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Melbourne’s Best School Holiday Activities

By Ella Pleasant
4th Apr 2014

There's a heap of school holiday activities on this April, and we've got all the best events, exhibitions and programs right here, rolled into one comprehensive guide!

There are musicals, comedy acts and films to keep kids entertained, along with a whole bunch of interactive activities to get their bodies moving, brains thinking and creative juices flowing. We've even thrown in a few foodie treats to make the holidays that much sweeter.

So, without further ado, here is our guide to Melbourne's best school holiday activities, guaranteed to keep kiddies (and their parents!) entertained over the Easter break.

DJ Monski Mouse is bringing her epic, high-energy dance extravaganza to Melbourne as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.  These school holidays, parents and kiddies can bop along to pop favourites, retro tunes and even a nursery rhyme or two. Perfect for under-5s and their groovin' mums and dads.

Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall |The Famous Spiegeltent at Federation Square
5th-20th April | Tuesday – Sunday 11.30am
Visit the website for more details

A musical comedy for all ages, Suessical brings the fantastical characters of the Dr Seuss stories to life; Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and even little Jojo will all be part of this magical, musical extravaganza. Bring the family to experience the classic rhyming styles of Dr Seuss to a huge musical score. Not to be missed!

Seussical The Musical | Athenaeum theatre, Collins Street in Melbourne
7th-21st April | Varied dates and times
Visit the website for more details

Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar…the studio behind these family favourites, DreamWorks Animation, is in Melbourne these school holidays! Head to ACMI to see the world first behind-the-scenes exhibition featuring never-before-seen drawings, exclusive interviews, models and original artworks and interactive displays. Antz, The Road to El Dorado, Chicken Run, Shrek and other DreamWorks Animation cult favourites will also be playing on the ACMI screens.

Getting inspired by all the fantastic films? 'Learn to Tame Your Dragon', a two-hour green-screen workshop, will see kids star in their own DreamWorks-inspired, dragon-filled adventure. Grab a copy of the film for just $10 and add it to the show reel.

Little filmmakers can get even MORE hands-on experience with 'Animated Escapades', a day-long workshop where kids will create their own claymation spectacular. They'll learn the tips and tricks from a professional animator, before they design, mould, shoot and screen their masterpiece.

ACMI | Federation Square in Melbourne
Various dates | Visit the website for more details

Image credit: Inside The Brick Facebook

It's time to don your skivvies, folks, because The Wiggles are coming to town these school holidays! Back with more wiggle than ever, the awesome foursome will be singing old favourites along with new material from their latest CD, Apples and Bananas. Victorian tickets are selling like hot potatoes, so make sure you pick 'em up quick sticks!

For tour dates and to book, visit the website

To celebrate the release of their latest CD, The Wiggles are throwing a wiggly high tea at The Langham, featuring Dorothy the Dinosaur cupcakes, red car cookies, toffee apples, banana muffins and hot potato chippies, as well as keyboard sandwiches and fluffy scones. Wiggling and nibbling with your tots – could you think of a better school holiday activity?

The Wiggles High Tea | The Langham, 1 Southgate Avenue in Southbank
Running to 21st April | 10:00am -11:30am | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Visit the website for more details 

Rediscover the magic of little plastic blocks at the Inside the Brick Lego Fan Expo this Easter weekend. Check out the ammmaazing displays, have a chat to the expert builders and get help build a huge Lego city in the play area.

Inside The Brick | The Capital, 50 View Street in Bendigo
18th-20th April | 9:00am-4:00pm
To book, please click here

Image credit: Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Get up close and personal with your favourite Disney characters at Melbourne Star these school holidays! Highlights include Woody and Jessie's lasso challenge, a Monsters University inflatable maze (complete with a life-size Sulley), a Pixar Cars zone with a bouncy inflatable slide…the list goes on! If that's not enough interactive Disney fun for you, I don't know what is! Best of all? It's all free!

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel | 101 Waterfront Way in Docklands
April 11-13 | 11:00am-4:00pm
Visit the website for more information

Pack a picnic and head to Frankston Waterfront to check out the 3500 tonnes of sand meticulously sculpted into Storyland. The grand sculptures bring to life popular book titles including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Mr Men and Little Miss Books, Postman Pat, Angelina Ballerina and Flower Fairies. You can watch the experts in a speed carving demos, learn the art of the craft in a sand workshop, and even get a new look at the face painting station.

Frankston Waterfront, Nepean Highway in Frankston
To 27th April | Tuesday-Sunday plus public holidays | 10am-6pm
Visit the website for more details

Kew East's favourite neighbourhood café, Fat Penguin, will be hosting a pop-up self-serve ice cream bar these school holidays!  Kiddies can scoop and swirl to their heart's content; $2 from every ice cream goes towards the Royal Children Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Delicious, fun and for a good cause!

Fat Penguin | 713 High Street in Kew East
4th-17th April | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
View the Facebook page for more details

Image credit: Fat Penguin

Slip on your skates and get a move on to Medibank Icehouse. Their holiday program, Circus Skate-A-Rama, will include daily circus performances, free face painting, beginner lessons and demos by figure skaters as well as a safe snow play area for toddlers. Make sure you also check out the Wonderballz on Ice program, were you'll don inflatable bubble suits and roll around the rink in an epic soccer game…yes, really! Now is that cool, or is that cool?

Circus Skate-a-rama | Medibank Icehouse, 105 Pearl River Road in Docklands
7th-22nd April | Visit the website for more details

Melbourne Zoo's school holiday program, Kids Go Wild, will give budding zoologists a behind-the-scenes view of zoo life, with heaps of activities, games and up-close animal encounters.  The day-long program runs from 8:30am to 3:30pm every weekday during the school holidays, making it perfect for busy working parents!

Melbourne Zoo | Elliott Avenue in Parkville
7th-17th April | 8:30am-3:30pm
Visit the website for more details

The (Very) Big Laugh comedy show is taking over Federation Square and City Square as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival these school holidays. It's free, family-friendly and guaranteed to make you lol, lmao and rofl. 

The (Very) Big Laugh Out | Federation Square and City Square
Dates and times vary | Visit the website for more details

Image credit: Zoos Victoria

Calling all mini-Matt Prestons – Gasworks are firing up their frypans these school holidays! In this fully interactive Junior Chef class, kids will cook up a delicious gozleme before jumping on the smoothie bike to peddle a nutritious, delicious smoothie! Each junior chef will be kitted out in an apron and get to take home their very own paper chef's hat and recipes…and of course test out what they've learnt on their lucky parents!

Gasworks | Corner Graham & Pickles Street in Albert Park
15th April | 10.30am-11.30am (4-6 years) | 12.30pm-1.30pm (7-12 years)
Visit the website for more information

Main image credit: Visit London

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