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Keep it Fun: 5 School Holiday Activities in Melbourne

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One of the most common challenges for parents is keeping their kids busy and entertained on school holidays when kids are home. Most parents want their kids to remain stimulated and enjoy spending time outdoors without sitting in front of the television all day.

To keep kids busy on Melbourne school holidays, there are a few activities to plan for plenty of fun.

1. Ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

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Those who are looking to participate in Melbourne school holiday activities can visit the iconic observation wheel that is a staple in the city in the Waterfront City precinct in the Docklands area. Hop on the circular structure to enjoy panoramic views of the city on a ride that features LED lighting with 15 million different light combinations. Kids can enjoy sitting or standing in the air-conditioned cabin and viewing popular buildings and landmarks that are easy to recognize from 394 feet in the air.

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2. Visit the Melbourne Zoo

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Parents who are looking for school holiday ideas to do in Melbourne can visit the zoo where lions, tigers, and bears are available for those who want a firsthand look at the wild animals. Located on Elliot Avenue, the zoo is home to over 250 different species from around the world and welcomes guests to walk through Asian and African rainforests that are on the grounds. Elephants, monkeys, gorillas, penguins, and sea lions are also present with staff present to offer information on the lifestyle and habits of each animal. You'll even get a chance to see the animals playing in their habitats or getting fed by the staff during the day.

3. Participate in Black Light Mini Golf

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Take your kids mini golfing at the Family Fun Centres to stay busy with a sport that they can compete in with a glow-in-the-dark experience. You can play on 18 different holes where fake alligators, mood lighting, and fun props are all present in a lively setting. Kids and adults can wear vests that make them visible and visit the location in rain or shine to enjoy an activity that is a twist on traditional mini golf when you're looking for school holiday activities in Melbourne.

4. Go skateboarding

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Visit the Riverside Skate Park in the heart of Melbourne to skate on different types of ramps and get a few feet of air while flying at high speeds. Kids can learn new tricks on their boards and hang out with other kids at a place that is ideal to make new friends when staying busy on a school holiday. Before anything else, remember to teach your kids on how to stay safe while skateboarding also.

The YMCA team also offers lessons to kids who want to become more skilled in the sport. Guests can even choose to shop for gear at the on-site skate shop before stopping by for a meal at the cafe that is on the grounds.

5. Challenge their mind with fun indoor plays

On days where the weather makes it difficult to explore the great outdoors, have fun inside with board games and puzzles that will offer plenty of mental stimulation on rainy days. Kids can learn how to manage multiple real estate properties while playing Monopoly or do their best trying to solve the puzzle that depicts a natural landmark or a city skyline.

By engaging board games or puzzle toys like Sorry! or snake cube puzzle, it can allow children to interact with one another (and spending time on their own if they play puzzle toys) and avoid playing video games or spending time on a tablet. It makes for a fun way of learning how to problem solve and can allow kids to practice their memory skills for a great way of avoiding boredom while staying indoors.
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