What’s on for the holidays?

I used to take the ‘relaxed’ approach to school holidays – the ‘let’s see where the day takes us’ attitude. And then I discovered that makes for two very long, drawn-out weeks. Now I plan, and the challenge is to find activities that suit everyone and don’t kill the budget.

This September holidays, I’ll be challenging Alex St. Claire’s kids to say “I’m bored!” because she has put together a huge list of all sorts of holiday activities (including lots of freebies) and she’s sharing her ideas with us –

school-holiday-activities-1Every school holidays I love to check out all the events and activities Melbourne has to offer and plan lots of fabulous ways to spend the days. Although, the only planned activity that is guaranteed to be achieved is the obligatory Monday pajama day.

Still it’s good to make plans . . .

Boroondara libraries school holiday program presents a variety of free shows for all ages and workshops for school aged children. The sessions book out super fast so set a reminder for Friday 11th September at 10am and you’ll get your pick of fun sessions with local performers and educational groups, such as Carp Production’s Knights, Dragons, Kings and Queens.

Discover fun ways to explore the exhibitions and gardens at the Heide Museum of Modern Art with free printable activities designed especially for kids and a range of educational school holiday programs.

Billy Lids School Holiday Program includes a disco, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainers (Elf Sneaky Bottom and Max the Magician) and movies. And the $10 per child entry fee allows parents and child to stay all day.

school-holiday-activities-6Or, take up the challenge at Clip N Climb’s drop off three-hour school holiday sessions  supervised by qualified primary school teachers.

school-holiday-activities-4Box Hill Indoor Sports is offering two hour sessions for indoor soccer, cricket, netball or football for 5 to 12 year olds and 1 hour sessions of the newest craze bubble soccer for 8 to 13 year olds. Kids will also get an opportunity to try the new bounce volleyball during the session.

school-holiday-activities-5At Basecamp Kids, children can challenge their thought process by testing their scientific theories, master a delicious lunch box-friendly recipe or unleash their imagination and express themselves by creating their own artistic masterpiece.

school-holiday-activities-8Yarra Bend Golf Junior Program is open to primary school children of any ability level and includes golf coaching by trained instructors, 18 holes of adventure golf, athletic development and team challenges in a safe and fun environment.

school-holiday-activities-3There’s lots on at the Arts Centre Melbourne but be sure to check out the free Paper Planet by Polygot sessions where kids can go wild with creatures, vines and flowers…all made of paper!

Jump down the rabbit hole into a magical, bizarre and fascinating world of illusion and mystery with Museum Victoria’s Alice in Wonderland or explore the future with the exhibit Think Ahead.

school-holiday-activities-10ACMI – Kids’ Flicks $7 sessions are a great activity whatever the weather and while you’re there you can check out the free Australian Mediatheque which has tonnes of hands on activities to keep kids busy.

Federation Square’s School Holiday Program is jam-packed with free and affordable activities throughout the holidays. Giant board games, a book caravan with music and stories, outdoor cinema, meditation, illustration and dance workshops for kids and Guru Dudu Silent Disco Tours are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

school-holiday-activities-9NGV presents a range of specially developed artist projects, programs and publications for children and families these school holidays. Discover the creativity behind stop-motion animation and Australian car design, or learn to craft unique accessories with the makers from Melbourne’s Thread Den sewing lounge.

If it’s nature you crave, join the City of Melbourne Park Rangers for fun and adventure in the CBD’s beautiful and historic parks and gardens. Suitable for children aged 5 – 12 years, this environmental program incorporates art and craft, guided walks and story telling. In other parks and gardens across Victoria, the Junior Rangers School holiday program presents informative and entertaining sessions on nature, animals and the outdoors at the seaside, in the mountains and in regional areas. It’s free but bookings are essential.

school-holiday-activities-7Lastly, the Seeing Eye Dogs Australia’s Paw-some School Holiday Program is a unique school holiday program. For $40, children can view Seeing Eye Puppies playing in their very own Puppy Play Centre, interact with dogs in training and tour the home of these very special dogs teaching them about the important role that these Seeing Eye Dogs will play in the community.


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