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Ten of the Best September School Holiday Ideas

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published August 25th 2013
Happy children, happy parents
Chocolate freckles at Yarra Valley Chocolatier

It's time to start planning for the September School holiday's to keep your children entertained and your insanity intact. The one thing you don't want hear again and again is "we're bored" and "are we there yet"?

In the animal nursery at the Royal Melbourne Show

Here's my top ten picks for these school holidays.Some are free and others have costs involved but all are within a reasonable distance of Melbourne's CBD.

Motorbike display at the Royal Melbourne Show

#1 Royal Melbourne Show. No matter what age your children are they are well catered for here, however, this is most likely to be an expensive day out when including entry, show bags, food, rides and transport. If you are an RACV member you can purchase tickets up to the 19th of September on the website and recieve 30 % off entry making adults $23, children $13 or a family of 2 adults and 2 children are $63. If you're not a member you can still get good deals with entry and rides. A family ticket with a $50 ride voucher is $99.

Tesselaars Tulip Festival

#2 Kids days at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Between the 23rd and 26th of September and 30th of September to the 3rd of November are kids days. The kids will be kept entertained by Fairy Monica, Benny the Balloonist, The Mik Maks, Paul Jamieson, animal farm, face painting and much more.
Entry is $20 for adults, children are free, some activities cost extra. For a full program click here.

#3 Bounce Inc. is a trampoline heaven with 100 interconnected tramps and 500 square metres of padding and foam to land on. General admission is $16.50 for one hour, junior jumpers are $11.50, price includes grip socks.
If you want to go book NOW as there are limited times left for the school holidays.

Yarra Valley Chocalatier kitchen

#4 Yarra Valley Chocolatier are having chocolate making workshops for children aged 6-12 years old on Saturdays. The workshops cost $30 and run for 45 minutes and include an apron, chefs hat, badge, and certificate. Limited places are still available phone 03 9730 2777

The Enchanted Maze Tree Surfing

#5The Enchanted Maze is a great place for all ages. Adults and teens will love the new Tree Surfing, an aerial obstacle course with 50 challenging obstacles. The smaller children will love the gardens and mazes with sculptures and activities, not to mention the tube slides down the hillside. There is a cafe, lolly shop and a spooky 3D maze.
Entry to the maze is $79 for a family ticket of 2 adults 2 children and Tree Surfing costs $59 adult, $39 per child (children must be a minimum height of 135cm). For more info have a look here.

Tube slide @ The Enchanted Maze

#6Bay Play is offering half day school holiday adventures for $66pp. Learn to snorkel, sea kayak, stand up paddle, scuba dive and orienteering. For more information visit Bay Play.

#7Junior golf clinics for ages 5 - 14 years will be held on the 26th and 27th of September at Devilbend Golf Course. Cost is $20pp or $30 for the two days.

National Rhododendron Gardens

#8The National Rhododendron gardens are in full bloom during the school holidays and is a perfect picnic spot. Entry is free. Whilst you're over that way I recommend a visit to the Montrose Community Playground and Hahndorf's chocolates next to the park, the kids will love it.

Rhododendron flower

#9 ACMI are showing some great kids films that will take most parents back to their childhood with the likes of E.T, Willy Wonka, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Never Ending Story and many more.
Cost is $7 for general admission or $5 for ACMI members. More details are available here.

Coolart Homestead and Wetlands

#10Junior Rangers Program activities are held in different national parks all over Victoria. Over the school holidays free programs include Outside Inside EWWW at Point Nepean National Park, Rock pool Ramble at Mornington Peninsula National Park, Snow Play at Mt Buffalo, A bug's Life at Coolart Homestead and Wetlands, Mysterious Mammals at Royal Park Melbourne and much more can be found on the Junior Ranger website.

If all of these fail to impress then you can always take the safe options of visiting the Melbourne Museum, Science Works, Queen Victorian Market, Melbourne, Werribee or Healesville Zoos or jump on eBay and get them a few new games to play.

Melbourne Zoo

Happy Holidays.
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Your Comment
Those sound like some unique activities there. The interconnected trampolines is something I've never come across before.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 2244 days ago
Thanks for the list, although #10 is not entirely true. Mysterious Mammals is at Royal Park Melbourne, but is not run through the Junior Ranges.
by skidm (score: 1|23) 2242 days ago
Thanks Lorraine for taking the time to write up such a comprehensive list of things to do over the holidays with the kids. Lots of fun and interesting ideas!!!!
by Jojo.a.gogo (score: 2|200) 2237 days ago
It's a very good article of interesting activities! Thank you!
by amrit (score: 0|4) 2243 days ago
For the Junior Ranger Mysterious Mammals please click on the link above. You will find it's a free event not incorporated with the zoo's event.

by Lorraine A (score: 3|1599) 2242 days ago
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