What’s not to love about school holidays? In Melbourne, the autumn school holiday has coincided with Easter public holidays and this simply means double the fun with your little ones!
If you’re looking for interesting autumn school holiday ideas, you’d be glad to know that there are plenty of activities that the kids and the kids at heart can actually enjoy in Melbourne during the Easter break. From outdoor adventures to fun theme parks, there’s definitely a whole lot of fun for the entire family to enjoy. Here are some of them.
- Luna Park Ride
Overlooking the famous Port Phillip Bay, this historic park has been a destination for Melbourne families for the past century. With 2012 celebrating 100 years of fun-filled adventures and amusement rides at Luna Park, Luna Park continues to surge forward with a generous mix of heritage listed attractions and brand new thrill rides to satisfy all thrill seekers.
- Pottery at Robert Gordon Factory Outlet
Located in Pakenham, the Robert Gordon factory outlet is a fun place to visit to learn more about pottery. Enrol your kids to one of the kid’s workshops where they can create and paint their own pottery. From dog bowls, piggy banks, plates, and mugs, your kids will surely enjoy this fun activity. This is also a great way to develop your kids’ creative skills and encourage them to think critically. Prices start at $14 and already include the cost of firing, brushes, glazes, and aprons.
- Experience the Exhilarating Zip Line Ride at Otway Fly
If your little ones are very adventurous, then take them to the Otway Fly in Ferguson. With seven zip lines of varying speeds and lengths, you and your kids will be flying high above the Otway rainforest. Make sure you get there early because excursions are only until 4 PM, so as not to disturb the mostly nocturnal wildlife. Don’t worry, the zip lines are very secure and even those who have fear of heights might find this activity safe and enjoyable.
- Explore the Avengers Station at Federation Square
If your kids are big fans of the Avengers, then take them to explore the Avengers Station. This is Australia’s first-ever Marvel Avengers Station located at The Paddock, right beside the Federal Square Car Park. Upon entering, you’ll immediately turn into a training agent and delve into the history, engineering, science, and technology behind your favourite superheroes. Everyone can also explore a wide range of operational equipment used by the Avengers, such as the uniform and shield of Captain America.
- Take Part in the Exciting Adventures at Gumbuya World
Growing up, you sure have heard of the jingle of Gumbuya Park playing on your radio many times so this park might be familiar to you. But the park has recently undergone a $50 million renovation and is now called the Gumbuya World. Expect a lot more fun this time around. The Gumbuya World consists of four discrete areas, the Outback Explorers, Wildlife Trail, Ox Adventures and Oasis Springs. You and your little ones will surely have a blast in this newly renovated theme park.
- Canopy Walk at the Live Wire Park
If your little ones are craving for adventure, take them to the Live Wire Park. This adventure park in Lorne focuses on two things – sustainability and adrenaline rush. This high-flying elevated park is the first of its kind in the country. As a sustainable park, the attractions are solar powered and the water used is collected and treated on site. You and your kids can go on a zip line or if you’re more adventurous, take a leisure walk at the 120-metre Canopy Circuit.
- Get Cooking at The Food Factory
If your kids love to help out in the kitchen, why don’t you take them to the Food Factory? Located at the Eastland Shopping Centre, kids can learn a lot of helpful tips in the kitchen from some of the country’s best bakers and chefs. They will also be taught how to prepare some delicious desserts and healthy treats. There’s a $5 booking fee for each participant and proceeds will go to the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
- Discover LEGO Cities in LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
Who doesn’t love LEGO blocks? Your kids will surely have a blast at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, where they can take part at one of the creative workshops. They also have an opportunity to watch a 4D movie filled with sensory cinematic adventures that the wind would literally blow their hair away! What’s more, if you have kids under 3 years old, they get to visit for FREE!
- Visit the Peter Rabbit Craft Village
Visiting the Peter Rabbit Craft Village is a perfect way to celebrate Easter break with your kids! Located at the Fountain Gate shopping centre, your kids will surely have a great time taking part in a wide range of free craft activities. Be sure to keep an eye on Peter Rabbit. He’ll be popping up for a chat every now and then.
- Explore the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden
This holiday break, take your kids at the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, where they can run amok while exploring the Kitchen Garden, Plant Tunnel, Bamboo Forest, Wetland Area, and Ruin Garden. These gardens are filled with yummy vegetables, which makes for an even enjoyable adventure! You can also take part in the Garden Explorer tour where you can hop on and off a bus as it goes around the 38-hectare garden.
- Go-Karting at the Funfields Theme Park
Funfields Theme park is indeed, filled with so much fun for your little ones! If they are the adventurous type, get them to test their go-karting skills at the Formula Fun Mini Go Karts and Thunderdome Go Kart track. Aside from karting, there are plenty of other activities that your kids can take part in, such as the Ferris wheel ride, carousel ride, and the paddling pool and splash waterslide at the water park! Your kids will also have a chance to captain a pirate ship at the water park!
With this long list of autumn school holiday ideas, you will definitely not run out of things to do with your kids this Easter break. Whether your kids are the adventurous type or someone who loves to explore and discover, the list above should get you covered.