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Melbourne Autumn School Holidays Edition - Sat 29th June 2019 to Sun 14th July 2019.
 

Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY - Melbourne June 2019 - Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY - Melbourne June 2019 - Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

art galleries & libraries

  • 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. Our review here. More info here.

  • 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. Our review here.

  • Drop-by Art Making: Mystical Creatures School Holidays at the NGV - One of the symbols for the Emperor of China is the five-clawed dragon. Some say that a dragon is made up of details from a tiger, a snake, a fish and a bird! Visit the Great Hall and create your own dragon or mystical creature, inspired by the NGV’s children publication Discover the Terracotta Warriors. Monday 1st to Thursday 4th July 10am-1pm. More info here.

  • In the Studio with Josh Mui Naidoc Week at the NGV - Spend your school holidays developing new skills, meeting like-minded peers, and getting to know one of Melbourne’s deadliest artists. Learn how street art has influenced many contemporary Indigenous artists and how to create your own stencils in this workshop for people aged 13-17 years. Josh Muir is a Melbourne-based artist. He identifies as being of Yorta Yorta, Gunditjmara, Dja Dja Wurrung, Wada Wurrung and Barkindji descent. Josh explores his personal history and cultural heritage through his vibrant art, including his animated work Still here, which was projected onto the façade of NGV International for the 2016 White Night festival. Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th July, 10.30am-2pm. Booking required, fees apply. More info here.

events

  • ArtPlay. Get ready for some epic fun and activities during the school holidays. All workshops and art experiences have been dreamed up by kids for kids through our Young Idea Makers initiative. 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.

  • Boroondara Arts School Holiday Program. Their Winter school holiday program will be taking over the Hawthorn Arts Centre from Monday 1 July to Friday 12 July, showcasing a selection of creative workshops suitable for pre-schoolers, primary-aged kids (5 to 12 year olds), as well as offering a folio workshop for VCE Arts and Design students. More info here.

  • Disney On Ice. Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends these school holidays! Get ready for the ultimate interactive event this winter with your
    Disney favourites; Moana, Toy Story, Frozen, Finding Dory and “Live Your Story” alongside Disney Princesses as audiences celebrate their favourite Disney memories in this commemoration of 90 years of Mickey Mouse. Touring Rod Laver Arena these school holidays 4th to 8th July 2019. More info here.

  • Eureka Skydeck. Enjoy free explorer-themed activities at Eureka Skydeck all day during the Victorian spring school holidays. All Eureka Skydeck Explorers will receive a FREE Melbourne Explorer activity sheet to work their way through. For those who dare, the world’s only Edge experience is also available at Eureka Skydeck. Suspending guests 285m above ground in a 3m by 3m transparent glass cube, the Edge slides out of the building to give a 360-degree view of Melbourne and beyond. And for those looking for the ultimate virtual experience, take part in Eureka Skydeck’s current green screen activation, VERTIGO. The specially constructed VERTIGO set allows guests to have their photo taken with the illusion they’re falling through the glass floor of the Edge and are holding on for dear life, 285 metres above the streets of Melbourne. From June 29th to July 14th. The Walk and Edge experience will cost patrons between $8 - $15, plus entry to Eureka Skydeck. More info here.

  • Jurassic World High Tea launch at Langham Melbourne. The Langham Melbourne roars into the school holidays with a Jurassic World High Tea Weekdays Monday 1st until Friday 19th July 2019. An adventure 66 million years in the making, the Jurassic World High Tea will delight children and adults alike. From Tyrannosaurus Rex cake pops coated in white chocolate to dinosaur egg chocolate mousse, the menu features a selection of savoury and sweet dishes from Stiggy egg sushi to Jurassic World cupcakes and Dino paw print cookies. Guests are certain to feel excited about everything pre-historic. Savoury dishes also include Isla Nublar beef roll with sweet onion marmalade and watercress, Triceratops cream cheese and cucumber ribbon sandwich, Stegosaurus vegetable crudités with hummus, Indominus Rex chicken and vegetable pie and Jurassic World miniature corn dogs. The Langham, Melbourne’s children’s high teas are a highlight on everyone’s winter school holidays calendar. Advance bookings are highly recommended. There are two high tea sessions served each weekday. The first is from 10am until 11.30am and the second is 12.30pm until 2pm. $59.00 per child includes a glass of cordial or hot chocolate plus a Jurassic World Snap Squad toy to take home. Adults may choose to enjoy the hotel’s Wedgwood high tea with espresso coffee, leaf tea and a glass of premium sparkling wine for $59.00 per person. More info here.

