Updated 13 June 2019

Yippee! It’s school holidays and two whole weeks of fun stretches out in front of us. There’s no time for sleep ins (well ok, maybe just one or two!) because there’s so much to do in the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges and Nillumbik this school holidays.

Banish the “I’m bored” and replace it with “I’m amazing” with these ultra-kidsome activities that are designed to make the school holidays fly by!

Adventurous Kids

Kinglake Forest Adventures

Happy monkeys love tree top climbing, forest walks, mountain biking and more - kids can try something new every day!

When: All school holidays (and Easter Egg hunt every day during easter)

Where: Kinglake 

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Mountain Biking on Lake Mountain

Fly on two wheels - Try out the new trails, ride cross country and test out mountain bike skills over 20km of forest tracks. Bike hire too.

When: All school holidays 

Where: Lake Mountain 

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Arty Kids

The Art of Science  

Inspire your lil’ Einstein - Art and science intertwine when researchers capture stunning images and movies as they work to understand cancer, infectious diseases and immune disorders.

When: All school holidays

Where: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale

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Environmental Kids

Kablooom! 

Festival of Flowers is an explosion of colour in nature, with over one million flowers in bloom across five acres of garden. Budding gardeners will unearth flowers they’ve never seen before.

When: 6-28 April

Where: Tesselaar Flower Farm, 357 Monbulk Road, Silvan

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Healesville Sanctuary

School holidays are so 10,000 years ago! At Healesville Sanctuary the Mega Beasts are back every day for a limited time. Watch out the Dinosaurs are Coming! Go behind the scenes  on a Mega Beast adventure trail and learn how to be a Mega Keeper. On Sundays, kids can go deep into Australian history with a Wominjeka Aboriginal Cultural experiences with Murrundindi, and a full program of regular activities including Keeper Talks and Tales form Platypus Creek and continue throughout the school hollies.

When: All School holidays

Where: Healesville Sanctuary, Healesville

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Blue Lotus Watergarden

Magical lily pads, secret hideaways and 14 acres of stunning lotus flowers provide plenty of delight for the little ones. Fairies definitely live here. And for the big kids there are special holiday classes including – Photography, Paper Craft and Bush Craft (bookings required).  Plus plenty of other fun kid’s activities including face painting, fairy story time and more. Easter egg hunts too!

When: All school holidays (see program for workshops and specific events)

Where: Blue Lotus Watergarden, Yarra Junction 

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Culture Kids

The PAVE Festival 

 The Pave Festival ‘Resonate’ in Emerald includes a Family Fun Fest and a great eight day program of performances for big and little people (PAVE stands for Performing and Visual Arts). Tons of musical fun – enjoy a day out where you can enjoy culture, carnival and community the way you want it.

When: 7-14 April

Where: Everywhere in Emerald

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The Vegetable Plot

Need some help getting your kids excited about vegetables? The Vegetable Plot are an award-winning bunch of roots musicians who have sprung from the underground on a radical mission: to get kids to fall in love with vegetables. A 60-minute play for Under 6 kids

When/Where: 11 April / Montrose 

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When/Where:  12 April / Warburton 

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Big Tops and Tiny Tots

Interactive circus theatre for small humans (age 3-6y ears). Walking the tightrope between circus and magic, Big Tops & Tiny Tots is a non-stop whirlwind of plate-spinning, hula hooping and uni-cycling fun.

 When: 10 April

Where: Burrinja, Upwey

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A little bit of blue – performance and workshop 

Has your mini-me ever pondered the habits of Bower birds? Learn why the Bowerbird is so fascinated by the colour blue in this special little peeps performance – an interactive solo show combining puppetry and clowning   – and enjoy a puppetry workshop too! 

When: 13 April

Where: MiRA, Marysville

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Splash Test Dummies  

Lots of giggles for kids - The Dummies are back with some splish-splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter. Come see a brilliant slapstick performance and catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics and juggling that adults will enjoy too proving a sense of fun is universal!

When: 17 April

Where: The Memo Healesville 

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Scott’s BMX Bike Trick Show 

So kids need to learn how thinking outside the box and trying new things can lead you on a grand adventure through life, right? And kids love bikes, right? What better way than with world-renowned BMX trick bike rider Scott Hone as he performs a dizzying array of tricks on his trusty bike. Backwards, frontwards, upside down and a grand finale of 6 people on a bike! Inspire greatness!

When: 17 April

Where: Mooroolbark Community Centre

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Tasty Kids

Junior Chocolatier classes

Sweet treats for sweet kids taste all the better when they are ‘made by ME mum’.  Become a Junior Chocolatier In a 45-minute Junior Chocolatier Class held in our ‘parent free zone’, children aged 6 – 12 years can learn from real life chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. 

When: Every Tuesday and Wednesday

Where: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, Yarra Glen

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Family kids

SkyHigh Easter children's holiday fun

The fun activities and games change every day at SkyHigh, so make sure you check the daily activities and times on their website. If you’re a kid you can meet animals up close, take part in treasure hunts, enjoy a pony ride, some music, the famous Maze or mini golf. And if you’re a parent or carer, there’s a wine and dine experience for you to enjoy while the kids have awesome fun – ‘cos why should you miss out?

All the activities are free of charge and for children 5- 12 years old.  (Not the wine though, you definitely need to be over 18 for that!)

When: All school holidays

Where: SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

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Edendale Community Environment Farm 

Free daily activities all school holidays including Eye Spy, Quests, Origami, displays and meet the animal sessions. Kids can participate in the Young Farmers sessions and help with morning chores with the animals – just like a real farmer. Wildlife and environmental education without even realising it! Catch a coffee in the café and give country life a go. The Diamond Valley railway is close by for budding engineers to have a ride too.

When: All school holidays 

Where: Edendale Community Farm, Eltham

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Funfields Theme Park

No need to travel interstate for some theme park action – in less time than it takes to get to the airport, you can be at Funfields and facing the thrill of the first mega waterslide. This year they opened a heated wave pool and the range of rides and activities offer something from the tiniest tot to the ‘too cool for this’ teenager. Parents and carers pack your cozzies, and dial it up to ‘P’ for participate. A little adventure for a whole lot of family bonding!

When: All school holidays 

Where: Funfields Theme Park, Whittlesea

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