School Holiday Activities Melbourne Summer 2023
Fun Summer school holiday activities Melbourne for 2023. Lots of fun with the latest things to see and do, new events for families, and some school holiday activities to do at home and in and around Melbourne.
Fun School Holiday Activities in Melbourne
The Summer Melbourne school holidays are approaching and you are probably thinking of ideas to keep the kids entertained now that the weather is cooling down and Autumn has arrived.
Whether you are looking for fun school holiday activities in Melbourne, family friendly events, or even a day trip from Melbourne out to regional Victoria, Mum’s Little Explorers have you covered.
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School Holidays Melbourne Dates
The Summer school holiday dates in Victoria are Wednesday 21st December 2023 – 29th January 2023. Term 1 starts Monday 30th January.
School Holiday Activities Melbourne
Below you can find a list of things to do these school holidays in Melbourne with the kids. We have broken the list up into the following. If you have other fun ideas let us know!
- School Holiday Events Melbourne
- School Holiday Activities Melbourne
- School Holiday Day Trips from Melbourne
- School Holiday Fun at Home
School Holiday Events Melbourne
Fun and special events in and around Melbourne these school holidays that you should check out! These change each term and we update accordingly.
Code Camp Holiday Program
Code Camp runs all through the school holidays in Melbourne that empowers kids to design, code and create, and spark a passion. There’s something for every kid with Code Camp’s range of new camps from animation camp, drone camp and more plus all of their awesome coding programs too!
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Illuminate at Scienceworks
These school holidays at Scienceworks you can discover the science behind the fastest traveller in the universe – light – at the new exhibition Illuminate: How Science Comes to Light. This new exhibition ignites the senses and lets you learn through hands-on interactive play. What is light, what can we do with it and how do we see?
Developed in-house by Museums Victoria, Illuminate explores visual perception and illumination through colour, sound and action. Learn how light behaves, where it comes from, how it reflects and refracts and what tools we’ve invented to understand it.
All through the school holidays
Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street Spotswood VIC 3015
Family Theatre Shows
These Summer holidays in Melbourne there is a range of theatre shows and musicals suitable for all ages. Alice in Wonderland is playing at the beautiful Ripponlea Estate, Wind in the Willows is playing at the Botanical Gardens. Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies is playing at the Athenaeum Theatre. There is also the Madagascar Musical and the Alice in Wonderland Live Stage show! Lots of fun to be had with these interactive shows.
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Fed Square School Holiday Activities
Federation Square is filled with Christmas festivities for the whole family in December. With a gorgeous 16 metre tall Christmas tree, various installations and lots of twinkling lights there some fabulous photo opportunities for the family.
After the Christmas period there will be other free school holiday activities including food markets, outdoor cinema and much more
Federation Square, Melbourne
Jurassic Park Themed High Tea for Kids Langham
These school holidays the Langham have a kids high tea through the school holidays in Melbourne for little Princes and Princesses. This kids high tea is an unforgettable experience and such a special day out. The theme for the summer school holidays is Jurassic Park celebrating the 30th anniversary of the movie.
2 high tea sessions per weekday
10-11.30am and 12.30-2pm
The Langham – 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank Melbourne
Read More>>> Jurassic Park High Tea
Firefly Zipline School Holiday Fun
Attention all Melbourne thrillseakers. These school holidays in Melbourne get ready to pump up the thrill factor with the latest, fastest, and highest Firefly Zipline Melbourne’s ever seen!
Firefly Zipline zooms over the Yarra River between Fed Square and the Alexandra Gardens. It’s an adrenaline-pumping ride offering amazing photo opportunities – and with two ziplines side by side, you can grab a friend and take the ultimate challenge together.
Between Fed Square and the Alexandra Gardens
Firefly Zipline Melbourne from December 16, 2022 – January 28, 2023
10.00am – 8.30 pm last booking. 7 days a week. Closed Christmas Day
Firefly weight limit: 25kg-120kg
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Blue Lotus Water Garden
These school holidays in Melbourne you can walk into a colourful new world of lotus and waterlilies at the Blue Lotus Water Garden. This 14 acre garden features a paradise of Giants of the Amazon to ancient Japanese flowers and is open to the public this Summer.
December 26th 2022- April 10th 2023.
Time: 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week
2628 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction
More info here>>>
Mordialloc Summer Carnival
Back again for 2023, the summer carnival is one of the best school holiday activities in Melbourne. With rides, games, food and showbags, it is a spectacular summer event you won’t want to miss.
New this year there will be the Straya Mania Mini Golf Course at the carnival as well. Putt you golf ball through sharks, prawns on the BBQ, koalas, emus and crocodiles – super fun for the whole family!
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Junior Rangers School Holiday Program
Have a little one who loves to explore? The Junior Ranger program encourages kids to get out and explore Victoria’s amazing parks with a real park ranger. Junior Rangers can take part in some fun activities like rock pool rambles, historic tours and spotlight night walks.
