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

Wondering what to do in the Melbourne school holidays with Autumn? Never fear, I have compiled a huge list of Easter school holiday events and activities that will keep the whole family happy and entertained, no matter where you’re located and what your budget.

Just be aware that many events and activities will require pre-booking, so get organised early to secure your place!

Find out when are school holidays in Melbourne. If you're looking specifically for Easter events then here's what happening for Easter in Melbourne.

Somehow, Roald Dahl’s words are mysteriously disappearing – not only from books, but children’s minds too! Luckily, the top-secret Ancient Guild of Taletenders have come to the rescue: join them for fun interactive games, immersive storytelling, and some theatrical magic to help save these stories forever!

Catch this exciting performance of Roald Dahl and The Imagination Seekers live from Thursday 12 April – Monday 17 April, and Tuesday 19 April – Sunday 24 April!

Tickets available here

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What's on Autumn School holidays – Melbourne North / North-east

  • School holidays at Melbourne Museum (Sat 9 Apr – Mon 25 Apr) – get to know the creatures that thrived in the Cretaceous, become a mini-Triceratops with the Triceratops Masks in the colour of the cretaceous, learn digital skills and create an augmented reality Triceratops. Plus laugh out loud with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and join us to celebrate the ideas, myths and histories of Ancient Greece and it’s influences on contemporary culture
  • The (Very) Big Laugh Out Loud (Fri 1 Apr  – Sat 19 Apr) – World-class street performers and the best physical and musical comedy in da biz.
  • BK Gym & Swim (11 April – 22 April) – Enjoy gymnastics-based activities and games, gymnastics training, or an action packed Ninja Day!
  • Pop-up Skatepark (Mon 11 Apr) – participate in Skate Melbourne's free pop-up skatepark that's run by two qualified skateboard coaches. So bring your board, have a skate, enjoy the ramps and maybe even learn a trick or two.
  • MICF: Trash With A Porpoise (Tue 20 Apr – Sun 24 Apr) – Trash with a Porpoise is a thrilling journey full of puppetry, clowning, song and of course, plenty of Trash!
  • Dinosaur Festival Melbourne (Wed 22 Apr) – A world-class dinosaur exhibition, dinosaur-themed activities, and various amusement rides activation for the whole family.

