Looking for something to please the whole family over the winter school holidays? Kids big and small will love these cold-weather activities, from walking with dinosaurs to hot chocolate in a see-through igloo.
The Winter Village at Fed Square
Embrace the season’s good times, from ice-skating to hot chocolate and caramel apple hot toddies. All this and more await at The Winter Village at Fed Square, a winter-long hot spot filled with see-through igloos. Gather in the big dining hall igloo, or book a private one complete with cold-weather treats, including the Little Rink Rats Package. The whole village is pram-friendly, and smiling seal skate supports are available on the rink for beginners. Until 29 September.
Dino Park at Melbourne Zoo
The zoo is always great for keeping young bodies and minds active, especially during school holidays when entry’s free for under 16s. If that’s not incentive enough, then ask the kids if they want to see Dino Park at Melbourne Zoo. This walk-through experience is like Jurassic Park for real, with prehistoric creatures roaming free thanks to some theatrical magic. Get up close to some big, life-like dinosaurs and cute baby ones too. Until 14 July.
Disney on Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends
The world’s most amazing mouse turns 90 this year, so he’s gathering mates like the Toy Story team and the Disney Princesses. They’re putting on a show that’s larger than life, and on ice! Remember your childhood fondness for Mickey Mouse and introduce the kids to him when Disney on Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends. 4 to 8 July.
Circus Oz and fellow contemporary circus troupe Company 2 are collaborating on a new show that invites young and old to dream. Wunderage is a wondrous, immersive experience with no seats or barriers. Thrilling physical circus feats, live music and laughs happen around, beside and above the audience at this world premiere. 20 to 30 June.
By Kids For Kids at ArtPlay
ArtPlay’s winter School Holidays program is completely designed By Kids For Kids! Make and map memories using artefacts from your own history in Mapping Memories (29 June), embark on a magical quest of potion-making and craft to retrieve the Lost things (6-11 July) and much more.
Just passing by? Be sure to visit the underwater wonderland Beneath, in the ArtPlay gallery. Nominated for Best Kids Event at 2017 Melbourne Fringe, kids will delight in the recycled plastic seascape and ocean floor craft creatures.
Hard to impress preteens? Look no further than Signal. 13-25s can try the art of aerosol can in Street Art Mentoring (10-12 July) mix and match beats in DJing with Kalyani (4-5 July), embroider Textile Wallhangings with Bats of Leisure (9-12 July) or drop in to Open Artspace Saturdays and get creative on their own terms – with something new every week. Make fuzzy pompom jewellery in Pompom Pals (29 June), sew felt friends in Softies (6 July) and hand mould trinkets and pendants in Air Dry Clay (13 July).
Plus check out artist Meg Rennie’s Melbourne Kitchen Project portraits of kitchens, food and families, showing on the Signal Screen for the Emerging Writers Festival.
Australian Music Vault Experience: Poster Design Workshop
Are you into music? Is there a special kid in your life who is too? Are you up for some graphic-design fun? Then book your places at the Australian Music Vault Experience: Poster Design Workshop. It’s designed as a collaboration between kids aged 10 to 16 and a parent or guardian. Start with a look at the Australian Music Vault’s amazing collection of music posters going back decades, then get digitally creative together. Friday 12 July.
Meet the Museum Experts: Palaeontology
Who likes dinosaurs? Everyone! So get in quick for places in the Meet the Museum Experts: Palaeontology sessions, where adults and kids six-and-up can dig for fossils. This behind-the-scenes experience includes insights from Melbourne Museum’s top invertebrate palaeontology expert, and the chance to search for fossils among 15-million-year-old rocks. Plus a mini tour of the Dinosaur Walk and 600 Million Years exhibitions – and the museum’s palaeontology store room. 2, 3, 9 and 10 July.