School holiday activities

The Victorian School Holidays start on 25 December 2017. 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

Arts Centre Melbourne - What’s on.

Arts, crafts and mixed

100 Story Holidays – Creative writing workshops for children aged 7 – 11. Set off on a mind-bending adventure, notebook in hand as you journey down the trapdoor to script radio plays, pen spy thrillers, build dioramas of mysterious secret rooms and planets and create choose-your-own-adventure capers! 15-17 & 19 January 2018, 9.30am – 12.30pm. Venue: 100 Story Building, 92 Nicholson St, Footscray. Cost: $49.

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.

Bits & Pieces - Offers a place where kids can come into the studio and spend time building and/or painting wooden models.

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.

Footscray Community Arts Centre - Extreme Arts: School Holiday Arts Program - Our school holiday program is exploding with creative and dynamic workshops in circus, dance & visual arts.

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.

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.

Old Treasury Building - Put Yourself in the Picture. These school holidays, you are invited to the Old Treasury Building! Explore the basement gold vaults where gold was stored in the nineteenth century! There you’ll be invited to imagine living on the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s! What would you be doing? Would you be a gold digger? Or shopkeeper? Maybe you’d be a gold buyer! Would you live in a house? A hut? A tent? See what life would have been like for people during the 1850s and think of what you would do! Draw, colour, or just use your imagination! 15-24 January 2018.

Performing Camps of Australia - Students are able to experience many different styles of dance and the performing arts (including ones that they may not usually learn in their normal dance school environment) during our camps and workshops. Our camps usually run across 3 days of dance approximately fitting between 4-6 classes of dance per day. 17-21 January 2018.

Piano with Soul - Creativity and Music. Special summer workshops, individual/family sessions. From 8 January 2018.

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.

Exhibitions

British Migrants: Instant Australians? - Between 1947 and 1981 nearly 1.5 million British people arrived in Australia. All were expected to easily assimilate and become instant Australians. The reality was not so simple. Until 15 April 2018.

Inside Out - A love song to arouse the secret worlds of a curious collection. 23 December 2017 - 11 February 2018.

Marramb-ik (I Am) - An exhibition of storytelling through comic pop culture incorporating identity, heroes and language. Until 18 February 2018.

Patrol the Abyss - Join us for sea creatures and light and drawing and fun as we patrol the abyss with local artist Ghostpatrol. 15-29 January 2018.

The Pool - The Pool is an architecture exhibition that represents the connection between landscape, culture and architecture as observed through the frame of a singular architectural and landscape typology – the swimming pool. Until 18 February 2018.

Wallace & Gromit and Friends - Journey into the wonderful world of acclaimed British animation studios Aardman Animations. Extended to 29 January 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.

Moonlight Cinema - Join us for the 2017/18 Melbourne Summer Season. 1 December 2017 to 1 April 2018.

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

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

Melbourne Museum - It’s all happening at Museum Victoria these spring school holidays!
Melbourne Museum - This summer there's a range of offers for visitors to Melbourne Museum.
Immigration Museum - This summer school holidays, we invite families to enter the realms of children's games and teenage fandom from the British 'youthquake' era and beyond.
Scienceworks - Join us at Scienceworks these holidays for our summer school holiday program, including Superhero Science activities and a special Amphitheatre show Boom! Bap! How?

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

Adventure Park Geelong - Victoria's biggest theme park. For the Best Water Park Action this Summer! 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.

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.

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

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 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.

Summer by the Sea - More than 300 free activities will be on offer along Victoria's coast between 2 and 28 January for Summer by the Sea. In its 22nd year, the program gives Victorians the chance to learn about the coastal environment on their doorstep while having fun at the same time. 2-28 January 2018.

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

V/Line:
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.

Performance

Golidlocks and the Three Bears – A fun, original musical about a golden haired girl who discovers a fascinating house in the middle of the woods. Inquisitive, and perhaps a bit clumsy, she ventures inside. Who does the house belong to? What if she is discovered? Is that yummy porridge on the table? Suitable for children 3+. Running time is 40 minutes with the opportunity to meet the characters after the show. 11-13 and 18-20 January 2018, 10am and 1pm.

