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Bring the kids along to the Shrine this school holidays
Inter-generational encounter with educational value. Photo: Susan Gordon-Brown
Want to get them out-and-about? Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance will be host to a free school holiday program over the Spring school holiday period. While families are welcomed at the Shrine all year round, this event provides an ideal opportunity to visit.
Begin at the Visitor Centre where maps for the School Holiday Trail are available with staff on hand to answer questions. Be brave and let the kids take the lead, using the map to pick their way away around the displays, in no particular order.
Let the kids take the lead Photo: Susan Gordon-Brown
Families can learn about the "Spirit of Anzac", Australian military history, visit the Shrine's building, gardens and memorials, find out about wartime jobs for men and women, and learn how animals played a part in wartime. A short commemorative ceremony featuring the 'Ray of Light' will be a highlight for many. The whole program is expected to run for 45-60 minutes.
Families who complete the school holiday program will receive a goody bag and an Anzac biscuit on completion. There is also the opportunity to enter into a prize draw for a $500 RACV Resorts voucher.
The Shrine of Remembrance stands in memory of those killed in war, providing a focal point for loved ones to come and grieve as individuals, as families and as a community. It remains a place to which many come to preserve the memories of those they have lost. The Shrine was not only built to honour those who served in the First World War, but also stands in recognition of the courage of the men, women and children who remained at home.
Do maintain respect at the site. Shrine Custodians are employed to keep everyone safe, and to protect the artefacts. Further information about visiting the Shrine with children is available here.
Located on St Kilda Road, The Shrine of Remembrance is 1.3km from Flinders Street Railway Station. It can be reached by a 10 minute walk or by catching any St Kilda road south-bound tram except Number 1. Disembark at tram stop 18, 19 or Domain Road intersection. If you are riding Melbourne's free City Tourist Shuttle get off at Stop 13 for the Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens.