Best Melbourne School Holidays Activities for September 2021

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When it comes to finding the best school holiday activities in Melbourne, we have you covered. It can be tough for parents to continually come up with Melbourne school holiday ideas with everything else we have to do as parents and sometimes even getting out of the house can be a struggle! So leave the school holiday fun to us and you just chose what works best for you and your family.

Melbourne is truly a historic and cultural city and has a range of spring school holiday activities on offer, from beautiful gardens to iconic museums and incredible wildlife! As Melbourne locals, we are incredibly lucky to have such culture and nature on our doorstep. With so many things to do in school holidays in Melbourne, we really are spoiled for choice.

Kids school holiday activities don’t have to be a chore, even if you stay at home (check out our stay at home ideas included below). So no matter the weather, you will find something to entertain children of all ages with these school holiday activities in Melbourne.

We have compiled the complete guide to the best school holiday activities in Melbourne over the September school holidays to help make your life so much easier! We have listed indoor activities Melbourne style and outdoor activities. We have ideas for toddlers, kids and teens.

If you are looking for Melbourne school holiday programs and/or vacation care, where you can lave your child for a 1/2 or full day of fun while being cared for, read our Melbourne guide and book your child in now!

State schools finish on Friday 17 September and return to class on Monday 4 October 2021.

Sept/Oct school holidays in Victoria are Saturday 18 September to Sunday 3 October 2021.

Fun things to do for the Melbourne school holidays

We have broken our list of Melbourne school holiday activities into sections to help you:

As with everything at the moment, please check with the venue directly (either by their website or social media pages) to ensure they are open during the times you wish to attend. You should also check their current policy around advanced bookings, entry requirements/timings and social distancing rules.

10 free school holiday activities Melbourne

Who doesn’t love a free day out! A cultural museum visit, a family walk and days at the park, these are some of the best things to do in Melbourne without spending a dime. Check out our list of great family activities in Melbourne.

St Kilda Penguins

How incredibly lucky that as Melbourne locals we have penguins in our own city! Witness the wonder of a penguin colony at the beautiful St Kilda Breakwater these school holidays. This self-guided experience allows you to watch these incredible creatures as they go about daily penguin life.

Read more about the penguins here.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Conveniently located just outside Melbourne City Centre (and easily accessible by public transport) are the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens. Over 175 years old, these gardens offer tours, talks and workshops throughout the year.

Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens website.

Royal Park Nature Play

free school holiday activities Melbourne

Based on natural elements, this park is a wonderful outdoor space for children. With equipment to excite the kids – ropes course, climbing structures and more – as well as a water play area, there is something for kids of all ages.

Take a look at what you can do there.

State Library of Victoria

If you want to get the kids excited about visiting a library, remind them that the State Library of Victoria houses Ned Kelly’s armour! The library also has a range of talks, workshops and children’s story time on offer all year round.

Visit the library website to see their school holiday guide.

The Queen Victoria Market

This open air market is a wonderland for the senses. Yummy food and smells greet you as you enter this expansive outdoor market. This iconic market has been running for 140 years and is a must see these school holidays. Buy some fresh food and take it home to cook up a storm with your kids. They will be learning about measuring, weighing and timing.. but dont tell them they are learning… ssshhh!

Browse the Queen Victoria Market website.

If you are a foodie, take a tour of the market.

RAAF Museum

A visit to the RAAF Museum will ignite the passion for flying in your kids. See aircraft up close and learn about the history of the air force. Open days and flying displays are held throughout the year so make sure you add them to the list!

Take a look at their website to learn more.

National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria has two locations and lots to offer kids these school holidays. The Gallery is committed to expanding the creativity of children with a range of programs, exhibits and activities all year round.

Click here for the website.

Melbourne Museum

Walk among skeletons, through a living rainforest and marvel at dinosaurs up close all at the Melbourne Museum. For the really little ones (up to 5 years) there is an interactive children’s gallery where you can let them explore and have fun.

Read what else you can do at the Melbourne Museum.

ArtPlay

ArtPlay is a venue that encourages creativity and self-expression. Workshops and programs are on offer for a range of age groups and it is centrally located in Melbourne City. Families tip: Allow sometime to play at the playground located beside ArtPlay.

