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Find ways to entertain the whole family over the school holidays. There's so much happening in Melbourne, including plenty of free and low cost kids' activities.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The summer school holidays in Victoria run from Saturday 21 December 2019 to Tuesday 28 January 2020. Plan your school holiday activities with our guide to what's on for kids and families over the break.


School holiday highlights

Image of Big Bounce
Fri 03 Jan 2020 to Sun 19 Jan 2020
The Guinness World Record-certified World’s Biggest Bounce House features a 300-metre-long inflatable obstacle course and space-themed course.
Image of NGV Kids Summer Festival
Sat 11 Jan 2020 to Sun 19 Jan 2020
Get creative this January at the annual NGV Kids Summer Festival.
Image of The Wind in the Willows
Tue 24 Dec 2019 to Sun 26 Jan 2020
Full of laughs and surprises for kids and adults alike, 'The Wind in the Willows' is interactive theatre at its best.
Image of My Passport to Cooks' Cottage and Beyond
Wed 08 Jan 2020 to Fri 31 Jan 2020
Bring the kids down to Cooks' Cottage these summer school holidays for an interactive passport adventure.
Image of Pixar Putt
Fri 20 Dec 2019 to Mon 03 Feb 2020
The hugely popular Pixar Putt returns to the city, this time at the Melbourne Museum forecourt for a limited season.
Image of Hellenic Museum Kids' Summer Holiday Program
Sat 11 Jan 2020 to Sat 25 Jan 2020
These school holidays, the Hellenic Museum invites little explorers to join in hands-on workshops that bring history to life and activate the senses.
Image of Cool Summer Holiday Fun at O’Brien Icehouse
Mon 30 Dec 2019 to Mon 27 Jan 2020
Children aged under eight can join the Ice Ambassadors for fun and games in the snow play area.
Image of Australia Day at Docklands
Sun 26 Jan 2020, 6pm – 9:30pm
Don’t miss the evening fun at Docklands with live music and multicultural entertainment from 6pm.
Image of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Fri 09 Aug 2019 to Sun 02 Feb 2020
Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is a delectable treat featuring songs from the original film.
Image of Mini Mega Model Museum
Sat 07 Dec 2019 to Tue 30 Jun 2020
Discover more than 200 astounding models from the museum's own collection: zoomed-in, miniature, life-sized and everything in between.
Image of Harry Potter at Myer
Fri 18 Oct 2019 to Thu 31 Dec 2020
Visit the Harry Potter Shop at Myer for unique experiences!
Image of Sunday at the Baths Series
Sun 10 Nov 2019 to Sun 23 Feb 2020
This summer Carlton Baths hosts live music and other fun activities to keep you entertained and cool during the hottest time of the year.
Image of The District Slip and Slide
Mon 06 Jan 2020 to Sun 26 Jan 2020
A giant 25-metre water slide is the perfect way to cool down on the hottest days of the summer holidays!
Image of Summertime Social
Fri 03 Jan 2020 to Sun 05 Apr 2020
Summertime Social is transforming Federation Square’s Skyline Terrace into Melbourne’s biggest rooftop playground.
Image of Kaws: Playtime
Fri 20 Sep 2019 to Mon 13 Apr 2020
Come and play in this dedicated kids exhibition created by the New York artist known as Kaws.
Image of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Wed 16 Jan 2019 to Sun 12 Jul 2020
Experience the magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two.
Image of The 91-Storey Treehouse
Sat 04 Jan 2020 to Sun 19 Jan 2020
Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's best-selling book comes to life on stage for children aged 6+ and their adults!
Image of Stick By Me
Tue 14 Jan 2020 to Sat 18 Jan 2020
A beautifully crafted production about friendship and the importance of treasuring little things.
Image of 10 Minute Dance Parties
Thu 16 Jan 2020 to Fri 24 Jan 2020
Welcome to the best dance party of your life. Your time starts...now!
Image of Global Youth Summit
Sun 19 Jan 2020 to Tue 21 Jan 2020
The Actions for Earth Global Youth Summit is a three-day event for 11-18year olds, that focuses on the United Nations' sustainable development goals.
Image of Brickvention
Sat 18 Jan 2020 to Sun 19 Jan 2020
Brickvention is Australia's premier Lego fan convention, featuring hundreds of fan-built models at the Royal Exhibition Building.
Image of Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting
Fri 25 Oct 2019 to Tue 28 Jan 2020
Melbourne Central hosts the iconic Sesame Street exhibition, bringing all your favourite scruffy muppets to Melbourne.

All school holiday events

See a list of all summer school holiday activities for kids.


More for kids and families

Image of Kids' attractions
There is plenty going on in the city to entertain kids and the whole family, from the aquarium to the zoo, and museums to ice-skating.
Image of Kids & family
Melbourne has loads of events and activities for children. There are family-friendly festivals like Moomba, school-holiday workshops, exhibitions and more.

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