What’s happening around Melbourne these school holidays?


Arts Centre: Justine Clarke’s Silly Songs Tour is for all ages, 23 September.  Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvelous Medicine recommended for ages 6+ from 25-29 September.  MELBOURNE

National Gallery of Victoria: Draw Your City is FREE and runs from 10am – 1pm daily from 24-27 September.  Also, don’t miss the LAST days of MoMA at NGV and New York! New York! MELBOURNE

ACMI: Check out ACMI’s Holiday Workshops plus Prehistoric VR  a virtual reality experience designed for ages 7+ these 20min sessions run between 10:30am – 4:30pm from 22 September – 7 October. Also, LAST DAYS for Wonderland. MELBOURNE

National Sports Museum: included in your visit is access to the Interactive Experience Lab and the superfun Game On, plus from 1-4 October create your own wrestling superstar identity.  MELBOURNE

Melbourne Museum: Drop in activities included in your visit daily that run from 11am–3pm include Going Wild and Wind Wheels.  CARLTON

The District Docklands: Spring into spring with holiday activities including trampolining and an obstacle course challenge.  Check all the details here  DOCKLANDS

O’Brien Group Arena: from 22 September – 7 October enjoy a Carnival atmosphere and all day unlimited skating.  DOCKLANDS

National Trust: Old Melbourne Gaol’s Escape the Gaol returns from 22 September – 7 October.  CBD


Royal Melbourne Show:  Yay it’s showtime again!  From 22 September – 2 October the animals, food, crafts, entertainment, show bags and rides are back in all their glory.  Buy your Show tickets before you go.  And check out our video from 2017.  ASCOT VALE

The Lost Picnic: debut at The Nursery at Flemington Racecourse – music festival and fun day out for all ages on Sunday 7 October.  All the details here.  ASCOT VALE


Dandenong Children’s Festival: from 22 September – 7 October this festival keeps families entertained with events, workshops, exhibitions and more.  More information here.  DANDENONG

Royal Botanic Gardens CranbournePaper Plant (presented by Polyglot) is happening during the first week of school holidays, Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 September, free.  Also on the Wednesday & Thursday check-out extra activities in the Kids Backyard.  CRANBOURNE

Tarrawarra Museum of Art: Drop by and meet Japanese artist Hiromi Tango and make beautiful flowers.  Saturday 6 October, 11am -5pm, no bookings, $5.  YARRA VALLEY


Gasworks: School holiday programs and events for families, 25 September – 5 October.  ALBERT PARK

Luna Park: the Wonderland Spiegeltent has popped up at Luna Park for the school holidays! Lots of family-friendly performances from 22 September – 7 October.  ST KILDA

Jurassic Creatures: Located on the St Kilda Triangle opposite Luna Park is the chance to get up close and personal with life-size dinosaurs. ST KILDA


Scienceworks:  Plenty of added activities included in your admission at Scienceworks these school holidays, with the focus on outer space and flight, SPOTSWOOD

Regional Victoria

Sovereign Hill: get out of town and step back in time, these school holidays it’s all about the animals.  Click here for more information.  BALLARAT

Parks Victoria: Ranger guided activities called Junior Rangers run across the state every day these holidays – hurry though these sessions book out quickly!

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Check out our lists of workshops:  creative and active

Our friends over at Tot: Hot or Not have a fantastic list of other events happening around Melbourne including more ideas for pre-schoolers.

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