April School Holidays WHAT'S ON
Loads of great events on these holidays! Pep up your holiday calendar with some of these great shows and events happening around Melbourne.
Things happening happening every day these holidays
Melbourne International Comedy Festival: this years festival is bursting at the seams with over 30 productions just for the kids! Already seen by Immi (8) and friends Mr Snot Bottom And The Curse Of The Silly Stinky Zombie Babies (as the name suggests it’s very silly and the girls gave it a big thumbs up) and also Improvilicious (no two shows will ever be the same: clever, witty and for audiences aged 10+, I laughed more than Immi). And for preschoolers there is Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco (check out Tot: Hot Or Not‘s review). We can’t wait to see the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and The Luck Child. Make sure you add a comedy show to your holiday activities, click here for more information. CBD
The Langham Children’s High Tea: these holidays the theme is The Wiggles and while Immi (8) and Charlie (5) initially suggested they were too cool and grown up for The Wiggles this notion was quickly abandoned when fancy cakes and sandwiches were thrown into the equation! (And don’t worry we didn’t listen to the music or do any dancing – it was all about the food). Click here for more information. Weekdays, CBD.
Melbourne Museum: two different daily Family activities included with your entry fee. 1. Aztec City – a multimedia presentation about the Aztecs and their daily lives at 1pm and 2pm. 2. Aztec Animals – learn all about Mesoamerican wildlife in the time of the Aztec Empire. Find out about jaguars and golden eagles and create your own Aztec warrior helmet to take home. Drop in between 11am – 3pm. Click here for more information. CBD
Melbourne Museum IMAX: check out the super cute 3D film Meerkats – 45 minute documentary following a meerkat clan over a 12 month period. Suits children aged 4+. Click here for more information. CBD.
Federation Square: plenty of family friendly activities on offer. Click here for more information. CBD
The Shrine: in the lead up to ANZAC Day it’s the perfect time to visit The Shrine and experience their School Holiday Trail challenge! Click here for more information. CBD
Scienceworks: loads of fantastic activities and exhibits including the Imagination Station – Scienceworks has teamed up with Makedo for daily cardboard construction workshops. $5 plus entry fee, various times, click here for more information. SPOTSWOOD
Muppets Most Wanted: Opens in cinemas around Australia from April 7 onwards. Click here for more information.
The Adventure Park in Geelong has its last hurrah these holidays before closing over winter. Open every day during Easter and the holidays, 10am – 5pm. Click here for more information. Enter to win tickets. GEELONG
WEEK 1: beginning Saturday 5 April 2014
Saturday 5 – Monday 7 April – Barbie Live! The Musical direct to Melbourne from the USA, on at the Palais Theatre ST KILDA. Click here for more information
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 April, 10.30am to 3.30pm – ArtPlay is running a two day program called Nocturnal for 7-12 year olds. Work with timbers gathered from all over Australia to craft your own hand-made box, which will house light and soundscapes recorded over two days.. Bookings essential. $50 per child. Click here for more information.
Saturday 5 April – Werribee Open Range Zoo is launching its newest play-space Ranger Kids. Kids can become a wildlife ranger or a vet and explore life in an African village with a range of fun dress-ups and props to play with. Jump in the big wooden helicopter and load in animal charges on route to the medic tent! For more information visit www.zoo.org.au
Saturday 5 April – Artea invites you to join their 1st Birthday celebrations. Come and make FREE art and meet the Easter Bunny from 1.30 – 5pm, 36 Mills Street ALBERT PARK (Also check out their holiday programs, click here)
Sunday 6 and Wednesday 8 April – Eureka Skydeck patrons will get to meet Emmet, the star of The LEGO® Movie. From 12 – 3pm Emmet will pose for photos and hand out The LEGO® Movie goodies to patrons at Eureka Skydeck. Throughout the school holidays the Eureka Skydeck will be giving away Family passes to The LEGO® Movie, The LEGO® Movie activity books and stickers (while stocks last). CBD
Monday 7 – Friday 11 April – Highpoint Shopping Centre: FREE Apron Design Workshop – Kids can let their imagination take hold, using bright materials to create customised aprons that reflect their personal style. No bookings required. Daily from from 11am – 2pm. Located on Level 2, outside David Jones. Click here for more information. MARIBYRNONG
Monday 7 – Friday 11 April – The Future Postal Service presented by Maybe (__) Together (AUS/DENMARK). A FREE drop-in activity for children aged 7+ (parents are welcome to sit back and watch) from 10am – 2pm in the Flinders Street Amphitheatre FEDERATION SQUARE. Children are asked, “what do you want to thank adults for?” They can write or draw their thankful answers as letters. Children will move through a series of stations where they will be writing, stamping and finally becoming postmen. With blue paper postal hats on and under the supervision of the game’s coordinators, children will deliver the letters to passing adults who delight in receiving the postal surprises. More Info: fedsquare.com
Monday 7 – Sunday 20 April – SkyHigh Children’s Weeks includes a variety of different daily activities at this lookout point located atop the Dandenongs. Activities are included with your entry fee to SkyHigh. MT DANDENONG. Click here for more information.
