With so many weeks to fill during the summer school holiday break it can feel a little overwhelming to find things to do. Particularly when the kids are off school for six weeks or even more.
Melbourne hosts a number of exciting events and activities during the warmer months, which means you don't need to look hard or go far to entertain the younger folk in your families.
Not sure where to start? Look no further. Here is an overview of what's on and when in Melbourne this summer.
A fun event with an option for every fitness level, and it's all for a good cause! Break out the PINK and get the your girls (and boys too) together for the Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink, Australia's only all-female triathlon series. Triathalon Pink is all about fun, friendship, and all things PINK - all while raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
There are a variety of distances, from a 100m swim in the MSAC pool, 3 km ride on closed roads and a 1km run or walk, right through to longer options of a 600m swim/18km ride/6km run. There truly is an event for all!
While the Fun Run is open to all members of the family, the main event is a women’s only event. Kids aged 7 to 13 years are invited to join in their own 100km/3km/1km and 50m/2km/500m triathalon.
Special offer for Melbourne Mums! Melbourne Mums Group readers can take advantage of a 10% discount on tickets! Simply enter code MelbMums at the checkout.
Where: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Albert Park
When: Sunday, 19th January 2020
What's not to love about Melbourne's much loved theme park in the East? There's the Wildlife Trail, Oz Adventure, Outback Explorers & Oasis Springs (complete with a new water park upgrade) to explore and enjoy at Gumbuya World.
Gumbuya World is the place to be on a hot summers day.
Where: Gumbuya World, 2705 Princes Hwy, Tynong
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND AT THE AUBURN HOTEL
Plenty of free, festive activities in the lead up to Christmas! Bring the family along to the Auburn Hotel this Christmas for an extra special weekend full of festive cheer and plenty of FREE activities for the kids! Each day from Saturday, 21st December to Christmas Eve, the beer garden will transform into a Christmas Wonderland where children can enjoy face painting, photos with Santa and even snow falling.
Mums and dads can enjoy pop-up food and cocktail carts while the kids write and send a letter before popping it in the Santa Mailbox. Santa will make appearances at 3pm-4pm and 5pm-6pm daily. Kids can enjoy Christmas crafts daily, plus don't miss the petting zoo on Sunday between 12:30 and 3:30pm! Children will delight in the falling snow at 1pm, 3pm and 6pm! You can also stick around and enjoy live entertainment from the Brass Band on Saturday evening, and Christmas Carollers .
When: Saturday, 21st December to Christmas Eve
Where: Auburn Hotel, 85 Auburn Hotel, Hawthorn East
Cost: All activities are FREE
More info: You can take a look at the full schedule of events here. Book at table here.
THINGS FOR KIDS ACTIVITY DIRECTORY
Do you find yourself struggling to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays? What if you could easily find activities suitable for their age and interests, without trawling the internet for hours?
Things For Kids is an activity directory that makes searching for school holiday activities easy, and far less time consuming for busy parents. Woo-hoo! All you need to do is enter your postcode and you're taken to an easy-to-use, interactive map showing all the activities in your area. If you feel like venturing a bit further out, you can easily find something new and different.
Parents can then filter according to day of the week, activity category, age range and postcode. You can even view quality photos of parks and playgrounds, meaning it couldn't be easier to find everything you need to keep your children happy, engaged and occupied while learning through play.
With more and more postcodes frequently added to the directory and a dedication to the user experience, Things For Kids provides the most up-to-date activities and information around.
So check it out these school holidays! Stop wasting time trawling the internet looking for things to do and take a look at Things For Kids.
GET WILD AT CROYDON CENTRAL
Get WILD at Croydon Central with FREE summer school holiday activities. This is a fantastic, budget-friendly opportunity to entertain the kids while you tackle your weekly grocery shop.
On Wednesday, 8th and Thursday, 9th January, children can enjoy fun and FREE wild themed face painting from 10am to 1pm.
On Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th January, children will be delighted with WILD balloon twisting from 10am-1pm! See the magic of turning balloons into their favourite animals!
These activities will provide parents and carers a chance to get the summer school holiday shopping done while the kids have some fun.
Wednesday, 8th January 10am-1pm
Thursday, 9th January 10am-1pm
Wednesday, 15th January 10am-1pm
Thursday, 16th January 10am-1pm
Where: Croydon Central, 5-15 Kent Avenue, Croydon
NGV KIDS SUMMER FESTIVAL
The National Gallery of Victoria will host the NGV Kids Summer Festival between the 11 - 19 January 2020. This year's free program follows the theme of Party Time featuring hip-hop workshops, dance parties and hands-on art-inspired activities hosted in the NGV Great Hall.
NGV Kids Summer Festival
Activites are held at the NGV International, St Kilda Road and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square.
Explore the unapologetically strange world of Mini Mega Model Museum at the Melbourne Museum this summer. From a giant wasp to a miniature Colosseum, find out why humans are fascinated with replicating real things.
With more than 300 objects on display, gander through the undersized, life-sized and oversized galleries and investigate incredible model specimens in the Zoomological Laboratory, drool over the deliciously real looking wax delicacies in the life-sized cafeteria and peek at the marvellous rooms of Pendle Hall - a fully furnished mini-mansion so intricate it took over 40 years to make.
Mini Mega Model Museum
There is a themed Mini Mega Model Workshop for kids happening in the summer school holidays between 27 December 2019 – 27 January 2020.
When: 7 December 2019 - 31 March 2020
MELBOURNE CABLE PARK
Why not visit one of Melbourne’s newest and most exciting outdoor attractions, the Melbourne Cable Park. Featuring the Aqua Fun Park, and Climb Melbourne - Australia’s brand-new urban high-rope adventure.
Science is in the air this summer with the arrival of Scienceworks' new Air Playground exhibition. Be blown away by epic air experiments in a 20-minute live show, then float over to a Bubble Mania show!
If you're really adventurous, you can bounce, push, squeeze and play with air on our giant inflatable sculpture (included with Air Playground tickets).
Air Playground opens on 14 December, and the associated fun family programs launch 28 December for school holidays.
National Geographic Exhibition: 'Planet or Plastic?' A new exhibition featuring more than 70 profound and inspiring images, videos and more that tell the story of the global crisis of marine plastics will open at Melbourne Zoo on Saturday 23 November 2019 running through until 1 March 2020.
Planet or Plastic exhibition at the Zoo
There will be themed performances and workshops to coincide with the exhibition over the summer school holidays.
Where: Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Ave, Parkville
WATER PLAY AT THE BOORAN RESERVE
There are a number of fun and free water play parks and playgrounds to enjoy this summer and one of those is the Booran Reserve in Glen Huntly.
The Booran Reserve caters to all. There is so much to see and do, in a relatively moderate space that you could spend hours here, if not the entire day really. And best of all? It’s FREE!
Where: Corner Booran & Glenhuntly Road, Glen Huntly
So there you have it. Our top tips of things to do and places to go in Melbourne this summer. Did we miss your favourite summer hot spot? If so, get in touch so we can add to our list.