Pop Up Park in Werribee City Centre

Cool off and kick back this summer at the Pop Up Park. The free Wyndham City event will transform Station Place into the destination for summer fun, with live music, an outdoor cinema, food trucks and more. The Pop Up Park is a green city outdoor space for locals and visitors to relax in the sunshine, catch up with friends for a picnic brunch and entertain the kids with jumbo lawn games of chess, jenga or connect four – the perfect space to unwind and break-up those long summer days. With a Friday Night Live music performances, Saturday evening movie sessions and Street Food Sundays, this is one not to be missed!

Location: Werribee City Centre @ Station Place, Werribee
Dates:Everyday from the 19/01/18 to 25/02/18 (Times will vary depending on the day, see full program online)
Cost: Free admission everyday!

Swisse Kids presents Splashland

Swisse Kids presents Splashland is the ultimate inflatable waterslide pop-up for families and will be a must visit these school holidays. There are three new slides this year, including the 10 metre Launch Pad for kids 5 years and older, with a surprise bump in the middle that will have you airborne. For the littlies, there’s the Crazy Maze obstacle course and plenty of slippery, bouncy fun on The Castle. For the perfect family day out, Swisse Kid’s presents Splashland will offer classic summer food and beverages to cool you down and keep hunger at bay. Plus, there will be tunes spinning the day away, with plenty of umbrellas, deck chairs, sunscreen and entertainment for the whole family.

Location: Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 2, Station Street, Caulfield East
Dates: 28 December 2017 to 24 January 2018
Costs: Adult slider (13 years+) $20; Adult non-slider (entry only) FREE ; 5 – 12 year old slider $29.50 ; 3 – 5 year old slider $9 ; Child under 3: FREE; Family ticket (4 tickets of any type, but must include at least 1 adult and 1 child): $88

Australian Centre for the Moving Image School Holiday Program

With exhibitions and workshops, the school holiday program at ACMI is interactive and FUN! From family LEGO robotics workshops to kids’ filmmaking, claymation and virtual reality and even a sleepover night in celebration of Wallace and Gromit, this is an action-packed program for true cinema and animation buffs!

Location: Federation Square, Melbourne
Dates: 3 – 25 January
Costs: Various including some free events

Super Odyssey Mario High Tea

Whether a nostalgic throwback or a summer holiday treat, the Super Mario Odyssey High Tea will spark your imagination, and you might just collect a few gold coin cupcakes along the way.

Oh no! The notorious Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach once again… but this time he’s hell-bent on marrying her, and has even enlisted a devious crew of wedding planners to arrange the ostentatious nuptials. To find his way to the princess, Mario must take to the skies in his flying ship, the Odyssey, collecting Power Moons on a globetrotting rescue mission.

With his brand-new companion, Cappy—a mysterious spirit that inhabits Mario’s signature cap—he must travel to vibrant new kingdoms, unearth secrets, and wield astonishing new abilities.

We heard a rumour that Bowser has left a trail of scrumptious treats at The Langham Melbourne and maybe even an elusive Power Moon. Adults and children alike are invited to join this CAP-tivating quest… join quick, before it’s too late!

Location: Melba Restaurant, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
Dates: 28 December – 31 January, weekdays 10-11:30am or 12:30-2pm
Cost: from $39 per child and from $59 per adult

Tin&Ed: Inflatable Futures

Combining the joy of bouncy castles with the aesthetics of sculpture, this installation encourages kids to leap into the unknown, using play to engage with space, technology and the future. You won’t want to miss the special line-up of activities scheduled to accompany this fun-filled installation.

Location: MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Dates: 8-14 January, 9am-4pm
Cost: FREE

Escape the Gaol at Old Melbourne Gaol

Aimed at ages 6+, Escape the Gaol is an immersive an educational experience. Acting as an inmate, participants explore the gaol to hatch the perfect escape plan. Each ‘prisoner’ is given a notebook full of riddles they must decipher before hunting the gaol for the answers. Escape the Gaol is included in General Admission tickets.

Location: Old Melbourne Gaol, 377 Russell Street, Melbourne
Dates: 9:30am – 5pm daily until 26 January
Cost: $28 Adult; $23 Concession; $15 Child (5-15 years); $65 Family (2 adults + 2 children); $48 1 Adult Family (1 adult + 2 children); $5 extra child on family tickets

‘Bowl Camp’ at AMF Bowling

Available Monday to Wednesday between 9am and 12pm across the school holidays (excluding public holidays), Bowl Camp is a fun and informative program allowing kids to learn how to bowl, from how to hold the ball correctly to where to stand on the lane, and also tips and tricks for scoring that elusive strike. Includes 1 game of bowling and 1 game of laser tag (2 games of bowling if laser tag is not available at the venue). Kids will also enjoy a jaffle and pop top drink, as well as 10 arcade bucks to enjoy the arcade games on offer. Best suited to children aged 5-15.

Location: Available at all AMF Bowling centres across Australia
Dates: Monday to Wednesday, 9am-12pm across the school holidays (excluding public holidays)
Cost: $28 per person

‘The Ultimate Fun Pass’ at AMF Bowling

Available all day, every day during the school holiday period, kids can get the full AMF experience with bowling, laser tag and arcade games to keep them entertained. The Ultimate Fun Pass includes: 1 x game of bowling and 1 x game of laser tag (1 x games of bowling if laser tag is not available at the venue), shoe hire, 10 arcade bucks, $10 café voucher and $7 return voucher.

Location: Available at all AMF Bowling centres across Australia
Dates: All day, every day during the school holiday period
Cost: $29.90 per person

BBQ Festival 2018

The 2018 Yak Ales BBQ Festival is an American-style barbecue competition packed with mouth-watering BBQ from local and international pitmasters. Running across two days in both Melbourne and New South Wales, the festival program features barbecue cooking and butchery demos, a barbecue cook-off sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, a Kid’s cook-off zone, live bands, DJs and much more. It’s a fun day out for the whole family!

Location: Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Road, Flemington
Dates: 2-3 February
Cost: Tickets from $30.60 (kids under 12 receive free entry)

Beyond Melbourne

Emu Plains Market

Nestled amongst a stringybark forest, this is a market to delight and inspire. Bringing together the community with makers from the Mornington Peninsula and beyond, you will find handcrafts, eclectic vintage clothes and collectibles, local produce, gourmet food, craft workshops, fun activities for the kids and more with awesome live music all day creating a unique festival atmosphere.

Location: Emu Plains Reserve, Coolart Rd, Balnarring
Dates: 6 & 20 January 3pm-8pm
Cost: $4 for parking, no ATM on site

Sand Sculpture Contest

Now in it’s 20th year, this contest is a community affair organised by volunteers from the Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House. Compete as an individual or as a team with your friends with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age category.

Location: On the beach next to the Pilot’s Jetty in front of the Neighbourhood House, 3 Tobin Drive, Queenscliff
Dates: 7 January, 10am-12pm
Cost: from $5

Frozen sing-a-long

If every viewing of the Frozen film in your living room ends up as a sing-a-long, join this fun sing-a-long viewing. Dress up in costume as your favourite character, free Face painting on site 1 hour prior and special Frozen treats Icy Cold snow cones, Popcorn, Fairy Floss, Ice Creams and drinks on sale in the Candy Bar.

Location: The Wonderland Spiegeltent at Barwon Heads, Ewing Blyth Drive, Lahey Square Park (next to Barwon Heads-Ocean Grove Bridge), Barwon Heads
Dates: 9 Jan, 6:30pm
Cost: $10, infants aged 0-2 FREE

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