melbourne - school holidays spots

Melbourne Summer School Holidays Edition - Thu 20th Dec 2018 to Tues 29th Jan 2019

art galleries & libraries


  • 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.



  • Melbourne Museum -

  • Scienceworks -

  • Immigration Museum -


  • 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.

  • ACMI -

  • Chadstone -

  • District Docklands -

  • Eastland -

  • Melbourne Gaol - Escape the Gaol these school holidays from Saturday 22nd Sep to Sunday 7th Oct. 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.

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - These school holidays, escape the everyday for the green retreats at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens, where young ones of all ages can engage in nature-based experiences. A variety of FREE and affordable activities – from drop-in craft workshops, guided tours in remnant bushland, to the night sky and heritage telescopes.

    Activities at Cranbourne Gardens - More info here.

    Activities at Melbourne Gardens - More info here. Checkout the Ian Potter Children’s Garden while you’re there. Our review here.

  • Science Play Kids - More info here.

zoos - aquariums - farms - markets

  • 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. More info here. Bookings essentials. 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.

  • 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 -

  • Werribee Zoo -

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.