The school holidays are long but you don't need to stay home. In fact forthcoming school holiday break is an exciting time to be in Melbourne because you can find a whole bunch of new and exciting experiences on offer.
Here's an overview of six new Melbourne experiences (in no particular order) you can enjoy with your kids this summer.
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The National Gallery of Victoria has opened NGV Triennial, a free exhibition that features the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries.
This incredible exhibition is immense and includes an entire gallery space dedicated to children. The NGV Kids Gallery has been transformed into a wonderful hands-on space designed by Dutch art collective We Make Carpets. Children are encouraged to craft their tapestries on the walls and the floor using pool noodles, ropes, felt & wooden shapes.
Once you're done in the kids gallery space there's so much more to see and your children will be just as excited as you will be to explore all four floors.
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Join in on the NEW Art of Beer tour of Melbourne, which will cover the city's relationship with beer, its history and the best places to drink and enjoy beer.
When: till 15 April 2018
Where: NGV International, St Kilda Road.
ARBORIA at Federation Square
A giant inflatable labyrinth of winding tunnels and soaring domes going by the name of ARBORIA is coming to Fed Square in January.
ARBORIA features a series of luminous, tree-like structures in which you will be wrapped in a soundscape of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest that will take you on a journey far beyond.
This immersive experience is filled with colours, shapes, reflections and patterns as you are transported to a magical place journeying through ARBORIA’S winding maze.
When: 6 - 28 January 2018. Daily, 10am – 8pm.
Where: The Square, Fed Square
Costs: Adult: $18, Concession: $16, Child (3 - 15 years): $15, Family (2 Adults and 2 Children): $56
Child (3 years and under): Free.
Tickets Via fedsquare.com/events/arboria or in person at ACMI ticket desk at Fed Square.
Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together at Scienceworks
Scienceworks has opened a new interactive permanent exhibition for children aged 0 - 5yrs.
Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together: Image provided
This new tactile gallery space is a sensory play exhibit designed around teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.
Ground Up is a wonderful space with plenty to keep little minds active with buttons to press, wheels to turn, bricks to build with and so much more.
Where: 2 Booker Street, Scienceworks
When: Permanent exhibition, opens 4 December 2017. Monday to Sunday 10am - 4:30pm
Interactive Art Activities at Arts Centre Melbourne
If you think the Arts Centre Melbourne is all about live shows, think again. Under the Spire in the heart of Melbourne, you will also find a range of hands-on activities encouraging families to create and have fun together.
This January will see the Children's Republic of Melbourne host a family friendly workshop encouraging kids to design their own country and make a flag to represent it using recycled fabric. There will be a parade of all flags on 14 January at 3pm.
There is also a sweet and funny little workshop on called I See You Like This; an interactive art activity for you and your child. Your kid becomes the art director of a creative portrait of you! On from 17 - 21 January.
SEA LIFE Melbourne has introduced a new attraction to ocean loving kids this summer with the launch of a new 'Ancient Oceans' exhibit.
Ancient Oceans at SEA LIFE Melbourne
This interactive exhibit explores the pre-historic world of the deep, where you will meet some remarkable creatures that have lived for millions of years.
Lighting projections see prehistoric animal silhouettes come to life with matched sounds of the sub-aquatic sealife.
The display also features digital games as well as the jaws of the pre-historic Megladon; the largest predator to have ever existed on planet earth.
Where: Sea Life Melbourne, Corner of King Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: Open 9:30am - 6pm Daily.
Costs: General admission starting from $36.60 if you book online in advance.
Family Sleepover: A Grand Night In at ACMI
Immerse yourselves in all things Aardman in a way you have never done before at The Family Sleepover: A Grand Night In. Yes, a 'Night at the Museum' ACMI Style!
Family Sleepover: A Grand Night In at ACMI
Explore ACMI's wonderful exhibition Wallace & Gromit and Friends in an exclusive and magical torchlight visit, then try your hands at your own Claymation masterpiece. Enjoy an evening pizza dinner with your new friends and enjoy watching the classic adventures of Shaun, Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw on ACMI's giant screen before night sets in.
Roll out your sleeping bags for an unforgettable evening as you sleep under the stars beneath ACMI's glass-ceiling and wake up to a yummy breakfast with even more Aardman animated adventures before you depart.
Where: ACMI, Federation Square.
When: 13 - 14 January 2017
Book: Bookings via acmi.net.au/families
Which experiences in Melbourne are you most looking forward to trying out with your children this summer?