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Fun Things for the July School Holidays in Melbourne

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Don't get bored these school holidays
Tube slide @ The Enchanted Maze


With the winter school holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start organising what to do with the kids in the school holidays. The last thing you want to hear is "we're bored, there's nothing to do". Whilst I can't guarantee you that you're not going to hear that anyway, here are some options to keep them amused.

The Australian Ballet is hosting two events these school holidays, the first being Danceplay where children aged 5-8 can go to learn to dance whilst having fun. The cost is $70 for 1 day or $195 for 3 days.

The second event is People's Day on the 1st of July where you get to go behind the scenes to gain insight into the life of a ballet dancer. Cost is $20 pp


Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is hosting a free event called Dance Didge and Draw in the children's garden. This event combines aboriginal dance, didgeridoo playing ,ochre painting and finishes with a taste of bush food.

Melbourne Zoo has fun kids activities all through these school holidays with Go Undercover at Melbourne Zoo. Join Zooperman the Eastern Barred Bandicoot as his undercover agent on a mission to fight wildlife extinction. Follow his footsteps with an interactive audio trail that reveals facts and clues along the way . Also at the zoo is Growing Wild, with sculptures, tunnels, sounds, interactive spaces and animals to see. Last but not least is Kids Go Wild which takes kids into secret areas of the Zoo, this is a day program and costs $68. First two activities are free for children.

Federation Square is hosting 'Giant Ant' puppets over the holidays, these human sized insects will certainly get the children's imaginations going as they help find giant crumbs to make ants nests. This is a free activity.

All kids love movies so Titans of the Ice Age in 3D at IMAX is sure to be a hit with kids.

Art Play, If your children love drawing than Ripple Drawing Workshop is aimed at children between 5-8 years old and costs $15.

The State Library Of Victoria is always an interesting place to take children and they also have the Play Pod for the kids to relax, read and enjoy the library. This is Free.


For children who like magic then Spellcraft at Spellbox could be just what they're after. Children learn about spells and crystals. Groups are limited to 7 and cost $25 and includes a free gift.

Ski City is one that I definitely want to take the kids to as they have never been on skis before. It is an indoor ski centre that caters for beginners to advanced.

For something out of town:

Queenscliff Marine Discovery Centre is a great place to take the kids to learn, feel and watch various marine creatures in their environment.

Whilst in Queenscliff take a ride on the Bellarine Railway or take the ferry to Sorrento.

Sovereign Hill in Ballarat is a popular choice for children and tourists. Step back in time and discover Australian history.

If you don't mind rugging up then Puffing Billy is an option.

Mornington Peninsula:

The Enchanted Maze is extremely popular with children and adults alike. Whilst the adults enjoy the gardens, children love the mazes, slides, spooky maze and the new aerial adventure course.

Mornington Railway have their annual teddy bears train.

The Briars Junior Ranger Program "fabulous fungi adventures" is aimed at 6-10 year olds that love the outdoors and adventure. Cost is $16 per child.

Point Nepean is interesting place to take the children to learn about history, with many walking tracks to discover tunnels and hide outs.

There are so many great things to do in and around the city it's impossible to list them all. If you have any favourites that I have left off the list then please feel free to share them.


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Why? To do something fun on the school holidays
When: July School Holidays
Where: In and around Melbourne
Cost: Prices vary
Your Comment
Thanks very much, a great list, I'm taking notes! Emma
by emmab (score: 0|4) 2342 days ago
Hi, thanks for the article - lots of good info. Just letting you know that the SkiCity link doesn't work because you've accidentally missed a "." between www and ski. Cheers
by GV (score: 0|6) 2336 days ago
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