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14 Free Winter School Holiday Events in Melbourne 2023

School holidays can be an expensive affair, so here’s a list of my top 21 free winter school holiday events Melbourne. That’s a free event you could visit, every day of the holidays!

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Winter Fest Moonee Ponds (Now until Sun 14 Jul) – Ice skating, ice slide, music, free events.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. NAIDOC Celebration Cranbourne Garden (TBA) – join the community for free Indigenous knowledge tours, storytelling and a history of Treaty.
  14. 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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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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