melbourne - school holidays spots

July School Holidays Edition - Saturday 30th June to Sunday 15th July 2018

art galleries & libraries

  • NGV Melbourne - MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art - The exhibition provides a unique survey of the Museum’s iconic collection. Consisting of over 200 key works, arranged chronologically into eight thematic sections, the exhibition traces the development of art and design from late-nineteenth-century urban and industrial transformation, through to the digital and global present. Open daily until 7th Oct. $28 per adult, Children 5 to 15 years are $10, $65 per family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) and kids under 5 are free. Our review here.
  • NGV Melbourne - New York! New York! invites children of all ages (and adults) to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple - New York! This modern installation comprises of four activity zones and a digital area where kids can take part in a quiz to test their knowledge and teach them about New York City landmarks. Free. Our review here.
  • State Library of Victoria - Head to the Play Pod to experience the new theme based on the book Welcome to Country. And head to various school holiday activities while you're there! All Free. More info here. For our past Play Pod reviews, head here.


  • Legoland Discovery Centre - Underwater LEGO Quest - Come face-to-face with a curious, treasure-hunting LEGO octopus, complete the starfish build, discover mysterious sea creatures at bottom of the ocean floor with our all new interactive digital build table, and don't forget to pose with Shark Suit Guy for unforgettable photo opportunities! Included with entry. Ages 2 to 10 years. More info here. To see our review of Legoland Discovery Melbourne, head here.
  • Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N - The multi-room experience offers fans of all ages the opportunity to delve into the super- workings and back-story of each of The Avengers as they train to become an agent of the S.T.A.T.I.O.N. An acronym for Science Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network, guests will step inside the popular films and become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe storyline. Ages 5+. Closing 15th July 2018. Prices vary. More info here.
  • Melbourne Gaol - Escape the Gaol these school holidays from Monday 2nd to Sunday 15th July. Participants will have the opportunity to become ‘inmates’ and must explore the Gaol to discover all the necessary clues to create the perfect ‘escape plan’. Ages 6+. Our review here. More info here.

  • Skating At Festival - Skating At will be returning to Melbourne these winter school holidays offering a unique winter wonderland ice skating experience, and this year it will be at three locations: Southbank, St Kilda as well as Sorrento. Prices and ages vary. Our review of the Melbourne City Skating At here.

  • Sovereign Hill - Winter Wonderlights - The Sovereign Hill's Winter Wonderlights event is back on again this year to celebrate Christmas in July from . Kate and Kel loved visiting the Winter Wonderlights the past two years and will be popping over to Sovereign Hill again this year gumboots, ski gear and all! Saturday 30th of June to Sunday 22nd of July. Adults $61.00, Children (5-15) $27.60, Concession ($48.80), Family ($154.00) and Single Family ($110.00). Kids under 5 Free. All ages. Read our reviews and tips here. 


  • Royal Botanic Gardens - Precarious. In Circus Oz’s 40th year, tumble under the Big Top with their new show, Precarious. Inspired by the surrounds of the Gardens, Precarious, a show for all ages, explores the physical possibilities of the human body, demonstrating how easily natural balance can be toppled, creating chaos on a human and global scale. Friday 29th June to Sunday 15th July. Prices vary. All ages. More info here.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens - Storm. Storm presents the work of three artists who have embraced the storm, allowing the wind, rain and snow to influence their actions and inspire their creativity. Thursday 5th to Sunday 22nd July. Free. All ages. More info here.


  • Melbourne Museum - NAIDOC and Vikings - Kids can discover the amazing bark canoes that the First Peoples of Southeastern Australia used to move over water, and even make their own mini canoe to take home. In celebration of NAIDOC Week, kids can join our new First Peoples tour guides in the Milarri Gardens, to explore how Victorian First Peoples lived sustainably on the land. Kids of all ages can explore the world of Vikings at Vikings: Beyond the Legend and join workshops on making Scandinavian bread making, picking and curing. Vikings ticketed differently. All ages. More info here. Visit the Pauline Gandel gallery while you're there. Our review here.
  • Melbourne Museum - Real Madrid World of Football Experience - Enjoy impressive 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. Kids can test their power, speed and accuracy against the Real Madrid C.F team and battle it out in the Fuzbol Battle Zone with a gigantic 16-person Fuzbol Table. Our review here.
  • Scienceworks - Winging it - Scienceworks will captivate kids young and old with powerful flight simulations, and engaging ways to learn about the might of engineering.  Part of an exciting period of redevelopment, ‘Above & Beyond: The Ultimate Interactive Flight Exhibition’ is currently showing in collaboration with NASA and Boeing. Bring the kids to engage with these powerful flight simulations, and learn about the might of engineering. The daily ‘Winging It’ live shows will then take kids on a thrilling journey through the past and future of aeronautics. Bigger kids can also explore the invisible forces of science in the brand new, $3.7 million gallery redevelopment ‘Beyond Perception: Seeing the Unseen’. Included with entry. All ages. More info here. Checkout Ground Up while you're there, our review here.
  • Immigration Museum - Dream Dancer - Immigration will engage children with an inspirational human journey this winter, in-line with its beautiful Mao’s Last Dancer exhibition, which tells the incredible story of Li Cunxin, one of the world’s most famous ballet dancers. The ‘Dream Dancer’ program involves craft, storytelling and dance workshops. The Barangaroo Ngangamay exhibition, which celebrates the strength and creativity of Aboriginal women, will host kid’s dance workshops and a special afternoon film screening and talk. Plus - Chinese square dancing lessons! Ages 5 to 10. Child ticket $7 or $10. Includes museum entry to Mao's Last Dancer exhibition. 3rd to 6th July and 10th to 13th July. More info here. 

