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melbourne free cheap activities school holidays

Have a blast these School holidays with some cheap and very cheerful activities and events that are either free or super cheap and won't put a dent in your hip pocket!

Also check out your local library, shopping centre (think air-con!), your favourite market, any of the 3 Zoos Victoria Venues and Scienceworks and the Melbourne Museum for more free and cheap outings over the holidays.

Here's our Top Twelve ideas:


Sound Art Drawing at MPavilion

Put on a set of headphones and take a seat at a broad drawing table. Through these headphones all will hear the scratches, swirls, tapping and scribbles as you, and others at the table, create individual artistic masterpieces to form a collective work. The sound of pastel on paper is picked up by sensitive microphones and amplified, turning the physical action of drawing into a live soundscape. Everyone will hear their own movement as well as those of the other participants; which sounds really cool when the table is full!

Kids with adults in tow can pop-by MPavilion all week long from Monday 9 January to Sunday 15 January for a FREE morning or afternoon session. Walk-up and get scribbling!


National Sports Museum

With the summer of cricket underway, including the exciting Big Bash League, as well as the hilarious Drawing A Laugh exhibit, there’s no better place to be these school holidays than the National Sports Museum!

Located at the ‘G and featuring iconic sporting artefacts, interactive zones and 3D holograms – as well as some extra special activities taking place from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 January –  the NSM is sure to entertain kids of all ages! Just $5.00 per child.


Atelier: Viktor & Rolf for Kids at the NGV International

Come and get busy at the NGV International latest exhibit for kids. Chop, staple, hole punch, stick and cut your way to a creative collar (or cuff) by using crete paper, rafia and paper - you're only limited by your imagination. The kids and kidults alike will love spending a couple of hours creating then making a diorama. Afterwards pop out the back and play on the Neon pink car wash installation. It's also FREE to explore and a perfect picnic spot.

Open everyday from 10am and it's FREE.


Dandenong Market Free Kids Craft Workshops

These school holidays, Dandenong Market will keep the kids entertained with our free craft workshops. Running every Market day Saturday 14 January - Sunday 29 January (11am – 3pm), kids of any age can join in (no booking required).

Dandenong Market is fast becoming known for our hugely popular craft workshops because our craft workshops:

  • Are free with no booking required.
  • Focus on pure creativity and simple materials – no big business branding or movie tie-ins here.
  • Have an equal focus boys as well as girls – we believe everyone likes to create.
  • Encourage parents to get involved – it’s a great opportunity for mums and dads to have fun too.

The craft workshops will be run by Dandenong Market favourite and award-winning face painter, Sci Westwood. Sci and her team are renowned for their creativity, and ability to make imaginative character play a reality with creativity and wonder.


Kew Traffic School Holiday Program

The sessions are designed to allow individuals and families to experience the facility without being a part of a school or kindergarten group. Therefore the maximum booking number per person is 6 children.

The school holiday program costs $13.00 per child per 2 hour session. The sessions operate as play and ride sessions, no formal education component is delivered.

Children must bring their own bicycle or scooter and helmets, and be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.


Guided Ranger Walk and Junior Explorer Activities of Frankston's natural attractions

Come and explore some of Frankston's most popular natural attractions this autumn. Join our local Park Ranger and be amazed by the history, native flora, fauna, geology and coastal scenery right here on our doorstep.

Bookings Essential

Bookings can be made in person at Frankston Visitor Information Centre or

  • P. 1300 322 842

Cost: $5 adults, $3 concession, $2 children, under 3 free. Booked tours are non-refundable.



The 2017 NGV Kids Summer Festival will celebrate four-legged friends and the magic of storytelling, drawing inspiration from the NGV’s dynamic suite of summer exhibitions including summer blockbusters David Hockney: Current and Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists.
Amongst the FREE creative activities and events, the Festival will feature a fun filled program including masquerade mask-making workshops, a dachshund fashion show, magician performances, and drop-by children’s yoga sessions, at NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from 16 – 26 January 2017,10am – 3pm daily.


Flip it and Spin it Workshop at ACMI, Federation Square

Create a flip book and thaumatrope and discover where animation began in this free workshop.

The magic of a flip book touches everybody. It’s considered to be one of the earliest forms of the moving image.

A flip book comprises pages featuring a sequence of drawings or photographs. When they're flipped through the fingers, they create the illusion of a moving image – the drawings literally come to life in your hands!

Happening from the 4th January - 24th January, 11am - 2pm and it's FREE.


FREE Movies in Station Place, Werribee

Come down and enjoy a family night out every Saturday in January at Station Place, with an outdoor movie screening, music and children’s activities.

Music, movies and food - all hosted in Werribee City Centre.

Children’s activities begin at 6pm and movie begins at 7pm.


Summer by the Sea (Bayside)

More than 350 free activities will be on offer across Victoria’s coastline when Summer by the Sea gets underway next month.
The 2017 program, running from 2 – 26 January, gives Victorians the chance to learn more about the coastal environment on their doorstep while having fun at the same time.
Events on offer around Port Phillip Bay include wildlife discovery at St Kilda, snorkelling at Elwood, and geocaching at Beaumaris.


Watermarc Summer Holiday Program, Greensborough

- Waterslides

Everyday, 9am to 6pm Wednesday 21/12/16 until Mon 30/01/17 with a few exceptions due to altered Centre hours, refer to the Holiday Trading Hours.

- Tarzan Rope

Monday 9 – Friday 27 January 2017

Tuesday, Thursday (excluding Thu 26 Jan – Aus Day Public Holiday)

12.30pm – 2.30pm

- Pool Inflatable

Monday 9 – Friday 27 January 2017

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

12.30pm – 2.30pm

- Youth Waterslide Night

Friday 13 January 2015, 6pm to 9pm

$3 for 12 – 17 year olds, waterslides, photo booth, DJ.

Normal rates apply for anyone outside this age.

- Dive In Movie

Friday 20 January 2016, 8.30pm (or when the sun goes down)

Free for members or standard entry fees apply. Screening near the LTS pool. Movie TBC.


Dogs, Dolphins and Donkeys at the Shrine of Remembrance

Animals have shown great skill and bravery in wartime. What amazing things can your favourite animal do?

Join the team for this hands-on play and making session to explore the world of service and mascot animals.

Dates: Monday 23 January to Friday 27 January 2017
Times: Daily sessions at 10.30am
Program lasts one hour















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