melbourne - school holidays spots
Melbourne Summer School Holidays Edition - Thu 20th Dec 2018 to Tues 29th Jan 2019
art galleries & libraries
Julian Opie & Julia Opie: Studio for Kids at the NGV. Enjoy Julian’s individual style in both the main exhibition and the kids installation. If you’re in town, do checkout this great artist and have fun in the kids installation. Julian Opie, one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists has been making portraits since the 1990s. Julian’s bold style sometimes has him reducing people he sees into simple shapes. Kids will love the Julian Opie interactive exhibition for families, featuring hands-on and digital activities developed by the NGV and the artist. In this studio, Julian Opie invites children (and adults) to create a portrait in a new way. Kids can try constructing a portrait using felt shapes or create a digital self-portrait using only line and colour. Free entry to both exhibition. Our review here.
Escher x nendo | Between Two Worlds at the NGV. presents more than 160 of Dutch artist M.C. Escher’s works in this world premiere exhibition. From his iconic endless staircases to works of infinite, tessellating patterns – in an exhibition especially designed for the NGV by highly-acclaimed Japanese design studio, nendo. Kids will love the optical illusions. Ticket prices vary. More info here.
NGV Kids Summer Festival at the NGV. 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, and grandparents, for free hands-on activities and workshops. FREE. See the full schedule online for more info. 5th to 13th Jan 2019 between 10am to 3pm daily. More info here.
Alice in Wonderland at Rippon Lea - Lewis Carroll’s classic story, Alice in Wonderland, is coming to life in the beautiful surrounds of Rippon Lea House and Gardens this Summer holidays, and all the crazy characters will be there! The Australian Shakespeare Company proudly presents Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll’s classic story, Alice in Wonderland, is coming to life in the beautiful surrounds of Rippon Lea House & Gardnens this Summer holidays, and all the crazy characters will be there! Join Alice as she goes down the rabbit hole and follows the White Rabbit into the entertaining and magical world of Wonderland. She’ll get taller and smaller, dance with the Dodo, talk with a Caterpillar, sneeze with the Duchess, have tea with the Mad Hatter, and keep her head from the Queen of Hearts. Mon 8th Jan to Sunday 28th Jan 2019. Various sessions. Tickets from $25 per child (under 12 months free) and $90 Family (4 people). More info here.
Sarah & Duck Live Tour - Following a hugely successful tour of the UK, the enchanting world of the CBeebies’ hit animated series Sarah & Duck will be brought to life on stage for the first time in Australia this summer! Kids aged 3 to 6 years will love the Sarah & Duck show! Showing at the Clocktower Centre Tue 22nd Jan to Thu 24th Jan 2019 and Karralyka Centre in Ringwood Fri 25th Jan and Sun 27th Jan 2019. Tickets from $29 + booking fee. More info here.
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus and Invisible Orchestra at Arts Centre Melbourne - Kids will love a giant game of musical chairs with the ‘Invisible Orchestra’ where the music starts when you sit down! Run by Polyglot Theatre with special guests ‘The Listies’ and Tamara Rewse. Kids can help compose a symphonic masterpiece by sitting on the musical chairs. Families will enjoy Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling and twirling. Musical mayhem and movement fuse in this family show with a circus twist! To those who know him, he is Wolfgang, the dart-playing, pun-loving ratbag. Wed 2nd to Saturday 12th January 2019. Prices and shows vary. More info here.
A Call To Dance at Arts Centre Melbourne - This summer kids are invited to have a boogie and find out what moves them in a participatory one-on-one performance workshop with acclaimed dancer and choreographer Amrita Hepi in A Call To Dance. The multifaceted work at Arts Centre Melbourne will be on from 15 - 20 January and invites children 8 years+ to collaborate on a signature dance move that expresses something personal about themselves, their community, passions and hobbies. $25 and 8 years+. More info here.
Heide Museum of Modern Art - Keep little hands busy and creative minds inspired this summer at Heide! Back for summer are their popular Art Babies and Mini Artists sessions along with a jam-packed school holiday program. Also enjoy a free screening of Ratatouille at Pop Up Cinema on 8th Feb. Ages, dates and prices vary. More info here.
Polly Woodstock Family Fun Day at Polly Woodside - ‘Polly Woodstock’ will see the ship come to life with entertainment fit for the whole family including music, face painting, food stalls and pirate themed games aboard the ship. Docklands on Sunday 6th January 2019. Kids go free, Adults $20, Concession $15. Parking 50%. More info here.
