April school holidays

April School Holidays {what’s on Melbourne}

Looking for some activities for the kids these Easter school holidays?  Read below for our what’s on list!

I keep updating this list, so if you notice something we’ve missed please drop me a line at info@meetoo.com.au and I will update the list.  And if this list is useful please share or leave a comment below – sharing is caring!

For active holiday ideas and programs click here.  For creative workshops click here.

What’s happening around Melbourne during the April School Holidays?

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

ACMI, 8-18 April.  School holiday programs and activities all about making stuff: learn coding, filmmaking, robotics, claymation, virtual reality and more.  For all the details www.acmi.net.au/events/school-holiday-program.

NGV International, various days.  NGV is running free drop-in activities in the Great Hall, check the website for full details.  Also, last days for Escher X Nendo – finishing Sunday 7 April, read our review.  Be among the first to experience Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids, a hands-on installation with paper animal construction stations and a multimedia activity designing virtual public artworks, opens 5 April.

Melbourne Museum, 6 – 22 April (except Good Friday) range from FREE – $40.  Find out more about wasting water, how the digestive system works, and TAC road safety.  Enjoy live comedy, make a stop motion video with your grandparent and much more!  Read our review from the special GUT FEELINGS experience these school holidays.  All other information:  melbournemuseum/whats-on/school-holiday-activities/

Don’t forget that IMAX has some fantastic 45-minute documentaries (as well as general release movies) that are a perfect quiet time if you are spending the whole day at the Museum.

Scienceworks.  These school holidays the focus is on engineering – how does air make big machines move and more?  More information at scienceworks/whats-on/school-holiday-activities/

National Sports Museum, 8-12 April.  Lots of fun happening at the NSM at the MCG, including meeting football players and a demonstration by Triple World Billiards Champion Robby Foldvari (check some of the footage of his amazing skills!).  For all the details on where, who, what and when visit www.nsm.org.au/HolidayProgram

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 27 March – 21 April.  Loads of family-friendly shows – including the free Laugh Out Loud at Federation square.. for all the details www.comedyfestival.com.au.  Our 2018 reviews included Splash Test Dummies and Improvilicious (click here for the 2019 production).  MELBOURNE.

The Arts Centre.  These holidays learn the art of Magic thanks to a series of workshops, artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/the-magic-workshop.  A David Walliams favourite comes to the stage for the first time, Billionaire Boy (6-14 April, recommended for ages 6+)  MELBOURNE

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary. Prehistoric creatures and megabeasts are coming! These school holidays our zoos are going back in time.

The Adventure Park in Geelong has its last hurrah these holidays before closing over winter.  Also, don’t miss the big Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday.  Open 10am – 5pm until 22 April.  Click here for more information.  GEELONG

SkyHigh, 9-21 April. Daily school holiday activities are taking place at the SkyHigh lookout point located atop the Dandenongs.   Activities include circus workshops, face painting, mini golf, games and much more.  FREE.   Click here for more information.  MT DANDENONG.

Kids Adventure Outdoors Angelsea, 13 + 14 April, this is a fun way to try out lots of different outdoor activities that you might not normally have access too.  Choose your own adventures (4 of them over the day) ranging from flying fox and rope course, trampolines, mini golf, surfing and so much more!  We went last year and had a blast.  More information here.  ANGLESEA

Sovereign Hill invites families to explore the working life of the goldfields.  The Blacksmith needs a new apprentice. There are animals to be fed. And Brown’s Confectionery Manufactory has lollies to make.  From Sat 6 April – Mon 22 April relive history and discover the lost trades with a range of exclusive workshops and free events that will transport you back to the busy goldfields. BALLARAT

Parks Victoria: Ranger guided activities called Junior Rangers run across the state every day these holidays – hurry though when these sessions go live they book out quickly!  Click here for more information.  VARIOUS LOCATIONS.

Racing Victoria: Saddle Up School Holiday Programs are fun activities for horse lovers. VARIOUS LOCATIONS

 

April school holidays

EASTER EVENTS

Good Friday Appeal Kids Day Out:  Loads of fantastic family-friendly activities – all for a Gold Coin donation to the Children’s Hospital to participate in most activities (FREE entry). We have been a few times and this is a massive and fun event (be sure to check out the Teddy Bears Hospital) that takes place on Good Friday, 19 April from 10am – 5pm!  Click here for more information.  SOUTH WHARF

Cadbury’s Big Day Out:  Sold out.  Click here for our top tips if you are going.  WERRIBEE

Ripponlea Easter Sunday Fun Day: There will be outdoor games and the mansion will be open. Children from 2 to 12 will be able to join in a special Easter Egg Hunt that will lead them into every corner of the garden. From 10am – 4pm, Sunday 21 April.  Click here for more information.  ELSTERNWICK

The Great Luna Park Easter Egg Hunt:  Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April, 12:30pm – 3:15pm).  Click here for all the details.  ST KILDA

Prahran Market has visits from the Easter Bunny (and other fun activities) on Sunday 14 April and Saturday 20 April, 11am – 1pm.  Click here for details. PRAHRAN

Adventure Park Geelong: giant Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday 21 April from 2pm.  Click here for all the details.  GEELONG

Looking for School Holiday programs?  Check out our list of top CREATIVE programs and ACTIVE programs.