The Best FREE Activities To Do In Melbourne Spring School Holidays

  • Preschoolers
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The school holiday weeks are long (and the days feel even longer!) so get out of the house and have some fun without spending a ton of cash this Melbourne spring.

Let's start with:

Junior Rangers – Web-Weaving Wonders

Arachnophobes need not apply, but if you're not worried about the furry eight-legged creatures of dark places, you can join park rangers ino looking for arachnids in this fun-filled morning of games, exploring and craft. Take a closer look at the cute and curious eight-legged creatures of Royal Park.

What you need to know:

Where: Australian Native Gardens, 1 Gatehouse Drive Parkville (off Gatehouse St)

When: September 26 to October 4, 10am to noon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays

To book: Call: 03 9658 9658, or email [email protected]

For more info: check the website.

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

You will be amazed at the million (yes, million) tuilips on display across 25 acres of farmland at the 64th Tesselaar Tulip Festival this September.

There will be more than 130 varieties to see against the backdrop of the stunning Dandenong Ranges, in addition to live entertainment, market stalls and tempting foods on offer every day. 

Where: The Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan

When: 14th September until 10th October, 2017, 9am to 5pm daily

More info: Check the website

Dance Party Storytime at East Melbourne Library

Get your dancing gear on for a morning of moving and grooving amongs the books. Best for 2-5 year olds.

What you need to know:

Where: East Melbourne Library, 122 George Street East Melbourne 

When: October 4, 10.30am - 11.15am

To book: not required

For more info: call 03 9658 9600 or check the website.

Image Credit: MPavilion Facebook


An amazing art and design event, every year the Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissions an outstanding architect to design a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct. 

Creative collaborators from across the globe are brought together for a four-month-long program of talks, workshops, performances and installations, and more, from October to February - and it's free.

Last year the MKids family-friendly events and workshops included afternoon music performances and multicultural activities, (including a a week-long interactive installation with Polygot Theatre that experimented with the relationship between sound and drawing) from an array of local Melbourne artists, designers and creatives. Check out the program for this year's line up when it becomes available.

What you need to know:

When: October 2017 to January 2018

Where: Queen Victoria Gardens and locations across Melbourne

More info: head to the website.

Uptown Funk Dance Workshop at City Library

The music of Bruno Mars is gonna light up 5-12 year olds these holidays at this fun and free dance workshop. Bring your brightest dancing gear!

Where: City Library, 253 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000

When: October 3, 10am - noon

To book: call 03 9658 9500

For more info: check the website.

Little Day Out Children's Festival

Now in its fifth year the annual City of Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival is celebrating an Animal Kingdom theme.

Families are invited to let their imaginations run wild over the school holidays, with a series of free and low cost events like exciting and interactive programs, activities, performances, workshops, exhibitions and events for the whole family happening across the city.

The festival features exciting and interactive programs, activities, performances, workshops, exhibitions and events for the whole family.

Where: Locations across Melbourne

When: from 23 September to 8 October. Little Day Out is on Sunday 1 October, from 11am-4pm, at Noble Park’s Ross Reserve. 

More info: check the website.

Main image credit: City of Melbourne