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Melbourne Spring School Holidays Edition - Sat 21st Sep to Sun 6th Oct 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids - Spring into Nature - October 2018 - Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Photo credit: @busycitykids - Spring into Nature - October 2018 - Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

art galleries & libraries

  • NGV - KAWS: COMPANIONSHIP IN THE AGE OF LONELINESS - Brian Donnelly (born 1974), aka KAWS, is one of the most prominent and prolific artists of his generation. His body of work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street and public art, and graphic and product design. His work is infused with humour, humanity and affection for our times. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and colour-filled paintings, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are drawn from pop-culture animations and form a distinctive artistic vocabulary. he exhibition title KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness foregrounds the emotional content of the artist’s work. Through his works KAWS celebrates generosity, support for others and the deep need we have for companionship. 20 Sep 2019 - 13 April 2020. Ticketed. More info here.

  • NGV - KAWS: PLAYTIME - As part of KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, KAWS has created a playful exhibition for children that illuminates the artist’s methods of working and creative approaches to imagery sourced from popular culture, toy production and collectables. The exhibition design features references to KAWS’s character BFF, including his trademark criss-cross eyes and plush royal blue fur. KAWS: PLAYTIME is a sensory experience which explores these themes, and takes cues from the artist’s iconic BFF character, with its yellow button nose and fluffy coat, inspired by popular cartoon characters. The exhibition walls will be lined with BFF’s royal blue fur, and the space will feature custom designed furniture referencing BFF motifs and pink wallpaper featuring KAWS’s COMPANION character. Children can let their imagination wander with their own creative kit containing a pop-up surprise and a set of alphabet stickers designed by KAWS and create a pal for BFF at the interactive multimedia hub. Throughout the space children can enjoy cosy and colourful nooks to explore friendship with BFF and pose in an NGV exclusive KAWS photo booth with a filter of BFF’s criss-cross eyes, yellow nose and gloves. Shareable digital content enables visitors to share friendship with BFF and their families after leaving the exhibition. NGV International Ground Level. 20 Sep 2019 - 13 April 2020. Free entry. More info here.

  • NGV - Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape - a dual presentation of the terracotta warriors and one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists Cai Guo-Qiang is now on display until the 13th October 2019 at NGV International. Exclusive to Melbourne and presenting nearly 170 works, the exhibition will offer a new perspective on Chinese culture, past and present and features 8 life-size Qin Emperor’s terracotta warriors discovered in 1974. The parallel exhibition of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape created especially for this NGV exhibition include the monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds. The birds create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing of the sacred Mount Li, the site of the ancient tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuangvand his warriors. A must see. On until 13th October 2019. Our review here.

  • NGV - School Holidays. During these school holidays, children and families can visit the Great Hall and take part in a free drawing activity inspired by the First Emperor’s gardens and the art works on display in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality. Near the terracotta warriors, archaeologists discovered remains of a palace and gardens created for the First Emperor of China alongside a riverbank surrounded by birds made of bronze. Monday 30th Sept to Thursday 3rd October 10am – 1pm, NGV International and Free entry. Suitable for all ages, with parent or carer supervision. More info here.

  • NGV - NGV TEENS ART PARTY. Be part of the NGV teen takeover these school holidays at Art Party with the chance to spend a night surrounded by art and design, meet like-minded people and be one of the first to see KAWS: Companionship in The Age of Loneliness during the opening weekend. Tickets include exclusive after-hours access to NGV blockbuster exhibitions Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality and Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, games and live performances by Haiku Hands and DJ Slymewave. Teens can follow @ngvartparty19 on Instagram for more details. Saturday 21st Sep 6pm – 9pm, NGV International and Booking required. Ages 13 – 17 years and 18 years with valid secondary school. More info here.

