8 autumn school holiday ideas

Looking for school holiday inspiration? We've found some ideas that are sure to help entertain the whole family.

The Victorian autumn school holidays are here, starting Saturday 9 April and running until Monday 25 April.

If you are stuck for inspiration on how to keep the kids entertained, we’ve rounded up eight free (or low cost) ideas for you.

  • The NGV is once again hosting Top Arts 2022. It’s a free exhibition of work from 2021 VCE Art or Studio Arts students across Victoria. There is also The Gecko and The Mermaid an interactive exhibition for younger children from Yolŋu artists from North-East Arnhem Land that runs until 25 April.
  • The Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from 30 March to 24 April with a wide range of family-friendly and kid comedy options, including the free show, The (Very) Big Laugh Out, with stand-up, physical and musical performers.
  • Little (or big) foodies in the house? Visit the Little Food Festival in Fed Square on 20 and 21 April. It’s Australia’s first and only food festival for kids. It’s about connecting with food and how we can create a healthier future for people and the planet.
  • Pack a picnic, jump in the car and head out for a day trip to one of  Victoria’s National Parks. You can also sign up for one of the Junior Rangers activities that run over the school holiday period or explore the urban parks in and around Melbourne.
  • The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal is hosting the return of their Kids Day Out on Friday 15 April, a family fun day to help raise money for sick kids.
  • Rediscover Melbourne City, put on your comfiest walking shoes and discover all the new (and old) street art in and around Melbourne.
  • The Queen Victoria Market has a range of free Easter-themed activities for families from craft to face-painting, to a discovery passport activity.
  • Rainy day and prefer to stay put? If you have a budding poet on your hands, they can enter the Independent Schools Victoria 2022 Student Poetry Competition.

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