Winter school holidays: 11 family-friendly activities to do in Victoria

Travel 01 Jul 24 By

Monopoly Dreams, Melbourne

There’s plenty of fun to be had in Melbourne and beyond.

Need some inspiration to keep the children entertained during the school holidays? Victoria has plenty of fun, family-friendly activities on offer!

We understand that keeping the family entertained during school breaks can sometimes be a challenge, especially when on a budget. But fear not! We’ve curated a list of activities at a range of price points that promise loads of fun for everyone.

Australian winter school holiday dates 2024

NSW: 8 July to 19 July 2024
Victoria: 29 June to 14 July 2024
ACT: 6 July to 22 July 2024
Tasmania: 6 July to 22 July 2024
South Australia: 6 July to 21 July 2024
Western Australia: 29 June to 14 July 2024
Northern Territory: 22 June to 15 July 2024
Queensland: 22 June to 7 July 2024

What’s on in Victoria in the winter school holidays?

Care Bears Langham high tea

Enjoy a Care Bears Afternooon Tea at the Langham

The Langham, Melbourne is hosting a Care Bears Afternoon Tea during the July school holidays from July 8 to 14, with sessions at 11am and 2pm daily.

Enjoy Care Bears-themed treats like Flourless Orange Friend Bear Cake, Cheer Up Daisy Cupcake, Funshine Lemon Chocolate Macaron, and Care Bear Shortbread Cookie. Attendees also get a goodie bag.

Cost: Tickets range from $90 to $105, making it a perfect event for families and Care Bears fans.

Click here for more details.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is for builders big and small

With over two million LEGO® bricks on display, everyone is in for a bricktastic adventure at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre.

Check out the 2 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D cinema & much more!

Cost: Book online from $36 per person      

Click here for tickets and more information.

Become part of the artwork at ArtVo Melbourne.

Become part of the artwork at ArtVo Melbourne

At Australia’s first immersive, ‘trick-art’ gallery, guests can ste[ into a world of optical illusions.

The larger than life murals allow kids and adults to come face-to-face with wild animals, scale rocky crevasses and surf the ultimate pipelines.

Take priceless photos in unbelievable scenarios as you walk through a variety of different zones, each with its own spectacular illusions. 

Cost: $30 per adult, $20 per child (5-15)

Find out more details at ArtVo Melbourne

Go back to colonial times at Sovereign Hill

Go back to colonial times at Sovereign Hill

Travel back in time to the colonial era, where horse-drawn carriages ruled the roads and striking it rich in the gold mines was every Australian’s dream.

Sovereign Hill will transform into a Winter Wonderland from June 28 to July 21. You won’t want to miss this magical experience. Celebrate 10 years of sound, lights, and wintry delights at Winter Wonderlights.

Cost: $49 per adult, $29 per child (5-15)

For more information click here.

Pullman & Mercure Melbourne Albert Park

Enjoy a family staycation at Pullman & Mercure Melbourne Albert Park

Whether you fancy a picnic by Albert Park Lake, a visit to St Kilda Beach, or exploring city attractions, the Pullman & Mecure Melbourne Albert Park is convenient for everything.

The family fun package goes beyond the hotel walls, with discounted tickets to Monopoly Dreams. Featuring a laser maze, flying monopoly money, and a physical ‘go to jail’ for players, the new, immersive experience is a one-of-a-kind, life-sized board game and the ultimate, family-friendly attraction. 

Prices from: Pullman $229 Mercure $189 

Dates: June 29 – July 21

For more details click here.

Pizza 400 Gradi

Learn how to make pizza from scratch

Whether you have a wood-fired oven or a regular one at home, the expert pizza chefs at 400 Gradi will teach your child how to make pizza dough from scratch and turn it into a delicious pizza.

This won’t be your typical children’s cooking class!

Cost: $45 per person

To find out more visit 400 Gradi.

Unko museum

Embrace poop at Unko Museum: The Kawaii Poop Experience

Get ready to embrace the cuteness of poop with themed zones, games, and photo ops. It’s the only international exhibit dedicated to poop, but in a cute way.

Dive into an adorable universe inspired by Japan’s “Kawaii” aesthetic, play fun games at the Crappy Game Corner, snap unique photos with fantastical backdrops, and grab a cute souvenir from the Unko Factory.

Location: 360 Bourke St Melbourne 3000

Cost: Adult $28, $21 child (3-15)

To find out more here.

Monopoly Dreams, Melbourne

Visit Monopoly Dreams and play for real life!

Visit Monopoly Dreams, a fully immersive and interactive Monopoly experience, featuring games, challenges, and the chance to win Monopoly money. Try your hand at cracking Mr. Monopoly’s vault, explore the Water Works and Electric Company, make a grab for cash at the Bank, and take a Chance at the interactive games. Be sure to try your best to avoid Jail!

Cost: From $38.50

Dates: School holiday fun begins from 29 June.

To find out more visit Monopoly Dreams

Puffing Billy Railway

Ride the Puffing Billy Railway through the Dandenong Ranges

Journey onboard the open-sided carriages through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, with lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead. 

Sit back, let your legs sway from the carriage sill, and soak in the view from this iconic steam train. An experience suited for everyone, regardless of age.

Cost: Ticket prices start from $31.

Visit Puffing Billy for more information.


Enjoy some spectacular science at Scienceworks

Curious kids will love discovering the wonders of air at the Air Playground, catching a free levitation demonstration at Air-Palooza, or exploring the fascinating world of glowing objects at the Glow Show.

Enhance your trip to Sciencworks by watching a Planetarium 360 film and exploring the historic Pumping Station using augmented reality with FlushBack.

Join as a Museum Member and enjoy free entry to our museums during these school holidays (and every day thereafter!).

Cost: Adult $15, Child free

Fina out more details at Scienceworks.

Grazeland Melbourne

Enter a Winter Wonderland at Grazeland, Melbourne

Grazeland will run from Friday, June 28 to July 28, turning it into the ultimate cosy and entertaining spot for all ages this winter.

Melbourne’s top foodie playground will feature fire pits, neon lights, and magical snow falling all night. Enjoy epic live music from local artists and DJs, ensuring a fun time on the dance floor.

Fina out more details at Grazeland.

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