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6 FREE things to do in Melbourne these school holidays

Get out, have fun and keep your wallet in your pocket!

By Janine Mergler from Get Out with Kids.
Parents seeking new and exciting ways to entertain the kids during the school holidays are gifted with plenty of options to choose from across Melbourne. Ranging from mysterious scavenger hunts to realistic dinosaur displays, there's an experience available for everyone to enjoy, minus the need for parents to reach for their wallet.
On the hunt for some entertaining adventures these school holidays? Here's a list of the best free things to do this Winter in Melbourne.

Sculpture Park Detective

The Heide Museum of Modern Art is offering Melbourne kids the opportunity to become art detectives through their 'Sculpture Park Detective' activity. Families must spell out the mystery word on a sheet by following a set of clues scattered through the park. This is suitable for both parents and children. Alternatively, there are other detective activities available, including 'Art Detective' and 'Sculpture Sounds'. See the website for more information.
Sculpture Park Detective at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. Heide Museum of Modern Art

Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival - Saturday 6th July to Saturday 13th July

With plenty of events and workshops scattered over 10 days, there's something to suit everyone at the Roola Boola Children's Art Festival. Kids can look forward to plenty of cost-free activities, including the Neon Forest - a playground packed with vibrant lights and puzzling noises. Otherwise, many workshops are available for only $15 each, including craft sessions, magic classes, dancing sessions, and more. Head to the website for a full list of shows and activities.
The Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival
at Chapel Off Chapel. Chapel Off Chapel

Wild Nights - Saturday 6th July to Saturday 13th July

Wild Nights at the Werribee Open Range Zoo are home to plenty of exciting attractions to entertain the whole family. Children can spot and admire a seemingly endless range of creatures, indulge in marshmallows and hot chocolate by the fire, wander through the Glow Zone, and marvel at the impressive fire performers. Wild Nights is open for 8 nights. Children under 4 years of age get in for free. Otherwise, child prices are $10.
Wild Nights at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Werribee Open Range Zoo

Melbourne Zoo’s Dino Park

The Melbourne Zoo's Dino Park features plenty of realistic prehistoric creatures for kids to interact with. The experience delves into how dinosaurs evolved and how children can do their part to fight the extinction of existing dinosaurs. Not to mention, children are likely to spot some of the resident dinosaurs walking around with their Dino Keepers. Entry into the Dino Park is free with admission. On weekends and school holidays, children under 16 years of age can visit for free. Head to the website for more information.
Melbourne Zoo's Dino Park Melbourne Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo is Zoorassic: Dinos After Dark - Until Sunday 14th July

Also located within the Werribee Open Range Zoo is Zoorassic: Dinos After Dark. While attending the Wild Nights, be sure to stop by to witness many life-sized prehistoric reptiles illuminated by colourful lights. Keep an eye out for creatures such as the Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, and heaps more. Entry into the exhibition is free with admission to the Wild Nights. Children under 4 years of age are free. Children's entry prices are $10. Head to the Werribee Open Range Zoo website to plan a visit.
Werribee Open Range Zoo is Zoorassic: Dinos After Dark Werribee Open Range Zoo

Alexander Calder Workshop For Kids - Until Sunday, 14th July

Young creatives can learn from the American artist, Alexander Calder, through an entertaining workshop experience. The artist is known for his kinetic mobile contractions and metal sculptures, which are also on display at the National Gallery of Victoria. Kids can learn from Alexander while creating a sculpture of an animal and building a sculpture of the city in the Creation Zone.
Alexander Calder Workshop For Kids at the National Gallery of Victoria. National Gallery of Victoria
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