Looking for some school holiday fun this Summer School Holidays? Get the family together and discover these awesome activities in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
 

Christmas in the Vines at Rochford Wines (Sunday, 17 December)

Gather your family and friends and take up a spot on the grass at Rochford Wines. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the magical atmosphere of Christmas in the Vines, visit Santa and dance along to your favourite Christmas Carols and live entertainment. Food and drinks available to purchase. 

Ages: All ages

Cost: Free entry

Address: 878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3770

Phone: 03 5957 3333

Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

Email: info@rochfordwines.com.au

 

Kids Stay Free with Valley Ranges Getaways

(Saturday, 23 December - Sunday, 28 January)

That's right! Pack the car and make your way up to the Dandenong Ranges these Summer School Holidays. Stay 2 nights or more at any of Valley Ranges Getaways family properties during the school holidays and the kids stay FREE leaving you more money to spend on the things that make going away more fun! Just use the Code KIDSFREE when booking direct.

Ages: All ages

Cost: refer to website

Address: 361 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras VIC 3787

Phone: 1300 488 448

Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Website: http://www.vrgetaways.com.au/family-accommodation

Email: bookings@vrgetaways.com.au

 

Summer Adventure at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort

(Wednesday, 27 December - Sunday, 14 January) 

Experience the exhilaration of a 240-meter Dual Flying Fox, slide down the Tube Run or join in a game of Laser Skirmish.

Explore the resorts 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!

Activities can be purchased individually or purchase a combo ticket for $40 pp for the Tube Run, Laser Skirmish & Flying Fox. 

Ages: All ages

Cost: Refer to website

Address: 1071 Lake Mountain Rd, Marysville VIC 3779

Phone: (03) 5957 7222

Hours: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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

Email: admin@lakemountainresort.com.au

 

Discover Melbourne’s Yarra Valley U-Pick Trail (All Holidays)

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 Summer 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! Download your free U-Pick Trail Map!

Ages: All ages

Address: Healesville, Victoria 3777

Phone: (03) 8739 8000

Hours: 9am - 5pm

Website: visityarravalley.com.au

 

Kids Eat Free at Tramonto Kitchen and Bar!

(Thursday, 4 January - Sunday, 28 January)

Kids eat free at Tramonto Kitchen and Bar this summer school holidays. Kids U12 can enjoy a choice of meals from their kids menu, a drink and bowl of ice cream when an adult orders a main course.

1 adult main course allows 2 free kids meals.

Ages: U12

Cost: 1 adult main (download the menu here)

Address: 874 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3770

Phone: (03) 5962 6161

Hours: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (closed Tues/Wed)

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

Email: eat@tramontokitchenandbar.com.au

 

Lilydale Skate Clinic (Monday, 8 January)

Want to learn how to skateboard? This session is for anyone who wants to get started on a board and learn the art of skating. Join Yarra Ranges Council for a half-day skate clinic which is suitable for beginners. In this jam-packed session, you will learn the basics. All gear and boards provided.

Ages: All ages

Cost: $10.00

Address: Eyrefield Park, 15 Hardy Street, Lilydale, Lilydale, VIC  3140

Phone: 1300 368 333

Hours: 1:30pm - 4pm

Website: https://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Lists/Parks-Facilities/Lilydale-Skate-Park

Email: mail@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

 

Junior Chocolatier Classes & School Holiday Fun

(Tuesday, 9 January - Wednesday, 24 January)

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery will be hosting Junior Chocolatier classes these summer school holidays. In a 45 minute ‘parent free zone’ children aged 6 – 12 years can learn from our chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. $40 includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy. Classes available these school holidays on Tuesdays 9, 16 and 23 January, and Wednesdays 10, 17 and 24 January. Book now.

Ages: 6 - 12

Cost: $40 (bookings required)

Address: 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775

Phone: (03) 9730 2777

Hours: 9am - 5pm

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

Email: mail@YVCI.com.au

 

Cameo Outdoor Cinema (All Holidays)

This summer, 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 classic movie snacks! Beanbags, deckchairs and blankets are also available for hire. See website for more information - including session times and movies showing. 

Ages: All ages

Cost: Prices from $19.50

Address: 1628 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave VIC 3160

Phone: (03) 9754 7844

Hours: 9am - Late

Website: cameocinemas.com.au

 

Download your free School Holidays Guide 2018 here!

Ignite your creativity with Tarrawarra Classes (Tuesday, 16 January)

Let your children ignite their creative ability these school holidays by participating in a fun, hands-on, interactive workshop inspired by TarraWarra Museum of Art's current exhibition Rosemary Laing. Hosted by local arts educator Clare James, the workshop will allow participants to draw inspiration from the large-scale photography works, to create a take-home art piece that explores the theme of landscape.

Ages: Suitable for Primary school-aged children

Cost: Each workshop $25 per child. $20 for children of Museum members and concession card holders

Address: 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Tarrawarra VIC 3775

Phone: (03) 5957 3100

Hours: 11am - 5pm

Website: twma.com.au

 

River Rafting Friday (Friday, 12 January)

Join Yarra Ranges Council as we head downstream on a river rafting adventure. Float along and experience heart racing rapids and then relax as the river gently carries your raft along. Expect to get wet!

