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This week you get a bumper events listing because it’s school holiday from Saturday 20 September to Sunday 5 October.

Many toddlers and preschoolers have their regular activities and kinder classes stop during term break. So here are some ideas to keep everyone entertained during the whole period of school holidays, sorted by location and date order. (Photo from our visit to the Melbourne Star).


Come back tomorrow for a huge list of activities in Melbourne’s north, south, east and west. If you need school holiday ideas for school-aged children then check out the listings at


Rescue Scienceworks

Scienceworks in Spotswood is has a whole array of school holiday activities this September, from Saturday 20 September to Sunday 5 October. It’s one of our favourite family destinations and there’s something for toddlers right up to older kids.


Rescue – Temporary exhibition about rescue services, from firefighters to surf lifesavers. Closes Sunday 5 October. READ THE REVIEW.

To tie into the exhibition there’s a special event on Thursday 2 October ‘Community Safety Day’ where you can learn how emergency services and other related organisations keep our community safe with demonstrations and shows.

Think Ahead – New permanent exhibition about the future. READ THE REVIEW.

Science Fiction Science Future – New temporary exhibition bringing science fiction concepts to our future reality. READ THE REVIEW.

Planetarium Shows

Starlight – Uncover the mystery to the stars.

Tycho to the Moon – Meet Tycho, a dog who doesn’t just howl at the moon, but wants to go there.

Performances and Shows

Bolt from the Blue - Explore the remarkable properties and mysteries of lightning in this live show.

Exploding Science - Make some noise as we make things burst, boom and blaze!


Collection Store Tours – See highlights from the museum’s historic collection and discover some of Melbourne’s fascinating past.


Blast off! -  Build your own model rocket to take home.

Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood 03 9392 4800

Daily 10am – 4:30pm (Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day)

Museum entry adults $12, child FREE

Giveaway! Thanks to Scienceworks I have 5 x general entry passes (2 adults, kids are free) to Scienceworks over the school holidays (20 September – 5 October).

To win all you have to do is follow the instructions below. The 5 winners will be chosen randomly Monday 22 September and notified by email. Good luck!

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yarra glen adventure playground

Playgrounds are a big part of our every day lives now so even when we go on holiday we are scoping out the best playgrounds in new places.

If you’re heading to the Yarra Valley, Yarra Glen or Healesville, then make sure you stop off at the amazing Yarra Glen Adventure Playground at McKenzie Reserve. This huge playground will knock your socks off!

The playground was built after the 2009 bushfires with the assistance of donations from Victoria, national and international organisations.

yarra glen adventure playground

For young kids there are lots of places to climb, walk, slide and balance on the main structure. Plus a whole bank of swings, a seated merry-go-round, a partially shaded sandpit with a small rock waterfall and chime poles for making music.

For older kids there is a very high pyramid climbing frame, a mega-sized springer seesaw and a big basket swing.

yarra glen adventure playground

The landscaping has been well thought out too, with rubber mounds doubling as colourful rocks in the rock and a big metal dung beetle sculpture. I liked how wine barrels have been used as a balancing activity, as a nod to the area’s wine-making industry.

The Yarra Glen Adventure Playground is right near the main shopping and eating street in Yarra Glen (Bell Street) so you can buy supplies for a picnic lunch or grabs snacks and ice creams for a treat. We strolled up the hill for an early dinner at Hargreaves Hill after a full afternoon’s play.

The Yarra Glen Adventure Playground is a particularly good playground because it combines lots of opportunity for challenging physical activity with spaces for imaginative play. Worth a stopover if you’re in the Yarra Valley.


  • suitable for toddlers;
  • suitable for older children;
  • sandpit;
  • toilets;
  • natural shade;
  • BBQ, seating and picnic tables; and
  • water fountain.

Yarra Glen Adventure Playground, McKenzie Reserve, cnr Anzac Ave and Bell St, Yarra Glen


science fiction science future

Beam me up Scotty! A new temporary exhibition Science Fiction Science Future has arrived at Scienceworks.

Science Fiction Science Future is a travelling exhibition developed by Scitech in Perth. The exhibition takes science fiction ideas like invisibility and mind control and turns them into the possible realities of the future.

science fiction science future

The whole setup is pretty stunning, with lots of lights and fun hands-on experiences such as a robot that mimics your expressions, a ‘mindball’ game where you can move a ball across a table using your brainwaves and a build-your-own cyborg station.

science fiction science future

Our favourite exhibit was where you could teleport yourself just like Star Trek and make yourself invisible.

science fiction science future

Although Lady AB and Baby 2.0 were able to enjoy and participate in the exhibition, it  is targeted at kids 8+ years so some of the concepts were just too advanced for them (though I had fun with moving things with my eyes!). For older kids Science Fiction Science Future will introduce them to the topics of transport, robotics, innovation, medical technology. It’s science fiction for real!

science fiction science future

Science Fiction Science Future sits alongside Scienceworks’ new permanent exhibition Think Ahead. Why not also visit the temporary exhibition Rescue before it closes at the end of the school holidays on Sunday 5 October?

Look out for the Scienceworks giveaway happening for the September school holidays too.

Science Fiction Science Future, Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood

Daily 10am – 4:30pm (Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day)

Exhibition until Monday 9 March 2015

Free with museum entry adults $12, child FREE

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