School holidays have come around quickly, and whether you’re a working mum or not, sometimes you need a helping hand to keep everyone entertained and inspired! That’s where a day trip, show, workshop or class can be perfect.
Here’s what’s available these Spring school holidays in and around Melbourne. There’s something for everyone so don’t miss out!
Walk the Gruffalo Trail at Rippon Lea Estate
If your kids love the best-selling book then they will fall in love with The Gruffalo Trail at Rippin Lea Estate, where they can go Gruffalo spotting and come face to face with the much-loved characters of the book. The interactive nature walk allows young explorers to journey through winding paths and gardens into a deep, dark wood and spot their favourite characters using an augmented reality app.
Image: The Rippon Lea Estate Website
Be sure to search for and download the ‘Gruffalo Spotter AUS’ on the App Store or Google Play prior to your visit. Make sure to save any photos taken using the app before deleting the app from your phone!
When: Daily from 10am – 4.30pm
Where: Rippon Lea Estate 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Adult $15, Child (3-15, under 3 enter free) $9, Family (2 adults & 2 children) $40
More Info: Visit the Rippon Lea Estate website for more info.
Little Yogis & Co School Holiday Sessions
Little Yogis and Co offers yoga for children. Children aged four and over can take part in school holiday fun while learning about self-awareness, resilience and body control. Each session includes a range of fun activities that include Opening Circle and Meaningful Question, yoga games, yoga art and finished off with wind down, relaxation and mindfulness activity.
Image: Little Yogis & Co Facebook Page
When: Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th of September and Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd of October from 10.15am – 12 noon
Where: The Enchanted Studios, 2/128 Eucumbene Drive, Ravenhall
Age Group: Ages 4 & up
Cost: $35 per child / per day
More Info: Book online here.
Acro Kids School Holiday Program
If your kids would like to develop their tumbling and parkour skills, then Acro Kids is the place to be. Acro Kids entertain in a full day or two-hour workshop these school holidays. Programs take place in Mt Eliza are a bound to be a fun-filled activity for energetic youngsters.
Image: Acro Kids Website
Kids will learn gymnastics and parkour fundamentals including tumbling, flips, aerials, cartwheels, handstands, barrel and commando rolls, fence jumps and much more!
When: 23rd of September to the 4th of October
Where: The Village Church, Mt. Eliza
Age Group: 3.5 years & up
Cost: 2-hour class $30. Full-day workshop $80
More Info: Visit the Acro Kids website.
An Underwater Adventure at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium will take your kids on an interactive underwater adventure discovering the wonders of the underground world meeting various sea creatures and marine animals, and then into Antarctica with the penguins. Be sure to check out the daily feeds and talks where kids of all ages can learn more about these amazing sea animals.
Image: Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Website
There are often different events going on at Sea Life, especially during the school holidays, so make sure to check out what is going on before your visit.
When: 9.30am – 6.00pm (last entry 5pm)
Where: King Street, Melbourne
Age Group: All ages
Cost: Adult $33.60 (discounted price when booking online), Child (3-12, under 3 enter free) $22.40
More Info: Visit the Sea Life Melbourne Website.
Sesame Street Circus Spectacular by Silvers
Sesame Street fans get ready! For kids, the excitement starts as soon as you arrive. Once you enter the foyer you will find an interactive drawing table where kids can learn to draw their favourite Sesame Street characters. Kids will also be able to play in “Elmo’s World”, where they can bounce around in the ball pit! After the 90-minute show families can meet Big Bird and have your photo taken with him.
Image: Sesame Street Circus Website
When: Daily from 11am, until Sunday 13th October
Where: Burnley Oval, Richmond
Age Group: All ages
Cost: Tickets between $25 - $80. More expensive tickets include a special-edition gift and a private Meet & Greet with Elmo
More Info: Visit the Sesame Street Circus website.
CIY: Code It Yourself School Holiday Camps
CIY Camps offers children an opportunity to explore technology and discover just what their imaginations can do. At their school holiday camps, children will explore and be exposed to different technologies as they discover and apply different skills in Coding or 3D Design. They will learn communication and teamwork in a fun environment. What could be better!?
Image: Code It Yourself Website
Special offer for Melbourne Mums! Make a booking and get a 20% cash back refund! Once you have made a booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and state ‘Melbourne Mums Group’ in the subject. You will be provided with a 20% cash refund on the day of the camp.
When: 9.30am – 5.30pm on Tuesday 1st of October, Thursday 3rd of October & Friday 4th of October
Where: Marwal Centre in Balwyn North & Kew Primary School
Age Group: 8 & up
Cost: $132 for an 8-hour session
More Info: Visit the Code It Yourself website.
