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Free Autumn School Holidays Melbourne Activities – Saturday 9 April to Monday 25 April 2022

The Autumn school holidays are always lots of fun! But they can get expensive.

So here's my list of free activities to enjoy during the Autumn 2022 school holidays. Some activities may require bookings, so it's best to check any you might want to do well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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I've also published posts specifically for Easter events, school holidays events in Melbourne CBD and school holiday activities in Melbourne's suburbs.

Find out when are school holidays in Melbourne.

School holidays 2021 Melbourne – Week 1

  • Fed Kidz (Sat 9 Apr – Fri 24 Apr) – workshops, activities, big-screen gaming, live shows, family films and more!
  • Bees at Abbotsford Convent (Sat 9 Apr – Tue 12 Apr) – Let your kids be immersed in the sounds, shapes and scents of the bee world, from their familiar buzz to honeycomb houses and vibrant pollen.
  • Kids Bug Boxes Stocklands Point Cook (Sat 9 Apr – Thu 14 Apr) – Kids can enjoy getting creative with FREE nature craft activities these School Holidays. In the workshop, kids will learn how to make a butterfly photo holder and be able to take home two bonus craft activities to create at home. The take home crafts consist of a wooden flower and a weather wheel. 
  • Free movies in Pop Up Park Point Cook (Fri 8 Apr, Sat 9 Apr, Sat 16 Apr, Fri 22 Apr, Sat 23 Apr) – Bring a blanket and a friend, grab some dinner and find yourself a spot on the green to enjoy a movie under the stars!
  • Party in the Park Cruden Farm (Sun 10 Apr) – mini sports, an obstacle course, face painting, animal farms and lots more.
  • School Holidays at NGV (Mon 11 Apr – Tue 12 Apr) – Join teens at one of the free art-making workshops held at NGVA. Meet like-minded people and develop your illustration skills with Melbourne-based Graphic Designer and Illustrator Suyeon Park. During the workshop, you can tour the Who Are You exhibition with the NGV Teen Council to gather inspiration and then illustrate a set of paper stickers that highlight your interests and who you are.
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  • Nature Play Week Families Launch (Mon 11 Apr) – Celebrate the launch of Nature Play Week with a special launch event featuring free nature-based activities and experiences for families with children aged 0 – 12.
  • Nature Play Week: Nature Mobile (Mon 11 Apr – Wed 13 Apr ) – free craft workshop that will get kids to create their own Nature Mobile that's inspired by the surrounding Australian landscapes.
  • Nature Play Week: Decorative Bird's Nest (Mon 11 Apr – Wed 13 Apr) – Build a decorative bird’s nest from a variety of supplied natural materials in this free craft workshop for kids.
  • Our Amazing Oceans Eastland (Mon 11 Apr – Sun 24 Apr) – Each day, we’ll be hosting activities and workshops for little ones to enjoy—not only to unleash a bit of creativity but also to learn about life under the sea.  
  • School holidays at Queen Victoria Market (Tue 12 Apr – Thu 21 Apr) – bring the kids to meet the Easter bunny, explore the Market with our all-new Kids Passport or take part in our FREE kids school holiday activities. 
  • Melbourne Library Service (Mon 11 Apr – Fri 22 Apr) – classes, workshops performances and stories.
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  • Junior Rangers (Mon 11 Apr – Wed 27 Apr) – Parks Victoria Ranger-guided activities in various locations. Junior Rangers review
  • Our Amazing Oceans Pacific Werribee (Mon 11 Apr – Sun 24 Apr) – activities and workshops for little ones to enjoy, unleash a bit of creativity, and also learn about life under the sea. 
  • April School Holidays- Bunny Academy (Mon 11 Apr – Fri 22 Apr) – Get hopping into Woodgrove and enjoy FREE craft fun at the Bunny Academy. Create your own craft to take home and share with the family.
  • Blue's Clues and You! (Mon 11 Apr – Fri 22 Apr) – Meet Blue and join her for story time, arts and crafts, and more!
  • Kidworks @ Brickworks (Tue 12 Apr) – monthly kids club aimed at pre-school ages 2,3 & 4. Each month will include a range of interactive activities, crafts, storytime, and a whole lot of FUN. 
  • Free face painting Prahran Market (Thurs 14 Apr, Thurs 21 Apr) – face painter, Alysha, from Paint The Party.
  • MPavilion (until Sat 24 Apr) – free events including talks, workshops, performances, family-friendly experiences, community projects and installations, and more.
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  • The Gecko and the Mermaid NGV (until Mon 25 Apr) – NGV's summer’s kids exhibition introduces two significant contemporary Yolŋu artists from North-East Arnhem Land to our youngest of visitors. The Gecko and the Mermaid review
  • Melbourne Street Eatz (until Mon 25 Apr) – food trucks, games, entertainment open Thursday to Sunday.
  • Gruffalo Trail 2 Rippon Lea (until 30 Apr) – Visitors can explore the expansive paths and gardens of Rippon Lea, while bringing their favourite characters to life in vivid 3D animation using the Gruffalo Spotter 2 app. Gruffalo Trail Review
  • competition where kids get an I Spy Sheet and are challenged to find all the photos and make their guesses.
  • Sonica Botanica: Stories & Sounds from the Gardens (Until 30 Jun) – Immerse yourself in intertwining stories, atmospheric music and mesmerising sounds of the natural environment in Sonica Botanica, created by Melbourne sound artist Patrick Cronin.
  • Pond[er] NGV (until Sun 28 Aug) A beautiful architectural installation, replete with a pink pond evocative of Australia’s inland salt lakes, has been selected as the winner of the NGV’s 2021 Architecture Commission in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International. NGV Pink Pond review
  • Seeing the Invisible (Until Fri 30 Sep) – contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology, is presented in six countries simultaneously with Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne as the exclusive Australian locations.
  • Kids Passport Queen Victoria Market (Friday, Saturday & Sundays) – Collect your passport, then journey around the Market collecting stamps from our friendly traders, before making your way to the Queen Victoria Market Visitor Hub to claim your prize.
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  • Mini Twitchers Heide (ongoing) – Be a twitcher for a day and spot some beautiful birds in the Heide Sculpture park! Use a map to locate each area where the twelve painted birds are hidden in trees in the sculpture park.
  • The Story of the Moving Image (ongoing) – Journey through the past, present and future of the moving image through interactive experiences, digital innovation and captivating stories. ACMI review.
  • Shrine Kids (ongoing program) – free discovery trail for children at the Shrine of Remembrance. Shrine Kinds review

School Holidays 2021 Melbourne – Week 2

  • Selected week 1 events run across both weeks.
  • School Holidays at NGV (Tue 19 Apr – Fri 22 Apr) – Spend these school holidays at the NGV nurturing your child’s creativity and love of art.
  • Magic Hands The Wheeler Centre (Thu 21 Apr) – Join visual artist and Auslan educator Luke King for the very first Magic Hands workshop designed just for kids! At Magic Hands Kids, King will teach kids some useful signs and provide them with a fun, accessible introduction to Deaf culture.
  • The Playground (Thu 21 Apr – Sun 24 Apr) – Walk through three magical zones that are filled with fun activities for the school holidays!
  • Little Food Festival (Wed 20 Apr – Thur 21 Apr) – Two days of fun activities that aim to teach kids about the supply chain and its relationship to the health of our bodies and the planet.
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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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