Looking for some Easter Holiday fun these School Holidays? Discover and experience Melbourne's Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
 

Free Entry for Children at Healesville Sanctuary (All Holidays)

Your adventure awaits at Healesville Sanctuary these Easter school holidays. Discover jam-packed family fun programs including Kangaroo Country, Experience Wurundjeri Culture, Blowing Bubbles with Professor Bubble, and Wild About Play! The sanctuary is a bushland haven for Australian wildlife fun - the perfect place to escape the city for a day (or two) this Easter weekend.

Website: https://www.zoo.org.au/healesville

Venue: Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Road, Healesville, VIC 3777

Date: March 30 -  April 15

Tickets: Free All Holidays (Children 4-15 years) | Adult $36

Phone: 1300 966 784

Ages: All Ages

 

Easter Yesteryear Tour (All Holidays)

With Mont De Lancey's YesterYear Tour, visitors can enjoy the historic property including the 1880s homestead and timber slab kitchen, the beautiful gardens, 1920s St Mary's Chapel, blacksmiths and vintage machinery.

After your tour, you are welcome to browse the grounds and extensive museum collection at your leisure. The tour takes approximately two hours but can be customised to fit your time requirements. For a limited time children will receive 1 free easter egg per visit!

* Limit of 4 eggs.

Website: https://www.montdelancey.org.au/visitors/

Venue: Mont De Lancey Historic Property, 71 Wellington Road, Wandin North, VIC 3139

Date: All Holidays

Tickets: Free (Children under 18) | $10 Adults

Phone: 03 5964 2088

Ages: All Ages

 

Cameo Outdoor Cinema (All Holidays)

Join in for a season of the latest blockbusters, alongside a series of retro favourites, in the natural splendour of Cameo's Outdoor Cinema.

A variety of local Victorian produce is on sale at the Cameo Outdoor bar, including craft beers, wines and ciders, and a selection of classic movie snacks! Beanbags, deckchairs and blankets are also available for hire.

See website for more information - including session times and movies showing.

Website: http://www.cameocinemas.com.au/Page/Outdoor-Cinema

Venue: 1628 Burwood Highway Belgrave 3160

Date: March 30 - April 28 (All Holidays)

Tickets: Adults $19.50 | Concession $13.50 | Children under 14 $11.00

Phone: (03) 9754 7844

Ages: All Ages

 

Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Exhibition (March 28 - May 6)

Now in its 15th year, the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios showcases 28 participating studios including emerging artists, collectives and individual artists. The annual Open Studios group exhibition is designed to produce a cohesive and diverse range of artwork to showcase the creative energy and skill of each artist.

The 2018 title, What Lies Beneath refers to the hidden, not yet revealed possibilities lurking below. It is the creative response to exploring the underbelly of the beast, digging into the unknown and allowing curiosity to lead the way. As artists, we are constantly revealing the potential of the blank canvas, the lump of clay or the empty room.

This exhibition asks you to see what lies beneath.

Please join the free exhibition launch on Wednesday 28 March or enjoy a visit to the Burrinja Gallery between 28 March and 6 May. Gallery hours 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday (closed public holidays except for Easter Saturday).

Website: www.openstudios.org.au

Venue: Burrinja Cultural Centre, 351 Glenfern Road, Upwey, VIC 3158

Date: All Holidays

Tickets: Free

Phone: (03) 9754 8723

Ages: All Ages

 

Tesselaar Kabloom Festival of Flowers (All Holidays)

KaBloom! Festival of Flowers will be an explosion of colour in nature, with over one million flowers in bloom across five acres of garden.

Themed weeks and weekends fill the schedule kicking off with delicious Chocomania (March 30 to April 2), Rock the Fields (April 7 and 8) and Colour Weekend (April 14 and 15), along with action-packed family fun days during the school holidays (April 3 to 6 and April 9 to 13).

Tesselaar’s annual Garden and Plants Expo will be held on the last weekend of the Festival as part of Colour Weekend.

Live entertainment daily, delicious international and local food and children’s activities galore all contribute to this brand new carnival of colour.

Website: www.kabloom.com.au

Venue: Tesselaar Flower Farm, 357 Monbulk Road, Silvan, VIC 3795

Date: March 30 - April 15

Tickets: Adults $25 | Concession $22 | Children under 16 free

Phone: (03) 9737 7722

Easter Family Fun at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery (March 30 - April 1)

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery are thrilled to bring free family fun for the Easter weekend.

Easter Egg Hunts will take place four times a day on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday at 10:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00pm (no bookings required) in the Chocolaterie’s picturesque grounds. Easter bunnies will help kids aged twelve and under search for a token to then claim their complementary Easter egg.

