Published 24 June 2019
How did it suddenly become mid year already?
There’s no need to stay home these school holidays, in fact the winter break means loads of outdoor and indoor fun and less crowds wherever you go – and we’ve got plenty of options for you and the kids to beat the “I’m bored!”
WINTER WHITEOUT THE MOST FUN YOU’LL HAVE… PERHAPS EVER
Never been to the snow? This is your year. Want a low-cost day of play in the white stuff? You’ll be hitting the toboggin slopes in no time if you set the GPS for Lake Mountain, past Marysville, or Mt Donna Buang near Warburton. Both mountain tops are fabulous destinations for snow play without the hassle or expense of larger ski resorts.
Building snow peeps, sliding down a toboggin run, taking a snow hike, and snowball fights are all part of the fun. Snow conditions and services can vary according to conditions so check out our links for more information.
Winter + snow = best holiday activity (and it’s all ages and only an hour from Melbourne).
Read more about Lake Mountain here
Read More about Mt Donna Buang here
GET HANDS ON WITH CRAFTY ACTIVITIES
Turn clay into cool
If you’re going to get dirty why not create something at the same time? Guided kids pottery classes will have them turning lumps of clay into works of art in no time – you cant do that with an iPad!
When: Several sessions throughout the first week of school holidays
Junior Chocolatier Classes
Send them empty handed, get them back with chocolate! Chocolate creations made with their own hands. Yum.
When: Tuesday and Wednesday sessions during school holidays
Where: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
Cost: $ 40
MAKE ART, GET SMART
From kid friendly opera, to world favourite authors, or an Indigenous story that speaks of the language and land beneath our feet, these arts events are rich in culture, ripe in homour and just a little bit brain expanding – the kids wont even realise!
Opera Australia – The Barber of Seville
Take the children for a musical adventure back in time! Opera Australia is reimagining Rossini’s The Barber of Seville for children, bringing classical music and history to the stage. The humorous tale of the love-struck Count Almaviva and the cunning barber, Figaro, will have the kids laughing at Figaro’s antics and enraptured by the stunning performances, beautiful costumes and engaging scenery. And it’s in English! Recommended for ages 4+
When/Where: MON 8 JUL, 11AM and 2PM at Mooroolbark Community Centre and SAT 13 JUL, 11AM and 2PM at The Memo, Healesville
Roald Dahl’s The Twits
A comedy of rebellion and justice. Mr and Mrs Twit spend their days playing dirty tricks on each other. Meanwhile, Muggle-Wump, a poor little monkey is held captive by Mr Twits. Obsessed with putting on The Great Upside-Down Monkey Circus, Mr Twits relentlessly trains Muggle-Wump to perform death defying stunts, punishing the monkey as he sees fit. But! Fate changes for Muggle-Wump with the arrival of Roly-Poly, a glorious bird full of grace and pomposity. Together a plot is devised to secure Muggle-Wump’s freedom and punish The Twits forever. Recommended for ages 5+
When/Where: WED 3 JUL- 11AM at Mooroolbark Community Centre and THU 4 JUL - 11AM at Arts Centre, Warburton
Woiwurrung Storytelling and Word-shop
Visit the dhumba-njan dhumba-njarr museum exhibition then join guest curator and Wurundjeri woman, Brooke Wandin for storytelling and word-shop fun. Journey through stories of family connections, learn some words from an ancient language then make and decorate your own message stick. Bookings essential.
When/Where: Wed 3 Jul 11am & 2pm at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale
If you’re looking for more Indigenous experiences in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges see here.
Little Big Shots – Kids short film festival
Little Big Shots is Australia’s premier short film festival for kids, featuring work by and for children. The festival will entertain the whole family showing local and international works across a variety of genres. Each show is compiled specifically for different age-groups to inspire budding filmmakers of all ages.
With comedies, dramas and everything in-between, Little Big Shots will move and motivate all the little future creatives in your life.
When/Where: TUE 2 JUL - 11AM Montrose Town Centre
FUN PARKS FOR OUT OF THIS WORLD ACTIVITY
Gumbuya World - Get your build on with Lego and more
Get set for themed and mosaic builds, LEGO Technics, Duplo play for the tots, craft stations and much MORE! Unlimited rides, wildlife and all new activities including Bumpa Zorb Balls, Lazy River Pedal Boats , Giant Jenga, snakes & ladders + connect 4, Wildlife Show, Nature Trail Tractor ride, and Talks by the Macaw Ranger, Koala Ranger , Dingos Ranger, Pythons Ranger and Kangaroo Ranger.
When/Where: Gumbuya World, Tynong North
Cost: $22 Child/Senior or $25 Adult – all activities included
Hedgend Maze to amaze
Treat your children to an action packed day out t at Hedgend Maze! Enjoy all of the exciting attractions that Hedgend Maze has to offer, plus unlimited access to Laser Spork Skirmish sessions! There will also be additional holiday activities available, too!
When: All holidays
Cost: $15 per child
MORE TO EXPLORE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Learn to swing a club or raquet at Eastern Golf
Kids can discover golf and tennis on the one day with The Eastern Golf Club and Gripping Potential teaming up during the July school holidays. Kids will enjoy an awesome day outdoors filled with fun activities and making new friends. All equipment will be provided and lunch is included. Program suitable for kids aged 5+ years - beginner to advanced levels
When: Tuesday 2 & 9 July, Thursday 4 & 11 July between 10am and 3pm
Where: Eastern Golf, Yering
Cost: $59.00 per child, per session (including lunch)
More info: Bookings Essential tel 979 01109
Learn to Mountain bike at Lilydale Lake
Discover the bumps, dips and turns that you would find in any other mountain bike trail. Corner around the berms and manoeuvre your bike through the ‘right lines’, before practising your balance on the various wooden planks that will master your bike handling skills. The course is family and ‘newbie’ friendly, and with so many obstacles to play around on, Lillydale Lake Mountain Bike Trail is a great place to train up your confidence and develop your cycling knack. If you’re chasing something a little more steady, you have the option to cycle around the flat gravel course of the lake which covers around 2.5km. Heaps of picnic and playground activities for the whole family.
When: All holidays
Queens Park PlaySpace, Healesville
The newest kids playground on the block! There’s heaps of paly equipment and a Roll Play bike park, children can learn traffic skills on a specially-made track, have a picnic with their family and play for hours all just a short walk from the main shops of Healesville for a hot chocolate (or glass of wine!)
When: All holidays
NATURE THAT NEVER GETS OLD
Megabeasts take over Healesville
Last chance to discover the world of the Megabeasts! These dinosaurs from other worlds will be returning to their home lands at the end of school holidays, and we’re all going to miss them! Marvel at huge, moving, roaring megafauna. Venture into the Healesville Sanctuary for a brand new animatronic spectacular featuring giant beasts from the past. Don’t miss thee Megakeeper talks all school holidays.
When: All holidays
Where: Healesville Sanctuary
Cost: $Free during school holidays
Stay and play the day, overnight or take a long long minibreak! Find accomodation here.