Find out what’s on offer here.

City Circle Tram

Experience old world charm on this historic Melbourne Tram. A fun and easy way to explore Melbourne’s inner city, the City Circle Tram offers commentary along the way about Melbourne’s landmarks and history.

Take a look at the tram route here.

If you want even more things to do for FREE in Melbourne during the school holidays we listed 30 free ideas here.

10 fun cheap school holiday activities

While not everything in life is free, these activities won’t break the bank. These low cost activities are great options these school holidays in Melbourne.

Latitude

Latitude’s giant aerial playground is the number one choice for thrill seekers of all ages. More than an indoor trampoline park, they offer rock climbing, obstacle courses, dodgeball courts, basketball lanes and 100s of trampolines all under one roof. 

See what’s on offer at Latitude.

Art Vo

Get inside art at this truly unique experience at this ‘trick-art’ gallery. Bring your camera to pose in the ocean, space or riding wild rapids! Conveniently located in Docklands this art gallery is sure to delight.

Take a look at the website here.

Grab your tickets here.

Nutty Scientists

Science becomes fun at this hands on science venue. Let kids learn through play and experience these school holidays, and watch them grow their love for science. With school holiday workshops running, put this on your must visit list.

Take a look at the Nutty Scientists website here

Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens

Spending a day getting lost in Australia’s oldest and most famous maze. Kids will love the great gnome hunt and woodland fairy walk activity sheets and maybe you can treat them to a lavender ice-cream at the end. Bring lunch and enjoy a picnic in the 25 acres of stunning gardens.

Take a look at the website.

Tickets for the maze can be found here.

Scienceworks

Bring the kids to Scienceworks and find something for the whole family. Conveniently located in Melbourne City, this interactive and fun museum offers something for all age groups.

Click here for Melbourne Scienceworks.

Fire Services Museum

Bring the kids along to the Fire Services Museum to see what fighting a fire is all about. Staffed by retired firefighters who will happily tell the kids a story or two, this museum showcases the history of firefighting and lets you get up close to old firefighting trucks.

Take a look at the website here.

Rippon Lea House and Garden

Spend a day exploring a mansion and the incredible gardens. See how the rich lived in times gone by. With activities for the kids and lavish surrounds for the parents, this is a cheap way to see how the other half lived.

Have a look at what is happening on the Rippon Lea website.

Grab your tickets here.

Altona Minatare Railway

This miniature railway line is run by a hobby club and has a 1.5km track! Safe for kids and adults of all ages, everyone will enjoy a ride on these miniature steam and diesel engines.

Have a read about the trains here.

Collingwood Children’s Farm

The Collingwood Children’s Farm is a non-profit organisation passionate about community engagement and getting kids out in green space. Just four kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD you can cuddle a goat and interact with farm animals, so bring the family along and enjoy a day at the farm.

Click here for the website.

O’Brien Icehouse Ice skating

Kids go energy to burn? Why not take them ice-skating! Watch them (or join in!) doing laps with their friends or enrol them in skate school while you sit back with a coffee at the café. Families tip: Warm up after by visiting the Melbourne Star Observation wheel not too far away.

Find out more about ice-skating here.

10 BIG days out in Melbourne these school holidays

Need to make an impression these school holidays? Choose something that they won’t forget in a hurry. These brag-worthy activities are sure to hit the mark when they return to school.

SEALIFE

Take your ocean lovers to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium where they can learn and play. Find out about marine creatures while also enjoying watching sharks and rays get fed.

Take a look at the Sea Life website here.

Grab your ticket here to skip the queue.

Legoland Discovery Centre

Conveniently located in the Chadstone Shopping Centre, Legoland lets kids explore the exciting LEGO-themed rides, replicas of local and global landmarks made out of millions of LEGO bricks in MINILAND, five LEGO build and play areas, as well as a 4D cinema.

Read up on Legoland here.

Grab your tickets here.

Ride Puffing Billy

Experience the beautiful rainforest of the Dandenong Ranges and ride an iconic steam train! Puffing Billy was constructed in the early 1900’s and today, with it’s open sided carriages, allows the imagination of children to run wild.

Take a look at the Puffing Billy website.

Grab tour tickets here.

