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What’s On in Melbourne for Summer School Holidays 2023/2024

School holidays are a great time for families to get out and about and explore all that Melbourne has to offer. With the Summer School Holidays fast approaching, there are plenty of activities and attractions that you and your family can enjoy throughout the city. 

From outdoor activities and beach days to unique experiences such as animal encounters and sports events, there’s something for everyone.

Be sure to check back often for updates and to see what’s on in Melbourne today and this weekend, as well as what’s happening for the whole month.

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WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S NORTH / NORTH-EAST

  • TeamKids Summer School Holidays (Wed 21 Dec – Sun 29 Jan) – Let your kids enjoy activities that will engage and entertain them in a fun and safe environment over the school holidays.
  • PrisonBreak Explorers: Kids’ Prison Adventure (Wed 21 Dec – Sun 28 Jan) – Escape with the kids these school holidays on Pentridge Prison Tour’s new family tour, and discover the history of Australia’s most infamous prison.
  • Slow Art Collective Pavilion 2024 (Tue 2 Jan – Thu 11 Jan) – A hands-on sensory exhibition where children and their grown-ups can become creators of immersive artworks.
  • Club Compost (Wed 3 Jan) – A mini beast disco for all ages, presented with Abbotsford Convent and Midsumma Festival 2024
  • Whitehorse School Holiday Program (Wed 3 Jan – Fri 26 Jan) – Stay entertained these summer school holidays with a range of fun and affordable activities involving sports, arts, the environment, history and things the family can enjoy together.
  • Abbotsford Convent Farmers Market (Sat 13 Jan) – Support sustainable farming and meet local farmers, producers, and specialty makers while enjoying fresh, local produce.
  • Banyule Youth (Mon 15 Jan – Wed 24 Jan) – Banyule Youth Services runs a range of in-person and online events & workshops for young people.
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  • Brickvention (Sat 20 Jan – Sun 21 Jan) – An all things lego convention that’s filled with workshops, presentations, special events and challenges!
  • Tiny Tour Melbourne Museum (Until Fri 19 Jan) – a 45-minute tour created for early-year audiences that will invite them to wonder, discover and be amazed.
  • Fitzroy Market (Saturdays) – a one-stop hub for everything produce, food, artisan, handcrafted, vintage, second hand and local.
  • Rose Street Artists’ Market (Saturdays and Sundays) – Shop directly from Melbourne’s best artists, designers, crafters and makers at Fitzroy’s iconic Rose Street Market.
  • Diamond Valley Railway (Sundays) – miniature railway with a playground next door. Read the Diamond Valley Railway Review.
  • Heritage Garden and Grounds (Until Sun 31 Dec) – Experience the breathtaking Heritage Garden and grounds alongside the iconic buildings at Abbotsford Convent. This culturally significant site offers a serene setting for picnics, reading, or leisurely contemplation, welcoming visitors every day of the year.

WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

  • Shaun the Sheep: Hide & Sheep (Fri 15 Dec – Sun 28 Jan) – The Shaun the Sheep: Hide & Sheep trail has come to Rippon Lea Estate. Can you find him?
  • Sunset Twilight Markets (Fri 15 Dec, & Fri 19 Jan) – Enjoy live music, roaming performers,  curated stallholders offering a variety of unique products and wares and more
  • The Art Factory Malvern (Mon 11 Dec – Mon 25 Jan) – various activities and workshops.
  • Kickstart Soccer (Mon 11 Dec, Tue 12 Dec, Wed 13 Dec, Mon 18 Dec, Tue 19 Dec, Wed 20 Dec, and Thu 21 Dec) – focus is on skill development and game time.
  • Fizz Kidz Malvern  (Mon 11 Dec – Thu 25 Jan) -Each child takes home their own special all natural cosmetic creation from our holiday program’s events in Melbourne.
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  • Climbing School Holiday Programs (Tue 19 Dec, Thu 21 Dec, Fri 5 Jan, Mon 8 Jan, Fri 12 Jan, Mon 15 Jan, Fri 19 Jan, Mon 22 Jan, and Thu 25 Jan) – Enjoy 4 hours of engaging fun including supervised climbing/caving, craft activities and active games.
  • The Explorer (Sun 1 Jan – Tue 31 Dec) – Discover the beauty of this inner-city oasis and enjoy live commentary in the comfort of an open-air minibus.
  • Seek and Find Nature Cards (Sat 1 Jan – Tue 31 Dec) – Set your young ones on an adventure exploring the wondrous scenery, plants and creatures of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne with their Seek and Find Nature Cards.
  • Dinosaur World Live (Thu 4 Jan – Sat 6 Jan) – Discover life-like dinosaurs in Dinosaur World Live in this interactive show for all the family at The National Theatre, Melbourne from 4 to 6 January.
  • Family Film: A Bug’s Life (Sun 7 Jan) – Discover the imaginary world of ‘A Bug’s Life’ on the outdoor screen at the Bunjil Place Plaza this summer. $5.00 (includes a tiny treat)
  • You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown – Presented by What’s On? Production Company (Thu 11 Jan – Sat 13 Jan) – Presented by Geelong’s newest professional theatre company, What’s On? Production Company, comes this summer’s most entertaining, family friendly musical You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.
  • Peter Pan and the Pirates (Thu 11 Jan – Sat 20 Jan) – Join Peter Pan and the Lost Boys as they hatch a plan to get Tinkerbell’s pixie dust back in a Neverland full of mayhem, mermaids, and music.
  • Dandenong Market World Fare @ Night (Thu 11 Jan) – The Dandenong Market ‘World Fare @ Night’ returns this January with a vibrant hub of culinary activity and cultural entertainment for the whole family!
  • Zindzi & The Zillionaires Frankston Arts Centre (Sat 13 Jan) – Play School host and hip hop artist, Zindzi, takes to the stage this summer alongside her delightful pals, The Zillies. Bring the whole family to join the world of The Zillionaires!
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  • Sunset Sounds (Sun 14 Jan – Sun 21 Jan) – Come along with your friends and family, grab your picnic rug, and settle in for great evenings of live music under summer sunset skies
  • Family Film: The Secret World Of Arrietty (Sun 14 Jan) – Discover a gorgeous anime film that will delight the entire family on the outdoor screen at the Bunjil Place Plaza. $5.00 (includes a tiny treat)
  • Como House School Holiday Program (Tue 16 Jan – Thu 25 Jan 2024) – Looking to get outdoors these school holidays? Come and explore the historic Como House with your intrepid youngsters and make precious memories together
  • NGV Kids On Tour Bunjil Place (Tue 16 -Jan Thu 18 Jan) – Enjoy a summer of creative fun with playful art and craft activities inspired by the NGV exhibition program at Bunjil Place. Free workshop.Emma Memma’s Twirly Tour
  • Summer Stage 2024 at Bunjil Place (Sat 20 Jan – Wed 28 Feb) – For six glorious weeks the Bunjil Place outdoor plaza will transform into a buzzing mini festival with incredible events and entertainment for the whole family.
  • Family Film: James and the Giant Peach (Sun 21 Jan) – Watch the classic novel turned animation James and The Giant Peach on the outdoor screen at the Bunjil Place Plaza. $5.00 (includes a tiny treat).
  • Free Kids Explorer (Thu 21 Jan – Mon 29 Jan) – Children ride free on the Explorer Bus at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne to experience the sights and sounds of the Gardens with live commentary.
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  • Emma Memma’s Twirly Tour (Mon 22 Jan) – Emma Memma is delighted to board her Butterfly Bus to Bunjil Place with her friends Elvin Melvin, BB Butterfly and Waffles The Wombat!
  • Junior art Scientists: What Happens When…? (Mon 22 Jan & Wed 24 Jan) – Explore the question ‘What Happens When…?’ in this interactive art workshop for primary-aged students and their parents at Boon Wurrung & Wurundjeri Meeting Room.
