Finding fun school holiday activities to do with the kids can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task.
To help you out, we have put together a list of our favourite school holiday activities come rain or shine, suitable for a range of budgets and tastes for your kids to enjoy this school break.
1. Escape Room Games
The Mystery Rooms
Challenge your imagination as you enter a world of stories, puzzles and games! With just 60 minutes to escape one of our four themed escape rooms, this is the perfect way to have heaps of fun as a family whilst igniting their imagination and curiosity. Perhaps you’ll find yourself crawling through sand as you tackle the Lost Tomb, or becoming knights in our Medieval Quest – all without even having to leave Melbourne! All of the games are family friendly, meaning we contain no horror or offensive materials. The question is… who is smarter…? Them or you?!
Check online for booking and availability
$37.50 pp (free for under 14s) for 1.5 hour activity
2. Creative Activities? Paint a Plate!
Glaze It Studio
Unleash your kid’s inner artist and have them create a pottery masterpiece this school holiday! All they have to do is select the piece they want to paint, and then transform it into decorative and usable pottery art. With guidance from their friendly staff, your kids will be on their way to creating a unique painted ceramic piece in no time. Not just fun for the kids though, a great family activity if you’re game!
Open daily in school holidays
From $17 pp
3. Get Your Kids Outdoors!
Collingwood Children’s Farm
Dig out your boots for a school holiday activity in nature. A long-time favourite for the whole family helps to show us city folk exactly what it takes to be a farmer! Here you can cuddle guinea pigs, milk the cows, or play with the baby lambs. There is also a great Farm Café which serves up tasty meals with everything being made from scratch and sourced locally.
Open daily 9.15am-4.45pm
4. Clip ‘N Climb
Richmond & Moorabbin
Don’t let the kids drive you up the wall this school holiday! UpUnlimited is brought to you by the makers of Clip ‘N Climb Melbourne. Featuring over 60+ Clip ‘N Climb climbing challenges and 85+ metres of caving obstacles across 2 awesome venues. It is awesome fun for all ages and a great activity to get the adrenalin pumping!
Open 10am to 8.30pm
From $ varies depending on activity
5. Holiday Day Trip!
Enchanted Adventure Garden
Just over an hour out of Melbourne you can immerse yourself in a medley of mazes, artistic garden designs, tube slides and even a canopy walk through the trees! A great way to spend a few hours in the school holidays exploring all different activities and enjoying the sunshine. There is even an Amazing Lolly Shop to fill up those hungry bellies before you head back home!
Open 9am to 5.30pm during school holidays
$30 adult | $20 child
6. Ready Steady Cook!
Let your kids get their hands dirty in someone else’s kitchen! At Relish Mama, they believe that cooking is a valuable life skill that sets them up for good health, great lifetime habits and nurtures and encourages creativity. Many of the class menus are based on celebrating the different seasons and teaching children where our food really comes from. Classes are suitable for ages 6-16+ and are predominantly run each school holidays.
Check online for timetable and availability
$75 for 3.5 hour workshop
7. Relax – Have a Beach Day!
Half Moon Bay
This little treasure of a beach is one of our faves during the holidays, especially when the sun is shining and the water is warm. You can snorkel here, or just chill out and bring a picnic with some of the goodies the kids learnt to make at the cookery class! Of course, you might want to head further afield and explore one of the many gorgeous beaches just outside of Melbourne but if you are staying close to town this school holidays you can’t look past this one!
Open all of the time!
8. Circus School Fun!
Let the kids learn the flying trapeze, silks, lyra, static trapeze, tumbling, hand-balancing, and manipulation. This school holiday workshop is a great activity for the kids to learn new and fun skills while working with some of the best instructors in the industry. Workshops are available in the school holidays or simply book in for a class of your chosen activity.
Workshops occur 10am – 4.30pm during school holidays
$100 per child
9. Go to the Zoo
Werribee Open Zoo
During the school holidays only, hear and participate in stories from Africa and the Australian bush presented through music, storytelling, drama and unique activities. This promises to be and interactive and unforgettable experience as you learn through stories about our animals and the places and cultures they come from.
Open 10am to 3pm every day in school holidays
Free for kids under 16