Ages: 12 - 17 (basic swimming skills required)

Cost: From $15.00

Address: Lower Homestead Rd, Wonga Park VIC 3115

Phone: (03) 9294 6825

Hours: 9am - 12pm

Website: https://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Lists/Events/Youth-Holiday-Program-River-Rafting

Email: s.daly@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

 

Golf and Tennis at The Eastern Golf Club (Tuesday, 16 January & Tuesday, 23 January)

Kids can discover golf and tennis at The Eastern Golf Club these summer school holidays. No experience is needed & all equipment is provided. Suitable for kids aged 5+ years. Enjoy lots of fun activities; making new friends and getting outside. 

Ages: All ages

Cost: $59.00

Address: 215 Victoria Road, YERING VIC 3770

Phone: (03) 9739 0110

Hours: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Website: https://www.easterngolfclub.com.au/cms/golf-shop/juniors/

Email: info@easterngolfclub.com.au

Paddle Boarding (Tuesday, 16 January)

Calling all water lovers, have you ever wanted to try paddleboarding? It’s a fun water activity where you stand-up on a board, paddle in hand and just cruise! Have fun, play games and learn the basics with your instructors from Surfing Victoria. All gear supplied, basic swimming ability required. 

Ages: 12 - 17 (basic swimming skills required)

Cost: From $15.00

Address: Lillydale Lake, Swansea Road, Lilydale 3140

Phone: 9294 6825

Hours: 9am - 12pm

Website: https://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Lists/Events/Youth-Holiday-Program-Paddleboarding

Email: s.daly@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

 

Saddle up with Yarra Valley Trails (All Holidays)

Saddle up these Summer School Holidays and enjoy the tranquillity and adventure of a trail ride through the Australian bush. With an abundance of wildlife, a wonderful horse and a friendly guide – you won’t be disappointed!

Ages: 12+

Cost: Prices from $75

Address: 35 Osborne Rd, Christmas Hills VIC 3775

Phone: (03) 9730 1334

Hours: 9am - 5pm

Website: yarravalleyhorsetrails.com.au

 

In the Garden (Friday, 19 January)

Be entertained by In Helvetica as they present a brand new music and dance performance about the Burrinja Arties Sensory Garden.

Ages: 3 - 7

Cost: Free

Address: 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey VIC 3158

Phone: (03) 9754 8723

Hours: refer to website

Website: https://burrinja.org.au/burrinja-whats-on/whats-new-theatre

 

NGV Kids on Tour 2018

(Tuesday, 23 January - Thursday, 25 January)

Wiggle your toes, stick out your tongue and wave your arms – everybody can get involved with NGV Kids on Tour 2018. Entering its fifth year, NGV Kids on Tour is a National Gallery of Victoria initiative celebrating the major summer exhibition NGV Triennial and past exhibition Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons.

Presented in partnership with Eastern Regional Libraries, children throughout Victoria have the opportunity to engage with art through a range of free hands-on activities and workshops.                                                                              

Ages: All Ages

Cost: Free (bookings essential)

Address: 3409 Warburton Hwy, Warburton

Phone: 1300 368 333

Hours: refer to website

Website: ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au

 

The Complete Magic Workshop (Wednesday, 24 January)

Become a magician these Summer School Holidays! Have fun, learn the basics and discover the tricks of the trade. Learning magic is great for kids, it encourages lateral thinking, improves self-confidence and boosts their self-esteem. 

Ages: 5 - 12

Cost: $10.00

Address: 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey VIC 3158

Phone: (03) 9754 8723

Hours: 10am - 4pm

Website: https://burrinja.org.au/burrinja-whats-on/whats-new-theatre

 

Healesville Sanctuary (All Holidays)

Drop into Healesville Sanctuary these Summer School Holidays and explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife. Hear expert zookeepers talk about animals at Keeper Talks, 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

Address: Badger Creek Rd, Healesville VIC 3777

Phone: 1300 966 784

Hours: 9am - 5pm

Website: zoo.org.au

 

Trees Adventure - Belgrave (All Holidays)

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!

Ages: All ages

Cost: Starting from $25.00

Address: Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave VIC 3160

Phone: (03) 9752 5354

Hours: 11am - 5pm

Website: treesadventure.com.au

 

Movies at the Memo and Arts Centre Warburton (All Holidays)

Looking to beat the heat with you and your friends this Summer School Holidays? Head over to the Memo Healesville or the Arts Centre Warburton and discover the latest flicks from the box office.

Ages: All Ages

Cost: Starting from $11

Healesville Address: 235 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777

Warburton Address: 3409 Warburton Hwy, Warburton VIC 3799

Phone: (03) 5966 4500

Hours: 11am - 4pm

Website: http://ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/

 

Shapes in Space (December - January)

Explore modalities of creativity and engage with objects and people in responsive and creative ways at Shapes in Space. The props are tactile and multi-sensory allowing people of all ages, abilities and levels of mobility to engage in this fun activity.

Ages: All Ages

Cost: Free

Address: 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey VIC 3158

Phone: (03) 9754 8723

Hours: 10am - 4pm

Website: https://burrinja.org.au/burrinja-whats-on/whats-new-theatre

 

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