Autumn School Holiday events and activities in Melbourne

The Autumn School Holidays in Melbourne is showcasing some of the biggest and best kid-friendly festivals, exhibitions and shows that are dedicated to fun and creativity.

Here are my top picks for Autumn School Holiday events and activities in Melbourne 2022.

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Kid-friendly Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019
Image: Melbourne Comedy Festival 2019

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival will have kids in stitches from 30 March – 24 April 2022. There are plenty of super fun kid’s shows during the festival that includes The (Very) Big Laugh Out, Comedy Club For Kids, Circus, Dr Bubble and Milkshake, Farty Pants & Farty Bum, The Greatest Magic Show!, The Listies Make Some Noise!, Mr Snotbottom’s Stinky Silly Show and much more.

Date: 30 March – 24 April 2022
Various times, locations and prices.

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WIN a family pass to see CIRCUS – The Show at Athenaeum Theatre, head to our Facebook page for more details.

Autumn School Holiday events and activities in Melbourne
Image: Emil and the Detectives. Photo: Andy Ellis

Emil and the Detectives

Never underestimate the determination of a child! Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal? Suitable for adults and children aged 8 years and up.

Date & time: Wednesday 20 April, 7pm – 8pm (Opening Night)
Thursday 21 April, 10am – 10.55am & 1pm – 1.55pm
Price: Full $35, Family (group of 4+) $30, Concession $25
Location: Gasworks Theatre, 1-35 Graham Street, Albert Park

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Autumn School Holiday events and activities in Melbourne
Image: Triceratops Fate of the Dinosaurs, 2022, Melbourne Museum. Photo: Eugene Hyland

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs has arrived at Melbourne Museum. This monumental exhibition showcases the most complete real dinosaur fossil in any Australasian Museum, Horridus is a remarkable sight and the towering centrepiece of this spectacular exhibition.

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs takes families on a 67-million-year journey back to the world of the Triceratops through to the present day. Split across two levels and comprised of three acts packed with interactive displays, digital projections, animations and soundscapes this epic exhibition traces the grand story of life over time from the age of the dinosaurs to their descendants still among us: birds.

Date: on now
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Melbourne.
Price: included with Museum entry. Adult: $15, child: free and members: free

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Autumn School Holiday events and activities in Melbourne
Image: Bees. Photo: Theresa Harrison

Bees

Bees is an interactive work in which kids are welcomed into a world of community, communication, wonder and imagination. There will be a buzzing, humming hive of activity, as three human-sized Bees busy themselves in the creation of a community alongside kids who transform into bees as they play.

Presented by Polyglot Theatre and Abbotsford Convent for Convent Kids.

Date: 9 – 12 April 2022
Time: 10.30am – 11.15am, 12pm – 12.45pm & 2.30pm – 3.15pm
Price: Free
Location: Heritage Garden, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

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Image: Ms N YunupiŋuBäru ga Ganytjurr 2007 colour screenprint, ed. 23/28 Proposed acquisition© Ms NYunupiŋu, courtesy of Buku-LarrŋgayMulka Centre, Yirrkala

The Gecko and the Mermaid: Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu and Her Sister

The Gecko and the Mermaid: Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu and Her Sister, celebrates the vibrant culture and community of the Yolŋu people through the work of two pioneering artists and sisters.

The exhibition introduces young audiences to Yolŋu art, culture and language and provides an opportunity for children and families to learn more about and engage with the rich culture from North-East Arnhem Land – known to be one of the oldest living cultures on this planet.

Dates: on until 25 April 2022
Price: Free
Location: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

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Tesselaar KaBloom, Festival of Flowers
Image: Tesselaar KaBloom – Festival of Flowers

Tesselaar KaBloom – Festival of Flowers

Tesselaar KaBloom – Festival of Flowers will have plenty of kid’s entertainment at this year’s festival, with a program that includes circus workshops, drumming workshops, tractor train, storytelling by the woodland fairy, treasure hunts, garden games, face painting and much more.

Date: on until 25 April 2022
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan, Victoria
Price: adult: $29, concession: $26, children under 16 years are free

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Top Arts 2022
Image: Kellie Palatino It’s alive! 2021, wire mesh, air-dried modelling clay, synthetic polymer paint, cardboard, watercolour, glass, dirt, gloss varnish 46.0 x 50.0 x 33.0 cm Kilbreda College, Mentone © Kellie Palatino

Top Art 2022

Top Arts 2022 exhibition highlights the resilience and creativity of young artists who completed their VCE studies during a global pandemic. Inspired by complex themes including isolation, societal pressures, injustice, time, home and the environment, the works on display offer an insight into the personal experiences of these young artists and the issues important to them.

Date: 17 March 2022 – 24 July 2022
Location: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square
Price: Free

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Image: Holiday Island, Bunjil Place

Holiday Island

A clown yearns for a summer getaway, so she creates it in Bunjil Place Plaza. With the help of families, the clown builds an imaginary world of play, relaxation and togetherness. Using colourful props and a humorous twist, the performers show their imagination on the large screen whilst simultaneously interacting live with the audience. Families will be treated to an uplifting and perfectly silly beach adventure. Suitable for kids aged 3+.

Date: 10 – 14 April 2022
Time: 11 am & 3 pm (daily)
Location: Plaza, Bunjil Place, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren
Price: $5 per person (includes a cupcake)

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Join the trained clowning performers of Holiday Island in a short workshop that teaches kids the basics of clowning – 12 & 14 April 2022, price: $5.

Autumn School Holiday events and activities in Melbourne
Image: Little Food Festival, Fed Square

Little Food Festival

Little Food Festival will bring a jam-packed program to Fed Square these School Holidays. Families can enjoy workshops, performances and demonstrations by a stellar cast of food enthusiasts, producers, creatives and experts to inspire the next generation.

For two days, Fed Square will be the destination for family-friendly foodie activity within The Farm, The Hub, The Grocer, The Table and The Compost, with each activation zone dedicated to an element of the food system; production, distribution, retail, consumption and waste.

Date: 20–21 April 2022
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Price: FREE
Location: Fed Square

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We try our best to provide accurate information on kid-friendly events around Victoria but do recommend parents check details directly to confirm dates, times, prices as some details may be subject to change.

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