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Melbourne School Holiday Activity Recommendations

by EricaL (follow)
Due to the number of repeated questions we see in our Closed Melbourne Mums Group on Facebook, we are publishing Useful Lists in our community hub, put together by Melbourne parents, for Melbourne parents.

This is the third useful list in our series, in which we asked YOU for your Melbourne school holiday activity recommendations.

Without further ado, here is our list in order of area:


Public art museum with a collection of over 70000 works.

"Check out what's on, sometimes there are school holiday activities, otherwise, head to the NGV Kids gallery space for free interactive fun" MMG Member

A gallery, exhibition space and cinema focused on the film, television and digital culture.

"The Screen Worlds gallery on the ground floor is a permanent exhibition space that is great for kids to explore. Every school holiday there are workshops, and movie screenings are very cheap in comparison." MMG Member

Screen Worlds at ACMI

Melbourne Museum at Carlton Gardens

Melbourne Museum is a natural and cultural history museum located in the Carlton Gardens.

"Plenty to keep the kids entertained with the Dinosaur Walk, Bugs Alive, Rainforest Walk just to name a few of the 7 gallery spaces to explore. Once the children's gallery opens again, there will be even more reasons to visit. Sometimes there are school holiday activities on, and there's also IMAX to check out, too" MMG Member

Home to over 10,000 aquatic animals, including one of the world's largest Saltwater Crocodiles residing in the state-of-the-art Croc Lair exhibit.

"There's always plenty to keep the kids amused at Melbourne Aquarium on the banks of the Yarra River. Check what's on over the school holidays, as there's often extras to enjoy" MMG Member.

Art Play at Birarrung Marr, Behind Federation Square.

"City of Melbourne's Artplay is excellent, many free activities, some priced from $15" MMG Member.

South & South Eastern Suburbs

Creative Lounge in Parkdale

A selection of creative workshops for kids.

"My son loves the Tech Camp Lego mindstorms workshops, but there's lots of other interesting activities such as drawing, writing, drama and more" MMG Member

Build It 4 Kids in Mentone

LEGO block building program for kids.

"Two sets of workshops, one for 4-6yr olds and another for 6 - 12yr olds. 3 hour workshops for kids in the afternoon. My son loves them." MMG Member

Build It 4 Kids workshops

Hot Arts for Cool Kids; a creative and diverse art and craft program for 4-12 year olds and their families.

In addition to term-based circus classes NICA offers a wide variety of circus training throughout the school holidays for children and teenagers.

North & North Eastern Suburbs

The Art Factory Malvern/Essendon/Balwyn Nth

Each holiday period The Act Factory offer a dynamic program of art and craft workshops to inspire kids from 4 – 14 years of age.

OPENWORLD provides MINECRAFT sessions as well as other "maker play"activities including LEGO, Robotics, 3D Printing, Coding, 3D animation, games design, movie-making, etc.

Begin Bright in Preston
Craft and science workshops for kids.

Art and craft school holiday activities
"Cafe Vue at Heide has delicious offerings, too!" MMG Member

Eastern Suburbs

CakeMe in Doncaster

Cake decorating and sugar sculpting classes.

Creative Write It Balwyn North

School holiday creative writing and craft workshops.

"We've got Create Your Own Superhero, Comic Panel Beaters, Recycled Rockets, Story Art and more!" Workshop facilitator

Mornington Peninsula

Moonlit Sanctuary in Pearcedale

Wildlife sanctuary junior ranger day programs.

"Up close and personal interaction with Aussie wildlife" MMG Member

Junior Ranger Programs in Mornington Peninsula Parks.

FREE junior ranger programs, nature exploration and fun.

Do you have any more to add to the list? If so, send us an email to mums @ melbournemumsgroup.com.au

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