What’s on this Winter School Holidays in Melbourne

Warm-up this winter school holidays in Melbourne and regional Victoria, by attending one of these fun kid-friendly events or activities. The holidays are filled with festivals, art exhibitions, performances and Christmas in July celebrations.

The winter school holidays run from Saturday 26 June to Sunday 11 July 2021.

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What's on this Winter School Holidays in Melbourne
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The Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival

The Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival is back in 2021, this year’s festival offers a range of performances, workshops and unique activities the kids will love.

The program features a wide range of live and online shows for kids of all ages.

Date: 29 June – 10 July 2021
Location: various locations
Price: various prices
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Disney: The Magic of Animation

Disney: the magic of animation exhibition celebrates over 90 magical years of Disney animation, offering a rare glimpse behind the scenes of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Families will be able to experience the incredible artistry behind the studio’s much-loved characters and see how drawings are brought to life – igniting the creativity and imagination of all.

Date: on until 17 October 2021
Location: ACMI, Federation Square, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Price: $17 – $72
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What's on this Winter School Holidays in Melbourne
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Museum of the Moon

UK artist Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will take over Bunjil Place grand plaza these School Holidays. Jerram’s giant replica of the Earth’s moon measures seven metres in diameter, with every centimetre of the spherical sculpture representing five kilometres of the moon’s surface. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composed by BAFTA and award-winning composer, Dan Jones.

Date: 26 June – 4 July 2021
Time: 11am-9pm
Location: Bunjil Place, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren.
Price: Free
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Winter Wonderlights returns to Sovereign Hill
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Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill

Winter Wonderlights is heading back to Sovereign Hill with colourful and vibrant light shows, faux snowfalls, theatre performances, kids activities and an abundance of festive entertainment.

Date: 25 June – 18 July 2021
Location: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat East
Price: $27.80 – $146
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What's on this Winter School Holidays in Melbourne
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French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) presents a major exhibition of more than 100 masterworks of French Impressionism in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). The exhibition will feature works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt and more – including 79 that have never-before-been exhibited in Australia.

Date: on until 3 October 2021
Location: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Price: $10 – $65
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Frozen the Musical is coming to Melbourne
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Frozen the Musical

Due to the Victorian Government capacity restrictions, Frozen the Musical has been postponed until further notice.

Adapted from the Disney film and original 1844 fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen The Snow Queen, Frozen is brought to fresh theatrical life in this luxurious new musical.

Frozen’s journey sweeps audiences up into its thrilling world of adventure and classic comedy. While it does feature true love, the story has become beloved around the world for breaking the princess mould of girls needing to be saved by a prince, instead, focusing on the bond of two sisters, Elsa and Anna.

Date: to be confirmed
Location: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne
Price: $49.50–$179.50 + booking fee
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What's on this Winter School Holidays in Melbourne
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Bluey’s Big Play – The Stage Show

Due to the Victorian Government capacity restrictions, Bluey’s Big Play will be rescheduling some of their shows. New dates to be released shortly.

Bluey’s Big Play is a brand new theatrical adaptation of the very popular children’s television series. Bluey is brought to life by beautifully created puppets. The original story is by Bluey’s creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Brisbane’s Beethoven and Bluey composer, Joff Bush.

Date: to be confirmed
Location: Playhouse, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Bluey’s Big Play is also touring other locations around Victoria
Price: $49.90
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Arts Centre Melbourne – Lighthouse
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The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is an award-winning light and sound wonderland showing at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Part installation, part scientific quest, part rave; The Lighthouse is an immersive performance beckoning young people and adults to explore the endless wonders of that fundamental force of nature: light.

Date: 5 – 17 July 2021
Location: State Theatre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Price: $30
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Gasworks Arts Park – Kids Holiday Program

Gasworks Arts Park has an engaging School Holiday program the kids are sure to love. Give object balancing, hula hooping or acro-balance a go in the Circus Skills Workshop or create your own mixed media collage art, based on the work of American artist Jean Michel Basquiat. Lego fans can unleash their creativity in their very own Lego Star Wars world or explore the world of Minecraft with Lego.

Date: 29 June – 9 July 2021
Time: various times
Location: Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
Price: $25
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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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