winter school holidays

Melbourne Winter School Holidays

The winter school holidays are here and Melbourne is bursting at the seams with fun things to do… There are plenty of icy (and warm) things to keep the kids entertained this holiday break.

Musicals happening in Melbourne the whole family can enjoy: Matilda the Musical, The Sound of Music and Singin’ In The Rain

Movies to check out: Alice Through The Looking Glass (suits 8+), Finding Dory (Finding Nemo sequel, released 16 June) and The BFG (released 30 June)

Little Big Shots: ACMI at Fed Square.  This is a film festival just for the kids – we’ve been many times and love the fresh and fun collections of short films selected especially for kids aged 2 – 12 years.  Tickets are $10 or $36 for a family.  From 1 – 10 July 2016, read our review here and book tickets here.

Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival: Rod Laver Arena from 1 – 5 July 2016.  The 2016 ice spectacular will also present the enchanting adventures of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast, presented by popular hosts Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy!  Purchase tickets via Ticketek at 132 849 or online and read our review here.

The Big Freeze Winter Family Festival: Cranbourne Racecourse from 2-10 July 2016.  The Big Freeze aims to keep kids active, creative and using their imaginations these school holidays, with NINE interactive kid zones full of winter fun. Enjoy a frozen snow experience close to home with our snow pit, snowball toss, snowfall forest and giant inflatable snow globe. Complete your superhero training, learn how to ride a snowboard, watch live performances and more, all indoors!  Book at and read our review here.

Circus Oz TWENTYSIXTEEN: Birrarung Marr from 15 June – 10 July 2016.  A refreshing cocktail of new and old, innovation and tradition. The turbo-charged acrobats have been training like demons to bring amazing new skill and wizardry to the flying trapeze, the Chinese pole and unicycle adagio.  Book tickets here.

Fake Food Park and Degas a New Vision: daily at the NGV International.  Read our Degas review here and Fake Food Park here. CBD

Melbourne Magic Festival: various events happening at the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Northcote Town Hall.  Make your parents disappear and much more!  Book tickets here.

The Snail and The Whale: Arts Centre Melbourne from 29 June – 10 July.  A delightful tale of a very small snail’s incredible journey (based on the book by Julia Donaldson) – read our review here.  Book tickets here. Suited to 3+

NAIDOC Week: 25 June- 10 July 2016 at 10am and 3pm.  Melbourne Museum is hosting a range of activities and events to celebrate our First Peoples over the school holidays.  Families are invited to take a look at ancient stone axes, fish traps and fire-stick farming, and make a paper axe coloured with ochre.  Included with entry.

River Rink: Fed Square from 10am – 10pm daily, 18 June – 17 July.  Returning for a second year River Rink is outdoor ice skating enjoying views of the city and Yarra River.  Sessions run for 45 minutes and beginners can loan the 70cm penguins and seals – read our review.  Book tickets here.

Variety Ice Slide: outside the Eureka Skydeck in Southbank, open from 10am – 8pm daily, 25 June – 17 July 2016.  Melbourne’s first and only real ice slide is for kids, parents and the whole of Melbourne to enjoy.  Pluck up the courage and jump on the mega ice slide using special ice tubes imported straight from Canada, before racing your pals down the twin lanes.  No bookings, $10 for three slides.  Read our review.

Silvers Circus: at Burnley Oval from 22 June – 10 July celebrating 80 years of circus!  Read our review.  Book tickets here.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle High Tea: The Langham Melbourne, weekdays 27 June – 14 July 2016, 10am and 12noon.  Why not make your city adventure extra special with a kids high tea at The Langham.  Read our review here.

Meet an Olympian and/or join a Soccer skills session: National Sports Museum at the MCG, 12pm-2pm 27 June – 1 July 2016.  With the 2016 Rio Olympics just on the horizon and the imminent arrival of some of the world’s best soccer clubs for the International Champions Cup, the MCG is abuzz with sporting excitement!  Plus other fun holiday activities, click here for more information.

Roola Boola: Chapel Off Chapel (and other venues in Stonnington) 28 June – 8 July 2016.  This year Roola Boola brings its fabulous performances at Chapel Off Chapel and has expanded to include all the school holiday fun that is happening in Stonnington.  Check out the program here.

Little Big Shots Film Festival: ACMI in Fed Square from 1-10 July 2016.  Australia’s premier film festival for kids, about kids and by kids featuring short films from all over the world.  Curated especially for families and children aged 2 to 12.  Tickets are $10.  Book online now!

Winter Fireworks: Docklands on Fridays, 1 July to 26 August 2016.  Entertainment starts at 6.30pm with the fireworks going off at 7.30pm, head down early and grab a bite to eat – be sure to rug up!  More information here.  FREE

Nutcracker Winter Experience: O’Brien Group Arena, Docklands, activities and performances take place 10.30am to 3pm daily from 25 June – 10 July 2016.  There are plenty of immersive experiences including: the Nutcracker on ice show, meet the characters, a craft zone, face-painting, a chill out movie zone, on-ice games and giveaways, plus free skating lessons daily.  More information and tickets.

Winter Wonderland Circus SpectacularWonderland Docklands (formerly Wonderland Fun Park) is now at its new home under the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.  From 23 June – 10 July 2016, shows daily @ 11.30am & 2.30pm and It’s SNOW TIME! Snow Play sessions run every hour from 10am (50mins).  To book call 9602 1311 or visit


Wild Things: Woodgrove Shopping Centre from 20 June – 17 July 2016.  Wild things is aimed at preschoolers and young primary who are interested in animals – get up close with animatronics, go on a make believe adventure and get crafting.  FREE.  Read our review here.

Scienceworks: Spotswood, 25 June – 10 July, various times.  Calling all inventors!  Scienceworks has a series of activities (happening at various times) to suit all ages.  Price is included with entry, but click here for all the details.

‘Winter Wonderlights’ Christmas in July: Sovereign Hill runs for an entire month from Saturday 25 June to Sunday 24 July.  This year’s program promises more dazzling light projections and more Victorian-era, traditional Christmas magic.  Read our review here and book tickets here.

Zoos Victoria offers three fantastic venues and during school holidays kids go FREE.  With plenty of school holiday activities, check out what’s on at Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, plus check out the full day kids-only program at Melbourne Zoo, Kids Go Wild.

Fun4Kids Festival in Warrnambool is a firm favourite of Meetoo contributor Sally, last year she compiled her top 7 tips to having the best time at Fun4Kids, read them here.

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Events past
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown: The Alex Theatre St Kilda, 21 June to 2 July 2016.  Smash hit Broadway musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a fun, fresh approach to an ageless story about a boy and his best beagle friend – read our review.  Book tickets here.

Minion Mayhem at Pran Central: 29 June to 1 July children can paint their very own minion sculpture to take home.  Minion Mayhem runs daily, and on Friday 1 July a Minion is coming to meet and greet participants! Cost for the program is a gold coin donation and all funds raised go towards Prahran Mission’s Winter Appeal. To book a spot click here.

Inside the Brick Melbourne LEGO Fan Expo: Meat Market in North Melbourne on 25 & 26 June 2016.  Be inspired by cool LEGO creations on display, get hands on in the INSIDE the BRICK Build Zone where you can build a cool car and race it down the ramp, test your skills in the ‘Build Challenge’. Read our review of a previous Expo here.  Tickets are limited, book here.

Mister Maker: Melbourne Recital Centre, 29 June – 1 July 2016.  Live on stage with his interactive anf fun show.  Book tickets here.