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Free and Low Cost School Holiday Activities at Melbourne Shopping Centres this Spring

by EricaL (follow)
Writer, blogger, Mum-of-two. Editor of melbourne.kidtown.com.au
What's on for kids at Melbourne's shopping centres over the Spring 2018 School Holidays

Looking for ways to entertain your children on a budget over the spring school holidays? Head to your local shopping centre!

Melbourne's many shopping malls offer free and low-cost entertainment options for families all through the school holiday break!

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Here's a round-up of what is happening and when at Melbourne's many shopping centres over the spring school holidays. Note that all activities are free unless stated otherwise:

Jurassic World Activation at Forest Hill Chase

Forest Hill chase will host a dino-tastic pop-up Jurassic World activation in the first week of the spring school holidays.

Jurassic World Activation at Forest Hill Chase


Kids are invited to dig for their very own fossil and take a photo with Blue, the star of Jurassic World.

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When: Mon 24 - Sun 30 Sept. 11am - 2pm.
Where: Level 2, Opposite Best & Less, Forest Hill Chase
Web: Here

Spring School Holiday Fun at Croydon Central

Croydon Central will offer two weeks of free school holiday activities over the spring break.

Spring School Holiday Fun at Croydon Central


Week 1: Decorate your pot and plant your own grass head, plus spring-themed easel painting.
When: Wed 26 and Thurs 27 Sept. 10am - 1pm.

Week 2: Decorate your pot and plant your own succulent, plus spring-themed easel painting.
When: Wed 3 and Thurs 4 Oct. 10am - 1pm

Where: Croydon Central Shopping Centre, 5-15 Kent Avenue, Croydon
Web: Here

Springfree Jump Hub & Ninja Obstacle Course at District Docklands

With four large trampolines, face painting, giant connect 4, blue fairy floss, hula hooping and more – The District Docklands precinct will be transformed into a mini playground in the spring school holidays.

Springfree Jump Hub at District Docklands


If that wasn’t incentive enough, every visitor goes into the draw to win their very own Springfree Trampoline.

In the second week of the school holidays, an obstacle course challenge will be set up for all the mini ninja kids!

Scale the bouldering wall, swing through the monkey bars, stay standing through the balancing challenge, crawl, jump and navigate several hurdles while having a tonne of fun.

When: Sat 22 – Sun 7 Oct.
Where: The District Docklands, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands - The Square, near H&M
Web: Here

Camp Woodgrove at Woodgrove Shopping Centre

Woodgrove shopping centre invites kids into "Camp Woodgrove" these the school holidays offering a huge range of sporting activities.

Camp Woodgrove


Over the two-week break, GeckoSports will run a free and active program for 5-13-year-olds, with the chance to complete a series of courses and relay events. From hurdling, jumping and running to gymnastics balancing, this program captures children’s imagination while getting active and having fun.

When: Sun 22 - Sun 7 Oct. 11am - 2pm.
Where: Woodgrove Shopping Centre, Melton
Web: Here

The School of Wizardry at Eastland Shopping Centre

Things are about to get magical at Eastland Shopping Centre these school holidays at The School of Wizardry!

The School of Wizardry at Eastland Shopping Centre


Enjoy daily illusionist-inspired magic shows and attend enchanting classes where the kids will perform magic, brew potions, and design their very own wand. See more details on each class here.

Magic shows are free. Magic classes are $5, with all proceeds going to The Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Bookings essential.

Where: Level 1, Central Mall, outside Commonwealth Bank, Eastland
When: Magic shows - Mon 24 Sept - Sun 7 Oct. Magic classes - Mon 1 - Sun 7 Oct
Web: here

School Holiday Safari Zoo Adventures at Pacific Werribee

Take your wild ones down to Pacific Werribee these school holidays for a Safari Zoo adventure!

Safari Zoo Adventures at Pacific Werribee


Crafty kids will get to make safari zoo animal masks in week one and safari zoo backpacks in week two of the spring break.

Plus, you can explore the centre to find life-sized safari animals scattered throughout Pacific Werribee!

Where: Pacific Werribee, Centre Court, 250 Heaths Rd, Hoppers Crossing
When: Mon 24 - Sun 7 Oct. 10am - 2pm.
Web: Here

Storytelling and treasure hunt activities at Karingal Hub

Discover a world of adventure with fun games and a craft village during the school holidays at Karingal Hub, and enjoy a Fairy Tale favourite with Tinkerbell in the Storytelling Zone.

School holidays at Karingal Hub


Kids are also invited to go on a treasure hunt to find hidden treasures throughout the centre throughout the school holidays for the chance to win Village Cinemas vouchers.

Where: Centre Court, Karingal Hub, 330 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
When: Mon 24 - Sun 7 Oct. 11am - 2pm.
Web: Here

Minions Fun at Endeavour Hills Shopping Centre

Entertain your Minions these School Holidays with a free Pop-Up Cinema & Minions Dance Party.



A different Despicable Me movie will screen each day from Tues 25 – Thurs 27 Sept at 10am each day.

Your children are also invited to join a fun Minions Dance Party where they can see Mel, Dave and Gru LIVE on stage, followed by a meet and greet.

