Free fun for the September school holidays

Don’t let cabin fever get the better of you these school holidays! The city is jam-packed with fun activities for kids of all ages, and the best part is, much of it is free.
Here are some boredom-busters guaranteed to save your sanity and keep kids busy in the coming weeks.
AFL Kids Day: Tuesday 23 September
AFL Kids Day will put smiles on dials with the popular NAB AFL Auskick Super Clinic at Birrarung Marr. Your littlies will be mingling with their fave footy players, so be prepared for squeals and an increase in volume (earplugs strongly recommended). Dust off those boots and register early to avoid disappointment.

State Library Play Pod
Bring the kids back to a more serene state with a visit to the State Library Play Pod. It’s a comfy, quiet place to read, draw and catch your breath away from the city’s buzz. And if you’ve got a budding chess champ on your hands, the library is running two free chess workshops during the holidays.

Library play area with books and drawing equipment

Lots of good books to quiet busy minds at State Library Play Pod

Big Screen Movies and Gaming: 29 September to 1 October
Let the kids save up their screen time for three days of free Big Screen Movies and Gaming at Fed Square. Pack a picnic and pray for good weather!
Bring your mini Picassos to the NGV for Drop-by Drawing for Kids classes. Before you know it, they’ll be whipping up artworks inspired by masterpieces, under the guidance of contemporary artists. If your tyke is more likely to draw on the masterpieces, the NGV garden has lots of room and a climbing frame little monkeys love.

The spacious NGV garden is perfect for monkeying around these school holidays

Monkey around in the spacious NGV garden

Birrarung Marr playground
Kids adore the Birrarung Marr playground. It’s located right next to ArtPlay so it’s a quick dash for an emergency coffee fix from the friendly folks at Pony Cafe. Kick back, let the kids run wild and take in stunning views of the city skyline and the Yarra.
Slides and climbing equipment in playground

Let the kids loose at Birrarung Marr

More free events to check out these school holidays:
Meet the Ninja Turtles, 22 to 29 September – Free live shows and meet and greets with everyone’s favourite green heroes at Harbour Town Centre, Docklands.
Yoga for Kids, 25 September – Salute the spring sun with yoga in the NGV garden.
Footy On Parade, 26 September – You don’t have to be nuts about footy to get a kick out of the Grand Final parade.
MCG Open Day, 28 September – Recreate the game with the whole family in a free day of fun at the MCG.
Visit Farmer Darryl’s Animal Farm29 September to 3 October – Meet the animals and Farmer Darryl at Harbour Town Centre, Docklands.
Family Day Jungle Party, 28 September – Fun for little monsters at ACMI’s jungle party.
What free fun have you planned for these school holidays?