What's on Autumn School holidays – Melbourne South/ South-east/ Bayside

  • LEGO Ninjago Training Camp (Fri 1 Apr – Sat 30 Apr) – Train through interactive and build challenge activities to help protect NINJAGO from its marauding enemies.
  • BK Gymnastics (Tue 6 Apr – Fri 16 Apr) – 2 hour to half-day gymnastics programs in locations including Hawthorn, Bayside, Noble Park, Hoppers Crossing and Bacchus Marsh.
  • Legoland Melbourne (Fri 8 Apr – Sun 18 Apr) – There are 13 great family attractions in LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne to explore.
  • Pets Day Out (Sat 9 Apr) – pet parade, food stalls, exhibitors, music and activities to celebrate our fabulous furry friends!
  • Unicorn High Tea (Sat 9 Apr – Fri 22 Apr) – Enjoy a unicorn-themed high tea experience filled with the best magical themed sandwiches and savouries. Read the review
  • Party in the Park Cruden Farm (Sun 10 Apr) – mini sports, an obstacle course, face painting, animal farms and lots more.
  • School holidays at Bunjil Place (Sun 10 Apr – Wed 20 Apr) – shows, art workshops, movies & more.
  • Art Soup Kid Classes (Mon 11 Apr – Thu 14 Apr ) – These classes are a fun mix of many different media including paints, pastels, charcoal, inks, clay, mosaics and more.
  • School holidays at Bricks4Kidz (Tues 6th April) – LEGO®, Robotics and Coding workshops.
  • Kids In Motion  (Mon 11 Apr – Thu 21 Apr) – half and full day active and sport programs.
  • Kickstart Soccer (Mon 11 Apr – Thu 21 Apr) – focus is on skill development and game time.
  • Fizz Kidz Malvern  (Mon 11 Apr – Thu 21 Apr) -Each child takes home their own special all natural cosmetic creation from our holiday program’s events in Melbourne.
  • Kids In Motion  (Mon 11 Apr – Thu 21 Apr) – half and full day active and sport programs.
  • School Holidays at the Village Market (Wed 13 Apr – Sun 17 Apr) – make sushi in a free cooking lesson, enjoy free face painting, take a selfie with the Easter bunny and much more!
  • School holidays at Gasworks (Mon 11 Apr – Fri 22 April) – creative and entertaining experiences for children aged 1 to 14 during the school holidays. Bringing together a range of energetic artists and performers who specialise in working with kids.
  • Little Devils Circus (Mon 11 Apr – Fri 22 April) – teach, inspire and exhaust even the most restless of children!
  • School holidays at Knox (Mon 11 Apr – Fri 22 April) – shows, workshops and movies.
  • BK Gym & Swim (11 April – 22 April) – Enjoy gymnastics-based activities and games, gymnastics training, or an action-packed Ninja Day!
  • The Art Factory Malvern (Mon 11 Apr – Fri 22 April) – various activities and workshops.
  • Hidden Creature Gallery (Mon 11 Apr) – An interactive activity empowering young people to bring to life the places and objects around them and give them voice.
  • 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.
  • Let it Go – The Songs of Frozen in Concert (Wed 13 Apr) – See sisters Anna and Elsa in full costume, along with some of their popular friends from the Frozen movies as they sing along to the popular and classic songs from Frozen and Frozen 2!
  • Hotel Esplanade (Wed 13 Apr – Thur 14 Apr) – the Espy School Holiday Program is back, bigger and better than ever. Join in the craft classes, magic show and kids disco! 
  • McClelland Autumn School Holiday Programs (Wed 13 Apr – Fri 22 Apr) – Various creative workshops for both kids and parents.
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  • Free face painting Prahran Market (Thurs 14 Apr, Thurs 21 Apr) – face painter, Alysha, from Paint The Party.
  • Kids Farm Tour (Thu 14 Apr – Thu 21 Apr) – Meet farm animals, tour the farm, and learn about where food comes from while spending time outside in the fresh air and sunshine.
  • National Institute Circus Arts (Wed 22 Apr – Fri 22 Apr) – juggling, tumbling, mini tramp, static trapeze, aerial ring, tissu, hula hoops, tight wire and more. Read my review.
  • Y(our) Fest ( Thu 23 Apr) – connect and get creative through free live music, arts and dance workshops, festival activities and food!
  • 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
  • Kids Explorer Cranbourne Gardens (March 10 onwards) – Journey around the Australian Garden, experiencing its wonder through sight, colour, sound and smell on this special bus trip designed for a child’s view.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Diamond Valley Railway (Every Sunday) – miniature railway with playground next door. Read my review
  • Arthurs Seat Eagle (Daily) – Iconic aerial gondola attraction with free ‘Where’s Wedgie?’ competition where kids get an I Spy Sheet and are challenged to find all the photos and make their guesses.
  • Gumbuya World (Daily) – Make the most of Oasis Springs before it closes for the season, with eight epic water slides, the heated 300-metre-long Lazy River and The Break, Victoria’s most impressive wave pool. Plus theme park rides and wildlife trail. 

Autumn School Holidays Melbourne East

  • Ninja Mania Challenge (Sat 2 Apr) – Test our your ninja warrior skills at the first custom-made Ninja challenge course for all wanna-be Ninjas!
  • Kabloom (Sat 2 Apr – Fri 25 Apr) – Come and enjoy our flower fields bursting with a sea of colour with over a million flowers. A wonderful day out with all the family. Kabloom Review
  • Booroondara Arts (Sun 3 Apr – Tue 26 Apr ) – fun and educational activities in performing and visual arts.
  • Gluttony (Wed 6 Apr – Sun 10 Apr) – Join us for the Victorian premiere of Gluttony On Tour and be the first to indulge your senses in this celebration of Music, Circus, Burlesque and the best Food and Wine the region has to offer!
  • Bees at Abbotsford Convent (Sat 9 Apr – Tue 12 Apr) – Be immersed in the sounds, shapes and scents of the bee world, from their familiar buzz to honeycomb houses and vibrant pollen.
  • Autumn School Holiday Program (Sat 9 Apr – Sat 30 Apr) – Beat school holiday boredom with fun activities from Whitehorse’s Autumn Arts School Holiday Program.
  • Asian Cooking with Parents and Kids (Sun 10 Apr) – If your child loves to eat and have fun, you want them enrolled in our kid cooking classes. More important than having fun, your child will begin to learn a fresh and healthy alternative to foods. We use all-natural and healthy ingredients in every dish.
  • The Art Factory Balwyn (Mon 11 Apr – Fri 22 April) – various activities and workshops.
  • Ninja Parc (Mon 11 Apr – Fri 22 Apr) – 3 hours of Ninja Parc action, Dedicated Ninja Coach/Parc Ranger and Morning or afternoon snack provided.
  • Kew Junction (Mon 11 Apr- Fri 22 Apr) – clay play, drawing, pizza making and more.
  • BK Gym & Swim (Mon 11 April – Fri 22 April) – Enjoy gymnastics-based activities and games, gymnastics training, or an action packed Ninja Day!
  • 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.  
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  • Where’s Wally themed Activity Centre (Mon 18 Apr – Fri 22 Apr) – Find Wally hiding at Armada Dandenong Centre! Also Enjoy free craft activities including decorating your own Where’s Wally drink bottle.
  • Peter Rabbit Activation Zone (Tue 19 Apr – Sat 23 Apr) – Visit Peter Rabbit’s garden and decorate your very own farmers market carry bag to take home.
  • Don't Mess With The Dummies Box Hill (Thu 21 Apr) – The Dummies are on an expedition and you’re invited along for the ride. Pack your bag, tie your shoes and get ready for circus-filled hilarity as the Dummies rumble in the jungle, swing through treetops and bash through the undergrowth. This rambunctious rollick features a rockin’ soundtrack, unbelievable acrobatics and trademark Dummies frivolity. 
  • Gembrook Market (Sun 24 Apr) – a country market with a sustainable living focus. Find crafts, plants, fresh produce, hot food selections fresh coffee and more.
  • Blue Lotus Water Garden (until Mon 18 Apr) – thousands of beautiful blooms, picnic areas, fairy garden, workshops. Read my review.
  • 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.
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Autumn School Holidays Melbourne West

