Free spring school holiday activities

RoyalAuto magazine

This page contains archived content

To visit the new RoyalAuto website you can use the link below. 

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.
September 2018


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. 

11am to 2pm 
Near Reptile Pavilion, Healesville Sanctuary
Free for kids under 16 on school holidays

Skate Club Open Day, 22 September 

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.

11am to noon
Riverslide Skatepark, Boathouse Drive, Melbourne

Holiday Movie Club, 22 September to 5 October

Head over to Wonthaggi Library for free movies and retro TV shows. Sessions even come with free ice cream – not even Netflix offers that! 

2pm to 3.30pm 
Wonthaggi Library, Murray Street

Family Funday, 23 September

Take your kids along to a jam-packed line-up of activities at queen Victoria Market including an animal farm with lots of furry friends, mini golf and all your usual market favourites.

9am to 4pm

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. 

For ages 5 to 10 years.
King George V Monument in Kings Domain, Linlithgow Avenue, Melbourne. 
10am to noon. Bookings essential.

school holiday free cinema

Nintendo Switch, 24 September to 5 October 

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. 

Kangaroo Flat Library

Footy festival, 26 to 29 September 

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. 

Yarra Park, outside Gate 3 of the MCG.

m-ball, 28 to 29 September

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.

For ages 2 to 12 years.
ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr.

Street Art Mentoring, 2 to 3 October 

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.

11am to 3.30pm, bookings essential
Flinders Walk, Northbank.

Into orbit: exploring rockets, 4 October 

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.

10 to 14 years
Wodonga Library, 126 Hovell St

Under $20

NGV Teens Art party, 22 September 

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.

$15 to $18
NGV International

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. 

5.30pm to 8.30pm
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Members: $12 per child, 16 for adults
$25 for non-members

Hook, 3 October 

Who wasn’t hooked on this movie as a kid? Watch Peter go back to Neverland to battle Captain Hook. 

$8 per ticket 
Clocktower Centre, 750 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

Skateboard Deck Art, 6 October 

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.

9 to 12 years, adults are not required to stay.
ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr. Behind Federation Square

Zheng He’s Treasure Hunt

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. 

$5 + admission fees (adult $11, concession or child $9)
Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place

Prehistoric VR, 22 September to 7 October

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.

For ages 7 and up
10.30am to 4.30pm



Don't forget about...

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.

Melbourne Zoo
Add a touch of the wild these school holidays. Ages four to 15 years enter free on weekends and school holidays.

Screen Worlds
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.

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.

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.

Immigration Museum
Winter workshops and holiday fun for families

For more free events in your area, try your local council, library or art gallery websites.

You might also like...