For the grown-ups, the Chocolaterie’s Café overlooking sweeping valley views will be offering Easter inspired cakes and tarts, as well as the usual all-day menu using ingredients from the Chocolaterie’s Café own kitchen garden. And for chocolate lovers of all ages, the showroom will be choc-filled with thousands of Easter inspired chocolate creations handcrafted by European chocolatiers and there’s always delicious house-made ice creams to enjoy.

A reminder, no bookings are required for the hunts and the Chocolaterie’s Café doesn’t take reservations for the all-day cafe.

Website: http://www.yvci.com.au/whatson/

Venue: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen, VIC 3775

Date: Until April 1

Tickets: Free

Phone: (03) 9730 2777

Ages: All Ages

 

Easter Break Adventure Activities at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort (All Holidays)

Experience the exhilaration of a 240-metre dual flying fox, slide down the tube run or join in a game of laser skirmish.

Explore the resort's track and trail network on foot or hire a mountain bike from the Lake Mountain café, open for refreshments and home to an indoor jumping castle.

Come on up to Lake Mountain Alpine Resort over the Easter break - a huge Easter egg hunt to be held on Easter Sunday, 1 April - there are three golden eggs to be found with prizes.

Website: http://lakemountainresort.com.au

Venue: Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, 1071 Lake Mountain Road, Marysville, VIC 3779

Date: March 30 -  April 15

Tickets: Free Entry

Phone: 03 5957 7201

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Blue Lotus Water Garden (March 30 - April 1)

Meet the Easter Bunny and Emerald The Fairy this Easter at the Blue Lotus Water Garden in the Yarra Valley.

The Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny and the Fairy will take place between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. Decorated eggs will be hidden in the fairy garden for the kids to find. The children then swap the decorated eggs for two hen sized Cadbury Chocolate Eggs with the Easter Bunny.

Other activities over Easter long weekend include:

Storytime in the fairy garden with Emerald the fairy at 1:00 pm, face painting from 1:15 pm - 3 pm ($5.00 per face), kids spot to activity with reward when finished.

So bring the family for a great day out over Easter. The garden is over 50,000 square metres with lots of Autumn flowers to see and amazing plants like the giant lily. Picnics are welcome and there's an onsite cafe plus an ice cream kiosk.

Website: www.bluelotus.com.au

Venue: Blue Lotus Water Garden, 2628 Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction, VIC 3797

Date: March 30 - April 1

Tickets: Free (15 and under) - $5 for face painting

Phone: 03 5967 2061

Ages: All Ages

 

Easter and School Holiday Mini Pumpkin Hunt (All Holidays)

Join in the fun of a Fruit Tasting Tractor Tour this School Holidays and enjoy a bonus Mini Pumpkin Hunt.

Take the kids on a tour over Easter with a difference - with no chocolate eggs to gorge on, but a pint-size pumpkin full of flavour instead.

Mini Pumpkin Hunt on offer to all children ten years and under. No bookings required, fruit tasting tours run daily over the Easter holidays, between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Website: www.raynersorchard.com.au

Venue: 60 Schoolhouse Rd, Woori Yallock VIC 3139

Date: March 30 - April 1

Tickets: Refer to website

Phone: (03) 5964 7654

Ages: All Ages

 

Eildon Easter Market (March 31)

The Lions Club of Eildon Easter Market is the perfect event, catering to all ages and interests. Whether you are looking for a handmade gift, some fresh food or produce, a unique piece of art, some clothing for the family or a bric-a-brac bargain, you will find it at the market.

Be sure to bring the whole family, there are children's rides and amusements and plenty of delicious options in the food court.

Make the most of your Easter break or holiday to the region by visiting the market and enjoying all it has to offer.

Venue: Walter Moore Reserve, Main Street, Eildon, VIC 3713

Date: March 31

Tickets: Free

Ages: All Ages

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Oscar's On The Yarra (April 1)

Head on down to Warburton and drop into Oscar's on the Yarra for an all ages Egg Hunt. Oscar's on the Yarra will also have their kitchen open, serving lunch and dinner over the weekend, with Monday being a lunch-only event. Check out their website for more details! 

Website: http://www.oscarsontheyarra.com.au/

Venue: 3185 Warburton Highway Warburton 3799

Date: April 1

Tickets: Free - Easter Egg Hunt | Restaurant menu starting from $23

Phone: (03) 5966 9166

Ages: All Ages

 

Yarra Glen Racecourse Market (April 1)

Yarra Glen Racecourse Market is a quality arts crafts and gourmet food market. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Yarra Valley is the picturesque Yarra Glen Racecourse, home to the Yarra Glen Racecourse Market.

