Are you scratching your head and wondering what fun school holiday activities Melbourne has to offer your kids? Or what to do these school holidays. Perhaps things to do during school holidays? Whats on school holidays Melbourne, VIC?
Fret none, we’ve done OUR homework and compiled a huge list of Melbourne school holidays ideas for you. This list will take the hard work out of thinking about the best ideas of things to do in Melbourne with kids these Winter 2022 school holidays. Our comprehensive guide of the best school holiday activities over the June/July school holidays will help make your life so much easier!
No matter kids, teens or adults, this post has something for you.
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What’s on school holiday fun activities Melbourne
Give spelling, punctuation and grammar a miss for a while with these fun school holiday ideas. From the Melbourne CBD to the suburbs, our comprehensive guide has listed a bunch of school holiday ideas. These will ensure the kids are kept happy and you will be stress-free over the school break.
Things to do in the Melbourne kids school holidays
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Fun things to do in the school holidays Melbourne:
We’ve broken our article into sections to help you find the best activites.
20 Free school holiday activities Melbourne
As the old saying goes – the best things in life are free. School holidays don’t have to break the bank (or your wallet). These ideas are the best free school holiday activities for the June/July school holidays that Melbourne has on offer.
Ride The City Circle Tram
The City Circle Tram service provides a free and convenient way to get around central Melbourne. The City Circle Tram makes its way around the city and links with other tram, train and light rail services in and around Melbourne. There’s no limit to use – you are welcome to spend all day on a City Circle Tram. On board each City Circle Tram you’ll find Information leaflets, including an ‘easy to understand’ map of the city to help you get around to all the key destinations. Click here
Walk the dog
May not be the most exciting thing you’ll do these school holidays – but dog walking is a great way to get out of the house!
See St Kilda’s Little Penguins
The St. Kilda Breakwater which protects the harbour is home to a colony of around 1200 Little Penguins. Who would have thought?? If you go to St. Kilda Pier just before dusk you’ll see the Fairy penguins swimming in at the end of the day and climbing the breakwater rocks into their nests. There are usually between 10 and 20. There are volunteers available to answer your questions. At the breakwater, walk along the gravel and then go down the wooden stairs.
Discover Sailing Days are offered at over 30 yacht clubs around Victoria. Check your local one to see when they are offering free Discover Sailing Days. There is no need to bring anything (except perhaps a hat!) as they provide everything you need. Find out more here
Storytime at your local library
From sessions for babies and toddlers, to story times for preschoolers, school holiday programs, homework and after school clubs, there’s plenty for children of all ages at Melbourne Library Service. See all the details here
The RAAF Museum pays tribute to the history of the Air Force, and houses an extensive collection of memorabilia and stories of Australia’s military aviation expeditions. The free museum in Point Cook has a wonderful display including air missiles, a mirage jet, helicopter and a boat plane. Get all the information here
Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most historic and beautiful gardens. The magnificent tree-lined avenues and extensive lawns provide ample opportunity for running. The English-style garden contains a few attractions which are good for kids – a small playground, a model Tudor village, the Fairies tree, Cook’s Cottage and conservatory. Get more info here
Queen Victoria Market
Also known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’, the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. An historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city market where you can shop at over 600 small businesses for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, local and imported gourmet foods, clothing and souvenirs. More details can be found here
Become a Junior Ranger
The Junior Ranger program encourages kids to explore Victoria’s amazing parks with a real park ranger. Junior Rangers can take part in cool activities like rock pool rambles, historic tours and spotlight night walks. They also have the ability to get out and about anytime they like with a range of cool Junior Ranger activities that they can download from the website and complete with their family and friends anytime they like. Check out the school holiday activities here.
NGV Ian Potter Centre
The National Gallery of Victoria is a place for everyone and warmly welcomes children, teenagers and families. NGV Kids exhibitions and programs reflect the Gallery’s commitment to providing creative experiences for young people and their families. Find out about their school holiday exhibits here.
