June / July School Holiday Activities in Melbourne
Easing of restrictions in Melbourne means we can finally enjoy some FUN activities these Winter school holidays.
Check out the Biggest School Holiday Guide below:
Small Ideas members do not have to pre-book you can present your voucher on the day at the express queue. With the water park closed this is a great time to enjoy the other areas Gumbuya World has to offer and believe me there are more than you think! The highlight for me is at 1PM the *NEW* Aussie Outback Experience for cow milking, sheep shearing, working dogs & whip cracking.
Luna Park Melbourne have upgraded the Small Ideas voucher to 25% off unlimited rides. This is valid for up to 4 people and I especially love visiting Luna Park over school holidays as they always have something extra special and this Winter they have mini golf!
Small Ideas includes discounted admission to IMAX, Waverley Cinemas, United Craigieburn, Palace Cinemas, Suntheatre plus Village and Hoyts. Candy bar discounts at Reading Cinemas, Hoyts and Village.
You don’t need to use the vouchers just for the kids I often take a girlfriend and enjoy something non-child related like Fast and the Furious 9, Quiet Place Number 2 and coming soon The Black Widow. My kids are hanging out for Space Jam and Spirit Untamed which I’ve promised that they can watch at V Junior.
Kids visit Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary every day of the school holidays. Small Ideas members can purchase unlimited Adult General admission tickets at a discount rate. When you purchase these tickets through the Small Ideas app you will be prompted to book via phone this is important due to covid and peak period during school holidays. Remember once you purchase tickets from Small Ideas you have 12 months to use them.
So many Melbournians are travelling to GC over the next few weeks and if you have purchased or are considering purchasing the Village Roadshow 3 consecutive day pass through Small Ideas, please note that this is normally 3 days in a row to Movie World, Sea World and Wet n’ Wild. It has now changed to 3 days over a 5 consecutive day period.
‘Drop- off’ HOLIDAY PROGRAMS:
The Art Factory and Fizz Kidz are my favourite with half day classes that both my children enjoy.
This school holidays I have booked my boys in to slime workshops at Fizz kids and Tie Dye pillow making at The Art Factory.
Both businesses have multiple locations and Small Ideas members can use their discount code to book online.
Looking for a full day drop-off program AllSportz is our favourite as the kids have a blast with so many sport activities and make so many new friends!
PORT PHILLIP FERRIES
Brand new voucher in time for school holidays but valid all year long is the Port Phillip Ferries.
Portarlington is just 90min from Melbourne and the kids thoroughly enjoy this trip.
Geelong is another popular route because at the other end there is the Winter Glow festival on at Adventure Park Geelong or you can visit MoPA or take a ride along the Eastern Foreshore on the Thomas inspired train.
INDOOR SKATE PARKS
We have had many enquiries about kids starting to learn how to skate, skoot or box ride so we have onboarded two new businesses who do just that but indoor making it perfect activity during winter to burn some energy. Volo and Rampfest
Heading for a weekend getaway or even just a full day out somewhere different the Mornington Peninsula is bursting with fun activities for families.
Arthurs Seat Eagle 20% off up to 6 people
Enchanted Adventure Garden – 1 Free child save $25
Boneo Maze and Sand Sculpting – 2 for the price of 1
Ashcombe Maze – 2 for the price of 1
Rain hayne and shine in Balnarring – 50% discount
Dinosaur World – 15% discount
Funky Farm – 50% off child
The Big Goose (value add)
Moonlit Sanctuary 15% discount
GO KARTING, ARCADES, BOWLING & CLIMBIG …?
There’s lots of discounts for kids of all ages and school aged children particularly enjoy Strike Bowling and Holey Moley golf. With multiple locations nation wide this is always a great way to get the cost of your membership back straight away.
If you can support your local there’s always a community bowling centre some of which are General Public, Xplosions, Wyn City, Oz ten pin bowling and Sidetracked.
During the school holidays Cute and Cuddly Pony Rides in St Kilda are operating both Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting) I’ve already taken the boys and my nephew on the ponies each time we go to Luna Park and still have sessions left so I’m praying for some sunny days!
O’BRIEN ICE HOUSE
MUSEUMS VICTORIA & SCIENCEWORKS
Small Ideas members receive discounted Adult General admission to both Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks. Due to Covid and peak season please try to book in your session to avoid disappointment.
Tip: If you plan on going to Melbourne Museum it would be a great idea to time it for a visit to IMAX movies which is right there and Small Ideas members can enjoy voucher there too!
PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY
It’s always nice to welcome smiling, happy faces back to this century-old railway. The best way to enjoy a winter’s day out is to get all rugged up and ride on some of Australia’s oldest steam locomotives through the wonderful forests and fern gullies!
Discover Emerald Lake: Travel Belgrave to Lakeside (60 minutes one way) these school holidays and enjoy sights of the iconic Monbulk Creek trestle bridge, views of Port Phillip Bay, Arthurs Seat and Cardinia Reservoir and some of the charming station stops you pass by like Menzies Creek, Emerald and Nobelius Siding, before making your way to the family-favourite Lakeside Station
Go on an adventure to Gembrook: Start your journey at Belgrave Station, the headquarters of the railway, and make a whole day of your journey to Gembrook (1 hour 50 minutes each way), or hop on from Lakeside Station and take a 50-minute ride towards Gembrook through Wright Forest, and over three historic trestle bridges before the landscape opens up to rolling hills and farmland.
Free entry and discounts to over 500 indoor and outdoor deals. All vouchers are ACCESSIBLE & REDEEMABLE through your mobile phone. Valid 12 months from time of sign up so you can sign up at any time!