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Free Winter School Holiday Events in Melbourne 2024

School holidays can be an expensive affair, so here’s a list of free winter school holiday events Melbourne. That’s a free event you could visit, every day of the holidays!

  1. DRAWING ACTIVITY BY REL PHAM Free Entry (Wed 7 Jun – Mon 26 Jun) – Experience a captivating drawing activity led by artist Rel Pham at NGV. Unleash your creativity and explore the world of art.
  2. National Photographic Portrait Prize (Sat 9 Jun – Sun 3 Sep) – Experience the captivating National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition, showcasing Australia’s finest portrait photographers and their subjects.
  3. 10,000 KAZOOS Ciaran Frame FREE EVENT (Sat 10 Jun) – Experience the unforgettable 10,000 Kazoos event at RISING 2023! Join us in Melbourne’s heart at Federation Square for an epic, unifying moment. Open to all, don’t miss this!
  4. Winter Street Party Werribee (Fri 23 Jun) – See the city light up after dark, with beautiful light installations, street performers, kids’ activities and warming winter treats from city traders.
  5. Pop Up Roller Rink | Werribee City Centre (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 25 Jun) – Experience the coolest event this winter at the Pop-Up Roller Rink on Watton Street. Pre-book your session for family fun!
  6. UNDER THE SEA TREASURE HUNT (Sat 24 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – Get ready for the exciting return of the Fed Square School Holiday Treasure Hunt!
  7. POP ART (Sat 24 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – Step into the Pre-Historic Park, where massive balloon dinosaurs, snakes, ferns, and volcanoes come alive. Experience the awe and wonder of this captivating world.
  8. The District Skate, Park, Play (Sat 24 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – Experience the excitement of Skate, Park, Play during the winter school holidays at The District.
  9. Winter Circus Carnival (Sun 25 Jun) – Experience a day of free circus fun for the whole family at Burrinja! Try unicycling, juggling, hula hooping, and more with drop-in workshops, face painting, live performances, games, and crafts.
  10. WARNER BROS. Celebrating 100 Years of Storytelling (Sun 25 Jun – Sat 8 Jul) – Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Warner Bros. as you relive the magic of beloved stories like F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Looney Tunes, and Batman.
  11. Barbie you can be anything (Wed 28 Jun – Sun 16 Jul) – Start your day in a state of zen and find your inner balance with Barbie Yoga. Or let your imagination soar and tap into your artistic side with a captivating Barbie art class. Dive into these invigorating activities and unlock a world of endless exploration.
  12. Family Fiesta Monash (Wed 28 Jun – Fri 30 Jun & Sat 1 Jul) – interactive and participatory events that will get your children dancing, drawing, singing and reading.
  13. Alexander Calder Workshop for Kids (Fri 28 Jun – Sun 4 Aug) – Incorporating hands-on activities that explore the artist’s interest in inventing and constructing new artistic forms, this installation draws inspiration from Calder’s unique exploration of space using line, objects, scale and movement. Read my review
  14. A Fairy Tale in Red Times NGV (Fri 28 Jun – Sun 6 Oct) – free exhibition of contemporary Chinese art from Sydney’s White Rabbit Gallery. Read my review.
  15. Sustainable Cooking Workshop For Kids FREE (Thu 29 Jun) – Unleash your child’s culinary creativity with a quick and easy ‘cheat’ pizza, while learning to minimize food waste and save money.
  16. Winter 2023 Kids Takeover (Thu 29 Jun) – Let your kids take charge at this one-day winter extravaganza, where they’ll dominate the Library with arts, hip-hop, magic, and more.
  17. Docklands Firelight Festival (Fri 30 Jun – Sun 2 Jul) – the traditions of a winter solstice and a modern celebration of arts, music, food, fire and fun.
  18. LEGO PLAY ZONE (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 9 Jul) – Embark on an exciting adventure these school holidays at the Lego Play Zone. Engage in imaginative play, explore different themes like City, Trees, Pink Island, Beach, and Space. Capture your creations and have fun in this free activation.
  19. Camp Highpoint (Mon 1 Jul – Sun 7 Jul) – Enjoy daily workshops in yoga, science, cooking and more, plus collect a different special scout badge each day.
  20. Road to Zero (Mon 1 Jul – Sun 14 Jul) – use the state-of-the-art technology to create a broadcast quality TV advertisement about the importance of wearing helmets and protective gear while riding bikes, scooters and skateboards. Read my review.
  21. Jumpstart Kids (Tue 4 Jul and Wed 5 Jul) – Uncover the thrill of acquiring new sporting skills as a team. Engage in basketball, soccer, and AFL during our 4-hour session, where you’ll receive introductory training in all three sports.
  22. NAIDOC Week Yarra Libraries (Wed 5 Jul) – Join the NAIDOC Week celebration with Aboriginal Housing Victoria’s Family Day at the Farm, art exhibitions like “UnMonumental,” storytelling, and cultural activities. Explore Indigenous connections, converse with artists James Tylor and Matt Chun, and enjoy a captivating Storytime with Lisa Hayward.
  23. Chromatica: Colour Play (Wed 5 Jul – Sat 22 Jul) – Join Wyndham City Arts & Culture and the Indirect Object for Chromatica: Colour Play. Explore interactive art and workshops that ignite your imagination. Free to attend and designed for children of all ages!
  24. NGV’s NAIDOC week (Sat 8 Jul) – Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2023 at NGV Australia. Enjoy a day of free tours, performances, talks, workshops, and activities for all ages, honoring the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  25. Winter Fest Moonee Ponds (Until Sun 14 Jul) – Ice skating, ice slide, music, free events.
  26. Let’s Dance: Hip Hop (Until Tue 27 Jun) – Hëna’s FREE dance workshop is high energy with a focus on learning hip-hop skills, the confidence to dance freely, and a dance routine for a final showcase.
  27. Creative Art with Little Art Big Art (First Saturday of every month until Sat 1 July) – Discover a world of creativity with Little Art Big Art’s FREE monthly family-friendly art sessions. Sessions are suitable for kids aged 3 to 15, with parental supervision.
  28. Junior Rangers (TBA) – Parks Victoria Ranger guided activities in various locations. Including Minibeast Discovery at Brimbank Park and Organ Pipes National Park.  Full review.
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Also remember that your local library and Melbourne Library Service hold free events plus check out the free ongoing Shrine Kids discovery trail for children at the Shrine of Remembrance. Full review.

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About Joyce Watts

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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