Updated: 16 December 2019
Looking for some summer holiday fun this School Holidays? Get the family together and discover fun activities in the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges!

Take part in Parks Victoria's Junior Ranger Activity

Parks Victoria is inviting kids and their families to have fun learning in nature by joining a Junior Ranger activity this summer school holidays.

This season sees a great expansion for the number of activities available in the area, with 25 activities available in the Yarra Ranges National Park including Wildlife Detective, Rainforest Explorer, All Fired Up, Flora Explorer, Lake Mountain Discovery Walk and Alpine Treasure Hunt.


Ages: 6 to 12 years of age
Cost: Kids FREE
Phone: 13 1963
Web: https://juniorrangers.com.au
Valid: See website for dates and activities


Healesville Sanctuary

Drop into Healesville Sanctuary these Christmas School Holidays and explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife.

New this year is their "Cool Down" program with plenty of waterplay activites for families to enjoy. Hear expert zookeepers talk about animals, discover majestic birds of prey and magnificent parrots at Spirits of the Sky or come face-to-face with platypus with Tales from Platypus Creek. Don’t forget! Kids are free every day of the Victorian School Holidays. So much to see and do at Healesville Sanctuary these summer School Holidays!


Ages: All ages
Cost: Kids FREE
Phone: 1300 966 784
Web: http://www.zoo.org.au/HealesvilleSanctuary
Email: zvsales@zoo.org.au
Valid: Open every day



We take ten kids  6-12 years of age, who get to do some fun art projects using a variety of techniques, and teach them new and exciting skills to use in their own Art Project - Mondays and Thursdays during school holidays.

What you will learn

  • Learn different Art Techniques 
  • Follow written instructions with help of the Art Teacher
  • Learn to work with different mediums and materials

What you will get

  • Confidence in creating their own Art Work under guidance of the teacher
  • Having a fun creative experience with other kids in an Art Environment
  • All materials provided


Ages: Kids 
Cost: 22.50
Telephone: 03 5906 1149
Web: https://yava.weteachme.com/classes/1034487-art-classes-for-kids-during-school-holidays
Email: info@yava.org.au


Summer Adventure at Lake Mountain

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 resorts track and trail network or hire a Mountain Bike.

Daily Activities 10am - 5pm. Tickets: Available on Mountain

Ages: all ages
Cost: See website
Telephone: 03 5957 7201
Web: https://www.lakemountainresort.com.au/things-to-do/ 
Email: admin@lakemountainresort.com.au


Kids festival at SkyHigh Mt Dandenong

With Christmas out of the way and children with energy to burn it’s perfect for getting out, and SkyHigh Mt Dandenong is the place to be for great activities and fun for kids.

FREE Activities for the kids, GATE/MAZE fees apply!

Ages: all ages
Cost: See website
Telephone: 03 9751 0443
Web: https://visitdandenongranges.com.au/activity/skyhigh-mt-dandenong
Email: info@skyhighmtdandenong.com.au
Valid: 10 January 2020 to 16 January 2020


Kids Fruit Bottling Sessions at Rayner's Orchards

Learn how to bottle up your own delicious Summer fruit for only $10 per person! Bottling experts will show how to prepare & cook the produce in order to successfully preserve fruit.

Ages: all ages
Cost: $10 per person; $5 per extra bottle of fruit preserved
Telephone: 03 5964 7654
Web: http://www.raynersorchard.com.au
Email: len@raynersorchard.com.au
Valid: 7-27 January 2020


Kids Golf & Tennis Holiday Program at Eastern Golf Club

The Eastern Golf Club and Gripping Potential are teaming up again to deliver a fun filled School Holiday Golf and Tennis program in January.

Kids can discover golf and tennis on the one day whilst enjoying an awesome day outdoors filled with fun activities and making new friends. All equipment is provided.

No experience is needed, all equipment will be provided and lunch is included. Suitable for kids aged 5+ years. It's a fun filled day outdoors.

Ages: 5+
Cost: $59 per child including lunch (special offers apply if attending multiple dates)
Telephone: 03 9739 0110
Web: http://easterngolfclub.com.au/cms/golf/juniors/golf-tennis-school-holiday-program/
Email: sportsshop@easterngolfclub.com.au
Valid: TBA


Junior Chocolatier at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

In a 45 minute Junior Chocolatier Class held in our 'parent free zone', children aged 6 – 12 years can learn from our chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations.

Ages: 6 to 12 years
Cost: $40 includes personalised badge, chef's hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home of three chocolate creations.
Telephone: 03 9730 2777
Web: https://www.yvci.com.au/classes/
Email: mail@yvci.com.au
Valid: 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 Janaury 2020


Take a ride on Puffing Billy

Discover the wonder and awe of steam train travel on the iconic Puffing Billy! 
Feel the excitement as you cross historical timber trestle bridges, and delight in the fresh air and the sound of the whistle echoing through the hills. Remember to wave to every passer-by and get ready to create memories of a special day on board Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy.

Ages: all ages
Cost: see website (family tickets available)
Telephone: 03  9757 0700
Web: https://puffingbilly.com.au/buy-tickets/
Email: info@pbr.org.au
Valid: All year round except Christmas Day


Hanging in the shade with Trees Adventures

Trees Adventure is Australia’s Number 1 Tree Ropes and Ziplining Experience. Discover exciting and challenging obstacle courses high up in the tree canopy, that will have all the family swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest – allowing thrill seekers and nature enthusiasts to experience the trees like never before!

