29 school holidays activities in Melbourne 2018

Keep your little ones entertained with these school holidays activities in Melbourne.

Need to fill the Easter school holidays with activities your kids won't find boring?

We've got a whole host of child-friendly ideas for every kind of youngster, from animal lovers and chocoholics to adventurers and thrill seekers.

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Rain or shine kids can experience go karting in Melbourne’s largest indoor karting centre.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Location: 234 Western Highway, Braybrook, VIC
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour

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A unique wildlife experience at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park perfect for the whole family.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Phillip Island VIC
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Ultimate Sports Lovers tour

Ultimate Sports Lovers tour from RedBalloon

Tour around Flemington Racecourse and have lunch overlooking Etihad Stadium.

  • Duration: Half-day
  • Location: Melbourne
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Eureka Skydeck and the Edge Experience

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Includes admission to the Eureka Skydeck and Edge Experience.

  • Location: Southbank, VIC
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Parent and child cooking class

Parent and child cooking class from RedBalloon

Includes all utensils and ingredient plus take home the baked treat you've baked.

  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Location: Glen Iris, Melbourne
  • Price is for two people
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Legoland Discovery Centre entry

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Explore Legoland Discovery Centre with 11 attractions and rides perfect for the whole family.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Chadstone, VIC
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Tall Ship cruise

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Board on a nineteenth century sailing ship and experience how it feels like.

  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Location: Williamstown, VIC
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Redgums on PS Emmylou - Lunch Cruise Package

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Murray River Paddlesteamers

  • Take a 1.5-hour cruise on a paddle steamer down the Murray River, about 2.5 hours north of Melbourne
  • Learn to steer the boat with the skipper and see wildlife along the riverbanks
  • Price is per person and includes a 2-course lunch
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Old Melbourne Ghost Tour

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Lantern Ghost Tours

  • Venture down Melbourne's laneways and alleys by night
  • Learn about Melbourne's ghostly history
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Medieval Zone Escape Room

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  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria
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    Aqua Doughnut Docklands

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    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Location: Docklands, Victoria
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    Chocolate Lovers Tour

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    Chocoholic Tours

    • Visit some of Melbourne's best chocolate shops with a guide
    • Includes afternoon tea plus eight chocolate tastings, wine tasting, chocolate map of everywhere you'll visit, a tasting bag to fill along the tour,and a bottle of water
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    7 spring school holiday events in Melbourne

    1. AFL Grand Final. Bound to stop the nation, plug in for a night at home in front of the telly or hit the local pub for some family fun over one of the biggest sports events of the year. 29 September
    2. Melbourne Fringe Festival. The annual Fringe Festival returns for a fortnight featuring 400+ performances from music and dance to comedy and theatre. 13-30 September
    3. Tesselaar Tulip Festival. The spring holidays wouldn't be complete without a visit to catch the first blooms of the season at the Tulip Festival. For kids there's live entertainment, tractor rides and the chance to run through seemingly endless rows of flowers. 15 September - 14 October.
    4. Royal Melbourne Show. Displays of farming feats mix with amusement rides at the Royal Melbourne Show. It's a must for every family. 22 September - 2 October.
    5. Drive & Seek Cinema. Combine road trip with cinematic entertainment at Ford's unique take on the drive-in cinema. Held in regional Victoria, just 90-minutes from the CBD, it's a 3-day event that features Disney flicks Moana, The Lion King and Up. Tickets are available online which gets you a car spot and free popcorn. 21-23 September
    6. Hawker 88 Night Market. The Queen Vic's famous night market is back featuring culinary delights from all across the Asian continent. Tantalise their tastebuds and introduce them to new cultures and their cuisines. 19 September - 24 October
    7. Cherry Blossom Festival. If you can't catch the Japanese cherry blossoms in their home country these are the next best thing. When in season, Cherry Hill opens its gates to visitors to gaze on their beauty. On top of the blooms, the farm is serving up cherry flavoured foods, including cherry ice cream. Yum! 26-30 September

    5 free school holiday activities Melbourne

    • Climb to the top of the rock climbing wall at Harbour Town during school holidays.
    • Join a kids craft workshop at the Dandenong Markets on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
    • Play around at the interactive displays at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
    • Browse the stalls at the historic Queen Victoria Market and learn how to create food and art as part of the market's school holidays program.
    • Get creative at one of the city's libraries. Each offers various events such as crafting classes and hip hop dance video productions particularly over the school break.

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