  • NGV - IN THE STUDIO WITH JAHNNE PASCO-WHITE: NGV TEENS. Spend your school holidays developing new painting skills with like-minded peers and learning from local artist Jahnne Pasco-White. Workshop suitable for teens aged 13-17 years. Artist and Facilitator Jahnne Pasco-White is a Melbourne based artist who uses a variety of found and recycled materials to create textured, and even sculptural paintings whilst being conscious of how her practice contributes to waste in the world. Tuesday 1st October to Thursday 3rd October, 10.30am – 2pm, NGV Australia and Booking required. More info here.

events & programs

  • ArtPlay. Get ready for some epic fun and activities during the school holidays. Come and create your own robot! We Are The Robots is a colourful, explorative workshop which takes place inside a giant inflatable pod. Children will be invited to build wild creatures using modular robot designs which correspond to a soundscape informed by their design choices. Free. Ages 4 to 8 years. Thursday 26 September to Sunday 29 September. Exhibition: Scrapatorium is all about the adventures that you will take in this dreamlike landscape. Sunday 22 September to Sunday 24 November, 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday. Ages 3 to 112 years. Free. Sonic Labyrinth: Presented by ArtPlay and Melbourne Fringe. Come on an interactive journey of discovery through sound. Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 September, 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 2.45pm, and 3.30pm. Ages 8 to 13 years. Free booking encouraged. And lots more! More info here.

  • Arts Centre Melbourne. Families are invited to experience an array of engaging and ambitious theatrical adventures and interactive experiences from Australia and beyond as part of the Arts Centre Melbourne 2019 Families Winter/Spring program this June through to November 2019. This season presents entertaining, inclusive and culturally diverse works spanning dance, music, puppetry and theatre. Young people and their families can enjoy an interstellar adventure designed for children with disabilities, an international dance work inspired by a computer game, an intercultural b*boy battle, hip hop fairy-tale, graphic novel brought to life, quirky puppetry and an indigenous history lesson with a twist. More info here.

  • Circus Oz. Join Circus Oz under the Big Top these September school holidays as they return to the Southern Cross Lawn at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria with their brand new show – Aurora. Dive into a wondrous realm of stunning visual projections, jaw-dropping acrobatics and awe-inspiring artistry with Aurora. The latest creation by Circus Oz to grace the Big Top draws on the pristine beauty of the elements, exploring what was, what is, and what could be. The outrageously talented acrobats of Circus Oz have never been afraid of heights, but they'll be pushed beyond their earthly limits during this excursion into the upper stratospheres of the possible. An exhilarating 70-minute voyage of astonishment, the flying, swinging and trapezing of Aurora will take you out of this world. From impossibly intricate foot-juggling to hair-raising balances, breathtaking hula hooping to physical comedy that will leave you speechless, this is a Big Top experience at its finest. It's fuelled by the twin spirits of curiosity and wonder, and the restless human need to imagine a better future. Kept rocketing along by the original live music of the Circus Oz band, Aurora is proof that for this ensemble of adventurers, the sky's the limit. 18th Sep to 6th Oct 2019. More info.

  • City of Boroondara. City of Boroondara have curated a range of fun-filled, interactive events to keep the family entertained during the upcoming school holidays. Running from Monday 23 September to Thursday 3 October, the creative workshop program at Hawthorn Arts Centre includes opportunities for children to make their own magical wand, run away with Calligraphy Circus or put on a performance of a lifetime with Ministry of Dance’s musical theatre classes. Workshops include: Make a Wand workshop, Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance, Create a Mosaic Clock workshop, A Taste of Circus workshop, Create Superhero Armour workshop and Inventi Ensemble Explores the Planets. Don’t miss Inventi Ensemble exploring Gustav Holst’s classical masterpiece 'The Planets' at Kew Court House. This special school holidays performance will unearth stories behind the music and feature astronomical projections. More info here.

  • Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea at Langham Melbourne. The Langham Melbourne’s Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea is destined to delight children and adults alike. From almost-too-good-to-eat hand-decorated Minnie Mouse shortbread ears and honey joys shaped like flowers to adorable vanilla cupcakes served in a miniature ice cream cone and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate raspberry soft cookie sandwiches, the sweet treats are sure to make every child is as cheerful as Minnie herself. There will also be plenty of savoury snacks to balance out the bite-sized desserts, including chicken goujons, ham and cheese sandwiches and everyone’s favourite party dish, sausage rolls. Guests are encouraged to take inspiration from Minnie Mouse and dress up in polka dots and don their Minnie Mouse ears. There are two high tea sessions served each weekday. $59.00 per child or adult. Weekdays Monday 16 September until Friday 4 October 2019. Our review here. More info here.

