Melbourne School Holidays Winter – Friday 21 June to Sunday 7 July 2024

Melbourne is getting ready for some seriously fun and exciting events these winter school holidays, running from Friday 21 June to Sunday 7 July 2024.

From chilling out at ice rinks to enjoying festive markets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Here are all the best school holiday events and activities happening throughout Melbourne’s suburbs. Find winter school holiday events in Melbourne CBD.

Note that this post is regularly updated to make sure to check back for new events.

When are the Victorian Winter School Holidays 2024?

The Winter school holidays 2024 in Victoria are from Friday 21 June to Sunday 7 July 2024.

Escape the winter weather these school holidays at Melbourne Museum with fun activities, exhibitions and events to keep whole families entertained!

The school holidays program also includes activities at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre to celebrate NAIDOC week.

Events include:

  • I Spy Street Signs – Create your own miniature road signs at Road to Zero.
  • School Holiday Workshop: ARtistic Creatures – Create an augmented reality face-paint mask inspired by patterns in the natural world.
  • Marvellous Megafauna World – Make your own paper diorama of an ancient Australian landscape inspired by the Volcanic Plains of Western Victoria.
  • For our Elders – As part of NAIDOC Week, join in Kalaya, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre to create an installation that celebrates the importance of Elders in our communities.

And so much more!

Museums Victoria Store also has a range of educational activity kits, games, toys and books that are sure to keep the kids entertained these winter holidays.

Book your tickets here to join in the fun!


  • Winter School Holidays at Melbourne Museum (Sat 24 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – Escape the winter weather at Melbourne Museum this school holiday with NAIDOC Week celebrations featuring fun activities, exhibitions, and events.
  • Pacific Epping School Holidays (Mon 26 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – Relive the 90s as Pacific Epping brings together some of your favourite board games in one mega masterpiece! Roll the dice to see if you will be the master of the board, then enjoy epic games like hopscotch, cornhole & more!
  • Secrets of the Sea 3D (Fri 16 Jun – Sun 2 Jul) – Dive into the breathtaking world of SECRETS OF THE SEA 3D, exclusively presented in IMAX 4K Laser Digital!
  • Farmer for a Day (Mon 26 Jun – Thu 29 Jun & Mon 3 Jul – Thu 6 Jul) – learn all about what it takes to keep a busy Community Farm humming and what Collingwood Children’s Farm does to take care of their animals as well as the land that we all rely on.
  • Melbourne Festival of Puppetry (Tue 27 Jun – Sun 2 July) – Children’s Performances, Adults performances, Roving Performances, Children’s Puppet Workshops and Professional Development Opportunities for Artists and Adults plus The Puppet Picnic, a FREE Community Day on the lawns of the Carlton Highrise Estate of performances, roving puppets, engaging workshops and an opportunity for all to connect, share and celebrate. 
  • 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.
  • Tracey Lister: Kids’ Ice Cream Making (Thu 29 Jun) – Indulge in a 2-hour class where your child learns to make chocolate parfait, summer fruit sorbet, and granita. Fun and safe environment guaranteed!
  • 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.
  • Confident Kids (Wed 6 Jul) – give your kids the opportunity to explore mindfulness, emotional intelligence and crystal knowledge to teach them confidence, change the way they speak to themselves and help harness their abilities.
  • Chris Morant’s Magical Circus Show (Tue 4 Jul- Sat 8 Jul) – Don’t miss Chris Morant’s Magical Circus Show, a fun and empowering family experience featuring juggling, magic, and more.
Winter Solstice Bonfire
  • ANTARCTICA 3D (Until Wed 13 Jul) – With never-before-seen footage, Antarctica 3D will take you to the farthest reaches of this wild and majestic continent.
  • Diamond Railway Twilight Run (Sundays) – Journey through the bushland of Eltham Lower Park as it is lit by the light shows, passing signals and locomotive headlights.
  • Bite-Sized Science (First Saturday of the Month) – Discover our natural world and uncover the secret life of the creatures around us and their ecosystems in these monthly Bite-Sized Science sessions!
  • VU Play Coburg pop-up playspaces (Tuesdays – Saturdays) – Victoria University Early Childhood pre-service teachers create pop-up play spaces for children to play.
  • The 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.
Junior Rangers Werribee Park


