, songs, prizes and much much more! 1-3 October 2015.

Box Hill Community School Holiday Program - Have fun at any age and ability with the fantastic range of art activities that will keep everyone creatively entertained during the July school holidays. The Box Hill Community Arts Centre's range of programs are tailored for children, teenagers and family activities.

Bubble Dome Workshops - Learn skills in a range of the latest Technology and computer workshops across Melbourne. Workshops include Robotics, Minecraft, Girlcraft, Coding, App and Web Design and Looming for 5-18 years. Various locations include Brighton Grammar, Kingswood Coolege and Tintern Grammar.

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

Club Engineer - Build and program robots with Lego Mindstorms, Write then play your own computer games. Club Engineer teaches tech-savvy kids, teens and young adults engineering principles through robotics and game programming. Our junior program is for students from year five to year seven and prepares them for entering the Robocup Rescue competition. Our middle and senior school programs are for students from year eight and beyond and teaches game programming using a variety of commercial languages and tools. All our course-ware is available online for free for those who can not make it to a face-to-face session.

Creation Music Education - Inspiring Young People to find their Voice! - Melbourne's Premier Music Education company, Creation Music Education, is offering another series of Children's Song Recording & Confidence Building Workshops for AprilSchool Holidays Fun! Open to ages 4 to 13 years who love music, songs and singing.

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

e2 Young Engineers offer Lego Challenge for children between the ages of 6-12 years. We build educational models like amusement park rides, aircraft, transportation vehicles, cranes etc using Lego bricks and Lego technic while developing creativity, concentration and social skills to name a few.

Gasworks - Kids Holiday Program - Gasworks’ kids programs offer creative and entertaining experiences for children aged 4 to 14 both during and outside School Holidays. Bringing together a range of energetic artists and performers who specialise in working with kids, our workshops, performances and classes are imaginative, engaging and fun!

GlazeIt Studio - Pottery Painting at GlazeIt Studio is a unique, fun and creative activity for all ages and occasions, which involves decorating ready-to-paint ceramics into beautiful and usable pottery pieces.

Just Dance - learning, playing, creating. Ph: 9555 1320

Kraftworks for Kids - a fun craft-based school holiday program for kids aged 8 through 14. Our activities include: Figurine Painting, Jewellery Making, Plasterkraft, Scale Modelling, and Stitchery. All activities encourage patience, persistence, and practical skills.

Magic School with Tim Credible the Magician - This interactive workshop brings children into the world of magic, and teaches them how to perform some dazzling magic tricks.

Music Theatre Boot Camp - Music Theatre Boot Camp is a school holiday empowerment program utilising the magic and beauty of theatre, music and dance to assist children explore their creativity and hidden (or well known) talents. In this 5 day program school-aged children learn a song and dance from a well known musical, as well as learn about stage craft and play lots of fun games to open up and liberate their voices and bodies. The children are with us at various locations around Melbourne between 9:30-3:00, and then perform what they've learned on the Friday for their personal onlookers!

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

Performing Camps of Australia - Workshop based in Melbourne. Classes in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre & Technique 7 hours of dancing, with qualified and very experience teachers.

PrimeSCI! School Holiday Science Workshop Programs - KIOSC Discovery Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, Wantirna Campus. 21-25 September 2015.

PrimeSCI! Science in the Park School Holiday Science Workshops - 28 September - 2 October 2015.

Robotics Club Australia Holiday Camps - Robotics and technology holiday camps for kids and teens. Programs available every school holiday with exciting modules which promote innovation among kids and teens with a strong focus on STEM and STEAM education in an engaging way. Includes Young Explorer, Young Inventor and Teen Innovator.

Sound of Moves Art, Dance & Drama Workshops - Fun and creative workshops suitable for ages 3-10yrs.

The Space Dance & Arts Centre School Holiday Program - Build your child's confidence with 3 AMAZING days of dancing, singing, & acting. No experience needed, just a creative mind and a passion for having fun!

Thread Den - During the school holidays, Thread Den offers a great range of sewing classes for kids aged 6 years and up. Develop skills with textiles, add to your folio, or just make something completely unique. Classes are run in Thread Den's light filled sewing lounges and are led by industry professionals and friendly instructors.

Tim Credible's Family Magic Show - A dynamic, interactive comedy magic show presented by one of Melbourne's favourite children's entertainers, Tim Credible the Magician. Guest starring Douzie the Dragon, Ace the Party Poodle and of course YOU!

Tree Sparrow Treasures - Jewellery making workshops, workshops are aimed at 5+ age group and 10+ age group.

