The school holidays are here which means two weeks of kids and families looking for things to do over the holiday period. It doesn’t have to be all paid activities and as you see below there are plenty of free school holiday activities happening in Melbourne this Autumn. Check out our top 50 school holiday activities Melbourne below.

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  1. These school holidays Scienceworks celebrates all things engineering! Get hands on with some fun engineering based workshops where you will need to use your ingenuity and creative thinking.
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  2. The Vikings Exhibition has arrived at the Melbourne Museum and during the second week of the holidays you can check out Melbourne’s own recreation groups the New Varangian Guard, Joms Vikings and Wessex, who will be living at Melbourne Museum and showing you just how the Vikings lived or create your own masterpiece and explore the art of the Vikings during both weeks of the holidays.
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  3. Monkey around at the Immigration Museum these school holidays as they explore Mahatma Gandhi’s life motto: “See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil”.
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  4. ACMI is full of fun these school holidays! Get your kids coding, animating and making films in a school holiday workshop, or bring the whole family in for a magical adventure into Wonderland.
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  5. Enter the wonderful world of Studio Ghibli at ACMI these holidays with screenings of Spirited Away, Ponyo, Arrietty, and My Neighbour Totoro.
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  6. There is something for everyone these school holidays at Gasworks. Make your own Tutu, participate in the Lego challenge, learn to cook Blueberry Bunny Pancakes, learn fencing with light sabers and learn to dance like Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson.
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  7. From the 9th-13th April, kids are invited to the State Library of Victoria to participate in their FREE school holiday workshops. Get crafty and design your own planet, learn to make maps, meet and learn from Australia’s most exciting and inspiring storytellers, explore the history of postcards and have your say in Australia’s newest political party-The Children’s Party.
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  8. Children will create their own special flags with artist Katie Lee to send messages across the picturesque grounds of the Abbotsford Convent in the FREE ‘Watch Out’ workshop.
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  9. Catch a family friendly show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival that will have the whole family belly laughing in your seats.
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  10. Fall down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, a world premiere exhibition at ACMI celebrating the timeless stories of Lewis Carroll and Alice’s adventures on screen.
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  11. Get creative at the Queen Victoria Markets these school holidays! Choose from wind chime decorating, pinwheel art, superhero masks and superhero backpacks.
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  12. Artplay is the perfect place to visit these holidays if you are looking for creativity. Create and contribute to a Wild City sculpture, learn the BIG DANCE moves, explore collage using wood blocks, old stamps, maps and interesting papers or make your own sculptural piece using clay and other natural materials.
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  13. Get amongst nature at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne and be inspired by your surrounds with a fun poetry workshop or build a unique village consisting of makeshift cubbies and structures using materials collected from the Garden.
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  14. Visit the Paw Patrol interactive experience at the Melbourne Aquarium these school holidays. Follow the map (and the paw prints!) and find all of the PAW Patrol SEA Patrol pups who are hiding throughout SEA LIFE Melbourne.
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  15. Catch a performance of The 78-Storey Treehouse at The Arts Centre this April. Watch as Andy and Terry get up to more mischief and mayhem.
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  16. Join Fairy Petunia during the April school holidays at South Melbourne Market for bubbles, songs, stories, games and more.
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  17. Get back to nature with Eco Explorers who are offering a range of fun, nature based workshops from Forest School to Australian Bush Puppetry.
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  18. 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, get your hands wet and peer into the world of mini beasts,  join the local Rangers on a bird watching nature walk plus many more nature based events.
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  19. 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.
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  20. Get hands on at Heide these holidays with some fun creative workshops including; A Sculpture on the Wall, Montage Mania, Stop! Animate! and many more to get the kids using their creative ability.
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  21. Fall through the rabbit hole these school holidays at the Sheraton Melbourne and bring the kids for an interactive food decorating workshop, inspired by the novel Alice in Wonderland.
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  22. Families and friends of all ages are invited to the NGV these school holidays for free art making activities and challenge.
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  23. Book your 100 Story Holidays workshop! Discover your own planet, name it and create a diorama of all the strange, wonderful, mysterious flora and fauna that inhabit it, write a story where your reader gets to decide what happens or make up your own fantasy characters like Xendria and team up with fellow adventurers to tell the story of your group’s quest.
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  24. Get active at Planet Sport at MSAC these school holidays. The program includes the use of all of MSAC’s amazing sports, aquatic and recreational facilities, including swimming and stadium sports and is perfect for the 5-12 year old.
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  25. The Little Bookroom is your place to be these school holidays. In addition to the wonderful themed story times on Thursdays and Fridays, there are some wonderful special guests and writing workshops scheduled.
