The Melbourne School Holidays are here and what a fabulous time of year to get out and about during the spring holiday period. We have found some great events and activities to take the kids this September/October.

Get Active!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Queen Victoria Market will be celebrating Grand Final week with a program of footy activities that are sure to please young and old!
  • Learn to Dance like Bruno Mars or enjoy an action-packed hour of fencing fun and learn a great new sport with swords or light sabres at the Gasworks school holiday program these Spring Holidays.

Get Techie

  • Enjoy an afternoon of exciting activities and learning opportunities in this workshop at ACMI which introduces the basics of robotics and programming in a series of engaging challenges. In this three hour workshop, you and the family can get hands-on with some amazing robotic creations!
  • Families are invited to ACMI for a fun day of coding learning Scratch. A free visual programming language, Scratch was developed to help simplify the process of creating and programming animations, games, music, interactive stories and more.
  • Learn to design your own video games with this three day introduction to coding at ACMI.
  • Explore the amazing blocky world of Minecraft at ACMI while making new friends and discovering new ways to develop your world, structures and devices. Check out the Minecraft Building Challenge, The Massive Minecraft Movie, and a family Minecraft workshop.

Get Outdoors

  • Spring has sprung and Artplay Backyard is BACK! We’ll have all sorts of materials on hand for you to create your artwork. Draw in the dirt, build sculptures with recycled and natural materials or muck about with water. Make a mandala, wrap up some rope or ribbon and dream up your own mini landscape. Anything is possible!
  • Families are invited to explore the physical, mental and emotional benefits of spending time outside at Cranbourne Gardens. Practicing mindfulness exercises, learning to nurture your own self-awareness and developing your connectedness to the natural world will help you feel better emotionally, physically and mentally.

Get Back to Nature

  • 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.
  • Spring is here and these school holidays Zoos Victoria has got lion cubs to see, teddies to vet check and a photo exhibition to enjoy across Victoria’s three great zoos; Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo.
  • Discover the secrets of Victoria’s national parks and reserves at the Junior Ranger workshops. Embrace technology and explore parks for insects, birds, plants and more during the Spring BioQuest.
  • Join park rangers and go looking for arachnids in this fun-filled morning of games, exploring and craft. Take a closer look at the cute and curious eight-legged creatures of Royal Park.
  • Explore the garden at Cooks’ Cottage these school holidays with your very own magnifying glass and find all things spring to complete the bingo challenge.

Get Hands On

  • Start your own family band in this workshop for kids and grown-ups at the State Library of Victoria. After exploring the musical treasures of the Library’s collection, you’ll be brimming with ideas of how to invent a music-making machine using everyday materials.
  • What child or adult is not fascinated by dinosaurs and fossils? Come as a family – bring your children and grandchildren. Join the Cranbourne Friends for a guided tour of the Inverloch dinosaur fossil beds with the South Gippsland Conservation Society.
  • Sculpt your own character from clay and watch it come to life with the help of designed sets, studio lighting, sound effects and sped-up frames at ACMI during the Melbourne School Holidays.
  • It’s all about the BUGS at the Melbourne Museum these school holidays. Become an ant by creating your own special antennae or sort through leaf litter to find bug eggs.
  • Head to Scienceworks for their Spring school holiday programs including Ready Steady Rollbot activities and a special amphitheatre show Trick of the Light.
  • Dress up and take a step back in time at Como House with our new school holiday activities. Kids will try their hand at activities in the mansion and gardens including old world dancing, painting with nature and playing quoits and hoops.

Get Creative

  • MUJI are holding a holiday postcard workshop during the Melbourne school holidays at each of their stores at Chadstone and the Emporium Shopping Centre. Remember your exciting holidays and share them with your family and friends by creating some postcards about what you have done or plan to do on your holidays.
  • The Plant Craft Cottage at Melbourne Gardens invites children to a school holiday workshop teaching children how to make a small basket using pipe-cleaners and natural jute string. Come and have some fun and weave your magic!
  • These school holidays at the South Melbourne Market, the kids will love meeting Melbourne artist and art teacher Carolyn Cardinet in this sustainable art workshop.
  • From Clay Creatures from the Deep to Tutu Making to Coppersmithing and even creating your own story, there is someone for all little creatives at Gasworks during the Melbourne School Holidays.
  • Be an author these school holidays at the 100 Story Building School Holiday workshops. Perfect for ages 7-11 years and choose between; Level 73 Strange Objects, Level 6 Trapdoor Quest and Level 38 SIA.
  • 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.

Get Cooking

  • Learn to make emoji shaped pancakes, then taste the rainbow as you learn to construct colourful fruit kebabs. Budding mini chefs can join the Colourful Chef on a cooking adventure in this fully interactive class at Gasworks Arts Park.
  • Get the kids into cooking with an interactive cupcake-decorating workshop at Little Collins St Kitchen. Their culinary experts will introduce all children 5-12 years old to the art of patisserie while the parents enjoy afternoon tea.

Something Special

  • Drop onto the ocean floor in our latest commission Prehistoric VR, an immersive encounter by internationally renowned makers of large-scale puppetry experiences Erth Visual & Physical Inc, and award winning visual artist and filmmaker Samantha Lang.
  • Brickman Experience, an interactive exhibition made entirely from LEGO® bricks, and the largest touring exhibition of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere arrives at Harbour Town Melbourne these school holidays for a final Australian show.
  • Barbie returns to The Langham, Melbourne this September school holidays with Barbie Fashionista Children’s High Tea!
    From ruffle cupcakes to sprinkle chocolate mousse cones and daisy muffins, the high tea includes a delicious range of on trend treats.
    The menu is designed to inspire and delight with sweetheart macarons and cucumber ribbon sandwiches.

Get Watching

  • Ants is an interactive roving performance which has giant Ants bringing children together in a gentle and unusual landscaping project. Faced with hundreds of giant bread crumbs and three big insects, the children are irresistibly drawn in and must figure out what the Ants want them to do. Catch them at the Melbourne Museum daily during the Melbourne School Holidays.
  • There’s nothing like a live concert or family friendly show during the Melbourne School Holidays. Check out our BIG list of spring shows here.
  • Head to O’Brien Group Arena these Melbourne School Holidays from Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October where visitors will experience live roving circus performers and live performances from State and National champions under the big top.

Get Something For Nothing (FREEBIES)

  • As part of our Turning Trash into Treasure exhibition at the South Melbourne Market, one artist is inviting the public to help him create his masterpiece.  Join Mat to print some used (and cleaned) disposable coffee cups to shine a light on the 500 billion coffee cups disposed of globally each year.
  • Don’t forget KIDS visit Melbourne Zoos FREE during the Melbourne School Holidays!
  • Special visitors are squeaking, crawling, and slithering their way into the NGV these school holidays. Live in the Great Hall, reptiles and bugs will be on show for children to draw and to find out about their incredible lives and habitats during this free program.

Get Out of Town!

  • During the 1850s gold rush, thousands flocked to the goldfields in search of their fortune, and this year, visitors of the feathered and furry variety are flocking to Sovereign Hill! From Saturday 23rd September – Sunday 8th October, Sovereign Hill will come alive with the sounds of bleating, baa-ing, and squawking as they welcome a range of animals to the outdoor museum.