melbourne - school holidays spots
Melbourne Autumn School Holidays Edition - Sat 6 Apr 2019 to Sun 21 Apr 2019.
art galleries & libraries
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. On until 7th April 2019. More info here.
Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids - In association with the exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, NGV Kids presents a large-scale installation. Born to parents who were both artists, young Calder made ingenious objects with moving parts using wire, wood and metal. His family encouraged him to create, and for Christmas at just eleven years of age he presented his parents with his first sculptures: a dog and a duck made from a sheet of brass. Incorporating hands-on activities that explore the artist’s interest in inventing and constructing new artistic forms, this installation draws inspiration from Calder’s unique exploration of space using line, objects, scale and movement. Free entry. On from 5th Apr 2019 – 4th Aug 2019. Open 10am–5pm daily. NGV International Ground Level Kids Area. More info here.
Pixar Putt. Get ready to kick some serious putt at Pixar Putt, now open for a limited run at St Kilda Triangle until March 31, next to The Palais Theatre in St Kilda. Australia’s new pop-up mini golf experience is inspired by some of Disney•Pixar’s most adored films and is set to take guests to infinity…and beyond! Putt your way around 9 or 18 holes including Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., Wall-E, Inside Out, Coco, The Good Dinosaur and more. Prices and timed sessions vary. On until 31st March 2019. Our review of Pixar Putt at Fed Square here.
Melbourne Museum - School Holiday Activities at Melbourne Museum. Meet a Museum Expert from our live exhibits team, or bring along a grandparent to make stop motion magic in our Intergenerational Animation Workshop these holiday. Activities include Born In A Taxi presents: Gut Feeling, Meet the Museum Expert: Live Exhibits, Direct your own TV ad, Comedy Festival at Melbourne Museum and Stop! Intergenerational Animation Workshops! Some programs require bookings. Dates and prices vary. 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. On until 28th April 2019. More info here.
>The Moon has always captivated humanity, inspiring us to leave the world behind and venture into space. Come on an amazing adventure as we strive to understand our magnificent neighbour the Moon. The latest full dome show from the Melbourne Planetarium Production Studio is Moonbase One. Ages 8+. Prices and dates vary. 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.
School Holiday Activities at Scienceworks. Have you wondered how bridges stay up? How skyscrapers get so tall? How construction cranes lift? All of these accomplishments are because of the work of engineers. With the help of friendly Scienceworks staff and volunteers you can join in heaps of different engineering activities these school holidays. There will be an Engineering Challenge 6 years+. Engineering Play Space Ages 2 to 5 yrs. More info here.
Immigration Museum - Love. Hear beautiful stories of all kinds of human connection in the moving new Love exhibition. More info here.
School Holiday Activities at Immigration Museum. With the arrival of autumn there is a bounty of vegetables waiting to become artist’s tools in our courtyard garden oasis. Use harvested produce to create unique artworks to take home, make a mini scarecrow to decorate our planter boxes and draw your favourite native urban critter to hide amongst our garden. Free. 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. Workshops include Make a Videogame (2days), Cleverman Comic Making, Build a Virtual Reality World, Minecraft, Clay Motion, Movie & Animation Making and more. From 8th to 18th April 2019. Ages 8+. 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 this April. Week 1 Water and Week 2 - Flight. 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 and more!
Blue Lotus Farm. Visit the luscious Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Junction and be spoilt with this unique water garden filled with waterlilies and exotic lotus flowers. Kids can enjoy wondering around the garden by following a cute trail, playing in the kids garden, feeding fish, exploring greenhouses, trying lotus chips, listening to a story and face painting (on the weekend) and more! Kate and her little ones loved their visit. Open now until 22 April 2019. Prices Vary. Our review here.
Boneo Maze - Take a journey through Neverland in the evenings of this Easter’s Long Weekend 19th, 20th and 21st April 2019 with the Moonlight Festival at Boneo Maze & Mini Golf. The Sand Sculpting Australia Peter Pan exhibition will come alive with light installations and lantern sculptures from The Lanternist. This interactive family friendly event will transform the exhibition, maze and wetlands into a night time wonderland with activities, workshops and some spectacular lights and entertainment the entire family. Our review here of this great place here. More info 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.
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. This April be spoilt with a range of activities - pizza making, meet the animals, kids cupcake decorating, kids chicken workshop and mini farmers as well as an Easter Egg Hunt on the 19th April. 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. Our review coming soon.
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. Our review 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.
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.
Kids Aventure Tour Anglesea. Could your child be Australia’s next surfing superstar? Or mountain bike champion? It’s time to find out at this year’s popular Kids Adventure Outdoors (KAOS) festival that is returning to Anglesea for another adventure weekend on April 13-14, 2019. Kids aged 3 - 13 years old will experience a range of active adventures including rides, runs, climbs, paddles and plenty more ‘wild’ things in and around the stunning coastal town of Anglesea! More info here.
Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne - Lego Movie 2 Special Holiday Activities. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is celebrating the long-awaited “The LEGO Movie™ 2: The Second Part” with movie-themed school holiday activities from 6th to 22nd April. “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an action-packed adventure to save their beloved city from DUPLO invaders from outer space. The range of intergalactic activities at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre includes stop motion video making, building a Systar System, escaping aliens and scavenger hunts! 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 Comedy Festival. Laugh out loud at many family friendly shows this April. Cool shows include Captain Cauliflower & Marvin the Mischievous Moose, Macdeth, Super Amazing Giant Girl 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 Treetop Adventures. Otway Fly Treetop Adventures is home to ten enchanting fairy houses for visitors to discover as they wander through the magical rainforest from 6th to 28th April. Handcrafted by volunteers from Men’s Shed Colac, the charming fairy houses create a spellbinding trail through the rainforest floor. Children receive a special activity card for their journey to help them find the letters on each of the dainty houses to spell out the magic word to collect a reward. 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.
