School holiday ideas

Travelling Well | Megan Whitfield | Posted on 04 April 2019

Get the kids off the couch with these school holiday activities.

School holidays are here, time to forget about the mad school rush and investigating if the dog really did eat your child’s homework. But those long days without classes and after-school activities can also mean uninterrupted screen time. Don’t despair! We’ve rounded up some fun family activities that will make your kids forget all about their devices. Plus, RACV members get some great discounts.

Entrance to Luna Park including palm trees, the big mouth and Scenic Railway.


Luna Park, St Kilda
Start the morning with a coffee at one of the groovy cafes lining Acland Street before taking a ride on the world’s oldest continually operating wooden rollercoaster at Luna Park. Follow it up with a spin on the high-thrill Power Surge or test your nerves in the Haunted House at this iconic fun park. Members save 10 per cent on ride passes.

Phillip Island Nature Parks
Rug up, grab some snacks and settle in to giggle at the little penguins waddling ashore at sunset on Phillip Island. If that isn’t cuteness overload, coo at the snoozing koalas as you stroll across the treetop boardwalks at the Koala Reserve, explore the ends of the earth through multimedia displays at the Antarctic Journey centre, or take a trip back in time at historic Churchill Island which has been farmed since the 1850s. Members save 25 per cent off entry to all four properties.

Ballarat Wildlife Park
If you haven’t had your fill of cuddly creatures, why not feed some kangaroos? With Skippy in tow, wander among the wombats, koalas, snakes (behind glass, we promise) and take a peek at the meerkats. Be sure to welcome the park’s newest residents, two Sumatran tigers that have recently arrived as part of a global conservation program. Members save 20 per cent on entry price.

Crocodile at Ballarat Wildlife Park lunges out of water to reach meat dangled on a pole.

Croc feeding time at Ballarat Wildlife Park.

Teenage girl in harness tries high ropes course.

High ropes course at Melbourne Cable Park.

A little penguin on the beach at Phillip Island.

Catch Phillip Island’s little penguins waddling ashore.


Melbourne Cable Park, Bangholme
With five different levels of difficulty, there’s a high ropes course to suit the whole family, from five-year-olds to fearless climbers. If heights really aren’t your thing, there’s also an aqua park with a giant inflatables course on water. Members receive 10 per cent off high ropes.

Legoland Discovery Centre
Show off your creativity without the risk of stepping on a painful Lego block with a trip to Legoland Discovery Centre at Chadstone. Try your hand at building the tallest tower possible at the earthquake simulation table, wander through a Melbourne cityscape made entirely of Lego blocks, or check out the 4D cinema. Members receive $10 off their individual annual pass

Test your speed in a race against Cathy Freeman, or tinker with a toy construction site. When you’re finished, look into the future at the ‘Think Ahead’ exhibition. With so much to capture the imagination, your kids will be having too much fun to realise they’re also learning.

A Maze’N Things
Get lost in a maze before trying your hand at a round of mini-golf, or test your mind in the illusion rooms. Whatever you fancy, this Phillip Island fun centre has plenty of activities to keep your kids entertained. Round it out with fish ’n’ chips on the beach.

Sovereign Hill
Who doesn’t want the chance to dig for gold? Explore the glory days of Victoria’s gold rush as you walk through this living museum. And of course, pick up a jar of their famous raspberry drops while you’re there. RACV Members save 10 per cent on general admission and new multi-sensory evening show Aura.

Discounts apply to the above activities only when pre-purchased from RACV. Go to: