26 school holidays activities in Melbourne 2017

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.

Term 1 school holidays1 April until 17 April
Term 2 school holidays1 July until 16 July
Term 3 school holidays23 September until 8 October
Term 4 school holidays23 December until 23 January

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 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
  • Price is per person
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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
    • Price is per person
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    School holiday events in Melbourne

    • In a world first, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl is being converted into a full-scale replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Performances will take the stage with general admission standing tickets starting from $20. 14 September - 12 November 2017. Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
    • The arts takes over the city with the Melbourne Fringe Festival in town. Expect over 400 exhibitions, performances and events throughout the city. 14 September - 1 October 2017. Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall.
    • The magic of DreamWorks comes alive at Watergarden town centre as it hosts the Lights By DreamWorks - The Experience event. Expect character appearances by Shrek and Po the Kung Fu Panda as well as large-scale lantern installations. 23 September - 8 October, Watergarden town centre
    • Spend a day at the annual Royal Melbourne Show. Yup, it's back and filled with entertainment, rides, showbags and outback activities. 23 September - 3 October 2017. Melbourne Showgrounds.
    • Browse the wares and food offerings and delight in the lights and performances at the Winter Night Market. It's winding down now so it's your last chance to catch it! Ends 4 October. Queen Victoria Mark.

    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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