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Disney The Magic of Animation at ACMI
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School holidays in Melbourne

Find our picks of the best activities for kids during the winter school holidays which run from June 29 to July 14, 2021

By Rebecca Russo and Nicola Dowse
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School's out, restrictions have eased and it's school holiday time again. That means kids are keen for a break and parents are keen to keep their kids entertained. We hear you and we come bearing solutions. Here's a stack of events and resources to help keep children in Melbourne engaged during the winter school holidays. 

Need more things to do? Here’s what’s happening across Melbourne this week.

 

Things to do with kids in Melbourne

Disney The Magic of Animation at ACMI
Photograph: Pheobe Powell

See ACMI's Disney animation exhibition

Art Drawings ACMI - Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne

After a massive renovation, ACMI isn’t holding back, announcing a huge 90-year showcase of Disney animation with a glimpse behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios, one of the world’s most prolific animation studios. Now open, the exhibition features over 500 original artworks that date from the 1920s to the present day, including sketches and concept art from Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie to new release Raya and the Last DragonThe venue is also extending open hours for the school holidays to 10am-6pm daily.

Treasures of the Natural World Melbourne Museum
Photograph: Eugene Hyland/Supplied

Find gold at the Treasures of the Natural World exhibit

Things to do Exhibitions Melbourne Museum, Carlton

Some of London's Natural History Museum’s oldest, rarest and strangest items are coming to Melbourne Museum. Treasures of the Natural World features 200+ items from the Natural History Museum’s enormous (and world-famous) collection. Every item holds some kind of significance within our understanding of the natural world.

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Ninja Parc Bayswater
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Try the obstacles at Ninja Parc

Attractions Theme parks Bayswater

Kids running up the walls? Take them to Ninja Parc out in Melbourne's east. This indoor play centre features over 20 obstacles, including a warped wall, pole maze and horizontal tables. You can run, jump, hang, swing and fall (safely) over the course, which is fitted with soft-fall padding all over.

Person at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Photograph: Supplied/Otway Fly

Zip along the Otway Fly

Attractions

Just under three hours’ drive from Melbourne, the Otway Fly sits in a pristine pocket of private rainforest where kids big and small can take wing through the trees and climb towers nearly 50 metres tall. These school holidays, kids can explore the enchanted fairy village that includes 20 little wooden homes and tiny fairy residents. More info here.

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The Winter Village, winter, exterior overview
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Go ice skating at the Winter Village

Things to do Food and drink Federation Square, Melbourne

The Skyline Terrace at Federation Square has once again transformed into a free, family friendly winter wonderland complete with ice skating, food trucks and pop-up bars, as well as a magical igloo village. 

Luna Park winter school holidays
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Try mini golf at Luna Park

Kids Play spaces St Kilda

No childhood is complete without a walk through of that famous giant mouth. And these school holidays, Luna Park is adding something new. A new nine-hole mini-golf course has opened near the Carousel. You can upgrade your entry or unlimited ride ticket for just $3 per person, per game for the Hole in Fun mini-golf. Here are all the details

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Questacon "Born or Built - Our Robotic Future" - Friday, 31 May 2019
Photograph: Steve Keough

Visit Scienceworks' robotic exhibition

Things to do Scienceworks, Spotswood

If you’ve ever watched the films Her or Ex Machina you’ll know how easily the lines between AI and humans can blur and how harrowing that can be. Scienceworks’ latest exhibition Born or Built? explores how sophisticated robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) have become, how easily they can mimic human beings, and delves into the evolution of technology.  

IFly Melbourne
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Try indoor skydiving at iFly

Things to do Sports Essendon Fields

Want to enjoy all the thrills of skydiving without actually leaping out of a plane? An indoor skydiving experience called iFly might be for you. Imagine a specially designed wind tunnel that’s been turned upright so that the air travels upwards. Now picture yourself caught in that powerful updraft. This is indoor skydiving. Kids as young as three can try it, and iFly is open every day of the school holidays.

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Young person attached to ropes climbing towers
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Climb the walls at Latitude

Sport and fitness Heidelberg West

Boasting over an acre of indoor aerial activities, Latitude offers a world of aerial entertainment for little kids and big kids alike. There’s over 100 interconnected trampolines, a performance area, a giant airbag, dodgeball courts and basketball lanes in this indoor centre. Take advantage of a good deal with the Super4 Pass; it's $65 and includes admission for four general session tickets for four mates. 

Flowers at Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

Pat cute animals at Collingwood Children's Farm

Kids Abbotsford

Bringing the country to the city, the Collingwood Children’s Farm gives urban kids a chance to give farming life a go. You can milk the cows, feed the chooks, ride a pony or play with the baby lambs. A farmer’s market takes place every second Saturday of the month, where you can pick up fresh produce. The Farm Café serves up hearty meals with a paddock-to-plate policy: everything is made from scratch and ingredients are sourced locally. 

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DreamCity firefighters
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Be ambitious at DreamCity

Kids South Wharf

Do you have an overly ambitious kid? One that obsesses over what they want to be when they're older? Take them to DreamCity in Docklands and nurture their ambitions while they learn the ins and outs of their dream job. From looking after babies, weighing them and feeding them as a neonatal nurse to flying a virtual aircraft in a flight simulator as a pilot, kids aged six to 13 will get the chance to test drive a number of roles. 

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