29 school holidays activities in Melbourne 2018

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

Need to fill almost six weeks’ worth of 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.

5 iconic Melbourne things to do with kids

  • See an AFL game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • View Melbourne from 88 storeys above the ground at the Eureka Skydeck
  • Meet cuddly koalas and kangaroos during a visit to Melbourne Zoo
  • Have a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
  • Check out tropical fish and local sea creatures at the Melbourne SEA LIFE Aquarium

11 ways to keep your kids busy during school holidays in Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour from RedBalloon

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

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Phillip Island VIC
  • Price per person
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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 from RedBalloon

Includes admission to the Eureka Skydeck and Edge Experience.

  • Location: Southbank, VIC
  • Price per person
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$32 (adult)

$19.50 (child)

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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 from RedBalloon

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 from RedBalloon

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 from

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 from

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 from

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

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

    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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    8 school holiday events in Melbourne

    • Christmas Festival. Being the December holidays you can't avoid everything Christmas and one of the biggest events taking over the city if the Christmas festival. Expect tree lighting, Christmas window displays, ice skating, night markets and more. 24 November - 25 December, Melbourne CBD
    • The Night Market. Now in its 20th year, the night market is celebrating with a whopping 21-week season. Get in, browse market stalls and have a ball. 15 November - 11 April. Queen Victoria Markets
    • Australia Day pool party. Beat the heat on Australia day and jump into one of the biggest pool parties the city has ever seen. 25 January, North Melbourne Recreation Centre
    • Regurgitator kids show. The punk rockers are performing a fun and quirky gig for the little ones in the lead up to their upcoming kids punk record. 20 January, Melbourne Recital Centre
    • Escape the gaol. They'll need their wits and smarts about them to discover the clues and make their escape at this fun-filled event. 26 December - 26 January, Old Melbourne Gaol.
    • Christmas LED lightshow spectacular. Take a trip to the city to catch the Christmas lights, including the LED display on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. 13 November - 24 December, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.
    • Gingerbread Village. Marvel at the Gingerbread Village built entirely of, yes, gingerbread. 1-24 December, Melbourne Town Hall.
    • Carols in the Garden at Watergardens Town Centre. Jingle bells will be ringing and Christmas carollers will be singing at Watergardens from 5-9pm. Stick around for the grand finale to cap the night off with a fireworks spectacular. 5-9pm on 15 December, Watergardens Town Centre.

    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' libraries. Each offers various events such as crafting classes and hip hop dance video productions. Various dates.

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