School holiday activities

The Victorian School Holidays start on 22 December 2018. 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.

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 school holidays. The Box Hill Community Arts Centre's range of programs are tailored for children, teenagers and family activities.

Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House school holiday program - Looking for something to do over the school holidays? We run a range of activities for school age children over the school holidays. We’ve had dance classes, cooking lessons, Lego sessions, and many more.

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.

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

Duldig Studio Museum + Sculpture Garden - Creating in clay and drawing workshops for kids aged 6-12. Check the website for details and book on Eventbrite.

Gasworks Arts Park - Gasworks’ kids holiday programs offer 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.

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.

Kidko performing arts school - Sing, Dance and Act your way through the school holidays. Fun Performing arts workshops for kids aged 5 - 10. Dates to be advised.

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.

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

Tree Sparrow Treasures - Jewellery making workshops for 5+ and 10+ age groups.

Cooking

Itsy Bitsy Chef - A school holiday program offering a ‘hands on’ cooking experience for children 5-13 years old. They enjoy the fruits of their work with their friends, then take home the rest of the spoils to their loved ones. Conveniently located in Port Melbourne near Coles supermarket.

Whipped Up Cooking Classes - Whipped Up combines 13 years of childcare with 5 years in the food industry to create incredible hands-on cooking experiences for your kids. We encourage kids to push boundaries, try new things and get silly in a safe and delicious environment. No idea is too zanny in our kitchen! Book a scheduled class hosted at Pierrick Boyer Prahran or invite us to yours for a private session or birthday party! Ages 4 to 18. Every Saturday, all school holidays or on demand at your home.

Exhibitions

Julian Opie - Studio for Kids - Presented alongside a major showcase of work by British artist Julian Opie, NGV Kids presents an interactive exhibition for families, featuring hands-on and digital activities developed in collaboration with the artist. 9 November 2018 to 17 February 2019.

Make Believe: The Story of the Myer Christmas Windows - a magical, glittering, experience for children and adults alike, inviting lovers of this cherished Melbourne tradition to reconnect with the nostalgia of their childhood, and offering younger visitors the chance to experience it all with fresh eyes. A feast of magical models, working drawings, beloved books and playful puppets. 17 November 2018 to 9 February 2019.

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition - is a new world class exhibition on Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life, curated from the extensive collections of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. A century on from his birth, this exhibition poetically and emotively explores the personal and public life of Nelson Mandela, one of the most influential men in modern history. From 22 September 2018.

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2019 - Get creative this January at the annual NGV Kids Summer Festival. Inspired by the power of imagination, this year’s festival focuses on the theme of – Make Believe. Come along with your family, friends, parents, grandparents, for free hands-on activities and workshops. 5-13 January 2019.

Real Madrid World of Football Experience - The Real Madrid World of Football Experience is a new, state-of-the-art, digital and physical interactive football experience designed for all ages. Through spectacular audio-visual displays, physical interactive football experiences, playable gaming technologies combined with historical club memorabilia and stunning trophies, visitors can go behind the scenes to discover the culture passion, players and epic victories that make Real Madrid C.F. the football Club of the Century. Opened 9 June 2018.

Films

Families - There are so many amazing things for kids and adults to explore, play, watch and create at ACMI.

IMAX - Don’t just watch the movie, become part of it! IMAX provides the most immersive cinematic experience in the world. IMAX is Believing.

Galleries

Bendigo Art Gallery - Family/School Holiday Program - These school holidays our art workshops are inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition Collective vision: 130 years. This exhibition celebrates the Gallery’s 130th birthday and sees the entire Gallery filled with our permanent collection. Workshops are suitable for children 4 to 14 years.

Heide Museum of Modern Art - Kids & families - Explore the gardens and exhibitions at Heide Museum of Modern Art and discover fun for the whole family.

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 - The National Gallery of Victoria is a place for everyone and warmly welcomes children, teenagers and families. NGV Kids exhibitions and programs reflect the Gallery’s commitment to providing creative experiences for young people and their families.

