Free school holidays activities around Melbourne and Victoria this spring
Try out a new playground
Sick of the same old slide and swing routine? You’re spoiled for choice in Victoria, with hundreds of free children’s adventure spaces waiting to be explored.
In Melbourne, try the very first public playground at Lincoln Square in Carlton that features slides from a real-world treehouse, or go to St Kilda’s Adventure Playground, where kids can adventure through a castle and draw bridge, pirate ship, trampoline and flying fox.
In regional Victoria, have fun with water play at Point Cook’s Crocodile Park, run around the portholes and lighthouses at the Rye’s Up! Community Playground, and play in the bush at Bollygum’s musical playground in Kinglake.
Find new treasures at the library
Libraries aren’t just for borrowing books and quiet study. Some of the best libraries in Victoria provide a range of activities for book lovers young and old, as well as a collection of both new and treasured classics.
Give kids a play in the State Library’s storybook castle, head to a crafternoon at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, join the Kid’s Book Club at Bunjil Place Library in Narre Warren, or have a play with LEGO® at the Wodonga Library Gallery.
Wander through the flower fields
Fancy a stroll through some springtime blooms? As the country’s garden state, Victoria is home to a range of botanic gardens, flower-lined parks, seasonal flower shows and perfect picnic spots for enjoying the lush greenery of the outdoors.
Stroll through over 8,5000 species of flora and fauna at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne, take in the spectacular sights of the rhododendrons in the Dandenong Ranges, go bird watching at Wilson Botanic Park in Berwick, or simply enjoy a stroll through the cherry blossoms at your local flowering oasis.
Bake your own delicious desserts
Give mini chefs a helping hand with a day making delectable desserts in your own kitchen café.
Little hands will love helping to make these tasty creations the whole family will enjoy, from a classic chocolate cake to these mouth-watering salted caramel chocolate chip cookies.
Get on your bike and ride
Cycling around your neighbourhood or heading on a scenic trail is a wonderful way to spend time with the family on a free and healthy activity outdoors.
Check out our guide to family-friendly bike rides for a range of fun routes around the state, from a sunny solar ride through Milky Way monuments along Port Phillip Bay, to kangaroo spotting on the Bass Coast Rail Trail.
Head on a day trip
Mountain ranges, waterfalls, sandy beaches and historic villages. Victoria has it all, so bundle up the car and head on an adventure to a place that’s yet to be explored – from a drive to the surf beaches of Torquay, to a day of activities on the Mornington Peninsula, one of these day trips from Melbourne is sure to get the family excited.
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