Wyreena Community Arts Centre - Wyreena Community Arts Centre offers a School Holiday Program several times throughout the year.

Cooking

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

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.

Exhibitions

Alice's Wonderland - Jump down the rabbit hole into a magical, bizarre and fascinating world of illusion and mystery! Until 1 November 2015.

Think Ahead - What will our future be like? Daily, Now Showing.

Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family - If you thought you knew tyrannosaurs, think again. 23 May - 4 October 2015

WWI: Love & Sorrow - The world's most destructive conflict recalled through the experiences of eight people. Daily.

Films

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

Galleries

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 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.

Libraries

State Library of Victoria - Kids & family

Museums

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

Museum Victoria
Immigration Museum - Spring School Holiday Program - 19 September - 4 October 2015.
Melbourne Museum - Spring School Holiday Program - 19 September - 4 October 2015.
Scienceworks - Spring School Holiday Program - 19 September - 4 October 2015.

National Sports Museum - Holiday Program

National Wool Museum

Shepparton Art Museum - Children's Programs

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

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, 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 program's for kids and teenagers.
Healesville Sanctuary - Keeper for a Day - Our keepers have their hands full caring for our animals and need your help! Go behind the scenes with some of our most precious and endangered Australian animals these school holidays. Meet amazing predators such as Tasmanian Devils, platypus and snakes. Come and work as a keeper at Healesville Sanctuary to discover what it takes to care for these animals and fight extinction.
Healesville Sanctuary - Vet for a Day - Come and work alongside our vets on real life cases involving Healesville Sanctuary's animal collection and injured wildlife brought to the hospital.
Werribee Open Range Zoo Keeper for a Day - If you are keen to find out what it takes to work in a zoo, caring for the amazing array of different animals, then come out to Werribee Open Range Zoo next school holidays. Come and discover what a keeper's day really involves!

Out and About

A Maze'N Things

Bundoora Park - Bundoora Park offers a great holiday program for primary school aged children where they spend the day on the farm.

Eureka Skydeck - Visit Eureka Skydeck these Winter School Holidays where kids can enjoy free explorer activities between 11am-4pm daily.

Federation Square - School Holiday Program - With a little planning a day out in the city doesn't have to be expensive. Throughout the school holidays Fed Square has a jam-packed program of free and affordable activities to delight visitors of all ages.

Fort Queenscliff - tours over the school holidays are at 11am, 1pm & 3pm each day of the school holidays.

Funfields - an outdoor family fun park featuring a range of both wet and dry rides including a toboggan slide, go karts, pirate ship, 5 waterslides, aquatic playground, mini golf and more.

Fruit Tasting Tractor - Orchard Fruit Tasting Tours are available between 9am to 4pm seven days a week year round.

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

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel - Fly in to Spring at the Star these school holidays and enjoy Melbourne's delightful sunshine from above.

Puffing Billy - Get on board Puffing Billy.

Queen Victoria Market - School Holidays are bigger at Queen Victoria Market! Let the kids have some fun at one of the most exciting and colourful destinations in Melbourne with a range of FREE activities for kids to enjoy in a secure and safe environment!

Quest Skills for Life School Holiday Camps - School Holiday Camps in Victoria every school holidays. The journey based programs have a strong focus on Leadership and Development.

Rippon Lea House & Gardens

Royal Melbourne Show - All kinds of worlds to explore. 19-29 September 2015.

Seeing Eye Dogs Australia - Paw-some School Holiday Program - For just $40.00, children can participate in this unique school holiday program, where they can view Seeing Eye Puppies playing in their very own Puppy Play Centre, interact with dogs in training and tour the home of these very special dogs teaching them about the important role that these Seeing Eye Dogs will play in the community.

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.

V/Line:
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.

Wonderland Fun Park

Performance

Amazing Alfred and his Bear - A circus on its last stings, held together by a blind ringmaster and his sidekick, Bobo. This 60 minute highly interactive and engaging performance introduces immersive theatre to a young audience while exploring the themes of loss and grieving in a safe environment. Venue is the Scratch Warehouse for the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015. Cost is Children $12, Adult $22. 16–19 & 24–26 September 2015 at 1pm.

Battlefield Blues - A roving, interactive, outdoor, comedy adventure show about chess pieces that are alive! A family friendly show for years 8+ at the Abbotsford Convent for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2015. The perfect September Holidays children's activity! 22-26 & 29-30 September, 1-3 October 2015.