These school holidays you can see:
- Now – 6 Feb: Maree Clarke, Ancestral Memories
- Now – 20 Feb: Found and Gathered
- Now – 18 Apr: Golden Shells and the Gentle Mastery of Japan
Picnic in The Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Gardens is a great place for picnics. With its meandering walkways, diverse plant life and stunning views, plus a unique space designed specifically for kids, add the gardens to your must-see itinerary for families. Find out more here
Serendip Sanctuary has been described as a wildlife oasis in the Western Volcanic Plain, with a wide variety of native birds and mammals. The sanctuary is a great venue for families with hands-on activities on offer for kids along with excellent facilities such as smooth tracks for prams, open space for play, free barbecues, picnic tables under shelter and baby changing facilities. We have got more details here.
What’s on these school holidays
- Guided Wildlife Tours
McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park
The gallery and grounds at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery are a wonderful environment for families to explore at all times of the year. Look for birds and insects and if you are really lucky you might spot turtles and echidnas! Make a day of it and enjoy a picnic in the grounds.Click here
Edendale Farm in Eltham
Edendale demonstrates farm production to the community with animals such as sheep, dairy goats and chickens, as well as vegetable gardens and orchards of heritage fruit trees. You can participate in self-guided walks around the farm, children’s clipboard activities, explore the native plant nursery, plus you can bring a picnic. Click here
This beautiful site features a 40-meter-long observation platform which takes you into the rainforest canopy 15 metres above the ground. A 350-meter-long elevated walkway takes you through the Rainforest Gallery where you will see magnificent 65 metre tall old growth Mountain Ash trees, ancient Myrtle Beech trees ferns, mosses and other plants that make up this damp and diverse rainforest environment. Click here
Play Pod is the Library’s program for children aged under eight years, packed with activities to read, create and play. With a new theme every season, Play Pod is always changing, fun and interactive, so children are free to explore and engage with the support of their parents and carers. Click here
Old Treasury Building
Step back in time by visiting the exhibition ‘Growing Up in Old Treasury’, where the Maynard family lived as caretaker of the building during the 1920’s. The Fun Trail is offered as part of the Old Treasury Building experience. Children are encouraged to interact with the history of Melbourne by answering a questionnaire and earning a Gold Licence! Click here
Melbourne Town Hall
Free tours of Melbourne’s historic Town Hall give visitors the chance to learn about the architectural, social and political significance of this impressive 19th century building. Experience the grandeur of the wood-panelled Council Chamber, stand on the portico where the Beatles waved, sit in the Lord Mayor’s chair and view the richly carved Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, the largest grand romantic organ in the southern hemisphere. Click here
St Kilda Adventure Playground
Fantastic space for the entire family with lots of stuff for the little ones with the rope slide, swings mini flying fox and sand pit and plenty of lawn. Bigger kids will also have a ball with huge slides, flying fox and the ability to run from one place to another. There is a big ship and plenty more to do. Pack a picnic and spend the day! Click here
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Southbank)
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is an Australian flagship contemporary art space, and a leading centre for the artistic and wider communities to participate in a critically engaged contemporary art culture that encourages curiosity and transformation. Click here
Cranbourne Gardens contains one of Victoria’s most precious areas of native bushland. At its heart is the stunning Australian Garden, which showcases the diversity of Australian flora. Rockpool Waterway provides free water play (when there’s enough water) with a rushing stream set against a dramatic steel Escarpment Wall Sculpture. Click here
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Cheap school holiday activities in Melbourne school holiday activities
Want to take the kids out, but you are on a budget? That’s OK – we’ve got a list of low cost options for the school holidays. These are cheap school holiday activities in Melbourne and suburbs that the kids will LOVE!
Code Camp is where parents discover fun school holiday and after-school activities, that empower your kids to design, code and create, and spark a passion, so they can go and change the world with a smile on their face.
Code Camps inspire your children to get creative with technology these holidays. With over 90 locations around Australia and online camps available, there really is something for everyone at Code Camp.
Their camps are targeted at different ages and ability levels. More information on each camp can be found on their website.
Code Camp commences at 9:00 am and finishes at 3:30 pm. Drop-off starts from 8:30 am and pick-up ends at 4:00 pm.
Collingwood Children’s Farm
Bringing the country to the city, the Collingwood Children’s Farm gives urban kids a chance to give farming life a go. You can milk the cows, feed the chooks, ride a pony or play with the baby lambs. A farmer’s market takes place every second Saturday of the month, where you can pick up fresh produce. The Farm Café serves up hearty meals with a paddock-to-plate policy: everything is made from scratch and ingredients are sourced locally.
