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Great Winter Activities for the School Holidays

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published June 19th 2014
Rain, Hail or Shine
Rain, hail or shine there's plenty to do in Melbourne over winter. There are many great, free or inexpensive indoor activities around town. To start with you could explore the four corners of central Melbourne. So there's no need to be bored at home over the school holidays.

Melbourne is a museum haven. Some of the ones I think are great for kids over and over again include the Melbourne Museum, Science works and the Immigration museum.

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Melbourne Museum
This features permanent and temporary exhibits. The large dinosaur models are always awesome and the outdoor garden area peaceful. We love the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum. Like most museums, there are interactive exhibits.

Remember to allow at least an hour for the hands on, children's museum activities. There is a dinosaur bones digging sand pit, trick mirrors, puzzles and lots of fun old-fashioned games.

Race Cathy Freeman, use the pulley system to heave large blocks from one level to the next and be entertained by live science shows. This educational centre ensures that learning scientific concepts is integrated into the fun, self-selected and self-paced activities. Scienceworks is an all day adventure.

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Immigration Museum
This museum focuses on telling stories of people who have migrated to Australia. It acknowledges the many contributions of immigrants to Australian culture and everyday life. One of the exhibits is a creaky boat. When you climb aboard you can imagine what the trip might have been like. Many interesting documents and artefacts bring history alive.

Heidi Museum of Modern Art
Free treasure hunt style activities are downloadable and ready to engage your kids in the modern art surprises throughout the park at Heidi Museum of Modern Art. Take a picnic or buy a mini lunch box at the café, take a ball and you are set for the day.

Fed Square Children's activities
Fed Square is always worth a visit for children and adults alike. They offer a range of activities and workshops and many are free. For example, singing workshops, meditation for kids and gardening classes. Click here for events during the school holidays. You can also get a great snack, meal or coffee in one of the cafes.

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NGV programs
While you are there you must visit The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. The NGV Kid's Club was created for young art lovers, (0–11 years) to explore the collection and exhibitions, NGV Kid's Trails and Activities. Free downloadable self-guided trails and activities have been designed especially for kids. 
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

IMAX and ACMI kid's Flicks
Both centres offer a range of classic, documentary style and new and alternative movies. These are cheaper than regular cinemas. IMAX is right next door to the Melbourne Museum and ACMI a part of Fed Square. So while you are in the city you can make a whole day of it.

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State Library
Story time and book related activities such as make your own brochure or create a Ned Kelly Armour are examples of the activities offered to children at the State Library.

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Melbourne Aquarium
Wander through glass tunnels and see thousands of sea creatures. Always popular are the including sharks and giant stingrays. The Aquarium has interactive exhibits and staff to answer a host of questions. If you are game, you can book in for a dive with the sharks.

For more fun holiday ideas if the weather is fine and you love the great outdoors click here.

Here's some ideas for thrill seekers.
Consider free local library activities or check out the expos at the Royal Exhibition buildings.
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