melbourne winter school holidays

Winter school holidays are starting soon from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 April.

Here’s your mega list of school holiday events in Melbourne’s CBD and Docklands, sorted by date.

Click here for more school holiday events in Melbourne’s north, south, east, west.


  • Circus Oz Birrarung Marr (Tue 20 Jun – Sun 16 Jul) – high-voltage acrobatics and explosive aerial antics. Full review.
  • Docklands Firelight Festival (Sat 30 Jun – Sun 2 Jul) – the traditions of a winter solstice and a modern celebration of arts, music, food, fire and fun.
  • The Wolf and Peter Arts Centre Melbourne (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 2 July) – CoisCéim Dance Theatre takes this timeless story of courage, friendship and imagination as inspiration to tell the story through the eyes of a Wolf.
  • ACMI (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – variety of paid and free drop-in workshops, ACMI Family Sundays and Kids Flicks.
  • Variety Ice Slide (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – a thrilling 40-metre long, four-metre high ice slide will be set up alongside Southbank’s waterfront. Full review. 
  • Winter Skate O’Brien Group Arena (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – figure skating champions, craft, face painting, free beginner lessons, under 8s ice fun. 
  • River Rink Federation Square (Sat 1 Jun – Sun 23 Jul) – During the day views of the city and Yarra River form a dramatic backdrop for skaters and as nightfall arrives River Rink in Fed Square transforms into a fairyland of light and colour. Suitable for all ages.
  • Slide, Skate and Chill (Sat 1 Jul – Thu 31 Aug) – undercover riverside ice rink and toboggan slide. Full review.
  • Aladdin the Musical (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 22 Oct) – Disney film turned into lavish musical. Read the review.
  • Pirate Sunday Polly Woodside (Sun 2 Jul) – Dress as a pirate and come help us search for hidden treasure, play tug of war and have your face painted.
  • Sunday Family Funday Munich Brauhaus (Sun 2 Jul, Sun 9 Jul, Sun 15 Jul) – mobile farm experience, face painter, kids’ entertainer and yummy food at Munich Brauhaus.
  • Starry Southern Skies at Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne (Mon 3 Jul, Mon 10 Jul) – See the roof of the Melbourne Observatory rotate and open to view the amazing Australian night sky.
  • Melbourne Library Service (Mon 1 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – various workshops and activities, all free.
  • Captain Cook’s Compass Trail (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – In this adventure at Cooks’ Cottage, kids will learn how a compass works and go on a lost items hunt.
  • Lego Educational Centre (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – 2 hour Lego workshops from 3+ years.
  • Afternoon Tea Hotel Windsor (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – kids pay the equivalent of their age for a special afternoon tea stand and chocolate fountain. Full review. 
  • Make Do and Mend (Sat 1 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – See how people used resources around them to make the best of scarcity during World War II in this free exhibition at the Shrine of Remembrance.   
  • It’s Snowtime Wonderland Junior (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) –  An undercover snowy adventure zone with snowman building activities, snowball throwing target area and mini snow tube snow slide.
  • Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 14  Jul)  – school holiday program with full educational tour, an exclusive look behind-the-scenes, art and craft activities and the chance to meet aquarium aquarists and keepers.
  • LEGO City Play Zone Harbour Town (Mon 3 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – free giant life size LEGO City Play Zone with free building, ipad games, photo ops. Full review.
  • Bricks 4 Kids at Fed Square (Mon 3 Jul – Mon 17 Jul) –  On selected days during River Rink, kids’ can challenge themselves in Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO building workshops.
  • Despicable Me 3 High Tea (Mon 3 Jul  – Fri 21 Jul) – menu inspired by the new Despicable Me 3 movie.
  • Wheeler Kids (Tue 4 Jul – Thu 13 Jul) – literary kid-friendly events.
  • Disney on Ice presents Frozen (Wed 5 Jul –  23 Jul) – whisked away into the wintery world of the Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen.
  • The Story of Lamp (Sat 8 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – In this interactive journey, a series of talking lamps will take you and your family on an exploration of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Theatres Building. Full review. 
  • Ickypedia Arts Centre Melbourne (Tue 11 Jul – Sat 15 Jul) – Australia’s favourite kids comedians, The Listies, bring their best-smelling book Ickypedia: A Dictionary of Disgusting New Words to the stage in a brand new show!

Don’t forget these HOT CBD locations as well:

Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons NGV

Play Pod State Library of Victoria

ArtPlay Playground

Library at the Dock

And some HOT family-friendly dining out tips:

Din Tai Fung

New Shanghai

Boatbuilders Yard

Gallery Kitchen

Click here for more school holiday events in Melbourne’s north, south, east, west.


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