What's on in Melbourne these school holidays

Published: 19th September 2017

The weathers warming up, schools out of session, and before you know it, you've got a couple of restless kids on your hands. However, there's no need to fret - we've found the best children's activities that will keep your young ones well occupied all through the holidays.

Outdoor Activities

Spring has sprung - now that you don't need three layers of clothes to leave the house, here are some activities that will give your children plenty of reasons to go out and stretch their legs:

Abseiling, $120

Calling all thrill seekers - we’ve got the perfect way for you to spend an afternoon. This introductory class to abseiling is especially designed to benefit children with little or no experience, and will ensure that they’re prepped and ready to confidently abseil down the side of a 7-story building!?
This activity is recommended for children 7-18 years of age.

V8 Hot Lap Ride, $99

Have a need for speed? Here's your chance to ride shotgun with a qualified rally professional. Sure to get even the biggest adrenaline junkie's heart racing, your child will experience speeding through three incredible laps at top speed in a championship race car.
Best suited for children aged 10-18 years of age.

Indoor Activities

With Melbourne’s temperamental weather, a day out in the sun is not always feasible. However, that doesn't mean that your children will have to spend the day in front of the telly.
Check out some of our favourite indoor activities:

Legoland, $32.50

The ideal place to explore a world of innovation, Australia’s first Legoland promises to foster creativity through play for children. From building your own Lego vehicles at the Build & Test zone, to rescuing a princess on the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, there's bound to be something for everyone!

SEA LIFE Behind-the-scenes Tour

Let your little ones feel like VIPs for the day with a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Melbourne’s most loved attractions. This unforgettable experience will allow you to have an exclusive peek at the aquarium’s food preparation area, vet lab and dive zone. Kids will also have the chance to get up close and personal with the resident family of stingrays.

Holiday Camps

Holiday camps are the perfect way for kids to completely immerse themselves and develop their skills to their full potential. It’s also a great opportunity for them to interact in a completely new and exciting environment. Here are our top picks:

Circus Bootcamp, $75

Does your child hold the title of being the class clown? Well why not give them the chance to fully embrace their silly side! At this 1-day circus bootcamp, children will learn a variety of skills ranging from juggling to walking on stilts— all under the supervision of highly experienced coaches.?
Suitable for ages 8-13.

Introduction to Game Programming, $350

This three-day camp will introduce your child to the wonderful world of video game programming. Guided by industry professionals, they will have an unforgettable experience designing a game from scratch— from choosing the game-play mechanics to creating spectacular visual effects, children will learn practical skills that will be sure to benefit them in the future.?
This camp is best suited for children aged 14-18 years of age.

Free Activities

After some activities that won’t burn a hole in your wallet? We’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve listed some activities that won’t cost you a dime:


Get your craft on at the North Melbourne Library over the school holidays. Here, children will be encourage to recycle old books, paper and cardboard, and turn them into incredible works of art!
This event is free and takes place on 5 October 2017, from 2.30pm-4.30pm. No bookings are required.

Royal Melbourne Show

The Royal Melbourne Show returns for yet another year; this time with an even more jam-packed schedule! With more than 200 entertainment options spread across 11 days, event-goers will definitely be spoilt for choice.
Tickets are free for children aged 4 and under, and start from $20 for children aged 5 and over.

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