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Discover our top picks for Melbourne’s Summer School Holidays in 2024! Enjoy family fun with shows like Erth’s Prehistoric World and Circus 1903 at Arts Centre Melbourne. Dive into ACMI’s summer program, explore the Jean Jillian exhibition for kids at NGV Triennial 2023, enjoy the NGV Kids Summer Festival , Dog Man the Musical and so much more. Make your Melbourne summer special with these family-friendly events!


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Summer School Holiday Guide for Melbourne 2024
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Erth’s Prehistoric World

Erth Visual & Physical Inc. are bringing their visually stunning puppetry show Prehistoric World to Fairfax Studio from 3 – 10 January 2024. Transport yourself to ancient oceans and valleys to witness lifelike dinosaurs. After the performance, explore Erth’s ancient artifacts in the Fairfax foyer. It’s a unique post-show event for families to get up close with these fascinating creatures and dinosaurs.

Date: 3 – 10 January 2024
Time: 11 am & 2 pm
Location: Fairfax Studio, 100 St Kilda Road, Southbank 
Price: $35

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Circus 1903

Step into the dazzling Golden Age of the circus with Circus 1903 in Melbourne.

Encounter extraordinary illusionists, contortionists, and acrobats from around the globe, including award-winning puppeteers who brought War Horse to life, animating magnificent elephants on stage.

Date: 4 – 14 January 2024
Location: State Theatre, 100 St Kilda Rod, Melbourne
Price: $71 – $119

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Summer School Holiday Guide for Melbourne 2024
Image: Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature, credit: Kiddiehood

ACMI’s Summer Program

Get ready for an unforgettable summer at ACMI! Experience Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature exhibition, where digital artworks and interactive experiences transport you through hidden forces of nature, guiding you from water droplets to cosmic elements. ACMI also offers engaging sessions linking art and science through play for preschoolers, and don’t miss Kids’ Flicks with Feelings, featuring Studio Ghibli classics like My Neighbour Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies, accompanied by discussions on emotional intelligence and take-home activities for young viewers. 

Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature: 23 November 2023 – 14 April 2024
ACMI Preschoolers: Fridays, 12 January 22 – March 2024 (excl. 26 January)
Kids’ Flicks with Feelings: 15 – 25 January 2024
Location: ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders St

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NGV Triennial 2023: RIFIFI: Jean Jullien for Kids
Image: NGV Triennial 2023: RIFIFI: Jean Jullien for Kids, credit: Kiddiehood

NGV Triennial 2023: RIFIFI: Jean Jullien for Kids  

RIFIFI: Jean Jullien for Kids is all about the ocean and marine life. It’s an immersive and interactive experience designed in Jullien’s distinctive style. Kids can enjoy hands-on activities that teach them how to protect the ocean and its creatures.

Bring the family and explore this artistic adventure that’s not only fun but also educational. It’s a great way to spend quality time together while making a positive impact on our planet!

Date: 3 December 2023
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Location: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Price: FREE

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Image: Dog Man the Musical, Mackenzie Garcia, Nava Revalk, Josh Whitten, Nat Jobe, Jack Dawson and Liam J. Kirkpatrick

Dog Man The Musical

Dog Man The Musical is making its Melbourne Premiere at Athenaeum Theatre this summer. Based on Dav Pilkey’s cherished books, this musical follows a heroic canine’s adventures fighting crime and navigating challenges. Witness his battles against Flippy the cyborg fish, Petey the evil cat, and the race for George and Harold to finish their show by lunchtime.

Featuring beloved characters in a live adaptation with original book and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila and music by Brad Alexander, this colourful production promises to bring laughter and heart from Dav Pilkey’s world!

Date: 17 – 28 January 2024
Time: various times
Location: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne
Price: $39.50 -$59.50

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What's on in the Summer School Holidays in Melbourne
Image: The Wind in the Willows , The Australian Shakespeare Company

The Australian Shakespeare Company

Make this summer unforgettable with The Australian Shakespeare Company, with three shows that are fun for the whole family! 

The Wind in the Willows at the Royal Botanic Gardens, full of interactive fun, song and dance 

Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies at Rippon Lea House & Gardens Elsternwick, an action-packed performance with flips, turns and tumbles a-plenty in Bubble Land that encourages the kids to come in costume and get involved in the singing, dancing and lots and lots of bubbles

Alice in Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole at The Capitol Theatre, in a technicolour experience like no other! 


Summer School Holiday Guide for Melbourne 2024
Image: Botanica, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne

Summer School Holidays at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

These summer school holidays, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is hosting a range of free activities to encourage children to play, connect and learn in nature, including. Activities include Botanica: A Village Among the Oak Trees (16-20 Jan 2024), Nature Play (23-25 Jan 2024) and Kid’s Explorer Bus.

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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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