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Top 8 Ideas For Indoor Winter School Holiday Fun in Melbourne

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Published June 11th 2018
Winter Holiday Fun
They're here again, winter school holidays in Melbourne from Saturday 30th June until Sunday 15th July and that necessarily means parents' and grandparents' minds need to turn to finding warmer, indoor activities for the kids.

With that in mind here are 8 suggestions for both adventure and learning activities in and around Melbourne that will keep you warm and dry while enjoying some fun time-out with the youngsters.


ARTVO

ARTVO is the first interactive 'trick art' gallery of its type in Australia with visitors encouraged to become part of the artwork, photographing themselves, friends & family and creating a unique variation on the original.

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You'll be amazed by the optical illusions created by 'trick art' at Melbourne's ARTVO. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Comprising 100 3D artworks in 11 themed zones each photo point identifies the appropriate camera orientation, horizontal or vertical, plus the best stance for the photographer to adopt. This it's all about the model or models interacting with the scene.
It's fun, fun, fun and some of the photos are amazing reproductions of 'immersive art'.

ARTVO – 26 Star Crescent, Level 1, Harbour Town, Docklands
www.artvo.com.au
Tel: (03) 9600 1118
Open 7-days 10 AM to 6 PM

Entry costs: Adults $28, Children (5 to 15) $18, Students $25, Seniors $25, Family 1 2C) $55, (2A 1C) $65, (2A 2C) $78. Each additional child $15. Children 4 and under – FREE.


CLIP 'N CLIMB

Indoor climbing complex Clip 'N Climb is now available at two Melbourne locations – Richmond and Moorabbin. Both centres comprise 60 climbing activities, 85 metres of caving obstacles and 2 optional add-ons each requiring different skills and levels of agility. Climbers are challenged both physically and mentally but the varying degrees of difficulty for the different activities mean that it really is suitable for people of all ages.

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Clip 'N Climb tests the stamina and determination of climbers of all ages. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The emphasis at Clip 'N Climb is on fun and safety. Every climbing session is preceded by a 15 minute safety briefing, all climbing apparatus is equipped with the TRUEBLUE auto belaying system, climbers under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult to check their harness connection before each climb and all climbing sessions are supervised by fully trained staff.

Challenges include STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, a group of green poles with the height of each pole increasing in succession as climbers attempt to reach the highest point.

Clip 'N Climb – 144 Murphy Street, Richmond and 444 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin
www.clipnclimbmelbourne.com.au

Tel: 1300 878 654

School Holiday Times are:
Monday to Thursday 9 AM to 9 PM
Friday to Sunday 9 Am to 10 PM

Basic climbing sessions run for a full hour after the 15 minute safety briefing. Cost for climbers aged 5 years and over is $18.50 and for those under 5 years, $12.50. You can elect to up the challenge by taking on the Leap of Faith for $5 a jump or the Vertical Drop Slide at $4.50 per drop. A 'combo' Leap of Faith and Vertical Drop Slide experience can be had for just $7.50.


ARMY TANK MUSEUM

The Australian Army Tank Museum housed at Puckapunyal's Hopkins Barracks preserves and exhibits an incredible range of artefacts and memorabilia promoting the history of Australian cavalry units from the early days of the Light Horse to the present day technology of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps.

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Puckapunyal's Army Tank Museum is home to more than 70 fighting vehicles and artillery pieces as well as galleries displaying information, artefacts and memorabilia. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Throughout their history, these units have served in the Boer War, World Wars 1 and 2, Vietnam and Afghanistan as well as peacekeepers in Somalia & Rwanda and as part of INTERFET, the international force responsible for the liberation of East Timor.

The more than 70 fighting vehicles and artillery pieces on display are undoubtedly a highlight featuring an example of most of the armoured vehicles operated by Australia as well as examples of American, British and even Chinese battle tanks and specialised vehicle.

Two indoor galleries display a wealth of information, artefacts and memorabilia relevant to all of Australia's cavalry and armoured units.

Army Tank Museum – Puckapunyal Military Area, Seymour
www.armytankmuseum.com.au
Tel: (03) 5735 7285

Museum opening times are Tuesday to Friday 10 AM to 4 PM and Saturday & Sunday on the last weekend of each month.
Cost of entry is $20 for a family, $8.50 for Adults, $6.50 Children and $6 concession.

Note: Photo ID is required for entry to Puckapunyal Military Area (driver only).



NATIONAL SPORTS MUSEUM
Melbourne Cricket Ground, the iconic 'G' and spiritual home of Australian sport houses the National Sports Museum, the only multi-sport museum of its type in Australia.

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The MCG's National Sports Museum is the only multi-sport museum of its type in Australia. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


As you move from one exhibit to the next you can't help but be inspired by the achievements of the otherwise ordinary, everyday Australians who have risen to the pinnacle of their particular sporting discipline.

There's no better time than school holidays and no better place than the National Sports Museum for youngsters to take time-out and immerse themselves in everything that a world-class sporting museum has to offer.


Cost of entry and tours:

Sports Museum Entry plus MCG Tour

Family (Max 4 persons) $76 – Additional children (Up to 2) $5 each.
Adult $35
Concession $29
Children (5 to 15 years) $18
Under 5-years Free
MCC Member $21
Groups (20 plus) $29 each. School groups $14 each.

