Keep the kids occupied these school holidays with a heap of fun activities, from lions to LEGO and everything in between. Better still, these options won’t break the bank.
Melbourne Zoo Lion Gorge
Come face-to-face with magnificent African Lions at Melbourne Zoo’s newest attraction. Kids can see three lion brothers up close, and try their hand at designing beadwork that will help protect lions in the wild.
Be dazzled by hundreds of amazing tropical fish, then enter the interactive Art Aquarium, where kids can create their own sea creatures and watch them come to life in a virtual underwater world.
Get your kids outdoors with the City of Melbourne Park Rangers. On a free aquatic adventure through Royal Park, kids will explore the murky and mysterious world of Melbourne’s waterways and the creatures that inhabit them.
Imagined Animals Animated
Unleash your child’s artistic genius with the hands-on animation workshop at the State Library. Kids will construct a plasticine animal and learn how to bring it to life.
MusicPlay Children’s Festival
Get in the groove with a mix of concerts, workshops and fun activities at the MusicPlay Children’s Festival, featuring appearances by ABC TV’s Lah-Lah, comedian Frank Woodley, Bert La Bonte, and dynamic duo The Mudcakes.
Brickvention Lego Convention
If your kids love LEGO, they’ll love this two-day display of amazing LEGO creations. Expect trains, castles, pirate ships, Star Wars, Harry Potter, spaceships, planes, famous buildings, sculptures and much more.
NGV Children’s Festival
Mini-artists will be inspired by free workshops and activities over 10 big days at the NGV. They’ll be able to compose music, make temporary tattoos and jewellery, and even design a costume for their teddy bear, Jean Paul Gaultier-style!
More great school holiday events
- Kids Tennis Day: Share in the excitement of the Australian Open.
- Paper Planet at MPavilion: Make your own art in these free workshops.
- Super Box Friends: Bring a simple cardboard box to life at ArtPlay.
- National Sports Museum: put your sports skills to the test.
- Fitzroy Gardens Walking Tour: highlights include Cooks’ Cottage and the Fairies’ Tree.
- Caribbean Pirates: Swordfights, songs and hearty pirate action on the Polly Woodside.
Need more ideas? See our full list of school holiday activities.