Updated 9 September 2019

More outdoor time – that’s one of the best things about school holidays.

See ya winter, swing in spring. Enjoy the great outdoors with some fun activities for the whole family. And find quiet places for enriching experiences for kids who love arts and culture.

There’s something to do every single day!

Get out of the city (it's only an hour away) and into the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Go Bush

Bushland Escapes at Healesville Sanctuary 

Awaken from your winter hibernation and discover the curiosity and magic of Healesville Sanctuary during Bushland Explorers activities these Spring school holidays. Get even closer to nature as larger-than-life butterflies and ants roam throughout the Sanctuary grounds. Giant butterflies flutter magically through the Sanctuary each day of the school holidays. 

The second week of the school holidays sees the arrival of Ants, by Polyglot Theatre. This interactive roving performance has giant ants bringing children together in a gentle and intriguing landscaping project.

When: All holidays 
Where:  Healesville Sanctuary, Glen Eadie Avenue, Badger Creek, VIC 3777
Website: www.zoo.org.au/healesville/whats-on/events/bushland-explorers/
Phone: 1300966784

Arts rule at the Archies for Kids

Tarrawarra children's

Archibald Prize - Drop in Children's workshop at TarraWarra

Visit TarraWarra Museum of Art on the last Wednesday of the school holidays to take part in a free, drop-in artmaking workshop inspired by the Archibald Prize 2019. Meet practicing artist and Education Coordinator Shannon Lyons outside in the picturesque surrounds of the Museum and participate in an ‘Exquisite Corpse’ portraiture workshop, designed to allow primary school-aged children and their parent or guardian an opportunity to work together and create an extraordinarily wild and wacky character.

The workshop will run on a continual basis and visitors can join at any time during the session. This hands-on activity will involve drawing and other two dimensional processes, with all materials provided.

After the workshop head inside to view 51 portraits by leading Australian artists in this year’s Archibald Prize exhibition.

When: Wednesday 2 October
Where:  TarraWarra Museum of Modern Art
Website: https://www.twma.com.au/events/archibald-prize-2019-drop-in-childrens-wo...
Phone: 0359573100


Big stage, big screens, big ideas

Linley Dodd Exhibition

The Lynley Dodd Story is an exhibition of original illustrations from the world-renowned author and illustrator of the Hairy Maclary and Friends book series.


Little Big Shots At the Memo and at Warburton Arts Centre

Little Big Shots is Australia’s premier short film festival for kids, featuring work by and for children. 


Children are Stinky

Children are Stinky is an exciting new comedy circus show set out to prove that kids are stinky with a rocking sound track.


Possum Magic

For more than 30 years, Mem Fox’s Possum Magic has captivated and enchanted young people, and now the classic story is brought to life on stage



Family fun events

Blossom Festival

An enjoy the magical sights of Japan right here in Victoria, strolling through the cherry blossoms and soaking up the gorgeous views of the Yarra Valley. The orchard’s signature Cherish Spritzer will be available, and expect a collaboration with Yarra Valley’s Four Pillars Gin to be paired with the spritzer for a delicious and refreshing sip.  Children can make the most of their school holidays with hands-on workshops designed to educate the importance of bees to the Australian eco-system.


Tesselaar Tulip Festival

See almost a million tulips on display at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival, the colour is absolutely amazing. In addition to the flowers, there is live entertainment and market stalls daily, tractor rides, performances, souvenirs, games for all and much more.

  • When: Now until 13 October
  • Where: Tesselaar Flower Farm, 357 Monbulk Road, Silvan, VIC 3795
  • Website: http://tulipfestival.com.au/
  • Phone: 0397377722

Rayner’s Blossom  Season

All visitors that take a Fruit Tasting Tour during Peak Blossom Season get a complimentary tour through the blossom trees. An eruption of colour as the peach, nectarine, apricot and plum trees slowly open their buds and burst into different shades of pink and white flowers.

  • When: All holidays
  • Where: Rayner’s Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Road, Woori Yallock, VIC 3139
  • Website: www.raynersorchard.com.au
  • Phone: 0359647654


Kids Rule the World

Children’s Festival at SkyHigh

September Spring school holidays are the best – it is not too cold, not too hot, so perfect for getting out, and SkyHigh Mt Dandenong is the place to be for great activities and fun for kids to make sure you never hear those two dreaded words 'I’m bored'.