When the last chocolate egg’s scoffed and they’re bored of bunnies, keep the kids entertained with these fun, interactive and creative events over Easter.
Mickey and the Roadster Racers High Tea
Being on their best behaviour is easy when your young guests are wearing Mickey Mouse ears and eating Disney treats. The Langham Hotel’s latest themed school-holiday event, Mickey and the Roadster Racers High Tea includes Pluto paw cupcakes and Daisy Duck macarons.
Junior Rangers – Mysterious Mammals
Here’s a chance for children to be park rangers and detectives all at once, at Royal Park’s Australian Native Garden. They can hunt for evidence of animals hidden in the trees and grass, and learn about the creatures that once roamed here. Junior Rangers – Mysterious Mammals is suitable for ages 5 to 10.
MARVEL Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Fresh from New York, Seoul, Paris and Las Vegas, the MARVEL Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition is an immersive deep-dive into this cinematic universe. Kids aged five and up will enjoy exploring its history, science, engineering, genetics and technology, and their favourite superheroes’ profiles. Movie props on show include Thor’s mighty hammer, Iron Man’s Hulkbuster suit and Captain America’s shield.
Hands On: We Make Carpets for Kids
With families in mind, Dutch art collective We Make Carpets has created an interactive, tactile installation for the NGV’s Triennial exhibition. Hands On: We Make Carpets for Kids inspires young artists and designers to create colourful patterns from masses of everyday items. Who knew pegs, nylon rope and kitchen sponges could be so much fun?
Brickman Awesome exhibition
Melburnians will be the first people in the world to see a brand new life-size car made entirely from Lego when it is unveiled for the first time ever at Brickman Awesome. The exhibition features 39 models – none of which have ever been seen in Melbourne before – and is made up of more than 2 million Lego bricks, taking over 5,000 hours to build. Exhibits include a full-scale Lego model of the new, eighth generation Toyota Camry, the only life-sized Harley Davidson ever made and a Japanese bullet train. Don’t miss the tallest Lego model in the Southern Hemisphere – a 7.5m tall NASA SLS rocket built from more than 450,000 bricks.
Have a Hoppy Easter at O’Brien Group Arena
Unlimited public ice-skating, free lessons and a craft zone are just the start of Hoppy Easter at O’Brien Group Arena. Over the Easter long weekend there’s also egg-citing on-ice games like egg-and-spoon races. During the rest of the school holidays, meet Winter Olympians and learn Winter Olympic sports skills, including hockey and curling. Cool!
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival isn’t just for grown-ups – there’s a ridiculously funny children’s program too. Highlights include Head First Acrobats’ pirate-themed slapstick and circus antics in Arr We There Yet?! at the magical Spiegeltent. Experience bubbles, balloons and great music at Disco Kids, which won the Best Children’s Event at Fringe World 2015. Tricks and funnybone treats in Alex and Luke’s Make Your Parents Disappear! Everything from musical comedy to circus at Comedy Club for Kids. And The (Very) Big Laugh Out! – this free show can help rescue your school-holiday budget. More details at the festival website.
Signal school holiday program
A creative arts studio where young people collaborate with professional artists, Signal always has a super school-holiday program. The Street Art Mentoring workshop is a rare chance for kids to explore Melbourne’s laneways with Blender Studios artists, then get hands-on. The Goodasgirl Harajuku Fashion Mash Up looks to Tokyo for an op-shopping trip that leads to a fashion shoot and zine. Amazingly, these workshops are free, but book your kids in quick!
Good Friday Appeal Kids Day Out
There’s something for everyone at the Good Friday Appeal Kids Day Out. Drag the family out of the house, because all proceeds go towards supporting the work of the Royal Children’s Hospital. Entry is free, with selected activities ranging from $3 to $10 or by gold coin donation. Highlights include the Teddy Bear Hospital, kids cooking classes, rides, music, sports clinics and more.
Alice in Wonderland at ACMI and beyond
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) jumps down the rabbit hole with Alice for its 2018 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Wonderland. It reveals the world’s enduring fascination with Lewis Carroll’s tales through a century of cinematic interpretations. The 1951 Disney animated feature, Alice in Wonderland, screens every Saturday too (details on the ACMI website). The Sheraton joins in the fun with Kids Can Cook – Inspired by Alice in Wonderland interactive food decorating workshops.
More adventure at ACMI
There’s loads more school-holiday fun to be had at ACMI, including a special Easter edition of Family Sundays. From building robots that draw Easter eggs to turning vintage Easter illustrations into animated gifs, there are free activities galore. Another holiday highlight is the three-day Make a Movie workshop. Kids aged 9 to 14 can make short films from scratch, then walk the red carpet with their guests for the premiere.
ArtPlay school holiday program
Young imaginations can go wild at ArtPlay, especially during the school holidays. ArtPlay – Big Dance Workshops for Kids is part of the world’s largest free celebration of dance. There are sessions especially for junior dancers of all abilities. Artist Kathy Holowko is collaborating with children for Exhibition: Wild City, which will explore how humans and animals share the urban landscape. Workshops leading up to the opening are for ages 6-8, 8-10 and 10-12.
The Magic Workshop
Wands at the ready! Budding magicians aged 10 to 16 can learn from Lee Cohen, president of the Australian Institute of Magic, these school holidays. One of the world’s few professional female magicians, Lee will soon have even absolute beginners performing spellbinding tricks. Running Thursday 5 and 12 April, at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Maggie and the Goat at Cooks Cottage
Maggie was excited to receive a goat from her big brother, James. He told her that the goat had sailed the world with him – but now Maggie can’t find her! Take the family to the historic Cooks Cottage to Maggie and the Goat, a fun self-guided activity, most suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years (younger children may participate with parent or carer support).
Explore our School Holidays page for more ideas on how to keep the kids entertained during the break.