  • Footy Festival at Yarra Park. The Footy Festival celebrates all that is brilliant about Melbourne, showcasing the best it has to offer in food, music, kids activities and of course footy. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the Toyota AFL Finals Series and the excitement of September in Melbourne! 25th to 28th of September. FREE. More info here.

  • Little Food Festival at Fed Square. Little Food Festival is coming to Fed Square! Join them for a jam-packed two days of immersive, vibrant celebration, as we explore the food we eat, where it comes from, and what this means for our health. Using art and play, the Little Food Festival offers a simple and fun opportunity for little ones to consider complex food topics such as health and sustainability. Grounded in playful education, with kid-friendly, bite-sized learning sessions designed by lecturers and pre-service teachers from Monash University's Faculty of Education, lecturers and design students from MADA, Librarians, and other terrific contributors from the Monash University community. For two days only, Little Food Festival will fill the main square with composting stations, native foods, eco-warrior workshops, exhibitions, cooking demonstrations and more. 25 and 26 September 2019 10am - 3pm. FREE. More info here.

  • Luna Park Melbourne. As Melbourne thaws out and we spring into the school holidays from 21st Sep, get your kids into action with Spring surprises at Luna Park including a NEW member of our rides family – the ‘HAPPY SWING’, the return of the Great Scenic Railway plus a cinema collaboration with The Angry Birds Movie 2. “The Happy Swing is made especially for our younger guests who can sit and enjoy the swaying whoosh of wind in their hair as they swing back and forth. 21st Sep to 6th Oct with a bonus week to 13 October 2019. Rides and Park Entry applies. More info here.

  • Melbourne Fringe - Mad as a Cute Snake. Premiering at Theatre Works as part of the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival, these September school holidays join the award-winning team that created Cut Snake and Superhero Training Academy on a riotous and joyful new theatrical adventure for the whole family, Mad as a Cute Snake. Cardigan Coriander-Turner is a regular superhero who does regular superhero stuff, like using her powers to defeat baddies and wearing her undies on the outside. And she’s just been given a mission impossible to save her pet snake, Trix. But one visit to school - aka "The Real World" - is about to change everything. Turns out Cardi’s not really a superhero after all. She’s just a little girl with zero powers. How’s she meant to save the day now?? 25th September to 5th October 2019. Ages 6+. Various Dates, Times and Prices vary & apply. Read the Melbourne Fringe Guide here. More info here.

  • Melbourne Gaol - Escape the Gaol. This spring visit us at the Gaol for an experience exclusively for children during the school holidays. Kids will become inmates on a mission to hatch the perfect escape plan. Solve the riddles, find the clues, and keep your eyes out for the guards! Escape the Gaol is an immersive and educational scavenger hunt activity aimed at ages six and up. Please note The Escape the Gaol experience is included in your General Admission ticket. Sat 21st Sep to Sunday 13th October. Our review here. More info here.

  • MCG Open Day. MCG Open Day returns on Sunday September 29 and the gates to the people’s ground will be open for a day full of family fun! This is a FREE event for everyone to enjoy. For just one day, the MCG will open its doors and allow access to areas of the stadium that are normally off limits to the public, including the famous hallowed turf! Kids can have fun recreating their favourite MCG moments - so don't forget to bring the footy boots! Check out the player change rooms, cricketers' viewing rooms, media centre, MCC Library and the historic Long Room! There will be a petting zoo and pony rides outside in the beautiful Yarra Park. The Open Day activity guide with all the details will be released closer to the day, so keep your eyes peeled! More info here.

