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School holiday activities

The Victorian School Holidays start on 27 June - are you ready to entertain your children? Below are a range of activities you might consider to entertain them with over the autumn school holiday period.

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Arts Centre Melbourne - Kids and Families

Dig - Help us excavate a mysterious world! 5-9 July 2016.

Film Making Workshop - Write, shoot and edit your own short film! 27 June, & 7 July 2016.

The Magic Workshop - Discover the art of magic! Workshop 1 (Ages 13–16) - Wednesday 6 July, 11am and Friday 8 July, 11am. Workshop 2 (Ages 10–12) - Wednesday 6 July, 2pm and Friday 8 July, 2pm.

The Snail and the Whale - Tall Stories (creators of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom stage shows) return to Australia with their next exciting collaboration with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. 29 June - 10 July 2016.

Ultimate Rockstar - Phase two on your journey into the world of rock superstardom! Friday 8 July, 10:30am.



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.

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

Bits & Pieces - offers a place whereby kids 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.

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

Bricks 4 Kidz School Holiday Workshops - Designed for kids aged 5-12, creative play with Bricks 4 Kidz models and LEGO games. With themes inspired by the much loved movie franchises Star Wars, Minions, Frozen, Jurassic World and the ever popular Mine Craft game, children will work and play with LEGO Technic pieces such as gears, axles, electric motors and more!

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

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

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 cannot make it to a face-to-face session.

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.

Gasworks Arts Park Kids Holiday Programs - Creative and entertaining experiences for children aged 4 to 14 during the school holidays. Bringing together a range of energetic artists and performers who specialise in working with kids, the workshops, performances and classes are imaginative, engaging and fun! Choose from Loose Ends, Shadow puppet, Join the circus, Dance like Michael Jackson: Thriller, Hip hop dance class, Beach colours and ocean life art workshop, Street art typography, Junk mail origami and Try your hand at Coppersmithing.

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

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

LEGO Education Learning Centres School Holiday Programs - Hands on minds on workshops which allow children aged 3-9+ to build knowledge and express themselves creatively, a crucial skill for 21st century learners.

LEGO Workshops –e2 Young Engineers LEGO® Challenge workshops are hands-on where students build educational motorized models like amusement park rides, aircraft, transportation vehicles, cranes etc. Through the use of exciting experiments and building originally designed LEGO® bricks models that illustrate Science and Engineering topics your child will have FUN while improving creativity, concentration, visual-spatial and social skills just to name a few. Lego kits, battery, motor with visual instructions will be provided.

Market Make It Zones – Market flavoured fun for the mini marketeers!

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! Science in the Park - PrimeSCI! will be presenting hands-on children's science workshops in Parks Victoria locations during the school holidays. Join us at Coolart Wetlands & Homestead, Point Nepean National Park, Dandenong Ranges National Park and Braeside Park to learn more about the living world around us. Download the Science Workshop Program and Book online.

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.

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.

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

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.

Exhibitions

Alice's Wonderland: A most curious adventure - Jump down the rabbit hole into a magical, bizarre and fascinating world of illusion and mystery! Daily, Until 24 July 2016.

Degas: A New Vision (Melbourne Winter Masterpieces) - This sweeping exhibition brings together more than 200 works by Degas from dozens of collections worldwide, offering a fresh and dynamic reappraisal of this legendary artist's genius. 24 June - 18 September 2016.

Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé for Kids - Developed especially for children and families, Guixé's large-scale, custom-designed space will combine the artist's own graphics with design challenges and hands-on activities for young people that encourage a rethinking of the familiar foods that we eat each day and sprout new ideas for food concepts and flavours. 11 June - 11 September 2016.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition - Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Until 9 October 2016.

Open Your Eyes - Experience the colourful, creative expressions of Koorie Culture. Until 26 June 2016.

Top Designs 2016 - Be inspired by fashion, furniture, graphic and product design, film, print, photography, animation, interactive media, food, websites, mechanical and electronic projects, all produced by high achieving VCE and VET students from across Victoria. Until 10 July 2016.

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.

