School Holiday Activities in Melbourne: The Best for Spring 2023

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Looking for school holiday activities in Melbourne to get the kids out of the house? Melbourne is full of fun school holiday boredom busters to keep them entertained, happy, and out of your hair!

Here are our top picks for the best things to do for kids this these school holidays in Melbourne.

School Holiday Activities in Melbourne: The Best for Spring 2023

1. Scienceworks

School holiday activities in Melbourne
With so much to see and do, a trip to Scienceworks guarantees a day of learning and fun.

Throughout spring, Scienceworks will be bursting with immersive school holiday activities in Melbourne so the kids can let loose and have fun with their imaginations.

These spring holidays, Scienceworks is delving into the engineering of structures and needs help building a cardboard city. Complete your visit with a Lightning Room and Planetarium show, and make sure you check out their awesome School Holiday Program!

Where:   Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood 
When:    Open daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Cost:     General entry is $15 for adults and includes exhibitions and activities. Children are FREE. Some exhibitions incur additional costs.

Awesome School Holiday Programs in Melbourne

2. Jump Aboard the Puffing Billy Railway

School holiday activities in Melbourne
The Puffing Billy Railway is a great place to spend a day during the spring school holidays.

Everyone's favourite steam train is the perfect spring school holiday activity in Melbourne!

Puffing Billy travels through the magnificent forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Lakeside, only one hour east of Melbourne.

Buy your tickets online and enjoy one of Melbourne's best activities for kids and a fun family day out!

Where:   Belgrave Station, 1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave
When:    Open throughout the school holidays
Cost:      Fares from $31.50 

3. PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie adventure at SEA LIFE Melbourne

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie
The ultimate combination: PAW Patrol at SEA LIFE is a great activity for the Melbourne school holidays! 

Get ready for a family adventure like no other with PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie adventure at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium! This September school holiday, join Chase and the Mighty Pups from PAW Patrol on a thrilling mission to rescue missing sea creatures.

Perfect for families and children of all ages, this interactive event combines the excitement of a treasure hunt with the educational experience of an aquarium visit. 

Where:    SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, King St, Melbourne
When:     During the spring school holidays
Cost:       Part of your general admission ticket - from $37.60 per adult.

4. Hello Kitty's Symphony Concert in Melbourne: The Ribbon Kingdom

Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty's Symphony Concert in Melbourne: The Ribbon Kingdom

Get ready to introduce your children to the magical world of classical music in the most fun and engaging way! This family-friendly concert features signature instruments like piano, violin, viola, cello, and flute, alongside beloved characters from the Sanrio family.

Step into the enchanting Ribbon Kingdom, where music reigns supreme and instruments steal the spotlight. Join Hello Kitty, Daniel, My Melody, and Badbadtz-Maru, world-renowned musicians, as they prepare to put on an unforgettable show for their Australian friends. It's a delightful blend of beautiful music, the joy of performance, and captivating storytelling that your whole family will love!

Where:    Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St, Southbank
When:      Thursday 28 & Friday 29 September 2023 | 2pm & 7pm
Cost:        $56 - $129 | VIP packages from $189
                 Book now and get a 5% discount with code YOOV74.

5. An Intergalactic Adventure at Watergardens

Watergardens Intergalactic Adventure
Watergardens presents an out-of-this-world experience for families and space enthusiasts alike!

Perfect for kids of all ages, this must-try event at Watergardens features interactive installations, workshops, and a special space briefing by Australian astronaut Dr. Chris Boshuizen.

Once you're prepped and ready, explore 13 unique installations that bring the wonders of the universe right to your fingertips. A workshop station will host a variety of activities, from jet pack building to DIY rocket ship backpacks, ensuring that the fun continues even after you've toured the solar system. While the event is packed with activities, there are also quiet zones where families can sit, relax, and discuss their newfound knowledge about space.

Where:   Watergardens, 399 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes
When:    31 August to 1 October 2023
Cost:      Various, see Watergardens for details

6. LEGO® DREAMZzz™ at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne

 LEGO® DREAMZzz™ at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne

Head to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre for the incredible LEGO® DreamZzz™ event and experience our brand-new, exclusive 4D Movie 'Z-Blob Rescue Rush.' It's the perfect opportunity for families seeking a journey into the enchanting Dream World, where they can become official "Certified Dream Chasers."

This is an immersive, creativity-fueled experience that encourages kids to let their imaginations soar as they design their very own dream creatures. The Dream World is brimming with delightful secrets and captivating mysteries that families will joyfully unravel together. With the added element of balancing dreams and nightmares, this adventure promises an exhilarating twist.

The event is packed with hands-on LEGO building activities that are not only loads of fun but also ignite the sparks of imagination. It's a fantastic way for families to strengthen their bonds while tackling puzzles and exploring the enchanting Dream World together.

Where:    LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
When:     16 September - 8 October 2023
Cost:       $36.00 Adult (16+) - $36.00 Child (3-15)

7. Check out Melbourne Rockpools

Melbourne Rockpools
Hidden marine treasures await at some great rockpools around Melbourne.

What always puts a smile on kids’ faces? Finding hidden treasures is definitely at the top of the list! And when you add water and rocks, the wonder of the cool outdoors fun is hard to beat.

Rockpools tick an exciting range of boxes – with squishy sand for inquisitive fingers, rocks to climb on and the possibility of uncovering real-life sea creatures in their natural habitat. Check out the best rockpools for kids in Melbourne.

Where:   Various locations across Melbourne and beyond
When:    Throughout the school holidays 
Cost:      Free

8. Spend a day at the Museum of Play and Art

School holiday activities in Melbourne
There's so much to engage little minds at the incredible MoPA.

With locations in both Melbourne and Geelong, MoPA offers a truly wonderful day of school holiday activities in Melbourne.

This children's museum is dedicated to engaging and immersing kids in educational and fun ways—there's a soft play area, a creative art car, and a whole lot more—making it the perfect day out these school holidays! Bookings are essential; due to the popularity of the museum, walk-ins are currently not accepted. 

Where:   MoPA Geelong: 51 McKillop Street, Geelong. MoPA Melbourne: 247 Bay Road, Sandringham
When:    9 am - 5 pm during school holidays
Cost:     $20 per child, $16 per adult

9. Take a Trip to Melbourne Zoo

School holiday activities in Melbourne
Soak up the wildlife at Melbourne Zoo during these school holidays in Melbourne!

Making a great day out in the heart of the city, Melbourne Zoo is perfect for big and small animal lovers alike.

Visitors can discover penguins, seals and other inhabitants of Victoria's coast and ocean at the Wild Sea exhibition, walk the infamous elephant trail—which is home to eight Asian elephants, and encounter the endangered Sumatran tiger; whilst learning about conservation efforts to protect endangered species. 

Kids under 16 go free on weekends, public holidays, and during Victorian school holidays—so don't miss out!

Where:   Elliott Ave, Parkville
When:    9 am - 5 pm
Cost:     $42 per adult, kids go free during school holidays

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May 29 2019

My daughter has been attending Camp Blue since it launched in Melbourne in 2016. She has made BFFs, tried activities she's not done before and become a part of the Camp Blue family. They offer up to 20 activities and you pick your favourites. You are then put into a week's program of fun and exciting activities such as cooking, photography, musical theatre, soccer, basketball, arts and crafts and even songwriting. As a parent, I love the variety of activities, the passion of the Camp Counsellors and that my daughter comes home with a smile on her face every afternoon. I recommend this camp for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience (which has been modelled of the USA Camp) where your children will be immersed in activities, be safe and come home with a smile on their face. P.S. They are also applicable for the government rebate.