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Slide at The District Docklands Ice Slide
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Winter school holiday activities in Melbourne

Wondering what to do with your crew when school’s out? We’ve got you covered

By Time Out editors

This year, Victoria's winter school holidays fall from June 29 to July 14. The weather may be chilly, but Melbourne is packed with super fun activities to suit little ones of all ages.

When you're done, check out our round-up of the best playgrounds in Melbourne. Then, perhaps for the sake of your own sanity, round it out with a quick bevvie at one of Melbourne's family-friendly pubs.

The best winter school holiday events

Eagle at Spirits of the Sky at Healesville Sanctuary
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1. Mega Keeper Adventure

Attractions Zoos Badger Creek

If you’ve been to Healesville Sanctuary lately you might have noticed some big additions to the park. The sanctuary has been overrun with mega beasts from more than 10,000 years ago and they need kids to help wrangle them in the Mega Keeper Adventure. Prospective zookeepers aged six to 12 can join the program every weekend where they’ll meet animatronic megafauna and learn how to look after them.

Kids in dodgem cars at Gumbuya World
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2. Gumbuya World

Kids Active events

"Gumbuya Park, where the city meets the country..." Chances are you grew up hearing that jingle on the radio. But Gumbuya Park has had a $50 million facelift and rebranded as Gumbuya World. There are now four discrete areas: Oasis Springs, Wildlife Trail, Oz Adventures and Outback Explorers. Plus over the winter school holidays can take part in the LEGO Brickz 4 Kidz activities. There will be themed and LEGO Technic sets to build plus craft stations. Littlies are welcome too with Duplo.


3. Legoland Discovery Centre

Kids Malvern East

Lego's first Legoland Discovery Centre in the southern hemisphere is in Melbourne. Occupying a massive space (2800 sqm) at Chadstone Shopping Centre, the brick-filled play centre will delight little and big Lego fans. The space is packed with more than 1 million Lego bricks and features attractions including Miniland Melbourne, where the city's best-known landmarks have been recreated out of thousands of Lego bricks. There are also play zones for the kids and Lego-themed rides called  Kingdom Quest and Merlin's Apprentice. Test your skills at the Creative Workshops and see how you fare against fellow Lego fans, or visit the Lego store to get some bricks to take home.

4. Live Wire Park

Attractions Theme parks Lorne

Live Wire Park is essentially a huge adventure playground just outside of Lorne where you’ll climb, swing, leap, wobble and fly through towering eucalyptus forest. The park has four experiences: the Canopy Circuit, the Shockwave Zip Coaster, the Short Circuit and the Super Circuit. If you’re here for a challenge, book in for a two-hour stint on the Super Circuit, where you’ll be pushed to your limits physically and mentally. That’s not hyperbole – from wobbly wire bridges to vine-like rope crossings, some of the mid-air obstacles you’ll face on the circuit really will stump you. 

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