Sessions run for 2 hours (including training). After this, you will be able to choose where to start, either on low easy courses or test your nerves on something higher! With a variety of colour coded courses from 2m easy low courses up to 25m adrenaline pumping ones, anyone from 4 – 75+ years will able to hang around with us!

Bookings essential!
Ages: from 4 upwards
Cost: See website
Telephone: 03 9752 5354
Web: https://treesadventure.com.au/park/glen-harrow-park
Email: glenharrowpark@treesadventure.com.au
Valid: All year round except Christmas Day and New Year's Day


Live like it's 1881 at Mont de Lancey

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in the 1880s?
Go on a tour at Mont de Lancey and find out how you would manage without mains water, hot water, electricity, phone, car and many other conveniences we take for granted today.

Ages: all ages
Cost:  Adults $9.50 Concession $8.00 Children $3.00 Family $21.50
Telephone: 03 5964 2088
Web: https://www.montdelancey.org.au
Email: info@montdelancey.org.au
Valid: From 4 January 2020; closed Mondays & Tuesdays


Picnic in the cool gardens of Dandenong Ranges

Pack your favourite food into a picnic basket and go enjoy the wonderful parks and gardens in the Dandenong Ranges! 
Stroll along paths and down bush trails, breathe in the fresh air and try to guess which bird is singing.  You could 
visit a different park or garden each day of the holidays - your very own treasure hunt :-)  

Ages: all ages
Cost: Most parks & gardens are free; check website for details
Web: https://visitdandenongranges.com.au/activity/cool-climate-gardens-of-the-dandenong-ranges
Valid: Most are open all year round except Christmas Day


Catch your own fresh fish at Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

Take the family fishing in the gorgeous scenery of Macclesfield.  You don't have to be a fisher expert as the lovely folks at the Trout Farm will help you get set up and all you have to do sit down, relax and wait for the fish to bite!

Ages: all ages
Cost: Adults- $8.50 Children-$7.00(Under age 3 free) Pensioners-$7.50
Telephone: 03 5968 4711
Web: http://troutfarm.com.au
Email: troutfarm@bigpond.com
Valid: Open every day except Christmas Day


Feed your nauture at Grants Picnic Grounds

Taking a bush walk, or enjoying a drink or a delicious meal, you know you’re in good hands at Grants on Sherbrooke.

TrailRider all-terrain wheelchairs are also available.  Experience the spectacular Cockatoos, Rosellas and Parrots as they fly in to say 'Hello'.

Ages: all ages
Cost: Free to enter
Telephone: 03 9755 2888 
Web: http://www.grantsonsherbrooke.com.au
Email: cheryl@grantsonsherbrooke.com.au
Valid: Open every day except Christmas Day


Walk, run or ride the Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail

The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is one of Australia’s iconic Rail Trails which meanders through the Yarra Valley between the Dandenong Ranges and the Great Dividing Ranges.

Ages: all ages
Cost: Free
Web: https://visityarravalley.com.au/lilydale-warburton-rail-trail
Valid: Open every day


Top Family Experiences

Need to take a break with the family? Recharge in the clean air of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.  From up close and personal animals experiences and farm gates to walking and riding in amazing scenery through forest and native bush. 

Ages: all ages
Cost: See individual websites
Web: https://visityarravalley.com.au/places-to-go/top-trails/top-family-experiences


Discover your favourite fruit on the U-Pick Trail

We all love the sweet juiciness of a perfectly ripe peach, the explosion in our mouths as that delicious cherry or strawberry bursts with the first bite. It’s a fact: fruit always tastes better in the sunshine, under the very tree it grew on.

Join us this Christmas School holidays and fill up your buckets and baskets with the freshest, most delicious produce of the season. Indulge in locally made ice-cream, cakes and other sources of family favourites after you’ve wandered the orchard rows. Pack the sunhat and sunscreen and enjoy a fabulous day in the country!

Ages: All ages 
Cost: See website 
Web: https://visityarravalley.com.au/places-to-go/top-trails/u-pick-trail-in-the-yarra-valley


Art Alive - NGV Kids on Tour 

Events in Warburton, Healesveille and Moorolbark. The theme this year is 'Playtime".  Magical workshops and esperiences. 


Ages: Suitable for Ages 6-12. Under 12 year olds to be accompanied by an adult
Cost: Free
Telephone: 1300 368 333
Web: http://ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/NGV_Kids_on_Tour#.XdyauC1L3AI
Email: venue@yarraranges.vic.gov.au
Valid: 7 January - 25 January 2020


Blue Lotus Watergarden

Little ones will love visiting the Flower Fairy Garden. Plus the Fairy Queen make appearances on weekends and public holidays with story time in the garden. The kids will also love the Dragon’s Trail to Fantasy Falls, Rainbow Slide, Fairy Dell Wishing Well and Garden Spotto. The grounds contain many Garden Features plus over 3kms of easy-to-walk pathways, numerous ornamental arch bridges, dozens of picnic shelters, BBQ facilities, accessible amenities & parking, group & club pavilions, drinking water bubblers, baby change facilities. Also located within the gardens is the Lily Pond Café & Takeaway and the Ice Cream Kiosk

Ages: All ages 
Cost: Kids free, adults $20 
Phone: 03 5967 2061
Web: https://www.bluelotusfarm.com.au
Valid: From 26 December 2019



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