School holiday activities in Melbourne for September 2021

Our top picks for things to do during the school holidays in Melbourne.

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If you're stuck on how you're going to keep the little ones entertained in Melbourne, we've got you covered with this guide that will give you major inspiration for the school holiday break.

Indoor activities in Melbourne for the school holidays

Learn animation and game design

During the September school holidays, learn to create animated stories or fun games with these 5-day virtual camps. With live 1-on-1 support, your child will have a ball while learning brand new skills and a fun project to show off to their friends.

Create Captivating Stories At Animation Camp
Create Captivating Stories At Animation Camp


Have fun learning a new creative skill

Let their creativity loose with these fun online classes from ClassBento. From learning live theatre skills, the process of comics creation or how to perform circus tricks, there's something for every child.

Learn business and leadership skills

Start the new term after the school holidays with a new understanding of business concepts or learn to be a more confident public speaker.

Host an online paint party

Get together with your friends virtually these school holidays. A teacher will guide you all through the process of painting with the supplies shipped to each person. The best part - you only have to clean up after your own child.

Dreamtime Stories and Painting for Kids
Dreamtime Stories and Painting for Kids


Private Paint Party for Kids (5+ Years)
Private Paint Party for Kids (5+ Years)


Get tinkering with robotics

Do you have a child obsessed with power tools and tech? They'll love one of these robotics courses learning about electrical concepts like circuits, wiring and resistors.

Learn to hula hoop together

Feel the thrill of the hula hoops spinning about you and learn new tricks with these lessons. Your kids can learn on their own or you could join in the fun and hula hoop together as a family.

Kids storybook reading and 40-minute hula hoop lesson
Kids storybook reading and 40-minute hula hoop lesson


Try learning about code

An internet connection and device is all you need to pack to send your child off to virtual code camp these school holidays. They'll spend the week learning basic coding skills, and javascript with the Code Camp companion app guiding them along the way.

Learn to code with Python

Take your child's coding skills to another level by learning one of the most widely-used languages in development Python. From introductory classes to full virtual camps there's something to cater to every need these school holidays.

Learn to code with Minecraft

Need to keep your little Minecrafter busy during the school holidays? Or maybe you want to make sure those hours spent playing Minecraft are productive. Set them up on one of these fun Minecraft virtual camps from STEMLOOK where they'll learn basic coding practices using their favourite game.

Exercise their brains

It's important for learning and development to keep your child's mind sharp. Consider balancing physical activities during the school holidays with some that focus on engaging critical thinking or mindfulness.

Upgrade your home into an entertainment centre

If leaving the house is made to be a mission, from weather to lockdowns, fear not these school holidays. Take a pick from getting creative in the kitchen with some bath bombs to virtually connecting with an animal expert to learn all things critters, mammals and reptiles.

Online Private Animal Experience for Kids
Online Private Animal Experience for Kids


Get creative in the kitchen

Roll up your sleeves for a cooking session during the school holidays. Kids love hands-on activities and learning how to cook is a great skill to pick up. Purchasing a children's baking kit is a good place to start if your little ones are cooking for the first time. If your kids have had some cooking experience, there are plenty of kids cookbooks available so your mini chefs can take the reins in the kitchen.

Asian Cooking Course for Kids and Teens
Asian Cooking Course for Kids and Teens


Turn your living room into an art studio

Let your child's creativity run wild with an online art class. A pre-recorded video will be sent your way, along with a materials list so your child can release their inner Picasso in no time.

Set up puzzles and board games

There are plenty of fun puzzles and board games to keep your children entertained and their minds active while spending time indoors these school holidays. Not only will it pass time, they'll feel a sense of accomplishment when completing a puzzle or winning a board game.

Let their minds wander

Take them to another world without having to leave the house by investing in some books. With thousands of genres and stories to choose from, there's something for kids of all ages.

Buy a book from Book Depository
Buy a book from Book Depository

The Book Depository

Snuggle in with a movie or two

After a long day of activities and adventures, get the popcorn and snacks ready for a movie (or TV show) marathon. With enough options to last a lifetime, the hardest choice to make is what to watch first.

Have fun in the backyard

You don't have to go far for lots of fun. Get all of their energy out with some good old fashioned backyard games. Not only will they be entertained for hours, but it will get them up and moving.

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When are the school holidays in Melbourne 2021-2022?

Term 1 school holidays2 April - 18 April 2021
Term 2 school holidays26 June - 11 July 2021
Term 3 school holidays18 September - 3 October 2021
Term 4 school holidays18 December - 30 January 2021/22

Free school holiday activities in Melbourne

  • Head to Riverslide Skate Park for a day of skating or BMX bike riding.
  • Make your way to St Kilda at sunset to see the St Kilda Penguins.
  • Take a hike in one of Victoria's many national parks.
  • Have a picnic in the backyard.
  • Spend the day exploring the Fitzroy Gardens.
  • Get your walking shoes ready and tackle the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk.
  • Check out the food stalls at the Queen Victoria Market.
  • Go for a bike ride along the Yarra River.
  • Visit the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • Explore the National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Take a road trip down the Great Ocean Road.
  • Visit the RAAF Museum.
  • Make an indoor obstacle course.
  • Learn origami.
  • Go stargazing in your backyard.
  • Write a story.
  • Draw a picture.
  • Read a book.

Need more ideas? Check out our 50 free activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays.

Frequently asked questions about Melbourne school holidays

What should I keep in mind with COVID-19 when going out during the school holidays?

When planning your family's school holiday activities, remember to maintain good hygiene and social distancing. If you're planning to visit an attraction in an enclosed space, it's best to book in advance so you don't miss out. Also, make sure you are up to date with any other COVID restrictions.

Are all attractions in Melbourne open?

Favourites including Melbourne Zoo, SEA LIFE Melbourne and Legoland Discovery Centre, among others, may be open during the school holidays.

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