MCG Tour Only

Family (Max 4 persons) $60 – Additional children (Up to 2) $5 each
Adult $25
Concession $21
Children (5 to 15 years) $14
Under 5-years Free
MCC Member Free
Groups (20 plus) $21 each. School groups $8.50 each

National Sports Museum Only

Family (Max 4 persons) $60 – Additional children (Up to 2) $5 each
Adult $25
Concession $21
Children (5 to 15 years) $14
Under 5-years Free
MCC Member $21
Groups (20 plus) $21 each. School groups $8.50 each

National Sports Museum – Gate 3, Melbourne Cricket Ground
www.nsm.org.au
Tel: (03) 9657 8879

The National Sports Museum is open daily between 10 AM and 5 PM. MCG tours are conducted between 10 AM and 3 PM and take approximately 75 minutes.

Check the website for Event Day times.


BOUNCE

Bounce opened its first trampolining venue right here in Melbourne in 2012 and has taken off, now operating at 20 venues in 10 countries world-wide.
Bouncers range from pre-schoolers to school groups, teenagers, elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts and corporate groups.

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Jumpers at Bounce are free to entertain themselves on all the apparatus or they can engage in organised fun & games. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


You can bet a visit to any of Melbourne's 3 Bounce venues will be a highlight with the kids these school holidays.
Check out Bounce at the following venues.

Essendon Fields, Hangar 4, 236 Wirraway Road

Open Monday to Friday 10 AM to 9 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM.

Blackburn North, 22 Joseph Street

Open Monday to Tuesday 12 PM to 8 PM, Wednesday to Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM.

Glen Iris, 2 Weir Street

Open Monday to Friday 10 AM to 9 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 9 PM and Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM.

General Admission stars at $16.90 for the first hour, $11.60 for the second. Junior Jumpers start at $11.70 for the first hour and $9.50 for the second. A Family Session (Maximum 4 jumpers) costs $59.50 for the first hour and $46.70 for the second.
Check the Bounce website for a full list of prices, concessions, terms & conditions and online booking at all locations.

BOUNCE
www.bounceinc.com.ua
Tel: 1300 000 540


GLOWGOLF

Glowgolf is Australia's first glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course. Players putt their way around a selection of Australian icons with 10-holes played under special UV lighting and an 18th hole that electronically generates each players score.

Glowgolf is great fun and something to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Glowgolf also caters for children's parties and corporate events.

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Fun for all ages, Glowgolf is trickier than you might think. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Glowgolf – Star Crescent, Level 1, Harbour Town, Docklands
www.glowgolf.com .au
Tel: (03) 9642 5442

School Holiday opening times are:

Monday to Friday 11 AM to 11 PM
Saturdays 10 AM to 11 PM
Sundays 10 Am to 8 PM

Cost is Adults $15, Children (Under 16 years) $10, Seniors $10, Family (2A 2C) $45. Second Game $5. Bring a group of 5 or more and play for just $10 each.


HMAS CASTLEMAINE berthed at Gem Pier.

Lovingly restored and cared for by dedicated volunteers HMAS CASTLEMAINE is a monument to the courage of hundreds of young men who served on her and many other vessels of her type in the defence of the nation during World War 2.

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HMAS CASTLEMAINE at home alongside Gem Pier, Willianstown. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


In fact, HMAS CASTLEMAINE has come home. She was built at Williamstown and launched on the 7th August 1941, one of sixty 'BATHURST' class vessels constructed in Australia based on a British design and modified to adapt to local conditions.

Built primarily as minesweepers, they also performed armed escort duties, troop landing & resupply and engaged in anti-submarine warfare. Armed with anti-aircraft guns, depth charges and a QF-4 Inch deck gun CASTLEMAINE operated with a crew ranging from 70 to 100 and was officially designated an 'Australian Mine Sweeper'.

The ships Mess Deck is now used to exhibit memorabilia from CASTLEMAINE and other aspects of Australian naval history.

HMAS CASTLEMAINE Museum - Gem Pier, Williamstown
www.hmascastlemaine.org.au
(03) 9397 2363

Open 7-Days 11 AM to 4.30 PM.
Cost of entry is Adults $8, Children 4 to 16 years $4, Under 4 years Free, Family (2A 2C) $20.



SCIENCEWORKS

Scienceworks is a wonderful combination of old and new technology offering a range of experiences for visitors of all ages. It is also without a doubt one of the best value for money attractions in Melbourne.

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Scienceworks is all about interactive fun, including the opportunity to catch some ZZZ's on a bed of nails. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The modern faηade of the Scienceworks complex is a purpose built steel and glass structure which first opened in 1992 and sets out to make learning about science fun.

Visitors are exposed to science and technology through a range of demonstrations and activities, many of them interactive and challenging.

Permanent exhibitions include Sportsworks showcasing the science behind athleticism where you can race the great Cath Freeman or measure your own fitness levels.

Scienceworks is also home to the spectacular Melbourne Planetarium which boasts a 16 metre dome and reclining, unidirectional seating designed to create the impression n of lying beneath the night sky. Six video projectors powered by complex software packages paint the dome with colourful, highly detailed images of the solar system.

Nearby the 120 seat Lightning Room features fascinating demonstrations of electricity using a Tesla Coil array capable of generating 2 million volts and producing artificial lightning bolts.

SCIENCEWORKS – 2 Booker Street, Spotswood
www.museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks
Tel: 13 11 02

Open 7-Days 10 AM to 4.30 PM.

Cost Adults $15, Children & Concession FREE.
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Why? Stay warm and dry while enjoying some great fun and entertainment these winter school holidays.
When: School Holidays Saturday 30th June to Sunday 15th July.
Phone: Check the article for the individual venues contact number.
Where: Various venues in and around Melbourne.
Cost: Varies from one venue and activity to the next.
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