melbourne school holidays

Part 2 of the bumper school holiday events and activities which covers Melbourne’s north, south, east, west.

Click here for school holiday events and activities in the CBD.

Click here for the Top 12 free winter school holiday events. 


  • IMAX (from Thu 15 Jun) – family-friendly film on a huge IMAX screen.
  • Melbourne Museum (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – exploring the world of Bugs. Make a bug, see a bug, be a bug.
  • National Geographic Photo Ark (Sat 1 Jul – 1 Oct) – exclusive photo exhibition is using the power of photography to inspire people to save animals before it’s too late.
  • Studio Magnifica Coburg (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – art classes every weekday for 3-5 year olds (and 5-12 year olds) with different themes.
  • Melbourne Magic Festival  (Mon 3 Jul – Sat 15 Jul) – see world class performances of magic in a theatrical environment.
  • Melbourne Puppet Festival (Tue 4 Jul – Sun 9 Jul) – Through theatre trickery and special effects you will take a 4D adventure through underwater landscapes and alien worlds created out of recycled plastic.
  • Kids Skate Deck Art Workshop (Thu 6 Jul) – Join Melbourne artist and illustrator, Pigeonboy, along with the team from Decks For Change,  for this creative workshop where aspiring artists will get to design and paint their own skateboard deck.
  • Inside the Brick (Sat 8 Jul – Sun 9 Jul) – Interactive Play & LEGO Model Exhibition.
  • Shrek Jnr Parkville (Wed 12 Jul – Sat 15 Jul) – It’s a “big bright beautiful world” for everyone’s favourite ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film.
  • The Wind in the Willows (Fri 14 Jul – Sat 15 Jul) – This is a charming, classic tale of adventure and discovery, in a brand new one-man adaptation starring Shaka Cook (Jasper Jones).


  • Storytelling Festival Glen Eira (Thu 22 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – suite of diverse events that celebrates stories and those who tell them.
  • The Big Freeze (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 9 Jul) – indoor family winter festival with activity zones and snow play.
  • Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival  (Tue 4 Jul – Fri 7 Jul) – interactive festival that entertains and encourages children to be creative through magic, circus, theatre, puppetry and music.
  • Lego Batman Experience Legoland (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – photo ops with the scene-stealing star, a themed scavenger hunt and LEGO Batman™-inspired LEGO build activities.
  • Christmas in July at Luna Park (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – Luna Park is decking the halls with Christmas jolly these winter school holidays – and everyone is invited!
  • Kids In Motion (Mon 3 Jul – Thu 13 Jul) – half and full day active and sport programs.
  • Fizz Kidz Malvern East (Tue 27 Jun – Fri 14 Jul) – Each child takes home their own special all natural cosmetic creation from our holiday program’s events in Melbourne.
  • Invent the World Brighton (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – workshops for engineering, programming, robotics, game design
  • The Art Factory Malvern (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – various activities and workshops.
  • Artea Albert Park (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – various activities and workshops. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Puss in Boots Malvern East (Mon 3 Jul – Sat 15 Jul) – Panto, traditional lemon drink and fairy bread!
  • South Melbourne Market (Wed 5 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – workshops and classes, face painting and storytime.
  • Frankston Arts Centre (Mon 4 Jul – Fri 7 Jul) – Hot Art for Cool Kids.
  • Gasworks Arts Park (Tue 4 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – various activities and workshops.
  • Linden Art Centre (Fri 7 Jul) – Learn techniques of glueing, folding, and cutting to create paper art.
  • Malvern Central (Mon 10 July – Fri 14 Jul) – Peter Pan Activity Centre.



  • Eastland ice skating & events (Sat 1 Jul – 31 Aug) – undercover ice skating, workshops, interactive inflatable sculptures.
  • Burrinja Circus Festival (Sat 1 Jul – Sat 8 Jul) – Featuring professional circus shows, student performances and classes for everyone.
  • Winter Bushland Adventure Healesville Sanctuary (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – Visit the magical ‘storynook’ at the Heritage Shelter and enjoy animated readings of classic Aussie kids’ stories against the beautiful backdrop of a cosy open fire.
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Mon 3 Jul – Tue 4 Jul) – WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT is the much loved story of a family out for walk and on the lookout for a growling bear.
  • National Sports Museum (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 7 Jul) -In addition to interactive zones, iconic sporting artefacts and 3D holograms, from Monday July 3 to Friday July 7 the stadium will play host to a range of special activities, including visits from AFL champs, cartoon drawing sessions and more.
  • PrimeSCI! School Holiday Program (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 7 Jul) – Get ready for another fun-filled week of hands-on holiday science for curious kids from Kindergarten to Year 8.
  • Box Hill Community Arts Centre (Mon 3 Jul – Thu  13 Jul) – various activities and workshops.
  • Kew Traffic School (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – Children gain confidence and develop road safety skills, away from the dangers of our roads through a range of active opportunities.
  • The Art Factory  (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – various activities and workshops.
  • Little Red Riding Hood Doncaster Playhouse (Mon 3 Jul – Sat 15 Jul) – live children’s shows aimed at children ages 3-8.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne (Wed 5 Jun –  Wed 12 Jul) – various activities and workshops.
  • Heide Museum of Modern Art (Wed 5 Jun – Fri 14 Jul) – various activities and workshops.
  • The Witches Mooroolabark (Thu 6 Jul) – Eyes will bulge and nostrils will flair with delight as this 20th century children’s  classic bursts onto the stage in a mind-boggling and madcap one-man show.
  • Diary of a Wombat (Wed 12 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – this delightful story is brilliantly brought to life through the magic of puppetry and live music.
  • The Magic Flute Mooroolabark (Thu 13 Jul) – Opera Australia returns in 2017 with a fully-staged fifty minute version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

