Melbourne School Holidays – September 2012

Count down time for school holidays! Term three ends in Victoria on Fri September 21st and as I may have mentioned already, I am looking forward to it. We already have a couple of things planned which I am looking forward to. Here are just some of the fab activities that are on around Melbourne these school holidays.

Cinderella Children’s Tiffin

Melbourne School Holidays September 2012

This is one activity we will be doing and I think I am more excited about it than my daughter!

DescriptionThe Langham, Melbourne is set to enchant young ones this school holidays with a very special Cinderella Children’s Tiffin. Set in the luxurious ARIA Bar and Lounge, the Cinderella Children’s Tiffin will include magical delights such as Kiss the Frog in Jelly, Love Heart Cupcakes, Tiara Cookies, Castle Marshmallow Cones, Fairy Bread and fluffy Scones with jam and cream. The morning tea, in celebration of the release of Cinderella on Bluray and DVD, will leave little ones feeling like special little princesses and princes!

Ages: 3 – 12. Must be accompanied by an adult

Date/s: Weekdays from Monday 24 September to Friday 5 October

Time/s: Between 10am and 1pm

Location: ARIA Bar & Lounge, Podium level, The Langham, Melbourne. One Southgate Avenue, Southbank VIC 3006

Cost: $29 per child or $45 with a take home gift of a Disney DVD. Must be accompanied by an adult enjoying The Langham, Melbourne’s signature Classic Tiffin ($45 per adult including leaf tea, espresso coffee, hot chocolate and a range of traditional afternoon tea treats)

Bookings: Langham restaurant reservations on 1800 641 107 or

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Phillip Island Nature Parks

Melbourne School Holidays September 2012
Nobbies Centre on Phillip Island with kids’ movies on the big screen and daily ranger led activities.
Let your imagination run wild on a pirate adventure, make your own exploding volcano, discover the research behind the little penguins at the Penguin Parade and dive into the wonders of the surrounding sea. Plus, stick around for kids’ movies on the Nobbies Centre big screen – free with a family 3 Parks Pass. All only 90 minutes from Melbourne!

Ages: Primary school

Date/s: 22nd September – 7th October 2012

Time/s: 10am daily with 2 pm sessions 22,23.9 & 5th & 6th October

Location: Nobbies Centre

Cost: The kids activities are free with a 3 Parks Pass.  A 3 Parks Pass includes access to Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island .  A Family ticket (2A+2C) is $93.70. You can find our more info on types of passes and the conditions which apply here.

Bookings: 03 5951 2802.

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Ladro Pizza Making Classes

Melbourne School Holidays September 2012
You can see a full review our experience at Ladro’s Kids Cooking Classes, but in short we loved it!

Description: The clever kitchen cats at Ladro in Prahran are hosting pizza making classes for kids who like to get their little mits dirty in the kitchen – what kid doesn’t?! Famous for their stellar pizza offering – Ladro will teach kids how to make the pizza base dough, roll it out and top it with some delicious and wholesome ingredients. At the end of the class kids will not only know how to make pizza from start to finish, they’ll take home a home-made pizza, a translation sheet of Italian buzz words and Ladro’s original pizza recipe.

Ages: 3 to 14 (Cooking classes are available for two age groups: kids ages 3 to 8 and ages 9 to 14)

Date/s: 1 September, 15 September & 6 October

Time/s: 4pm to 5.30pm

Location: Ladro Prahran, 162 Greville Street, Prahran

Cost: $35.00

Bookings: Bookings essential, group bookings are encouraged (when booking please note which age group you would like to book for)

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The kids and I love the IMAX docos and look forward to seeing this film soon.

Description: Moviegoers will be able to embark on an incredible voyage, 200 million years back in time, for a face-to-face encounter with the T-Rex of the seas. SEA REX 3D sheds light on the extraordinary prehistoric underwater world and its larger-than-life creatures, which were ruling the seas 20 million years before dinosaurs roamed the earth. SEA REX 3D leads moviegoers from a modern day aquarium across the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to discover a little-known universe populated by amazing animals

Ages: rated G

Date/s: from 13 September 2012

Time/s: check website for session times

Location: IMAX Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens

Cost: $18.00 Adult, $14.50 Concession, $13.50 Child, $55.00 Family (2 adults & 2 children)

Bookings: 03 9663 5454


The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia

Melbourne School Holidays September 2012
Description: Pop into Melbourne Museum for some Mesopotamia themed family fun. Be entertained by a the Welcome to Mesopotamia family presentation, recreate the mighty wall reliefs of an Assyrian palace, explore the family trail throughout the exhibition or hire the kids an audio guide for a fun exhibition commentary.

Ages: varies from ages 3 to 12.

Date/s: 22 Sept – 7 Oct

Time/s: Welcome to Mesopotamia family presentation 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm / Mesopotamia wall relief decorating 11am – 3pm / all other activities 10am – 5pm.

Location: Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton

Cost: Melbourne Museum general entry: adults $10, children and concession free / Mesopotamia entry (includes Museum entry): adults $24, concession $16, children $14

Bookings: can be made on 13 11 02


Pinocchio at Malthouse Theatre

Melbourne School Holidays September 2012
Description:Based on the classic tale by Carlo Collodi and from the team that brought you the six-time Helpmann Award nominated Wizard of Oz (2009), Pinocchio is boldly retold as a witty, rocking, music theatre spectacular; a mix of old time theatre fun and a celebration of the ‘whatever’ generation.

