Eight things to do with the kids these school holidays

Living Well | Megan Whitfield | Posted on 11 September 2019

Guide to the best things to do in Victoria over the September school holidays.

With spring well and truly here, the September school holidays – from 21 September to 6 October – are the perfect time to emerge from the heated and rain-protected comfort of indoors and embrace the sunshine. 

From interactive journeys through Antarctica to kayaking along the Yarra, we’ve found a whole range of activities to keep the kids (and parents!) entertained this September. Did we mention the Royal Melbourne Show will be on? Think of the showbags.

Royal Melbourne Show

The Royal Melbourne Show runs from 21 September to 1 October. 

Eight of the best things to do over the September school holidays

Stock up on showbags at the Royal Melbourne Show

It’s that time of year again – the Royal Melbourne Show is back, with furry friends to be made at the animal nursery, rides to get the heart racing and impressive displays of skill at the axe-throwing competition. Follow it all up with live performances from your favourite artists from Channel 9’s The Voice or sample some delicious food at the Winning Tastes Pavilion (our tip: head here after the rides).

The festival runs from 21 September to 1 October.

RACV members can get up to 15 per cent off pre-purchased tickets.

Get up close and personal with penguins

There’s never a bad time to see Victoria’s little penguins, but the experience is all the better without the evening winter chill. Head down to Phillip Island Nature Parks these school holidays to experience cuteness overload. While you wait for dusk, try and spot the seals bathing in the sun before taking a virtual journey through Antarctica and the Southern Ocean at the Nobbies Centre. 

RACV members get 25 per cent off entry to all Phillip Island Nature Parks attractions.

Go sky high in the Dandenongs

Take a break from your usual school and work schedule at Sky High in the Dandenong Ranges. Grab a picnic and sit back as you take in the view overlooking the city, or, if you’re after a little more action, the venue is running a series of school holiday events to keep the kids entertained. From bouncy castles to treasure hunts, mini golf to cooking classes, there’s hours of entertainment waiting.

And of course, the maze is open daily – it’s time to get lost. 

Get a culture hit

There’s always something happening down at the National Gallery of Victoria, and the school holidays are no exception. Check out the impressive Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition before heading into the Great Hall to join in a free drawing activity for the kids, inspired by the display. 

For the bigger kids (13 to 18), the NGV is hosting an Art Party, where teens can the art, live music and food after-hours. 

National Gallery of Victoria
National Gallery of Victoria

The impressive Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. 

Explore Australia's wildest animals in 3D at IMAX

Got some animals lovers at home? Why not take them over to IMAX to explore the people and wildlife of Australia's top end in 4K laser digital quality, guided by Indigenous elder Balang T.E. Lewis. 

Head into a cave filled with Indigenous artworks, hunt for a new species of frog or get up close and personal with crocodiles on IMAX’s huge screen.

Experience Melbourne from the water

Get active these school holidays while you experience Melbourne from a whole new viewpoint – a kayak along the Yarra. 

Head on a tour under Princes Bridge, paddle past Flinders Street Station towards Docklands, before finishing up back at Boathouse Drive. 

Discounts apply for RACV members.

Run away with the circus

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to juggle, this just might be the place to be. Over the holidays the City Library is running a workshop on circus skills – no guarantees on lion taming, but there could be some balloon animals involved.  

Head to the library on September 30; you can book online.

Grab a strike

For the afternoons where it’s still not quite warm enough to head outdoors, grab some friends and get the blood pumping with a game of laser tag at Zone Bowling. Follow it up with some classic 10-pin bowling- and yes, if you get a strike you definitely have the right to brag about it. 

Even better, can buy one game, get one free with RACV.

Laser tag at Zone Bowling

Get the blood pumping with a game of laser tag at Zone Bowling.


Need a break from the hustle and bustle? Head to the new RACV Pavilion and kick back in the exclusive RACV Members Zone. This members-only area includes a cafe where you can buy snacks and discounted coffee. The RACV Pavilion is located off the Grand Boulevard, next to the Coca-Cola Thrillseekers Carnival. If you’re catching the train, it's on the right as you enter the Showgrounds from Flemington Station (in the old Showbags Pavilion).