Kulin Dreaming on Australian Trail at Werribee Open Range Zoo
These school holidays, Aboriginal cultural activities will take over the Australian Trail at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Members of the local Kulin Nation will share their incredible stories through dance and didgeridoo performances, gumnut and emu feather necklace workshops, ochre face painting, clap stick decorating, river pebble symbol painting and much more!
Image: Werribee Open Range Zoo Website
Make a whole day of it and be sure to check out the Keeper Care Hub and the Bushland Explorers at Healesville Sanctuary too!
When: Daily from 10.30am – 3pm during the School Holidays
Where: Australian Trail at Werribee Open Range Zoo
Age Group: All ages
Cost: Free with Zoo entry. Kids under 16 visit free during school holidays. Adults $38
More Info: Visit the Werribee Open Range Zoo website.
Friends Catch-up at Bam Bam Italian in the Dandenong Ranges
Bam Bam Italian is family-friendly dining at its best. This modern, all-day restaurant in the Dandenong Ranges encapsulates the Italian spirit of 'prima la famiglia’ - family first. They serve up the freshest, seasonal Italian fare and welcome children of all ages to explore their undercover play space, decorated in hand drawn etchings, before and after a delicious meal.
Image: Bam Bam Italian Website
Be sure to check out Bam Bam Italian when needing to escape the house in wet-weather or catch-up with friends and family in a safe, indoor space for the kids.
When: Open daily, from 8am – 10pm
Where: 445 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Avonsleigh
Age Group: All ages
Cost: See the Kids Menu here. More Info: Visit the Bam Bam Italian website.
The Sleeping Beauty by the Australian National Youth Ballet
The world’s favourite fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, returns to Melbourne by popular demand after a 2018 sell out season! If you have a budding ballerina or Sleeping Beauty lover in your home, this is a not-to-be missed show. You can’t help but be swept up by the grandeur of and beauty of the Australian National Youth Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty.
Image: Australian National Youth Ballet
Be sure to catch Princess Aurora and Prince Desiree before they leave town!
When: Friday 4th of October at 6pm & Saturday 5th of October at 3pm
Where: The National Theatre, St Kilda
Age Group: 5 & up
Cost: Tickets range from $40 - $100
More Info: Purchase tickets via the Ticketek website.
Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival Pop Up Park at Fed Square
This vintage 19th century Belgian travelling circus tent will roll into Melbourne complete with a world-class line-up of adult and family shows along with fun rides, nostalgic amusements and carnival style treats for all ages. The Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival also includes a dedicated Spring School Holidays program which will be on offer featuring a family friendly circus, acrobatic, magic and adventure shows.
Image: Wonderland Spielgeltent Facebook Page
Be sure to check out the Baby Disco Dance Hall, A Mermaid’s Tale Circus and The Fairy Wonderland Show.
When: Daily from 10.30am – 3pm until October 20th
Where: Federation Square
Age Group: All ages
Cost: Visit the Wonderland Spiegeltent website for individual show info and pricing.
More Info: Visit the Wonderland Spiegeltent website.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre at Chadstone
If you have kids that love LEGO, then the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Melbourne is the perfect indoor playground to spend the day. Located at Chadstone Shopping Centre, LEGOLAND is the ultimate LEGO playground for kids and families.
Image: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Website
There are plenty of activities for younger children, such as the DUPLO Farm and soft play, and for the older ones there is the LEGO Racers, the underwater world, the creative workshops and more. LEGOLAND recommends a minimum of 2-3 hours for your visit, and re-entry is not allowed.
When: 9.30am – 5.00pm (Sun – Wed) 9.30am – 7.00pm (Thurs – Sat)
Where: Chadstone Shopping Centre. Level 2/1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone
Age Group: 3-10 years
Cost: Adults and Children $32.50. Children under 2 are free. Tickets are discounted when purchased online before attending
More Info: Visit the LEGOLAND website.
Lucas loves cars - Treat your transport loving kids these school holidays!
Is your child obsessed with cars, trucks and any type of transport? Lucas loves cars is the one-stop, online store for timeless, top quality transport inspired toys, puzzles, games and more! Lucas loves cars has a huge selection of toys to keep kids of all ages outside during the school holidays, plus plenty to keep them occupied inside. Plus, you can browse and order from the comfort of your own home and avoid fighting the crowds at the shops with the kids in tow!
Image: Lucas loves cars website.
Even if your child is not car obsessed, Lucas loves cars has a fantastic selection of toys, including animals, construction, dinosaurs and pirates, just to name a few. Their outdoor toys are guaranteed to keep the kids out of the house for hours during the school holidays!
Still looking for inspiration? The Melbourne City Council has a huge amount of FREE or low cost activities happening in libraries and parks right across Melbourne! From craft, story time, music, magic, science and sport, you can find out what is going on in a location close to you here.