  • Melbourne Royal Show. From the 21st Sep to the 1st of October experience the great Melbourne Royal Show at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Celebrating over 160 of years of bringing the country to the city, the Royal Melbourne Show is Victoria’s largest showcase of agriculture and is conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV). Visitors to the Royal Melbourne Show will be entertained with a huge range of all-inclusive, interactive, and fun activities and attractions. Get up close and see, pat and feed hundreds of farm animals at the Royal Melbourne Show’s expansive animal precincts and attractions. Meet and greet adorable baby animals in the Animal Nursery, try your hand at sheep shearing and milking cows in The Farmhouse or visit The Animal Farmyard and see your favourite farm animals roaming their paddocks as they would on the farm. Taste your way around the Royal Melbourne Show with a diverse offering of award-winning food and drink. The Winning Tastes Pavilion will host some of Melbourne’s best eateries and Australia’s most acclaimed chefs and producers, while a huge variety of mouth-watering cuisines from around the world will be available in the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion. Our past reviews here. More info here.

  • Melbourne Star. Treat your kids to free flights* on Melbourne Star these school holidays and adventure to new heights as you take in sights of Melbourne City and beyond. From Saturday, 21 Sept – Sunday, 6 Oct 2019. *Receive a complimentary child ticket with every full price ticket, limited to one child ticket per one full price ticket purchased. Cannot be combined with any other offer. More info here.

  • Preston Market School Holiday Activities. Spring has sprung and the Preston Market has some outdoor activities for the little ones to enjoy during the school holidays! Kicking off the Sunday fun, Green & Gold Flowers will be hosting a Flower Craft Workshop on Sunday 15 September from 10am - 1pm. Kids can get crafty and take home their creations. School holidays fun will celebrate footy finals and the warmer weather with the following activities: Footy Fever Handball (kids 4 years to 13 years) Wednesday 25 September & Thursday 26 September from 10am-1pm. Golf Putting Fun Wednesday 2 October & Thursday 3 October from 10am – 1pm. No bookings required. More info here.

  • Rippon Lea Estate. Pick up The Gruffalo Trail throughout all 14 acres of Rippon Lea Estate. Journey through the winding paths and gardens into a deep dark wood, and spot your favourite characters using the new augmented reality app. The new interactive trail is included with entry, along with all the photo opportunities you can snag. The Gruffalo was initially published in 1999 in the United Kingdom and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The book was penned by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and tells the story of a mouse on a walk through a European forest. The book has sold over 13 million copies, has won several prizes for children’s literature, and has been developed into plays on both the West End and Broadway and even adapted into an Oscar nominated animated film.On daily 10am to 4.30pm from 2nd August 2019. Prices vary. More info here.

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne - Big Bandicoot Backyard. One of Cranbourne Garden’s biggest school holiday events will be the Big Bandicoot Backyard, where children can learn about nationally endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot. Home to the last remaining urban population of bandicoots, Cranbourne Gardens will celebrate this precious marsupial with a huge bandicoot sculpture, crafts and science activities, bandicoot games and opportunities for families to learn how to build bandicoot friendly habitats in their own backyards. Wed 2 Oct – Sat 5 Oct. 10am – 2pm, drop in anytime. All ages. Free. Ian Potter Lakeside Precinct. More info here.

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne - Kids Explorer. Children will also ride free on the Kids Explorer at Cranbourne during the school holidays. While cruising through the Australian Garden, children can take in the sights and sounds of spring blooms – button flowers, kangaroo paw and bottle brush – breath in the delicious fragrances of different eucalypt trees, notice the colours of the landscape and learn why plants are so important for our planet. Sat 21 Sep – Sun 6 Oct. Daily, 10am – 4pm (25 mins). All ages. $10 Adult, $8 Concession, Child Free. Australian Garden. More info here.

