Spring 2016 – School Holidays What’s On VIC

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September 21, 2016
Spring 2016 – What’s On school holidays NSW
September 21, 2016

Melbourne & surrounds

Massive Minecraft movie @ ACMI


The adventure is up to you! Work in a team to design characters and a unique world, and direct a scene in your own Minecraft movie. Minecraft is one of the world’s most popular games. Some say the game is like a digital version of Lego!

Visit ACMI for details of this and other activities.

It’s show time!!


The Royal Melbourne Show is Victoria’s largest annual community event, bringing together the very best of entertainment, agriculture, attractions and fine food – along with thrilling carnival rides, live entertainment, spectacular nightly fireworks, showbags and much more!

It’s on at the Showgrounds from 17-27 September.

Be an explorer at Eureka Skydeck


From September 17th – October 2nd between 11am – 3pm, all Eureka Skydeck Explorers will receive a FREE Skydeck Scratchy Quiz. Crayola have a Colour Alive pack for every lucky quiz winner to continue the school holiday fun at home.

For those who dare, the world’s only Edge experience is also available at Eureka Skydeck as well as the ultimate virtual experience; The Walk Experience.

Spring into discovery at Scienceworks


Help Scienceworks celebrate the launch of the new  exhibition Freewheeling with a spring holiday program exploring the science of movement!

Spend a day exploring Scienceworks and enjoy lots of special activities, exhibitions and science shows!

Get up close to dinosaurs @ Museum Victoria


Are you ready to come face to face with T Rex? Jurassic World: The Exhibition is based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, and now the park that was only a promise comes to life… right before your eyes, until 2 October.

Travel to Isla Nublar as a VIP guest and explore Jurassic World. Come face-to-face with a Pachyrhinosaurus; visit The Hammond Creation Lab; stare in wonder at a towering Brachiosaurus; get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex; and learn all about top-secret projects currently in development.

Visit Museum Victoria

Find Dory at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium!


SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is celebrating the launch of Finding Dory and Friends: The Experience, an all-new attraction for the September school holidays. Created with Disney•Pixar, the new experience is a world first aquarium exhibit, featuring magical moments from the box-office smash hit, Finding Dory.

Finding Dory and Friends: The Experience is a mission for the whole family – an adventure across the ocean to learn all about Dory and her friends and how we can help preserve reefs and coastlines for the future.

Fly into spring at the Melbourne Star!


Kids receive a FREE dodgem car ride at Wonderland underneath the Melbourne Star with every child flight! Sonic the Hedgehog also joins the party, appearing live daily. Test your powers of observation in Sonic’s Melbourne Spot & Win game for kids. Plus, with each completed game kids can spin Sonic’s Wheel to win awesome prizes!

It’s all happening 17 Sept – 2 Oct 2016. Buy online and families can save 30% off full price general admission flights!

Go wild @ Melbourne Zoo


This full day program takes kids on a journey to see some of the amazing animals that call Melbourne Zoo home.

Throughout the day they will hear from keepers and learn what makes the animals so special, play games and participate in fun activities with other kids who are also wild about animals!

Visit Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne is abuzz with school holiday fun


Find ways to entertain the whole family over the school holidays. There’s so much happening in the city, including plenty of free and low cost kids’ activities, like the Fairy Magic Show, craft mornings, school holiday science and much, much more!

For more information on all the school holiday fun visit thatsmelbourne

Fun for all at Fed Square


Enjoy a range of activities to delight, challenge and inspire the kids these school holidays! From interacting with a giant inflatable baby, to crafting fashion accessories, to playing filmmaker – there is something to suit all interests at Fed Square.

Get competitive with Giant Games, including Jenga and chess. Check out the Disneynature Festival and Creative Workshops at ACMI. Or learn more about the interesting origin of and story behind Fed Square in a free tour.

Go SkyHigh at Mt Dandenong


Until 30 September, SkyHigh Mt Dandenong has organised a fun-filled range of activities for kids of all ages.

