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Five great-value school holidays activities near Melbourne, VIC

By Oceana Setaysha

August 10, 2020 | 4 minute read

Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery - Melbourne Museum
Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery - Melbourne Museum

Parents with kids, listen up! We know that keeping your young ones entertained in the school holidays is a big job. So here are some of the best activities that both parents and kids will enjoy around Melbourne. We’ve focused on experiences that suit family budgets and that fit create a busy and exciting day. So buckle up and get ready to fill your family bucket list with our five top picks for family activities these school holidays. 

* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.

Collingwood Children’s Farm
If you’ve got a few "city kids" to entertain, why not take them on a country escape without leaving the bounds of Melbourne? At the Collingwood Children’s Farm, just 5 km from the CBD, kids get a chance to experience the life of a farmer, feeding cows and chickens, riding ponies, and patting baby lambs. There’s a farmer’s market every second Saturday, and a café on the grounds that offers more than enough in delicious treats and coffee to keep parents satisfied as well!
Children’s tickets are $7 and adults are $12, with family and concession prices also available. 

Melbourne Museum 
For some parents, it might seem like a nightmare to take your kids to a museum, but the Melbourne museum is not your ordinary museum. As well as being home to an enormous range of exhibits that will appeal to folks of all ages, the Melbourne Museum also houses the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery. A permanent daily exhibition suited for kids aged 0-5, the Children’s Gallery is all about hands-on exploration and discovery, with lots of play-based learning in a unique and creative setting. 
Adult tickets $15, children free. Entry to the Gallery is included with museum tickets. 


Speaking of museums, another one that is sure to impress the kids is Scienceworks, an interactive museum located in Spotswood. It's jam-packed with exhibits and activities that will keep kids busy and learning for hours, and even parents might find they learn a thing or two.
Entry for kids is free, with adult tickets at $15. There is an additional cost for the planetarium and lightning room shows, which are entirely optional but a whole lot of fun. 

Royal Park Nature Playground
There are some great playgrounds in Melbourne, but this one really stands out from the crowd. Located on the site of the former Children’s Hospital, Royal Park is a one-of-a-kind playground that's all about exploring the natural environment. Kids will love the rocky outcrops, slides, swings and climbing ropes, and parents will appreciate the landscaping and picnic-ready parkland. 
The best thing? It's free! 
Also worth checking out for playground lovers are the Fitzroy Adventure Playground and the St Kilda Adventure Playground. 

Kulin Nation
Kulin Nation

Werribee Zoo
These school holidays, Aboriginal cultural activities will take over the Australian Trail at Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Members of the local Kulin Nation will share their stories through dance and didgeridoo performances, gumnut and emu feather necklace workshops, ochre face painting, clap stick decorating, river pebble symbol painting and much more.
Located 30 minutes outside of Melbourne city, the Zoo has a wide variety of animals, including bison, wild dogs, gorillas, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, big cats and so much more. There are informative talks throughout the day, and a dedicated indoor place space for kids. 
Entry to the zoo is free for kids on weekends and during school holidays, with adult day tickets coming in at $37. Both Melbourne Zoo and the Healesville Sanctuary also offer this deal.

With a list like this on hand and kids to entertain, the only question left to ask is: where are you going today?

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