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne - Spring into Nature. Bask in the warming sun at Melbourne Gardens and romp through family-focused nature play activities designed to stimulate the senses and enliven the soul. Come ready to explore, play and create, and observe the delights of spring. Find joy in connecting with the natural world through nature-based sensory experiences. Weave your own flower crown, concoct herbaceous potions, or relax in the designated quiet place away from the noise but not the fun. Inclusive activities will take place in the Children’s Garden and out in the Gardens’ wider landscapes, so there’s plenty of room for all. Wed 2nd Oct 2019. 10am – 1pm, drop in anytime. Free. Great kids 0 to 8 years. Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden. More info here. Our review of the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden here.

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne - Story Catching with Trace Balla. For children with a love of art and storytelling, join award-winning author and illustrator Trace Balla (Rivertime, Rockhopping) for Story Catching with Trace Balla. Families will learn how to use watercolour pencils and aqua brushes, make mini concertina books, chat about ‘story-catching’, and draw inspiration from a guided tour around the Gardens. Mon 23 Sep, 11am & 1pm. 8+ years, with an adult. $16 per person, bookings essential. More info here.

  • Science Play Kids - We loved taking part in the last Science Play Kids school holiday sessions. Little Miss loved it so much, she wanted to go back the next day when we did a session last year! (Our review here). Head to their website, to book a spot or two for the kids this September. Week 1 will be about Bubble Science (September 23rd to 25th). Week 2 will be about Energy Types and transfer - with the famous fidget spinner + paint experiment (Oct 2nd to 4th). But be quick, they sell out fast. Great for kids 2 to 10 yrs. Each class runs for an hour, has 2-3 hands on experiments that foster creative thinking and problem solving in a fun and MESSY way. Bookings here.

  • Sunny Ridge Farm. There’s nothing quite like the taste of freshly picked strawberries. While kids won’t be able to pick strawberries until November to April, they can still have a berry fun time these holidays. Sunny Ridge will be running 2 exciting programs (Program One: Choc Dipped Strawberries and Program Two:  Little Farmers) each weekday from Monday 23rd September to Friday 4th October. More info & bookings here.

  • Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Treat the kids to a day of adventure amongst the brilliant colours of the Tulips. There will be special weeks and weekends throughout the festival with special Children’s weeks Mon 23rd - Thu 26th September & Mon 30th September - Thu 3rd October. There will be live performances from Splash Test Dummies, KaZaam The Magician Stage Shows, Full Circle Drumming and PJ Masks, Black Snake Reptile Zoo onsite, Fairy Story Telling, Mez's Craft Workshop, Tulip Tractor Rides and more. Our past review here with More info here.

  • Wonderland Spiegeltent. Spiegeltent will have a new pop up location at Federation Square these school holidays and beyond offering audiences a thrilling program of live entertainment for all ages. Circus, Magic, Comedy, Kids Shows and more! 12th Sept to 20th October. Dates and prices vary. More info here.

  • You Should Be Dancing. Renowned performance makers Everybody NOW’s 'You Should Be Dancing' will feature as a highlight of the 2019 Darebin Speakeasy season, sashaying onto stage from 20th to 22nd September at the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre. The non-stop exhilarating party through decades of dance will leave participants smiling from ear to ear, a little breathless and discovering new dance moves for days to come! The daytime performances, at Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre are designed especially for children aged 5 – 12 years, who will delight in the easy to learn choreography as will their parents, grandparents and carers, while the mini minis (under 5 years) are welcome to bounce about and enjoy too. Totally participatory and inclusive for all ages and abilities, the 45-minute MINIS show opens with a short ‘learn the moves’ class led by dance captain deluxe Bec Reid with help from dozens of local dancers, community groups and dance instructors. The Queen of the decks, Disco DJ Diva, will lay down the tracks all the tiny dancers and their adults grooving! More info here.


  • Immigration Museum - School Holiday Activities. Map Your Body & Make Your Mark. Reflect on your identity with drop-in school holidays activities developed by local artists Stanislava Pinchuk (aka Miso) and Paul Stillen. Miso's minimalist home-made tattoos for friends and friends of friends are exchanged for goods or favour, never money, and map journeys travelled, back onto the body. Be inspired by Paul Stillen's tattoos and combine elements of your past and present to create a composition that reflects your unique identity.Children must be accompanied by an adult. 21st Sep to 6th Oct. Included with Museum entry. More info here.

