Entertain the whole family over the school holidays with these kid-friendly events and activities. There's plenty of free, low-cost and virtual events and family attractions to choose from.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The summer school holiday dates in Victoria are Saturday 18 December 2021 to Sunday 30 January 2022.

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Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

Australia's favourite outdoor cinema returns to Melbourne at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

14 Jan - 25 Feb

Disney+ Drive-In

Open Air Cinemas present the return of the hugely popular Disney+ Drive-In.

2 Dec - 30 Jan

Jurassic World by Brickman

Jurassic World by Brickman is an adventure 6 million LEGO bricks in the making.

2 Dec - 24 Apr

MPavilion

Australia’s leading architecture and design event returns to Melbourne.

3 Nov - 27 Mar

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

15 Jan - 23 Jan

NGV Kids Summer Festival

Nine days of free activities for children and their families at the NGV.

12 Nov - 30 Jan

Imaginaria

An interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.

30 Oct - 23 Jan

Disney: The Magic of Animation

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

28 Jan - 6 Feb

The Big Bounce

The world's largest jumping castle returns to Melbourne this January.

15 Jan - 5 Feb

Summer Nights Drone Show: Docklands

A spectacular drone show lights up Docklands this summer.

22 Jan - 3 Mar

Open Arcade: Gaming for Everyone

This summer, come and play digital games outdoors on a big screen.

10 Jan - 28 Jan

Australian Open Junior Holiday Programs

Introduce your child to tennis during the school holidays.

17 Dec - 25 Apr

The Gecko and the Mermaid: Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu and her Sister

A kids' exhibition that shares stories of Yolŋu artists from Northeast Arnhem Land.

1 Dec - 30 Jun

River Connections at Melbourne Museum

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

15 Jan - 4 Feb

Street Performance Australia

Melbourne's beloved buskers bring circus and magic to Docklands with live entertainment this summer.

9 Jan - 22 Jan

Hellenic Museum: School Holiday Workshops

Explore the epic world of ancient board games, Olympic games and crafty warriors.

30 Dec - 31 Mar

Bourke Street Mall Busking

Meet Melbourne's marvellous musicians and more in the iconic Bourke Street Mall busking spots.

18 Dec - 30 Jan

Wind in the Willows

This must-do outdoor family theatre experience delivers music, songs, and plenty of laughs.

23 Jan

AFLW Pride Round: North Melbourne Kangaroos v GWS Giants

The North Melbourne Kangaroos take on the GWS Giants as part of the AFLW’s annual Pride round.

26 Jan - 30 Jan

Tennis Screening at Piazza Italia

Watch Australian Open tennis matches live on the big screen at Carlton's Piazza Italia.

15 Dec - 31 Jan

Fitzroy Gardens: Outdoor Adventure

Follow a map around Fitzroy Gardens to find 12 locations, answer a question and collect a prize.

6 Jan - 22 Jan

Alice in Wonderland

Join Alice on her adventure through Wonderland in this fun family show.

28 Jan - 30 Jan

State Library Bricktoria: Treasure Hunt

Roam the Library using clues on a treasure map and collect LEGO bricks for a take-home model.

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.

5 Nov - 30 Jun

Cluedo Experience

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

18 Jan - 23 Jan

Bluey's Big Play

Join the Heelers in their first live theatre show made just for you.

7 Jan - 24 Jun

Melbourne Magic Show

Enjoy a theatrical magic experience like no other.

8 Jan - 26 Mar

Maestro Impro

Get ready for mayhem at Impro's annual high-stakes improvisation showdown.

29 Jan

A-League Football: Western United FC v Melbourne City FC

Enjoy A-League Men's Football when Western United play Melbourne City.

20 Dec - 28 Mar

Summer Disc Golf

Learn to play one of the fastest growing activities in the world.

29 Jun - 31 Dec

Shrine Kids

A fantastic opportunity for indoor and outdoor play.

Kids attractions

ArtPlay

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

Riverslide Skate Park

The city's biggest skate park, overlooking the Yarra River and Birrarung Marr.

Melbourne Zoo

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

ArtVo

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

Glow Golf

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

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

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

ACMI

Museum dedicated to the moving image through events, film screenings and exhibitions.

IMAX

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

12 Nov - 30 Jan

Imaginaria

An interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.

Apsis VR

Explore story-driven adventures in your choice of puzzle-solving escape rooms.

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