From street art to dinosaurs, in Wonthaggi to Wodonga, our school holiday guide will put a spring in your kids’ step.
Compiled by Jade Thrupp.
Nature Play Space, 22 September to 7 October
Are your couch-bound kids looking to turn over a new leaf? Let them run wild in Healesville Sanctuary’s 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.
Coast through the school break with a group skateboard lesson for kids. Skate Club focuses on creating an encouraging and safe atmosphere to learn tricks and build confidence. All skateboards and necessary safety gear are provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own.
What’s the time Bunya Pine? 24 September to 3 October
School holidays sometimes call for Jurassic measures. This special Junior Rangers session will provide dinosaur enthusiasts with an answer to the critical question: what did dinosaurs eat for breakfast? Venture back in time with Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill and City of Melbourne Park Rangers. Discover prehistoric plants, bugs, eels and more.
Switch it up and take the kids to the library to play video games. Your library card will give access to the Nintendo Switch so you can race against friends in Mario Kart and participate in Pokemon battles. Games run through library hours so just don’t bite off more than you can Pikachu.
Want to show the kids you can really kick goals, activity-wise? Take the family along to the Footy Festival, which celebrates all that’s brilliant about Melbourne. You’ll find the best the city has to offer with food, music, kids’ activities and, of course, footy.
At the end of your tether with Quidditch-filled holidays? Change it up and travel to Planet Zygort to learn how to play their most popular sport, m-ball. Presented as a large inflatable ball and accompanied by live performers, participants are invited to interact and play m-ball together to create evolving soundscapes.
Can’t picture how to get the kids out of the house this school holidays? New Kids on the Block offers young people (11 to 13) the chance to work alongside professional street artists. They’ll get to paint their own street art canvas using spraypaint and lettering techniques.
Young rocket enthusiasts will be over the moon as they learn about space engineering to create their own rocket. Wodonga Library will be heading into space all holidays, so check out their school holiday program for more on craters, slime and intergalactic lights.
Be a part of the teen takeover of the NGV during Art Party. Your ticket gets you exclusive after-hours access to the blockbuster exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art along with the opportunity to explore art and design, meet new people, and enjoy live performances and DJ sets.
Members' Zoovie Night – The Lion King, 22 September
Don’t miss the exclusive screening of family favourite The Lion King at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Spend some time with lions, and enjoy entertainment and kids’ activities before settling in for a ‘Zoovie’ on the lawn, where you'll get the full cinema experience with the film playing on a large outdoor movie screen.
Aspiring artists and skaters alike can join artist Tricia Van Der-Kuyp to paint their own skateboard deck, using stencils, spray cans, collage elements and sharpies. All materials will be supplied, including a skateboard deck.
Navigate through history with the Chinese Museum’s Children’s Treasure Hunt. Explore with the famous Chinese navigator Zheng He, who lived during the time of the Ming Dynasty and explored new lands as the admiral of China’s navy. Search the museum for clues with a treasure map and Zheng He’s help.
Go back in time and deep below the surface with some of the world’s most amazing prehistoric marine reptiles. Dive beneath 200 million years of history and swim with some of the prehistoric ocean’s strange and wonderful creatures in this ground-breaking VR experience.
The interactive science and technology museum is perfect entertainment all year round. These school holidays, learn all about how we lift ourselves off the ground. Check the website for times and workshops. Kids up to 16 enter free. museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks
Melbourne Zoo Add a touch of the wild these school holidays. Ages four to 15 years enter free on weekends and school holidays. zoo.org.au/melbourne
Explore this free, interactive and immersive permanent exhibition at ACMI. Older kids can learn how the moving image has evolved, while younger ones play in the Games Lab and Kids Space. acmi.net.au
Artplay Workshops, events and performances for kids looking to explore their artistic side. Bookings are required for most workshops, however there are also free drop-in events available. Be sure to check out what’s on before dropping by. melbourne.vic.gov.au
Children’s Garden The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is the perfect place for kids who love getting their hands dirty in the garden. Between the water feature and the Bamboo Forest, young explorers will find plenty of entertainment. rbg.vic.gov.au