10 fun things for families over the school holidays

Splashland at Caulfield Racecourse. Photo: supplied

Splashland at Caulfield Racecourse. Photo: supplied

It’s one of life’s perennial questions: why is egg nog the only nog flavour? Oh, and the other burning question at this time of year is, how will we entertain ourselves over the holidays? Here’s a few ideas that promise fun, not just for young ones, but parents too.

Gingerbread Village

This year marks the sixth annual Gingerbread Village display by Epicure, showcasing Melbourne landmarks made of out of, well, Gingerbread.
This year, Epicure’s chefs will add the F1 Grand Prix to the village, a fun place for the whole family to visit. All funds raised will be donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Saw this great exhibition of famous Melbourne icons made from Gingerbread & icing just in time for Xmas #melbourne #luxury #gingerbread #xmas #luxurylife #icon #winterwonderland

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Christmas lights

It’s a family favourite, and sometimes an annual tradition, to go searching for the best Christmas lights. One place to add to the list is the Christmas LED Lightshow Spectacular at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Because, it’s wheely good ….


Boxing Day races

This is fun mainly for the grown ups and it could be a way to double your Christmas money with a flutter on the ponies. The Boxing Day races at Caulfield Racecourse is a lovely way to spend the public holiday.

  • Tuesday, December 26
  • Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East.
  • mrc.racing.com

Clip Clop Club Family Race Day

Photo: supplied

Photo: supplied

This family fun day promises a touch of the glitz and glamour of the races (and possibly an event to help cure your New Year’s Eve hangover). The Clip Clop Family Race Day is one to put on the calendar for the holiday break.

  • Monday, January 1
  • Mornington Racecourse, 320 Racecourse Road, Mornington
  • mrc.racing.com



Does an inflatable waterslide park sound like your kind of fun? Then you’re in luck with Swisse Kids presents Splashland at Caulfield Racecourse.
This pop-up park has eight amazing rides and is a must see over the school holidays for the young and young at heart alike.

  • December 28 – January 24
  • Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East
  • splashland.com.au


Regurgitator kids show

With everything 1990s back in style, it’s no surprise that Regurgitator are back on the scene. What may be surprising is the band famous for its irreverent lyrics are soon to release a kids album. The ‘Gurge are heading to the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Elisabeth Murdoch Hall to perform their songs which are said to be “as naughty as punk rock can get while still being rated G.”



For those who love to get a family photo with the difference, ArtVo could be the place to visit.
Described as an immersive or ‘trick art’ gallery – ArtVo encourages visitors to touch, interact and photograph themselves to become part of the artwork.
ArtVo has more than 11 themed zones where artwork is painted onto walls and floors to give a 3D illusion.

  • Open daily 10am to 6pm
  • 26 Star Crescent, Level 1, Harbourtown
  • artvo.com.au

Watch out! ArtVo has some new art coming soon!!

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Skate with Santa

While Melburnians will (hopefully) never experience a wintery Christmas at home, families can still enjoy festive ice skating at the Docklands. In fact, kids (big and small) have the chance to skate with Santa to follow up on their Christmas lists. There are plenty of family-friendly activities for all ages on at the O’Brien Group Arena until Christmas Eve.

  • Until Sunday, December 24 (between 11am and 3pm)
  • O’Brien Group Arena, 105 Pearl River Road, Docklands
  • obriengrouparena.com.au


ACMI school holiday program

Fun at ACMI. Photo: supplied

Fun at ACMI. Photo: supplied

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image has a heap of fun and creative activities for kids on during the school holidays. With sessions on computer coding, filmmaking, animation and claymation there’s something for teens and tweens. ACMI also has fun exhibitions to visit over the break for everyone to enjoy.

  • Dates throughout January
  • Federation Square, Melbourne
  • acmi.net.au


Arts Centre Melbourne programs

For young performers, Arts Centre Melbourne has a number of workshops happening throughout January. They include Instant Rockstar (allowing kids to compose their own music from thousands of sound samples), comedy courses, and even learning the secrets of magic with a special magicians session.
Workshops are open to kids aged 10 and older (you’ll need to check for exact age qualifications).



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