School Holiday Activities Melbourne Winter 2023
Fun Winter 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 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 Winter is arriving.
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 winter school holiday dates in Victoria are Thursday 24th June 2023 – Sunday 9th July 2023. Term 3 starts Monday 10th July.
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. If you are looking for school holiday activities always on, see below in our Activities section.
Code Camp Holiday Program
Let Code Camp inspire your children to get creative with technology these school holidays in Melbourne, learn some valuable new skills, have fun and make new friends.
Choose from beginner to advanced coding camps, stop-motion animation, Djing, video production, drone piloting and so much more! Roblox Legends, a new Roblox game design camp, was so popular over the summer, Code Camp are bringing it back for the April holidays! Plus Jurassic World and Minions are back at Code Camp. Code your own Jurassic World or Minions game (for kids 7-12 years) or create an animated stop-motion movie starring your favourite dinosaurs or Minions characters (for kids 5-7 years).
When: All through, April school holidays
Where: Various locations
More info and Prices Here>>>
Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights
One of the biggest school holiday activities in Melbourne every Winter is the Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights. If you have ever wanted to experience a white Christmas then make sure you don’t miss magical family. Christmas is coming this July to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat and it will be one to remember.
June 24th – July 16th 2023
The ‘Winter Wonderlights’ show is from 5-7pm each evening
Returning for the 2023 winter school holidays in Melbourne is the popular event at the Botanical Gardens Lightscape. Walk around and experience the 2km trail around the lake of over 20,000 moving LEDs light filled singing trees and a flickering fire garden. Rug up, grab a bite to eat and celebrate the beauty of nature after dark.
Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne
16th June – 6th August 2023, Wednesday to Sunday
Tickets are timed in 15-minute increments. Allow 90 minutes to explore the path.
Themed High Tea for Kids Langham
These school holidays there is a kids high tea at the Langham 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 last school holidays Melbourne was Barbie! For the Winter school holidays the theme is on the hush for no but check in to find out the theme soon!.
2 high tea sessions per weekday
10-11.30am and 12.30-2pm
The Langham – 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank Melbourne
Read More>>> Barbie High Tea
Roola Boola Children’s Art Festival
Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival will return to the City of Stonnington these school holidays offering a range of different performances, workshops, free events and unique activities that will ignite children’s imaginations.
Suitable for children aged 12 and under, there’s something for everyone with performances from the Victorian State Ballet, That Science Gang, ARC Circus & The Wholesome Hour.
Fed Square School Holiday Activities
Federation Square is filled with fun and free school holiday activities for the whole family. Each school holidays in Melbourne there is a line up of events workshops and activities for families. We will publish what’s on this winter as soon as it has been confirmed.
Federation Square, Melbourne
All through the school holidays
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.
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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. Make sure to check their website to see what’s on during the school holidays in Melbourne.
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!
Read More: Melbourne Zoos
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.
Read our Day Trips From Melbourne For Families or our Weekend Getaways post, or see some inspiration below.
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:
- Adventure Park
- Eastern Beach
See our full post: Things to do in Geelong and if you are visiting from Melbourne, why not take the Port Phillip Ferry as an alternative to driving.
If you go out West, Ballarat has plenty of school holiday activities:
- Sovereign Hill (and their special Winter Wonderlights in July!)
- Kryal Castle
- Ballarat Wildlife Park
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:
See our full posts: Things to do Yarra Valley, Things to do Dandenong Ranges.
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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 with new school holiday fun!!
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