While we don’t follow the school terms here at Choklits Child Care, we love school holiday time! Why, might you ask? Well, its because of the host of fabulous activities, many of them free, that are put on for kids. In this blog, we are going to share some of our favourites for this year, to give you some inspiration and ideas for where you might like to take your little ones for some extra exploring. Keep reading for our collated list of fabulous, free activities for kids in Melbourne this winter.
Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real
21st June – 9th October 2022
Location: National Gallery of Victoria
Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real is an exhibition open to people of any age, that invites children and their families to experiment with innovative ways of making their own works of art. It’s a brilliant ‘yes space’ where children can manipulate the environment in four distinct activity areas to reflect their creative vision. Audiences can explore multiple mediums, such as large-scale sculptures, paper collage, poetry and drawing.
Parents of children with sensory challenges will appreciate the exclusive relaxed sessions on offer, which give people the opportunity to enjoy a quieter gallery experience with fewer people and reduced sensory stimuli, to prevent overstimulation and make the environment less overwhelming.
Kids Go Free to All Footy Games Until Round 17
Until 10th July 2022
Location: Marvel Stadium and MCG
Cost: Free for kids
Do you have a little footy fan in your house? Well, you’re in luck, because kids 14 years and under can score a free ticket to all games up to round 17! Click here to check out when your team is playing, and here for extra info about the offer so you can book your tickets.
1st July – 3rd July 2022, from 5pm
Location: Harbour Esplanade & Newquay Promenade, Docklands
The Firelight Festival is back for three nights, with brilliant fire installations, talented performers and fantastic light shows. This year the shows will feature a larger than life fiery phoenix, and a mesmerising liquid, laser and light show.
Children and adults alike will be delighted by the fire sculptures, flame jets, fire twirlers and flaming trumpeters; the perfect entertainment on a chilly winter night.
Click here to find out more.
Jurassic World at Myer Melbourne
Open until the 10th of July
Location: Level 7, Myer Melbourne, 314/336 Bourke St, Melbourne 3004
We have many little dinosaur lovers at Choklits, and this exciting activity will be right up their alley! Jurassic World at Myer Melbourne features a dinosaur enclosure with large animatronic dinosaurs in detailed habitats, complete with an eight metre long T-Rex! Budding palaeontologists will be delighted by the amber fossil workshop and kids can also take part in an AR dinosaur experience. To learn more, click here.
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Friday the 8th of July, 10:30am
Location: Fed Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne 3000
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is part of the City of Melbourne Libraries’ Alice in Wonderland School Holiday Program, and is for all children under the age of five.
“Bring along your tiniest rabbit, tumble down the rabbit hole, and attend this most entertaining morning of mind-bending stories and songs. Don’t be late for this very important date.” ~ What’s On Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens Outdoor Adventure
On until the 31st of December, 10am – 4pm daily
Location: Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne 3002
Not sure what to do with the kids on a sunny winter day? Get out and about for some great entertainment by taking on the outdoor adventure challenge in the heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens. Kids can collect a map from the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre, and head off on a hunt to answer 12 questions around the garden.
We recommend this activity for ages four and up, with help from an adult ready to sleuth! Click here for more information.
We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to wonderful, free things to do with kids in Melbourne this winter. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures when we see your child next at Choklits!
This list is merely the tip of the iceberg of awesome activities to discover, so if you’re keen to find even more great activities to keep your kids occupied, check out this list of 2022 Winter School Holiday Events.