  • Luna Park Melbourne.  Luna Park Melbourne is having Christmas in July at their Magical Christmas Wonderland these July holidays from the 29th June to 14th July. So wrap-up warm and head to Luna Park walk through iconic Mr Moon and feel the merriment all around with magical lights, festive decorations galore and their beautiful and gigantic Christmas tree. Play amongst the hourly snowfalls and feel that huge rush of excitement that only Christmas can bring, but so much sooner that you ever thought! Luna Park can EVEN confirm SANTA will be in the house WAY in advance of his usual Christmas Eve trip. He loves being down under so much, he’s going to fly over in his sleigh for all the weekends during the school break just to make sure he gets to say ‘ho, ho, ho hello’ to all our little guests. Santa’s Elves are also coming over and will be very busy sharing yummy Christmas bells from Chocolatier with all the good boys and girls. At 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays, the elves will be gathering all the kids around for Santa’s special ‘Storytelling Sessions’ to hear what he gets up to when it’s not Christmas time! More info here.

  • Melbourne Gaol. The Old Melbourne Gaol’s hugely popular ‘Escape the Gaol’ interactive experience exclusively for kids is returning for a limited time from Saturday 29th June until Sunday 21st July. Aimed at children aged six and up, Escape the Gaol tests children in their ability to decipher riddles and find clues, ultimately leading the ‘prisoner’ to pull off a great escape – all without being discovered by the prison guards! Our review here.

  • Melbourne Star Observation. These winter school holidays, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel will host an array of fun and free activities, a Spy in the Sky challenge and a special celebration with Melbie Bear on Wednesday 10th July for Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Teddy Bear Picnic Day - Hosted by Melbie Bear, The Star’s big-hearted mascot, the Teddy Bear Picnic Day celebrations will include free kids’ activities delivered by Kelly Sports on Melbourne Star’s piazza and a cupcake for every child that joins in the fun. From 10:30am - 2:30pm on Wednesday 10th July 2019. Spy in the Sky + Kids fly free - Every day from June 29 to July 14, 2019 Melbourne Star will keep the kids entertained and parents happy by offering FREE flights for children and an engaging Spy in the Sky challenge. Equipped with special binoculars kids will need to listen out for clues and act fast to identify the city’s most iconic landmarks from the floating cabins of the Melbourne Star! More info here.

  • Peppa Pig Playdate. The popular Peppa Pig Playdate event is returning to Melbourne and Sydney these Winter school holidays. The interactive, super-sized play experience will invite families to journey into the world of Peppa Pig as TEG and Lifelike Touring bring to life the show’s characters and adventures across 10 different zones. Guests can visit Peppa’s house, ride on Grandpa Pig’s train, jump on bouncy muddy puddles and have a special playdate with Peppa, all within this huge and interactive world. On from Saturday 29th June to Sunday 7th July. More info here.

  • Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival. Ten days packed full of intimate performances, workshops and activities to ignite children's imagination, this July school holidays. Tuesday 2nd to Friday 12th July 2019. Some events include The NutcrackerA Playdate with Justine ClarkeChildren are Stinky and Don’t Mess with the DummiesMore info here.

