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Published June 25th 2015
The winter school holidays all wrapped up
Trash Test Dummies will be appearing as part of Stonnington's Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival. Photograph courtesy of the City of Stonnington.
This winter school holidays, don't let the kids suffer through cold and rainy days trapped indoors; you're all certain to develop severe cabin fever! Get the kids out of the house with these great activities and programs designed to keep them entertained and even a little bit educated over the mid-year break.
Is your kid the next Pete Evans or Karen Martini? MasterChef 2011's Ellie is taking cooking classes for kids aged 8 to 14 at Mentone's Como Parade Café on Wednesday 1 July. Your mini master chef will learn all about pasta and pizza making, get to roll their own dough and make meatball sauce using fresh ingredients and a few expert tips. $30 per child; call 9583 3003 to book or enquire in-store.
2. Build It 4 Kids Lego Workshops, Mentone
Lego lovers will be in their element at the Build It 4 Kids workshops. Photograph courtesy of Build It 4 Kids.
Build It 4 Kids Lego school holiday workshops offer four three-hour long 'Master Builder' sessions for kids aged 4 to 12. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4pm, with the session on Thursday 2 July reserved for 4 to 6 year olds and a little less complex. $45 per child per workshop; to book email email@example.com or call James on 0401 733 299. Places are limited, so best get in quick!
3. Kraftworks for Kids, Cheltenham and Camberwell
Kids can get seriously crafty at Kraftworks for Kids workshops. Image courtesy of Kraftworks for Kids.
Have you got a crafty kid? Kraftworks for Kids presents twice-daily holiday workshops for tweens and teens aged 8 to 14, including jewellery making, plasterkraft, scale modeling and much more. $35 per child per session. You can also arrange lunch for $5 extra, drop off kids for an early start (8.30 to 9am) also for $5 extra, and arrange a late stay (4 to 5.30pm) for $10 extra. Book online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 99 59 59.
4. Planet Sport, Albert Park and Parkville
Future sports stars will love Planet Sport. Image courtesy of MSAC.
Does your kid live for sports? Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre's (MSAC) Planet Sport holiday program offers action-packed days for 5 to 12 year olds with tennis, basketball, footy, athletics and circus skills sessions, as well as wave pool action and fun on the inflatables. $70 per child per day, plus lunch available for $9. Book and view the full program online, email email@example.com or call 9926 1618.
5. Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival, Prahran
Roola Boola offers a huge range of creative workshops for kids this school holidays. Photograph courtesy of the City of Stonnington.
The Roola Boola Children's Art Festival rolls back into town this winter holidays, offering 4 to 10 years olds circus, music, dance, animation, craft and theatre workshops at Chapel Off Chapel, just to name a few. Workshops run between 10am and 3pm from 30 June to 10 July. $15 per child per workshop, free for accompanying adults. Kids can also enjoy some freebies in the foyer, including face painting, drawing, storytelling and music. View the full program and book online or by calling 8290 7000.
In addition to the Chapel Off Chapel Roola Boola workshops, there are a number of special umbrella programs that will run from 30 June to 10 July throughout Stonnington.
6. Maker World - Inside The Brick, Prahran
Functions On Chapel will become a Lego wonderland for Maker World - Inside The Brick this school holidays. Photograph courtesy of the City of Stonnington.
Functions On Chapel is being transformed into an interactive play space for toddlers to tweens for Inside The Brick from 1 to 9 July, with special Lego and robotics workshops. Tickets are $12.99, $24.99 or $60 depending on the workshop, or half price if you've been to a Chapel Off Chapel event. Visit the website for more details and to book. Use discount code RoolaBoolaDisc50% when purchasing tickets online and take your Chapel Off Chapel tickets with you as proof of entitlement on entry.
7. NICA Circus Holiday Program, Prahran
Kids can learn circus skills from the experts at NICA. Photograph courtesy of the City of Stonnington.
NICA, the National Institute of Circus Arts in Prahran, presents circus skills for 5 to 12 year olds and teens from 6 to 10 July. Kids can run away with the circus for three hours or a whole day at a time and learn about juggling, tumbling, hula hoops, the tight wire, static trapeze and much more. From $55 per child per session; from $40 for teen sessions. Visit the website for more information and to enrol.
8. The Space Next Gen School Holiday Dance Program, Prahran Get your 4 to 12 year old grooving to their own beat at the Next Gen dance workshops presented by The Space from 7 to 9 July. They'll enjoy loosening up for hip hop, break dancing and jazz, through to contemporary expression with lyrical and even some singing and acting. From $45 per child per workshop; visit the website for full details and to book or call 9529 3949.
9. Cinderella by Tivoli Pantomime Theatre, Malvern East
Tivoli Pantomime Theatre presents Cinderella. Image courtesy of the City of Stonnington.
Treat your 1 to 10 year olds to a magical day out with Tivoli Pantomime Theatre's Cinderella from 29 June to 11 July. Shows run at 10.30am and 1.30pm at St John's Church Hall in Malvern East. All tickets are $18; book via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9509 4697.
10. ABC Activity Zone at Malvern Central, Malvern Malvern Central invites kids aged 3 to 9 to drop in for some interactive ABC time this holidays from 6 to 10 July, 11am to 2pm. Set your creative kid's imagination free in the craft area, enjoy an ABC book together in the reading space and watch some of their favourite ABC shows in the TV zone. Free and no need to book, just stop past Level 3, opposite Capital Kitchen.
Littlies can also climb aboard Thomas the Tank Engine from 29 June to 12 July, 10.30am to 4pm, for just $4 a ride.
11. Forest Feast with Polyglot Theatre, Chadstone Shopping Centre
Photograph courtesy of the City of Stonnington.
Kids aged 2 to 11 can create the imaginary culinary delights of their dreams in this interactive craft space presented by Polyglot Theatre. You'll find the forest floor on the lower level outside David Jones from 9 to 12 July, bursting with activity 10am to 12pm and 1 to 3pm. Free and no need to book.
Chadstone Shopping Centre is also hosting Australia's first Disney-Pixar Inside Out Immersive Activity Zone from 30 June to 5 July, 11am to 3pm. Free and no need to book, you'll also find the interactive zone on the lower level outside David Jones. But wait there's more! Free Inside Out style face painting will also be available outside the Lindt Café.
12. Kidz Flix, Village Cinemas across Melbourne
It doesn't have to cost a small fortune to catch a movie with the kids this holidays. Kidz Flix are available for just $5 a ticket at Village Cinemas across Melbourne. Check your local cinema's website for sessions times and to book online.
13. Winter Wonderland, Southland Shopping Centre, Cheltenham
Forget the long drive up the mountains these school holidays, Westfield Southland brings the snow to your doorstep with a magical Winter Wonderland for kids in Centre Court (level 1 near Target) from 6 to 10 July, 11am to 2pm. It's free, just skate in.