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Melbourne School Holidays Autumn CBD – Friday 29 March to Sunday 14 April 2024

The Autumn school holidays are always lots of fun and this year the holidays start on Friday 29 March and finish on Sunday 14 April 2024.

Autumn school holiday major events to look forward to include Easter (Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2024) and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Friday 29 March to Sunday 21 April 2024).

Here’s my list of activities and events in Melbourne CBD during the Autumn School Holidays 2024 (Here are school holiday activities in Melbourne’s suburbs). If you’re looking specifically for Easter events then here’s what’s happening for Easter in Melbourne.

Find out when are school holidays and public holidays in Victoria.

When are Autumn School Holidays in Melbourne in 2024?

Victorian Autumn School Holidays 2024 are from Friday 29 March to Sunday 14 April 2024.

Fall for laughter, creativity and adventure these autumn school holidays with Melbourne Museum‘s FUN-tastic program!

Enjoy family-friendly shows from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, create a marvellous underwater work at the Creative Lab, build a 5-star safety cardboard car with Road to Zero, dive into the Titanic story and don’t forget to explore all the kids’ favourite exhibitions like Triceratops and Gondwana Garden.

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April School Holidays at Melbourne Museum

School Holidays 2024 Melbourne CBD

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  • Wood and Weather Workshop ACMI (Mon 1 Apr – Fri 12 Apr) – Calling makers! Craft your paper person inspired by Melbourne’s upcoming wooden world game (weekdays only).
  • ACMI + Freeplay Arcades (Mon 1 Apr – Sat 13 Apr) – Explore four new micro-games commissioned by ACMI and Freeplay Independent Games Festival. Created by RMIT students, diverse genres offer family-friendly fun.
  • Power & Motivation Workshop (Tue 2 Apr – Fri 12 Apr) – Explore Shakespeare’s themes and language through drama exercises and games with a focus on character development and performance skills. 
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnut Decorating (Tue 2 Apr – Wed 10 Apr) – Fun-filled activity for children to decorate doughnuts with toppings and coloured icing, includes take-home Krispy Kreme hat, balloon, and certificate.
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  • Guru Dudu Silent Disco (Tue 2 Apr – Sat 13 Apr) – Join the Guru Dudu team on a tour through various spaces of Arts Centre Melbourne, interpreting art through dance and creating spontaneous flash mobs.
  • Music Play (Wed 3 Apr – Thu 4 Apr) – Velcro your dancing shoes, grab your baton, capture your creativity and get ready to play.
  • Play Date (Thu 4 Apr – Sat 6 Apr) – Play Date is a new pop music duo presenting dance parties for children aged 4 – 7 and families, singing catchy tunes about identity, body positivity, family structures and the power of imagination.
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  • Old Melbourne Gaol (ongoing) – Delve into the highlights and history of Old Melbourne Gaol and enrich your understanding of this significant site.
  • Easter at Queen Victoria Market (Sat 8 Apr – Thu 20 Apr) – Meet the Easter bunny, explore the Market with your kids Passport or take part in the FREE kids school holiday activities.
  • Holiday Programs (Mon 8 Apr – Wed 10 Apr) – Introducing our exciting “Holiday Program for Kids” At our program, we aim to ignite kids’ passion for innovation using “Real Robots” and “Real Codes”.
  • I’m a Refugee… Get Me Out Of Here! (Tue 9 Apr – Sun 21 Apr) – Hailing from Ethiopia via New Zealand, Melbourne’s freshest comedy voice brings a critical and fresh view to Australia’s comedy scene.
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  • Nature Play Melbourne (Tue 9 Apr – Wed 10 Apr) – Delight your child’s senses with free nature play experiences on Oak Lawn and in The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden this autumn.
  • Little Food Festival Fed Square (Wed 10 Apr – Thu 11 Apr) – Two days of fun activities that aim to teach kids about the supply chain and its relationship to the health of our bodies and the planet.
  • Australasian Quilt Convention (Thu 11 Apr – Sun 14 Apr) – Australia’s premier quilting event is back! Experience a magnificent quilt show, all the latest fabrics, patterns and machines and an amazing lineup of classes!
  • The Flying Canoe (Thu 11 Apr – Sun 14 Apr) – The Flying Canoe is an interactive theatre experience for families that will transport them to the islands of Kiribati! This interactive adventure for families features an immersive soundscape where attendees will meet some sassy, salty spirits, fend off giant mud crabs, and dive into crystal blue waters.
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  • The Greatest Magic Show (Tue 11 Apr – Thu 13 Apr) – a family-friendly magic & circus spectacular starring Sam, Justin & the enchanting ringmaster!
  • Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day (Thu 11 Apr – Sat 13 Apr) – A kids’ event featuring Orchestra Victoria and Janet McLeod.
  • Kids Holiday Workshop – Stencil Street Art (Wed 3 Apr, Tue 9 Apr) – an introductory workshop to spray-painting. Kids will design and create their own stencil that they will cut from acetate and use basic freehand skills and stencilling techniques that they will use to spray-paint a canvas that they will get to keep.
  • Kids Holiday Workshop – Freehand Street Art (Wed 3 Apr – Thu 11 Apr) – This freehand workshop offers an exclusive chance to learn a variety of spraypainting techniques from a renowned street artist right here at the famous Blender Studios.
  • Marvel Universe Live! (Fri 12 Apr – Mon 15 Apr) – Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family…LIVE!
  • Sean Choolburra: Didj & Dance (Fri 12 Apr – Sun 14 Apr) – Cheeky, clever and charismatic, Sean’s entrancing blend of pop culture, dance, comedy and hip hop delivers a high-energy, feel-good show for all the family!
  • Bluey 28 Minute Special Screening (Sun 14 Apr) – Enjoy the 28-minute Bluey special with your family and furry friends (dogs welcome!) and catch the most anticipated wedding of the year!
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  • The LUME (ongoing) – Immerse yourself in the work of Leonardo da Vinci at Australia’s digital art gallery.
  • Melbourne Book Market (Saturdays & Sundays) – curated collection of more than 5,000 new and pre-loved titles selected and presented by 15 of Melbourne’s most experienced booksellers.
  • The Story of the Moving Image (open daily) – Journey through the past, present and future of the moving image through interactive experiences, digital innovation and captivating stories. ACMI review.
  • Shrine Kids (ongoing program) – free discovery trail for children at the Shrine of Remembrance. Shrine Kinds review
  • Kids Passport Queen Victoria Market (Every market day) – Collect your passport, then journey around the Market collecting stamps from our friendly traders, before making your way to the Queen Victoria Market Visitor Hub to claim your prize.
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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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