Melbourne – there is plenty going on in the city to entertain your whole family with loads of events, activities and holiday workshops to keep your little and not so little people busy this school holidays.
Planning for the school holidays is a task that our Lifestyle Managers take very seriously to ensure that the little people in our members lives have something to look forward to during their school holiday break, especially if mum and dad are juggling work and activities and not joining the masses that have departed for Europe this winter.
Sheraton Melbourne – Little Superheroes – Kids Can Cook
Join the team at the Sheraton Melbourne as they celebrate kids creativity and their favourite superheroes. After the success of their previous Kids Can Cook event, the Sheraton thought they would make this one super amusing. Kids will learn the art of pastry making whilst parents enjoy Afternoon Tea.
All kids (and adults) are invited to attend dressed as their chosen superhero.
Time: 12pm – 2pm weekdays from 2 – 13 July
Cost: $59 for adults, including afternoon tea & a glass of sparkling wine and kids dine free (one child per adult), additional children are $25
It’s this winter’s ‘must see’ exhibition for anyone who ever hit a sugar high, slammed a Tim Tam or jumped for joy at the sound of a Mr. Whippy van. Sugar Republic is a truly unique experience for adults and kids alike and it’s only open in Melbourne for a very short time so don’t miss out!
Location: MacRobertson’s Factory, Fitzroy
Dates: 1 – 24 July
Tickets: Children $25, Adults $35 (bookings are essential and selling out fast)
Prahran Market Kids Cooking with Sweetpea
Let your little Sweepteas get hands-on to measure, mix, mash and make two delicious bites in this kids-only cooking workshop. Once our two recipes are ready, there’ll be plenty to taste and some to take home.
Encourage your kids to explore new ingredients and develop some introductory cooking skills under the guidance of Sweetpea Cuisine these school holidays. Places are limited and for children of 5 years of age and over.
Location: Omega and Neil Perry Kitchen, Prahran Market
Times: 10.30am and 1.30pm
Relish Mama Cooking Classes, Cheltenham
Roll up those sleeves for some really delicious food with a delicious healthy spin. This class is for kids aged 11-16. The Relish Mama team believe that every child should be given the opportunity to learn to cook. The classes are designed as a sign in and drop off style, to allow mum’s and dad’s ‘you’ time.
Class: Teens – Cooking at home
Date: 10 July
Time: 10am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 4pm
On the menu will be minestrone soup, homemade sausage rolls, smashed potatoes with rosemary and garlic, blueberry muffins with greek yoghurt and healthy chocolate and zucchini bread.
Class: Kids Australian kitchen classics
Date: 11 July and 13 July
Time: 10am – 12.30 pm and 1.30pm – 4pm
Come and enjoy a class inspired by the traditions of some old-fashioned Aussie classic dishes. Join Catherine in this hands-on class where you will prepare & enjoy these hugely popular classics. Dishes that you will easily be able to replicate in your own home kitchen. On the menu will be mini meat pies, laminations, ANZAC biscuits, chicken parmas and mini pavlovas.
Cost: $75 per child
Book into a 90-minute workshop at the Immigration Museum which includes a kite making activity, storytelling of Li’s book The Peasant Prince and an introductory dance class with specialist ballet teachers. Suitable for children The aged 5 to 10 years.
3–6 July and 10–13 July, 10.30am – Midday
Tickets: Child $10. Adult admission to workshop is free with museum entry. Admission includes entry to the Mao’s Last Dancer exhibition.
Otway Fly – Weeaproniah
The school holidays is the perfect time for a family adventure with a getaway or day trip to the Otway Fly Treetops Adventures. High above the Otways rainforest, this platform-to-platform flying fox takes you on seven ziplines of varying speeds and lengths, and two rope bridges.
There is also the treetop walk which provides unrivalled views of the unique beauty of the region’s flora and fauna, from the rainforest floor up into the soaring heights of the treetops.
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Ages: from 5 years of age
Tickets: Treetop Walk – Child $15, Adult $25. Zipline Tour – Child $85, Adult $120.
Legoland Discovery Centre
Lego has opened a Legoland Discovery Centre at Chadstone Shopping Centre. It occupies a whopping space (2800 sqm) and includes a bunch of attractions, including Miniland Melbourne, where the city has been recreated out of thousands of Lego bricks, play zones and Lego-themed rides. There is also a 4D cinema (it’s a sensory cinematic adventure – the wind will actually blow in your hair) on-site, so you can re-watch your favourite Lego movies on the big screen, and a Lego factory tour.
Open daily during the school holidays from 9am – 5.30pm
Tickets from $26.00 per person if you book online (children under 3 years of age, visit for free)
Film Fest Holiday Workshops
Time for teens to put down their iPads and iPhones and embrace the real thing.