There are different locations for junior rangers and lots of fun school holiday activities in Melbourne and around.
School Holiday Activities Melbourne
Some fun filled popular school holiday activities for the kids these school holidays in Melbourne. These school holiday activities are every day activities but sometimes run extra special things during the holiday period.
One of the best school holiday activities in Melbourne is heading to one of the various museums for the day!
Melbourne Museum has an awesome expo Bricktionary at the moment which is well worth a visit!
For those who love science, make sure to check out Scienceworks and the planetarium. Artvo is great to introduce your kids to art with a 3D interactive gallery. Pollywoodside in the city centre is perfect for a family day out aboard a tall ship.
Try one or try them all, there are lots of different activities going on at eat venue during the holiday period.
Read More: Best Museums in Melbourne
Get kids up to nature and visit and experience what real farm life is about. Melbourne has some fantastic farm experiences all over Melbourne including Myuna Farm in Melbourne’s south east, Chesterfield Farm in the east, Bundoora Farm in the north and Collingwood Children’s Farm near the CBD.
Check out our Farms listing to read all about them. Some even have fun pony rides for the kids!
Read More: Melbourne Farms
There is always something new going on at the Zoo’s and lots of great school holidays activities planned at Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Zoo, and Healesville Sanctuary and even the Reptile Encounters with their amazing open day. Check the top section for special school holiday activities and events!
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There’s some fantastic fun school holiday activities all around Melbourne if you like skating! Sk8House in Melbourne’s south east is great for roller skating or roller blading, or if you want to try your skills on ice, check out the O’brien Skate House at the Docklands or Ice HQ is another great one in Melbourne’s north.
Melbourne Theme Parks
Looking for an adventure filled day out? You can find some of Melbourne’s favourite school holiday activities at a range of fun theme parks and water parks!
Luna Park and has been an iconic city attraction for more than a hundred years and is only 10 minutes from the city. Fun and easy day out if you don’t want to travel too far.
Funfields in the northern suburbs will provide a fantastic day out for the whole family jampacked with rides and water slides.
Gumbuya World in Melbourne’s outer east is a water park, wildlife park and theme park all in one. There is lots of fun all year round and they usually have some fun school holiday activities going on too.
Looking for a school holiday activity for a Cold or rainy day, or just looking to chill out? VJuniors is unlike any other cinema, V Junior has been designed for kids by kids with modified seating, lighting, and fun activities before and at intermission.
Catch the latest kids movies at a range of locations around Melbourne these school holidays. Makes a great day out, and the kids will feel super special!
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
SEA LIFE Melbourne has lots of school holiday fun each term which makes visiting the aquarium so much fun.
It is home to the popular King and Gentoo penguins, sharks of all shapes and sizes, thousands of tropical fish, a huge saltwater crocodile named Pinjarra and six species of mesmerising jellyfish.
LEGOLAND Melbourne is Australia’s first indoor LEGO playground designed for children from 3-10 years old. You can find DUPLO Farm and soft play for the little ones.
Then for the older kids lots of other LEGO themed activities including racers, the underwater world, and creative workshops and more.
There is always a new theme for the school holidays too making it different every time you visit.
ArtVo 3D immersive gallery
The perfect Art Gallery for kids, with a twist. This immersive 3D Trick Art Gallery at the District Docklands is unlike your usual art museum.
You can touch and interact with more than a hundred 3D artworks immersing yourself into the art. Take photos from the markers on the floor and follow the instructions for priceless family photos.
School Holiday Day Trips from Melbourne
We have put together a list of days out in Melbourne with the kids. Whatever the weather, sun, clouds or rain, there are some fun and exciting ideas for you.
If you are heading to the Mornington Peninsula or down the south coast of Melbourne this summer, there is plenty to see and do. From farms to theme parks so much fun to be had.
See our Full post: Things to do Mornington Peninsula
- Myuna Farm
- Rain Hayne & Shine Farm
- Dinosaur World
- Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie
- Arthurs Seat
- Moonlit Sanctuary
- Enchanted Garden
In Geelong during the school holidays you can visit:
If you go out West, Ballarat has plenty of school holiday activities:
See our full post: Things to do Ballarat
Great Ocean Road
On the Great Ocean Road, make sure to check out:
See our full post: Things to do Great Ocean Road.
Yarra Valley / Dandenong Ranges
Heading out East to the Yarra Valley or Dandenong Ranges, there are lots of fun school holiday activities, places to see and things to do for kids and families:
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School Holiday Fun at Home
Staying home these school holidays? We have put together a list of things to do with kids at home including arts, crafts, games and activities indoors and out. Check out the links below:
- 50 Fun activities for kids to do at home
- 40 summer activities for kids
- Scavenger Hunt List Printables
Melbourne School Holiday Activities
Have we missed something? Do you know of any fun school holiday activities in Melbourne this summer? Are you a business offering fun kids activities for the school holidays? Let us know! Keep checking in as we update this post each term!