autumn school holidays melbourne 2017


Easter school holidays are starting soon from Saturday 1 April to Monday 17 April. Here are some ideas to keep kids, particularly under 5s, entertained during the whole period of school holidays, sorted by location and date order.

Click here for school holiday activities in Melbourne’s suburbs.

Click here for Easter events (Friday 15 April – Monday 17 April).


  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (Fri 31 Mar – Sun 9 Apr) – share, learn and eat with with the festival’s family-friendly events.
  • The Very Big Laugh Out Loud at Federation Square (Fri 31 March – Sun 23 Apr) – Get a belly full of laughs at Fed Square with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
  • Melbourne Gaol (Sat 1 Apr – Mon 17 Apr) – Come to the Old Melbourne Gaol these Easter Holidays to be locked up in the old Watch House and then sent to gaol.
  • ACMI (Sun 2 Apr – Thu 13 Apr) – be a game critic, build a VR world, family Lego robotics, minecraft, Scratch day and more.
  • Federation Square (Mon 3 Apr – Sun 23 Apr) – FREE experiment in collective art-making with the LOL roll, free outdoor cinema, stargazing live.
  • Eureka Skydeck (Sat 1 Apr – Mon 17 Apr) – FREE Crayola Kids Zone filled with fun craft and drawing activities, including bunny-ear making and the opportunity to scribble on windows.
  • Under 8s Ice Fun at O’Brien Arena (Sat 1 Apr – Mon 17 Apr) – A unique toddler experience in shoes or skates every day of the school holidays.
  • ArtPlay (Sat 1 Apr – Wed 12 Apr) – Come and play in the free ArtPlay Backyard and join other paid workshops.
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Sat 1 Apr – Sun 23 Apr) – comedy events for kids.
  • Pirate Sunday Polly Woodside (Sun 2 Apr) – Dress as a pirate and come help us search for hidden treasure, play tug of war and have your face painted.
  • Code Camp (Mon 3 Apr – Thu 14 Apr) – During the camps, kids create and build their own game, learn about user design and the psychology of user experience.
  • Smurfs High Tea The Langham (Mon 3 Apr – Tue 25 Apr) – school holiday high tea especially for teens (but kids can still go!).
  • Wheeler Kids (Tue 4 Apr – Wed 12 Apr) – literary kid-friendly events.
  • Lemonade Stand Kids Coding (Thu 6 Apr – Fri 7 Apr) – coding workshop for kids.
  • Paw Patrol Live (Fri 7 Apr – Sun 9 Apr) – Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon produced by Spin Master, PAW Patrol Live! brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure.
  • Lego Educational Centre (Mon 3 Apr – Thu 13 Apr) – Serious fun with Lego! READ THE REVIEW.
  • Melbourne Library Service (Mon 3 Apr – Thu 13 Apr) – classes, workshops performances and stories.
  • State Library of Victoria (Thu 6 Apr – Tue 11 Apr) – Be inspired by the State Library’s collection of beautiful, rare books then use your imagination to create your own masterpiece.
  • Cerita Anak Arts Centre Melbourne (Thu 30 Mar – Sun 2 Apr) – Combining puppetry, song, shadow imagery and sound, the show bustles with all the life of the ocean. Full review. 
  • Mr Stink Arts Centre Melbourne (Sat 1 Apr – Sun 9 Apr) – touching, twisted and very smelly adaptation of David Walliams’ award-winning children’s book
  • Queen Victoria Market (Sat 1 Apr – Sun 16 Apr) – Family Footy Zone and FREE seasonal cooking, drawing and craft activities.
  • Cooks’ Cottage Easter Adventure (Sat 1 Apr – Mon 17 Apr) – egg-cellent adventure of discovery these school holidays. Follow a trail of clues to find the answers and receive a treat upon completion.
  • Good Friday Appeal Kids Day Out at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (Fri 14 Apr) – giant roller-skating rink, laser skirmish, sports clinics, the popular Teddy Bear Hospital, kids cooking classes, rides, music and dancing and more.
  • CPR Challenge at Crown (Fri 14 Apr) – family fun activities, the setting of a world record (most people trained in paediatric CPR in 6hrs, celebrity meet’n’greets with all proceeds for Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

Click here for school holiday activities in Melbourne’s suburbs.

Click here for Easter events (Friday 15 April – Monday 18 April)

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