School holiday activities in Melbourne this winter (2024)

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Updated on Jul 09, 2024 · 9 mins read
School holiday activities in Melbourne this winter (2024)

Victoria might be renowned for its cold weather, especially this time of year, but don’t let the icy breeze keep you and your little ones confined to the fireplace all holidays! Pull out the scarves, beanies and gloves and get ready to slide into the winter holiday spirit in Victoria.

As the mid-year break rolls around, Victoria is transforming into a hub of exciting activities and events perfect for families of every shape and size during school holiday time. From stunning coastal walks to indulging in delicious winter treats at local markets and immersing yourself in Melbourne’s vibrant arts and cultural scene. The options are endless (well, not really, but the list is pretty extensive!)

We’re giving you the ultimate Victoria school holiday activity guide you always needed – helping you uncover the best places to visit, exciting events to attend, family attractions and hidden gems to discover across Victoria this winter break.

Whether you’re planning a day trip or a week-long getaway, a resident Victorian or an out-of-state visitor, Victoria’s diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry ensure there’s something there for everyone to enjoy. Check out these school holiday activities for melbourne and beyond.

Outdoor adventures

Firelight Labyrinth

From June 28 to July 14, as dusk settles, Melbourne’s night sky transforms into a canvas of mesmerizing lights and ethereal sounds.

Each twist of this labyrinth unveils a new spectacle, casting shadows and illuminating paths with hues of fire and starlight. It’s an experience that blends artistry with exploration, perfect for those seeking a magical adventure under the winter night sky this holiday season or break.


What says winter school holidays better than a luminous wonderland at Lightscape – a display enchanting Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne until August 4.

Nighttime means that the gardens come alive with a symphony of light and colour, creating new and exciting magical realms.

Take your little ones on a stroll along illuminated pathways, under canopies of glowing trees, and across sparkling water features that reflect the brilliance of the installations above. It’s an immersive experience that captivates all ages.

Fitzroy Gardens Winter Wander: Cottage Detective Quest

For all those little detectives out there, join the Cottage Detective Quest at Fitzroy Gardens from June 29 to July 14 (lining up perfectly with the school term and holiday dates).

In this activity, families become sleuths in search of Kylie Kangaroo’s lost hat. Set against the backdrop of this picturesque heritage garden, this interactive quest blends storytelling with exploration, encouraging young adventurers to solve clues and unravel mysteries hidden among the leafy bowers and quaint cottages of the great outdoors. It’s a delightful way to spend a winter’s day, discovering the charm and secrets tucked away in Melbourne’s green heart.

Rainbow Buddies

Let your little ones step into an immersive adventure with Rainbow Buddies at District Docklands until August 31 – so even the school term dates aren’t an excuse for missing this activity!

Imagine a real-life game where children become players in a whimsical world of colours and challenges.

In this world, children navigate through vibrant scenes, solve puzzles, and interact with characters who come to life amidst a backdrop of rainbow hues. It’s an experience designed to spark imagination and laughter, offering the whole family a chance to play together in a setting that blurs the lines between reality and fantasy.

Melbourne Zoo

Another fantastic family attraction is Melbourne Zoo, where visitors can get up close and personal with exotic animals. The zoo offers various animal exhibits and special activities, including dino-themed adventures, making it a perfect destination for a day of outdoor fun and learning.

Cultural and educational activities

Ancient Egypt for Kids

Help your kids learn something new these school holidays by sending them on a journey back in time with the Ancient Egypt for Kids interactive exhibition, open until October 6.

They will be able to step into a world where pharaohs ruled and pyramids soared, brought to life through interactive displays, hands-on activities, and captivating cinematic screenings.

Young explorers can decipher hieroglyphs, handle ancient artifacts, and immerse themselves in the mysteries of Egypt’s rich culture and history. Pretty cool, hey?

Leonardo Da Vinci, The LUME

This immersive exhibit, running until September 15, showcases the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci.

From flying machines to Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile, explore Da Vinci’s groundbreaking contributions to art, science, and engineering.

It’s a super fun glimpse into the life and legacy of a true Renaissance man whose ideas continue to inspire and intrigue, making for a perfect school holiday outing (although, maybe save this one for the older kiddies).

100 Tiny Dinos Scavenger Hunt

From June 29 to July 6, Melbourne Museum transforms into a prehistoric playground with the 100 Tiny Dinos Scavenger Hunt.

Here, you kids can join an exciting expedition to track down these miniature dinosaurs hidden throughout the museum’s galleries. With clues to decipher and fossils to examine, budding scientists can explore ancient worlds and uncover the mysteries of dinosaurs in a hands-on and engaging way. This activity keeps kids engaged with its thrilling and educational tasks.

It’s an adventure that combines learning with excitement – this unique activity makes for the most suitable adventure for dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages.

Shrine, Khakicore

This one’s for all those little Ralph Lauren’s and Coco Chanel’s!

