Free summer school holidays activities in Melbourne and Victoria
Hit the beach or a swimming hole
While summer (hopefully) brings on swimming weather, it’s the season for exploring the magnificent swimming spots and beaches of the state.
Take the family to an adventure to a natural swimming hole, hit up one of the best beaches in Melbourne, run around with your dog at an off-leash beach, or go on a fun coastal walk.
Remember to always stay safe around water, including sunscreen, parental supervision for children, and swimming between the flags.
Explore a new playground
We’ve rounded up the best playgrounds in regional Victoria and around Melbourne so you don’t have to!
Whether your kids love playgrounds shaped like a pirate ship, exploring musical play equipment, challenging obstacles or just a fun play on the good old swing and slide, a playground is the perfect place for some free outdoor fun in the sun.
Have a family bake day
Got a budding sous chef in your mist? Get the kids together for a play in the kitchen and let budding hands make some of their very own marvellous creations.
Give them a go at some child friendly recipes from the RACV Club Kitchen, like this salted caramel choc-chip cookie recipe, the popular mini pancake cereal, or this easy chocolate mousse cake recipe.
Go on a scenic hike
Make the most of the better weather by exploring the best of the scenic walks and hikes around Melbourne and Victoria.
Whether you want to go chasing waterfalls, you’re looking for family friendly walks, fun dog trails or nature hikes around the state, there’s always somewhere new to explore on foot. And best of all – these experiences are free to do.
Get on your bikes and ride
Dust off the bikes and head on a family ride around your suburb. It’s free, fun, and a healthy way to explore the great outdoors.
If you’re looking to explore a new region, you can head on one of these family-friendly bike routes, from a trip taking in the solar system along Port Phillip Bay, to a trip past the zoo and parklands on the Capital City Trail.
Don’t forget to brush up on the latest cycling road rules here.
Visit the libraries, galleries and museum
Did you know that there are many libraries, galleries and museums with free entry and activities over the school holidays?
The NGV, ACMI, the Australian Music Vault, The Immigration Museum and The Australian Sports Museum all have free entry, while kids under 12 are also free to visit The Heide Museum of Modern Art, Scienceworks, and The Melbourne Museum.
We've done a round-up of some of our favourite libraries and their facilities here, while here is our list of the best modern art galleries in Melbourne, as well as regional Victoria.
Many of these attractions are accessible by public transport. You can plan your route with the journey planning app arevo.
Free day trip guides
Did you know there are ways to explore greater Victoria without breaking the budget? There are plenty of things to do in the Melbourne summer holidays without spending much at all.
Check out our guides for how to have a fun, free day out in the Yarra Valley, Ballarat, Mornington Peninsula and even right here in Melbourne.