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Top-10 Winter School Holiday Activities 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 16th 2019
Winter School Holiday Fun
Winter school holidays are fast approaching and you'll soon be scratching your head trying to think of things to do with the youngsters when it's wet & wild outside.

Here are 10 great winter-warmer activities to consider.

Scienceworks

When: Saturday 29th June to Sunday 14th July
Where: 2 Booker Street, Spotswood


Winter school holiday events at Scienceworks are all about electricity.

Let the kids spark their curiosity with events like The Spark-tacular Electricity Show, Power of Love and Scrappy Circuits plus daily shows at both the Planetarium and the Lightning Room.

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Don't lose your head at Scienceworks - lose your body instead! Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media


Entry to Scienceworks only costs Adults $15, Concession and Children Under 16 years are FREE. Entry to the Planetarium or Lightning Room costs an additional $8.

Scienceworks is open 7-days from 10 AM to 4.30 PM.

For a full list of events, session times and costs go to www.museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks or telephone 13 11 02


ARTVO

Where: 26 Star Crescent, Level 1, Harbour Town, Docklands
When: Open 7-days 10 AM to 6 PM


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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It looks like this family is in a lot of trouble at ARTVO but it's just trick photography and a lot of fun. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media


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'.

For more information or bookings go to www.artvo.com.au or telephone (03) 9600 1118

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 Berwick, Williamstown, Geelong, Phillip Island, Coburg and Moorabbin.

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The climb looks like hard work for Abbey Walker from Baldivis, Western Australia but she's perfectly safe high above the ground at Clip n Climb.. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media


Centres comprise climbing activities, caving obstacles and optional add-ons all 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.

The emphasis at Clip 'N Climb is on fun and safety. Every climbing session is preceded by a 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.

Opening hours and costs very between locations so make sure you click on the website for the individual centres to determine which is most suitable for you.



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 preschooler's to school groups, teenagers, elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts and corporate groups.

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

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Tom Evans proves the bigger they are the more fun they have at Bounce. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media


Checkout Bounce at the following venues.

Essendon Fields, Hangar 4, 236 Wirraway Road

Open Monday to Thursday 10 AM to 7 PM, Friday & Saturday 9 AM to 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM.
Public Holidays Monday to Thursday 9 AM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 9 AM to 9 PM and Sunday 9 Am to 7 PM. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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.
School and Public Holidays open Monday to Saturday 9 AM to 8 PM and Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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.
Public Holidays open Monday t9 Thursday 9 AM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 9 AM to 9 PM and Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM.
School Holidays Open Monday to Saturday 9 AM to 9 PM and Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

For session availability, costs and additional information check out the individual venue websites go to www.bounceinc.com.au or telephone 1300 000 540



National Sports Museum

Where: Gate 3, Melbourne Cricket Ground

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.

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.

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You can organise your own race at the National Sports Museum. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media


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

Cost of entry and tours:

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

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

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 Members Free

The National Sports Museum is open daily between 10 AM and 5 PM (Except for MCG event days. Check the website for modified hours on event days). MCG tours are conducted between 10 AM and 3 PM and take approximately 75 minutes.

For more information go to the website www.nsm.org.au or telephone (03) 9657 8879

Glow Golf

Where: Star Crescent, Level 1, Harbour Town, Docklands

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.

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Glow Golf is great family fun. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media


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

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.


State Library Story Camp

When: Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd July
Where: Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street


Story Camp is a 3-day workshop aimed at youngsters aged 12 59 15 years.

Participants will explore the craft of storytelling guided by professional authors and poets, build creative skills and confidence and find out what a professional writing career might look like.

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Children can hone their storytelling skills at the State Library Story Camp these coming school holidays.


There's a catch though. Students will need to attend a school that has a value below 1000 on the Index of Community Socio-educational advantage (ICSEA).

Don 't know what that is? Find out by visiting the Myschool website or telephone (03) 8664 7014 to find out your school's rating.

For more details and to express interest go to www.slv.vic.gov.au/story-camp or telephone (03) 8664 7014



Shadow Puppets Workshop

When: Tuesday 9th to Friday 12th July
Where: Venues in the City of Moonee Valley

The Shadow Puppets Workshop program is run by the City of Moonee Valley kids are assisted in creating their own shadow puppet and then guided through performance techniques to get the most out of their creation.

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Youngsters 7 years or older can immerse themselves in art during the City of Mooney Valley Shadow Puppets Workshop.


Workshops will run at:

Bowes Avenue Community Hall on Tuesday 9th July.
The Clocktower Centre on Wednesday 10th July.
Burley Griffin Community Centre on Thursday 11th July.
Flemington Community Centre on Friday 12th July.

All sessions commence at 11 AM.

Workshops are suitable for children aged 7 years and older.
Cost is $5 per child with accompanying adults free.

For more details and on-line bookings go to www.clocktowercentre.com.au or telephone (03) 9243 9191



Roola Boola Childrens Arts Festival

When: Tuesday 2nd to Friday 10th July


Roola Boola Childrens Arts Festival is run by the city of Stonnington is full of performances, workshops and activities all aimed at stimulating children's imagination.

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Music and Movement are just one of the activities on hand at the Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival


Fifteen great events include NICA Circus Workshops for ages 1 to 4, 5 to 7 and 7 to 12, the Roola Boola Magic Class, Robotic Dance Workshop, Music and Movement and the Neon Forest to name just a few.

Go to www.roolaboola.com.au or telephone (03) 8290 1333 for the full program, list of venues and costs.



Melbourne Museum

Where: Lower Ground Floor, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton.


Youngsters can direct their own road safety TV commercial using state-of-the-art technology at the TAC's new Road to Zero Education Complex at Melbourne Museum.

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Get on your bike and head to Melbourne Museum these school holidays for a chance to direct your own road safety TV commercial.


Sessions run from 11 Am to 3 PM daily from Monday 1st to Saturday 6th July, Monday 8th to Friday 12th July and on Sunday 14th July.

This is a FREE event however bookings are essential.

For further details and bookings go to www.museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum or telephone 13 11 02


There you go, ten great events designed to occupy the kids of Melbourne these school holidays.


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Why? Stay warm and dry while enjoying some great family fund and entertainment these winter school holidays.
When: School Holidays, Saturday 29th June to Sunday 14th July
Phone: See the article for telephone contact with the various activities.
Where: Venues in and around Melbourne.
Cost: Varies from one venue and activity to the next.
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