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School holiday activities

The Victorian School Holidays will start on 30 June - 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.

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Arts Centre Melbourne - Kids and Families

Aston's Stones - Direct from Sweden. A heartwarming story about a small dog’s boundless capacity to love without obstacle. 18-22 June 2014.

Instant Rockstar - Kids get to be the rockstar and director in this fun and easy music video workshop. 2 & 9 July 2014.

Thomas And The Hidden Treasure - Thomas and his Friends are coming to Melbourne these July school holidays in a brand new stage musical starring Thomas, Percy, James and Gordon. 2-5 July 2014.



Arts, Crafts and Mixed

ART du JOUR by Leiela - During the upcoming school holiday break ART du JOUR by Leiela is running two Elves and Fairies Workshop sessions for kids aged 3 to 9 years old, located in Ascot Vale. The children will design, decorate, style and create their own Elf and Fairy costume and leave with their very own gift activity bag, balloon, certificate and a Fairy or Elf Costume Kit. ART du JOUR by Leiela proudly supports Kids Under Cover. Date: Wednesday 9 July Time: Morning Session 10.30am - 12.00pm Afternoon Session 1.30pm - 3.00pm Tickets available via Eventbrite.

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.

Australian Tapestry Workshop - School Holiday Weaving Workshop with Kate Mclaren. 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.

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.

Circus Oz - 2014 finds Circus Oz developing a spanking brand new show in our custom-built secret circus laboratory in the heart of Collingwood. But Wait…There’s More makes its world premiere under the Big Top in Melbourne in June. Melbourne, 18 June-13 July 2014.

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 Holiday Program - 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. 1-3 July 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. 8-17 April 2014, Various locations - Highett, Glen Waverley, Kew & West Footscray.

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. 30 June - 11 July 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.

Live on Bowen - Channel 31's favourite LIVE comedy variety show is back for a fourth season! The first of six brand new episodes will begin filming on the 4 July 2014 and will premiere on C31 Melbourne & Geelong a week later, 11 July 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!

PrimeSCI! School Holiday Program - Attention young scientists! It's time for eggstraordinary eggsperiments and to learn about science in the kitchen!

Robotics Club Winter Holiday Program - Our Junior programs include electronics, littlebits and modular robotics. Middle school holiday programs include Vex IQ robot camps and Lego Mindstorms EV3 Camps. Students will get to build and program their robots for the Vex IQ Add It Up Challenge or the EV3 Nature’s Fury Challenge. VEX Robotics Teens only camps available.

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.

wePUBLISH with Kids' Own Publishing July School Holiday - Workshops Participants will visit acclaimed children's authors and illustrators in their Abbotsford Convent studios, learn writing and illustrating techniques, create artwork for their book, and publish a digital version and a hard copy, eight-page origami book. Hurry, there are only 5 iPads available to borrow or you can bring your own. *Instructions to download the app for free the day before the workshop will be emailed when booking is placed Dates: Tuesday 1 July & Thursday 10 July 2014. Time: 9am - 3pm

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

Cooking

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.

Pizza making workshops at Moor's Head Elsternwick these school holidays on Wednesday July 2nd and 9th from 3pm-4:30 pm. The workshop is run by Naples trained Daniel Baresse and kids will learn how to make dough, stretch it, top it with our Inauthentic toppings and then eat it of course! Cost is $15 and includes a coffee for mum or dad. To book a spot interested parties can call John at Moor's Head (03) 9523 1198.

Exhibitions

AZTECS - Discover the fascinating and ultimately tragic story of the Aztecs. 9 April - 10 August 2014.

First Peoples - First Peoples is now open at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum.

Mathamazing - Explore how mathematics is part of our daily life - at work, home and play. Until 14 July 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.

Top Designs 2014 - Creative journeys start here. 22 March - 13 July 2014.

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.

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.

Libraries

State Library of Victoria - School Holiday Programs

Museums

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

Museum Victoria
Immigration Museum - Winter School Holiday Program - 28 June - 13 July 2014.
Melbourne Museum - Winter School Holiday Program - 28 June - 13 July 2014.
Scienceworks - Winter School Holiday Program - 28 June - 13 July 2014.

National Sports Museum - Holiday Program

National Wool Museum

Shepparton Art Museum - Children's Programs

TarraWarra Museum of Art - Australian Wonderland School Holiday Children's Workshops - Workshops are aimed at 7-12 year olds Artist Sarah Metzner will begin with a group discussion of selected works in the Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties exhibition, focusing on how the artist depicts our Australian landscape and culture from his indigenous and non-indigenous background. Explore the detailed landscape drawings by Danie Mellor with artist Sarah Metzner and then create your own wonderland using collage, drawing and symbols. All materials are supplied and the workshop concludes with a discussion circle where children show their artworks. 11 July 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, 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. 1, 2, 8, 9 July 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. 2, 3, 9 & 10 July 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! 30 June - 11 July 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! 1, 3, 7 &9 July 2014.

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. 28 June - 13 July 2014.

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 - Roving circus entertainers on weekdays, facepainters and balloon artists on weekends and craft station throughout.

Puffing Billy - Get on board Puffing Billy.

Rippon Lea House & Gardens

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.

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

Gasworks Arts Park - Wombat Stew, 3-4 July 2014.

Malthouse Theatre - The Witches - re-imagines Roald Dahl's twisted yet endearing story as a family-friendly one-man performance. Acclaimed performer Guy Edmonds single-handedly conjures a cast of gnarled old women, squeaky children and everything in between for an experience as ghastly as it is gleeful. 19 June - 5 July 2014.

Sports and Active

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. It builds on the skills of children who have already been introduced to the game and also teaches children with limited to no experience of Australian Football to the skills of the game. NO experience is necessary; this is the perfect place to give it a try. 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. The program is delivered by Level 1 accredited coaches, with a coaching ratio of no more than 20 participants per coach.

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.

Collingwood City Soccer Club - running a soccer holiday program Monday 30 June and Tuesday 1 July 2014.

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

Cycling

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.

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.

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. 30 June - 4 July, 7-11 July 2014.

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.

Swimming
Carlton Baths Community Centre
Melbourne City Baths
VICSWIM

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!.

Westside Circus Winter Holiday Program - Tumble and swing your way through these winter school holidays with Westside Circus! Kids between 3 and 15 are invited to come and try tumbling, juggling, trapeze, acro-balance and many more circus skills that will brighten those gloomy days. The program is suited to both beginners and those with previous circus skills. 2-4 & 7-11 July 2014.


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