Ages: 5+

Date/s: 6-29 September

Time/s: There are evening and afternoon sessions. Check the website for full details and availability.

Location: The Malthouse, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank

Cost: Pratt Family Pass $120 (2 adults + 2 kids)
Under 18s $20
Full Price $52

Bookings: can be made online

More informationMalthouse Theatre

Little Day Out – for BIG imaginations

Melbourne School Holidays September 2012

Venue: Ross Reserve – Memorial Drive, Noble Park (VIC)
When: 30 Sep 2012 11 – 4pm

Description: The Little Day Out is all about fun, friendliness, family, participation, arts and crafts, games and sports, and even more fun!

Imagine an enchanted village of arts and crafts, activities and workshops, with roving performers and live entertainment, delicious variety of food and hand-made goods market stalls, sports and interactive activities, with plenty of opportunities to explore and discover new and wonderful things.

The Little Day Out will feature live music and dancing acts, including:

  • The Cook Islands Royal Polynesian Dance Team
  • Zumbatomic
  • Lopit Community Dance Group
  • El Dalouna Dance Group
  • other amazing performers.

Headlining the entertainment program will be The Mudcakes (pictured above)

Event Attractions

  • A huge 10 metre rock climbing wall;
  • A giant 30 metre super slide; and
  • A jumping castle.

Workshops featuring: Little and Big Acrobatics Circus for kids of all ages, Sporting Clinics, Gardening, Hula Hooping, Gardening and Science workshops.

Activities featuring: arts and crafts, the South East Water Great Wall of Buckets and Badge Making, a Heritage Hill Junk Yard, Vietnamese Lantern Making and much more!

The Little Day Out is City of Greater Dandenong event held as part of the Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival, and is proudly supported by South East Water.

Cost: Free event.

More information: call 9239 5205

Wonderland Fun Park

Melbourne School Holidays September 2012
We went for the first time a couple of weekends ago and had a fabulous time. You can read our full review here – Wonderland Fun Park, but during school holidays they have additional activities as well:

Description: This September Holidays the fun of the jungle is coming to Wonderland Fun Park! Check out the amazing Safari Circus Show with Tarzan and Jane flying through the air, banana juggling and monkey madness as Australia’s top acrobats perform acts of daring delight.

Plus meet and greet a real LIVE crocodile and snake with Ranger Sue.

Ages: Family

Date/s: 22 Sept – 7th Oct

Time/s: 11.30am and 1.30pm

Location: 120 Pearl River Road, Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Docklands, Melbourne. Wonderland Fun Park is located between Costco and the Ice House below the Southern Star Observation Wheel.

Cost: Super Unlimited Rides passes include unlimited rides, 1 bungee trampoline, 1 walk on water ball and entry to the show.

  • Show only ticket $15
  • Super Unlimited Rides Pass $35

Book your tickets online before midnight Sunday 16th September for savings:

  • Show only ticket $7.50 (save $7.50)
  • Super Unlimited Rides Pass $25 (save $10)

Bookings: can be made online.

More information: Wonderland Fun Park Website

Buzz Movie Makers

Description: Buzz Movie Makers was set up as a way to help children and young people get involved in the process of making short films and movies – in whatever capacity they wish. A new, young and vibrant company, Buzz aims to educate and inspire Australia’s next generation of movie makers – whilst having a lot of fun in the process!

When and where:

  • ELWOOD –  Make a short film in 5 days.  Start date –  24.09.2012.  End date  – 28.09.2012 9.30am – 3.00pm. For  Grades 2-6.  Cost $ 300.
  • NORTHCOTE  – Make a short film in 5 days. Start date -01.10.2012. End date  -05.10.2012 9.30am – 3.00pm. For Grades 2-6. Cost $ 300.

See the website for more details and to book.

They also have various holiday sessions running in Brunswick and Mernda, which can be booked via Ivanhoe Grammar School’s Learning Enrichment Centre. These sessions cost $40 and run for 2 hours, in topics such as ‘Make Your Own Music Video’, ‘Create Your Own Ad’ & ‘Movies & TV’.

Vegecation Spring at Centro Box Hill

Melbourne School Holidays September 2012
Description: Vegecation Spring – a fun and engaging community school holiday activity. This award-winning educational program lets your kids discover just how fun and easy it is to create delicious food from harvest to plate using produce you can grow at home. Kids can take part in the twice daily cooking demonstrations, designed by grassroots children’s cooking school Kids Say Yum. The demonstrations have been designed to teach children not only about the joy of cooking, but also develop other life-skills set in a fun and interactive environment. Kids will then be encouraged to visit the newly opened Vegecation Garden to grab samples of fresh herbs to try in their own recipes at home.

Ages: Aimed at children aged six – 15 and their families

Date/s: 1 – 5 October 2012

Time/s: 11am to 2pm each day, cooking demonstrations: 11.30am and 1pm

Location: Centro Box Hill North Precinct (opposite the food court), Box Hill, VIC

Cost: FREE

Bookings: Not required

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