performing arts

  • ACMI - School Holiday Program - Get your kids coding, animating and making films in our school holiday program. Ages and prices vary. More info here.
  • ACMI - Wonderland - Fall down the rabbit hole as Wonderland explores the story of Alice in Wonderland through its many screen appearances over the years. The exhibition uses illustrations, costumes, props, posters, movie footage and projections to bring to life the story. On until 7th Oct. Full $25 Concession $21 Member $20 Child (age 4 to 15) $16 Family $65. Ages 5+. Our review here.
  • Arts Centre - The Hunting of the Snark - Come on an impossible voyage to find the mythical snark in the wonderful world of Lewis Carroll. Tickets from $30. Wednesday 11th July to Sunday 15th July 2018. Ages 6+. More info here.
  • Disney on Ice - 100 Years of Magic - Celebrate the legacy of Disney with Disney On Ice these July holidays! The ice skating spectacular is celebrating 100 Years of Disney Magic at Hisense Arena on Thursday 5th to Tuesday 10th July. Prices vary. All ages. More info here.
  • Roola Boola Festival - The Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival returns this year with a program packed full of intimate performances, workshops spanning music, dance, circus and magic and unique activities! Prices, ages and dates vary. More info here.
  • Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr - Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins when bounds onto the stage at Union Theatre in Parkville this July during the school holidays. All Ages. Prices vary. Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th July. More info here.
  • Mister Maker Returns - A brand-new theatre show, perfect for children of all ages & their grown-ups too! Full of laughter, music and lots of big surprises, this family production will entertain everyone with its creative chaos and fun. Prices Vary. All ages. Thursday 5th ofJuly, Friday 6th of July and Saturday 7th of July. More info here.
  • Wyndham Cultural Centre - Salt Bush - Take a magical carpet ride these school holidays, with the renowned children’s theatre show, Saltbush – Children’s Cheering Carpet. Saturday 7th to Tuesday 10th July. Tickets $20. All ages. More info here.


  • ArtPlay - Various sessions. There's plenty to do ArtPlay these holidays. Find a workshop, event or exhibition that suits your age group, time and date. Prices vary. Ages vary. More info here.
  • Little Life Lab - Kids are invited to dive head first into the world of science and biology with two weeks of workshops hosted by award-winning scientist Dr Lorien Parker (aka Dr Loz). In week 1, in Our Amazing Bodies, Dr Loz will guide kids through the workings of the human body's immune system and digestion, while highlighting the importance of healthy eating. In week 2, The Protecting the Planet sessions will see Dr Loz armed with her giant bubble maker as she shows how bubbles beat balloons in protecting the environment. Kids will also discover nature’s incredible colour spectrum and learn how to extract pigments from natural ingredients including beetroot and spinach. $2 per person. 2 July - 13 July. 11am to 3pm. Located near Woolworths. Great for kids 3 to 12 yrs. More info here.

zoos - aquariums - farms - markets

  • Healesville Sanctuary - Winter Adventure - Pack your gumboots, winter woolies, and enjoy open fires, Puddle Play and experiences with Wurrundjeri Elder Murrundindi. Included with entry. Kids under 16 go free during school holidays. More info 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.
  • Melbourne Zoo - Wild About Cats! In celebration of the newly renovated Carnivores’ Trail, the Zoo will be hosting a raft of ‘cat-themed’ activities, games as well as the launch of the brand new Snow Leopard Keeper Talk. Included with entry. Kids under 16 go free during school holidays.
    Read our review of the Carnivores Trail and Cat & Wildlife campaign here.
  • Prahran Market - Exciting hands-on cooking class workshops from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food and Sweetpea Cuisine are the highlights. Kids can get passionate about their food while learning about fruit and veg and mastering basic cooking techniques. Classes will be held at the Omega & Neil Perry Kitchen. For kids 4+. Prices from 50 to $150. More info here.
  • Preston Market - Come on down to Preston Market for a FREE Harry Potter themed magic crafts workshop, Pop Up Cinema, Winter Wonderland, and more. Prices and ages vary. More info here.
  • Werribee Zoo - Wild Nights - Bring your torch and your sense of adventure and find out what really happens after dark at the Zoo. Enjoy special activities including marshmallow toasting, a laser light show and dancing in the Glow Zone. There's also additional performances of Cirque Africa throughout the holidays, space limited and ticketed. Wild Nights entry is included with entry. Kids under 16 go free during school holidays. More info here.

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