Let your mini designers have the most fun with their creativity at the Shrine School Holiday Program in Khakicore, taking place from July 1 to 12.

This free educational program invites children to delve into the world of fashion design inspired by military history. Guided by expert instructors, young designers can sketch, sew, and create their own unique designs while learning about the significance of military uniforms and symbols.

Creative and crafty pursuits

Dahl-licious Paper Gardens and Craft Creatures

On July 5th, North Melbourne Library invites children (and the whole family, really) to step into the fantastical world of Roald Dahl with the Dahl-licious Paper Gardens and Craft Creatures workshop.

Inspired by Dahl’s whimsical tales, young imaginations will bloom as they create vibrant paper gardens and craft their own magical creatures. We’re talking giant peaches and mischievous Oompa-Loompas, and endless other characters brought to life in a celebration of storytelling and craft. This is one of the many school holiday workshops available for kids.

Chocolate Factory Diorama

Indulge your and your children’s sweet tooth and imagination this school holiday, because on July 1st there’s a North Melbourne Library’s Chocolate Factory Diorama workshop. Inspired by the timeless charm of Willy Wonka’s world, children will design and construct their own miniature chocolate factories.

Using colourful materials and their own creative flair, participants will craft candy-making machines, chocolate rivers, and whimsical characters straight out of Dahl’s deliciously imaginative universe. It’s a golden ticket to a day of sweet creativity and whimsical fun for chocolate lovers of all ages (yes, you heard that right, this experience won’t only be one the kids will love!)

Family Art Day: Future Remains

On July 11th, ACCA invites families to join in a day of free art-making activities at their winter school holiday event, Family Art Day: Future Remains.

Inspired by contemporary art and themes of the future, children and their guardians can explore different mediums and techniques under the guidance of professional artists. From experimental sculptures to collaborative installations, this event encourages creativity, imagination, and shared artistic expression in a vibrant and inclusive setting. It’s a chance for families to connect through creativity and discover the joy of making art together, not just the kids!

Sports and active play

Kids Explorer Bus

Hop aboard the Kids Explorer Bus from July 1st to 12th and set out on an adventure across Melbourne’s iconic landmarks. The good thing is, because this activity runs in July, it lines up with both public and government school holiday dates!

Sit back and enjoy the (free) ride as young explorers learn about Melbourne’s history, culture, and landmarks through interactive commentary and exciting activities on board.

School holiday family-friendly events

Care Bears Afternoon Tea

From July 8th to 14th, bring smiles to the school holiday with the Care Bears Afternoon Tea at The Langham in Melbourne, one of the many kid-friendly events happening this season.

The world of the Care Bears is brought straight to Melbourne, delighting children and adults alike with themed treats and decorations. This enchanting event is perfect for families looking to indulge in a delightful afternoon together, celebrating the joy and magic of Care Bears during the school holidays this July.

Melbourne Magic Festival

From July 1st to 13th, the Melbourne Magic Festival is on. That means, across various venues in Melbourne, magic workshops and live shows captivate audiences of all ages with mesmerising illusions and spellbinding performances, will be happening. Whether you’re interested in learning tricks of the trade or watching magicians weave their magic on stage, this festival promises to dazzle and entertain every family. This festival offers school holiday fun for the whole family.

Once Upon a Rhyme, Carlton

From July 9th to 13th, you can experience a musical journey through fairy tales and nursery rhymes at Once Upon a Rhyme.

Parked at Arrow on Swanston in Carlton, this interactive performance invites children and families to sing along and dance to beloved songs that bring classic stories to life. It’s seriously cute.

School Holiday Technology and STEM activities

Ancient Astronomy for Kids

On July 13th, the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne is showing off the wonders of ancient Greek astronomy with an Ancient Astronomy for Kids workshop.

Through hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations, children will explore constellations, planetary movements, and the techniques used by ancient Greeks to study the stars.

Beings by Universal Everything

Until September 29th, take your kids into an interactive world of Beings by Universal Everything.

This engaging exhibition at the ACMI on Flinders St in Melbourne inspires visitors of all ages to move, dance, and play within a digital space filled with evolving creatures and dynamic landscapes.

Interactive installations and digital art blend technology with imagination for a whole heap of fun. ak.

The Art of the Brick Immersive Experience

Every family has a LEGO fanatic – and this activity will speak to each of them. LEGO creations are transformed into art through a digital lens at the Art of the Brick Immersive Experience, running until August 31st.

Located at Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale, this exhibition features everything from various animals and towering dinosaurs to iconic artworks. Your kids won’t be able to get enough, so get ready to walk through it at a snail’s pace.

Wrapping it up

If you’re still scratching your head for ideas, you’re on your own.

These winter school holidays might be long (and especially cold for our Victoria friends), but as long as you follow along this guide – they won’t be dull.

Happy July break!

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