Just an hour's drive from Melbourne, the market is a great outdoor shopping experience, perfect for picking some fresh produce or tasting some delicious food and wines.

Whether you're looking for a really different handmade gift, something uniquely beautiful for the home or the freshest gourmet foods and produce, you're bound to find it at Yarra Glen Racecourse Market.

When you need a break from shopping, there are plenty of homemade take away food options to try and ideal picnic spots to rest and enjoy live music and plenty of entertainment for the kids.

Make the most of your Yarra Valley visit by adding a stop off at the market for an amazing shopping and dining experience.

Website: www.craftmarkets.com.au/markets/yarra-glen.aspx

Venue: Yarra Glen RacecourseArmstrong Grove, Yarra Glen, VIC 3775

Date: April 1

Tickets: Free

Phone: 03 5976 3266

Ages: All Ages

 

Easter at Oakridge Wines (March 31 - April 1)

Head down to Oakridge Wines in the Yarra Valley this Easter, for a weekend of family-friendly dining and activities including an easter egg hunt, bake sale, face painting and live music!

A special Easter Bunny appearance and egg hunt will take place on Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018.

Website: https://www.oakridgewines.com.au/events/easter-at-oakridge-2/

Venue: Oakridge Wines, 864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC 3770

Date: March 31 - April 1

Tickets: Refer to website

Phone: (03) 9738 9900

 

That’s not a Daffodil! (April 3)

Funny, full of surprises and alive with music, puppetry and animation, ‘That’s not a Daffodil’ is a captivating music theatre show about trust and friendship between young and old from different worlds.

'That's not a daffodil! That's an onion!' says Tom when his neighbour presents him with a bulb to plant. ‘That’s not a daffodil, that's a green beak!' he says when the first shoot pokes up.

Inspired by the popular picture book, That's not a Daffodil! by Elizabeth Honey, this is a show about understanding between young and old from different worlds. It's about the importance of planting and growing, giving and sharing, and seeing the relationship between all things. It celebrates living imaginatively through friendship, language, music and play.

Running time: 45 minutes, no interval

Website: http://ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/That%E2%80%99s_Not_A_Daffodil...

Venue: The Memo, Healesville, 235 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, VIC 3777

Date: April 3

Tickets: Free

Phone: 1300 368 333

Ages: 3-6

 

Become a T shirt designer (April 3 - April 12)

Design, create and embellish your own T-shirt. Learn to draw, use fabric paints and sew as you customise your own T-shirt in this engaging and hands-on workshop. T-shirt supplied. Bring your own art smock or overalls.

Head to the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum on Tuesday 3rd, Thursday 5th, Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th April. Workshops run for 90 minutes from 11:00 am each day.

Website: www.culturetracks.info

Venue: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, 35-37 Castella Street, Lilydale, VIC 3140

Date: April 3  - April 12

Tickets: refer to the website

Phone: 1300 368 333

Ages: 6+

 

The art of making (April 3 - April 15)

Drop into the museum and explore the wonderful world of patterns, shapes and colours at our fabulous art making tables. Stocked with a wide variety of papers, tapes, pencils and art tools, this space is designed to encourage creativity and imaginative play.

Be inspired by the colourful array of textiles in Art Quilt Australia 2017 or investigate the explorer’s box in Connections - Stories People Place.

There will be drop-in activities daily.

Website: www.culturetracks.info

Venue: Yarra Ranges Council, 35-37 Castella Street, Lilydale, VIC 3140

Date: April 3 - April 15

Tickets: Free Entry

Phone: 1300 368 333

Ages: 4 - 14

 

Colour Coded (April 4 - April 15)

Colour theory is both science and art. In this family-friendly hands-on, participatory presentation joins our resident science expert to unlock the code for mixing colours and the visual effects of colour on the human brain.

Head to the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum on any of these dates: Wednesday 4th, Friday 6th, Monday 9th, Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th April. Each session is 45 minutes and commences at 11:00 am.

Bookings are essential.

Website: www.culturetracks.info

Venue: Yarra Ranges Council, 35-37 Castella Street, Lilydale, VIC 3140

Date: April 4 - April 15

Tickets: Free Entry

Phone: 1300 368 333

Ages: 6+

Despicable Me 3 - Movie Night by Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship (April 4)

The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world.

