School holiday activities

The Victorian School Holidays will 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 summer school holiday period.

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Arts Centre Melbourne - Kids and Families

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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.

BASE Camp Kids – Primary school and kindergarten children have hands-on fun with exciting baking, art and science workshops and birthday parties. BASE Camp has a massive multi-level indoor playground (including baby and toddler play areas) and free weekly activities (eg. music, water sensory play, story time, ball games). Enjoy our cafe serving fresh quality food prepared by our chef. Venue: Shop 11, Level 1, Home HQ, 372-394 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading.

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.

BizWorld Australia School Holiday Program – BizWorld is now here in Australia! Founded in Silicon Valley in 1997, over 560,000 kids around the world have gone through its unique Entrepreneurship program. BizWorld is a Project Based Learning program for young kids in Grade 4-6, where children get the opportunity to learn first-hand how to start and operate their own business, while learning the basics of entrepreneurship, business, and finance. Venue: Manningham MC Square Doncaster 11–13 January 2016. 9am to 3pm.

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 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.

Invent the World – Courses designed for kids 5-7, 8-12, and 9-14 who are more interested in fixing a computer than kicking a footy, or who have taken apart their phone ‘just to see how it works’. A safe, fun place to learn about engineering, programming, robotics, game design and many other disciplines. We channel your childs’ passion and enthusiasm, and teach them how to think outside the (virtual) box.

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.

Lemonade Stand – The Business School for Kids – A 2-day program for Grades 5 and 6 students aimed at equipping children with the fundamental mindset required to succeed in a fast moving century. Children learn the basics of business building and how to pitch their ideas in a fun and interactive way and solve real problems. Students are introduced to building prototypes, websites, apps and 3D printed mock-ups and armed with this information are placed into groups of 5 and given the opportunity to create their own business. Venue: Collective Campus. 11 January 2016 at 8.30am, 12 January 2016 at 5.30pm.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yellow Dance Spot – A unique dance school for children aged 2 - 12: playful, creative and fun. Offering Ballet, Creative and Contemporary Dance in a nurturing environment.


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 - A fun hands on and engaging cooking experience that all of Melbourne is talking about for kids 4-13 years of age. We cater for school holiday programs and also after school classes with a certificate on completion and the kids take home and share the food they have created.

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.


Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids - Australian Rules Football has taken over the NGV! The Hermannsburg Potters have created twenty pots depicting some of the AFL’s best and finest Indigenous players from all eighteen teams. Who do you barrack for? 19 September 2015 - 16 April 2016


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.



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.


State Library of Victoria - Kids & family


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

Museum Victoria
Immigration Museum - Summer School Holiday Program - 21 December 2015 - 24 January 2016.
Melbourne Museum - Summer School Holiday Program - 21 December 2015 - 24 January 2016.
Scienceworks - Summer School Holiday Program - 21 December 2015 - 24 January 2016.

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 summer 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.

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. 12-13, 19-20 January 2016.

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. 13-14, 20-21 January 2016.

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.

Melbourne Zoo - Breakfast with the Gorillas - You will have exclusive 7.30am-8.45am Zoo access for our Gorilla Breakfast, featuring our Western Lowland Gorillas. Starting at the Gorilla Rainforest, you will enjoy sparkling, fruit juice and a breakfast canapé. 2, 9 &16 January 2016

Melbourne Zoo - Kids Go Wild - Participants will experience the sights and sounds of Melbourne Zoo, take part in craft and games and have fun with other kids who are as wild about animals as they are! 11-15 January &18-22 January 2016.

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

Summer by the Sea

Zoos Victoria - School holidays - During the school holidays we also offer full day educator-led holiday program's for kids and teenagers.

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! 13, 15, 19, 20 & 22 January 2016.

Out and About

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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 Summer 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

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.

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


The Magic Toyshop – In a performance that will be enjoyed by all ages, Melbourne City Ballet brings to life the story of two dancing dolls, taking the audience on an adventure to protect their friendship in the reimagining of the classic “The Magic Toyshop” (La Boutique Fantasque). Venue: The Alex Theatre. Tickets $25 per person. 14-19 December 2015 at 1.30pm.

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.

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!

Cave Hill Creek Summer Camp – 5 night residential camps (Camp 1: Sunday 10 - Fiday 15 January 2016, Camp 2: Sunday 17- Friday 22 January 2016) for 8-14 year olds full of action packed fun. Summer Camp kids develop new friendships and create life long memories in a supported and safe environment. They can try fun outdoor activities like canoeing, abseiling, biking, archery, hut building, low ropes, bouldering and raft building. Evenings can be spent around the campfire, going on a night walk or entertaining with talent shows. Camps are fully catered and supervised by qualified staff.

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

Croydon & Districts Table Tennis Association Table Tennis Open Night – It’s free to come and play and enjoy the great game with friends and family. Please wear runners. Wednesday 23 September, 7pm -10pm at Kilsyth Sports Centre, 123 Liverpool Rd Kilsyth. Queries: Andrew 0450 763 252.


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.

Kids & Teens Yoga - Join us for some Yoga fun especially designed for children.

Kidzphyz Sports Camps - High quality sports camps and holiday programs catering for children aged 5–15. Company Directors are qualified, experienced and registered teachers, and 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 school holidays.

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.

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.

Skylark Circus Summer Camp - a fun-filled week of laughter, friendships, amazing feats and spectacular challenges. Skylark Circus Summer Camp gives kids the opportunity to experience the joy of summer camp with its memories of friendship and water-slides, combined with the playfulness and unique daring of the circus arts, all just an hour and a half from Melbourne. 11-16 January 2016. Suitable for kids aged 8-18.

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!

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.

Carlton Baths Community Centre
Melbourne City Baths

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.

Thornbury United FC Junior Soccer Clinic – Designed for boys and girls 12 years and under to develop soccer skills in a fun and professional environment, lead by qualified coaches who have Police and Working With Children Checks. Saturday 16 January 2016. Venue: 1 Matisi Street, Thornbury. Cost (including lunch): Half Day $45 (9.00am – 12.00pm), Full day $70 (9.00am – 3.30pm).

Trout fishing – Go fishing with the family. 'Ready-to-catch' rainbow trout are now stocked into lakes around Melbourne and regional centres.

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

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