The Best School Holiday Programs and Activities in Melbourne
There are few things worse than the two words, ‘I’m bored, and yet during the Melbourne school holidays, it’s what many a parent hears day in, day out.
As it turns out, Melbourne has a host of incredible school holiday activities on offer, from day-long camps to coding programs, outdoor adventures and more, so you won't have to hear those two dreaded words again!
Here is our pick of the best school holiday programs and activities in Melbourne this autumn.
11 of the Best School Holiday Activities in Melbourne
1. NIDA Open Short Melbourne Courses
Melbourne kids who are eager to learn more about the art and craft of acting and audition preparation, costume design, filmmaking, TV presenting and writing and more can't afford to miss out on the exciting NIDA Open Short Courses. Throughout the holidays, budding thespians will have fun, share ideas and build confidence as they engage in a range of exciting, hands-on programs led by industry professionals.
The comprehensive courses aim to develop skills in all areas of performing arts while encouraging creativity and sparking young imaginations.
Where: Various venues across Melbourne
When: Monday 11th - Sunday 24th April 2022
Cost: Check out NIDA Open for individual program costs
2. Code Camp
Got little techies in your midst? This is the camp for them. Code Camp is a fantastic way for computer-savvy kids to go beyond the school curriculum and meet other kids who share their passion for gadgets!
Code Camp has taught over 100,000 kids in Australia everything from how to cut a YouTube video to coding your own DC Superhero. Code Camp introduces kids to the fascinating possibilities of technology and empowers them to design, code and create their own unique projects.
Camps are designed for different age groups and ability levels and, with over 90 locations around Australia plus online camps, there is something for every budding coder or creator.
Where: All areas of Melbourne
When: 11 - 22 April 2022 | 9am - 3.30pm
Cost: From $129
3. Jump Aboard the Puffing Billy Railway
Everyone's favourite steam train is back after a brief hiatus so what better time to ride the Puffing Billy Railway than the school holidays? 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 $13.50
4. The Big Bounce Australia at Flemington Racecourse
Clear your summer schedules because the Big Bounce is bouncing into Flemington in 2022!
The Big Bounce Australia is the largest touring inflatable event in the entire world (certified by the Guinness Book of Records) and it's stopping by Flemington Racecourse to make these Melbourne school holidays off the charts! Get ready to throw yourself into a 300m long inflatable obstacle course, a giant 18m high maze, bouncy slides, ball pits and climbing walls galore!
Where: Flemington Racecourse
When: 15 - 18 April & 21 - 24 April 2022
Cost: From $29 - $55 for 3 hour passes (dependant on age)
5. ACMI - Autumn School Holiday Programs
Perfect for young creatives curious about film and technology, ACMI offers a rich program of fun and engaging school holiday workshops to keep young hands and minds busy, The popular, hands-on classes will keep them engaged and inspired while teaching them important STEAM skills.
During these holidays, kids can get the inside scoop on how to behind create a successful YouTube video or explore how to create a film or videogame masterpiece. Younger kids can also get involved and learn how to create blockbuster movies using iPads!
While you're at ACMI you can also explore the FREE The Story of the Moving Image exhibitions full of fun, and interactive displays for the whole family.
Where: Gandel Digital Future Lab 2, Level 1, ACMI, Fed Square
When: Various dates from 11 to 22 April 2022
Cost: Starting from $150
6. Cirque Fit Aerial, Circus and Acro Holiday Workshops
Run, jump, climb and play at the incredible Cirque Fit school holiday workshops. Suitable for absolute beginners, the fully supervised programs for 5 to 15-year-olds will give them the opportunity to participate in 3 hours of fun aerial silks, circus skills (hula hoop, juggling acro) and games!
Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and are filling up fast so book your child online so you don't miss out!
Where: Cirque Fit, 8/6b Railway Ave, Oakleigh VIC 3166
When: 11 - 22 April 2022 | 10am - 1pm
7. Enter a Virtual Reality Escape Room
For all the gamers out there who can't get enough of virtual reality, Apsis VR is inviting you to enter a virtual reality escape room these school holidays! Just like a regular Escape Room, at Apsis VR, your team will work together in an immersive world to find clues and solve problems. Talk with each other as you use your new abilities to complete your mission!
But wait, there's more! Enter ELLAS20 at the checkout for 20% OFF!
Where: 10 Queen Street, Melbourne
When: Throughout the school holidays
Cost: See the website for cost
8. Team Kids
TeamKids provides school holiday camps for kids within Melbourne and greater Victoria across the age groups of three to four years and five to twelve years. Activities vary depending upon the age group but may include such highlights as drumming incursions, sports incursions, excursions as well as art, science and cooking activities.
TeamKids require drop-off by 9 am and pick-up by 6 pm each day; all activities included in the programs are conducted by experienced and qualified instructors who hold current first aid certificates and work with children checks.
Where: Locations all over Melbourne
When: Throughout the Victorian school holidays
Cost: $65 - $130 per day (before child care subsidy)
9. Quest Skills for Life
The Quest Melbourne School Holiday Camp is an action-packed program designed to keep kids busy and happy throughout the school holiday period. Created for children aged ten to 16 years, this camp is a long-stay event, involving six days and nights in total.
The cost of the camp includes all accommodation, meals, activities, equipment and 24 hours supervised care by professionally trained staff. This autumn school holidays adventure will be a Dreamtime Quest in Grampians National Park.
Where: Pickup and dropoff in Melbourne CBD. Dreamtime Quest Camp - Grampians National Park
When: Saturday 9th Apr to Thursday 14th Apr 2022
Cost: $895 for 6 days all-inclusive
10. Camp Blue
Camp Blue runs school holiday camps for children from Prep to Year 9 and caters for all different kinds of interests and personalities – because no two children are the same.
At this holiday camp, kids are encouraged to make their own decisions about what they would like to participate in, with guidance from professional staff. There are up to 20 activities in total for campers to choose from in each camp, and they are to select five specific activities each day. So at Camp Blue, kids do what they choose to do, not necessarily what everyone else is doing.
Where: St. Mary’s College, Presentation Campus, 187 Dandenong Rd, Windsor
When: 11 - 14 April 2022 | 8:30am – 5:00pm
Cost: $112 per child
9. ARTea School Holiday Program
ARTea is a vibrant art studio and community space running a wide range of dynamic programs and children during school holidays. Kids will be entertained and educated while designing and creating in a fun environment. You never know they might just create the next BIG masterpiece!
The drop-off workshops are created for children 5-12yrs to reignite their creativity. Workshops include animation, drawing skills, painting, and sculptural processes. All our workshops are facilitated by talented and qualified artists/teachers. BYO or lunch we can provide ARTea pack lunch (sandwich, popcorn, fruit & biscuit)
Where: 2 Alfred Place, South Melbourne VIC
When: 11 - 22 April 2022 | 9-11am, 11.30-1.30pm & 2-4pm
Cost: From $35 for a single session or $90 for a full day
11. Melbourne Tennis Camps
If you’ve got a Nadal fan on your hands, then a Melbourne Tennis Camp could just be the ticket. These sporty clinics run by Tennis World take place during each of the Victorian school holidays and include ANZ Hot Shots Clinics, Junior Development Camp and Junior Performance Camp.
Perfect for children aged 5 to 12, Tennis camps aim to include all participants in a variety of fun and engaging activities and games so your child will stay active and meet some new friends along the way.
Where: Melbourne Park and Albert Reserve
When: Monday 11th – Thursday 14th April and Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd April 2022
Cost: From $90 per day or $300 per week
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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.