Wednesday 9 April – Autumn Fairy Dancing from 9.30am to 10.15am (2–3 years) and 10.30am to 11.15am (4–5 years). Activities will include: fairy disco dancing, ribbon twirling, rainbow walking, games, storytelling and making an autumn fairy wishing tree. It’s even more fun than a pile of freshly fallen leaves. The Hub, 80 Harbour Esplanade DOCKLANDS. Click here for more information.
Thursday 10 April – Dreamworks Animation The Exhibition opens to the public at ACMI at FEDERATION SQUARE. Click here for more information and to book tickets.
Friday 11 – Sunday 20 April – Wonderland Fun Park never disappoints with its fabulous school holiday production and those rides that the kids never seem to get tired of! These holidays The Bag of Tricks Magic Show is coming to the Docklands Spiegeltent, daily at 1.30pm. Click here to book tickets.
Friday 11 – Saturday 13 April : – Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Everyone is invited to come an enjoy the Disney Fun Zone taking place around the base of the Wheel from 11am – 4pm. DOCKLANDS. Click here for more information.
WEEK 2: Saturday 12 – Thursday 17 April 2014
Dreamworks Animation The Exhibition at ACMI at FEDERATION SQUARE. Click here for more information and to book tickets.
Saturday 12 April – VIVA Youth Festival a FREE event held in the Princes Gardens, Malvern Road PRAHRAN from 11.00am – 6.00pm. Click here for more information.
Sunday 13 April – Melbourne Museum has invited everyone to the AZTEC Opening Party, 11am – 3pm. Click here for more information. CBD
Until Sunday 20 April – SkyHigh Children’s Weeks includes a variety of different daily activities at this lookout point located atop the Dandenongs. Activities are included with your entry fee to SkyHigh. MT DANDENONG. Click here for more information.
Monday 14 – Thursday 17 April – Highpoint Shopping Centre: FREE Easter themed cupcake decorating mini Master Class. Kids create a Easter themed cupcake masterpiece with the help of Cupcake Central. Limited spaces, bookings required. 11am, 12.30pm & 2.00pm. Located on Level 2, outside David Jones. Spaces are limited, so visit www.highpoint.com.au to reserve your spot. MARIBYRNONG
Wednesday 16 April – Autumn Fairy Dancing from 9.30am to 10.15am (2–3 years) and 10.30am to 11.15am (4–5 years). Activities will include: fairy disco dancing, ribbon twirling, rainbow walking, games, storytelling and making an autumn fairy wishing tree. It’s even more fun than a pile of freshly fallen leaves. The Hub, 80 Harbour Esplanade DOCKLANDS. Click here for more information.
EASTER EVENTS: Friday 18 – Monday 21 April 2014
Peninsula Family Easter Picnic: Sunday 13 April 2014, 10am – 3pm. MORNINGTON RACECOURSE. Click here for more information.
Good Friday Appeal Kids Day Out: Loads of fantastic family friendly activities – all for a Gold Coin donation to participate. CBD. Click here for more information.
Cadbury’s Big Day Out: Sold out. Click here for more information. WERRIBEE
Adventure Park‘s Huge Egg Hunt: Sunday 20 April, 2pm. GEELONG. Click here for more information.
The National Trust has four great Easter Fun Days taking place on Easter Sunday, Sunday April 20, 2014 from 10am – 4pm. These events include egg hunts, access to open houses and the opportunity to pack a picnic or enjoy delicious treats from the on site food market. This year the egg hunts will involve finding and collecting a complete set of cut-out Easter eggs, which the children will return to Easter Fun Day HQ, and be rewarded with a prize of scrumptious real chocolate eggs. Click on the links below for more information.
- Rippon Lea House & Gardens, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick
- Barwon Park, 105 Inverleigh Road, Winchelsea
- Gulf Station, 1029 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen
- Mulberry Hill, 385 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South