NGV Teens - offers specially tailored programming that connects young people with art and artists at the Gallery. We aim to offer the NGV as a space for young people from all backgrounds to express themselves through creative projects and discussions of the big ideas behind great art. Young creatives aged 13-17 can get involved to gain special access to the NGV, and to the broader creative community of visual artists, designers and performers in Victoria.

Libraries

State Library of Victoria - Looking for something fun to do, with a cultural twist? Take a look at our events and exhibitions! We host all kinds of talks, workshops, films, guided tours and more, for audiences across all age groups, including families. Our events help you get to know our amazing collections and tell the story of Victoria's history. Many events – including our exhibitions – are free.

Museums

Chinese Museum - showcases the heritage and culture of Australia’s Chinese community.

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

Melbourne Museum - It’s all happening at Museum Victoria these summer school holidays!
Melbourne Museum
Immigration Museum
Scienceworks

National Sports Museum - Holiday Program

National Wool Museum - Geelong

Shepparton Art Museum - Programs and events.

Nature and wildlife

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

Cooks' Cottage - A visit to the historic landmark Cooks' Cottage, situated in the beautiful heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens, is a must when exploring Melbourne.

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.

Kinglake Forest Adventures - an all-encompassing nature based adventure oasis with sky high tree challenges, zip lines, mountain biking and nature based action.

Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre Queenscliff - Holiday Program at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre Queenscliff.

Melbourne Sea Life 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 - - free admission for children under 16 to Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo during Victorian school holidays, on weekends and public holidays.

Out and about

Active Moreland Teenage Holiday Program - The Teenage Holiday Program offers fun and engaging activities for young people aged 12 to 16 years. Every school holiday period (5 days in the two week break and 10 days in January holidays)

Adventure Park Geelong - Victoria's biggest theme park. Home to the NEW TORNADO - Victoria's Biggest, Longest & most Epic waterslide! It's the most thrilling water ride in the world. Adrenaline pumping, heart stopping & only at Adventure Park Geelong, Victoria!

A Maze'N Things - Fun family attraction on Phillip Island. Perfect for families or groups looking for things to do on Phillip Island that everyone will enjoy.

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

Daylesford Spa Country Railway – This volunteer not-for-profit heritage railway operates a variety of historic diesel railmotors every Sunday from the picturesque town of Daylesford, through the state forest and along the top of the Great Divide to Bullarto, Victoria’s highest railway station. You can also visit the famous Sunday market held in the station grounds and the railway museum, with the fully restored station building housing an interpretive display showcasing the importance of Victoria’s rail heritage.

Enchanted Adventure Garden - The Enchanted Adventure Garden is an award winning natural attraction nestled in the beautiful hinterland of Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula. The Enchanted Adventure Garden is also home to Tree Surfing - a high ropes obstacle course including Zip Line experiences. From humble beginnings, the Enchanted Gardens have grown into a wonderland of family adventure with mazes and adventure activities designed to enliven the senses and challenge the mind. 22 December 2018 - 29 January 2019.

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

Fed 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.

Funfields - an outdoor family fun park featuring rides designed for all ages including a specific kidzone. Rides include a toboggan slide, go karts, pirate ship, waterslides, aquatic playground, mini golf and more.

Kinglake Forest Adventures - Kinglake Forest Adventures is an adventure, nature oasis perfect for the young and the young at heart. Only 60 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, it’s easy to put some daring action and good clean fun into your life this weekend and school holidays. Zoom (or meander) through our various treetops activities: Scale our intrepid tree climbs, gently sway on our swing bridges, soar through the forest on our zip line and be bold on our free fall jumps.

Maze House - 25 year old hedge maze, country garden with old time carnival games and milk bar cafe. Just 10 minutes from Daylesford.

Melbourne Cable Park - Kids Club and Wakeboarding Clinics available both weeks of the school holidays. Suited Ages 8+ Learn how to Wakeboard and Kneeboard. All equipment and coaching included in ticket price.

