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Melbourne School Holiday Guide - Winter 2020

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Your solution to what to get up to these school holidays

We know that these school holidays are going to be a huge challenge for everyone. With social distancing in place, many venues still closed and the majority of group activities off the cards, we have to get really creative with ways to keep the kids entertained these school holidays.

Please know we are a village here at Melbourne Mums, and we will get through this together.

Here are some ideas that we have come up with that include online activities, and activities that you can do at home both indoors and in your backyard and local park.

If you have any to add and share, please let us know so we can keep on updating. The more ideas we have, the better!

School Holiday Camps and Workshops - Face to Face and online

Speaking Schools Australasia Online Workshops - 6th to 17th July, hosted by Speaking Schools Australasia

MSO Live: Kids Marathon - Saturday, 27th June from 10am-1pm, hosted by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Online art competition for children - Sunday, 12th July, hosted by the Joy Ave Studio

Team Kids Winter Holiday Program - throughout the school holidays, locations throughout Melbourne

Melbourne Potion Making Workshop - Thursday, 2nd July and Thursday, 9th July, Collingwood

Free tennis workshops on Thursday, 9th and Friday 10th July at Pro Touch Tennis Academy, East Croydon Kilsyth Tennis Club

Family Excursions

The below places are open, or will be open in time for the school holidays! Always remember to check the website before you go, as many places now require online bookings beforehand.

For more information on visiting parks, playgrounds and picnic spots, see here

Dining out with Kids

Restaurants and cafes are currently subject to restricted numbers. See here for the latest information about which venues are currently open.

Educational Websites for Online Learning

Even if school is out, there is still some really fun resources to keep the learning going at home. Here are some awesome educations websites for all ages that are also fun and engaging.

Reading Eggs - Where children learn to read and free sample lessons available

ABC Mathseeds - Where children learn Math and a free trial is available

National Geographic Kids - Where kids learn Geography, History, Art and Culture

Fizzics Education - Live Science Classes

Code Club Australia - Step by steps to create animations, games and websites

Kids Scholastic - Read and discuss your adventures with friends

Guardian Early Learning Exchange has a heap of resources for the youngest members of the family

Kids Club Early Learning Centre online resources has all you need to keep preschoolers entertained

ABC Quest App - teaches children the alphabet through games and stories

Ideas for at home indoor activities

Cut up a magazine and do collages
Puzzles. Crocodile Creek make awesome and very durable puzzles.
Playdough. Make your own or just buy some at the supermarket.
Create your own story by drawing pictures and you write the words for the younger kids
Lego Bath - fill a bath with Duplo and go crazy
Make a movie on an IPhone using IMovie
Play party games - what's the time mr wolf, pass the parcel using toys at home, musical chairs around the table, pin the tail on the donkey
Disco dance party with prizes for the winner
Bake pizza scrolls, banana bread or other nutritious and delicious snacks
Set up a zoo with stuffed animals and go on a safari
Stickers! Draw a picture and let your kid cover it with stickers
Cosmic Kids Yoga. An app for kids to practice yoga and mindfulness. It's brilliant. Find it here.

Keep 'busy boxes' which is boxes of different activities that you only get out at set times. If they are not available to your kids all the time, it is like a new toy each time you get the box out. Have a box for craft, painting, lego, cars, farm animals, play dough and play cooking.

Ideas for outdoor activities at home or at the park

Egg and spoon or three legged races
Keepy Uppy with balloons
Go 'camping' in a tent. Invite stuffed animals along
Scavenger Hunt - write a list and find everything including rocks, leaves, sticks, flowers etc.
Tonka trucks and diggers and car in the dirt and grass
Painting. Lay down tarp or a splash mat on the grass and let your kids go nuts on some butchers paper. Use potatoes, leaves and sponges for different painting brushes
Fill pots and pans with water and detergent and 'wash' toys
Get some sand and plastic dinosaurs or animals and bury things to 'dig up'.
Set up baskets to throw balls into
Create a herb or flower garden. Even a fairy garden with plastic plants if you are not a green thumb
Wash the car
Outside movie on picnic rugs. Combining screen time with Vitamin D time!

You can also create 'Invitations to Play'. Younger kids aren't all great at figuring out what to play with. So by setting them up with a game, e.g. a 'shop' with fake groceries and a cash register, you can start the game with them and then see if they will keep playing alone. Set it up the night before so it is exciting to wake up to the next morning

If you are looking for even more ideas, Busy Toddler has some brilliant ones!

Bike Rides

Exploring in the fresh open air on a bike has never been more inviting! Grab your helmets and head to one of these top cycling spots in Melbourne.

We hope you found some inspiration in this guide. Please let us know if you know of any local small group activities that are happening so we can share.

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