  • Children’s International Film Festival (CHIFF) (Sat 27 May – Mon 12 Jun) – a festival of the best new kids’ films from across the world.
  • Jurassic Creatures (Fri 16 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – a realistic animatronics Exhibition like no other, will capture the imagination of children and parents alike with over 30 Dinosaurs and spectacular activities that immerse you in a prehistoric time.
  • 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.
  • Pirates & Mermaids Treasure Hunt Day (Sat 24 Jun) – Join the treasure hunt at Rippon Lea Estate! Explore, solve clues, and have a pirate and mermaid adventure. Dress up and enjoy the fun!
  • Luna Park (Mon 26 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – Experience a wild adventure this winter at Luna Park! Enter an immersive jungle during the school holidays, where towering wildlife and colossal dinosaurs await, rivaling the size of the thrilling rides.
  • Winter School Holidays Program – National Drama School (Mon 26 Jun – Fri 30 Jun) – Experience screen acting in a friendly, creative environment. Learn from industry professionals over five fun-filled days.
  • Multi Sport School Holidays Program (Mon 26 Jun) – Discover school holiday activities at Springvale Indoor Sports. Exciting programs for kids. Fun, active, and inclusive.
  • Lightscape (Fri 16 Jun – Sun 6 Aug) – For the very first time, an immersive, after-dark experience comes to Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne this winter. Iconic tree canopies will be drenched in colour, vibrant bursts of light will tumble from the undergrowth and run up trees like fizzing fireworks.
  • Melbourne’s Winter Wonderland (Fri 23 June – Sun 9 July) – Get ready for 3 hours of non-stop fun and excitement with an exclusive offer of unlimited access to ice skating, tobogganing, amusement rides, ride-on reindeers, inflatable jumping castles, engaging activities, selfie stations, meet-and-greet with beloved characters, and more!
Melbournes Winter Wonderland
  • Lost Dogs’ Disco (Sat 24 Jun – Sun 16 Jul) – Experience the whimsical world of The Lost Dogs’ Disco, a temporary sculpture that pays tribute to the special bond between humans and dogs.
  • Super Stars Camp 7-10 year old program (Mon 26 Jun – Thu 6 Jul) – Experience a day filled with excitement as you participate in fully supervised cricket-based activities and games designed to enhance your skills and make you shine like a star!
  • FREE School Holiday Fun! (Mon 26 Jun – Fri 7 Jul) – Enoy Free School Holiday Fun, where kids can participate in an interactive ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ workshop during week 1, followed by a week of engaging mindful activities such as kids yoga, coloring, and bead craft in week 2.
  • STEMBuddy Coding and Robotics for kids (Mon 26 Jun – Thu 6 Jul) – STEM Buddy’s school holiday program is a thrilling experience where kids engage in coding, robotics, and fun games.
  • 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.
  • YOU are a doughnut! (Thu 29 Jun) – Join biology teachers Oesoph A. Gus and Dewey Dean in a hilarious exploration of the human digestive system. Fun, interactive, and educational for ages 5-12.
  • National Steam Centre (Thu 29 Jun) – The museum engines are fired up and can be seen running on the last Sunday of each month.
  • Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival (Tue 27 Jun – Fri 7 Jul) – an interactive and dynamic program featuring performance and workshops in magic, puppetry, circus, dance, music, theatre and craft.
  • Family Fiesta (Wed 28 Jun – Sat 1 Jul) – A jam-packed four-day celebration of Australian children’s literature, theatre, art and music
  • The Velveteen Rabbit (Wed 28 Jun – Fri 30 Jun) – Experience the magical storytelling of The Velveteen Rabbit as Born in a Taxi weaves a captivating tale infused with audience participation, music, and live projections, creating a truly immersive and enchanting experience for all.
  • Elf the Musical Peoples Playhouse (Fri 30 Jun – Sat 8 Jul) – Join Buddy, an extraordinary Elf in search of family and love. From hilarious encounters with fake Santas to saving Christmas, witness his heartwarming journey to discover the true meaning of being human. Prepare for a magical adventure filled with laughter, joy, and enchantment.
  • Disney’s FROZEN Kids – Presented by Masquerade Youth Productions (Fri 30 Jun – Sat 1 Jul) – Experience the magic of Disney’s FROZEN Kids with beloved songs, a sing-a-long, and a chance to meet Elsa, Anna, and more.
Lightscape Melbourne px
  • State Youth Ballet – Cinderella (Sat 1 Jul) – Be captivated by the State Youth Ballet Company as they bring to life the beloved tale of Cinderella. Immerse yourself in the magical world of love & transformation, where virtue is rewarded & dreams come true.
  • 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.
  • Funky Farm at McClelland (Sun 2 Jul & Fri 7 Jul) – Experience an up-close encounter with a variety of Australian native animals, including reptiles, mammals, birds, and the possibility of encountering a crocodile.
  • Parrwang Lifts the Sky (Fri 7 Jul – Sat 8 Jul) – a family-friendly opera based on an original story from Wadawurrung Country told to the children of the Wathaurong by community Elder, the late Uncle David Tournier.
  • Bunnings D.I.Y Kids Workshop (Sat 8 Jul – Sun 9 Jul) – Get your kids to build their own crate for free in stores where they’ll be rewarded with a ‘License To D.I.Y’ certificate once their masterpiece is complete!
  • School Holiday Drop-Off Programs at Activate by Hard Rock (Until Fri 7 Jul) – Explore an array of thrilling and convenient school holiday drop-off programs, including the exhilarating climbing program and more.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gumbuya Wildlife Wanderers (every Wednesday & Thursday) – Storytime, games, Nature Play-based activities plus the opportunity to meet some very special animals!
Wildlife Wanderers
  • Bentleigh Sunday Market (Sundays) – plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, books, videos, tools, antiques, crafts, pre-loved goods and more! Every Sunday. 
  • Mornington Railway (Sundays) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • Gasworks Farmers’ Market (Third Saturday of every month until Fri 15 Dec) – On Saturdays soak up the vibrant atmosphere and sample the very best of local Victorian produce, directly from Victorian farmers and specialty makers.
  • Prahran Market Kids’ Activities (ongoing) – every market day Prahran Market offers face painting, an animal farm, kids dance classes and music – most activities are free and no bookings necessary.
  • YMCA School Holiday Programs (ongoing) – Explore YMCA’s school holiday programs for kids. Find a location near you. Fun-filled activities for children.
  • Storytelling Festival Glen Eira (TBA) – diverse events that celebrate stories and those who tell them.


