Things To Do On ANZAC Day With Kids in Melbourne 2022

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ANZAC Day is a significant one on Australia's calendar, as we come together to remember the sacrifice and bravery of our soldiers. On this day in 1915, ANZAC troops were committed to their first major action of the war, which marked the beginning of the ANZAC legend and the day we commemorate every year.

Pay your respects and explore Australia’s history at one of these family-friendly events in Melbourne on ANZAC Day 2022.

1. Shrine Of Remembrance

Founded in 1934 as the National War Memorial of Victoria, the Shrine Of Remembrance will be open from 7 am on ANZAC Day for you to explore its collections and galleries including the Books of Remembrance, Victoria Cross, Gallery of Medals and more.

The Dawn Service

The Shrine will be hosting the state's ANZAC Day Dawn Service this year from 5.30 am. With the rising of the sun, the community will commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women.

The Anzac Day March

ANZAC day march
The ANZAC day march is a moving tribute to the past, present and future. 

This year, Victorian veterans will be back marching to the Shrine of Remembrance in the Melbourne ANZAC Day March. Thousands of veterans, their descendants and current serving personnel will participate in the march starting at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets.

Melbourne Commemoration Ceremony 

The ANZAC Day Melbourne Commemoration Ceremony will also take place at the Shrine of Remembrance following the Melbourne CBD March. This will close out the morning of reflection and includes the Official Wreath Laying Service to honour those ANZAC men and woman who have served and have paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

All events will be live-streamed on the Shrine Of Remberence website and social channels.

Find out more at Shrine Of Remembrance.

2. RSL Commemorations

RSL Victoria
RSL Victoria is encouraging the community to Light Up The Dawn this year

After two years of COVID uncertainty, RSL Sub-Branches are proud to be hosting traditional ANZAC Day commemoration services again in 2022. Attending a local RSL ANZAC Day service is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together again in commemoration of all those who have sacrificed so much for our country both past and present. 

Check out local RSL ANZAC Day service events near you.

3. Anzac Day At Home

Light Up The Dawn

Over the last two years, as we commemorated Anzac Day At Home With Kids in the wake of a pandemic, RSL Clubs across the nation come together to create a collective dawn service that all Australians can be a part of.  This year, Victorians are encouraged to Light Up The Dawn in their driveways or living rooms to remember those who gave their all. You can light a candle, stream the Last Post on YouTube and round up the neighbours to share a minute's silence and feel the community spirit.

You can also donate to the ANZAC Appeal and purchase supporter packs from the Military Shop.

Anzac Day Cooking

ANZAC Biscuits are a delicious tradition to uphold on ANZAC Day and a treat for the kids - with a side serve of history. We're revealing Five of our Favourite ANZAC Biscuit Recipes for some family baking fun that honours our ANZACs. 

Anzac Day Craft

Pay tribute to our wartime heroes while teaching little ones about the ANZAC spirit with these 10 ANZAC Day Craft And Food Ideas To Commemorate The Day.

Lest we forget.

Fun Melbourne Activities

Heide Museum Of Modern Art
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Collingwood Children's Farm

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