End school holiday despair with these awesome family-friendly events. Some venues are operating a little differently right now, so be sure to check if you need to book before visiting. Driving in? More than 30 city carparks are offering $5 parking, book ahead to score.

Free for kids during the school holidays

These epic events and awesome experiences are totally free for kids during school holidays. Check age limits and book ahead where necessary.

Melbourne Zoo

Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Attraction in Docklands providing panoramic views of Melbourne.

Melbourne Museum

Explore history, culture, science, and nature at this popular Melbourne attraction.

Children's Gallery Melbourne Museum

This is a wondrous place for young children to explore, play and learn.

Immigration Museum

An exploration of the stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia.

1 Dec - 31 Dec

River Connections at Melbourne Museum

A journey which celebrates the life of Victoria’s river environments.

Fun under $15

Skate, putt and play your way through the holidays without breaking the bank.

Get $5 car parking at 35 city car parks

Score $5 parking at more than 30 carparks across the city.


A creative arts centre for children to share unique experiences with professional artists.

Glow Golf

Good old-fashioned mini golf transformed into an amazing glow-in-the-dark-experience.


Delivering an immersive movie experience on the world's largest screen.

O'Brien Icehouse

Ice arena for public skating and ice sports events, located in Docklands.

Special occasions and events

Planning a birthday treat or happy to splurge? These family-friendly events in the city are the perfect surprise.


An interactive 3D art gallery with optical illusions that visitors can touch and explore.

1 Apr - 3 Oct

Jurassic World by Brickman

An adventure 6 million LEGO® bricks in the making.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Discover thousands of aquatic animals in four enchanting worlds at this top Melbourne attraction.

25 Feb - 30 Jan

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

13 May - 17 Oct

Disney: The Magic of Animation

Discover the creativity and innovation of almost 100 years of Disney Animation.

9 Jun - 3 Oct

Frozen the Musical

See the much-loved film come to life at Her Majesty's Theatre

2 Feb - 29 Aug


An interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.

Family-friendly dining

Melbourne's best cheap eats

Pizza by the slice, cheap happy hour deals and more.

The gozleme guide to Melbourne

If you're looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert this Turkish go-to meal has you covered.

Where to get the best doughnuts in Melbourne

Make life extra sweet with the city's best treats.

The ultimate dumpling guide to Melbourne

Steamed, fried, baked or boiled – there’s no such thing as a bad dumpling.

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Circus – The Show

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9 Feb - 31 Jan

Cluedo Experience

Step back in time to solve a mysterious murder that brings the iconic board game Cluedo to life.

13 May - 29 Aug

The Winter Village

Discover family-friendly activities, food trucks and bars at this magical winter wonderland.

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11 Jan - 31 Dec

Worlds Immersive at Melbourne Museum

Art and science collide with mesmerising imagery and soundscapes in this 5-minute film.

28 Jun - 3 Oct

Plans for the Planet: Olaf Breuning for Kids

A large-scale participatory exhibition that plays to young people’s universal love of adventure.

11 Feb - 31 Jan

The Story of the Moving Image

An ongoing exhibition that journeys through the past, present and future of the moving image.