Family-friendly weekend activities for the school holidays

  • Date: 24 August 2016
  • Category: General
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We’ve got your kids’ weekdays sorted with our fun-filled School Holiday Program, but how will you and your family make the most of the school holiday weekends?

In Melbourne we are spoilt for choice with entertainment and events – unfortunately many have a hefty price-tag attached.

But having a special weekend with your children and creating memories shouldn’t mean you have to break the bank, which is why we have compiled this simple go-to list of weekend activities that anyone’s budget can afford to make an enjoyable school holiday break for your family. 


Take a walk (or bike-ride) in the park

It sounds simple and it should be! Taking your family out for a walk or bike-ride together at a local park is often underrated as an activity, but by getting out of the house it is a great way to explore new sights and play different games – especially if you take a Frisbee and a couple of balls.  

Have a look at your local council’s website to see nearby parks and bike tracks, there may be undiscovered gems you were unaware of.

The urban treasure hunt everyone is playing

No, it’s not Pokemon Go. Geocache app is a modernised treasure hunt where you use the app to find a cache (the treasure) near your home, city, the bush and anywhere in the world.

Using your GPS on your phone you simply follow the directions to find the secret cache.

The cache can be a small toy or other item and is usually hidden in a container and camouflaged in the area. There is a logbook in the container that you will need to sign. How long will your adventure last? That’s up to you!

Life’s a picnic

There’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned picnic! Melbourne has some of the best picnicking spots surrounded by natural bushland. Where should you chuck your picnic rug down? Depending on how far you’d like to travel, there’s Cranbourne Australia Park, Werribee Gorge, Royal Botanical Gardens, The Dandenong Ranges and Organ National Park to name a few.

Museums and galleries – not what they used to be

While museums and galleries seem old-fashioned, many are keeping up with the times and offering interactive activities for kids. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is all about film, but also has an array of moving arts and games.

For flying enthusiasts, the Royal Australian Air Force Museum is worth looking at and certain exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria can be a winner for kids.

Festival frivolities

There’s always an exciting festival on in Melbourne and usually there’s something family-friendly and free. Keep an eye out on the City of Melbourne website to see what’s coming up.

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Not your average playground

Rocket ships and art play, high ropes and water play. These are not your standard playgrounds. Royal park nature playground, Birrarung Marr and Coburg Lakes take play seriously and are wonderlands for kids. Find the closest extraordinary playground near you at Melbourne Playgrounds.


Registrations are now open for our School Holiday Program.