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What to Keep Your Kids Busy Doing in Melbourne These School Holidays?


Melbourne has a large selection for parents who want to keep their kids busy during the school holidays. This article will list some of Melbourne’s popular school holiday programs that are popular for engaging and delighting children. There are tons of holiday activities, some of which accommodate the drop-off of kids for full or half days. You can expect to find free and affordable activities.

Take the Family to Discover Sailing

There are more than 30 yacht clubs in Victoria. Each of these clubs offers free sailing days that are open to families. All you need to do is get online and find out when your nearest yacht club offers their free discovering sailing event. This activity only requires you to pack a hat because the clubs provide everything the guests need.

Storytime and Other Library Activities

Whether you are looking to occupy toddlers, babies, or preschoolers, your local library will likely have storytime sessions for various age groups. Some libraries also have special holiday programs and after-school clubs.

Fitzroy Gardens

Kids and adults love the majesty of Fitzroy Gardens, the most beautiful and historic of Melbourne’s gardens. It has extensive lawns that are perfect for picnicking and running around. You can also enjoy a walk down the magnificent avenues that are lined with majestic trees. Your kids will enjoy the English gardens that feature fairies trees, a Tudor Village, and Cook’s Cottage, while you are more likely to be fascinated by the conservatory.

Junior Ranger Program

Children of all ages love this program that encourages them to explore Melbourne’s amazing parks with an actual park ranger. Your kids will enjoy fun activities like historic tours, rock pool rambles, and spotlit night nature walks. The program also has many exciting challenges for kids.

 National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne

The Ian Potter Center at the National Gallery welcomes visitors of all ages. The center has a wide range of programs and exhibitions that offer creative experiences to kids and parents alike. Visit their website and list the activities suitable for you and your kids.

Serendip Sanctuary

This amazing sanctuary has been referred to as an oasis of wildlife in the Melbourne area. It hosts a wide range of native mammals and birds. This is the place for you if you are looking for a venue that suitably accommodates hands-on activities. The sanctuary contains exciting features, including tracks suitable for prams, open playing spaces, baby changing stations, sheltered picnic tables, and a barbecue area.

McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery

The park and gallery grounds are the perfect environment for families to enjoy and explore all season round. Get your kids out of the house, enjoy a picnic on the splendid grounds and then go out watching for birds and insects. Make a list and show your kids what species to watch out for.

Edendale Farm

This Eltham farm shows members of the community various aspects of farm production, including heritage fruit trees, orchards, and vegetable gardens. The kids will also enjoy the petting zoo with dairy goats, sheep, and chickens. You can join your kids on clipboard activities or take walks around the farm, ensuring to view the native plant nursery. If you plan on making a day of it, it is advisable to carry a picnic. 

Donna Buang Skywalk and Rainforest Gallery

Visitors to this site can enjoy a 40-meter observation platform that will immerse you in the rainforest canopy at 15 meters. You will then take a high 350m long walkway through the rainforest gallery. This unusual walk features ancient ferns, mosses, Myrtle Beech trees, and a 65m tall Mountain Ash tree.

Old Treasury Building

Allow your family to rewind time with a visit to this exhibit. The Fun Trail encourages kids to interact with Melbourne history by filling out a questionnaire and being awarded a gold license at the end.

St Kilda Penguins and Adventure Playground

Melbourne kids are lucky to grow up in a city with penguins in their backyard. Be sure to take your children to the amazing penguin colony in the breathtaking St Kilda breakwater. Your family will enjoy the self-guided tour that allows you to spy on the penguins as they carry on with their routine.

After watching the penguins, your family can enjoy the adventure playground with lots of fun activities, including swings, rope slides, a sand pit, and a mini flying fox. Your kids will also love the big ship and enjoy running from one fun activity to the other. Carry a picnic and enjoy a full day at this venue.

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