winter school holidays

Winter School Holidays 2017

Baby, it’s cold outside – which means there is plenty to do inside and outside it’s all about ice, ice and more ice.  Check out our guide below to all the fun these winter school holidays.winter school holidays

This July Melbourne is keeping families plenty entertained with loads of fun… enjoy some memory making adventures around our beautiful city and beyond.

ACMI: the new Wallace & Gromit and friends: The Magic of Aardman exhibition opens on 29 June – fun for all the family.  Plus ACMI has a few workshops happening for older kids these school holidays including  Be a Game Critic: Explore your passion for video games while developing critical thinking skills in this fun and engaging workshop. Create a Superhero Movie: This two-day workshop lets you script, star in and shoot a blockbuster short film in our professional green screen studio. And Star in a Zombie Scene: In this one day workshop, kids will enjoy learning about practical effects techniques from our screen make-up professionals before developing and starring in a fun spoof of a zombie movie scene. All recommended for ages 9-14.

River Rink: Fed Square from 10am10pm daily, 1 – 23 July.  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 until late daily, 1 – 16 July 2017.  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, $12 for three slides.  Read our review and watch our video.Ice Slide

Circus Oz Model Citizens: Birrarung Marr from 20 June – 16 July 2017. Acrobats will back-flip off a giant vertical clothes peg, become tangled in an oversized cotton reel, balance on a house of oversized collapsing cards and fly high in an enormous pair of aerial undies!  Read our review.  Book tickets here.

Disney On Ice presents Frozen: Rod Laver Arena from 5-23 July 2017 (note new dates added).  Audiences will be enchanted with the much loved Anna, Elsa and the lovable snowman Olaf.  Purchase tickets via Ticketek at 132 849 or online and read our 2016 review here.

Van Gogh and The Seasons: daily at the NGV International.  Read our review. The children’s gallery also has an interactive installation that is good to visit (suited to ages 3+). CBDVan Gogh NGV

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.

Arts Centre Melbourne: The Wolf and Peter from 1 & 2 July. This is a timeless story of courage, friendship and imagination but told through the eyes of the Wolf. Filled with dance and live music.  Book tickets here. Suits to ages 6+  Also don’t miss Ickypedia from 11-15 July.  A seriously silly show that answers all of life’s unimportant questions, like: how do you take a smellfie? What does pooetry sound like? How does one avoid a fartquake?  Book tickets here.  Suits ages 4+

Melbourne Museum: these holidays the Museum is bug-eyed for bugs… make a moth, be an ant – there are some fun things to do that are included with your entry into the Museum, daily from 1 – 16 July.  All the details here.  Also, the Museum’s newest exhibition opens on 23 June – Bug Lab, exploring how engineers and scientists are inspired by the secret life of bugs and their genius ways, read our review here.

Meet a AFL footballer and learn about their match day – and meet a sports cartoonist: National Sports Museum at the MCG, 11am – 3pm from the 3 – 7 July 2017.  Kids will have the opportunity to step into the shoes of a football champ as they experience the real-life match day experience of a player at the ‘G.  Plus other fun holiday activities, click here for more information.

Roola Boola: Chapel Off Chapel (and other venues in Stonnington) 3 – 15 July 2016.  Roola Boola brings its fabulous performances to Chapel Off Chapel from 4-8 July and has expanded to include all the school holiday fun that is happening in Stonnington.  Check out the program here.

LEGO City Play Zone: is happening at Harbourtown (Docklands) FREE daily from 12pm – 4pm from Monday, 3 July through until Sunday, 16 July.  Build, admire, interact – this is fun for ages 3+.  Read our review here.

Docklands Firelight Festival: For three nights the Docklands will host a winter solstice with a modern twist.  FREE, 30 June – 2 July, 5 – 9pm with the night culminating in an impressive fire display – a large effigy will be set alight with a fireworks display as the backdrop.

O’Brien Group Arena: get down to the ice rink in the Docklands for daily face painting, crafts, figure skating demonstrations and free skating lessons daily.  More information and tickets.

Luna Park: these school holidays Luna Park is celebrating Christmas in July with some festive sprinkles and daily snowfalls… you can also try out ice skating at the nearby skate rink.  All the details here.

Scienceworks: the new exhibition LightTime launches just in time for the school holidays and it promises to be interactive, creative and scientific all in one – watch our video here!  Add to that there are daily school holiday activities included with your entry from 1 – 16 July (be sure to check out the laser maze!).  More details here.

Map57 Winter Garden is a Festival happening in St Kilda and there is a family friendly component including performances and activities – for all the details check out our review (Sally attended and she gave it a big thumbs up).

The Big Freeze Winter Family Festival: Note the new venue, Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, from 1-9 July 2017.  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 the snow pit, snowball toss, snowfall forest and giant inflatable snow globe. Watch live performances and more, all indoors!  Book at and read our 2016 review here.The Big Freeze

Windsor Afternoon Tea: during the school holidays kids only pay their age, (eg. for a six-year-old it’s $6) on Mondays – Fridays from 3 – 14 July!  Bookings are limited so get in quick, book now. Read our review.

Despicable Me 3 High Tea: The Langham Melbourne, weekdays 3 – 14 July 2016, limited bookings available.  Book now.

‘Winter Wonderlights’: Christmas in July at Sovereign Hill runs for an entire month from 1 – 30 July 2017.  This year’s program promises more dazzling light projections and more Victorian-era, traditional Christmas magic – be sure to keep an eye out for the gingerbread man.  Read our review here and book tickets here.Sovereign Hill Xmas in July

Ballarat Winter Festival: go ice skating, watch knights joust, go on a bear hunt and more!  This winter there is plenty of family fun happening, read more here.

Zoos Victoria: offers three fantastic venues and during school holidays kids go FREE.  These holidays meet some of the special residents of each of the Zoos: Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary.  Plus check out Wild Nights at Werribee Open Range Zoo – seven nights of after-dark excitement and fun (you can read our review here).

Fun4Kids Festival: in Warrnambool from 5 – 9 July and is a firm favourite of Meetoo contributor Sally, she even compiled her top 7 tips to having the best time at Fun4Kids, read them here.

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