This annual event is a hit with families who make the most of a day in the Dandenongs with a visit to SkyHigh. The kids can join in a range of activities designed to entertain and thrill them, whatever their age.

Activities this spring include a treasure hunt, Black Snake reptile display, mini golf, face painting, farmyard friends, Rucci’s Circus Workshop, cooking classes, pony rides, sand art, Formula One racing cars, a magician, jumping castle… and that’s just the beginning!

All aboard Puffing Billy!


Have some old-fashioned fun these school holidays on Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy. Enjoy the lush green surrounds as you wind your way through the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, legs dangling from the carriage windows in traditional Puffing Billy style. Regular daily departures every day of the school holidays.

Bring your teddy for a check-up at Werribee Open Range Zoo


Werribee Open Range Zoo is offering some special care for kids. Does your teddy need a check-up? Werribee Ranger Kids are invited to bring their teddies in for a full examination by the special teddy care team. Includes an x-ray machine, surgery tables and stretchers for recovery and entry is free for kids and for teddies! Zoo vet staff will be available each day of the school holidays from 11am-3pm.

Out of town

Spring into adventure on Phillip Island


Phillip Island Nature Parks are playing host to a range of fun-filled wildlife activities during the school holidays. From appointing young nature lovers as Super Hero Rangers at the WWF Antarctic Journey, to wetland investigations to uncover the creatures that call Phillip Island home and being guided by a ranger around the scenic Churchill Island Heritage Farm, kids will be spoilt for choice.

Each activity will run alongside the Nature Parks existing attractions including the spectacular new Penguins Plus viewing platform at the Penguin Parade and the high-speed Wild Oceans EcoBoat Tour, which gets up close and personal with Australia’s largest fur seal colony. 

Take your kids to meet the ‘kids’ at Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill

These school holidays, Sovereign Hill will come alive with the sounds of bleating and baa-ing, as children can learn about animals on the goldfields with baby animals including lambs, chickens and piglets.

Meet two beautiful birds of prey, including a magnificent Barn Owl, at close range! Special school holiday activities include animal craft activities, gingerbread decorating, garden tours, a Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime and more!

There’s lots happening, so visit Sovereign Hill to get a piece of the school holiday fun.

See the stars at Ballarat Observatory


September is ‘Juno Reveals Jupiter Month’. Make a model of Jupiter, learn about why we need the night, and interactive about different types of light – healthy and unhealthy.

Watch the ‘Bigger than Big’ 3D movie and have a viewing at the telescopes or virtual Sky and Tour if cloudy.

Bookings are essential, so call 0429 199 312 or visit the Ballarat Observatory for more information.

Arty fun at Geelong Gallery


Let your kids bring out their inner artist at the Geelong Gallery. There’s wearable art for teenagers, eye spy art adventure for wee ones from 3-5 and also for kids from 5-8.

All activities are free – check the website for details.

Go wild at the Ballarat Wildlife Park

Ballarat Wildlife Park

See ‘Crunch’ the five metre long croc who has taken up residence at the Northern Australia Billabong display, and Park Rangers in-the-making will be thrilled at the interactive shows and tours. Pat a friendly snake, snuggle into a fluffy koala, meet a waddling wombat and see the ferocious sounding Tasmanian Devils feeding.

Visit wildlifepark.com.au

Unleash your inner artist at the Bendigo Art Gallery

Bendigo Art Gallery

The art activities this spring are inspired by the current exhibitions – one exhibition is all about fashion and the other is focused on contemporary Australian drawing. Workshops are for children aged 4 to 14 years.

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Have a spring fling at M.A.D.E!

These school holidays get along to the Museum of Australia Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.) for some hands on fun!

Get into the Spring Scavenger Hunt, be crafty, test your taste buds on bush tucker … and so much more!

Chocolate heaven at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Yarra Valley Chocolatiers

Become a Junior Chocolatier! Kids aged 6-12 can take a 45 minute hands on class, learning to make their very own chocolate creations with the European Chocolatiers. The $40 class fee includes a chef’s hat and apron, name badge, graduation certificate and three chocolate creations to take home.