Website: http://ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/Despicable_Me_3_FREE_MOVIE#.WrSHhtNuZTZ

Venue: Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Brice Avenue, Mooroolbark, VIC 3138

Date: April 4

Tickets: Free Entry (bookings essential)

Phone: 1300 368 333

 

Inventi Ensemble Workshops (April 5)

Inventi Ensemble presents two highly engaging musical workshops from this talented ensemble. Curated by the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Carnival of the Animals, including making your own instrument.

This workshop runs from 10:00 am–11.30 am. Make your own instruments with Inventi Ensemble and then use them to make music with Saint-Saëns’ beloved Carnival of the Animals.

Improv Workshop

This workshop runs from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and is suitable for ages 12 - 17. Learn about how to do musical improvisation. If you play an instrument, bring it along too so you can join in and hear what is in your head as Invention musicians bring your new improvisation to life. Each workshop costs $6 per child.

Website: http://ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/Despicable_Me_3_FREE_MOVIE#.WrSHhtNuZTZ

Venue: Arts Centre, Warburton, 3409 Warburton Highway, Warburton, VIC 3799

Date: April 5

Tickets: $6 per child

Phone:1300 368 333

Ages: 6 - 11

 

Big Dance Workshops (April 5, 6, 12, 13)

Big Dance is the largest free celebration of dance in the world and it's hitting Australia in 2018!

Presented by Ausdance Victoria with support from Yarra Ranges Council, Big Dance at Yarra Ranges is a free participatory dance festival, a celebration of dance for all ages and all levels of ability. Join thousands of people around Australia to perform the Big Dance, choreographed by acclaimed choreographers, Frances Rings and Craig Bary.

Join us at Big Dance at Yarra Ranges on 29 April 2018 (also International Dance Day) at Melba Park, Lilydale. Celebrate Dance with us on this day, with dance performances by local dance groups and let’s do the Big Dance together.

Get your family, friends and invite your neighbours along, bring a picnic basket, or indulge in some yummy sausage sizzles and hamburgers provided by Rotary Lilydale. This is a relaxed, family-friendly event. Strictly no alcohol permitted. No prior dance experience is necessary to participate.

Mooroolbark Community Centre

  • Thursday 5 April - The Memo Healesville
  • Friday 6 April - Arts Centre Warburton
  • Thursday 12 April - Montrose Town Centre
  • Friday 13 April

Times

  • 10am - 11am │Ages 5-7
  • 11.30am - 12.30pm │Ages 8-12
  • 1.30pm - 3pm │Ages 13+

Website: http://ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/Big_Dance_Workshops#.WrSIntNuZTZ

Venue: Various Venues, 125 Brice Avenue, Mooroolbark, VIC 3138

Date: April 5, 6, 12, 13

Tickets: Free Entry (Bookings Essential)

Phone: 1300 368 333

Tickets: Refer to the website

Ages: 5+

 

Family Fun Day at the Dandenong Ranges Botanical Gardens (April 10)

Parks Victoria is inviting families and children of all ages to the annual Family Fun Day at the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly known as the National Rhododendron Garden) on Tuesday 10th April 2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

The Family Fun day will feature lots of hands-on nature activities for children including the Great Garden Hunt, Andy’s Antics, BirdLife Australia and Plastic Bag Free Dandenong Ranges. 

Food and drinks will be available on the day with profits supporting a local school and the CFA.

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden is a unique ornamental garden featuring a rare collection of exotic plants surrounded by a stunning mountain ash forest. 

With such a wide range of flower and tree species, the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden experience is different every season making it a great place to visit at any time of year.

Website: www.parks.vic.gov.au

Venue: The Georgian Rd, Olinda VIC 3788

Date: April 10

Tickets: Free Entry (Bookings Essential)

Phone: 13 19 63

Tickets: Free

Ages: All Ages

 

School Holiday Ride Day (April 10)

Join the crew from Yarra Valley Cycles for a day of Shuttles on the local Silvan MTB Trails.

This ride day is for Intermediate riders, and will be Off Road.

Ride is aimed at School age Mountain Bikers.
 

Shuttle Day Info: 

  • 9am: Leaving Yarra Valley Cycles at 9:00am Sharp (Additional Collections from your home available by special request)
  • 10am: Shuttle to top of first Hill by 10am, ready to ride.
  • Ride from the top of Mount Dandenong to the bottom, and through some of the Silvan Single track.
  • 12:30pm: Lunch and Drinks Provided (BBQ, Bakery or Pizza, weather dependent)
  • 1:30-3:30pm Shuttles and riding all afternoon 
  • 4:30pm: Return to Yarra Valley Cycles
  • 4:30-5:30 Bike Wash and Bike Maintenance

Please collect Kids at 5:45pm

Website: yarravalleybikehire.rezdy.com

Venue: Lilydale, Victoria

Date: April 10

Tickets: Free Entry (Bookings Essential)

Phone: 1300 368 333

Tickets: $50 (Code: Holiday-Ride-Day-Local)

Ages: 7+

 

Trash Test Dummies (April 11)

Everyone put your bins out, tonight is bin night and the Trash Test Dummies are on duty. This award-winning, sidesplitting, slapstick comedy, circus routine takes the household wheelie bin to new heights and delivers a dump-truck full of hilarity.