Melbourne Free Walking Tour - Our guides believe that walking tours should be available to everyone — regardless of your budget. We run a free tour of Melbourne to provide an excellent introduction to the city, and our guides accept tips at the end of the tour. Explore Melbourne with a local who can share the history of the city as well as point out things to do after your walking tour is done. Walks 101 tour guides want to show you the real Melbourne – the city we know and love. Daily.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Puffing Billy - Get on board Puffing Billy - Australia's premier preserved steam railway and operates every day except Christmas Day!

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.

Rippon Lea House & Gardens Grab a picnic, some friends, family and enjoy a wonderful family day out at Rippon Lea House & Gardens.

School holiday program at the Shrine

SkyHigh - Enjoy the stunning views, an exquisite English garden, Adventurous SkyHigh Maze and links to trail walks in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Sovereign Hill - Pan for gold or chat with the storekeepers and miners at Sovereign Hill.

Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement - Focusing on 19th century cultural history of the Mallee, the Pioneer Settlement has a range of activities for children of all ages, Set on three hectares of land on the banks of the Little Murray River, you will find real-life Mallee cottages, a hotel, schools and shops, plus our enormous collection of working tractors and machinery. You can feel the heat in the blacksmith shop, listen to the sounds of the old Pianola or take a ride through our Mallee township on a horse and carriage. Home to the award-winning laser light show, Heartbeat of the Murray. 22 December 2018

Tractor Fruit Tasting Adventure - Farmer Len or his sons Cam or Andrew will guide you through the orchard with lots of entertaining and interesting facts along the way. Price includes generous samples of fruit ripe on the day, come hungry as there are lots of varieties to try ( usually 8 – 12 varieties). Upick is usually available during the tour, fruit bags are supplied and fruit picked to take away starts at $5- per kilo, depending on variety. Every day 9am to 4pm.

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

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

Wild Buggy - Experience a wild ride over a purpose-buit adventure track that includes jumps,tunnels,flattened cars, water, obstacles, rocks and logs Kids over the age of 5 can enjoy driving with an instructor in a dual -control buggy. Adults can either drive solo or with a passenger in the passenger seat. January 2019.

Wonderland Junior - an inner city fun park offering a whimsical family experience for the young and young at heart. Surprise the little ones with a fun day out and enjoy the excitement of amusement rides! With activities to keep the whole family laughing, dancing and skipping all day long; come and meet Twiggy the Talking Tree, enjoy a classic game of Laughing Clowns or experience our regular interactive programs including live shows, music performances, arts and crafts, animal visits and special holiday celebrations. Open Weekends, public holidays and every day during the school holidays 11am-5pm.

Performance

The Australian Ballet presents Storytime Ballet: Coppélia - A sparkling tale of magic and mischief, where all is not what it seems... Experience ballet’s most playful comedy live on stage in an interactive production of Coppélia created especially for children aged three and up. Join the young lovers Swanilda and Franz as they sneak into Dr Coppelius’ mysterious workshop and discover the secrets of his mechanical dolls.?? 12-16 December 2018.

Science and engineering

Club Engineer - Build and program robots with Lego Mindstorms or write then play your own computer games. Club Engineer teaches tech-savvy kids, teens and young adults engineering principles through robotics and game programming. The junior program is for students from year five to year seven and prepares them for entering the Robocup Rescue competition. The 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 course-ware is available online for free for those who cannot make it to a face-to-face session.

Golden Gear Robotics S.T.E.A.M Laboratory - Technology adventures: kids learn to code through building and programming Lego Mindstorms and Lego Edison robots. Learn about circuits through fun & creative electronic craft activities in our mobile makerspace.

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.

Australian Sports Camps - For over 33 years, ASC have provided the best sports coaching for Australian children aged 6 - 16 offering interactive and fun skills-based camps and school holiday programs that ensure participants improve their game and love for their chosen sport.

Bop Till You Drop school holiday programs - Our Performing Arts Programs run over two days and incorporate a combination of activities for your child to meet new friends, learn new skills and be active.

BOUNCE Tramp Camp - 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.