Phillip Island

If you really want to get away from it all, spend a day at Philip Island. With beautiful coastlines, stunning scenery and activities for everyone, you probably won’t want to leave! Stay on and enjoy the evening penguin parade, a truly unforgettable event.

Find out what you can do on Philip Island.

Get tickets for the penguin parade here.

Moonlit Sanctuary

More than 70 wildlife species await you at the Moonlit Sanctuary. Experience an animal encounter, listen to a zoo keeper or even take a night tour at this sanctuary less than an hour from Melbourne Central.

Visit the website to see what animals you can get up close and personal with.

Grab your tickets before you go here.

Go surfing

Forget waiting for the perfect wave these summer holidays, URBN Surf Park offers the perfect wave all year round! The waves are always rolling in and you can choose your level or for the beginners, take a lesson.

Take a look at Australia’s first surf park here.

Buy your learn to surf lessons here.

Werribee Open Range Zoo

See giraffes, hippos, rhinos and so much more at this incredible open range zoo. With education and exhibits to excite the imagination, a day out here is something the whole family will enjoy. We went to the Werribee Open range Zoo and wrote a detailed review here.

Take a look at their website for a range of tailored itineraries.

Get your discounted tickets here.

Gumbuya World

What do you get when you cross a zoo with a water park? A whole world of FUN! Gumbuya World is exactly that – visit the zoo to see animals up close, relax in the rockpools or race your friends down the slides.

Read the Gumbuya website here.

Tour the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Go behind the scenes at this iconic Melbourne venue and walk on the oval where many historic sporting moments have occurred. Home to cricket and football, the ‘G’ as it is affectionately known, will delight the sporting fans in your family. Families tip: Take the tram to add to the excitement and forget about the stress of parking.

Click here for the Melbourne Cricket Ground website.

You can book tour tickets here.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Enjoy unrivalled views of Melbourne from the comfort of your own glassed in pod on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. With a complimentary ‘in flight’ audio tour, be sure to add this experience to your school holidays list.

Take a look at the website here.

Grab your tickets here.

5 things to do at home these school holidays

When you just can’t leave the house, these stay at home activities will be crowd pleasers with the kids. Sometimes the best memories are made in your own home.

Go on a treasure hunt

Make a list of things you can easily find in your backyard and send the kids out to find them. Make it even more interesting by getting them to draw some things as well.

Build a cubby house with sheets

Building a cubby never gets old. Grab some sheets, towels and their favourite toys and make a cubby under the kitchen table.

Put on a show

Give the kids a theme and ask them to put on a show. Let them raid your wardrobe for costumes. You might be amazed with what they perform.

Plant a veggie garden

Getting kids outside is always a great idea. Grab some seeds from your local nursery or hardware store and start a veggie patch. It is a great way for kids to interact with nature and see where food comes from.

Make your own jigsaw puzzle

Ask you kids to do a drawing and then cut it into shapes. Watch them enjoy trying to put it all back together again. Tip: Glue the picture onto cardboard first to give it a solid backing before cutting it out.

Theatres with kids shows on in Melbourne these school holidays

If you are looking for something a little different, take a look at these venues who all offer family friendly shows and programs over the school holidays.

Arts Centre Melbourne

Located on the banks of the Yarra River, Arts Centre Melbourne really does embrace families and children. Not only do they host a range of kids show and workshops, but they also offer interactive experiences for little ones, designed to spark wonder in them.

Take a look at their website for school holiday ideas.

Athenaeum Theatre

This beautiful theatre was founded in 1839 and offers shows to surprise and delight families these holidays. Families tip: Located in the CBD, you can catch a show at the theatre then enjoy a free ride on the city circle tram ride!

Click here for the Athenaeum website.

Melbourne kids holiday ideas

If you’re looking for more things to do in Victoria for the school holidays, click here.

Soooo…. what do you think? Plenty of Melbourne days out ideas here to keep you and the kids entertained for the whole school holidays? These Melbourne holiday ideas are updated every term, so remember to bookmark this page. If you re looking or things to do in Melbourne with teenagers, then read this article too!

Let us know if we missed your favourite or if you would like us to add your venue or event!

Even more VIC school holiday ideas:

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And if you are heading to our nations capital, we have listed he best school holiday activities in Canberra too!

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