Australian National Aviation Museum
The Australian National Aviation Museum is located at Moorabbin Airport. With one of the most important collections of aircraft and engines in Australia this is a fantastic place for those interested in aviation history and technology, and a great place for kids and adults alike to wander around and even look inside a number of aircraft. There are a number of cockpits open for public access to sit in and interact with the aircraft.
Climb aboard and roam the decks of the historic Polly Woodside, one of Australia’s last surviving 19th century tall ships. Experience the turbulent trials of history at sea and steer your way through blustering tales from the ship’s 17 world voyages, above and below deck. Polly Woodside offers a range of activities for visitors including an award-winning interactive gallery on its history, children’s Crew Calls and Pirate Days. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s South Wharf, discover life on the seas with one of Melbourne most iconic and enchanting attractions.
Railway Museum at Newport
Newport Railway Museum is a must-see for rail enthusiasts of all ages, and a favourite of families looking for an interesting, enjoyable and affordable weekend outing. Newport Railway Museum’s display includes the largest collection of steam locomotives of the former Victorian Railways, many of which were built just metres away in the Newport Railway Workshops. Click here
Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery
The Children’s Gallery is a wondrous place for babies to 5-year-olds to explore, play and learn. During school holidays, budding paleontologists excavate fossils in the dinosaur dig; aspiring botanists traverse the discovery garden, exploring plants and stories; young curators gaze at the specially selected museum objects, and for everyone who loves to dance, there is a ‘camouflage disco’ where children will turn into spotty and stripy disco dancing animals.
This thought-provoking museum on the edge of Melbourne’s CBD documents the history of immigration in Australia including the different policies that have been in place at different times, the different groups who have immigrated and how and why they would have immigrated. Click here
Bundoora Park Farm
The Farm offers a variety of activities for both young and old – meet the friendly farm animals, take a ride to see the kangaroos and emus or explore early 20th Century Australian life at the Heritage Village. Enjoy a great day out for the whole family. Take a picnic or stop in at Bundoora Park Café for a snack or some lunch. Click here
Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm
A day to remember – fishing by the Stevensons river with your friends & family. Be excited & rewarded by catching your own fresh fish to eat here for lunch or have cleaned & packed on ice to take home. Fishing is the perfect way to get out in nature & experience the sights, smells & sounds of the Victorian countryside. Click here
Fire Services Museum
The Fire Services Museum of Victoria is an organisation dedicated to the preservation and showcasing of fire-fighting memorabilia from Victoria, Australia and overseas. It bolsters one of the largest collections of fire-fighting memorabilia in Australia, with it being located in one of its prized exhibits; the original headquarters of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB)
Latitude’s giant aerial playground is the number one choice for thrill seekers of all ages. More than an indoor trampoline park, they offer rock climbing, obstacle courses, dodgeball courts, basketball lanes and 100s of trampolines all under one roof.
Learn more about Latitude here
Big Days Out in Melbourne
One or two BIG days out are sometimes a fun school holiday activity to create special memories with your kids. Here are our picks of awesome school holiday activities:
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
Take LEGO-lovers to Australia’s first LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. Billed as the “ultimate indoor LEGO playground”, it’s a great day of fun with 2 rides, 5 LEGO build and play zones plus a 4D cinema. If your kids love LEGO then this is an absolute must for things to do in Melbourne with kids. Click here
We have discounted tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre – click here for cheaper tickets
Get up close to Australian wildlife such as koalas, kangaroos, wombats and emus at the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, AKA Melbourne Zoo. The zoo is also home to tigers, monkeys, lemurs, Little Penguins and Australian Fur seals. The zoo often tops lists of kids attractions in Melbourne with its excellent facilities and well cared for animals.
*And remember kids under 16 receive FREE general admission to Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary on weekends, Victorian government public and school holidays. Click here
EDITORS TIP: You can buy a multi-pass to 3 attractions and save money these school holidays – click here.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
SEA LIFE Melbourne takes you on an interactive ocean adventure filled with amazing discovery around every corner. Discover your inner adventurer as you dive through the depths of the ocean, before waddling your way to the icy cool waters of Antarctica, home to the regal King and cheeky Gentoo penguins. Click here for more information.