Rippon Lea Estate Annual Easter Fun Day. Bring the family for a wonderful day out at Rippon Lea Estate. Take part in our Easter Egg Hunt through the amazing grounds, meet the members of our Easter Bunny team, and of course our very own Koala and Rippon Lea Bear! Sunday 21st April 10:00am - 4:00pm. Adult $15
Concession $12, Child $10 : 3-15 years (2 & under free) or Family $45 : 2 Adults & 2 Children. More info here.
Royal Botanical Gardens - Melbourne. Nature Play in the Gardens: Find your joy in connecting with the natural world through a range of nature-based sensory experiences for children of all ages. Wed 17 April 10am – 1pm, drop in anytime. Free. More info here.
Royal Botanical Gardens - Cranbourne. Botanica: A Village in the Australian GardenConstruct cubbies and creatures using natural materials collected from the Gardens. Welcome to Wareeny: Enjoy storytelling, look for clues of wareeny (wombat), and pot up a yam daisy to take home. Birds in the Australian Garden Identify often-seen birds and hear stories about how they have shaped the forests and wildflowers of Australia. Kids Explorer: Experience the Australian Garden on this special trip on The Explorer bus, designed for a child’s view. Dates & Times, Kids Ages and Prices Vary. More info here.
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is helping Peppa Pig celebrate ‘15 Years of Muddy Puddles’ during the April school holidays with a marine adventure! Peppa Pig activities will run through the whole month with Peppa herself plunging into the aquarium for daily meet and greets from Sunday 7 April to Sunday 21 April. Guests will begin their SEA LIFE Melbourne experience with a Peppa Pig mask and a special edition activity book before embarking on an underwater journey to find Peppa’s friends and family among the marvellous reef creatures. Keep a lookout for Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig, George Pig, Suzie Sheep and Rebecca Rabbit amid the regal blue tang, sea stars, flatback turtles and clownfish! Peppa Pig activities: 1st to 30th April 2019. Peppa Pig Meet and Greets: 7th to 21st April 2019 at 11am and 2pm. Opening Hours: School Holidays, Weekends and Public Holidays: 9:30am-6:00pm (last entry 5pm). Weekdays (outside School Holidays): 10:00am to 5:30pm (last entry 4:30pm). More info here.
Sovereign Hill Easter Holiday Program. The Blacksmith needs a new apprentice. There’s animals to be fed. And Brown’s Confectionery Manufactory has lollies to make. These Easter holidays (Sat 6 April - Mon 22 April), Sovereign Hill is exploring the working life of the goldfields. Relive history and discover the lost trades with a range of exclusive workshops and free events that will transport you back to the busy goldfields of Ballarat, including: Weet Experience: Brown’s Confectionery Factory is hiring! So get your uniforms on and help Sovereign Hill make some butterscotch lollies. Smell, touch, and roll your own lollies while learning about the sweet treats of the Goldfields. Become a Blacksmith: Join Sovereign Hill’s talented Blacksmiths and try your hand at ken through the basics of blacksmithing and learn about the history of this trade on the Ballarat goldfields. Belt making: Back in the 1800s, everything was made by hand and even the simplest piece of clothing had a story to tell. Go back in time and join Sovereign Hill to craft your own belt using traditional methods at Sovereign Hill’s leather harness workshop. Sat 6 April - Mon 22 April. More info here.
Sunny Ridge Farm. There’s nothing quite like the taste of freshly picked strawberries. It’s hard to describe the juiciness and flavour – you definitely won’t get it from any supermarket! And there’s no better day out with the family than hunting through the fields at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm to find the perfect strawberry. Our review here. Sunny Ridge School will be running two weeks of Holiday Programs. Kids can pick strawberries, decorate them, try some Sunny Ridge ice cream and more. Checkout their website here for more info.
Zoos Victoria - Dinosaur Are Coming School Holiday Program. Giant beasts that once freely roamed the earth have been brought back from extinction for a limited time only at Zoos Victoria’s three properties: Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary. For 100-days only, from April 6 to July 14, zoo visitors can get up close to life-like, roaring and moving dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes in three very different Zoos Victoria experiences. Free with Zoo admission and look out for Easter events too. Details below. More info here.
>Step through Melbourne Zoo’s quarantine zone and into Dino Park where you will see dinosaurs come to life. Get up close during this unique walkthrough experience with roving dinosaurs thanks to the creators at Erth Visual & Physical Inc. You might even be lucky enough to watch a Dino Keeper waking a dinosaur from their slumber. It will be an experience like no other.
>Over at Werribee Open Range Zoo, take a self-guided walk with Dinosaurs along the new River Trail Zoorassic experience. Nine life-size dinosaurs come to life through animatronics and soundscapes. Meet a Dinosaur Ranger and find out what it is like to care for and train this species. Help the team at Werribee Open Range Zoo protect these extraordinary animals, and discover what you can do to help fight the extinction of the Zoo’s 21 priority threatened species.
>In a world-first at Healesville Sanctuary, discover 10 MegaBeasts from Australia’s ancient past in an animatronic spectacular. See Pallimnarchus the crocodile, Procoptodon the kangaroo, Phascolonus the wombat and more – some look eerily familiar to their animal relatives still in existence today.