Fifteen free school holiday activities

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School holidays

From fairy bread to Uptown Funk, keep the kids entertained with free activities these spring school holidays.

Crafty thinking

For budding artists, dreamers and lovers of shiny things, head to North Melbourne Library for a glitter-fuelled Crafternoon.  

North Melbourne Library
66 Errol Street, North Melbourne 
Thursday 5 October  
2.30pm to 4.30pm 

Funky town

If your kids love dance parties and Bruno Mars, then the Uptown Funk Dance Workshop at City Library is the perfect place for them to practise their skills.  
Ages: Five to 12 years.  

City Library 
253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Tuesday 3 October
10am to noon
Bookings required 

Talking footy

This year’s Footy Festival is packed with activities for the whole family. Dine out at Melbourne’s finest food trucks while the kids tackle the AFL inflatable obstacle course, or get the whole family involved to watch the Grand Final on the big screens in Yarra Park.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
120 Brunton Avenue, Jolimont
27 to 30 September

Fairy Bread Workshop

The Kathleen Syme Library in Carlton is offering kids the opportunity to make Australia’s favourite party food at a Fairy Bread Workshop. Head down for an afternoon full of fairy bread – what could be better?

Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre 
251 Faraday Street, Carlton
Tuesday 26 September
2.30pm to 3.30pm
Bookings required 

Tangled web

Calling all explorers: Join Royal Park rangers on an arachnid search and learn more about these glorious creatures. If games, exploration and craft sounds like a top way to spend a morning, Junior Rangers – Web-Weaving Wonders has you covered. 
Ages: Five to 10 years  

Australian Native Garden 
1 Gatehouse Drive (off Gatehouse Street), Parkville
Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 September, Monday 2 October to Wednesday 4 October
10am to noon
Bookings required   

Space cadets

Go on an interactive musical journey at the City Library. Featuring the music of Brahms and Elena Kats-Chernin played live, in Once Upon a Tune everyone from age five can join the space adventure. Have a go at conducting a space ship to new planets and help an alien save her friend.  

City Library 
253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Tuesday 26 September
10.30am to 11.15am
Bookings required 

Bend it

Yoga for Kids at North Melbourne Library gives young ones a chance to relax with yoga designed specifically for children.  
Ages: 5 to 10 years. 

North Melbourne Library 
66 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Thursday 28 September 
2pm to 3pm
Bookings required 

Let’s Dance

If the school holidays have left you sick of kids’ tunes, head to Starting School for a musical education and a marathon dance party. Kids and adults are welcome to go down and listen to The Smiths, The Beatles, Beyoncé, Prince and more! Get your dancing shoes on and show the kids what they’re missing.  
Age: 3 to 12 years and adults

ArtPlay
Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue, Melbourne
Friday 29 September 
2pm to 3.30pm 

Cinema Sunday

ACMI’s Family Sundays are a great family outing for those who love cinema, on the first Sunday of the month. Take an exploration through filmmaking and animation with interactive activities, video game competitions and projects, or just relax with a family-friendly film.  

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Federation Square, Melbourne
Tuesday 3 October
11am to 4pm

For art’s sake

Get the kids thinking with Uneasy Seasons, an exhibition created by Fiona Hall especially for kids and teenagers. Two exhibition spaces feature large-scale treehouses for participation and reflection on the natural world, and a range of collage materials are provided for nature-themed artwork created by young visitors.  

NGV International
St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Until 8 October
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

Play Pod

Children under eight will be delighted with the State Library’s Play Pod. Here they can explore, interact, create and play. With a new theme every season, kids will find new ways to engage with reading and activities.  

State Library of Victoria 
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne 
The Courtyard (indoors)
Open every day
10am to 4pm 

Spanish Storytime

Take the holidays to get your kids interested in language with Spanish Storytime. Stories, songs and activities are delivered both in Spanish and English so kids can learn while they play (and parents may pick up a word or two as well).  
For ages 18 months to 5 years. 

North Melbourne Library
66 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Tuesday 3 October
10.30am to 11.15am 
(For other Spanish Storytime sessions at North Melbourne Library and Kathleen Syme Library in Carlton, check the website above)

Rainbow child

Everyone is welcome at Rainbow Paradiso! This jungle jam will get everyone dancing with re-appropriated pop songs, group dance and a wild catwalk to Savage Garden’s The Animal Song. Embrace your inner animal and head down to ArtPlay for this wild event.  
Age: 3 to 12 years 

ArtPlay
Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue, Melbourne
1 October
2pm to 3.30pm 

Story meets dance 

The only thing better than story time is a dance party, so why not combine the two? Get your dancing gear on for a fun morning of Dance Party Storytime at East Melbourne Library.  
Ages: Two to five years. 

East Melbourne Library 
122 George Street, East Melbourne
4 October
10.30am to 11.15am 

Art meets dance

The Fountain of Youth is a participatory art dance party that offers ‘positive alignment, pop culture, and sweaty, sweaty foreheads’. What more could you want? You and your kids will have a ball together through yoga, creative dance and astrology.  
Age: Three to 12 years 

ArtPlay
Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue, Melbourne
Saturday, 30 September
2pm to 3.30pm 

Written by RACV
September 05, 2017