  • Kew Junction School Holiday Program (Mon 6 Jun – Fri 7 Jul) – Get ready for an action-packed school holiday program featuring Junior Ballet, cooking workshops, galaxy goo fun, winter parties, musical theatre workshops, LEGO building, hair styling, cupcake decorating, TikTok dances, and more!
  • Little Feet Music (Mon 24 Apn – Fri 23 Jun) – You’ve heard them on the ABC Kids Listen App, now come and see the real band live! Enjoy lots of fun and laughter, plus singing and dancing for all who want to join in! 
  • 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.
  • The Mini Mart (Sat 24 Jun – Sun 2 Jul) – Discover a school holiday adventure at the Mini Mart, featuring bowling, mini golf, prizes, and more! Don’t miss out!
  • Burrinja Circus Festival (Sat 24 Jun – Thu 29 Thu) – Experience six days of fabulous fun in the hills at Burrinja. Discover new skills, be mesmerized by show-stopping performances, and engage in interactive circus experiences.
lake mountain
  • School Holiday Programs Maroondah Leisure (Mon 26 Jun – Fri 30 Jun) – Experience a wide variety of holiday programs at The Rings and Maroondah Nets, catering to children aged 5 to 14. Keep your child active, entertained, and engaged during school holidays, regardless of the weather.
  • KNOX events, activities and festivals for everyone (Mon 26 Jun – Tue 26 Sep) – Explore a wide range of activities, festivals, and events happening near you. Join in the fun and embrace the vibrant community spirit.
  • Super Stars Camp 7-10 year old program (Mon 26 Jun – Thu 6 Jul) – Experience a day filled with excitement as you participate in fully supervised cricket-based activities and games designed to enhance your skills and make you shine like a star!
  • Robotics Camp: Bunjil Place (Tue 27 Jun) – Kids can join the Robotics Camp at Bunjil Place Library Narre Warren for an immersive experience in robotics and technology.
  • 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.
  • Lake Mountain (June – September but dates will vary depending on snow season) – toboggan, cross country skiing and snow play 2 hours from Melbourne. Read my tips on visiting Lake Mountain with kids
  • Mt Baw Baw (June – September but dates will vary depending on snow season) – Melbourne’s closest downhill ski resort open for winter season. Read my tips on visiting Mt Baw Baw with kids
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  • Adventure Park – Winter Glow (Fri 16 Jun – Sun 16 July) – Discover a glowing winter wonderland of snow, lights, fire and ice.
  • Sleepless Footscray Festival (Sat 17 Jun – Sat 1 Jul) – Experience the electrifying energy of Sleepless Festival, a vibrant event that celebrates music, art, and culture in a unique atmosphere.
  • 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!
  • Seaworks Winter Solstice Festival (Fri 23 Jun) – Immerse in a multicultural festival with giant puppets, circus performances, live music, art exhibitions, and delicious food.
  • Newport Folk Festival (Fri 23 Jun – Sat 24 Jun) – Discover the vibrant Newport Folk Festival, a celebration of music, community, and artistic performances in Newport.
  • Eynesbury Winter Festival (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – The perfect winter outing for the entire family! Hit the ice rink, enjoy some tasty winter food & drinks and more
  • Grazeland (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 30 Jul)- Melburnians are invited to rug up and head to Grazeland as the food precinct transforms into a winter wonderland each weekend. Read the Grazeland Review
  • Scienceworks Winter School Holiday Program (Mon 24 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – Play with light and colour, help build a magnificent cardboard city, catch a free amphitheatre show plus embark on an augmented reality adventure!
  • Knights Of Fire – Ballarat Winter Festival (Sat 24 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – Experience the medieval marvels of Knights Of Fire at Kryal Castle! Witness thrilling performances and fiery displays that will ignite your imagination during the Ballarat Winter Festival.
  • Firefly Night Market (Sat 24 Jun) – fun for the whole family with roving performers, interactive art, street food, artisan stalls, cultural activities and live performances.