  • Melbourne Museum - School Holiday Activities. Humming With Hadrosaurs. Explore the connection between structure and sound in this holiday activity for dinosaur-lovers. Did the T-Rex roar like a lion or chirp like a bird? While it’s impossible to say for sure, we can certainly speculate that many, if not all, the dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous made some sort of noise. Join us, as we explore the unique head-structures of the Hadrosauridae (one of our best clues for dinosaur sound) then decorate one of your very own as part of the beautiful mask you’ve just created. Suitable for ages 5 to 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 21st Sep to 6th Oct. 11 am to 3pm. Included with Museum entry. More info here.

  • Scienceworks - School Holiday Activities. Discover the science behind bridge construction this spring holidays at Scienceworks. With a free hands-on bridge building activity, an engaging amphitheatre show about the science of structures and a construction-themed play area for younger visitors, this holiday program has something for every budding engineer! Activities include: Bridge Building Activity (ages 6+), Amphitheatre Show (all ages) and Little Kids Construction Play Area (ages 5 and below). Children must be accompanied by an adult. 21st Sep to 6th Oct. Included with Museum entry. More info here.

  • Scienceworks - Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY is coming to Scienceworks this June. created by the LEGO® Masters judge, Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught. The experience has been exclusively curated and built by McNaught and his expert team and opens at Scienceworks Melbourne on Saturday 15 June and runs through until August 4. Showcasing five of the world’s most iconic cities at different time periods in history, visitors can trace each city’s evolution all the way from 1000AD to today in a fun, educational and immersive way. At the centre of this new interactive experience is a 3m x 4m scale model of Lower Manhattan, built entirely in white LEGO® pieces with 3D stories of New York projected directly onto them. Using cutting-edge technology of UHD 4K projectors, visitors are taken on a journey from the First People’s villages right through to present day. More info here. Our review here. In addition to admiring Brickman’s awe-inspiring models, LEGO® fans across Melbourne have a final chance to get behind the scenes know-how and take their LEGO® building skills to the next level, as a second round of hugely popular masterclass sessions with Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught has just been announced! Three sessions will be held on Wednesday 2 October at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm with tickets on sale 11am through Ticketek. On until Sunday 6th October. More info & bookings here.

  • Scienceworks - Planetarium and Lightning Room. If that’s not enough, head over to the High Voltage Theatre to learn about lightning, or the Planetarium to go on a journey through the sky. Lightning Room show will run 5 times a day. Planetarium shows will run 6 times a day and tours. More info here.

  • Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together at Scienceworks - Kids love it! Enjoy the screen-free interactive permanent exhibition space for babies to 5 year olds at Scienceworks. Our review here.

zoos - aquariums - farms - markets and more!

  • Boneo Discovery Park - Just one hour from Melbourne on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, Boneo Maze is home to stunning native wildlife, boardwalks, mazes, outdoor games and cafe. Our review here.

  • Chesterfield Farm. Pop by the Chesterfield Farm with the kids and see all your favourite farmyard animals, jump on the farm tractor, see the Baby Animal Nursery, milk a cow and feed lots of animals. Our review here.

  • Collingwood Children's Farm. Kids can enjoy a day at the farm every day of the holidays and older kids can take part in school holiday programs. On various dates. Bookings essentials. Our review of the farm here. The Collingwood farm’s school holiday program info here.

  • Diamond Valley Railway Miniature Train Rides. All aboard! Whether you have a little train enthusiast or are just looking for a fun day out, the whole family will have a ‘toot’ of a time on the Diamond Valley Railway. Open every Sunday 11am-5pm, families can ride the steam, petrol, diesel or electric powered locomotives for only $3 per person. The 15 minute ride - along just over 2km of track - is set in the natural Eltham bushland and takes passengers past several station platforms, carriage sheds, workshops, guard towers and signal boxes,  over and under bridges and through crossings and two short tunnels. Our review here.

