We’ve wrapped up the best free and cheap events for school holidays that you just can’t miss.

Free for kids

Don’t miss these iconic Melbourne moments – all free for kids during the school holidays.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Attraction in Docklands providing panoramic views of Melbourne.

11 Jan - 31 Dec

Worlds Immersive at Melbourne Museum

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

4 Jan - 31 Dec

Becoming You: An incomplete Guide

An exhibition of Australian coming-of-age stories.

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.

Melbourne Zoo

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

Melbourne Museum

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

Immigration Museum

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

The ultimate guide to Melbourne's best markets

The best night markets, foodie markets, book markets and more.

What's free in Melbourne this month

Everything to see, do and enjoy in Melbourne for free this month.

Cheap

You don’t have to splurge to keep the kids entertained. The best things to do for under $15.

Where to find the best ice cream in Melbourne

Where to find Melbourne's best gelato, fro-yo, ice cream and more.

ArtPlay

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.

Queen Victoria Market

Enjoy all your favourites from this beloved Melbourne landmark with online shopping now available.

Special occasion 

Looking to treat the kids (and yourself), don’t miss these activities.

ArtVo

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

1 Apr - 11 Jul

Jurassic World by Brickman

An adventure 6 million LEGO® bricks in the making.

24 Feb - 30 Jun

Escape the Gaol – For Kids

Kids can become inmates on a mission to hatch the perfect escape plan.

Family-friendly dining

The best cheap eats for the whole family.

Melbourne's best lunches under $15

Fuel up on pho, ramen, stacked sandos and more without breaking the bank.

Where to find Melbourne's best sandwiches

These tasty sandwiches put a gourmet spin on an old favourite

The ultimate dumpling guide to Melbourne

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

Melbourne's best cheap eats

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

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13 May - 17 Oct

Disney: The Magic of Animation

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

13 May - 29 Aug

The Winter Village

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

25 Feb - 12 Dec

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

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1 Dec - 31 Dec

River Connections at Melbourne Museum

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

2 Feb - 11 Jul

Imaginaria

An interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.

12 Dec - 14 Jun

Gung: Create, Make, Do, Love

A stunning new exhibition by Wergaia/Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos.

1 Jan - 31 Dec

Tok stori Vikitolia Pasifiki and Te Vainui O Pasifika

Visit Te Vainui O Pasifika – the great waters of the Pacific peoples exhibition.