What’s on these Autumn School Holidays in Melbourne

The Autumn School Holidays are coming up in Melbourne 28 March–13 April 2020. If you’re searching for activities and events to keep the kids entertained look no further.

What’s on during the Autumn School Holidays in Melbourne:

** Most events around Melbourne have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, please check each website for more details**

Let's get creative these spring school holidays
Image: Drawing activities at NGV

Drawing activities

Spend these school holidays at the NGV nurturing your child’s creativity and love of art. Children and families are invited to drop by the Great Hall and take part in free drawing activities inspired by exhibitions at NGV International.

Date: 30 March–3 April 2020
Time: 10am–1pm
Location: NGV International, Great Hall, Ground Level
Price: Free
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KAWS: Playtime at NGV
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KAWS: Playtime

KAWS: Playtime is a creative space for kids that features KAWS’s (artist) signature character BFF and artwork referencing his popular toy-like figures. Families are invited to explore BFF’s world through hands-on interactive experiences. KAWS: Playtime will be leaving the NGV on 13 April 2020.

Date: on until 13 April 2020
Time: 10am–5pm daily
Location: NGV International
Price: FREE
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Top Arts 2020 at NGV Australia
Image: Corey Lyu. The Siren’s Song 2019. Ceramic 77.0 x 61.0 x 36.0 cm, Camberwell Grammar School

Top Arts 2020

Top Arts 2020 presents artworks from 43 students who have excelled in VCE Art and Studio Arts. Themes explored by the exhibiting artists include mental health, the impact of technology on everyday life, diversity and identity. Working across mediums including painting, sculpture, performance art, theatre, photography and animation, students have undertaken comprehensive research to create innovative and complex artworks.

Date: 13 March 2020 – 12 July 2020
Time: 10am–5pm daily
Location: Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square
Price: Free
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WIN: Melbourne International Comedy Festival for Kids
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Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the largest comedy festivals in the world, and this year the kid’s program is jammed packed with fun circus acts, slapstick comedy routines, kids cabaret, pantomimes, live music, fart jokes and of course tons of comedy.

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What's on: Autumn School Holidays in Melbourne

Charlie and the War Against the Grannies

The hilarious production of Charlie and the War Against the Grannies comes 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: 28 March–5 April 2020
Time: 10am & 12pm (4 April also has 3pm show)
Location: Playhouse, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Price: $27–$39
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What's on: Autumn School Holidays in Melbourne

Giggle & Hoot

Join Jimmy Giggle and his pals for a hootastic adventure! Set off on a pirate adventure to find Mini Hoot, and witness the self-proclaimed ‘World’s Greatest Magician’ – Magician Jimmy Giggle-ini – then hoot off into the Giggle Galaxy to help Hootabelle ‘Twinklify’ the stars, with plenty of good times along the way.

Date: 7–9 April 2020
Time: 10am & 12.30pm
Location: Playhouse, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Price: $31.65–$37.75
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Tesselaar KaBloom, Festival of Flowers
Tesselaar KaBloom – Festival of Flowers

Tesselaar KaBloom – Festival of Flowers

Tesselaar KaBloom – Festival of Flowers is a wonderful opportunity for families to walk among millions of beautiful flowers and enjoy live entertainment and activities around the Tesselaar Flower Fields. School holiday activities include circus and drumming workshops, fairy storytime, treasure hunts, garden games and visits from Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly.

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What's on - Winter School Holidays
Image: Werribee Open Range Zoo

Dinos at the Zoo

Dinosaurs are taking over Victoria’s three zoos for a limited time only. Families can Explore Dino Lab at Melbourne Zoo, Discover Zoorassic at Werribee Open Range Zoo or Experience Lost Sanctuary at Healesville Sanctuary. Kids under 16 years old can visit free on weekends and during Victorian Government school holidays.

Date: 28 March – 12 July 2020

Melbourne Zoo
Time: 9am–5pm
Location: Dinosaur Trail (opposite Lemurs), Melbourne Zoo
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Werribee Open Range Zoo
Time: 9am–4pm
Location: Werribee River Trail, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Healesville Sanctuary
Time: 9.30am–4.30pm
Location: Lost Sanctuary, Healesville Sanctuary
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WIN: Marvel Universe Live! in Melbourne
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Marvel Universe LIVE!

Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to Melbourne Australia for the first time. This action-packed show will feature more than 20 Marvel Superheroes and Villains. With non-stop action, movie-style thrills and jaw-dropping stunts that showcase the powers of your favourite Super Heroes right before your eyes. Join Spider-Man, The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil.

Date: 2–6 April 2020
Time: check website for showtimes
Running time: 1 hour 36 minutes (with 20 min intermission)
Location: Rod Laver Arena, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne
Price: $35–$110
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Melbourne Spring School Holidays
Image: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Photo: Matthew Murphy

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been extended until July 2020 due to popular demand. 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 12 July 2020
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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Image: Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, the reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed.

Date: 12 March–13 April 2020
Time: check website for showtimes
Location: Big Top at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
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We try our best to provide accurate information on kid-friendly events around Victoria, but we do recommend that parents check details directly to confirm dates, times, prices as some details may be subject to change.


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