Families will enjoy the best of country Victoria in the city at the ever-popular Royal Melbourne Show from 21 September to 2 October. Featuring animals and livestock, award-winning food and wine, arts and crafts, amusement rides and free live entertainment, there’s something to enjoy for all ages.
Spring time sees the birth of new baby animals and Zoos Victoria are welcoming a range of furry creatures this season. Werribee Open Range Zoo is celebrating World Rhino Day on 22 September and the addition of a new baby rhino with a series of rhino activities during Do the Rhino Rap 21 September – 6 October.
Healesville Sanctuary is also celebrating new arrivals with their Bush Babies program, offering the chance to visit the Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital.
Melbourne Zoo is getting wild with their Kids Go Wild and Wild Garden Weekend programs. The Zoo has also revealed the new-look Seal Show on Wild Sea boardwalk.
Admission to all three Zoos is FREE for under 16s.
The brand new Turbo Skate Rink is a twisting, turning course for skaters of all abilities to race around as many times as they want with an Icehouse Coach who will give advice on technique and style. After each circuit of the course, their time is recorded alongside a score from the Coach.
Skaters can test their skill and speed as many times as they like; improving their score and lap time as they go with the Coach’s help. At the end of each session, time cards are entered into the draw for tickets to see Dreamworks new 3D movie Turbo, Turbo prize packs and a brand new pair of skates.
Plus the Icehouse regular school holiday program starts Saturday 21 September and runs until to Sunday 6 October.
The award-winning tourist attraction has undergone an $8 million refurbishment to unveil 12 new zones of discovery and relaunches as SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium from 21 September. Don't miss the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles on display at the new Croc Lair exhibit.
Melbourne Museum celebrates the rich history, language and contemporary culture of Victoria’s Aboriginal peoples, with new major exhibition, First Peoples at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. A Wominjeka (Welcome) school holiday program will run from 21 September to 6 October and include Indigenous story time, arts and craft with possum-inspired traditional cloaks.
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The State Library has a number of FREE school holiday activities to keep kids entertained including The Changing Face of Victoria exhibition which tells the story of Ned Kelly. Ned Kelly’s armour and other memorabilia will be on display and kids can also get involved with book making sessions on 30 September and 1 & 3 October.
Details and times can be found at www.slv.vic.gov.au
From fairies to bottomless toy boxes, Darebin City Council is turning up the volume on kids’ entertainment with an upcoming season of high-quality circus and physical theatre at Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre these September school holidays.
Presented as part of LoudMouth, its year-round performing arts program for kids and families, the City of Darebin will play host to both local and international circus and physical theatre performances that both kids and grown-ups will enjoy.
From an outdoor Fairy Picnic, to juggling teacups and a Scratch'n'Sniff workshop for the hearing impaired - these are just some of the fantastic activities for kids of all ages!
For tickets and more information visit www.darebinarts.com.au/loudmouth
or call 03 8470 8282.
The next generation of green thumbs will ignite their curiosity for the garden world with two hands-on, fun and educational workshops that give children the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn about the enchantment of plants and gardens.
Wonderful Whiffs explores the many aromas created by flowers and herbs in the garden and toddler’s will delight as they discover the magical plant world through games, craft and gardening activities. For children aged 3-5 with an adult.
Call 03 9215 1500 or visit www.edengardens.com.au/
The annual Hinterland Scarecrow Festival begins on 21 September and is full of colourful characters with scarecrows forming a touring trail around the region’s orchards, farm-gates, mazes, cafes and galleries.
The whole family can enjoy navigating their way through maze attractions including tree-surfing and tube slides at The Enchanted Maze Garden or Australia’s oldest hedge maze, Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens.
Sovereign Hill’s school holiday program, ‘The Raspberry Drop Rebellion’ will be the taste on everyone’s lips - with over 3,000,000 sold every year, children can watch lolly-making demonstrations each day, and delight in revealing their red tongues after indulging in a raspberry drop!
The Redcoats will take over Main Street, with girls and boys aged between 7-12 years able to join the British Army’s 40th Regiment of Foot in Ballarat. In this special school holiday program, kids will be introduced to the daily life of a Redcoat soldier encamped on the goldfields.
Call 03 5337 1199 or visit www.sovereignhill.com.au
Where better to spend the September school holidays than at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) in Ballarat, enjoying the museum’s FREE school holiday program, M.A.D.E FOR FUN?
M.A.D.E. FOR FUN runs from September 23rd to October 4th 2013, from 10am to 5pm, and includes three free educational activities: the ‘Model and Maze video craft’ construction activity, an interactive ‘Cyber Storytime’ and a ‘Self-guided Discovery Worksheet’ that challenges children to find certain objects in the exhibition.
There will also be a performance of ‘Flash Twinkle Toes Silly Circus Show,’ on the 2nd October, costing just $10 a ticket.
Family passes to M.A.D.E itself are only $35 (Ballarat locals are free)
For full program and details visit www.made.org
In celebration of Otway Fly Treetop Adventures 10th birthday, Otway Fly is launching a fun and educational daily Eco Adventure, just in time for the September school holidays. Supplied with an attraction adventure map, each participant will be challenged to complete a list of tasks, which will take them on a journey of discovery through the depths of the Otway forest.
On completion of each task, a Black Snail shaped token, a species specific to the Otway region, will be rewarded to participants. Participants who achieve all six tokens will go into the draw to win one of five family passes to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium to further their rainforest experience within the all-new Rainforest Adventure exhibit.
Spot the elusive Olie the Otway Dinosaur, paint a picture of Otway flora and fauna and write a two lined poem on the Abseil Deck – they are just a few of the fun activities participants will need to complete as part of the Eco Adventure.
Visit www.otwayfly.com.au or call 1800 300 477.