Need to keep your little mates entertained? These awesome free events and fun adventures for an epic day of fun. Some age limits may apply, check with venues before visiting.
When are the school holidays?
The summer school holidays in Victoria are from Thursday 21 December 2023 to Monday 29 January 2024.
With more than 70,000 car spaces in the city, you’re never far from Melbourne’s best events. Book ahead at key parking providers to get the best deal.
Free family-friendly events
Fitzroy Gardens Outdoor Adventure
A free fun outdoor seek and find adventure around the Fitzroy Gardens.
The Plants are unlike any musical instrument you have ever seen, heard or played.
Rififi: Jean Jullien for Kids
Experience the NGV's kids' gallery as it's transformed into an underwater world for summer.
Road to Zero Helmet Heroes
Road to Zero at Melbourne Museum is offering free family-friendly holiday fun.
See contemporary, classic and documentary films on the big screen at Library at The Dock.
Engage your young bookworm with stories, songs, rhymes at Library at The Dock.
Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and fun at East Melbourne Library Stompers.
Share the wonder of books with your child and enjoy stories and songs at Kathleen Syme Library.
Sing songs and read stories with your child at Library at The Dock storytime.
Free things to do with kids in Melbourne
Get the kids out and explore these free events and adventures for an awesome day of fun.
Free family Christmas events
Thrill rides, carnival games and festive food on the banks of the Yarra.
Christmas River Show
Be dazzled by a spectacular water, laser and light show on the Yarra.
Christmas Roller Rink
Get your skates on with a pop-up rink landing in Carlton's Argyle Square.
Docklands Christmas Maze
Find your holiday cheer at the giant Christmas maze, with amazing prizes to be won.
Say hello to the big man in red at his new workshop in Howey Place.
Myer Christmas Windows
This festive season, the annual Myer windows display celebrates Bluey.
Enjoy classic Christmas films during Christmas week, on Fed Square's Big Screen
Melbourne Town Hall Projections
See the nightly projections with singing reindeer, giant koalas and the famous nutcracker soldiers.
Events under $20
Special occasion activities - $20 and over
Enjoy a fully immersive and interactive Monopoly experience, featuring games and challenges.
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A unique new exhibition where real-world artefacts meet the ingenious world of LEGO!
An edge-of-your-seat, magical experience for young and old this summer.
A fun, amazing and inspirational exhibition for LEGO fans of all ages.
Ice arena for public skating and ice sports events, located in Docklands.
Delivering an immersive movie experience on the world's largest screen.
When the orchestra hasn't shown up and the audience is waiting, call in the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.
Erth's Prehistoric World
Bringing ancient creatures from land and sea together in one magical show.
Alice in Wonderland
Join Alice as she explores Wonderland these summer school holidays.
The Wind in the Willows
The must-do family theatre experience returns to the Gardens for the summer school holidays.
Mörk Chocolate City
Iconic chocolate shop in an old lift shaft, located in one of Melbourne’s most bustling laneways.
Children's Gallery Melbourne Museum
This is a wondrous place for young children to explore, play and learn.
Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne.
Australian Music Vault
A celebration of Australian contemporary music – past, present and future.
The Story of the Moving Image
An ongoing exhibition that journeys through the past, present and future of the moving image.
Explore history, culture, science, and nature at this popular Melbourne attraction.
Good old-fashioned mini golf transformed into an amazing glow-in-the-dark-experience.
An interactive 3D art gallery with optical illusions that visitors can touch and explore.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Discover thousands of aquatic animals in four enchanting worlds at this top Melbourne attraction.
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
The world’s first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art.
A new digital experience at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium while the Oceanarium undergoes renovations.
Queen Victoria Market
This beloved Melbourne landmark is the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere.
Museum dedicated to the moving image through events, film screenings and exhibitions.
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