  • Fairfield Park Boathouse Boating. Located just seven kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, Fairfield Boathouse is a picturesque, riverside spot offering traditional English boats and an historic tearooms in a stunning, inner-city bush setting. Enjoy boating with the family across the Yarra River on a hand-made Thames-replica rowing skiff! After a nice trip down the river, kids can enjoy feeding the resident (hungry) ducks, riding giraffes and fire trucks rides, eating scones & jam and a milkshake and looking out to the river. Our review here.

  • GoBoat, which started in Copenhagen in 2014 and now runs in multiple locations including Sweden, London and Canberra, launched in Melbourne last January, offering a new way to see our beautiful city, and a unique experience suitable for the whole family. Our review here.

  • GoClub Coburg. Checkout GoClimb Coburg's newly upgraded play zones these holidays! GoClimb will also have fun activities these holidays like face painting, free giveaways & prizes, colouring & craft stations, special guests and much more. Our review here.

  • Green Olive at Red Hill. Green Olive at Red Hill encourages kids to enjoy and learn from the surroundings of a real working farm on the Mornington Peninsula. The Green Olive Farm Kids school holiday programs give children the opportunity to meet farm animals, learn about where food comes from, plant seeds and create their artistic impressions of the farm while spending time outside in the fresh air and sunshine. These Spring holidays be spoilt with a range of activities - pizza making fun, meet the animals, kids cupcake decorating and pancake mania. Dates and prices vary. Find out about the Green Olive’s school holiday program here. Don’t forget to visit this family friendly winery. Green Olive at Red Hill has a playground, an outdoor in-ground trampoline, ducks by the lake to feed, a tapas style menu with kid friendly choices and drawing sheets with crayons. Monday 23rd to Friday 27th Sep and Monday 30th Sep to Friday 4th Oct 2019. Read our review of Green Olive’s Kids Chicken Workshop and Green Olive’s working farm here.

  • Healesville Sanctuary. Bushsland Explorers. These school holidays, get closer than ever to nature as giant butterflies from Festive Factory and Ants by Polyglot Theatre come to life at Healesville Sanctuary. Kids will enjoy two Nature Play zones, entertainment and activities just in time for the sunshine and warmer weather. Plan your day with our limited-time-only Bushland Explorers Schedule. Free with admission. 14 September - 10 November 2019. Children under 16 visit free on weekends, Victorian Government school holidays and Victorian public holidays. More info here.

  • Healesville Sanctuary. Nature Play Space. Let the kids run wild in our brand new enchanted Casuarina Forest play space. Nature inspired play will include exploring the awesome rock elements, sand pits, sculptures, water pumps and a rustic backyard cubby! Mums, dads and carers can also grab a coffee or try something from the new menu at the Pavilion Café while the kids explore. Our review here.

  • Heide Museum of Modern Art. The Heide Museum of Modern Art has always been a great place for us to visit as a family since little Miss was born. Whether you’re a fan of modern art or not, you’ll still enjoy walking the grounds, checking out the sculptures and gardens, taking part in school holiday activities, weekly children’s programs or enjoy catching up with friends for picnic or grabbing a coffee at Café Heide. Our review here. Checkout the Heide website for more info re kids programs & school holiday activities here.

  • Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne. Underwater Quest. Visitors can create exciting new creatures, ships and submarines to explore the seas and be amazed as projected animation brings the water and LEGO models to life. The new experience is made up of over 200,000 LEGO blocks and it took the dedicated team at Legoland over 700 hours to complete the build. Our review here. To see our review of Legoland Discovery Melbourne, head here.

  • Melbourne Zoo - Cat City. This Grand Final Weekend, experience an amazing cardboard city at Melbourne Zoo with the Polyglot Theatre! Cat City is a play zone full of cardboard boxes, where you make your own cat character, and build and explore the world around you. Create tunnels, secret sleeping places, and hidden forts by using the cardboard as a building material. Friday 27 - Sunday 29 September. 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm. Free with entry. Leopard Lodge. More info here.