Make Believe at Melbourne Museum - 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. You will see more than 250 quirky and kitsch characters from windows past, along with sketches, prototypes, props and animatronics. Miniature worlds of wit, wonder and whimsy based on children’s storybooks unveiling the astonishing skill and artistry of the makers and creators. Together they tell the rich heritage of the Myer Christmas Windows. Opens 17th November 2018 to Saturday 9th Feb 2019. 10 am to 5pm. Included with Museum entry 0 to $15. More info here.
Scienceworks - Wonder at Museum of the Moon, a picture-perfect 7-metre 3D super-realistic sculpture of the moon. Lie beneath it and hear moon stories. More info here. Enjoy the screen-free interactive permanent exhibition space for babies to 5 year olds at Scienceworks. Kids love Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together. Our review here.
Immigration Museum - Love. Hear beautiful stories of all kinds of human connection in the moving new Love exhibition. More info here.
Museums Victoria - School Holiday Program. At Melbourne Museum, create some magical craft in the spirit of the Myer Christmas Windows, add your mark to the Metro tunnel network, tune into Hello Possums story time or make your own Trash Puppet out of Christmas waste! Journey to the moon and back this summer at Scienceworks, with a jam-packed program based on Museum of the Moon – an exact scale model of the moon by artist Luke Jerram. Create a card for someone special at our Wild Cards activity with Melbourne’s own husband and wife card-making legends Able and Game at the Immigration Museum. More info here.
ArtPlay - Various sessions. Various ArtPlay these holidays. Find a workshop, event or exhibition that suits your age group, time and date. Prices vary. Ages vary. More info here.
ACMI - Enjoy a range of great workshops and activities at ACMI these holidays. Kids can make a movie, video game, play minecraft, do some coding, VR, make clay animation and more! Ages 8+. From 7th to 24th Jan 2019. Dates and prices vary. More info here.
Chadstone - Enjoy exclusive entertainment at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre or catch the latest movie at HOYTS. More info here.
Fizzics Education - Choose from a range of school holiday programs Science Shows and Workshops across Melbourne with Fizzics Education. They will be running programs at Gasworks Arts Park and Narre Community Learning Centre. Dates, locations and prices vary. 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! (Our review here). Head to their website, to book a spot or two for the kids in January. 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. More info here.
zoos - aquariums - farms - markets
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.
Healesville Sanctuary New 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. This new space is wheelchair accessible for participation in sand and water play. Enjoy activities from 11am to 2pm during the holidays. These will include DIY Gunyah making, Gunyah means shelter in Wurundjeri language, face-painting, didgeridoo workshops and bush explorer walks. Our review of the New Nature Play Space here. More info here.
Healesville Sanctuary - School Holidays. Every day of the school holidays, keep cool under the new Hills Hoist sprinkler, connect with nature through the ever-popular creek play, explore our rustic cubbies and play awesome backyard games. Listen to the didgeridoo and learn how to throw a boomerang with Wurundjeri Elder Murrundindi, and keep an eye out for roving bush poets, singers and encounters with some furry friends! 22 December to 29 January 9am to 5pm. Kids under 16 visit FREE on school holidays! More info here.
Healesville Sanctuary - Sanctuary Summer Festival. This summer, experience Healesville Sanctuary's new two-week festival bringing together live music, local food, a bush bar and backyard games set against the stunning bushland backdrop of our new Ellim-atta Gathering Place. 14 January to 28 January 2019. Included with admission. Kids under 16 visit FREE on 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. To see our review of Legoland Discovery Melbourne, head here.
Melbourne Zoo - School Holidays. Dance to The Wiggles “Corroboree Frog” song at The Wiggles Frog Disco where you’ll show off your best moves to make the dance floor change colours and patterns. To celebrate the opening of the new play space inspired by The Wiggles, Melbourne Zoo is going wild about Corroboree Frogs every day of the summer school holidays! 22 December to 29 January 9am to 5pm. Kids under 16 visit FREE on school holidays! More info here.
Werribee Zoo - School Holidays. This summer Werribee Open Range Zoo is bringing National Geographic Kids: Weird but True animal facts to life with a brand new, limited-time interactive exhibition. Delve into the weird and wild world of animals through wacky games, fun performance, zany art and unexpected installations. 1st Dec to 28th Feb 2019 9am to 5pm. Kids under 16 visit FREE on school holidays! More info here.