Create a school holiday itinerary for your kids and pack it to the brim with educational and fun activities. From arts and crafts to action and adventure, you’ll find something for children of every age and inclination.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
At SEA LIFE Melbourne, meet the Japanese Spider Crab, the largest crab species in the world, as well as the teeny tiny fiddler crabs; with small bodies and an out-of-proportion, giant claw.
Glide above the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium on the the new Glass Bottom Boat Tour and get closer than ever with the exclusive window into an underwater world. See some giants, including a Queensland Groper, Grey Nurse Shark and massive smooth stingray.
The Medibank Icehouse Winter Skate Festival returns with Disney’s Cars and Frozen. There’ll be games and prize packs to give away and lots of fun activities to keep kids entertained for hours. From 29 June to 5 July, the ice rink transforms into a racetrack from 11am–3pm. Kids can take the wheel of a special bobsled and watch as ice-carving experts create Lightning McQueen from a block of ice.
From 6 to 11 July, Frozen-themed activities take over. Kids (and parents!) can dress up as their favourite character and enjoy karaoke (singing ‘Let it Go’ of course), and performers will take to the ice to sing songs from Frozen.
The action doesn’t end there–give ice hockey or speed skating a try on Saturday 4 July and figure skating or curling a go on Sunday 5 July. Every hour from 11am to 2pm, Medibank Icehouse offers free beginner skate lessons, so there’s no excuse to miss out on the fun.
Get Wild About Art at Melbourne Zoo these school holidays, and uncover the artistic talents of baboons, koalas, orangutans, gorillas, meerkats, tigers, penguins and lions. Special elephant and seal presentations will show you how art can enrich the lives of animals.
The Keeper Kids indoor play space will buzz with arts and craft activities, storytelling sessions and lots more.
Riverslide Skate Park
Does your kid want to learn to skate, scoot or BMX? They can in a fun and safe environment at the Riverslide Skate Park. All equipment is supplied, lessons last for an hour each, and they’re suitable for ages four and up.
At Strike Melbourne Central and Strike QV these school holidays, kids can get active with unlimited bowling and laser tag. Or if they want to exercise their lungs, there’s also unlimited karaoke and bowling.
Lego Education Centre
The Lego Education Centre lets kids explore building and structures, mechanisms, renewable energy, robotics and movie making. Their school holiday program includes activities such as Carnival Fun, where kids create carnival rides using gears, levers and pulleys; and Arctic Explorers, where they can make an arctic vehicle and control it to drive around polar bears and giant icebergs.
Black Light Mini Golf
Play mini golf surrounded by fluorescent glow-in-the-dark murals and mood lighting at Black Light Mini Golf, which features 18 holes of fun in indoor comfort.
Other school holiday activities for kids
- Eureka Skydeck: Children who visit from 11am to 3.30pm during school holidays will receive a pair of Minion Goggles.
- Cooks’ Cottage: Visit Cooks’ Cottage to embark on a fun navigational journey to retrace Captain Cook’s first voyage and discover his lost items.
- Disney on Ice: Disney On Ice Dare to Dream brings together Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Cinderella.
- Wonderland Fun Park: Enjoy a world of fun, carnival rides and excitement for the whole family.
- Immigration Museum: Discover the origins of some common Melbourne garden plants with make-and-do activities.
- Melbourne Star: One lucky child has the opportunity to see the Star lit up in their very own LED light design.
- Tunzafun: Try the Mega Stacker skill-testing game, the Razing Storm target practice game and Big Bass Wheel.
Take a look at our full list of school holiday activities. There’s plenty to keep the kids busy for the weeks ahead!