CYC City Day Camps - a brand new holiday program, right in the heart of Melbourne. CYC City Day Camps are for children in primary school, and run from 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday during the school holidays.

Eco Explorers - offers a range of nature-connection and nature based school holiday workshops for both pre-school and primary school aged children.

IceHQ - Melbourne's newest ice skating rink. Located behind Northland Shopping Centre, just 12m from Melbourne CBD. School holiday fun for kids and adults of all ages. Great fun skating to your favourite songs that you select from our music kiosk. Warm cafe area with great coffee, hot chocolate, hot food selection and cakes and slices. From 22 September 2018.

Inflatable World - Geelong South - Home to the Biggest Indoor Inflatable Playgrounds in Australia.

Jumpz Anglesea - Looking for something fun to do with family and friends? Jumpz is a unique, outdoor facility designed for one purpose - to have FUN! Jumpz offers 360 degrees of trampolines, where you can jump of the walls, race your friends, flip forwards and flip backwards...Jumpz is located within the Great Ocean Road Resort and is jam-packed with excitement, everyone is welcome.

KidsCo - offering fun, developmental and age appropriate office school holiday programs.

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.

Melbourne Fencing Centre

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

O’Brien Group Arena - Ice skating

Okukan Karate Just for Kicks! - OKUKAN teaches kids beginner karate classes during the school holidays, for 5-8 year olds and 9-15 year olds. All lessons are taught by head and founding karateka Sensei Sandra in Coburg and Collingwood.

OutBeyond Melbourne Holiday Camps - Multiday overnight adventures - OutBeyond runs high value and low-cost holiday camps that make outside-care during the school holidays simple, easy, adventurous and fun. OutBeyond’s wide range of holiday camps in Melbourne give children aged 11 to 17 years old an exciting and educational 6-day overnight camp experience. 13 January 2019.

Peninsula Bike Skills - The Dirt-Riderz School Holiday Program is a full day of riding the mountain bike tracks and trails of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula supervised by experienced mountain bike instructors. Cost: $35 to $65 per person.

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.

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?

Strike Bowling - Got your school holiday battle plan ready? School Holidays discounts for students 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

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

UpUnlimited - Brought to you the makers of Clip N Climb Melbourne, UpUnlimited delivers new and exciting school holiday drop off programs every term. All the programs include Climbing, Caving and lots of other fun and creative activities to keep the kids having awesome fun for the whole day.

Wild Buggy - Wild Buggy is an off road buggy adventure park where kids aged 5+ can take control of our dual control military spec buggies with the assistance of our qualified driving instructors whilst tackling 30+ obstacles.

X-Golf Knox - An indoor golf simulator centre that allows children to play on the best golf courses from around the world. The simulators also allow you to play a par-3 course and practice your driving, chipping and putting. $20 per child for up to two hours. Price includes a milkshake from Burgled.

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

Technology

Code Camp - Three and 4 day coding camps are multiple Melbourne school-based locations. In Little League Code Camp (Years K-1), Code Camp Spark and Ignite (Years 2-7) and Code Camp Leap (For students having mastered Spark & Ignite Camps), kids create and build their own game, learning about user design and the psychology of user experience. The end result is an app that works on multiple devices, and every kid goes home with their own self-created game.

Innovate Technology & Robotics Academy - Tech Summer School 2019 - Innovate Academy's premium technology innovation camp brand Innovate Tech Camps ®, Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy also provides a range of robotics, technology, coding and futuristic holiday programs and activities for kids and teens from Prep to 12 every season of the year . The popular Innovate Tech Camps ® school holiday programs are attended by kids and teens from all over Melbourne, Victoria, interstate and even overseas. 7-15 January 2019.

RoboKids - We understand robotics and we know how to teach it! Our experienced and registered teachers have over 150 years combined teaching experience. Our workshop facilitators are all industry professionals and they are all screened with Child Protection Documentation. We are currently presenting to over 15,000 K-10 students  each year, with programs that align to Australian Digital Technologies syllabus. We are inspiring the enterprising, independent leaders of the future as well as observing the immediate impact of our program on children’s lives.

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