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Winter in Melbourne: School Holidays 2016

If you’re a parent with school aged children, you’re already aware that the mid year break is just around the corner. School holidays vary state to state, but for Victoria the mid-semester break is 25 June to 10 July.

Time to get planning!

The best way to approach school holidays is to keep the family busy. It’s a great opportunity to catch up on some quality time together, and quality time works best when everyone is happy, which means finding fun ways to fill the days.

The weather might be dreary, but Melbourne is still the best place to be in winter. With a full calendar of events this school holidays, there’s no excuse for boredom.

We researched what’s on in Melbourne and discovered that Docklands is the place to be. Best of all, Docklands is conveniently located just a short walk or tram ride from Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders. Why not plan some family time in Melbourne city?



Where? Library at the Dock, Docklands

When? Every Monday 10.30am – 8 February to 30 June

Cost: Free

Suitable for ages 18 months to 3 years

little girl reading book

Reading is a wonderful way to stimulate your child’s imagination and encourage a life long love of books. Stompers at Library on the Dock is a weekly program involving a half-hour of stories, songs, rhymes and music. Have even more fun with Playdoh Stompers back by popular demand on Monday 27 June at 10.30am.


Winter Wonderland Circus

Where? Wonderland Spiegeltent, Docklands

When? 23 June to 10 July

Suitable for all ages

Surprised Clown

Stay cosy and warm in the heated Spiegelten, under the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. This circus event will entertain the whole family. A special winter production featuring an all-Australian cast of circus performers, you’ll will go from sitting on the edge of your seat to laughing out loud.


Docklands Winter Fireworks

Where? Docklands Waterfront

When? Every Friday 7.30pm, 1 July to 26 August
Cost: Free

Suitable for all ages

Docklands Winter Fireworks

Catch the spectacular winter light show over the harbour at Docklands. This winter, fireworks will light up the sky in a special event hosted by the City of Melbourne. Rug up and head down to New Quay for a night of entertainment and be dazzled by the amazing pyrotechnics display.


Rock Climbing Wall

Where? Harbour Town, Docklands

When? Mon to Sat 11am-3pm, 7 June to 7 July

Cost: Free

Suitable for all ages

Young boy climbing on climbing wall

We’ve all seen those amazing pictures of rock climbers bravely ascending huge cliffs one step at a time. Well this is a chance for your kids to experience the thrill and exhileration for themselves. Climb the 8 foot wall at Harbourtown this school holidays.


It’s Snowtime – Snow Play

Where? Wonderland Spiegeltent, Docklands

When? Mon to Sun, 25 June to 10 July

Suitable for all ages

Happy little girl playing with a snowman

Some kids can only dream of rolling a snowball, building a snowman or making a snow angel. Now an undercover, snowy adventure zone under the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel means kids of all ages can throw on a wooly scarf, mittens and beanie and play in a true, winter wonderland.


Nutcracker Winter Experience

Where? O’Brien Group Arena, Docklands

When? Mon to Sun, 25 June to 10 July

Suitable for all ages

Head down to O’Brien Group Arena for a day of ice-skating and The Nutcracker on Ice, a magical story about a toy that comes to life on Christmas Eve at midnight, and takes young Marie to a World of enchantment and adventure. 3 x 15 minute shows plus free skating lessons daily.


Winter Special – Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders

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  • Off-street loading bay – perfect for families
  • Located within Melbourne’s free tram zone
  • Walk to SeaLife Aquarium
  • School Holidays Kids Zone
  • Plus Kids Stay & Eat Free!