  • The Wizard of Oz. Follow the yellow brick road to fun school holiday entertainment as the Young Australian Broadway Chorus presents The Wizard of Oz – Young Performers Edition at the University of Melbourne’s Union Theatre from July 10th to 13th 2019. This fabulous one hour show features all the best-loved songs from the screen classic including Over the Rainbow, If I Only Had a Brain, Ding Dong the Witch is Dead and many more. With brilliant costumes, beautiful scenery, and a dynamic cast of young performers, the adventures of Dorothy, her faithful dog Toto, Lion, Tinman and Scarecrow is fantastic holiday entertainment for the whole family. Follow along the yellow brick as they battle the Wicked Witch of the West to reach the famous Wizard of Oz. More info here.

museums

  • Melbourne Museum - School Holiday Activities. Join Melbourne Museum in Bunjilaka these Winter school holidays as we celebrate NAIDOC Week. Express what makes you feel strong in our free shield making activity with ochre painting. 

    Meet the Museum Expert: Palaeontology. Join Dr Rolf Schmidt, Collection Manager of the Invertebrate Palaeontology collection at Museums Victoria, as he shares how he and his team undertake research and management of the collection. You’ll even get to put your expertise to the test sorting through some 15-million-year old rock to find palaeontological treasures. 2, 3, 9 & 10 July 2019. 2pm–4.30pm. Tickets: Adult $54 / Concession & Child $40 / Member $30. More info here.
    Direct your own TV ad. These school holidays, budding 'tween' directors have the chance to create their own road safety commercials using state-of-the-art technology at the TAC's new Road to Zero Education Complex at Melbourne Museum. 1–6, 8–12 and 14 July 11am–3pm Free, does not include entry to the Museum. More info here.

  • Scienceworks - School Holiday Activities. Electricity. It powers our devices, it powers our communities, and it even powers our brains. This winter, it’s also powering our school holiday program! We have installations, shows, and activities to spark your curiosity.

    > 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. Our review here.

    > The Spark-tacular Electricity Show. See some of the amazing ways electricity works in this free 20 minute show. With electrifying demos and energising performances, you’ll learn about different kinds of electricity, how we can make it, and different things we can do with it. Amphitheatre /11am and 1pm. More info here.

    > Power of Love - Outside STEM Lab. How do circuits and push button switches work, and how do we use them? This winter you can light up the room with Powershop’s Power of Love neon sign. Complete the circuit with a buddy to see all the colours of the rainbow! More info here.

    > Scrappy Circuits - Pumping Station / 12.00pm–3.30pm. Circuits are used in everything around us. They’re in our phones, they’re in our computers, they’re in our walls, but we don’t often get to see them. In scrappy circuits, get hands-on with circuits and explore what they are and how they work. You’ll get to design and build your own circuits with switches, lights and buttons. More info here.
    > 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.

programs

  • 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 - Closed for redevelopment.

  • Chadstone - Enjoy exclusive entertainment at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre or catch the latest movie at HOYTSMore 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 July. Week 1 they will be running drop in sessions at Highpoint Wed 3rd - Fri 5th - NO BOOKING required for WEEK 1. Week 2 - Fossils and Dinosaurs Tuesday 9th - Friday 12th July. 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!

