Below I outline some fun school holiday activities in Melbourne for the upcoming April school holidays.
If you are after tips on making the most of the school holidays and actually enjoying them with the kids, you might like to check out my School Holiday Tips post.
You can scroll through the school holiday activities or click on the activity of interest from the list below to jump directly to that item.
Melbourne School Holiday Activities:
- Australian Treasure Walks
- National Sports Museum
- Hoyts Bean Bag Cinema
- Lego Workshops
- Box Hill Community Arts Centre School Holiday Program
- Scarecrow Making at Fed Square
- The School Creative School Holiday Program
- Monash Aquatic & Recreation Centre Big Wave Sessions
Australian Treasure Walks
I am yet to do this with the kids, but found out about this one from some lovely mums at the kid’s primary school who highly recommended them.
Description: There are a number of different walks you can choose from in the Melbourne CBD area. There is a booklet for each walk that you pay for. Each booklet has a map and directions to follow to take you on an interesting walk. After payment you download the booklet and print it off yourself.
The walks are like a treasure or scavenger hunt as you need to hunt around the sights to find the answers to clues that will allow you to solve a final puzzle. The walks are specially designed to lead you to some of Melbourne’s most treasured sights.
When you have solved the final puzzle you will be able to enter the competition to win an Amazon or Cole/Myer voucher.
Time/s: You choose!
Location: Melbourne CBD
Cost: Maps range from $12 – 18
Bookings: Not required
More information: Australian Treasure Walks
National Sports Museum
We have been to the National Sports Museum a number of times and had a fantastic time. It is an attraction that blends passive activities looking at the memorabilia and watching the holograms with full on physical activity in the Game On area. For more tips on getting the best out of your visit to the NSM, please see my post Review: National Sports Museum.
During this school holidays they have these additional activiites:
- Melbourne Heart FC mini soccer clinic – Tuesday April 15, 9.00am to 1.00pm
- Hockey Victoria ‘Hookin2Hockey’ program – Monday April 7 and Tuesday April 8, 10.00am to 3.00pm
- Face painting, Tuesday April 8, Tuesday April 15, Wednesday April 16 and Thursday April 17, midday to 2.00pm.
Date and Time: Saturday April 5 – Monday April 21, 2014 (except Good Friday). From 10.00am-5.00pm on all days.
Location:The National Sports Museum is located at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Brunton Avenue in Richmond within the confines of Yarra Park. (You need to enter near Gate 3.)
Cost: Adults $20, Children (5 – 15) $10, Children under 5 free. Family (2 adults and 4 children) $50. These are for admission only. If you wish do the tour, there is an additional cost.
Bookings: Not required.
Ages: While the preschooler did enjoy looking around, his participation was limited in the Game On area. I would recommend it for school age children.
Hoyts Bean Bag Cinema
Bean Bag cinema is a revolutionary experience – it’s the new Hoyts chill out zone and the only cinema where you can enjoy the latest quality blockbusters from the comfort of your very own deluxe beanbag. A world-first in cinema design, this is entertainment at its coolest! Bean Bag cinema is about comfort, fun and kicking back in your own individual style.
Distinctly unique, with a fresh and funky vibe, Bean Bag cinema is the the perfect function alternative for those after something a little bit different!
Ages: Doesn’t state any age restrictions, but I think this would be best for upper primary and secondary kids.
Time/s: You choose
Location: Only one in Melbourne to date, which is at Hoyts Melbourne Central. There are other locations around the country.
- Ad/Ch Bean Bag Seats 2 tickets 35.50
- Adult Bean Bag Seats 2 tickets 40.00
- Child Bean Bag Seats 2 tickets 31.00
- Booking Fee $1.10 per ticket
Bookings: Required. Booking can be made online.
LEGO Educational Centre (Moore Educational) is running a LEGO school holiday program. The details of which you can see above. You can check out their website for further information on exactly what each session entails.
The sessions are 45 minutes and book your child for a full morning or afternoon session (3 workshops) and your child receives a LEGO Brick Name Badge.
Date and Time: Monday April 7th – Thursday April 17th. Closed Good Friday and Easter Monday
5/439 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City,
Docklands VIC 3008
Bookings: . 03 9602 1116 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ages: From 4 – 12 years old
Box Hill Community Arts Centre School Holiday Program
Box Hill Community Arts Centre has a comprehensive school holiday program. You can see the full details here and I have included some highlights below. These sessions always book out so get in asap!
Family Clay – Cake Stand with Mini Cupcakes
Thursday, 10 April 2014, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
$34 * Price includes 1 adult & 1 child – extra children are $14
In this afternoon session, family members all work together to make a beautiful clay cake stand with mini cupcakes. Book early – places fill fast. Suitable for families with children 6 years and over. Firing and Glazing included in price. More information and bookings click here.
Sci Kids -Optical Illusions – Now you see it, Now you don’t!
Monday, 14 April 2014, 10.30am – 12.00pm
$28, 6 – 12 yrs
Kids will learn basic ideas about physics and biology through creating art projects with a science theme. Make a spinning bird, adapted dragon and moving slider cards, these optical illusions will be great to take home and trick and test your family. This workshop is run by Sci Kids. More information and bookings click here.
Scarecrow making at Fed Square
Make your very own scarecrow with Little Veggie Patch Co! In these half hour, hands on workshops kids will make their own scarecrows, learning how to stuff and decorate them. The scarecrows are approximately one meter tall, so easy to bring home and scare those crows away! Bring your old kids clothes along, or for an extra $5 they will provide clothes.
Website: Little Veggie Patch Co
Dates and times: Sundays from noon – 12.30pm from 09/03/2014 to 21/12/2014
Price: $10 (includes scarecrow to take home)
Bookings: Essential via website or 03 9531 5594
The School creative school holiday program
The School runs creative classes for adults and kids. Established by one of Australia’s leading stylists, Megan Morton it is running sessions in Melbourne (and Sydney) these school holidays.
Location: Abbotsford Convent
Dates and times: 8, 9, 10 April from 9am – 4pm. You can choose to do one day or take a 3 day package
Cost: $135 for 1 day or $350 for 3 days
Included: Delicious, nutritious morning and afternoon tea plus a full lunch
Ages: 5 – 12 year olds
Bookings: The School website
Monash Aquatic & Recreation Centre Big Wave Sessions
The Monash Aquatic & Recreation Centre in Glen Waverley is fab place to take the kids during school holidays. It has a range of pools for the kids to enjoy:
- 50 Metre Heated Outdoor Pool
- 25 Metre Heated Indoor Pool
- Learn to Swim Pool (Depth 0.4 – 0.8m)
- Toddler Play Pools
- Warm Water Exercise Pool
- Wave Pool
You can see my full review of The Monash Aquatic & Recreation Centre here.
A highlight during the school holidays are the big wave sessions. Each child is provided with a body board to catch the bigger waves. The website has these times listed for the big wave sessions, but I would call to check first to avoid disappointment:
- Monday – Friday 12:10pm – 12:30pm and 5:10pm – 5:30pm
Monash Aquatic & Recreation Centre has the following rules for younger kids:
Children under 5 years old must be constantly supervised by a parent/guardian. Watch Around Water
Adequate supervision requires the parent/guardian to accompany the child in the water & remain within arm’s reach of the child at all times.
If parent is unable to supervise the under 5 year old in the water the under 5 year old is restricted to the toddlers pool area only.
The parent / guardian must supervise the under 5 from side of the toddler pool.
Location: 626 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley
Cost: Adult $6.50
Child / Concession $5.00