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3. Murrumbeena Park has a fantastic new playground that the kids will love. 4. Bicentennial Park in Chelsea has a large variety of play equipment that suits a range of ages. 5. Rye's Up! community playground is a great seaside option.
The Melbourne museum has the 'Awe-inspiring Aztecs' from 28th of June to 13th of July. There will be three 20 minute presentations of the aztecs at 12 noon, 1pm & 2pm in the museum theatre, lower ground level. Entry to the Aztecs is free with general museum entry ticket ($10 adults, children free). To see a short clip or to find out more click here.
Teach the kids to be a Master Chef at home. You can add to the excitement of cooking by visiting a fresh food market with heaps of variety, such as the Queen Vic, Dandenong or South Melbourne markets. Get the kids to help select ingredients for recipes that they would like to cook at home. This outing is productive as well as educational.
Visit the Cranbourne Botanic Garden for some outdoor school holiday fun. For 3 - 5 year olds they can join in the 'Fungi, fairies and elves group for $7 each on the 7th of July 10am -11am or the 'Terrific Toadstools' for 3 - 12 year olds on the 7th between 11:30 - 12:30 for $3.60 each. As well there is a 'Shared Country tour that includes a discovery walk, examining artifacts, ochre art and native food tastings. These tours are held on various dates during July between 10:15am -12noon. Children cost $10.85. To view the calendar of events or for more info click here.
Entry into the botanic garden is free and it's worthwhile even if you aren't going for the special events. There is plenty to do within the gardens and the surrounding walking tracks and playground.
Heated indoor pools will burn some energy and it's a great rainy day option. Have a look at the Glen Eira sports and aquatic centre, Casey RACE and Ashburton all have water slides and great kids facilities. Many others can be found here.
Visit the Zoos: The big 3 of zoos ( Melbourne, Werribee and Healesville) always have plenty of school holiday activities and general entry for children is free. Healesville Sanctuary is have 'A Magical Winter Wonderland' theme with faux snow parties daily during the holidays (free). For teenagers aspiring to become veterinarians/assistants or zoo keepers there are some great learning opportunities with the 'A keeper for a day' or ' become a vet for a day' programs. It is a bit pricey at $127 and $103 respectively. Melbourne Zoo will have a 'Kids go wild' program where children meet animals up close and visit secret location. Cost is $73 per child and is aimed at 5 - 11 year olds. The program is between 8:30am - 3:30pm. Werribee Open Range Zoo is hosting it's famous 'Wild nights' for 15 nights during the holidays. Adults cost $35 and children $7. They are also offering the 'Keeper for a day program' for teenagers. To view the many other great activities on at the zoos click here.
For activities that cost a bit more $$$
Become a junior master chocolatier: The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is a willy wonka's type chocolate shop. The childrens chocolate making workshops are run throughout the year but during the school holidays they are more prevalent. Classes cost $30 per child and includes a 45 minute lesson, chocolate samples, an apron, chef hat, and a graduation certificate. To find out more click here.
Go upmarket at the Windsor hotel: For the school holidays the Windsor is offering it's famous high tea at the same cost as your childs age so a 4 year old is $4, a 12 year old is $12, along with a full paying adult ($69). Spaces are limited and days are restricted to Monday - Thursday. For reservations call 9633 6004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you quite like the idea of high tea but want something more engaging for the littlies then the Mr. Men Little Miss Children's High Tea at the Langham could be perfect. Sweet treats will be created around the storybook characters with the likes of Little Miss Sunshine honey joys, Mr Messy fairy floss cupcakes, Little Miss Twins mini scones and so on. Children cost $30 or $45 with a take home Mr Men pack.To book or to find out more click here.
Sovereign Hill's 'Christmas in July' is happening throughout the school holidays. The town will have decorations, Christmas trees, spectacular night lighting, childrens Christmas activities, snow play, gingerbread decorating and much more. Adults cost $45 and children $22 (concession is available).