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What’s on during the July school holidays

Looking for some activities to entertain the kids during the school holidays? We have a list of some of the many shows and activities available, from Melbourne to Western Victoria. 

Please remember to also check your local council, library and shopping centre Facebook pages for information on what they have on offer. 

Cirque Africa Werribee open range zoo
The Big Top returns this winter, with Cirque Africa bringing their exciting acrobatic performances every day during the school holidays!
Keep warm under the Big Top and marvel at this highly entertaining blockbuster production, bringing all the colour and energy of African culture.

Where: Werribee open range zoo K RD Werribee South
When: Every day from 30 June – 15 July 9am-5pm
Cost: $8.00 members $5.00 under 4 free
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The big bubble show Athenaeum Theatre
Make amazing memories these winter school holidays at The Big Bubble Show!
Combining astonishing bubble magic, comedy, audience participation and dazzling lighting to create a unique mesmerising theatrical experience for the young and young-at-heart. It's bubble-tastic school holiday fun!

Where: Athenaeum Theatre 188 Collins Street Melbourne
When: 05/07/2018 2pm, 4pm and 6pm
Cost: A Reserve: $49.90, B Reserve: $39.90, C Reserve: $29.90
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Little Designer Club Myer Pop Up Design Studio
At the pop-up, kids can design their own handbag or necklace, design their own product swing tag and get creative with fun props, taking pics of their very own designs. Kids are destined to leave with a proud smile on their face and a unique creation in hand!

Where and when:
Myer Melbourne CBD 30/06-3/07 10am-3pm
Myer Chadstone 4/07-7/07 10am-3pm
Myer Highpoint 8/07-10/07 10am-3pm
This pop up is located in the children’s wear section of each store
Cost: Free to visit and design in the studio. $19.95 to design necklace, $39.95 to design handbag, $49.95 for both.
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MARVEL Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N
Australia's first Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N experience integrates science and modern technology with movie-based props. As a training agent of S.T.A.T.I.O.N you can train like an Avenger and delve into the history behind your favourite super heroes. Explore an extensive range of Avengers operation equipment such as Captain America’s uniform and shield, Iron Man’s MK 45 suit, The Hulkbuster suit and Thor’s mighty hammer.

Where: Fed Square Swanston st & Flinders St Melbourne
When: Until 15/07/2018
Thu-Fri: 11am – 8pm
Sat: 9am – 7pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm
Cost: Adults from $35 junior from $23 family from $89
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Skating at festival Melbourne Crown Riverwalk
The Skating At Festival will glide into Melbourne these winter school holidays offering a unique winter wonderland ice skating experience. This affordable family-friendly event is ideal for people of all ages and skill levels with something for everyone on offer. The world-class 40-metre open-air ice rink provides a magical winter precinct with lighting, music, Kanga skating aids and delicious dining options nearby.

Where: Yarra Promernade Southbank
When: 22/06/2018 to 15/07/2018
Mon-Wed: 10am – 9pm, Thu-Fri: 10am – 11pm, Sat: 9am – 11pm, Sun: 9am – 10pm
Cost: Adult (14+yrs) $28; child (5-13yrs) $20; kids (2-4yrs) $10; family pass (2A & 2C) $89
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The District Docklands' Winter Experience
The District Docklands is transforming into a spectacular Winter Utopia, complete with a program packed full of exciting activities guaranteed to entertain kids - big and small! Jump on the District Ice Slide and hurtle on a tube down the whopping 15m-long slide, sure to be a thrilling experience. The Snow Play area is an 8 metre x 8 metre zone where you can build your own snowman and make snow angels - with real snow and without leaving Melbourne! Live ice carving shows will take place every weekend, where you'll be able to see how the professionals make a beautiful sculpture out of an ice block.

Where: District Docklands 440 Docklands Drive Docklands
When: 21/07/2018-26/08/2018 Sat-Sun only: 12am – 4pm
Cost: This is a free event
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Wild Nights at Werribee Open Range Zoo
Spot animals by torchlight and see Werribee Open Range Zoo come to life after dark!
Watch the fire performers and lantern parades, toast marshmallows by the campfire, explore the secret garden and get lost in the glow zone.