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 - Autumn School Holiday Program - Discover a whole new world of fun at Museum Victoria these autumn school holidays! Take part in the unique art/science experiment at Scienceworks, Space Tape: An Ever Expanding Universe, and use coloured tape to structure the universe! Get egg-cited about eggs at Melbourne Museum and meet the egg laying animals and their keeps. Take an eye popping IMAX 3D journey to Alaska during the Cretaceous period and experience a year in the life of a dinosaur at IMAX Melbourne Museum.

Immigration Museum - Winter School Holiday Program
Melbourne Museum - Winter School Holiday Program
Scienceworks - Winter School Holiday Program

National Sports Museum - Holiday Program

National Wool Museum

Shepparton Art Museum - Children's Programs

Nature and Wildlife

City of Melbourne Junior Rangers. Join the City of Melbourne Park Rangers in Melbourne's beautiful and historic parks and gardens for fun and adventure. Suitable for children aged 5 - 12 years, this environmental program incorporates art and craft, guided walks and story telling.

Collingwood Children's Farm - Open every day of the year.

Cooks' Cottage - How does YOUR garden grow? Come and visit Cooks Cottage during the school holidays and enjoy innovative activities where children can learn and have fun at the same time. The How Does YOUR Garden Grow holiday program includes a fun workshop session where kids make their very own grass buddy.

Fitzroy Gardens - Visit the Tudor Village.

Gumbuya Park - Gumbuya Park has a variety of activities ranging from our Wildlife Sanctuary, Aboriginal Centre to a selection of rides. Wildlife tours available. All at a very affordable price. Free BBQ areas can be pre-booked or a cafe is available to purchase from. Park is open daily 10am - 5pm.

Junior Rangers - Parks Victoria - Kids who have an interest in nature, animals and the outdoors have the opportunity this school holiday to join a park ranger for fun activities. For more information, or to find a park near you visit www.juniorrangers.com.au or call Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

Marine Discovery Centre - The Marine Discovery Centre conducts special programs for adults and children throughout the year during school holidays and on weekends. These programs aim to provide people with the opportunity to experience the wonders of the marine environment.

Melbourne Aquarium - Wander through glass tunnels and see thousands of creatures, including sharks and stingrays, that live in the Southern Ocean.

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 programs for kids and teenagers.

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.

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

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

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.

Victorian Goldfields Railway - Steam Train - All aboard for family fun.

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Visit regional Victoria - There's something for everyone to enjoy in regional Victoria. Check out the special events and some of our favourite attractions.

Performance

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.

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!

The Boatshed Learn to sail programs – If you are looking for a fun way to fill in some of the school holidays, why not get the kids out learning how to sail. The Boatshed is proud to offer school holiday programs around regional Victoria and surrounding bayside areas. The Tackers 1, 2 and 3 programs are the main accredited introductory kids sailing course recognised by Yachting Australia for Ages 7 to 12 years.

Bop Till You Drop - Performing arts programs to build confidence in your child. Ideal for 5-12yr olds. Programs run for 2 full days in 4 locations every school holidays.

Bounce World Springvale - You can relax as the kids bounce, jump, leap, crawl and slide through our inflatable activity park. It's hours worth of activity, fun and entertainment on weekends and during the holidays.

BOUNCE Tramp Camp - is the best way to beat boredom these school holidays! Exclusively designed for kids aged 9-12, Tramp Camp provides daily supervision whilst kids get to explore the awesome facilities at BOUNCE. Kids will experience non-stop fun developing their aerial skills, throwing dodge balls and launching themselves into the Big Bag. Tramp Camp is great exercise and an opportunity to make some awesome new friends - join the Free-Jumping Revolution!

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

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

O’Brien Group Arena – Ice skating

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.

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!

Springvale Indoor Sports - 2016 Indoor Sports Fun & Space Jump Inflatables

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

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.

SUPERFEST! School holiday activities at Daylesford Arts, Recreation and Cultural Centre - A program of fabulous, fun activities for kids during the school holidays.

Swimming
Carlton Baths Community Centre
Melbourne City Baths
VICSWIM

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

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

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


Further information

 

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