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What to do in Melbourne these School Holidays

If you need proof the winter chill doesn’t put a dampener on Melbourne’s kid friendly offerings, check out this list of exciting events and activities happening over the mid-year break.

Melbourne Magic Festival is back for its 10th year these school holidays, putting on over 300 performances guaranteed to leave you wowed. There are shows for big and little kids alike, including the undisputed master of card tricks Dani Da Ortiz and family favourite Alex the Magician.


Visit the newly opened Legoland Discovery Centre, the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The huge 2800 square metre space houses more than two million Lego bricks, some of which have been fashioned into Miniland Melbourne to replicate the city’s landmarks in perfect miniature form. There’s also a 4D cinema where you can revisit all your Lego favourites and a bunch of play zones where you can test your creative building skills.

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Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festivalbrings an excellent selection of performances and workshops to the streets of Prahan. You can catch Melbourne City Ballet’s take on Little Red Riding Hood, hone your hip hop moves, make your own terrarium or sing along with Sam Moran a.k.a. the former yellow Wiggle.

Oz Comic-Con provides the perfect excuse to unleash your inner geek. Meet Jason Momoa - better known as Game of Thrones’ legendary Khal Drogo, listen to comic book artist Wayne Nichols talk about what it was like to create some of Marvel’s cinematic worlds or admire the intricate costumes of some of the world’s best cosplay.


Skate, Sky and Slide the day away thanks to an ingenious collaboration between two of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks. Start with an outdoor ice-skate around River Rink in Federation Square before heading over to the Eureka Skydeck at Southbank where you can enjoy the view and test your fear of heights on ‘The Edge’. To end the adventure, hop on the giant Ice Slide and whoosh your way down the Yarra.

The school holidays are an excellent time to take the family fishing as ‘ready-to-catch’ rainbow trout are stocked in the city’s lakes. With hundreds of waiting prey the chances of success are high so pack your camera and ready your tummies for a delicious seafood feast.


The Winter Night Marketis now in full swing, welcoming hungry visitors with crackling fires, delicious eats and live music every Wednesday evening. As an added bonus, there’s also mulled wine for mum and dad.

Ghosts? What Ghosts? is a delightfully spooky after dark tour at the Old Melbourne Gaol where you’ll learn about the site’s dark history and unexplained happenings. Test your mettle as you hear spine-tingling tales and make your way through deserted buildings under the night sky.


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