Wintertime fun and learning on offer this school holidays at Museums Victoria

Celebrate NAIDOC with storytelling, weaving and language workshops, learn all about electricity by building your own circuits, and map your life journey with temporary tattoos.

School holiday program with ochre painting in 2016

The sun is setting early, the air is frosty, and mugs of hot cocoa are a daily necessity. Families looking for fun and warm activity ideas are in for a treat at Museums Victoria this school holidays. An avalanche of play and learning awaits across Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum.

Melbourne Museum

Celebrating NAIDOC and the new Victorian First Peoples languages exhibition River of Language, Melbourne Museum hosts a snowstorm of song, storytelling, and weaving through the first week of July. In Shields and Ochre kids will take inspiration from the shields in the First Peoples exhibition, and think about what protects them. The First Peoples team will also lead tours of Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, sharing their favourite stories along the way.

Calling Dino-lovers: our popular Meet the Museum Expert series is back! Hang out with Invertebrate Palaeontology Collection Manager Dr Rolf Schmidt to learn about his team's research and management our amazing fossil collections. Search through 15-million-year rocks to find treasures, tour of our famous 600 Million Years and Dinosaur Walk exhibitions and get a behind the scenes peek at the Palaeontology storerooms. Budding scientists will love it! Bookings essential.

Budding tween directors can create their own road safety commercial, as TAC’s cutting-edge Road to Zero Education Complex continues to wow future drivers.

For newborns to five year olds, the much-loved Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery is open daily, At a cosy, constant 22 degrees, it comes complete with a cafe for weary parentals.


Scienceworks have themed their winter holiday program around electricity, creating an assortment of fun-filled activities and experiences. In Scrappy Circuits, kids can design and build their own working circuits complete with switches, lights and buttons, learning all about what they are and how they work.

The Amphitheatre will light up with the Spark-tacular Electricity Show, a twice-daily 20-minute animated performance introducing forms of electricity and the ways we use it.

The Power of Love installation, presented by our friends at Powershop is an epic neon sign that allows kids to hold connectors and trigger electricity to flow and light up. More information on all Scienceworks holiday activities.

And the Brickman Cities special-entry exhibition is now showing! Powered by LEGO® CITY, discover the world’s most iconic cities and build your own creations at this brand-new interactive LEGO® experience! Learn about Dubai, London, New York, Sydney and Tokyo at three different stages through time, from 1000 AD to the present day.

Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum invites you to reflect on all the places you've been, with the Map on Your Own Body activity. Connecting to the Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks tattoo exhibition, Stanislava Pinchuk (artist Miso) has created an immersive temporary tattoo and creative space. Visitors young and old are invited to make a map tracing to transpose onto their body.

It may be cold and grey in Melbourne for another few months, but the sun never stops shining at Museums Victoria. Rug up and join the fun!


Anastasia Casagrande
Anastasia Casagrande
Media & Communications Officer
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