Winter School holidays are fast approaching! So we have put together our favourite things to see and do with kids these holidays, From Melbourne's popular sights to giant Lego Dinosaur's we have it covered.
School holiday dates in Victoria are Saturday 26 June to Sunday 11 July 2021.
Plans for The Planet: Olaf Breuning for Kids
Artist Olaf Breuning presents Plans for the Planet, an adventure playground for kids to explore, be creative and share their points of view. Throughout the exhibition, children can view animated drawings by the artist, help save a forest, make a portrait and type up plans for the planet for everyone to see.
28 June – 3 October 2021 | Free entry
Treasures of the Natural World - Some of the world’s biggest, rarest, oldest and most fascinating treasures are landing at Melbourne Museum, all the way from London, for the whole family to enjoy. Journey through the natural world and marvel at the objects that changed the course of scientific history.
Blender studios - Kids workshop
Suitable for ages 10+ years, These hands-on workshops offer an exclusive chance for kids to learn a variety of art techniques and street art mediums from renowned street artists from the famous Blender Studios here in Melbourne.
The Langham, Melbourne has launched a Spirit Untamed themed Afternoon Kids High tea for these school holidays. Step into the Wild West at Melba Restaurant and enjoy a range of delightful tea party treats, including cactus meringue and chocolate mousse flower pot, horseshoe bonbon, wild green apple cream and raspberry muesli cupcake, Spirit shortbread cookie and a delicious range of savoury items.
Disney: The Magic of Animation | Discover the creativity and innovation of almost 100 years of Disney Animation in ACMI's Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition.
Family Fiesta, an annual festival of literature, music and theatre, where it’s all about the kids. Get involved in workshops, activities and concerts featuring some of Australia’s leading children’s authors and illustrators, celebrated theatre companies, musicians and so much more.
Enter an amazing world where science, technology, engineering, the arts and maths collide, in an explosion of fun! A place where children take on careers of the future and explore the power of STE[A]M in everyday lives.
The winter village
Discover family-friendly activities, food trucks and bars at this magical winter wonderland
JURASSIC WORLD BY BRICKMAN®
An adventure 6 million LEGO® bricks in the making. See Over 50 large-scale dinosaurs, props, scenes and activities made from over 6 million LEGO® bricks!
An interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.
Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D | Get taken on an epic science adventure, spanning 250 million years.
Journey beyond the bones and experience Antarctica’s profound transformation from the Permian Ice Age through the warm and lush Age of Dinosaurs and back again.
Born or Built? Our Robotic Future, designed by Questacon, comes to Scienceworks as a brand new experience .
Kids fly free | Treat your kids to a free flight on the Melbourne Star during school holidays. Terms apply.
Port Phillip Ferries
Enjoy a family adventure across Port Phillip Bay these school holidays with Port Phillip Ferries. Cruise over to the Geelong waterfront for a day of family fun. Alternatively, spend a day exploring the seaside hamlet of Portarlington on the Bellarine.
Arthurs Seat Eagle
Step inside an aerial gondola and be taken on a journey of flight to the highest point of the Mornington Peninsula.
Images © @melbournewithkidz
Rising Melbourne brings Flinders Street station’s forgotten ballroom back to life
After being closed and hidden for decades, The mysterious Flinders Street Station ballroom (and its surrounding hidden rooms) are now open to the public to showcase A Miracle Constantly Repeated—an eco-system of hyper-real silicone sculptures, video, sound and light devised by Patricia Piccinini.
Piccinini has spent close to three decades exploring humanity’s relationship to technology and the environment. Her work has been exhibited at major Australian and international institutions and events including the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; and the Vancouver and Venice biennales.
For her first extensive hometown show in almost 20 years, Australia’s pre-eminent visual artist will augment the ballroom’s architecture with enormous dioramas, sentient saplings, nurturing marine mammals and enormous life-sustaining foliage.
26 May — January 2022
Flinders Street Railway Station
Kids under 12 Free
Tickets are limited for more info https://rising.melbourne/
Flinders Street Railway Station
Bounce - Climb - Fly At Latitude Melbourne
Latitude Melbourne presents a multitude of aerial activities for your kids to bounce off the boredom during school holidays and weekends, plus weekdays for the under 5s.