EDITORS TIP: If you plan on doing both the Aquarium and SEA LIFE – you can get discounted entry with this combo pass here.
Scienceworks is bursting with things to challenge curious minds of all ages. In just one visit, you can stroll among the gigantic machines that kept the city running, enjoy electrifying theatre in the Lightning Room, let your little ones roam safely in enclosed spaces, wander through our immersive exhibitions and drop into deep space in the Melbourne Planetarium. We love this place, so if you haven’t been… you should make the effort to get there these school holidays. Click here
Animal Land Children’s Farm
Animal Land has been specifically set up to give children a tangible, practical farming experience. Unlike other animal attractions and zoos where visitors simply observe the animals from a distance, our visitors get to hold, pat, feed, ride and immerse themselves in farm life first-hand. Click here
Artplay is a civic space where children and families can get creative and express themselves with a vibrant programme of arty workshops. They have more than 300 workshops, events and performances every year. The artists, workshop content and participants reflect Melbourne’s diversity. Bookings are required for most workshops, however there are also free drop-in events available. Click here
Eureka Skydeck 88
Eureka is perfectly positioned for a complete 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling views encompassing Melbourne’s CBD, sports precinct, Docklands and everything in between. Come by day for brilliant views extending to the Dandenong ranges, and by night to see the breathtaking Melbourne skyline nightscape. Apart from the unforgettable panorama and views, Skydeck 88 entertains the entire family with a host of activities and fascinating facts. Click here
We have discounted tickets to Eureka Skydeck – click here for cheaper tickets
Virtual Reality Escape Rooms Melbourne
Apsis VR hosts the best Virtual Reality Escape Rooms Melbourne has experienced! They focus on team-based puzzle solving with story-driven adventures. They’re a favourite in the Melbourne CBD for the school holidays! Kids above the age of 10 can play as a team together in a virtual world to solve puzzles, discover new adventures and learn powerful communication and teamwork skills!
Get ready for a completely immersive 3D experience with unbelievable graphics and worlds of incredible scale and detail. With up to 6 players in each game, you’ll each have your own dedicated space to stand and move. Use your hands, body and mind to solve challenges by drinking shrinking potions, climbing buildings or using your body’s in-built tech. Talk through your mission together, and you’ve always got us to help. The clock is ticking, are you ready?
O’Brien Icehouse is Australia’s largest ice arena. Nestled in Melbourne’s Docklands, in amongst the city’s other greatest sporting and cultural icons, it is a strong symbol of sportsmanship and excellence. O’Brien Icehouse is a world-class facility, attracting some of the greatest sports people from around Australia to train and compete in the Olympic-standard arena. Click here
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Why travel thousands of kilometres when a taste of animal adventure is available just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s city centre, at Werribee Open Range Zoo? You will find an amazing array of animals living on 225 hectares of wide, open savannah. On the Pula Reserve Walking Trail, come face-to-face with amazing gorillas, a pride of lions, see monkeys and cheetahs at play and feel the sand between your toes at the new Hippo Beach!
*And remember kids under 16 receive FREE general admission to Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary on weekends, Victorian government public and school holidays.
We have discounted tickets to Werribee Open Range Zoo – click here for cheaper tickets
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Kids shows Melbourne
If you are looking for kids entertainment Melbourne style, why not a kids’ show or kids concert!? Here’s what’s on for Melbourne kids this June/July in terms of kids love shows:
Arts Centre Melbourne
Located on the banks of the Yarra River, Arts Centre Melbourne really does embrace families and children. Not only do they host a range of kids show and workshops, but they also offer interactive experiences for little ones, designed to spark wonder in them.
This beautiful theatre was founded in 1839 and offers shows to surprise and delight families these holidays. Families tip: Located in the CBD, you can catch a show at the theatre then enjoy a free ride on the city circle tram ride!
Melbourne kids holiday ideas
Soooo…. what do you think? Plenty of Melbourne days out ideas here to keep you and the kids entertained for the whole school holidays? These Melbourne holiday ideas are updated every term, so remember to bookmark this page.
Let us know if we missed your favourite or if you would like us to add your venue or event!
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