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Summer school holiday activities in Melbourne

Melbourne's putting on a range of family-friendly events these summer school holidays
Mickey Mouse in the Arthouse
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School's out for summer, so round up the littlies and check out these fun family events. 

Looking forward to having some fun in the sun? These adventure parks and playgrounds are worth a visit. Or you could just go to one of Melbourne's best beaches.

Things to do in the summer school holidays

Giraffes at Sunset Safari
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Things to do, Walks and tours

Sunset Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo

icon-location-pin Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee South

There are three activities on the night, but the order changes by group. Everyone gets a welcome drink on arrival, after which the groups go their separate ways.  One part of the night is an African drumming and dancing performance, which includes a workshop on how to do some of the simpler moves. A second part is an African feast, where visitors can enjoy tagine, couscous, salads and other delights, all topped off with a chocolate fountain, into which you can dip marshmallows, strawberries and meringue pieces. The best part, and the reason for the event, is the safari itself. Visitors pile onto the safari buses and travel out to the 45-hectare open savannah section of the zoo. Sunset is the best time to see the magnificent creatures who live here, and safari guests will get to see all kinds of cool African wildlife at their most active. The luckiest group goes out at the same time as the truck that delivers their food, which is sure to bring the animals running from all corners of the savannah. Proceeds from the night go to the Rhino Fund Uganda, which maintains the 7,000-hectare Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda. 

Bit of a thrill-seeker?

Adventure Park Geelong The Tornado
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Things to do

The best waterslides in Melbourne

There's no shortage of extreme waterslides in and around Melbourne. From spiralling towers to rides that will make you weightless, here's our list of the best waterslides around. 

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