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School Holiday Fun for the Whole Family

Winter school holidays are coming up and if you’re looking for ways to keep the little ones entertained, these seven Melbourne activities will keep their boredom at bay. Whether they love learning about animals, watching shows or playing outside, these family-friendly events are the perfect way to spend a winter’s day out and about in Melbourne.

Ice Skating at River Rink – Until July 17

Strap your skates on – Melbourne’s only outdoor ice rink is back for another year this winter. With a dramatic backdrop of the city and Yarra river, the River Rink will transform you into a fairyland of light and colour. For the young ones still learning to skate there’ll also assistants in the form of 70cm high penguins and seals which can be rented from the River Rink Box Office to help support them on the ice.

Jurassic World Exhibition – Until October 9 

Walk amongst the dinosaurs at Melbourne Museum’s Jurassic World Exhibition. Visitors of all ages can now learn all about these incredible prehistoric creatures, so whether you’re a T-rex lover, or more  of a Jurassic World geek, there’s something for everyone!

Docklands Winter Fireworks – July 1 – August 26

Watch the sky light up over the Docklands every Friday and night this winter. Arrive early or stay late to enjoy sparkling entertainment set to delight kids big and small, from live music to roving performers.

Melbourne Magic Festival – June 27 to July 9

The largest of it’s kind in the southern hemisphere, the Melbourne Magic Festival returns to Melbourne for the winter school holidays. The program runs from June 27 to July 9 and will feature over 300  jaw-dropping performances at 55 different shows. The festival will include family shows, kids shows and there’s even shows for adults!

Circus Oz – until July  10

A rock-n-roll, animal free circus that the whole family can enjoy together. Their current show TWENTYSIXTEEN is a refreshing cocktail of new and old, innovation and tradition with turbo-charged acrobats bringing amazing new skills and wizardry to the flying trapeze, the Chinese pole and unicycle adagio.

Ice Slide – June 25 – July 17

Visit Southbank these Winter School Holidays to visit Melbourne’s first real Ice Slide. Take turns going down  the four-metre  high ice slide and when you’re done, grab a meal from The Food Truck Park next door.

Wild Nights at the Werribee Zoo- June 25 – July 9

Ever wonder what goes on in the Zoo after dark? Do lions roar? Do hippos snore? Do cheetah cat-nap or play? This winter school holidays, take the kids along to the Werribee Zoo and go on an animal adventure. There’ll bedazzling fire shows, marshmallow toasting, late night animal spotting and a Secret Garden to discover.

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