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Published March 22nd 2015
Stuck for ideas on what to do these school holidays? Try out these top free activities in Melbourne.

1. The (Very) Big Laugh Out
Enjoy live comedy at City Square and at Federation Square. From March 27th through to April19th, edgy and funny street performers from around the world will provide daily entertainment.

Tue: 12.30pm 3pm; Wed: 12.30pm 3pm; Thu: 12.30pm 3pm; Fri: 12.30pm 6.30pm; Sat: 11.30am 4pmSun: 11.30am 4pm. For complete program details, visit the Melbourne International Comedy Festival website.

2. Top Arts 2015
StArt Up:Top Arts 2015 is an exhibition of outstanding works by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) across Victoria. The exhibition showcases a diversity of artwork including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, multimedia, textiles, film, and installation.

Top Arts runs at The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Federation Square, from March 19th through to June 28th. Free entry. Open daily 10 am - 5 pm (closed Good Friday, April 3rd; open ANZAC Day, Saturday April 25th, 1 pm 5 pm)

3. Explore the Outdoors
Try out a range of free activities in Melbourne, including discovering laneway art, picnic in one of many parks, bike ride along St Kilda Esplanade, BBQ at Williamstown beach, listen to live music at Melbourne's best markets, discover the CBD on the city circle tram, visit free art exhibitions at various galleries, or walk the 1,000 Steps Kokoda Track Memorial Trail.

4. Easter Adventures
Vist Easter Bunny at Queen Victoria and South Melbourne Markets, go on a free Egg Hunt at the City Library on March 31st, get crafty at home by decorating boiled eggs or creating chocolate-free Easter gifts.

5. Junior Rangers Mysterious Mammals
Help City of Melbourne Park Rangers solve the mysterious case of Melbourne's missing mammals. Junior Rangers will hunt for evidence of the furry, four-legged creatures hidden in the tree tops and grasslands, and learn about the strange and wonderful animals that once roamed Royal Park.

Running from Tuesday April 7th through to Friday April 10th, 10am til noon. Bookings available by calling 03 9658 9658 or by registering online

6. Crafty Mondays at Fed Square
From March 9th through to December 14th, the Atrium at Federation Square hosts free craft workshops on Mondays from noon to 2pm.

Discover the creativity of embroidery with members from the Embroiderer's Guild of Victoria on the first Monday of each month. Watch, learn, then create a piece yourself.

Join and participate in free workshops led by a group of volunteer crochet enthusiasts on the second Monday of each month. This group of volunteers are making red crochet poppies for the 5000 Poppies project to be displayed at Federation Square on ANZAC Day 2015.

Explore the simple but intricate craft of basket making, led by the weaving wonders from the Basketmakers of Victoria, every third Monday.

Bring your knitting needles on on the fourth Monday of each month to knit under the guidance of experts from The Handknitters Guild.


7. Visit the Zoo
Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne at Melbourne Zoo; experience an African adventure at Werribee Open Range Park, or explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary. Free entry for kids on weekends, public holidays and school holidays!

8. Enjoy a Free Tour
Learn about history, botanicals, and architecture on free guided tours of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne Town Hall, Shrine of Remembrance, State Library of Victoria, and Melbourne sights. Tours run for 45 min to 3 hours, so wear comfortable shoes.

9. Volunteer
A great way to feel good about yourself, meet new friends, develop new skills, and help people. There are many volunteering opportunities to suit everyone. Participate in community events, be a friend or mentor, assist in an animal shelter, help in nature conservation projects, are just a few of the cool projects you can be involved in.

Check out Eco-shout, Volunteering Victoria, Melbourne City Mission, and Go Volunteer for more volunteering ideas and useful tips on how to choose the best option to suit your interests and available time.

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