As crazy as it seems, the next round of school holidays is just around the corner. Here are our top picks for family fun in Melbourne, covering everything from AFL to pirates and rollercoasters.
Spring is in the air and finals fever is peaking, making it the perfect time of year for a festival celebrating all things footy related. Taking place from 27-30 September in Yarra Park just outside the MCG, you can catch the Grand Final Eve Concert, tuck into a burger from local favourite Biggie Smalls, hit up the kids zone for a stack of interactive activities and watch the final live on the big screen with the roar of the crowd quite literally behind you.
The Royal Show is back in town again from 23 September – 3 October, bringing the best of the bush to the heart of the city. Cuddle a lamb, milk a cow, watch the woodchop, jump on the Nitro Coaster and stock up on showbags for the ride home.
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image hosts free, interactive family fun on the first Sunday of each month. Wield a lightsabre, make a YouTube video, try your hand at clay animation and stick around for a great family movie.
Ahoy there me hearties! Jump on board the tall ship Polly Woodside on the first Sunday in October for a day of fun activities. Join in a treasure hunt, ring the bell, scrub the deck and discover life at sea.
Ahoy there me hearties! On the first Sunday of each month, the @nationaltrustvic Polly Woodside hosts Pirate Sunday. The enchanting 19th century tall ship, Polly Woodside, sits on the docks of Melbourne's South Wharf precinct, and is open to the public as a maritime museum The activities begin with a treasure hunt at 11am, and the kids get to scrub the decks, ring the bell, and participate in pirate games and arts and crafts. Lots of fun! The Next Pirate Sunday will be Sunday 4 June. www.nationaltrust.org.au/event/pirate-sundays-at-polly-woodside-2017/ #melbourne #melbournekids #melbourneforkids #pirates #piratesundays #pollywoodside #docklands
Will Scrat the squirrel finally get his nut? Find out in the newest instalment of the Ice Age adventure in special 4D screenings at Melbourne Aquarium these school holidays. The ticket price is included in your aquarium entry so hang around after the movie to meet penguins, seals and a host of other ice-loving creatures.