There’s always something fresh and fun to do with the kiddies in Melbourne!

But if you and the wee ones are getting a little bored of your local park, play centre, cinema and animal encounter, then check out these holiday boredom busters.

Beat the heat and enjoy a day out with the family with our ultimate school holiday guide for Melbourne and surrounds.

1. Cool off at the NGV

It’s air conditioned, it’s entertaining, it’s educational. And this summer it has a pool! Plus the exhibits at NGV are actually really cool, especially Triennial, an exhibition that celebrates the work of more than 100 artists and designers, with some installations especially for kids.

Melbourne School Holidays Guide NGV Triennial

NGV International also has a Kids’ Summer Festival, starting 8 January, 2018, which features a number of different free activities for the kids all week long.

2. Be part of the art

It’s possible, thanks to ArtVo, an art gallery first that encourages kids to touch and interact with the artworks. You can photograph your kids within the art, explore 11 different themed zones and take home some seriously awesome pictures and memories.

things to do with kids in Melbourne

3. Land of the LEGO

Brickvention, Australia’s premier LEGO convention is coming to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Victoria. There’s heaps of massive LEGO models and displays plus plenty of build zones for the kids to make their own LEGO creations.

Melbourne School Holidays Brickvention

Save the date for 20 and 21 January, 2018 and get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

4. Head down the rabbit hole

Prepare for an afternoon (or evening) of enchantment at the beautiful Rippon Lea House and Gardens where the Australian Shakespeare Company will put their own twist on the delightful Alice in Wonderland. Watch as the characters come to life in a truly idyllic setting.

Melbourne School Holidays Alice in Wonderland Rippon Lea
Annabel Moeller Photography

The performance runs from 9 January 2018 to 28 January 2018 with several showings each day.

Or join the fairies with Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies playing at the Athenaeum Theatre until 28 January, 2018.

Another cute show for the kiddies is Emily Brown and The Thing, which is playing until 14 January 2018 at Arts Centre Melbourne.

5. Escape the gaol

Let older kiddies be prisoners for the day at the Old Melbourne Gaol. Their Escape the Gaol program runs until 26 January 2018 and allows children aged 6+ to test out their escape artist skills.

Melbourne School Holiday Gaol

Each ‘prisoner’ gets a notebook containing a number of riddles, which must be deciphered in order to receive directions to hidden clues – the perfect game for any mystery-loving little ones in your family.

6. Hit the sand

And check out the incredible Sand Sculpting display over at Frankston.  Prepare to be impressed with the towering sand sculptures of Aladdin & The Arabian Tales.

Melbourne School Holiday Sand

7.  Uncover superheroes’ scientific secrets

Combine their love of superheroes with science at Scienceworks these school holidays. After taking in the museum, stay for the free show, Superhero Science, which explores how superheroes become so super.

Melbourne School Holidays Lightime show
Tiny Empire Collective

They’ve also got an impressive LightTime show on display, which is another science must-see over the summer!

You can check out our other summer holiday guides for ideas in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane and beyond!


Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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