 the dream factory


  • Clocktower Centre (Thu 29 Jun – Thu 13 Jul) – various movies and shows.
  • Winter Street Party (Fri 30 Jun) – Werribee City Centre will be transformed with evening arts experiences, fantastic food and family friendly school holiday activities.
  • Inspire9 Dream City (Sat 1 Jul) – join me and Small Scapes as we create a dream city out of cardboard and recycled materials as part of 9Fest.
  • A Hero’s Guide to Saving the Planet (Sat 1 Jul – Sat 15 Jul) – environmental superhero story with bright colours, silly jokes and sight gags.
  • Wild Nights at Werribee Open Range (Sun 9 Jul – Sat 15 Jul) – Bring your torch and a sense of adventure to the Zoo! These winter school holidays, explore the Zoo as it comes to life after dark with thrilling fire shows, animal encounters, marshmallow toasting, the shadow puppet theatre and a secret garden to explore. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Scienceworks (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – the Amazing Laser Maze and Museum of Tomorrow talk plus Lighttime, a collective of 11 Melbourne based artists who have created hypnotic and mesmerising works.
  • Winter Wonderlights Sovereign Hill (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 30 Jul) – Christmas in July with snow falls, carols and projections. Full review. 
  • Cupcake Decorating Cupcake Queens (Mon 3 Jul – Tue 4 Jul) – cupcake decorating classes at The Cupcake Queen’s Williamstown store.
  • Footscray Community Arts Centre (Tue 4 Jul – Thu 13 Jul) – various ‘Extreme Arts’ workshops.
  • 100 Story Holidays (Wed 5 Jul – Fri 7 Jul) – writing workshops for kids aged 7 – 12 years.
  • Team Adrenalin (Mon 10 Jul, Wed 13 Jul) – acrobatics, circus, trampolining, tumbling.
  • 9Fest at The Dream Factory (Mon 3 Jul – Sat 8 Jul) – week of kids activities and workshops culminating in Inspire9 Launch Day Sat 8 July.
  • Little Art Yurt Yarraville (Mon 3 Jul – Wed 12 Jul) – creative workshops with Dawn Tan in a Little Art Yurt.
  • Footscray City Gym (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 13 Jul) – holiday programs and open sessions of free play on gymnastic equipment for 1 hour.
  • Miss Biscuit Seddon (Tue 4 Jul) – basics of cookie decorating.
  • Little Art Big Art  (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – various classes and workshops.
  • The Art Factory Essendon  (Mon 3 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – various activities and workshops.
  • Incinerator Gallery (Tue 4 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – art and creative workshops.
  • Bindu Creative Dance (Wed 5 Jul) – 2 hr School Holiday Dance & Design session.
  • Banjos, Boots & Beyonce (Thu 6 Jul – Sat 8 Jul) – Kids call the shots in this riotous night of dance, banter and iced vovos.
  • Imaginary Architecture (Thu 6 Jul – Sun 9 Jul) – Artplay are taking over Kensington Town Hall to build a mega mini city.
  • Little Creatures Collective (Mon 3 Jul – Wed 12 Jul) – various classes and workshops.
  • Scienceplay Kids (Mon 3 Jul – Thu 13 Jul) – hands-on science classes for kids 2-12 years. Full review. 
  • The Wind in the Willows (Sat 8 Jul) – Starring Shaka Cook from the film Jasper Jones, The Wind in the Willows is a fantastic, larger than life adventure.
  • The Forest of Light Highpoint (Mon 10 Jul – Fri 14 Jul) – Explore the Forest Of Light, an interactive installation brought to you by Victoria University’s Skunk Control and take part in free science and technology themed workshops.
  • Winter Wonderland Williamstown (Fri 14 Jul – Sun 16 Jul) – unlimited rides, entertainment and activities throughout the day.
  • Kiddyrock Family Jam (Sun 16 Jul) – instruments and props from our workshops, craft and creative play stations and a special performance by Ally Boom Boom and the Cool Bananas.

PLUS don’t forget some of our HOT (indoor) winter hangouts:

Click here for school holiday events and activities in the CBD.

Click here for the Top 12 free winter school holiday events. 

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