If you are a Melbournian or a visitor to the city during the summer school holidays you might be looking for some inspiration of school holiday activities Melbourne. We have found 50 of the best places to go and check out with the kids over the January holidays.

  1. Catch a movie under the stars at one of the many outdoor cinema events happening over the Summer season.
  2. Keep cool these summer holidays with plenty of water events and activities happening in Melbourne.
  3. Last chance to catch Wallace & Gromit and Friends exhibition at ACMI.Journey into the magical world of Aardman, the acclaimed studio behind Wallace & Gromit.
  4. Kids’ classics, animated masterpieces and insightful documentaries from home and across the globe are screened at ACMI this January.
  5. Explore a world of colour and light inside a giant, blow-up labyrinth of winding tunnels and soaring-high domes at ARBORIA at Federation Square.
  6. Bring the kids along to Queen Vic Market and unleash their creative spirit at the free art space for kids these holidays!
  7. Learn to dance like Taylor Swift, paint like Monet, fence with light sabres or learn the art of TUTU making at the Gasworks school holiday program.
  8. Catch a screening of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at ACMI to celebrate its 40th birthday this year.
  9. Head to the State Library of Victoria where you can get creative with one of their many school holiday workshops including; The Paper Market, Dungeon Time, Make your Own recipe Book , Story Camp and a Writing & illustrating with Lorin Clarke & Mitch Vane.
  10. Artplay is the perfect place to visit these holidays if you are looking for creativity. Have fun with LEGO in Brickventures, create your own marvellous mismatched creatures in Polymonsters or join the New Ideas Lab experiment and dive into an immersive, sensory experience filled with ice and water.
  11. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and, of course, Mr Toad, as they return to the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne this summer, bringing to life Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story The Wind in the Willows.
  12. Join LEGO fans from across Australia at Brickvention 2018 where you can view a huge collection of LEGO models including trains, castles, pirates, Star Wars™, space ships, planes, buildings, sculptures and much more.
  13. Children and grown-ups are invited to unleash your imagination and creativity through play while being inspired to develop a sense of connection and belonging to the natural world at the Royal Botanic Gardens these school holidays.
  14. Families are invited to go on a journey together, to take time to slow down and notice, play and share, as they explore the Gardens and contribute to an enormous collection of precious tiny things, nestled within the National Herbarium of Victoria.
  15. Melbourne Recital Centre is the best place to discover music, play instruments and make some noise in the summer school holidays. Join in the fun at a big concert with Australian rockers Regurgitator, explore a magical underwater world in Sea Sounds, compose your very own score with Inventi Ensemble, dance up a song-storm with the Teeny Tiny Stevies, design your own instrument and join the Junk Orchestra, or simply enjoy the free foyer fun!
  16. Become the art director of a portrait of your parent in ‘I See You Like This’, an interactive art workshop for children at the Arts Centre Melbourne.
  17. Join Fairy Petunia on the 17th January at South Melbourne Market for bubbles, songs, stories, games and more.
  18. Get back to nature with Eco Explorers who are offering a range of fun, nature based workshops from play and nature craft to bush cubby building.
  19. Discover the secrets of Victoria’s national parks and reserves at the Junior Ranger workshops. Become a Wildlife Detective by learning the secrets of the bush or discover a bigs world or even super sleuth with rangers and identify bones, fur and even poo of animals of the wild.
  20. Join in the fun as Lewis Carroll’s classic story, Alice in Wonderland, is coming to life in the beautiful surrounds of Rippon Lea House and Gardens this Summer holidays, and all the crazy characters will be there.
  21. Dress up and take a step back in time at Como during the summer school holidays. Kids will try their hand at old world dancing in the majestic ballroom, make a wooden peg doll or butler, hear stories of Como children, and experience what it would be like as a servant to race drinks to the mistress, and enjoy a day of great memory making.
  22. Kids are invited to participate in Escape the Gaol, an immersive and educational activity aimed at ages six and up at the Old Melbourne Gaol. Become inmates and follow the clues to create the perfect escape plan, without being discovered by the prison guards.
  23. Hear about some heroes, talk about some heroes and learn how to create a comic strip about your very own hero at the Melbourne Museum’s Comics and Superheroes workshop.
  24. Book your 100 Story Holidays workshop! Journey down the trapdoor to script radio plays, pen spy thrillers, build dioramas to secret rooms and create choose-your-own-adventure capers.
  25. Head to Scienceworks these holidays for a fabulous summer school holiday program, including Superhero Science activities and a special Amphitheatre show Boom! Bap! How?
  26. Don’t miss Steve Backshall and some of Australias deadliest wildlife on stage this summer at Deadly 60 Down Under at the Arts Centre Melbourne for two shows only.
