10 Children’s Activities For June/July School Holidays In Melbourne

EDIT: The post below lists activities from 2009. Here is the post for these school holidays – School Holidays Activities Melbourne – July 2011

Friday is the last day of Term 2 for Victorians. I for one am looking forward to the holidays. We are staying in Melbourne for the holidays, catching up with friends, going on some excursions and getting some rest!

Here are just some of the fantastic school holiday activities that Melbourne has to offer.

1. Puppet Lab

Puppet Lab Artplay

Image Artplay

Held at Artplay over the school holidays, professional puppeteers will perform and conduct workshops. Activities run from Saturday 4th July until Friday 10 July. These sessions book out quickly so if you are interested you should call Artplay on (03) 9664 7900 ASAP. Cost for these activities vary but range from free to $35.

EDIT: Artplay sessions book out incredibly quickly. I tried to book a session for August and it was already full, so if you are interested, I recommend booking ASAP.

2. Puppet Animation

More puppet action to coincide with Puppets at Fed Square, ACMI
has “kids in the studio – puppet animation”. These sessions are a great activity for the family to do together. In the free session children can create their own clay puppet to keep and animate their puppet’s story with stop motion animation and modern digital techniques.

It is recommended for children aged 5 to 13 and runs on the following dates:

  • Mon 29 Jun to Fri 3 Jul 2009
  • Mon 6 Jul to Fri 10 Jul 2009
  • Drop in any time between 12pm and 4pm.

3. Around The World To India.

The Immigration Museum Winter school holiday program runs from 27 Jun – 12 Jul 2009. Celebrate the mystique and wonder of India:

Be captivated by amazing stories of journeys to Australia. Pick up an Immigration Adventures booklet and explore the museum in a fun and engaging way.

Construct and decorate a shadow puppet depicting the Hindu gods, Hanuman (Monkey God) and Ganesh (Elephant god).

Dress up as a Hampi local or a visiting archaeologist. Parents: don’t forget to bring your camera!

Cost: Adults $8, Concessions and Children free entry and the Immigration Museum is open daily 10am – 5pm.

4. Footy Forum For Kids.

The Queen Victoria Market will be providing FREE opportunities for kids to meet, talk footy and have autographs signed by some of their favourite AFL Players.

Tuesday 30 June 2009, 11am to 12noon
Matthew Richardson and Player TBC*

Thursday 2 July 2009, 11am to 12noon
Players TBC*

Tuesday 7 July 2009, 11am to 12noon
Players TBC*

Thursday 9 July 2009, 11am to 12noon
Adam Cooney and Daniel Jackson

5. Junior Ranger COME and TRY.

Parks Victoria (PDF) is running school holiday activities from Monday 29 June – Friday 3 Jul at the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

This winter, come along and participate in the park’s Junior Ranger COME and TRY…holiday program of free, fun filled and informative activities. The forest in winter, often cloaked with cool damp fog, becomes a place of mystery and magic and we look forward to seeing you there.

This is a free activities but bookings are required and can be made by calling Parks Victoria on 03 9757 7724.

6. The Melbourne Magic Festival.

Melbourne Magic Festival

Image Melbourne Magic Festival

The Melbourne Magic Festival runs from June 29 until July 11 at the Northcote Town Hall. They are offering a range of kids (and adult) workshops in the art of magic. Tickets for sessions are only $12 per child and are on sale at Northcote Town Hall and (03) 9481 9500.

7. Sewing and Craft Sessions.

The Thread Den is located in Errol St North Melbourne. Classes cost between $30 – $60 per child.

The kids school holiday program will return for two great weeks of sewing and craft, with classes suitable for children and teens. Led by local designers and craftspeople, this program has been coordinated with a focus on our responsibility to recycling and purchasing materials locally.

8. Circus Sports And Cue Sports.

The National Sports Museum will be running its school holiay program from Monday June 29 – Friday July 3 and Monday July 6 – Friday July 10.

Juggle, spin, balance- experience the thrills and spills of our ‘circus skills’ workshop when the circus comes to the National Sports Museum during the school holidays.

Learn more about the ‘sport of courts’, discover the tricks with billiards world champion, Robby Foldvari and, back by popular demand, is Sam Starr for another round of fun and frivolity.

Kids of all ages can race against the clock in Game On – netball, Australian football, cricket, cycling and soccer – all this and much more in a ‘hands, feet and bottoms on’ interactive environment where you create your own sporting memories.

Further details of the sessions will be updated on The National Sports Museum Website closer to the date. NSM is open 10.00am – 5.00pm daily and it is $7.50 for adults, $4.00 for kids aged 5 -15 and under 5’s are free.

9. Art Sparks

NGV International’sSalavadar Dali Art Spark sessions for the June/July school holidays will be related to the Salvador Dali Liquid Desire exhibition. Session run Mon 29 Jun – Fri 10 Jul from 10.30am–4pm.

Kids can become artists like Dalí when they join in the special art activities in the NGV Dalí Kids Space. Parent/carer supervision required.

The cost of the art activity is free, but the Dali exhibition itself is not, entry prices for the exhibition are as follows:
Adult: $23
Concession: $18
Child: $11 (ages 5-15)
Family (2 adults + 3 children): $60
NGV Member Adult: $16
NGV Member Family: $40

10. Fairy Park.

Fairy Park

Image Fairy Park

Fairy Park is an 1 hour drive from Melbourne CBD. I haven’t been here nor do I know any one who has, so if you have been, I would love to hear your thoughts.

The park includes Fairy Tale Land, Model Trains, Summit Views and Camelot Playground. Cost of entry for the park is as follows:
Children under the age of 3 FREE
Children aged from 3 to 13 years $8.00
Adult prices from 14 years and over $16.00
Admission between 10 am to 4 pm.

The park includes Fairy Tale Land, Model Trains, SUmmit Views and Camelot Playground.

Enjoy the school holidays, what ever you are doing!