Boredom Busters 3 – activities for the school holidays


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Our top ten kids activities over the Easter holidays

This Easter is looking a lot different to the one we experienced last year. So with more and more things opening up, we’ve put together our top ten list of activities for you to explore these school holidays

Launched in April, over 50 large-scale dinosaurs, props, scenes and activities made from over 6 million LEGO® bricks will transform the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre into Jurassic World. The world-first exhibition has been created by Ryan The Brickman’ Brick McNaught and provides exporters with an immersive, must-do adventure that will be the largest LEGO® brick experience in Australian history.

Jurassic World by Brickman

The Parks Victoria Junior Ranger program encourages kids to explore Victoria’s amazing parks with a real park ranger. Junior Rangers can take part in cool activities like rock pool rambles, historic tours and spotlight night walks. Check out the website for more information on upcoming events and how to become a Junior Ranger, as well as plenty of fun activities to download for the kids.

Junior Rangers

Melbourne is famous for its alleyways street art, and now kids have the chance to create a unique piece of their own which they can take home. These freehand workshops offer an exclusive chance to learn a variety of spray-painting techniques from a renowned street artist at the famous Blender Studios. Kids will paint onto a large wooden board which they have the option to take home if they wish. The workshop suits ages 10+ years, with all materials and plus light snacks provided. There’s also other workshops on offer.

Blender Studios

Class Bento offers a vast array of maker opportunities for kids, from cooking classes for 10-16 year olds to creating colourful mosaics for 4 years plus. There’s plenty of school activities on offer, and in the process you’ll also be contributing to a social enterprise that aims help support the fight against Dementia and improve mental wellbeing in our communities.

Class Bento

With restrictions easing we can all get back to nature and visit one of our amazing community farms. Although many of the normal school holiday activities are not running, there’s still plenty to see, things to learn and fun to be had for kids of all ages. Check out what’s on offer at the links below:

Collingwood Children’s Farm
Rain, Hayne and Shine
Chesterfield Farm
Edgars Mission

We don’t mean fitness training. We literally mean go on a little train, with two iconic miniature railways in Greater Melbourne offering kids a different and fun experience. If you and your kids haven’t experienced a ride on one of these trains, it’s well worth the trip. You’ll find them in Altona and Eltham, with tickets required to be booked online due to COVID requirements.

Altona Miniature Railway
Diamond Valley Railway Inc

What better way than getting the kids out in the fresh air than a horse trail ride. There’s plenty of options to choose from in Melbourne and Victoria, catering for all ages and skill levels. We’ve put together a selection of some of the more well known and popular choices:

Watson Trail Rides
Hepburn Lagoon Rides
Gunnamatta Trail Rides
Woodlands Trail Riding
Chum Creek Horse Riding

Based on the much loved and best-selling picture book The Gruffalo, this immersive trail experience will find you in the grounds of the historic Rippon Lea Estate journeying through the winding paths and gardens into a deep dark wood in search of The Gruffalo. With the specially designed augmented reality app, kids can not only interact with all the favourite characters from the book but be able to create mini-movies and take selfies with them – including The Gruffalo of course.

The Gruffalo Trail 2

Be Amazed

What kid doesn’t like a maze? And if you’re heading down the Mornington Peninsula over the school holidays, you’ve got two incredible places to visit. The first is Ashcombe Maze with its Hedge Maze, Lavender Gardens and Great Gnome Hunt. The second is the Enchanted Adventure Garden featuring a number of Mazes, Tube Slides, Canopy Walk and the Sky Scramble aerial playground. And if you’re after a bit more adventure, you can take on the Tree Surfing for young and old as well as the Big Zip zip lines.

Ashcombe Maze
Enchanted Maze

How great would it be to take the kids fishing and guarantee them that they’ll walk away with a catch. That’s what’s waiting at the stunning Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm located in Victoria’s beautiful high country region. Rods and bait are provided, and you can choose from a variety of pools to fish in, based on the size of the fish and patience of the angler. And better still, you take home all the fish you catch or you can cook it up on their bbq facilities – they’ll even gut and clean it for you ready for eating.

Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm

And if you do run out of things to do, refer to our previous boredom busters lists for plenty of inspiration: boredom busters and boredom busters #2 

Please leave a comment below to let us know what creative activities you did during the school holidays. 

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