Live shows Mon 1 – Fri 5 of Oct at 11am, 12pm & 1pm

When: Tues 25 - Thurs 27 Sept. From 10am.
Where: Endeavour Hills Shopping Centre, 92 Matthew Flinders Ave, Endeavour Hills
Web: Here

Footy Skills Clinic & Pop-up Arcade at Westfield Knox

These school holidays are all about active fun at Westfield Knox with a Footy Skills Clinic set-up on the first week of the school holidays and a pop-up arcade with Zone Bowling and Timezone in the second week.

Footy Skills Clinic at Westfield Knox


Week 1: Footy skills circuits to keep the kids entertained throughout the first week.
When: Mon 24 - Fri 28 Sept. 11am - 2pm Daily.

Week 2: Pop-up arcade with Zone Bowling and Timezone
When: Mon 1 - Fri 6 Oct. 11am - 5pm. Open till 8pm on Thurs & Fri.

Where: Centre Court, Westfield Knox
Web: Here

AFL Celebrations & Stacka Block Zone at Westfield Fountain Gate

Westfield Fountain Gate will present a series of fun workshops in an immersive, interactive, colourful space where children can play, build and create.

Stacka Block Zone at Fountain Gate


Week 1 will be focused on a Stacka Block Zone where kids can build their own unique objects. Week 2 includes a series of interactive and fun workshops in partnership with Roll’d, Boost Juice, Yo-Get-It and Spendless Shoes where kids can make their own food, drinks and pencil cases!

Week 1: Stacka Block Zone
When: Mon 24 - Fri 28 Sept. 11am - 2pm daily

AFL Final Celebrations
When: Fri 28 Sept
Face Painting 12pm - 2pm The AFL Store
Colouring In 11am - 2pm Near Big W
Handball Competition 11am - 2pm Near Big W
Ferguson Plarre Sampling Pies on the hour (11am - 2pm) , every hour Near Big W

Where: Level 2, near Target, Westfield Fountain Gate
Web: Here

Play-Doh Children's Workshops at Westfield Geelong

Head into Westfield Geelong these school holidays where your children can immerse themselves in all things Play-Doh. Kids can make anything they wish out of Play-Doh and display their creations for everyone to see.

Play-Doh fun at Westfield Geelong


Older children can step into the challenge arena where participants play against each other to create a specified object and beat the clock!

When: Tues 2 - Sat 6 Oct. 10am - 3pm.
Where: Westfield Geelong.
Web: Here

Craft activities at Westfield Doncaster

Westfield Doncaster present two weeks of craft activities to keep the kids entertained throughout the school holidays. Enjoy the Building Blocks Zone, Golden Week craft activities and Yoga and mindfulness class hosted by Lululemon.

Building Blocks Zone
Date: Monday 24 Sept - Fri 28 Sept
Time: 11am - 2pm daily

Golden Week craft activities by UnionPay
Date: Mon 1 Oct - Fri 4 Oct
Time: 11am - 2pm daily

Lululemon Yoga and mini mindfulness
Date: Fri 5 Oct
Time: 11am - 1pm

Where: Westfield Doncaster
Web: Here

Wellness and Footie at Westfield Plenty Valley

Kids are invited to learn the basics of CPR in a fun and interactive way in the Health Club hosted by St Johns Ambulance.

GKR Karate will keep the kids entertained with free self-defence karate lessons ensuring that children can obtain basic self-defence skills in a fun and relaxed environment.

There will also be a Wellness Corner, also hosted by St Johns Ambulance where little ones will be able to create their own masterpiece with a colouring in station.

When: Mon 24 - Sun 30 Sept.

The Footy Fever Activity Zone will keep the kids entertained during the second week of school holidays with free football fun to celebrate the AFL Grand final.

There will be free football handball drills, circuit training and agility ladders! Little one's will be transformed into AFL superstars. Each child that participates will also receive a novelty medal prize for participation

When: Mon 1 - Fri 5 Oct

Where: Wesfield Plenty Valley
Web: Here


Craft activities at Parkmore

Crafty kids will enjoy Parkmore's spring school holiday activities:

Free pencil case decorating with Spendless Shoes on Mon 24 Sept - Thurs 27 Sept.

Donate a bag to the Parkmore Bag Library and receive a free new bag to decorate at the DIY station from Mon 1 Oct - Wed 3 Oct.

Crafts at Parkmore


A range of family-friendly activities and offers at the brand new store Beville's re-launch store on Thurs - Sun 7 Oct. Further details to come.

Where: Parkmore Shopping Centre, Keysborough
When: 24 Sept - 3 Oct. From 10am.
Web: Here

Footie Fever & Mindfulness Art at Westfield Airport West

Westfield Airport West present Footy Fever Craft in the first week of the school holidays where kids can decorate a range of craft items with their favourite team colours.

In week two there will be free Mindfulness Art, where kids can colour in Mindfulness-style imagery in bright and vibrant colours.

Week 1- AFL Footy Fever
Dates: Monday 24 to Thursday 27 September
Time: 10am to 1pm
Location: opposite ALDI

Week 2- Mindfulness Art Experience
Dates: Monday 1 to Friday 5 October
Time: 10am to 1pm
Location: opposite ALDI

Where: Westfield Airport West
Web: Here


This is a list of a handful of low cost and free activities happening over the spring school holidays. We do, however, expect this list to grow in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned or message us if you find another shopping centre activity to add to the list.


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