  27. Hop, skip and jump through the summer holidays with fun and games at the Immigration Museum. Get back to basics and bring along your friends and family to play indoor and outdoor games from yesteryear and today.
  28. Spend the afternoon improving your drawing skills as local artists lead drawing sessions each Sunday in January at the NGV International. Suitable for all ages
  29. The Langham Melbourne always delivers on a fabulous kids themed high tea every school holidays. These holidays you can dine on Gold Coin Cupcakes, Toad mushroom macaron, Mystery Block lamington, Princess Peach muffin, Power Moon cookie and many more delicacies at the Super Mario High Tea this January.
  30. Get hands on at Heide these holidays with some fun creative workshops including; Rock Your Smock, Mini Architect: Mini Designs, and Punk Puppetry.
  31. Book a Kew Traffic School session for your little one these holidays. The sessions operate as play and ride sessions, and children must bring their own bicycle or scooter and helmets.
  32. Planet Sport at MSAC is the ultimate school holiday program for your active 5-12 year old! The program includes the use of all of MSAC’s amazing sports, aquatic and recreational facilities, including swimming and stadium sports.
  33. To celebrate the opening of Carnivores’ Trail, Melbourne Zoo is hosting loads of fun and activities for the whole family these school holidays.
  34. The NSM’s funniest exhibition, Drawing a Laugh, takes a look at the lighter side of sport with an entertaining collection of sport cartoons.  Visitors will be able to sharpen their wit and their pencils in cartoon drawing sessions with renowned Australian cartoonists.
  35. Test your skating skills with come and try Winter Olympic games on the ice each day at O’Brien Group Arena. And take some time out in our craft zone, you can be cool and relaxed all summer long. And these activities are all included in the one unlimited skating ticket price for FREE.
  36. The Little Bookroom invites budding authors to a writing workshop on Saturday 20th January with Mick Elliott, author of The Turners.
  37.  Sand Sculpting Australia presents their much anticipated exhibition Aladdin and the Arabian Tales at the Frankston Waterfront. This exhibition will transport you back in time to explore the ancient and ever-so-magical stories of the 1001 Arabian Nights, made completely from sand!
  38. Dr Chris and Dr Xand, the stars of hit ABC Me children’s television series Operation Ouch!, are back in Australia with a brand new show! Head to the Plenary on the 23rd January and the GPAC on the 25th Jan to catch these hilarious brothers in action.
  39. Catch a wonderful performance of ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ at Frankston, Melbourne, Moonee Ponds and Ringwood this January. Rosen’s classic, award-winning book comes to life vividly and noisily in a hugely innovative, fun-filled stage adaptation direct from London’s West End and sell-out seasons in Melbourne and at the Sydney Opera House
  40. Join Visit California at Queensbridge Square this January!
    Bring the kids and get creative with Australia’s first ever digital colouring wall which will be displayed on a huge screen.
  41. These January Holidays, kids will be introduced to the art of patisserie at the Sheraton Melbourne in the Kids Can Cook holiday workshop. As kids decorate the cupcakes, the parents will enjoy afternoon tea.
  42. Children are invited to the Shrine of Remembrance these holidays for a special school holiday program. To celebrate the launch of two new initiatives for children at the Shrine, find out what makes the Shrine such a special place for everyone in our community.
  43. Imagine living on the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s! Put yourself in the picture and find out what life would have been like for people during the 1850s and think of what you would do at the Old Treasury Building these school holidays.
  44. Find out all about the universe at the Planetarium during the January School Holidays.
  45.  Maggie was excited to receive a goat from her big brother James (Captain Cook). He told her that the goat had sailed the world with him, but now Maggie can’t find her. Follow the clues with Maggie and help find her goat at Cooks Cottage these school holidays.
  46. Every day over summer from 10am to 3pm the Visitor Engagement team at Werribee Open Range Zoo will be out and about the walking trails.  There could be puppets or face painting, and you might even find out how the Guinea Fowl got its spots.
  47. Join Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies at the Athenaeum Theatre 2 as they go on an exciting interactive adventure full of activities, acrobatics, and charm.
  48. Inspired by the successful journey where Melbourne Museum scientists embarked on a world-first research voyage to uncover the mysterious life that inhabits the abyss off eastern Australia, Patrol the Abyss – On the RV Investigator has been launched, a pop-up art-meets-science workshop happening at the Melbourne Museum these summer school holidays.
  49. These school holidays The District Docklands is hosting an abundance of FREE children’s activities including an animal farm petting zoo, treasure hunts, DJ’s, immersive workshops and live shows by all the favourites including the famous Peppa Pig.
  50. Kids are invited tothe Legoland Discovery Centre, where Jedi, Droids and Storm Troopers can experience galactic fun at the LEGO® STAR WARS™ DAYS these School Holidays!