Top 7 School Holiday Activities in Melbourne

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Arts Centre Melbourne
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The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
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Engage your senses at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Year-round, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is a safe bet for a day of relaxation and exploration. These April school holidays are no exception, with a range of activities planned for kids and adults alike. If you’d prefer to march to the beat of your own drum, join in one of the guided boat cruises or simply pull up a picnic blanket under your favourite tree.
 

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SEA LIFE Melbourne
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Meet Peppa Pig at SEA LIFE Melbourne

A pig might not be the first attraction that comes to mind when you think of an aquarium, but it’s no ordinary pig that will be making an appearance at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium these school holidays. Beloved cartoon character Peppa Pig celebrates 15 years of muddy adventures in marine style, plunging into the aquarium for daily meet and greets through 21 April. Don’t forget to get your “pigture” taken with her!
 

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Melbourne Museum
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Get Hands-On at Melbourne Museum

From live exhibits to animation workshops, there’s no shortage of hands-on activities happening at Melbourne Museum these school holidays. At Gut Feeling, kids can learn the science behind digestion in a delightful display of physical theatre; in Meet the Museum Expert, they’ll get to try their hands at a range of weird and wonderful museum jobs; and workshops will teach kids how to direct their very own TV commercial!
 

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Immigration Museum
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Harvest Season at Immigration Museum

Instead of huddling indoors as the weather turns cooler, head to the courtyard at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum. Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the holidays, the museum offers kids a chance to use harvested produce to create artworks to take home, make mini scarecrows to decorate planter boxes, and draw their favourite critters to place in the garden.
 

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Arts Centre Melbourne
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Become a Rockstar at Arts Centre Melbourne

This April, visiting families will be let in on a world of secrets at Arts Centre Melbourne. Workshops give kids a taste of what it’s like to be a comedian, a rockstar or even a magician. For something a little slower paced, check out the beloved Sunday Market, where more than 80 artisans sell their wares each week from 10 am to 4 pm.
 

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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
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Enter the LEGO-Verse at LEGOLAND

If your little ones can’t stop talking about Emmet, Wyldstyle and MetalBeard after “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part”, take them to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre where movie mania continues all school holidays. A range of interactive and intergalactic activities allow children to enter their very own LEGO-verse, including the opportunity to make stop motion videos using LEGO, create LEGO Systar Systems, embark on scavenger hunts, and even meet the characters—all included in admission price.
 

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Scienceworks
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Get Building at Scienceworks

From tiny builders to big engines, these school holidays at Scienceworks are dedicated to the wonders of engineering. A full room of the museum will be transformed into an open-ended engineering play space, where kids can meet full-grown experts, find out how big engines work by seeing them in action, and even spend the day as an engineer, tinkering with contraptions and constructions of their very own.
 

By Kirsty Sier

For kids, school holidays represent endless potential. For parents, they can be equal parts fun and terror. If you’re stretched for ways to entertain the little ones in Melbourne over these April school holidays, these seven destinations have you covered.

Kirsty Sier
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Editor of Where Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast)