Beat the big chill this Winter School Holidays

Escape the cold these winter school holidays with indoor activities for kids across Museums Victoria. From Saturday 25th June, learn about Wurundjeri Country and celebrate NAIDOC Week with First Peoples programs at Melbourne Museum; shine a light on the wonderful world of light and colour at Scienceworks; enjoy cultural festivities at Immigration Museum, and experience exclusive new screenings at IMAX.

Illuminate: How Science Comes to Light at Scieneworks

Melbourne Museum

Waring | Wombat Season

25 June – 10 July | Included with museum entry | Daily 11am – 3pm

Help create an art installation that immerses you into Waring | wombat season! In this activity you will have the opportunity to learn about some of the key signs of Waring Season (April – July) and contribute to a large public installation representing Wurundjeri Country during this cold and misty time of year.

This program is proudly supported by Aboriginal Melbourne, City of Melbourne.

Connecting with Nature

27 June – 1 July and 4 – 8 July | Surcharged | Dates and times vary

Connect with the wondrous details of Victoria’s landscapes through a hands on digital immersion and art workshop. Gain knowledge of native plants and their significance to First Peoples and acquire lifelong skills in digital technologies.

Working together, children and adults engage with native Victorian plant-life and develop skills in observation and digital botanical art.

Bite Sized Science | First Peoples seasons

2 July | Included with museum entry | Session times vary

Discover our natural world and uncover the secret life of the creatures around us and their ecosystems in our monthly Bite-Sized Science sessions! In this series you will discover how we can connect with, and look after, our planet. his month, our topic will be First Peoples Seasons – Telling it Like it is. You will have the opportunity to learn about the true to life seasons of First Peoples and their Country.

Get up! Stand up! Show up! | NAIDOC Week

3 July – 10 July | Included with museum entry | Daily 10am – 3pm

Join us in the Birrarung Gallery for some badge making as we celebrate this year's NAIDOC Week theme Get up! Stand up! Show up! You can also learn some of the past NAIDOC Week themes.

This program is proudly supported by Aboriginal Melbourne, City of Melbourne.

Road to Zero: Starting out Safely

27 June – 9 July | Free | Daily excluding Sunday 10am – 3pm

Create your own miniature road signs as part of our road safety directions game. This activity supports children to learn about the road rules that help keep everyone safe when using our roads.

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs

Permanent exhibition | Included with museum entry | Daily 9am - 5pm

Come face-to-face with one of the most awe-inspiring creatures ever to walk the Earth. Meet the most complete real dinosaur in Australia, 67-million-year-old Horridus the Triceratops, only at Melbourne Museum. This exhibition is an immersive voyage into a lost world - explore the landscapes of the Cretaceous and get to know the creatures that thrived there.

Open Horizons: Ancient Greek Journeys and Connections

Temporary exhibition | Included with museum entry | Daily 9am - 5pm

See some of the most significant items from the prestigious National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The exhibition tells the story of ideas, influences and connections that form and build communities. It will take you on a journey through Ancient Greece, exploring how the trade of ideas and goods influenced Greek culture, and in turn influenced the ancient world.



The Colour Combo Show

25 June – 10 July | Included with museum entry | Daily 11.30am & 1.30pm

Take a seat in our under-cover amphitheatre for a look at COLOUR! The Colour Combo Show is a free 20-minute colour-filled show that shines a light on what happens when colours are combined and taken away. If yellow plus blue equals green, then why does red, green and blue equal white? Find out why when you come to The Colour Combo Show!

Tricks With Light

25 June – 10 July | Included with museum entry | Daily 10.30am - 4pm

Have some fun with light demonstrations in the pumping station. Can you bend light? Write your name using light? Trick your brain into seeing colour that isn’t there? These up-close tricks of light will amaze you.

Visual Illusions

29 June – 10 July | Included with museum entry | Daily 10.30am - 4pm

Do your eyes deceive you? This pop-up exhibition in the Pumping Station explores how we see the world and whether our vision can sometimes get it wrong.

Lights, Energy, Action!

25 June – 10 July | Surcharged | 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Explore all things ENERGY through three rounds of electrifying demonstrations in Scienceworks' high-voltage lighting room. The show investigates different kinds of energy, including light, sound, electricity, and how they intertwine. Including spectacular demonstrations, high-voltage equipment, and charismatic presenters, there’s no better place to spark your curiosity.

Pumping Station Tours

25 June – 10 July | Included with museum entry | Daily 11am & 1pm

Hear some of the smelly stories from the straining well and explore the magnificent engine room as you marvel at the engineering feat that helped overcome the stench of 19th century Melbourne in our daily Pumping Station tours.

Collection Store Tours

25 June – 10 July | Included with museum entry | Daily 12pm & 2pm

Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Scienceworks Collection Store. Get a chance to see some of the 40,000 collection items stored at Scienceworks and listen to the stories of these rare and unique items.

Illuminate: How Science Comes to Light

Temporary exhibition | Surcharged | Daily 10am – 4.30pm

Illuminate is a brand-new exhibition exploring the science behind the fastest traveller in the universe – light. Ignite the senses and learn through hands-on interactive play. What is light, what can we do with it and how do we see? In this vibrant festival-themed exhibition explore visual perception and illumination through colour, sound and action. Learn how light behaves, such as how it reflects and refracts and what tools we’ve invented to harness it.

Melbourne Planetarium

Surcharged | Daily 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Book into the Planetarium and enjoy an out-of-this-world show:


Immigration Museum

Becoming You: An incomplete guide 

Temporary Exhibition | Surcharged | Included with museum entry | Daily 10am – 5pm

Growing up is confusing, difficult to navigate, and different for everyone. Becoming You presents 71 Australian coming of age stories by 72 storytellers in all their diversity. These personal experiences traverse landscapes of time, gender, orientation, culture, age and distance, reflecting Immigration Museum's commitment to celebrating our shared humanity.

Persian Sambousek cooking workshop

25 June | Surcharged | 10.30am & 1.30pm

Get hands-on in a cooking experience presented as part of Grow, Gather, Share for Refugee Week. In this cooking workshop, Free to Feed instructor Tayebeh Mousavi will share her secrets to making her famous Sambousek.

This program is proudly presented in partnership with Free to Feed and VicHealth.



Embrace the cold these school holidays! IMAX Melbourne is taking audiences on a journey to the coldest, driest and windiest place on Earth. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, ANTARCTICA 3D is the newest documentary to hit the giant screen. Swim alongside playful seals, soar above icy mountain peaks, visit penguin colonies and witness the largest congregation of fin and humpback whales ever filmed – all on the best biggest cinema screen in the world.

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