  • Scienceworks (Sat 9 Apr – Mon 25 Apr) – Jump into Autumn Holiday fun at Scienceworks to explore one of the most mysterious and precious resources on earth: water! With live, interactive shows, a curious scavenger hunt, and plenty of other activities, we’ll investigate and celebrate the science and importance of water in our daily lives.
  • Free activities Point Cook Pop Up Park (Fri 1 Apr – Sat 23 Apr) – huge a range of FREE activities with something for everyone, young and old.
  • Ramp Camp (Fri 2 Apr – Sun 18 Apr) – Camps are suitable for skateboarders, scooters & BMX riders aged from 7-14.
  • Highpoint Arena (Sat 9 Apr – Sun 24 Apr) – An interactive sports zone with rock climbing, sprint track or even weight lifting. It's free to explore and open daily from 11am-3pm.
  • Lions Community Music & Picnic in the Park (Sun 10 Apr) – Taylors Lakes Lions 2nd Annual Community Music and Picnic in the Park, featuring two stages of live music, kid's entertainment precinct, food vans, market stalls, and heaps of fun! 
  • Inspiring Minds (Tue 6 Apr – Thu 15 Apr) – workshops with hands-on activities to strengthen fine motor skills, explore STEM concepts, develop resilience and foster a love of learning.
  • 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!
  • April School Holidays- Bunny Academy (Mon 11 April – Fri 22 April) – Get hopping into Woodgrove to enjoy FREE craft fun at the Bunny Academy to create crafts to take home and share with the family.
  • Blue's Clues and You! (Mon 11 Apr – Sun 24 Apr) – Have an action-packed School Holidays at Watergardens with Blue from Blue's Clues with some storytime, arts and crafts, and mini-golf!
  • BK Gym & Swim (Mon 11 April – Fri 22 April) – Enjoy gymnastics-based activities and games, gymnastics training, or an action-packed Ninja Day!
  • Westgate Vacation Care (Mon 11 Apr – Fri 15 Apr) – Created to offer a range of activities that will help build your child's confidence, support their interests, explore their curiosity and encourage the development of a variety of skills that will allow your child to get the best start in life.
  • A-MAZE-ING Ocean Interactive Maze (Mon 11 Apr – Sun 24 Apr) – Dive into this immersive deep-sea adventure zone and venture into themed rooms and engaging fun activities!
  • The 13-Storey Treehouse (Tue 12 Apr) – Andy Griffiths’ & Terry Denton’s best-selling book comes to life on stage for children 6-12 and their adults!
  • Footscray Community Arts Centre (Tues 12 Apr – Thur 14 Apr) – creative and participatory workshops in music, acting, visual arts, and much more.
  • Junior Chocolatier Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie (Tue 13 Apr – Thu 21 Apr) – chocolate making workshop and free chocolate tastings. Read my review.
  • Fish Club (Wed 13 Apr & Wed 20 Apr) – 2-hour interactive experience teaching kids about marine creatures, caring for the environment and an introduction to responsible fishing.
  • The Big Bounce Australia (Sat 16 Apr – Sun 1 May) – Have a day of fun at the world's biggest touring inflatable theme park!
  • Grassland Games (Wed 20 Apr) – Come ready for action, as we hop, jump, roll and run with nature. We will host a range of traditional picnic games….but with a grassland twist.
  • Meet me in Tarneit Market (Sat 23 Apr) – Tarneit is turning up the heat this Summer with FREE family events including movie and live music nights and a monthly weekend market.
  • Eynesbury Market (Sun 24 Apr) – Genuine farmers, producers and makers meet and sell directly to the public fresh, local and organic foods.
  • Essendon Traffic School (Mon to Fri) – Essendon Traffic School is a mini road set up for kids aged two to ten years, complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights. Essendon Traffic School review.
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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.

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