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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

When are the school holidays?

The summer school holidays in Victoria are from Thursday 21 December 2023 to Monday 29 January 2024.

School holiday events

Circus 1903

Circus 1903

An edge-of-your-seat, magical experience for young and old this summer.

Erth's Prehistoric World

Erth's Prehistoric World

Bringing ancient creatures from land and sea together in one magical show.

Tempo

Tempo

When the orchestra hasn't shown up and the audience is waiting, call in the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

The Plants

The Plants

The Plants are unlike any musical instrument you have ever seen, heard or played.

Rififi: Jean Jullien for Kids

Rififi: Jean Jullien for Kids

Experience the NGV's kids' gallery as it's transformed into an underwater world for summer.

New Year's Eve in Melbourne

New Year's Eve in Melbourne

From fireworks to fancy dinners and family fun, Melbourne is the perfect place to celebrate NYE.

Christmas in the city
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Christmas in the city

See the city light up with dazzling displays, festive events and activities for the whole family.

Docklands Christmas Maze
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Docklands Christmas Maze

Find your holiday cheer at the giant Christmas maze, with amazing prizes to be won.

Christmas Square
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Christmas Square

Discover a Christmas wonderland featuring the city’s giant tree.

Christmas Ice Skating
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Christmas Ice Skating

Get ready to escape the summer heat and dive into some festive fun at O'Brien Icehouse.

A Christmas Tale
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A Christmas Tale

Celebrate Christmas in Australia with an animated film by artist Beci Orpin.

State Library Victoria Christmas Projections
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State Library Victoria Christmas Projections

Let it glow with the city’s famous Christmas projections.

Melbourne Christmas Walk
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Melbourne Christmas Walk

Discover dazzling Christmas decorations with a self-guided walk throughout the city.

Christmas Cinema
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Christmas Cinema

See festive films in the stunning Capitol Theatre.

Santa's Workshop
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Santa's Workshop

Say hello to the big man in red at his new workshop in Howey Place.

Christmas Decorations
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Christmas Decorations

Christmas comes to life around the city with sparkly decorations spreading festive cheer.

School Holiday Street Art Workshop

School Holiday Street Art Workshop

Learn spray-painting techniques from a renowned street artist in a two-hour workshop.

Christmas Carnival

Christmas Carnival

Thrill rides, carnival games and festive food on the banks of the Yarra.

Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight

Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight

Enjoy an evening of Christmas songs and cheer from some of Australia's most loved performers.

The Listies Ruin Xmas

The Listies Ruin Xmas

Yule love this hilarious holiday pantomime with comedic duo The Listies.

Myer Christmas Windows
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Myer Christmas Windows

This festive season, the annual Myer windows display celebrates Bluey.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Join Alice as she explores Wonderland these summer school holidays.

RELICS: A New World Rises
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RELICS: A New World Rises

A unique new exhibition where real-world artefacts meet the ingenious world of LEGO!

Unko Museum: The Kawaii Poop Experience

Unko Museum: The Kawaii Poop Experience

Celebrate 'max unko kawaii' – the maximum cuteness of poop – at the only museum dedicated to poop.

Melbourne Town Hall Christmas Projections
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Melbourne Town Hall Christmas Projections

Let it glow with the city’s famous Christmas projections.

Christmas River Show
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Christmas River Show

Be dazzled by a spectacular water, laser and light show on the Yarra.

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

The must-do family theatre experience returns to the Gardens for the summer school holidays.

Meet Santa and Friends at the Docklands

Meet Santa and Friends at the Docklands

Meet Santa and friends at the Docklands this December.

Christmas Roller Rink

Christmas Roller Rink

Get your skates on with a pop-up rink landing in Carlton's Argyle Square.

Saboteurs
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Saboteurs

Join an Among Us-style game played in real life.

Learn Robotics with Robogals and LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robot

Learn Robotics with Robogals and LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robot

Learn robotics with the LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robots and Robogals.

Melbourne City Christmas Treasure Hunt
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Melbourne City Christmas Treasure Hunt

Collect a map from Mary Martin Bookshop to go on a magical treasure hunt through hidden laneways.

Graphic Novel Gathering

Graphic Novel Gathering

Learn the graphic novel craft from practicing writers and create your very own visual story.

Melbourne Magic Show
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Melbourne Magic Show

Enjoy a theatrical magic experience like no other.

NBL: Melbourne United v Perth Wildcats

NBL: Melbourne United v Perth Wildcats

Catch the spectacular event that is Melbourne United's annual Open Air Game at John Cain Arena.

Christmas Day Lunch at Pullman Melbourne City Centre

Christmas Day Lunch at Pullman Melbourne City Centre

Enjoy a festive lunch at the award-winning Elevate Club Lounge.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Little Collins St Kitchen

Christmas Eve Dinner at Little Collins St Kitchen

Enjoy your Christmas Eve dinner at Little Collins Street Kitchen Restaurant and Bar.

Zindzi & The Zillionaires

Zindzi & The Zillionaires

Get ready to groove with Zindzi and her fluffy friends The Zillies.

Analogue Animation: Flipbooks and Thaumatropes

Analogue Animation: Flipbooks and Thaumatropes

Discover some of the earliest forms of animation in this holiday workshop for kids and families.

New Year's Eve Dinner at Pan Pacific Melbourne

New Year's Eve Dinner at Pan Pacific Melbourne

Savor the decadence of a five-course degustation.

Kids attractions

ArtPlay

ArtPlay

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

Riverslide Skate Park

Riverslide Skate Park

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

Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

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

Children's Gallery Melbourne Museum

Children's Gallery Melbourne Museum

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

ArtVo

ArtVo

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

Glow Golf

Glow Golf

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

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

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

O'Brien Icehouse

O'Brien Icehouse

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

Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum

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

ACMI

ACMI

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

IMAX

IMAX

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

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

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

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The best free and cheap family activities

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Melbourne's best rainy day activities for kids

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