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


Arts Centre: Loop Workshop is for 2-8-year-olds and inspired by kids – these workshops are run by professional dancers, 25 & 26 September.  Junk: Meet the play-loving kids who live behind a junkyard in this exhilarating new show from Australia’s world-famous national youth circus the Flying Fruit Flies, 22 & 23 September.  Horrible Harriet comes to life on stage from the 27-30 September, recommended for ages 3-8.  Music from the Junkyard is a workshop for the 9-15 year olds, 23 September.  MELBOURNE

National Gallery of Victoria: Animals For Real are visiting the NGV International from 25-29 September 10am-1pm.  FREE.  MELBOURNE

ACMIPrehistoric VR is a free exhibit, held at ACMI Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October. More at acmi.net.au/prehistoric-vr  FREE. MELBOURNE

National Sports Museum: footy fever grips the MCG these holidays – meet some players, draw a laugh and hold the Melbourne Cup!   Click here for more information.  MELBOURNE

Melbourne Museum: It’s all about BUGS these holidays with shows, crafts and hands-on activities included in your visit daily 11am–3pm.  Don’t forget, last chance to see BUG LAB which ends on October 15.  CARLTON

Harbour Town: Brickman Experience, an interactive exhibition made entirely from LEGO® bricks, and the largest touring exhibition of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere arrives at Harbour Town Melbourne these school holidays from 23 September 2017 to 28 January 2018 (tickets required).  Also, check out the FREE Footy District school holiday program where the kids can test their footy skills in the AFL super game zone.  DOCKLANDS

Wonderland Spiegeltent: has moved, still in the Docklands but now outside Etihad Stadium at 699 La Trobe St.  Come enjoy two shows, Dinosaur Time Machine and Magic Mirth & Mystery on Sept 28-30 and October 1.  DOCKLANDS

O’Brien Group Arena has plenty to offer these holidays, learn to skate sessions, under 8 sessions, craft activities and roving performances at Skate into Carnivale under the Big Top features magic, strength and skill.  For times and details click here.  DOCKLANDS

Eureka SkydeckEureka Skydeck Explorers will receive a FREE Skydeck Scratchy Quiz as part of their entry and a Crayola Color Alive pack to continue the school holiday fun at home.  SOUTHBANK

National Trust: Old Melbourne Gaol and Polly Woodside have school holiday activities from 23 September – 8 October.  Don’t forget Pirate Day on Polly Woodside on 1 October.  CBD


Royal Melbourne Show:  Yay it’s showtime again!  From 23 September – 3 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 daytime and nighttime reviews as well as our 2016 review.  ASCOT VALE


National Trust: step back in time and dress up at Como Park these school holidays… for some added fun enjoy a picnic in the grounds before or after your session.  SOUTH YARRA

Dandenong Children’s Festival: from 18 – 30 September this festival keeps families entertained with events, workshops, exhibitions and more.  More information here.  DANDENONG


Gasworks: School holiday programs and Fringe Festival events for families, including Fizzy Kids from 26–30 September – a warm, physical and joyful new comedy theatre experience for children (ages 4 to 12).  ALBERT PARK

Luna Park: Following a winter under wraps, the famous Scenic Railway is back, in time for the spring school holidays – along with two other new rides!  ST KILDA


Scienceworks:  Enjoy a free show, Trick of the Light, with your entry at either 12pm or 2pm.  Also try your hand at controlling a Sphero® robot, SPOTSWOOD

WatergardensLights by DreamWorks – The Experience’ is happening free at Watergardens Town Centre from Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October.  Come see some of DreamWorks Animation’s best-known characters in this exciting large-scale lantern installation.

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!  Click here for more information.  Also these holidays Parks Victoria launch a new interactive program you can take part in across many parks in Victoria, Questa Game Bioquest… download the App and follow the challenge!

Got a suggestion for an event that should be on this list?  Email me at info@meetoo.com.au  :-)

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.