School holiday activities in Melbourne
Catch the historic Puffing Billy steam train
Puffing Billy has brought back its tradition of sitting on the train’s windowsills. Passengers aged four and up can sit on the sills and dangle their feet out as the train makes one of its historic journeys through the leafy Dandenong Ranges to Lakeside or Gembrook.
From April 2 to June 24, the Lakeside Visitor’s Centre is also hosting its first photography exhibition. Animal Tales is a free exhibition from Karen Aslop that places native Australian wildlife in quirky, human situations (for example, riding Puffing Billy or working in a shop).
Build things at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne
Nearly 100 years after it was invented, LEGO continues to be a hit with both children and adults. Here in Melbourne, we’re lucky to have our own LEGOLAND Discovery Centre with incredible professional LEGO builds, rides, a 4D cinema and of course lots of Lego to play with.
For the school holidays the discovery centre is hosting a Ninjago Training Camp where kids can battle against their friends, try out stop motion animation and learn some ninja-themed builds. It’s on from April 7 to May 2.
Go for a ride at Luna Park
Nothing beats a day out at St Kilda’s Luna Park, which in 2022 celebrates its 110th birthday. Rides like the Great Scenic Railway, Dodgems and Carousel are always a hit, and the park is open every day from 11am during the autumn school holidays.
If you head to the park on Easter Saturday or Sunday, you’ll also be able to take part in the annual Great Luna Park Easter Egg Hunt where there are more than 30,000 chocolate eggs for kids to find. Plus, little ones can meet the Easter Bunny too.
Visit SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is a must-visit destination for those who love sea creatures. Located in the heart of Melbourne, the aquarium boasts an impressive collection of marine life from around the world. Visitors can get up close and personal with a variety of species, including majestic sharks, playful penguins, vibrant tropical fish, and mesmerising jellyfish.
One of the highlights of the aquarium is the Oceanarium, which features a giant viewing tunnel that allows visitors to walk through and experience the underwater world. The aquarium also offers educational programs and behind-the-scenes tours for those who want to learn more about marine conservation and the creatures that call the ocean their home.
See the latest blockbuster movie
Grab a choc top and some popcorn and kick back for a couple of hours of entertainment at the movies.
This school holidays, comes a new animated film based on the world of Super Mario Bros, The Super Mario Bros Movie, which stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anna Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi and Jack Black as Bowser.
Chris Pratt will also be hitting screens in the latest instalment of Marvel's wildly popular Guardians of the Galaxy series. Volume 3 brings all your favourite space misfits back together to, once again, save the universe.
Antonio Banderas is reprising his role as Puss for DreamWorks Animation's new Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Picking up where the Shrek franchise left off, Puss and his feline love interest, Kitty Soft Paws (voiced by Selma Hayek), will adventure into the Black Forest in the hopes of restoring eight of Puss's nine lives.
Whether you're in the mood for an action-packed family blockbuster or a heart-melting rom-com, RACV Members save up to 60 per cent on movie tickets and value bundles at Village, HOYTS, Palace, Event, Moonlight and IMAX. All you need to do is pre-purchase your ticket online or at select RACV Retail Stores, and redeem at a participating cinema location.