Best Autumn School Holiday Activities For Kids In Melbourne 2021

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While school holidays sneak up on most of us, it pays to be prepared! Keep the cabin fever in check and the boredom at bay with an exciting itinerary of things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

Check out our top picks of the best things to do with kids in Melbourne over the Autumn school holiday break.

1. ACMI

ACMI Melbourne
ACMI's holiday workshops will engage young minds in all-things film and TV during the Easter break!


Keep young hands and minds busy these school holidays with ACMI's rich program of fun and engaging workshops that also teach important S.T.E.A.M skills. Their school holiday programs include YouTube Starz on the 9th and 12th of April, where kids will learn the creative and technical aspects of taking online content to the next level, and Junior Make a Movie on the 16th of April, which will see kids take the first steps on their film-making journeys! 

ACMI's free centrepiece exhibition The Story of the Moving Image will also be open every day over Easter with extended opening hours from 2–18 April. Come and explore the world of film, TV, videogames and art these school holidays!

Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne
When:  2 - 18 April 2021
Cost: Courses vary. Check the website for individual program costs.

2. NIDA Open School Holiday Program

NIDA Open
Drama lovers can sharpen their performance skills at NIDA open courses


NIDA Open is ready to unleash your child's imagination with a range of creative performance-inspired Autumn school holiday program Their creative workshops include drama, acting, improvisation, audition preparation and writing, encouraging students to learn new skills, build confidence, make new friends and have fun!

Where: Southbank OR Abbotsford Convent
When:  6 - 18 April 2021
Cost: Courses vary. Check the website for individual program costs.

3. Speaking Schools Australasia LIVE Online Workshops

Speaking Schools Australasia
Get expert tuition with live, online public speaking and debating classes


With a successful history of Public Speaking and Debating classes for kids of all ages, Speaking Schools Australasia will present fun LIVE online workshops throughout the April school holidays led by an energetic and engaging team of coaching experts! 

While the Speaking Schools Australasia holiday programs are educational, they have the added bonus of helping children find their voice and have fun doing it. 

Where: LIVE Online
When:  Tuesday 6 - Friday 9 April 2021 OR Monday 12 - Thursday 15 April 2021 | 9:30am - 1pm 
Cost: $180

4. Charlie and the War Against the Grannies

Credit Jason Lau
Charlie and the War Against the Grannies is a musical comedy for kids!


Based on the book by Spicks and Specks star Alan Brough, Charlie and the War Against the Grannies is a musical comedy for kids five and older. All 12-year old Charlie Duncan wanted was a simple paper round. What he uncovers is a league of evil grannies plotting to set up a “Granny State”, where everyone will be forced to wear brown cardigans, go to bed early and there will be no kids allowed. Expect silliness, songs and a story about friendship.

Where: Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
When: 14 - 24 April 2021. There is an Auslan Interpreted performance on Saturday 17 April at 12pm and a Relaxed Performance on Saturday 24 April at 12pm.
Cost: $25 - $35

5. Freehand Street Art Workshop

Kids Holiday Workshop - Freehand Street Art
A Melbourne street art star will lead this exciting, creative workshop


Your kids can learn how to wield a spray can at the Freehand Street Art Workshop at Blender Studios. Create your own piece of street art under the guidance of a spray-painting professional with an introductory talk and a street-art demo - then its time to get spraying, practising a range of different techniques. After you have done your training you will then get to work on a large piece of wooden board for the ‘spraypainting garden’.

This really is a fun, and very Melbourne, way to spend the holidays. All materials and light refreshments are provided.

Where: Blender Studios, 33 - 35 Dudley St, West Melbourne
When: Tuesday 13th April 2021 | 10am
Cost: $89 each or $168 for two

6. Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum
See the WORLDS Immersive cinematic journey at the Melbourne Museum Learning Lab


Curious minds visiting the Melbourne Museum these holidays will be spellbound by the interactive activities and exhibitions. Tune into The Listies museum audio guide and discover exhibits including Dynamic Earth, Dinosaur WalkBugs Alive! and Mini Mega Model Museum. Plus, the Learning Lab school holidays program, Virtually Invisible, gets kids to enter the hidden world of camouflage through augmented reality. 

For tiny tots, the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery is a wonderful place to explore, though bookings are recommended.

Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton
When: Open daily 10am - 5pm
Cost: Museum entry is $15 for adults and includes audio and exhibitions. Children are FREE | The Virtually Invisible school holidays program is $35 for kids for a 1.5 hour session.

7. Scienceworks

Scienceworks
Spark your curiosity with Scienceworks new Lightning Room Game Show


Throughout the school holidays, Scienceworks will be bursting with immersive activities for kids so they can let loose and have fun with their imagination! The Lightning Room Game Show is a new interactive installation that will showcase three rounds of electrifying demonstrations that investigate light, sound and electricity and the Scienceworks Arena will be home to a giant Labyrinth and Rainbow Hunt. Plus, kids can flex their minds and muscles at Sportsworks - a place to leap, run, throw and row. 

Where: Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood 
When: Open daily 10am – 4:30pm
Cost: General entry is $15 for adults and includes exhibitions and activities. Children are FREE | The Lightning Room Game Show is $23 for adults and $8 for children, including general admission.

8. Nutty Scientist School Holiday Workshops

Nutty Scientist
Kids will have a blast learning about the wacky world of science


Opening up an exciting world of learning through experimentation and participation, the Nutty Scientist school holiday workshops are an innovative form of fun edutainment (education + entertainment). With themes including Physics, Chemistry or Outer Space, kids will have a blast in the engaging, hands-on holiday workshops that highlight different scientific concepts through a variety of exciting experiments. Spaces are limited! 

Where:   Aspendale Gardens Community Centre, Recwest Footscray and Syndal South Primary School, Mt Waverley
When:    7 - 8 April (Aspendale), 9 April (Footscray) and 14 - 15 April (Mt Waverley) 2021 
Cost: $65 for workshops only, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. 
$85 for a full day with extra games and activities.

Main Image: Melbourne Story at Melbourne Museum

More Kid-Friendly Venues

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Adventure Park Geelong


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