It might be winter, but chances are, your kiddo has a spring in their step because the Victorian school holidays are coming. But before they burst out of the school gates, there’s still time to plan some activities and practice your rendition of ‘Let Me Entertain You’ à la Robbie Williams.
Although we can’t help with the singing, activities are sorted for Melbourne kids. Whether they like to make, run, code or do magic tricks, mini-mites are about to have maximum fun.
Here are a few great school holiday events happening in and around Melbourne.
Victorian school holidays: June 29 – July 14, 2019
Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey & Friends
Commemorating 90 years of Mickey Mouse, Disney On Ice returns this year to celebrate Mickey and Friends.
This super-cool production honours Walt Disney’s legacy by bringing acclaimed stories like Moana and Toy Story to life on the ice. Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy join Mickey in a grand opening where they venture through the various Disney worlds and treasured tales.
Tickets available through Ticketek
When: July 04 – July 08, 2019
Where: Rod Laver Arena
Werribee Zoo Wild Nights
For eight nights only, Werribee Open Range Zoo lights up for its annual Wild Nights. Toast marshmallows by the campfire, play in the Glow Zone, watch dazzling fire performers, see what the animals get up to at night and refuel with hot chocolate, mulled wine and delicious food.
Plus this year, for the first time, see the amazing life-size animatronic dinosaurs at Zoorassic: Dinos After Dark!
Ticket prices vary for members and non-members.
When: Saturday 6 July – Saturday 13 July 2019 from 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Werribee Open Range Zoo
The District Ice Slide
Slap on your speed goggles and prepare to slide in style. The Ice Slide is now open at The District Docklands. With fancy new photo technology set to snap beaming faces as they slide down, make sure to have your winter hashtag ready to roll.
Children under four years of age must be accompanied by an adult on the ice slide.
When: 29 June 2019 – 14 July 2019, 11am to 5pm daily.
Where: The District Docklands, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands
Tickets: Entry is FREE. Gold coin donation for Kids Under Cover for every slide!
Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill
As the sky darkens, stars begin to twinkle and Main Street Sovereign Hill transforms into a Christmas in July festival like no other. Wander through the fairy-lit laneways and dance in faux snow, Winter Wonderlights has something for everyone. From supersized light projections and European-style markets to puppet shows, Christmas carols, craft activities and more!
When: Saturday 29 June – Sunday 21 July, 10am – 7pm
Where: Sovereign Hill
Ready, set, ROAR!!! Over three incredible months, Zoos Victoria will be home to a few rather large pre-historic creatures. Dino-loving kiddos can get their kicks at each of the Melbourne locations. Get up close and personal with your favourite dinosaurs and watch them come to life as they take over the land.
Prices are included with entry, kids under 16 visit FREE on weekends and school holidays.
Peppa Pig Playdate
A super-sized play experience that invites families to journey into the wonderful world of Peppa Pig. Guests can visit Peppa’s house, ride on Grandpa Pig’s train, jump on bouncy muddy puddles and have a special playdate with Peppa, all within this huge and interactive world!
Sing, dance and clap along before getting your photo taken with the pretty pink pig herself.
When: June 29 – July 7
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Dive into a mesmerising world of circus as the astonishing Wunderage unfolds around, beside and above you. An emotional journey told through breathtaking physical acts, heart-stirring live music and hilarious humour, this world premiere collaboration invites audiences to dream.
Combining the cheeky spark of Circus Oz and the poetic physicality of Company 2, Wunderage is a unique performance that lets audiences of all ages immerse themselves in the show itself.
When: June 20 – 30, 2019
Where: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Report for Duty
Attention budding heroes, it is time to report for duty at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre these school holidays!
Join the LEGO City Firefighters at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre and become a LEGO City hero. You’ll be given your own firefighters hat to wear while you build the ultimate LEGO firetruck, embark on a scavenger hunt in through Miniland, save the kitty stuck in LEGO City and film your own LEGO rescue!
Be sure to book online to guarantee your spot!
Where: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne Chadstone
When: 29 June – 14 July, 2019
Ho! Ho! Ho!
During July, Luna Park transforms into a Christmas Wonderland for the whole family to enjoy. Step through Mr Moon’s smile and watch in awe as the magical lights, festive decorations, hourly snowfalls and of gigantic Christmas tree get you into the festive spirit.
Every weekend Santa will be sharing his special ‘Storytelling Sessions’ and letting kids know all about what he gets up to when it’s not Christmas time.
Entry prices to Luna Park vary. Unlimited rides tickets for children are $39.95 and Family passes are $149.95.
When: 29 June – 14 July, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182
Families are in for a treat as the new Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts host the ’Family Fiesta’ – a weekend jam-packed with entertainment celebrating literature and all things performing arts. Curated for children aged 3-12 years, the festival features 10 free events and one ticket performance.
Meet Maisy Mouse, dance to tunes by DJ Mz Risk, watch an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King and end the day cuddling up with a good book in the cosy Fiesta Book Nook.
When: July 7th, 8th & 9th from 10am,
Where: Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, 48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton VIC
Winter Night Market
Throughout the year Queen Victoria Market plays host to a smorgasbord of events and delicious activities. This winter, Winter Night Market returns to Queen Vic Market to warm up your Wednesdays with tasty street food, roaring fires, specialty shopping, quirky entertainers and deliciously spiced mulled wine.
When: Every Wednesday from June 5th – August 28, from 5-10pm.
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000
The Winter Village
Enjoy a European-style winter without the hefty flight prices. This year Fed Square is home to The Winter Village, Melbourne’s must-visit landmark this winter. Cosy up in your very own igloo, lace up the skates for a twirl around the ice rink and enjoy decadent treats at the pop-up hot chocolate and dessert stations.
When: Now until 28th September 2019.
Where: Federation Square Skyline Terrace, Melbourne 3000