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  26. Dress up and take a step back in time at Como with old world dancing, painting with nature and playing quoits and hoops or book in for some LEGO fun in the Ballroom!
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  27. Become inmates and explore the Gaol to discover all the necessary clues to create the perfect escape plan, without being discovered by the prison guards.
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  28. The Langham Melbourne always delivers on a fabulous kids themed high tea every school holidays. These autumn holidays join Mickey and the gang and indulge in a wonderful Roadster Racers High tea.
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  29. The AFL season is here and kids will have the opportunity to step into the shoes of an AFL and AFLW footballer at the NSM as they experience the real-life match day experience of a player at the ‘G.
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  30. Head to Fed Square these school holidays for some free fun at The (Very) Big Laugh Out. World-class street performers and the best physical and musical comedy in da biz will have you in stitches.
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  31. Meet some of our local Aussie grown heroes each day at O’Brien Group Arena. Test your skating skills with come and try Winter Olympic games on the ice each day. And take some time out in our craft zone, you can be cool and relaxed all holidays long.
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  32. Join author Kim Kane at Readings as she talks about her wonderful, fun and funny Ginger Green series of books (she may even read from one!) and, in celebration of it being a VERY spooky day, teaches us all to make slime.
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  33. Come along for a hands-on tour of the Shrine these school holidays. Can you decipher the coded message in the walls of our courtyard? Discover the fascinating ways, both openly and secretly, that service people on deployment have communicated with each other, headquarters and home.
    >PRICE: Free
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  34. Learn stencil art and spray-painting at Blender Studios these school holidays. Children will have the opportunity to experience working within these mediums under the guidance of a renowned stencil artist.
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  35. Junior Rangers are invited to hunt for evidence of the furry, four-legged creatures hidden in the tree tops and grasslands, and learn about the strange and wonderful animals that once roamed Royal Park.
    >PRICE: Free
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  36. Join Coder Academy for a fun and engaging seven days full of coding, robotics, electronics, Virtual Reality and more! Explore the latest digitech toys while learning essential 21st Century skills.
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  37. Little Designer Club Popup Design Studios will be in store in MYER Melbourne and MYER Southland in the Easter School holidays. Kiddies can have fun, design products on the iPads and get involved in creative activities at the pop up for free. However there is a cost to take the items home with you.
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  38. These school holidays Find Wally at The District Docklands and the Melbourne Star! Take an adventure through the Centre and search for the red-and-white striped shirt, bobble hat and glasses to find Wally.
    >PRICE: Free
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  39. Head to Dymocks Geelong these school holidays for some fabulous author events including; Kim Kane – Story Reading & Slime,Laura Stitzel – Story Reading & Signing and Ailsa Wild – Squishy Taylor Workshop & Signing.
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  40. Two fabulous stories – ‘Where is the Green Sheep?” (5 April 2018) and “The Little Prince” (12 April 2018) will be brought to life – combining stories, songs, games, crafts and lots of fun – leading children on a journey of discovery and imagination at the National Wool Museum.
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  41. LEGO lovers of all ages are invited to the LEGO Education Centre at Docklands to get hands in one of their different themed LEGO workshops these school holidays.
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  42. Check out Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught’s new exhibition, Brickman Awesome at the Melbourne Museum these school holidays.
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  43. Find out all about the universe at the Planetarium during the April School Holidays.
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  44. Warm up your engines and navigate your way through history with the Chinese Museum’s Children’s Treasure Hunt. With a treasure map and Zheng He’s help, you will search the museum for clues, learning lots about history along the way across Chinese Museum’s five floors.
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  45. Catch a performance of Garfield the Musical at Chapel Off Chapel.
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  46. Get the kids into the kitchen at the Kitchen-Garden Cooking class. This class will teach your children about vegetables currently growing in the 100 mile foodie kitchen garden and how to use these vegetables to make healthy, tasty and engaging recipes.
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  47. Nickelodeon is on the hunt for super slimy superfans to be on TV and star in the slimiest competition series ever! The Nickelodeon team will be seeking hilarious, star worthy duos aged 9 to 13, who are massive Nick fans to audition for the show.
    >PRICE: Free
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  48. Head to Watergardens in the second week of the school holidays to take part in some free fun with craft workshops and meet and greet with twin genies Shimmer and Shine!
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  49. The RSPCA Victoria are offering animal lovers of all ages a chance to get up close and personal with their favourite creatures with their fun school holiday program.
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  50. Attention young scientists! You’re invited to holiday science workshops at Swinburne University to get hands on with some fun science experiments.
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