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Experience the ultimate Spring School Holidays in Melbourne 2023

Experience the ultimate Spring School Holidays in Melbourne 2023, where warmer days and blossoming flowers entice the kids outdoors for unforgettable adventures. Don’t miss Children’s Weeks at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival and CherryHill Cherry Blossom Festival. Delve into the captivating world of Bangarra’s production, “Waru – journey of the small turtle,” or embark on a thrilling circus odyssey with “Carnival of the Animals.” Seek excitement through the 360 AllSTARS Performance and Workshops, be inspired by Justin’s BIG Balloon Show and enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne’s Big Bandicoot Backyard. These holidays are your ticket to endless fun with the kids!


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Family fun at Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2022
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Tesselaar Tulip Festival

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival will run a special Children’s Weeks program during the spring school holidays. Enjoy live interactive experiences with Bluey and Bingo in week one, followed by a stage show starring Peppa and George Pig in week two. Explore Fairy Hollow for captivating tales, get up close with Australian wildlife by Black Snake Productions, and enjoy craft workshops. From Treasure Hunts to Dutch games, the Tulip Train, Dutch delicacies, and vibrant market stalls – there’s something for everyone.

Date: 16 September – 15 October 2023 (children’s weeks: 18 – 21 & 25 – 28 September 2023)
Time: open 10 am – 5 pm daily
Location: 357 Monbulk Road, Silvan
Price: $29.50 – $33.50 (kids until 16 years are FREE)

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Family fun at CherryHill Blossom Festival
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CherryHill Blossom Festival

Embrace the beauty of spring at CherryHill Orchards as they present the CherryHill Blossom Festival. Explore endless rows of stunning cherry blossoms, and enjoy their famous cherry ice cream. This year CherryHill is partnering with the team at Mary Eats Cake to offer visitors a luxury High Tea, nestled amongst a private row of cherry blossoms.

Date: 16 September – 1 October 2023
Location: CherryHill Orchards, 474 Queens Road, Wandin East
Price: adult $12.50, child (3 – 13) $7, 3 yrs & under FREE

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Waru – journey of the small turtle

Bangarra’s enchanting children’s production, Waru – journey of the small turtle, will make its Melbourne debut at Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne from 15 – 19 September 2023. This immersive journey brings Torres Strait Islander culture to life through a contemporary saltwater Lagaw Kazil (Island Children) story, following a resilient green turtle’s return to her birthplace under the starlit Torres Strait skies. As the nesting season begins and a new generation, including the endearing Migi, prepares to emerge, young audiences are invited to embark on a captivating adventure of self-discovery and survival. Recommended for ages 3 – 7 years.

Date: 15 – 19 September 2023
Time: 15 Sep 6 pm, 16 – 19 Sep 11 am & 1.30 pm
Location: Fairfax Studio, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Price: $15 – $100

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Experience the ultimate Spring School Holidays in Melbourne 2023
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Carnival of the Animals

Step right up and be whisked away by a thrilling circus escapade inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns’ delightful salute to feathers, fur and fins. Circa’s world-renowned acrobats will tumble, fly, leap and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom. This experience is further enriched by the Youth Participation Program, featuring 16 talented young circus performers from Victoria who will rehearse and perform alongside the Circa ensemble—recommended for ages 3+.

Date: 16 – 23 September 2023
Time: 11 am & 2 pm
Location: Playhouse, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Price: $25 – $32


Experience the ultimate Spring School Holidays in Melbourne 2023
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360 AllSTARS Performance and Workshops

Experience the electrifying sensation of 360 ALL STARS at Bunjil Place this September School Holidays, where an explosive fusion of BMX, basketball, breakdancing, acrobatics, drumming, and more awaits. Having wowed audiences on Broadway, at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the Sydney Opera House, this internationally acclaimed troupe brings workshops and an exciting performance to the stage. With workshops catering to different age groups (10+ for BMX, breakdancing; 5+ for circus), the heart of the show is a dynamic urban circus featuring World Champions and World Record holders, backed by a live music score and captivating visuals. 

Date: Wed 20 September 2023
BMX Flatlanding Workshop: 12 pm – 1 pm
Breakdancing Workshop: 12 pm – 1 pm
Circus Workshop: 12 pm – 1 pm
Performance: 7.30 pm
Location: Bunjil Place Theatre, Studio and Plaza
Price: Workshop: $8, Performance: $18

Experience the ultimate Spring School Holidays in Melbourne 2023
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Justin’s BIG Balloon Show

Showmen Productions presents Justin’s BIG Balloon Show, starring Justin Williams and featuring guest performers from their global tour. This 60-minute extravaganza is bursting with illusions, circus feats, and oversized balloon creations. Justin shares his passion for balloons, magic, and circus, taking the audience on a personal journey. From intimate acts to grand illusions, the show blends engagement, enchanting balloon sculptures, and surprise prizes. Special guests Sam Hume and Nathan Green add to the excitement. 

Date: 18 – 23 September 2023
Time: 18 Sep 7 pm, 19 – 23 Sep 2 pm & 7 pm
Location: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne
Price: $34.90 – $44.90

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Experience the ultimate Spring School Holidays in Melbourne 2023
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Big Bandicoot Backyard

These school holidays, the world’s largest Southern Brown Bandicoot comes out of hiding at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne’s Big Bandicoot Backyard, with free, fun activities and entertainment for all ages and families to enjoy.

There will be arts and science activities (including crafting a baby bandicoot), Southern Brown Bandicoot-inspired performances by award-winning theatre ensemble Born in a Taxi, an interactive guided walk with Southern Brown Bandicoot Outreach Officer, Eilish Roberts and more.

Date: 22 – 24 September 2023
Time: 10 am – 2 pm, Performance, 10.30 am and 1 pm each day (30 min)
Location: Ian Potter Lakeside Precinct Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
Price: FREE

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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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