The Oopsy Daisys - are back with their special interactive musical concert Dance & Play for Melbourne children aged 2-6. This one hour concert experience focuses on engaging children in movement, dance and musical instrument playing in a fun and playful environment. Children will be encouraged to move and sing to the music then provided with instruments to participate with The Oopsy Daisys Orchestra. New songs and new dance moves to be performed including Pirate Oopsy & Captain Daisy, Body Noises, Robot Dance and more! Cost is $15 per child. Adults and siblings under 2 years of age are free! There are several concerts across Melbourne between 21 September and 2 October 2015.

Sticks Stones Broken Bones - A shadow puppet comedy show, made from bits of rubbish. Sneaky chickens, flying Ninjas, brain surgery and an unforgettable horse race! Welcome to the surreal shadow puppet world of Sticks Stones Broken Bones. 22-26 Sept and 29 Sept – 3 Oct 2015 (1:15 pm all dates)

The Vaude-Villainous Mr.Gørski: The Villain of Vaudeville - A show for all ages. Greeting the audience with a twinkle in his eye and a twist in his moustache, the charismatic Mr. Gørski presents his favourite variety-show skills and seemingly impossible tricks with ease, originating from an era before computers and special effects. Find your self entangled in this truly 3D experience. 29 September - 3 October 2015.

Sports and Active

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.

AllSportz Sports Camp - Suited to children between 2-10 years old, our unique school holiday program will immerse every child in to a world of sports, fun and excitement.

Amazing Golf - kids club over the winter.

AMP IT UP - 1 or 2 day Holiday Programs are designed to provide boys and girls aged 5-12 with the opportunity to develop their sporting skills and be active, while making new friends in a safe and fun environment. Offering a range of programs including AFL, Netball, Cricket, Soccer and Basketball and with programs run in partnership with Melbourne City, Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades, AMP IT UP Holiday Programs will ensure a fun time is had by all.

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 our $10.00 entry fee (Per Child) and entitles the Parents and child to stay all day if they wish!

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.

Cycling

Horseback Equine Education - Our school holiday program covers every aspect of horse care while forging exceptional bonds between child and steed. Running from 9am until 3.30pm this package is overseen by accredited, experienced and friendly staff and includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Inflatable World - Inflatable World is a safe, high energy, maximum activity zone on a fully inflatable indoor playground.

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.

Kidzphyz Sports Camps - have been running high quality sports camps and holiday programs catering for children aged 5 – 15 for over 10 years. Our company Directors are qualified, experienced and registered teachers, and our staff and coaches are highly qualified professional sports coaches. We specialise in Australian Rules football (AFL), Soccer, Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Basketball and Tri-Sportz programs. Clinics are held in multiple venues across Melbourne during each school holiday period. Upcoming camps are being held at Haileybury (Keysborough) and Yarra Valley Grammar (Ringwood East) in the September / October holiday break.

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

Medibank Icehouse

NetSports - Affordable Sports Camps. Basketball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Football, Netball, Tennis.

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

Planet Sport School Holiday Program - the ultimate school holiday program for your active 5-12 year old!

Ready Set Trot - Ready Set Trot is a junior participation program for children with an interest in horses but don’t have one of their own. Ready Set Trot aims to introduce young people to horses and provide them with a better understanding of horsemanship in a fun and exciting way – regardless if they have access to a horse or not. Ready Set Trot will teach the fundamentals of horsemanship, introduce young people to the many various areas of the horse industry and aims to instill in them a lifelong passion for horses.

Skateboarding at Riverslide Skate Park - in the Alexandra Gardens, is a five-minute skate from Flinders Street Railway Station.

SoccerWise - Bialik College, Hawthorn East & Caulfield South Primary School, Caulfield South. Limited places - bookings essential. Soccer school holiday program for boys & girls 4 to 12 years of age!

Sports Camps Australia Junior Soccer Camps - Sports Camps Australia is excited to offer another round of soccer camps just for you. Camp will be held at Clifton Park Synthetic Soccer Pitch, where players have the opportunity to work closely with professional coaches and improve their skills!

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.

Swimming
Carlton Baths Community Centre
Melbourne City Baths
VICSWIM

Tandivale Equestrian Centre School Holiday Program - runs a day program each holidays suitable for beginner and experienced riders from 7yo.

Team Holiday - a multi-award winning holiday program providing full-day activities to over 35,000 children aged 5-15 every year. We operate from over 20 convenient locations across Melbourne and greater Victoria. 95% of families surveyed rated us better than any other Holiday Program they'd ever been to. Our programs are perfect for working families or for kids who are just looking for fun activities to do during their holiday break.

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


Further information

 

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