  • Nature Play (Tue 23 Jan – Thu 25 Jan) – Get creative, get crafty, get messy and get immersed in a range of family friendly, nature-based activities at Cranbourne Gardens these summer school holidays.
  • The 78-Storey Treehouse Live on Stage (Tue 23 Jan – Wed 24 Jan) – The team behind The 13-, 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage return with the newest, biggest, brightest blockbuster in the series at Bunjil Place
  • Gravity Dolls Level Up! (Tue 23 Jan) – Prepare to be amazed by the Gravity Dolls jaw dropping circus performance LEVEL UP! as we welcome them to the Bunjil Place Summer Stage
  • Gravity Dolls Circus Workshops (Tue 23 Jan) – Ever dreamt of running away with the circus? Experience all the thrills of the circus in one unforgettable day at the Bunjil Place Summer Stage!
  • Team Dream: Band For Kids (Wed 24 Jan) – Team Dream’s electrifying live show ‘Here We Go’ takes young audiences on an unforgettable musical journey at Bunjil Place’s Summer Stage.
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  • Kids Disco Party (Thu 25 Jan) – Get ready to groove and dance into some summer fun with free Kids Disco Party sessions as part of the Bunjil Place Summer Stage program
  • Off The Street Hip Hop Classes (Thu 25 Jan) – Off The Street Hip Hop is ‘bringing hip hop to the kidz’ at the Bunjil Place Summer Stage. A free Kids Disco Party will follow
  • Wild Long Weekend (Fri 26 Jan – Sun 28 Jan) – Friday to Sunday we have 3 EPIC days packed with unlimited water, wildlife & rides activities all included with your day ticket or annual pass!
  • Gumbuya World – School Holidays (Ongoing) – Get one-on-one with wild friends like koalas, kangaroos, wombats, and more, and then hit up the adrenaline-filled rides like The Rebel, the Giant Tree Swing, dodgem cars and more.
  • Christmas at Dandenong Plaza (Various dates throughout December), Giveaways, free Santa photos, free festive kids activities, gift wrapping, Christmas choir performances and more. 
  • Free face painting Prahran Market (Thursdays during school holidays) – face painter, Alysha, from Paint The Party.
  • Mornington Railway (Sundays) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • Little Play Times Legoland (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays) – An interactive parent-child Play & Learn session based on LEGO® DUPLO®. Read the DUPLO Farm Adventure Review
  • Gasworks Farmers’ Market (Third Saturday of each month) – ripe and delicious fruit and vegetables, hand-made cakes and jams, free-range eggs and just-cut flowers are only a few of the sumptuous goods you’ll find at the monthly Gasworks Farmers’ Market.
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  • Bentleigh Sunday Market (Sundays) – plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, books, videos, tools, antiques, crafts, pre-loved goods and more! Every Sunday.
  • The Mexican Music Man (Every Thursday)- The Mexican Music Man plays a wide range of instruments and encourages your children to get involved! Come and sing “We all live in a Yellow Submarine” with the Mexican Music Man- the kids (and you!) will have a ball.
  • Prahran Market Mini Marketeers (Every Tuesday) – Enjoy free, guided activities teaching toddlers the fundamentals of eating well and putting the ‘yum’ in healthy food choices.
  • Young at Art Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery (Tuesdays) – program for 0-5-year-olds. Sing, dance, clap and stomp your feet with Matteo! Do an exciting activity with the Education Coordinator afterwards.
  • School Holiday Programs – Activate By Hardrock (ongoing) – School Holiday Programs are all about providing fun and engaging activities that will make these school holidays the “best school holidays ever!” as heard it said many, many times!
  • Circus Royale (24 Nov – 24 Dec) – see awe-inspiring acts, and pulse-pounding performances, mystic illusions, breathtaking feats, and moments of wonder! Don’t miss this experience of a lifetime.
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  • Sonica Botanica: Stories and Sounds from the Gardens (Until Sun 31 Dec) – Weaving together interviews, field recordings and a musical score, this evocative listening experience responds to collectors’ passions, botanical knowledge, favourite memories, childhood impressions, historical anecdotes and cultural viewpoints
  • Seek and Find Nature Cards (Until Sun 31 Dec) Set your young ones on an adventure exploring nature with our Seek and Find Nature Cards to be used at Melbourne Gardens or download the cards and go exploring in your own neighbourhood.
  • Australian Landscape Walk (Until Sun 31 Dec) – Join a Garden Ambassador as they guide you on a walking tour to showcase the features and highlights of the Australian Garden

WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S EAST

  • Asian Cooking with Parents and Kids (Sun 17 Dec & Sun 15 Dec 2024) – 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.
  • Creative Kids: FREE Monthly Toddler Workshop (Wed 10 Jan) – Create, learn and discover! Bring the kids to enjoy a different craft activity every month. There’s free coffee for parents and carers who attend.
  • TeamKids Summer School Holidays (Wed 21 Dec – Sun 29 Jan) – Let your kids enjoy activities that will engage and entertain them in a fun and safe environment over the school holidays.
  • Blue Lotus Water Garden (Tue 26 Dec – Sun 31 Mar) – thousands of beautiful blooms, picnic areas, fairy garden, workshops. Read the Blue Lotus Water Garden review.
  • Ninja Parc (Wed 3 Jan – Thu 25 Jan) – 3 hours of Ninja Parc action, dedicated Ninja Coach/Parc Ranger and morning or afternoon snack provided.
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WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S WEST

  • TeamKids Summer School Holidays (Wed 21 Dec – Sun 29 Jan) – Let your kids enjoy activities that will engage and entertain them in a fun and safe environment over the school holidays.
  • Pirates & Mermaids at Kryal Castle (21 Dec 2023 – 28 Jan 2024) – Join us for thrilling escapades, as the castle transforms into a Pirate & Mermaid haven! Get ready to encounter a crew of pirates, mermaids, and hidden treasures around every corner. Plus! Dress up and take part in our costume parade.
  • Day Out With Thomas – Queenscliff (Fri 5 Jan – Sun 7 Jan) – Pop’ on down to Queenscliff for a day with Thomas & Friends! Tickets include all rides, activities & more. Visit website for details & bookings.
  • Summer Holiday Camp at PGL Campaspe Downs (Mon 8 Jan – Fri 12 Jan) – Adventure activities, great food, new friends, time in the outdoors and all pastoral care taken care of? A PGL Summer Holiday Camp is perfect
  • Junior Chocolatier Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie (Wed 10 Jan – Wed 24 Jan) – chocolate making workshop and free chocolate tastings. Read the Junior Chocolatier Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie review.
  • ​Rhyme Time at the Pool​ (Mon 8 Jan, Mon 15 Jan, Mon 22 Jan) – Enjoy a special summer Rhyme Time session at the Werribee Outdoor Pool. Kids and one adult can stay and swim for free! No bookings are needed.
  • Movies by the Bay (Fri 12 Jan & Fri 19 Jan) – Enjoy free outdoor screenings of family-friendly films in Hobsons Bay.
  • So Frenchy So Chic 2024 (Sun 14 Jan) – So Frenchy So Chic will host activities for kids including arts & craft, face painting, magic & mime classes & music initiations.
  • Maribyrnong Libraries School Holiday Program (Various dates) – Join Maribyrnong Libraries for fun and engaging events and regular programs.
  • Junior Rangers Maribyrnong School Holiday Program (Mon 15, Tue 16 & Fri 19 Jan) – During these free sessions, school age children will be able to learn all about the plants and animals that live in our local parks and will get to spend some quality time out in nature. 
  • Sand Sculpture at Altona Beach (Tue 16 Jan) – This January we’re celebrating the opening of the new Altona Pier, and all things summer, with a series of fun sand sculpture workshops.
  • Summer Sounds ( Sat 20 Jan, Sat 27 Jan & Sat 24 Feb) – From jazzy hip hop to big band beats — we’re bringing live music to beautiful outdoor locations this summer.
  • Summer Street Fest (Sun 21 Jan) – Get Set for Highpoint’s Summer Street Fest with a Fun-Filled Afternoon Celebrating the Opening of Highpoint’s Brand New Retailers Tom’s Confectionery Warehouse and Superpark.
  • The Beanies LIVE in Concert! (Wed 24 Jan) – The Beanies are sincerely silly. In fact they’re full time silliness professionals! But beneath the comedy lies a heartfelt mission to be every child’s BFF and champion their right to be gloriously and unapologetically themselves.
  • Australia Day in Wyndham (Fri 26 Jan) – Pack your picnic blanket and enjoy a morning of family entertainment with live music, kids’ activities, roving performers and more.
  • Australia Day I-Pod Shuffle Party (Fri 26 Jan) – Party with an iPod Shuffle playlist of Aussie tunes and enjoy a giant inflatable water slide.
  • Jams for Juniors: Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (Sat 27 Jan) – Jams for Juniors is the perfect way to introduce babies and toddlers to the magic of music! For children aged 0-5 and their adults.
  • Jams for Juniors: Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (Sat 27 Jan) – Jams for Juniors is the perfect way to introduce babies and toddlers to the magic of music! For children aged 0-5 and their adults.
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  • Sunshine Lunar New Year Festival (Sun 28 Jan) – A day of free family fun, live entertainment, rides, performers, music, dancing, street food, face-painting, Lion and Dragon dancing, red-pockets, firecrackers ending with spectacular fireworks.
  • Meet me in Tarneit Market (Third Friday of Each month) – Meet me in Tarneit is back and they’re turning up the heat in Tarneit once again to bring you free movies, music, markets and more.
  • Grazeland (Fridays – Sundays) – A huge dining precinct with city views and 50 stalls to choose. Enjoy live music, DJs, roving performers, free face painting and more.
  • The Funderdome (daily) – This awesome arcade venue is now open at Highpoint and its the perfect place to enjoy mini golf, arcade games, karaoke and more during the spring school holiday! Read the Funderdome review.
  • Bulla Railway (3rd Sunday of each month) – Ride the dinosaur trail on the miniature railway. Read the Bulla Railway Review.
  • Altona Miniature Railway (3rd Sunday of the month) – between 10 am and 3 pm ride this wonderful Miniature Railway. Read the Altona Miniature Railway 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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