Last Minute School Holiday Activities

Last Minute School Holiday Activities by Tully & MishkaWe’ve hit the second week of the school holidays in Victoria and it got me wondering; are you looking (frantically) for things to do with the kids?  Have you run out of ideas, or did you not realise just how awesome the weather was going to be here this week?  Well never fear, I’ve got your back with a list of of last minute school holiday activities that cover the gamut of free to not so free, DIY to out and about.  

The AFL Footy Festival

With the Grand Final happening this Saturday, the AFL are putting on a Footy Festival, starting Wednesday and going through to Saturday.  It’s free entry and there is a heap of things to do there.  The kids zone includes Aus Kick activities, kicking competitions, free face painting (winner!) and a whole lot more.  There is also a section where parents can get free coffee, snacks and mini massages whilst the kids are participating in some Auskick.  Sweet!  Check out the site – the trams are free from Wednesday through to Saturday and service the area of the Footy Festival, which is Yarra Park, right next to the mighty MCG.  

Last Minute School Holiday Activities AFL Footy Festival

The NGV

The Gallery has a range of activities and exhibitions on for the school holidays for under 4’s to teenagers.  Some activities/exhibitions are free, some have entry and booking requirements.  I am planning on taking the kids to the Open House Tromarama For Kids exhibition.  It’s free and located at the NGV International.  It’s interactive, and is set up like a real house, allowing kids to move from room to room, experimenting with stop-motion apps and making films.  It looks cool!  I know a few kids who would just love it.  

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Have you been here yet? Have you?!  If you don’t mind a bit of chocolate, you should probably check it out.   The chocolaterie is well set up for kids, with space to run the sugar high off outside, and kid friendly menus (of course) and activities.  It’s in a beautiful spot in the Yarra Valley, an hour from Melbourne.  There is no entry fee, and free tastings, but the fun comes in the cafe and the store, where all sorts of chocolatey goodies can be purchased.  Currently, they are hosting Hop For Hope, an outdoor exhibition raising funds for the wonderful Alannah and Madeline Foundation.  Check out their website for more information, including classes, menus and activities.  

DIY Fun

I’ve perused Pinterest for you (no need to thank me, I’ll take one for the team), and found a couple of cool things that we will be trying over the next week.  Check out this easy volcano eruption you can do in the back yard, and will have the younger kids entertained, no doubt for hours.  

via Preschool Inspirations - easy volcano

Image via Preschool Inspirations

Another fun activity, for the backyard or around the neighbourhood park is this scavenger hunt for kids.  The post includes free printables!  Awesome.  And timely, given Ms 4 burst in this afternoon after talking to the kids over the back fence asking for a treasure hunt.  

Scavenger Hunt via No Wooden Spoons

Via No Wooden Spoons

So what do you think?  Will you try any of these or are you all sorted for activities?  If you have some ideas, share them here, or over on facebook for everyone to enjoy 🙂

  • Great ideas. In SA we’ve only had one week so far. It’s been good. Thankfully we have a few plans to get us over the next week. I’m looking forward to it.

    • Thanks Jess! I think forward planning is key – even having a few options planned makes things easier and a little more interesting for kids and you! 🙂

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