July school holiday ideas
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take your love of Lego to the next level at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.