  • 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.
  • SciencePlay Kids Holiday classes 4-12yo (Mon 26 Jun – Thu 6 Jul) – SciencePlay offers engaging kids classes for 4-12-year-olds. Explore science through hands-on experiments, fostering creativity, problem-solving, and STEM skills in a fun and messy way.
  • Winter Art Fun at Little Big Art (Mon 26 Jun – Fri 7 Jul) – keep your child entertained during the winter break with fun, colourful and creative art classes, parties, events and much more for little to big artists.
  • Get adventurous with Extreme Arts (Tue 27 Jun — Thu 29 Jun) – Get ready for an unforgettable school holiday experience filled with hat-making, experimental music, and circus fun using recycled materials.
  • 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.
  • The Alphabet of Awesome Science (Wed 28 June) – Join That Science Gang for The Alphabet of Awesome Science, a thrilling race through the alphabet filled with explosive, hilarious, and mind-blowing scientific surprises.
  • School Holiday Wonder Wizards Magic Workshop (Fri 30 Jun – Mon 3 Jul) – Experience the enchanting Magic School of Confidence by magician Anthony De Masi. Let your children learn and perform incredible magic tricks, while enjoying a captivating magic show.
Jurassic Creatures
  • Erth’s Prehistoric World (Fri 1 Jul – Sat 2 Jul) – Experience the creatures of your imagination coming to life on stage in this enthralling new show.
  • Aa is for Art Holiday Programs (Mon 3 Jul – Wed 5 Jul) – Discover the exciting holiday programs at AA is for Art. Engage in art activities, unleash your creativity, and have fun in a vibrant and inspiring environment.
  • 100 Story Building (Tue 4 Jul – Wed 5 Jul) – Let your imagination run wild with two full days of holiday fun with 100 Story Building. Explore different story making activities, from game design, character creation and world building.
  • 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.
  • The Australian Ballet School Holiday Workshops (Tue 4 Jul – Thu 6 Jul) – Discover the enchanting world of dance with workshops featuring storytelling, costume design, music, and creativity.
  • Unleash your inner Superstar (Tue 4 Jul – Fri 7 Jul) – Spark your child’s creativity this winter at Footscray Community Arts! Join professional musicians Isobel, Bianca, and Max for a music-filled adventure. Unleash their talent through singing, band formation, and creative exploration.
  • 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!
  • The Wiggles – Hello! We’re The Wiggles (Sat 8 Jul – Sun 9 Jul) – Join The Wiggles live in concert! Sing along to their hit songs, dance with beloved characters, and experience non-stop fun.
Bulla Hill Railway, Bulla Recreation Reserve, 15 Green St, Bulla
  • Metro Comic Con (Sat 8 Jul – Sun 9 Jul) – Step into a world of excitement and fun at Metro Comic Con, the ultimate destination for fans of film, TV, animation, gaming, cosplay, collectibles, publishing, and comics.
  • Performing Arts Roadshow – Thingamabobs! (Fri 8 Jul) – Discover the amazing machines and funny contraptions artist Jens Altheimer is hiding in the secret spots of the theatre. Take an exciting tour and see his inventions coming to life.
  • YMCA School Holiday Programs (ongoing) – Explore YMCA’s school holiday programs for kids. Find a location near you. Fun-filled activities for children.
  • Tarneit Makers and Growers Market (3rd Friday of each month) – a free market experience featuring high quality hand-made or designed textiles, stationery, ceramics, homewares & jewellery, locally grown produce & authentic culinary experiences.
  • Bulla Railway (3rd Sunday of each month) – Ride the dinosaur trail on the miniature railway. Read my review.
  • Enterprize Sail Williamstown (usually sails the third Sunday of every month) – go for a one hour sail on tall ship Enterprize in Williamstown
  • Sunday Funday Station Hotel (Sundays) – Every Sunday The Station Hotel prepares an animal farm and other entertaining activities to keep the little ones busy, while you sit back and relax, Read my Station Hotel 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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