  • Melbourne Zoo - Keeper Care Hub. Get up close and personal with some of Melbourne Zoo’s most fascinating animals like never before these Spring School Holidays. Keeper Care Hub will provide an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see the level of care from zookeepers as they teach important skills to a variety of birds, primates and animals across the zoo. Be wowed by the majestic parrots, lorikeets and macaws as they fly through Carousel Park. Enter the World of Lemurs to be surrounded by the captivating Madagascan primates as they undertake their daily training sessions with keepers. Don’t miss your chance to explore some new kids play spaces. Free with admission. 14 September - 10 November 2019. Children under 16 visit free on weekends, Victorian Government school holidays and Victorian public holidays. More info here.

  • Myuna Farm. The Myuna Farm in Doveton is a gorgeous little community farm managed by the council of City of Casey. Families can visit the working farm and get hands-on contact with a variety of animals and learn about farming processes, farm animals as well as various sustainability activities. Perfect for a holiday visit. Our review here.

  • Otway Fly. Fly into Otway Fly for an exciting new dragon adventure these school holidays! Children are invited to embark on a mystical journey through the 200m trail in the forest to follow the dragon’s footsteps. Join the hunt to find the brightly coloured and special golden eggs along the trail, and discover what’s landed in the dragon’s nest. All children will receive a dragon quest activity book upon entry! If you’re lucky, you might even spot a dragon hiding in the trees, and get to meet our resident dragon with daily meet and greets during the school holidays. September 21 - October 20, 2019 from 9am daily. More info here.

  • Peninsula Hot Springs. Nestled among the coastal tea trees of Fingal, Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination on the Mornington Peninsula, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. With over 30 globally-inspired experiences Peninsula Hot Springs’ Bath House is a bathing wonderland for families and children to discover together. Children will love bathing in the hot springs. Kate and her family had an amazing time. Our review here.

  • Rampfest in Braybrook. Grab your little dare devils, their helmets and scooters and head to Rampfest these holidays. Kate and her twins recently to tested out the Ramp Kids sessions and loved it. What a clever program for kids to improve their scooter skills and confidence. Our review here.

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. There’s plenty to explore in the Gardens this winter, with school holiday programming that’s sure to entertain no matter the weather. With free and low cost activities across our Melbourne and Cranbourne locations, kids and families can get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors in all its wintery glory! More info here.

  • SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is celebrating the release of THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 in cinemas 12th September, by encouraging kids to take flight with Bomb, Red, Chuck and friends and join ‘Bird Island Academy’! Guests will learn the quirky features of Piggy Island’s chirpy residents and complete unique challenges on their journey through the aquarium. Guests can explore the frenemies of the sea just like Red and Leonard in THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, race Bomb in the rockpool challenge and meet the new character, Silver, in her science classroom. According to a little birdy, Bomb will be in full flight at SEA LIFE Melbourne for meet and greets every day from 11am – 2pm. At the end of journey through SEA LIFE Melbourne, guests will get their bespoke Angry Birds certificate stamped to certify them as an official graduate of the Bird Island Academy! 21st September to 6th October 2019. General entry price applies. More info here.

  • Werribee Open Range Zoo. Connect with Australian animals and Indigenous culture these spring school holidays during a new, meaningful and immersive experience at Zoos Victoria's Werribee Open Range Zoo. Over 16 days (21st September to 6th October), Kulin Dreaming will allow visitors to get up close to some of Australia’s most iconic and endangered animals while hearing tales from Elders and members of the local Kulin Nation community, and participating in Aboriginal cultural activities. Visit the Zoo’s Australian Trail to cook damper and make bush tea, learn Aboriginal dance, hear animal stories, have your face painted with ground ochre and create your own Indigenous arts and craft. Say hello to Werribee Open Range Zoo’s resident and iconic koalas, kangaroos, emus and potoroos. Catch rare glimpses of the critically-endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot and Orange-bellied Parrot and discover what Zoos Victoria is doing to help fight the extinction of these precious animals. Children under 16 visit free on weekends, Victorian Government school holidays and Victorian public holidays. 21st Sep to 6th Oct. More info here.

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