  • 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. This July be spoilt with a range of activities - pizza making fun, meet the animals, kids cupcake decorating and kids chicken workshop. 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 1st to Friday 5th July and Monday 8th to Friday 12th July 2019. Read our review of Green Olive’s Kids Chicken Workshop and Green Olive’s working farm 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. 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 Melbourne. Attention budding heroes, it is time to report for duty! LEGO City Firefighters are coming to save the day at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne! From 29 June – 14 July, report for duty and join the LEGO City Firefighters at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne! Become a LEGO City hero by building LEGO firetrucks, discover the daring rescues in Miniland, save the kitty stuck in LEGO City and direct and film your own LEGO rescue! 29 June – 14 July at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne. The Report for Duty LEGO City Event at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne will include the following activities: Firefighter’s hat, Direct and Film Your Own LEGO Rescue, Zip In For The Rescue, Ultimate Fire Truck, Fire truck Creative Workshop mini build, Scavenger Hunt, Build and Test emergency services and Save the kitty stuck in LEGO City soft play! 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Preston Market School Holiday Activities. While parents do their weekly shopping, or catch up with friends over a coffee and bite to eat, they can sit back and let the kids roam wild while making new friends and having fun with the following winter-themed activities. Pinecone Painting with the Winter Fairy 3rd to 5th July from 10am-1pm. Snow Globe Decorating with the Winter Snow Queen 10th to 12th July 10am-1pm. Winter Picture Frame Decorating 7th and 14th July 10am-1pm. Winter Crown Decorating 21st and 28th July 10am-1pm. *All activities are free. Bookings are not required. Spots are limited. More info 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!
    > Rug up your little ones and embrace the cooler weather with Winter Play in the Gardens. Drop into the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden and dive into a range of nature-based activities designed to challenge the idea that winter is best spent indoors. The Gardens’ experienced Learning Facilitators will also be on hand to guide the play. Come prepared with warm, waterproof clothes, gumboots and a sense of winter adventure.
    > Put aside your devices and step outside for an immersion in nature at Melbourne Gardens with Outdoor Escapades: A Forest School Adventure for Families. Engage your tactile senses, ignite your imagination and experience winter in this hands-on workshop designed with the principles of leading international Forest Schools. Learn new skills, experiment with hand tools and try your hand at lighting a small fire to keep warm.
    > Jump aboard the transformed Kids Explorer, with kids riding for free throughout the school holidays. Cruise through the Australian Garden and experience its wonders through sight, sound and smell on this special tour designed for a child’s view. Take in the shapes of native petals and leaves, breathe in the delicious fragrances of different eucalyptus trees, notice the colours of the landscape and learn why plants are so important for our planet. More info here.

  • Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium has partnered with Discovery Channel’s Animal Plant to create five interactive photo walls focusing on the aquarium’s most intriguing sea creatures! The multi-coloured SEA LIFEselfie walls are inspired by the natural colours and textures of magnificent marine creatures such as Lionfish, Clownfish, Blue Tang and more. Kids will receive a Colourful Creatures hat and will be able to create their own underwater adventure storybook! More info here.

  • Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights. During the day visitors can enjoy fun-filled pantomimes and theatre performances, join in Christmas themed arts and crafts, stock up on traditional Christmas decorations, sample our delicious, limited edition Winter Wonderlights lemon meringue drops, and try to catch the cheeky Gingerbread man. Faux snow will fall at regular intervals over the Victorian-style buildings and the smell of Christmas treats will fill the air as visitors are swept up in the excitement of a special European-style Christmas. At night, over 25 buildings will come alive with large-scale light projections, the largest light projection spectacle ever staged in one site anywhere in Australia. Sovereign Hill’s annual Winter Wonderlights event returns this year from Saturday 29 June until Sunday 21 July, 2019. Checkout our late review.

  • 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.

  • Werribee Open Range Zoo. Werribee Open Range Zoo’s much-anticipated Wild Nights will feature a ‘ROAR-some’ new element among the after-dark antics this year. Life-size Dinosaurs have returned from extinction in time for the must-do winter tradition and will be brought to life for Dinos After Dark with dazzling lights, animatronics and an extraordinary soundscape. The Jurassic creatures add to the already spectacular range of activities at the eight-night Wild Nights experience (July 6 to 13), which include dazzling fire shows, late night animal spotting, an Eastern-barred Bandicoot lantern parade, a Secret Garden, the Glow Zone, a hot chocolate bar and marshmallow toasting on campfires – all in the name of wildlife conservation. More info here.

  • Zoos Victoria - Three new and totally Roar-some dinosaur experience. 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. Performances every day at Melbourne Zoo. Watch the dinos come to lifeSee the keepers train our dinosaurs at Dino Park with special shows every day of the school holidays at 9.45am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.15pm. More info here

    >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. See our review of the Dinosaurs at Werribee Zoo here.

    >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.

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