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35 summer school holidays activities in Melbourne 2018

How to fill their holiday calendar with fun and entertainment.

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

This way they can't complain that they're "bored" and you'll hopefully get a little time to yourself over Christmas, too.


Activities to book for the summer holidays in Melbourne

Ramsay Street tour

Ramsay Street tour from Groupon

See the street made famous by one of Australia’s most iconic TV shows and get a chance to meet Neighbours actor (past or present).

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Melbourne, VIC
  • Price per person
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$55

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Melbourne City pedal kayak tour

Melbourne City pedal kayak tour from RedBalloon

See Melbourne in a different way with this 2-hour pedal kayak tour around Yarra River.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Melbourne, VIC
  • Price per person
From AUD

$99

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Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour

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
From AUD

$125

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Mornington Peninsula Coastal adventure

Mornington Peninsula Coastal adventure from Viator

Go on a day tour to Mornington Peninsula by hiking, biking and kayaking.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Melbourne, VIC
  • Price per person
From AUD

$130

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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
  • Price per person
From AUD

$119

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Tall Ship cruise

Tall Ship cruise from RedBalloon

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

  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Location: Williamstown, VIC
  • Price per person
From AUD

$20

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Redgums on PS Emmylou - Lunch Cruise Package

Redgums on PS Emmylou - Lunch Cruise Package from finder.com.au

Murray River Paddlesteamers

Highlights:
  • 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
From AUD

$75

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Old Melbourne Ghost Tour

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Lantern Ghost Tours

Highlights:
  • Venture down Melbourne's laneways and alleys by night
  • Learn about Melbourne's ghostly history
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$36

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Aqua Doughnut Docklands

Aqua Doughnut Docklands from finder.com.au

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Docklands, Victoria
From AUD

$240

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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium entry

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium entry from RedBalloon

Explore Melbourne Aquarium and visit four amazing worlds, Antarctica, Weird and Wonderful, River to Reef and Sharks Alive.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Price per person
From AUD

$38

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Family bowling

Family bowling from RedBalloon

Have fun and spend time with family with this bowling for four people with pizza, chips and a selection of drinks.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Melbourne, CBD
  • Price is for four people
From AUD

$100

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Flying Trapeze workshop

Flying Trapeze workshop from RedBalloon

Fly through the air at the headquarters of a world renowned circus company and experience the challenge of aerial acrobatics.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Melbourne, CBD
  • Price per person
From AUD

$95

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Escape room experience

Escape room experience from RedBalloon

Crack puzzles, be like detectives, solve the crime and beat the clock with this interactive escape room experience.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Melbourne, CBD
  • Price is for three people
From AUD

$114

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Legoland Discovery Centre entry

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
  • Price per person
From AUD

$32.50

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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
From AUD

$30

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Eureka Skydeck and the Edge Experience

Eureka Skydeck and the Edge Experience from RedBalloon

Includes admission to the Eureka Skydeck and Edge Experience.

  • Location: Southbank, VIC
  • Price per person
From AUD

$32 (adult)

$19.50 (child)

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Indoor go karting session

Indoor go karting session from Groupon

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

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Location: 234 Western Highway, Braybrook, VIC
  • Price per person
From AUD

$32

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Chocolate Lovers Tour

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Chocoholic Tours

Highlights:
  • 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
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$99

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5 popular kid-friendly activities in Melbourne

  1. See an AFL game or cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. If neither is available, you can always take a tour of the grounds instead.
  2. Take a drive down the Great Ocean Road.
  3. Meet cuddly koalas and kangaroos during a visit to Melbourne Zoo.
  4. Have a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
  5. Check out tropical fish and local sea creatures at the Melbourne SEA LIFE Aquarium. Over the Christmas 2018 holidays the aquarium is having a special Smallfoot experience to celebrate the release of the movie. This includes meet and greets with the film's characters, games, photo-opps and drawing stations.

6 Christmas school holiday events in Melbourne

  1. Christmas events. Spend Christmas in the city with its myriad of activities and experiences including light projections, openair Christmas parties, Christmas windows and carols. Until 25 December. Various locations.
  2. Catch a play by the Australian Shakespeare Company. These school holidays Alice in Wonderland is being performed at Rippon Lea House and Gardens. 3-27 January 2019.
  3. Tuck in for a movie night at Barefoot Cinema. When summer rolls in so do all the outdoor cinemas and one of the best is Barefoot Cinema. Launching Boxing Day it plays at Portsea, Mount Martha and Rippon Lea Estate and features a mammoth 35 movies across 44 screenings this season. 26 December -2018 - 27 January 2019, various locations.
  4. Drool over the masterfully created Gingerbread Village by Epicure. Now in its 7th year its 560 kilograms of gingerbread goodness. 1-24 December. Melbourne Town Hall
  5. Australian Open Tennis. Australia's grand slam event rolls around in Melbourne every summer with the big hitters taking centre court. 14-27 January, Melbourne Park
  6. Sign up to the Junior Rangers program. Every school holiday the Junior Rangers program comes alive with make and do activities to get the kids out and about. This includes adventure trails, pirate days and historical hunts. Suitable for ages 6-12 years old.

6 free school holiday activities in Melbourne

  1. Climb to the top of the rock climbing wall at Harbour Town during school holidays.
  2. Join a kids craft workshop at the Dandenong Markets on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  3. Play around at the interactive displays at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Spot flying foxes at Yarra Bend Park. The park has a dedicated Flying-fox walk from Bellbird Picnic Area which is signposted to help them learn and spot the creatures.

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