July school holiday ideas

Living Well | Megan Whitfield | Posted on 07 June 2019

Escape the cold and drizzle these winter holidays with these fun activities.

Ah, school holidays – the time for sleep-ins, late nights and days free from homework. However, with Melbourne’s winter in full force, afternoons can’t be spent playing games of backyard cricket or running around at the local park. Never fear – we’ve rounded up a bunch of fun ways to stay dry and keep the entertainment levels high these holidays.

A young boy skates in a busy ice rink at St Kilda

 Grab your warmest socks, strap on your skates and embrace a wintry wonderland in St Kilda.

Visit Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

While it’s raining inside, you’ll be staying warm and dry as you take in the incredibly cute penguin display, explore the interactive discovery rockpools, or test your nerves in the crocodile lair at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

Plus, in time for the holidays they’ve partnered with Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet to create five interactive photo walls focusing on the aquarium’s most intriguing sea creatures. Receive a ‘colourful creatures’ hat and create your own underwater adventure storybook!

Personally, you’ll find me in the mermaid garden.

RACV members get access to discounted tickets, which will keep the big kids happy as well.

Catch the latest films on the big screen

It’s a classic school holiday activity – an afternoon at the movies. Escape the chill and curl up with a big tub of popcorn as you take in the magic of Aladdin, or find out what your dog really gets up to while you’re out with Pets 2.

Even better, RACV members can get 30 per cent off movie tickets.

Direct your own TV commercial

Your session at the movies left you with your own creative ambitions? Melbourne Museum is offering budding ‘tween’ directors a chance to use state-of-the-art technology to direct their own road safety commercials.

The 30-minute hands-on workshops run in conjunction with the museum’s new Road to Zero Education Complex and participants can email themselves their final product.

Entry is free, workshops run 1 to 6, 8 to 12 and 14 July, 11am to 3pm on the museum’s lower ground floor.

Two young adults are posing in an ArtVo artwork, one pretending to be squashed by an elephant and the other holding an umbrella

 Step inside an artwork at ArtVo.

A movie clapper is held in front of two blurred actors getting ready for a scene

 Try your hand at directing a TV ad at Melbourne Museum.

Clip n Climb your way around Berwick

Who says the action has to stop when the weather turns grey? Get your adrenaline fix at Clip n Climb adventure centre. Live out your Spiderman fantasies by tackling the 10-metre climbing walls. Once you’ve mastered that challenge, test the high ropes course (Australia’s largest indoor course) and whizz across the 20-metre flying fox.

It’s sure to get the blood pumping.

Dive into the big deep blue with ArtPlay

It appears we have an aquatic theme going these holidays…

Over at Birrarung Marr (behind Fed Square), ArtPlay is hosting a free, immersive deep-sea experience called Beneath, exploring what goes on at the bottom of the sea. Even cooler – it’s all made from recycled plastic.

Note: Beneath runs from 29 June to 1 September.

Jump into some artwork

For something really different, head down to Melbourne’s first interactive art gallery, ArtVo. Wander through more than 100 hand-painted images that will challenge your depth perception and let you dive right into the artwork. Get stuck inside a glass bottle or defy gravity as you hang off windows and climb walls. Get your Instagram ready.

Even better – ArtVo is running complimentary dance classes on Fridays during the holidays! Learn new moves and incorporate them into your photos.

RACV members get 10 per cent off entry.

Chopped up milk chocolate

 Indulge your sweet tooth at Phillip Island Chocolate Factory.

Pen pin bowling alley with pins knocked over

 Get bowled out at Ballarat Ten Pin Bowling.

Eat all the chocolate at Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

Get your Willy Wonka on with a visit to the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. Dig into a chocolate treat, go on a self-guided exploration of the wonders that come from the humble cocoa bean or create your very own chocolate bar and fill it with the weird and wacky tastes.

RACV members get 15 per cent off admission.

Get lost at A Maze N Things

After you’ve overdosed on chocolate, burn off some energy at A Maze N Things. This award-winning fun park will keep the kids entertained for hours. Get lost in the maze, take a swing at mini-golf and learn some tricks at Magic Manor, where you will be astonished by optical illusions. Budding Hogwarts students can even even make their own magic movie. 

RACV members save 10 per cent on admission.

Get bowled over in Ballarat

There’s nothing like a little friendly competition and what better way to ward off winter boredom than a healthy bowling tournament. Pull on your bowling shoes, hit the alley and get ready to strike out at Ballarat Ten Pin Bowling Centre.  

RACV members get discounts on games.

A close up image of a box of buttery popcorn

 Buttery popcorn and the latest flick? Your afternoon is sorted.

a young family play a target game in LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

 Take your love of Lego to the next level at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

Build a new world

Immerse yourself in the world of Lego at Legoland Discovery Centre. With 13 family attractions and activities – including a 4D cinema and a miniature Melbourne made from our favourite coloured blocks – there’s no shortage of ways to while away an afternoon.

These holidays you also have the chance to don your firefighter suit and become a Lego City hero by participating in a bunch of daring rescue challenges. These activities will run from 29 June to 14 July.

And of course, RACV members get discounts on admission.

Grab your skates in St Kilda

We all know winter is cold – why not embrace it? An ice rink will be set up on Acland Street in St Kilda from 21 June as part of the ‘Skating At’ festival making its way around Australia. Rug up (we recommend thick socks), grab the kids and strap on your skates for an afternoon of wintry fun.

Grab your tickets now to avoid missing out.

Get a guided tour around Marvel Stadium

There’s no shortage of ways to spend your afternoon on a day out in the city, but when’s the last time you really explored the history of any of Melbourne’s great attractions? Footy fans, this one is for you.

With a Marvel Stadium tour, walk through the AFL players’ change rooms, sit in the coaches’ box, experience walking up the AFL umpires’ tunnel and more. Time to live out those footy dreams!

Looking for some other activities to keep you entertained this winter? Here’s our events wrap-up for the coming months.