Located in Heidelberg, Latitude offers kids of varying ages over an acre of adventure, action and fun. Over 100+ interconnected trampolines allow the jumpers in your family to flip, dodge and bounce their way to fun. Incorporated into the flexible floor space is a giant air bag, dodgeball courts and basketball lanes. For the expert jumpers, there’s the chance to soar to new heights on the Olympic grade performance trampolines.
Young climbers who are 110cms+ can reach for the stars while scaling Latitude’s 12 unique indoor rock climbing walls. Let the Latitude staff help your kids harness up and scramble over 180m of climbing fun. When they are ready, watch the kids descend the down-rush bungee tower.
For the parkour fanatics, there’s a chance to free run across The Grid. Latitude’s very own ninja-parkour obstacle course is designed to test your child’s strength, focus and problem solving skills. Watch them vault their way to victory!
Alternatively, send your kids up to conquer the Obstacle Course. Positioned 8m above the ground and suitable for children over 120cm, this course offers a bird’s-eye-view of all the action below while presenting kids with a series of thrilling tight-rope walking challenges.
The under 5s are not forgotten. Latitude’s Kids Zone is designed to entertain children 18months+ and under 5yrs/110cm. Here the little ones can build their confidence in a bumper-sized soft play area with smaller trampolines, a climbing structure and a foam pit.
Soar to high heights and bounce to new adventures with Latitude’s Super4Pass throughout the school holidays. The Super4 Pass allows your kids to take on Latitude’s challenges with their besties. The pass offers a discount of $15 for a set of four general session tickets.
Whether you’re looking for something fun to do with your kids during school term, you’re after an epic adventure for your energetic kids during the school holidays, or perhaps you need to book an indoor venue for your child’s next birthday party, Latitude Melbourne has your entertainment needs covered.
Open from 10am daily, Latitude will keep the kids active throughout the year and keep you replenished too with a café on site serving up hot and cold food including kids’ meal deals for $8.
More info or bookings head to https://latitudeair.com/
590 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg
best playgrounds in Melbourne
Royal Park Nature Playground
Designed with networks of paths, Royal Park invites children to explore further into Royal Park through its broader landscape with gullies, grasslands and woodlands. The accessible, nature-based play space includes a climbing forest, a rocky escarpment with slides, swings and water play elements great for warmer weather.
Flemington Road, Parkville Victoria 3052
Known as Maritime Cove Community Park, this new park overlooking Sandridge Beach at Perce White Reserve, is part of the Port of Melbourne. The park features several maritime-themed and interactive elements. These include a life-saving tower, and salvaged maritime assets including buoys, a crow’s nest, channel markers and bollards for children to climb and explore.
Cnr The Blvd and Todd Rd, Port Melbourne
Ron Barassi Senior Park
Located at the Bolte Bridge end of Docklands Drive this hidden playground is Surrounded by a sports field, community pavilion, barbeque facilities and a walking circuit.
Ron Barassi Senior Park, 500 Docklands Drive, Docklands 3008
Located just behind the Melbourne Museum this huge playground feature's a huge maze perfect for a game of chasey, with hidden holes to climb through and peek from. Big kids will have no trouble wearing themselves out on the flying fox, while the younger ones get their own toddler-friendly playground.
Carlton Gardens, 1-111 Carlton St 3053
This playground is located in the corner section bordered by Beacon Rd, Crichton Avenue and Tucker Avenue. The features include a large play structure formed to resemble a dragon that includes, flying fox, slides, climbing walls and much more.
Beacon Road and Crichton Avenue, Port Melbourne
POINT ORMOND ELWOOD
Point Ormond Park is walking distance from Elwood Beach. The playground is suited for younger kids, featuring walking trails, swings and slide.
Point Ormond Rd, Elwood, VIC, 3184
MUSEUM AT HOMe
Can't make it to Melbourne Museum? Take a virtual tour of the Museums exhibitions, hear from a museum expert, dive into learning resources or get inspired by a range of family-friendly activities.
Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks at home. Take a virtual tour of exhibitions, go behind the scenes of the museums with experts, access creative play projects and puzzles featuring collection items as well as educational resources. Museums Victoria’s collections are also available online so everyone can explore Victoria’s environmental and cultural history.
Some of the world’s biggest, rarest, oldest and most fascinating treasures have landed at Melbourne Museum, all the way from London, for the whole family to enjoy. To celebrate the Treasures of the Natural World exhibition, Melbourne Museum have turned some of the touring objects into puzzles! Select your level of difficulty and away you go.
Explore Melbourne Museum through mini-websites, audio tours and virtual tours on Google Maps.