What’s on in the Autumn School Holidays Melbourne

The Autumn School Holidays are fast approaching, and Melbourne is bursting with fun and engaging entertainment to keep the kids amused. These are my top picks for what’s on in the Autumn School Holidays Melbourne.

The Autumn School Holidays run from 2–18 April 2021.


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What's on in the Autumn School Holidays Melbourne
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Music Play Family Festival

Melbourne Recital Centre is inspiring kids and families during the April school holidays with two jam-packed days of creative fun at Music Play Family Festival. Families can enjoy concerts, adventures and outdoor fun. The festival features some of Australia’s favourite entertainers including Peter Combe, Teeny Tiny Stevies, All Day Fritz, Declan the Music Man and Polyglot Theatre’s Ants will be roving around the forecourt.

Date: 12 & 13 April 2021
Time: 9am
Location: Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St, Southbank
Price: Tickets from $10
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Gasworks Arts Park School Holiday Program

Gasworks Arts Park is hosting a School Holiday program that offers a range of hands-on activities and live performances. The King of Kids Comedy is back, with his Mr Snot Bottom horrible, terrible, really, really, bad, bad show. The Little Feet Music Band will be singing funny songs about germs, jumping, animals and poop!

Learn the art of fencing with traditional foils or test your lightsaber skills with Sword Fighters Australia. Create a colourful clay peacock or be inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and create your own artwork.

Kids can take an adventure in the world of Pokémon or build a dinosaur world in Jurassic Brick Land.

Date: 6–16 April 2021
Time: various time
Location: Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
Price: $15–$25
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Shaun the Sheep Circus Show

Internationally-acclaimed Australian circus ensemble Circa has joined forces with multi-award-winning animation studio Aardman to create a new circus-theatre production for audiences of all ages, Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show.

Shaun the Sheep animation is combined with a live performance from Circa, simultaneously blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus. A visual spectacle, Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show is also packed full of smart wit and outright hilarity. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

Date: 14–18 April 2021
Time: check website for showtimes
Running time: 100 minutes including intermission.
Location: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St, Melbourne VIC
Price: $35–$68
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Melbourne Comedy Festival

This year the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back bigger than ever with tons of kid-friendly entertainment. Running from 24 March until 18 April 2021 at various locations around Melbourne. The festival will showcase these kid-friendly shows – Ali McGregor’s Big Family Gala, CIRCUS, Comedy Club For Kids, Comedy Club For Kids Online, Farty Pants & Farty Bum, Improvilicious The Improvised Guide to Spooky Stories, Maddy and Jimmy The Brick of Destiny, Mr Snot Bottom 10 Stinky, Silly Years and The Listies ROFLSHALBOWCO.

Date: 24 March–18 April 2021
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The Gruffalo’s Child

The Gruffalo’s Childmusical is an adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Bringing together physical theatre, music and puppetry to deliver songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up. The Gruffalo’s Child is aCDP production, in conjunction with Tall Stories.

Date: 6 April 2021
10 am and 12 pm (audio described)
Running time: 55 mins
Location:Bunjil Place Theatre, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren VIC
$16 + service fee
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Splash Test Dummies

The multi-award-winning makers of the hit show Trash Test Dummies are swimming back to our shores with their production Splash Test Dummies. The Dummies will dive from bathtubs to beaches, displaying an array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and side-splitting, slapstick comedy. Recommended for families with children aged 5-12 years.

Date: 17 April 2021
Time: 2pm
Running time: 60 mins
Location:Bunjil Place Theatre, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren VIC
Price: $16 + service fee
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All Day Fritz

All Day Fritz will take over the Chandelier Room at Hawthorn Arts Centre on Thursday 15 April with their lively and funky mix of jazz, rock and blues that is sure to amuse a crowd of all ages.

All Day Fritz are known for using a wide range of instruments, including horns, accordions and banjos, and audiences can even expect to see some Go-Go dancing which is sure to get kids and their family all dancing along together.

Date: 15 April 2021
Time: 11 am–12 pm
Location: Chandelier Room, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
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‘CIRCUS’ is the latest trailblazer in children’s entertainment; featuring world-class illusions direct from Las Vegas, impressive feats of acrobatics, mind-boggling juggling stunts poised high above the stage, and the classical, loveable Clown who will stop at nothing to get his chance to be a part of the show.

Starring the very best performers in the business, and with enough side-splitting comedy to send any grown man running to the toilet, there’s no simpler way to put it – this show truly has it all.

Date:3–18 April 2021
Location: The Famous Spiegeltent, Arts Centre, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Price:Adult $25, Concession $23, Family $85, Groups 6+ $20
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Charlie and the War Against the Grannies

The hilarious production of Charlie and the War Against the Granniescomes to life at the Playhouse these school holidays, with shadow puppetry, live music and three really stinky farts. Written by and starring Alan Brough (Spicks and Specks). Recommended for ages 5+

Date: 14–24 April, 2021
Time: 10am & 12pm (17 & 24 April also have 3pm show)
Running time: 55 mins
Location: Playhouse, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Price: $25–$35
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Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kids
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Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kids

Japanese artist Misaki Kawai brings her playful dog characters to the NGV Kids Gallery as part of NGV Triennial. Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kids is a colourful immersive play space inspired by dog parks and dog salons. Using her playful approach when making art, she has created a group of furry dog sculptures and multimedia activities for kids to enjoy.

Date: on until 18 April 2021
Time: 10.15 am–3.30 pm session times
Location: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Price: Free. NGV has capacity limits, all visitors must book tickets online
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Image: The Australian company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photo: Matt Murphy.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Childis based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. The play is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Both parts of the play are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

Date: on until 25 August 2021
Time:check the website for showtimes
Location: Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, 163 Spring Street, Melbourne
Price: from $65 per Part
Recommended for kids aged 10+
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IMAGINARIA immersive play experience in Melbourne
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IMAGINARIA is an immersive play experience the whole family can enjoy. Navigate through a series of custom-built installations that are housed within a giant inflatable bubble. Each installation is fully interactive, with sound, scent and light activating in response to movement as you walkthrough.

Date: on until 23 May 2021
Time: various times, please check their website.
Visitors must arrive 15 minutes before their session start time.
Location: The District Docklands, Waterfront Way, Docklands
Underneath the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Price: $23.95–$29.95. Family $97 for 2 x adults & 2 x kids
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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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