Make A Scene – Drama workshops for kids and teenagers aged 5-16 that aim to help develop creativity and stagecraft skills in acting, singing, voice, dance, script work, improvisation, and movement. Each workshop runs over two days at the end of which your creatively inspired kids will put on a show for family and friends. 22-23 January 2018 (5-11 year olds); 24-25 January 2018 (12-16 year olds).

Science and engineering

3D Bizkidz - Get ready for this holiday program; 3D Minecraft Build Battle, brought to you by the 3D Bizkidz team - KW, EN, PN, KX. Compete with your friends to see who can build the best! Then, bring your build battle creations to life using 3D Printing! Small class (only 6 spots) and each student to one 3D printer. Please visit this website for more details and to book www.cnaptic.com.au/events and our Facebook page.

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.

e2 Young Engineers - Hands-on LEGO® Challenge workshops 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.

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.

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 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.

Cave Hill Creek Summer Camp - 4 night camps for 8-15 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. 8-12 & 15-19 January 2018.

Cricket Victoria - MILO in2CRICKET & MILO T20 Blast School Holiday Programs - (Proudly supported by Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars) offer a fun, safe, social and active program for girls and boys aged 5- 12 during the school holidays. The program will teach and develop their cricket skills through game based activities and modified cricket games. It will also allow them to develop important social skills including teamwork and being a good sport. If you’re looking for an way to keep you kids active and having fun this summer, be sure to register them today.Various locations 8-25 January 2018.

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.

DAAM School of Dance - School holidays at DAAM School of Dance are filled with heaps of music, dancing, sport, FUN fitness and agility training, endless art crafts exercises and playing. We are specialised in entertaining and educating children at different levels and ages. providing a safe, active, respectful and friendly environment where your kids can be challenged through adventure and fitness. We focus on team work, creative process, personal growth, well-being and self awareness. This program is for children aged 4-15. Our experienced, playful and enthusiastic staff (2 onsite) with Working With Children Check will keep your kids active and entertained during the holidays! The staff-students ratios vary from 1:5 to 1:10 to ensure each kid is always looked after. 2-27 January 2018.

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

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.

Kelly Sports Australia – Holiday programs designed for children aged 5 – 12 providing a range of fun and stimulating activities that develop children's fundamental sporting skills. 19 December 2017 – 27 January 2018 at venues across Victoria; Geelong, Mt Waverley, Dingley, Mornington, Ballarat, Berwick, Bendigo, Vermont, Point Cook. Cost: $35 - $55 per day.

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

Melbourne University School Holiday Sports Camps - Conveniently located in the heart of the city at The University of Melbourne's Parkville Campus, the program for 5-12 year olds takes advantage of some leading facilities where some of Victoria’s premier sports teams train and play. Children will learn a number of popular sports as well as getting to try some more specialised sports led by dedicated coaches! Your child will learn the values of teamwork, whilst improving their game sense, movement and coordination skills in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Summer camp dates: 15-25 January 2018.

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 Leadership Holiday Camps - OutBeyond runs school holiday camps during the January School Holidays 2018. Mornington Peninsula Holiday Program - Outdoor Beach Adventure (6days & 5nights).

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.

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

Academy of Interactive Entertainment - School Holiday Courses for kids aged 12-17. Introduction to 3D animation and Introduction to Game programming.

Aerobatics Global - We teach kids to love innovation using real robots and real code.

BrainBuilder Spring Holiday Program - a Maths Enrichment program to help students (from Prep to Year 10) build confidence in maths. Our curriculum to design to show how maths is used in everyday scenarios. We challenge students to solve problems creatively to improve their critical thinking skills. 8-19 January 2018.

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.

CoRE-Tech (Coding, Robotics, Electronics) workshops - codingEdge Technology runs one day themed workshops for children aged from 6 to 14+ years, in conjunction with Melbourne University Sport. 17 January 2018 (10 - 14+) and 22 January 2018 (6 - 9+)

Golden Gear Robotics S.T.E.A.M Laboratory - Robots! Coding! Interactive game design! Digital Art! Slime! Electronic crafts! Makerspace activities! Fun, creative & engaging for both girls & boys! Ages 7-12 years. Location - Northcote. 22-25 January 2018.

Further information

Event not listed? - Contact us via our email address contact@dpc.vic.gov.au and tell us about your school holiday event.

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