5 fun free things to do over the school holidays

For many Melbourne parents, the school holidays can appear out of nowhere and can mean some last-minute ‘keeping the kids entertained’ plans.  No need to worry though, The Weekly Review has looked at some fun and fabulous free stuff on offer for families to enjoy during the term 3 break.

Footy Festival

Like the famous AFL song goes, there’s one day in September …. although with the Footy Festival, there’s actually a few of them all culminating in a celebration (and live viewing) of the AFL grand final.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday, September 27 at Yarra Park near the MCG and includes heaps of free kids activities.

Photo: supplied

Photo: supplied

Dance marathon

Melbourne Fringe and Art Play are putting together the Starting School dance marathon for children aged 3-12 on Friday, September 29. Parents can school their children on the classics including Prince, The Smiths and even The Beatles.

The dance marathon is on from 2pm-3.30pm at Birrarung Marr behind Federation Square. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

ACMI Family Sunday

First Sunday of the month is ACMI Family Sunday offering free activities for parents and kids. In October, ACMI will be taking families on a journey to outer space to celebrate World Space Week. As part of the activities on offer, you can design your own lego rocket and see the solar system in 3D.

It’s on between 11am-4pm on Sunday, October 1.

Photo: Pexels.com

Photo: Pexels.com

Crafternoon

If creating wonderful works of art from cardboard, old books and glitter is something your kids would love to do, then the Crafternoon at North Melbourne Library could be just what they need during the school holidays.

It’s on Thursday, October 5 from 2.30pm-4.30pm.

Biscuit decorating

Young foodies will love getting creative with sweet treats at Southbank Library and Library at The Dock’s biscuit decorating parties. As part of the fun, children will be given two biscuits to create their own masterpieces which can be enjoyed at home.

They’re on Wednesday, September 27 and Monday, October 2 between 10am and 10.45am.

*Only for kids 3-8 years old

Yoga

A relaxing afternoon is on offer at East Melbourne Library with a Dharma kids yoga class during the holiday break. The class which includes movement and breathing techniques is open for children aged 5-10.

It’s on Wednesday, September 27 between 2pm-3pm. Bookings are required.

 

 

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