Where: Werribee Open Range Zoo K RD Werribee South
When: 7 - 14 July 2018 5.30pm
Cost: Adult $35.00 Child $7.00 Adult Member $10.00 Child Member $5.00
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Winter Wonderlights Sovereign hill
During the day, Christmas Trees and colourful decorations will line the Main Street. ‘Hands-on’ activities for children, a full theatre program, faux snow falls and delicious treats bringing Christmas cheer to all.
By night, as the sun sets and the snowflakes fall, Main Street will be transformed by sparkling grand-scale images and bright Winter Wonderlights dancing along its familiar facades.

Where: Sovereign Hill Bradshaw Street Golden Point
When: 30/06-22/07 10am-7pm
Cost: Adults $61 Concession $48.80 Child (5-15) $27.60 Family from $110
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Magic show & workshop train
Join Dazzling Dan the Magic Man for a magical experience the kids will not forget! Dan’s workshop theme for these train trips will be a Treasure Hunt!
This family special is perfect for parents and grandparents with children who love to watch and learn about and perform magic.

Where: Queenscliff Railway Station Symonds St Queenscliff
When: Tuesday 3 July 2018 & Tuesday 10 July 2018 11 am
Cost: $36 Adult; $26 Senior/Child 4-17yrs; $6 Toddler 1-3yrs; $90 Family (2A & up to 3C)
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Winter Skate O’brien group Arena
The Winter School Holiday program includes:
- all-day unlimited public skating with DJ’s playing your favorite music
- free craft activities
- under 8s ice fun 9am-11am, with toys, games and music, plus snow play areas for children to enjoy
- free beginners lessons

Where: O’brien group arena 105 Pearl River Road Docklands
When: mon-fri 9am-10pm, sat 9am–11pm, sun 9am-9pm
Cost: Adult $28 Concession $26 Child (6-14) $24 Child (3-5) $15 costs include skate hire
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Pirate Sundays at Polly Woodside
The first treasure hunt is at 11am, kicking off a program off kids' activities throughout the day. Scrub the deck and have fun with pirate games, arts and crafts.

Where: Polly Woodside 21 S Wharf Promenade South Wharf
When: 1st July 2018 10am – 4pm
Cost: Adult $16, concession $13, child $9.50, family (2 adults & 2 children) $43
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Jamie's Ministry of Food Geelong School Holiday Program
Do you have a budding chef at home who wants to do something fun this school holidays? You’re in luck because Jamie’s Ministry of Food offers a school holiday program. Over four days your child will learn to cook Jamie Oliver’s nutritious and delicious recipes. It’s a fun and entertaining way to learn loads of Jamie Oliver hints, tips and shortcuts and the cooking skills to set them up for life.
Inclusions: All ingredients, recipes and lunch each day plus some to take home

Where: 106 Moorabool Street, Geelong, VIC 3220
When: Group 1: Mon 2nd July – Thurs 5th July, 2018 10.30am-2.30pm
Group 2: Mon 9th July – Thurs 12th July, 2018 10.30am-2.30pm
Cost for 4 sessions: 12 – 16 y.o student $140, 17 + year old student $210, Adult $280
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Steam Trains for Kids-Victorian Goldfields Railway
Why not join for us for kids activities on our trains during the school holidays.There will be strolling clowns and balloon activities entertaining the kids during the journey. Even Lazarus the performing ram will be in attendance. Open the windows, maybe see a kangaroo, listen to the whistle. We help to keep the kids entertained throughout their journey with puzzles, games and facepainting.
Pack a picnic to have on board or in Maldon in one of the parks, at the station or go to one of the many cafes in town!

Where: Castlemaine & Maldon Railway Stations
When: Saturday 30th June, Sunday 1st July, Wednesday 4th July, 7th July, Sunday 8th July, Wednesday 11th July, Saturday 14th July and Sunday 15th July
Cost: Return Adult $50, Concession $45, Child 4-16 yrs $20, Family (2A & upto3C) $110
Please note: Entertainers will be in excursion class only
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If you have any other recommendations for activities or events please feel free to list them in the comments. 

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