Enjoy getting to know and finding the beauty in digital cameras in this three-day filmmaking intensive. Work with Cobie Orger, an experienced filmmaker to tease out genre and story, then storyboard, rehearse, perform in, shoot and edit short films made collaboratively in small groups. Explore filming styles, equipment, and editing techniques.
Then, on the final afternoon, your masterpiece will be screened in the theatre’s makeshift cinema for an audience of family and friends.
Location: St Martins Youth Arts Centre, South Yarra
Dates:: 11 – 13 July 2018, 10am – 4pm each day
Tickets: $210 – $280
Jatra Jatra: Tram Art
What makes you happy? What’s important to you?
Learn about the symbols used in Bushra’s Tramjatra design and how she put it all together, then create images and motifs that express your own story. You will be making one large artwork on the ArtPlay wall and each person will have a section to complete.
First, play around with different ideas through sketching; then use mixed media such as paint, collage, pencil and stickers to test out techniques and bring your work to life. Then, place all the sections on the wall and see the artwork come together as one! Suitable for children aged 6 – 12 years.
Location: Art Play, Batman Avenue, Melbourne
Dates: 11 July, 10:30 am – Midday or 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Tickets: $16 per child
Wild Things Holiday Workshop
Calling all wild things! Inspired by the classic story ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ this special three-day intensive workshop with Amelia Ducker explores journeys, mischief, and monsters. Combining creative play and visual art, the group will invent their own story of sailing the seas and far off wild places, to share with family and friends on the last afternoon. Let the wild rumpus begin.
Suitable for children aged 5 – 8 years.
Location: St Martins Youth Arts Centre, South Yarra
Dates: 10 – 12 July, 10 am – 3pm each day
Tickets: $150 – $200
The Big Bubble Show – three shows only!
Make amazing memories for your children these winter school holidays at The Big Bubble Show! Starring the UK’s incredible Samsam Bubbleman, holder of ten Guinness World Records, and seen by hundreds of thousands worldwide.
Samsam is coming only playing in Melbourne – they will dazzle families with their astonishing bubble magic, side-splitting comedy, audience participation and dazzling lighting to create a unique mesmerising theatrical experience for the young and young-at-heart. It’s bubble-tastic school holiday fun!
Location: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne
Dates: 5 July, 2pm, 4pm or 6pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $29.90 – $49.90
Tech Takeover – School Holiday Program
Foster your children’s passion and experience in technology with Coder Academy’s engaging July school holiday programs for kids and teens aged six and up.
Whether your child is interested in coding, Virtual Reality, game development, robotics, electronics or wearables, Coder Academy has a school holiday workshop for them! Watch your children transform from technology consumers to technology creators. Highly trained staff will provide kids with a range of experiences designed to fire their passions and ignite their creativity.
A variety of STEAM-based activities will be running each day to suit a wide range of interests. Dive deep into electronics, building a VR application, coding web applications and AI robots!
Location: Coder Academy
Dates: 2 – 12 July, 9am – 4pm (Monday – Fridays only)
Cost: $154 per day
Melbourne Magic Festival
Have you ever seen someone LEVITATE right in front of your eyes? Would you like to be HYPNOTISED or have your MIND READ? Are you looking for a FAMILY FRIENDLY show that will appeal to all ages, or maybe an astonishing demonstrating of pure SLEIGHT OF HAND? How about LEARNING a trick or two yourself?
Now in its 11th year, the Melbourne Magic Festival is officially recognised as the largest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts magicians and magic fans from all over the country and beyond!
Locations: various venues around Melbourne
Dates: 2 – 14 July
Tickets: Various prices, depending on show
UpUnlimited Richmond & Moorabbin – Indoor Climbing & Caving Fun
Featuring over 60+ Clip N Climb climbing challenges and 85+ meters of caving obstacles across 2 awesome venues. It is FUN for all ages.
Crawl, Twist, Squeeze and Scramble your way through over 85+ meters of Caving Fun. These indoor caves are one of a kind in Australia and are as realistic as it gets! Inside you will find a network of tunnels that get you climbing, sliding and wriggling your way over and under.
Sessions are available in Richmond and Moorabbin. During the school holidays, there are drop off programs that include:
- More than 2 hours of active climbing in every session
- Creative, fun & active activities designed to keep all kids engaged and having a great time
- Full supervision by their experienced teawm
- A morning / afternoon snack and freshly prepared lunch
- All sessions are suitable for ages 5 years and over
- Sessions cost: $55 per person
Our Lifestyle Managers have a wide selection of other activities available should you be looking for something else for your child during the holidays. Do you have a family member, friend or colleague that is not a member, that’s ok, they can become a casual member to get their kids school holidays activities sorted. Visit our casual membership plans to find the best solution for your social calendar planning.