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 winter school holiday dates in Victoria are Saturday 25 June to Sunday 10 July 2022.

School holiday events

24 Jun - 7 Aug

Lightscape

Lightscape takes audiences on a journey of light and sound through Melbourne's Botanic Gardens.

27 Jun - 9 Jul

The Melbourne Magic Festival

Casting its spell with performances and workshops for all ages this winter.

20 Mar - 29 Aug

Storytime

Share the delight of stories, songs, and picture books with your pre-schooler.

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17 May - 27 Nov

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The brand-new production can now be enjoyed in one magical afternoon or evening.

21 Jun - 21 Aug

Who Are You: Australian Portraiture

Who Are You brings together the portrait holdings of the NGV and the National Portrait Gallery.

30 Jun - 7 Jul

School Holiday Street Art Workshop

Learn spray-painting techniques from a renowned street artist.

29 Jun - 31 Jul

Potion Putt: A Wizardy Mini-golf Course

Test your magic and wizarding putt-putt skills at this mini-golf course.

10 Jul

NAIDOC in the City

Celebrate Melbourne's strong Aboriginal identity.

25 Jun - 10 Jul

District Live: Skate Sessions

Enjoy skating fun for all ages these school holidays at Docklands.

9 Jul

NAIDOC Week NGV Celebration

Celebrate NAIDOC Week at NGV with free performances, activities and workshops.

28 Apr - 1 Dec

Songbirds at East Melbourne Library

Engage your young bookworm with stories, songs, rhymes at East Melbourne Library Songbirds.

27 Apr - 30 Nov

Songbirds at North Melbourne Library

Engage your young bookworm with stories, songs, rhymes at North Melbourne Library Songbirds.

8 Jul

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Fed Square

Tumble down the rabbit hole for a morning of mind-bending stories and songs.

27 Apr - 30 Nov

Preschool Storytime at East Melbourne Library

Share the wonder of books with your child at East Melbourne Library Preschool Storytime.

5 Jul - 9 Jul

Tim Credible’s Family Magic Show

A how of fun, laughter and amazement for the whole family.

5 Jul - 9 Jul

The Quizzical Mr Jeff

Unleash your imagination with Mr Jeff's ever-popular, award-winning, family-friendly show.

23 May - 31 Dec

Fitzroy Gardens Outdoor Adventure

A free fun outdoor seek and find adventure around the Fitzroy Gardens.

1 Jul - 7 Aug

The Eyes

Explore your discomfort zone as The Eyes watch you, watching them, watching you.

29 Jun - 10 Jul

Alice in Wonderland Scavenger Hunt at Fed Square

Search the pop-up library at Fed Square for Alice and her Wonderland friends.

30 Jun - 7 Jul

Kids School Holiday Workshops

Bring the kids along to Queen Vic Market for some free, interactive and fun workshops.

25 Jun - 11 Jul

Eye Spy Mission

Junior cryptologists and spy kids can join a top secret mission at Fed Square these school holidays.

7 Jul - 10 Jul

The Gruffalo

A musical adaptation of the classic picture book, suitable for all ages.

8 May - 28 Aug

Botanical Wonderland High Tea

Enjoy an edible botanical inspired High Tea at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

20 Mar - 29 Aug

Storytime Online

Share the delight of stories, songs, and picture books with your pre-schooler.

27 Jun - 31 Jul

The Southgate Igloos

Grab a bite to eat and chill out in a cozy igloo.

8 Jul - 9 Jul

Untitled Goose Game Live

Join everyone's favourite goose in a very special live concert performance.

11 Feb - 1 Jan

The Story of the Moving Image

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

5 Jul - 9 Jul

(Wannabe) Overnight Sensation

Magician Braydon J Taylor performs his biggest and craziest show yet.

7 Jul

Pigments of the Past Workshop

Visit the Hellenic Museum and experiment with ancient paints and pigments.

28 Apr - 1 Dec

Stompers at Southbank Library at Boyd

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and fun at Southbank Library Stompers.

26 Apr - 29 Nov

Stompers at Library at The Dock

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and fun at Library at the Dock Stompers.

2 May - 28 Nov

Songbirds at Southbank Library at Boyd

Engage your young bookworm with stories, songs, rhymes at Southbank Library Songbirds.

28 Apr - 1 Dec

Preschool Storytime at Kathleen Syme Library

Share the wonder of books with your child at Kathleen Syme Library Preschool Storytime.

21 Jun - 9 Oct

Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real

A free exhibition inviting kids and their families to experiment with innovative ways of making art.

10 Jun - 16 Dec

Preschool Storytime at Federation Square Pop-up Library

Share the wonder of books with your child at Federation Square Pop-up Library Preschool Storytime.

8 Jul - 9 Jul

World of Wonders Magic Show: Lachlan Wilde

World of Wonders is a unique theatrical magic experience based on a journey around the world.

5 Jul - 9 Jul

The Great Armando's Espresso Magic

A Melbourne Magic Festival favourite, Espresso Magic is a caffeine hit for the whole family.

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.

Children's Gallery Melbourne Museum

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

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.

Apsis VR

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

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

A picturesque haven for recreation and a key botanical resource for research and conservation.

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29 May - 24 Sep

Poetry and Prose Readings

Join this supportive monthly poetry and prose meetup.