april school holidays melbourne

School Holidays Melbourne {April}

April School holidays in Melbourne mean two things…. Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Easter.  Naturally being Melbourne – there is much more than just comedy and a religious holiday to enjoy when it comes to events and activities (but hey, laughter and chocolate are two of my favourite things so I am not complaining).  Happy Holidays!

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


ACMI, 2-13 April.  School holiday programs and activities all about making stuff: learn coding, filmmaking, robotics, virtual reality and more.  For all the details www.acmi.net.au/events/easter-school-holiday-program-2017

NGV Australia, 31 March – 30 July.  Patrick Pound’s new exhibition opens on 31 March and kids are invited to undertake an activity trail. Armed with a map, children explore the collections of photographs and objects on display and chart their own course by completing activities, making discoveries and finding new ways of looking at the world.  More information www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/patrick-pound

Melbourne Museum. If you haven’t already visited the Children’s Gallery you must check it out (no doubt it will be very popular so expect a crowd!).  And a new exhibition launches at the Museum,  Brickman Wonders of the World (read our Sydney review here), on 1 April – a must for any travel or LEGO enthusiast!  Finally, the school holiday activities run daily from 1-17 April and are included as part of the entry fee.  Looks like these school holidays is going to be HUGE at the Museum.

For more details visit melbournemuseum/whats-on/school-holiday-activities – oh and 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.  So much to do and see at Scienceworks.  For the little kids there is Nitty Gritty Super City (truth be told bigger kids love it too), there are the daily shows in the Planetarium and also the Lightning Room.  There are the robotics and building activities happening in the Test Lab – for all the details museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks

National Sports Museum, 3-9 April.  Lots of fun happening at the NSM at the MCG, including meeting football players (I am happy to report there are a couple of women in the mix!).  For all the details of where, who, what and when visit www.nsm.org.au/HolidayProgram


Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 29 March – 23 April.  Loads of family friendly shows – including the free Laugh Out Loud at Federation square.. for all the details www.comedyfestival.com.au.  MELBOURNE.

The Arts Centre.  Everyone’s favourite book (well it’s one of ours, so I am just assuming everyone else loves it!) Mr Stink comes to life on stage, from 1 – 9 April, suited to the six-year-old and above crowd, more details artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2017/families/mr-stink. Also from 30 March – 2 April is a special production by Polyglot called Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) especially for preschoolers.  An underwater adventure suited to children 2-5 years. more information asiatopa.com.au/events/cerita-anak.  MELBOURNE

The National Theatre, 5 April.  Sunny Ray and the Magnificent Moon is a stage show that ponders what happens when the sun and the moon stay up all night together.  More information nationaltheatre.org.au/sunny-ray.  ST KILDA

O’Brien Group Arena, 1 – 13 April.  Meet your favourite superheroes with daily appearances from 11am-2pm plus off ice activities from 9am – pm daily, included with entry.  Heroes appearing include Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Black Widow.  More information. DOCKLANDS

Harbour Town Docklands, 3-17 April.  Big Game Adventure runs daily (except Good Friday) from 11am-2pm and it’s FREE.  Come and try out giant sized games (Twister, Operation, Connect 4 and more), join the Nerf HQ, jump on the jumping castles, enjoy easter egg hunts and kids ride the Melbourne Star FREE (accompanied by a paying adult).  More details harbourtownmelbourne.com.au/centre-info/big-games-adventure.  DOCKLANDS

The Langham High Tea, 3 – 25 April.  This children’s High Tea celebrates all things Smurf.  Click here for more information.  CBD.

Eureka Skydeck, 1 – 17 April.  Kids are invited to join in the fun at Crayola Kids Zone.  More details can be found at eurekaskydeck.com.au/news/easter-school-holidays.  CBD

Werribee Open Range Zoo1-17 April. These holidays you are invited to come hang with the hippos at Hippo Beach and enjoy daily Keeper Talks and playtime with water and sand.  Activities are included within your entry.  For more information visit www.zoo.org.au.  WERRIBEE

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 until 10 April.  Click here for more information.  GEELONG

Lights by DreamWorks, 25 March – 30 April.  This is an immersive experience, part gallery, part amusement park, part craft activities – your ticket gives you 2.5 hours access to a wonderland the kids are sure to love.  Book tickets.  ROSEBUD

SkyHigh, 3-16 April. Daily school holiday activities with its annual Children’s Festival at the lookout point located atop the Dandenongs.   Activities include circus workshops, face painting, mini golf, games and much more.  Click here for more information.  MT DANDENONG.

Inside The Brick 8 & 9 April.  Have fun in the Build Zone and see hundreds of models.  Click here for more information.  DIAMOND CREEK.

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.

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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 activites (FREE entry). We went along in 2014 + 2016 and this is a massive and fun event (be sure to check out the Teddy Bears Hospital) 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.  Click here for more information.  ELSTERNWICK

The Great Luna Park Easter Egg Hunt:  Sunday 27 March various times (but most of the action is midday – 2.45pm).  Click here for all the details.  ST KILDA

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