Jamie Bretman, Jack Coleman and Simon Wright are highly skilled circus performers that can trash talk with the best of them. These dexterous dummies take the audience on a journey into their playful imagination, where they invite them to take a fresh look at the humble household wheelie bin.

Website: www.culturetracks.info

Venue: Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Brice Avenue, Mooroolbark, VIC 3138

Date: April 11

Tickets: Refer to website

 

Speedmouse - The Umbilical Brothers (April 11)

The Umbilical Brothers are an international comedy phenomenon and winners of a couple of BAFTAs, an Emmy, the Critics' Choice at Edinburgh Fringe and the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performers.

They have performed in 37 countries with five different shows. Now they are returning home with one of their most beloved ones, Speedmouse.

Full of the stuff you love best, Speedmouse is a live action, fast-paced, rewind, slow motion, a frame-by-frame adventure where two men create the impossible out of a microphone and a unique physical ability that has no equal. Speedmouse has earned a bevvy of five-star reviews and numerous awards including best stage production and best international show, along with a multi-platinum DVD that is sold in every corner of the world.

Having performed five different shows in 37 countries and now in their 15th year, if you haven't seen Speedmouse live, you should. Really.

Website: www.culturetracks.info

Venue: The Memo, Healesville, 235 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, VIC 3777

Date: April 11

Tickets: Refer to website

Phone: 1300 368 333

Ages: 15+

 

The Hills Art Market - Emerald (April 14)

The Hills Art Market is an experience for visitors to immerse themselves in a world of artistic imagination, under the tall trees you will find a unique open-air Artists Market, a visual and musical feast for all, where over 50 artists showcase and sell their artwork to visitors of The Dandenong Ranges.

A great day out by car with ample parking off Memorial Avenue or by taking the Puffing Billy Railway directly to Emerald station, stop off at The Hills Art Market and pick up a beautiful piece of art, holding memories of your trip. Visit the Kids Art Zone, where there is something for everyone. From September to April on the second Saturday of each month.

While enjoying the free music by local musicians and the beauty of the tall mountain ash, ancient pines, good food, great coffee and all that the Emerald village has to offer.

Website: www.hillsartmarket.com

Venue: Hills Art Market Memorial Avenue, Emerald, VIC 3782

Date: April 14

Tickets: Free

Ages: All Ages

Inventi Ensemble (April 15)

Inventi Ensemble brings their world-class concerts of timeless classics and intimate chamber music.

Inventi Ensemble is made up of some of Australia's leading musicians who perform regularly around the world. This concert takes us on a musical journey, from familiar classical composers such as Mozart, Benjamin Britten and JC Bach as well as some lesser-known works by Australian composers, Margaret Sutherland and Johannes Luebbers.

Program can be found on the website and will begin at 2:00 pm. Come early for the pre-show talk beginning at 1:00 pm.

Website: http://ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/Inventi_Ensemble#.WrSJiNNubpB

Venue: Arts Centre, Warburton, 3409 Warburton Highway, Warburton, VIC 3799

Date: April 15

Tickets: Adults $26 | Concession $22

Phone: 1300 368 333

 

Skyhigh’s Easter Children’s Festival (All Holidays)

Bring the kids and enjoy free activities at SkyHigh over the Easter School Holidays. There will be different activities running on a daily basis.

Activities can include jumping castle, pony rides, face painting, Igor the Giant's treasure hunt, nine hole mini golf, reptile displays, sand art, train rides around the car park, farmyard friends and much, much more.

On Easter Sunday there will be a massive Easter egg hunt and who knows, maybe even an appearance from Easter Bunny himself.

Please note that entertainment may change due to inclement weather and performer's availability. Not all activities run every day. Please refer to the website closer to the date to view the timetable of events

All activities are free of charge. Gate fees and maze fees do apply.

Website: https://www.skyhighmtdandenong.com.au/whats-on/april-school-holdays/

Venue: SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, 26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong, VIC 3767

Date: April 1 - April 14

Tickets: Free (Gate fee and maze fee apply)

Phone: (03) 9751 0443

Ages: All Ages

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