Top Things To Do: Fun Family Events
With school holidays coming up, we’re building our list of top things to do in Melbourne this September.
Last week our readers discovered what’s on at City of Melbourne’s three favourite attractions: Dockland’s Medibank Icehouse, Melbourne Zoo and Sealife Aquarium. Well this week we have three more fantastic recommendations that are sure to keep the family entertained.
Royal Melbourne Show
Every September since 1848, the public has been flocking to the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds. It’s a tradition that attracts up to 500,000 people every year. Organised by the Agricultural Society of Victoria, the main purpose of the Royal Melbourne Show is to promote the agricultural industry, but over the years it has become the main event for everything animals, food and entertainment.
While livestock continues to be the biggest attraction, the show offers a full day of fun with amusement rides, talks and shows, as well as competitions. The Royal Melbourne Show is the ultimate place to watch professional judging, with awards for everything from equestrian to baking and even things like wood chopping.
This year’s special events include nightly fireworks spectacular, freestyle motocross stunt show and Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Stage Show.
It wouldn’t be a true day at the show without an armful of show bags to take home, so don’t forget to stock up.
Dates: 20 September to 1 October
Queen Victoria Market – Little Marketeers
Located at the top of the Melbourne CBD, The Queen Victoria Market is known as one of Australia’s best. Open Tuesday through to Sunday every week, many Melbourne locals choose to shop there for the local produce, fresh from the farm. But every Saturday and Sunday, Queen Vic is bustling with around 17 hectares of stalls.
Did you know that Queen Vic also runs a special Schools & Kids program? High schools take educational tours of the historic site and listen to talks on Melbourne’s food culture, nutrition and sustainable farming. Why not take the family during the September School Holidays for a tour of your own or for the Little Marketeers program or craft workshops?
There is a lot more to the market than shopping.
Entry is free.
Melbourne Observatory – Starry Southern Skies
Take your little scientists to the Melbourne Observatory this school holidays for some stargazing. Located within the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Observatory is a a place for scientific research and operates in partnership between the the Astronomical Society of Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens Trust.
During school holidays, the centre is open to the public every Monday and Thursday for a special event called Starry Southern Skies. The roof will be opening and rotating to show off the starry night sky. Stars, planets and the moon can be viewed through powerful telescopes under the guidance of Astronomers.
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September School Holidays 2015
- Victoria: 19 September to 4 October
- New South Wales: 19 September to 5 October
- Queensland: 19 September to 5 October
- Australian Capital Territory: 26 September to 11 October
- South Australia: 26 September to 11 October
- Tasmania: 26 September to 11 October
- Western Australia: 26 September to 11 October
- Northern Territory: 26 September to 4 October