School Holiday programs

Enjoy the school holidays this spring with a range of free and low-cost programs to keep children of all ages entertained. 

Moonee Valley Libraries

For bookings visit the Libraries page or call 8325 1900.

  • Ascot Vale Library, 165 Union Road, Ascot Vale
  • Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre, 69 Military Road, Avondale Heights
  • Flemington Library, 313 Racecourse Rd, Flemington
  • Niddrie Library, 483 Keilor Road, Niddrie
  • Sam Merrifield Library, 762 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

Mad Science Craft

Come to an awesome, exciting and inventive craft program! Kids will have a great time making mad science crafts! Suitable for primary school aged children. Free, bookings necessary.

  • Monday, 25 September, 10.30am-11.30am, Sam Merrifield Library
  • Tuesday, 26 September, 10.30am-11.30am, Niddrie Library
  • Wednesday, 27 September, 10.30am-11.30am, Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
  • Thursday, 28 September, 10.30am-11.30am, Ascot Vale Library
  • Thursday, 28 September, 10.30am-11.30am, Flemington Library

Makey Makey Music

Turn your drawings into musical pieces of art by using coding language Scratch and Makey Makey’s. Suitable for ages 8‑12. $4.30, bookings necessary.

  • Wednesday, 27 September, 2pm-3.30pm, Niddrie Library
  • Monday, 2 October, 2pm-3.30pm, Sam Merrifield Library
  • Wednesday, 4 October, 2pm-3.30pm, Ascot Vale Library

Film: Big Hero 6

Thursday 28 September, 2pm-3.45pm

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre, Flemington Library

Robotics prodigy Hiro lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro’s closest companion is Baymax, a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his friends into a band of high-tech heroes. Suitable for primary school aged children. 102 mins, rated PG. Free, bookings necessary.

Teen film: Edward Scissorhands

Thursday 28 September, 5.30pm-7.15pm, Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation. Suitable for secondary school students. 105 mins, rated PG. Free, bookings necessary.

Mis-Autum Lantern Festival

Monday 2 October, 3pm-4pm, Flemington Library

Tuesday 3 October, 10.30am-11.30am, Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre

Join us in celebrating the traditional Chinese and Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival. Come along for children’s craft activities and taste traditional mooncake. Free, bookings necessary.

Prof Bunsen's Science Show

Wednesday 4 October, 10.30am-11.30am, Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre; 2pm-3pm, Niddrie Library

Thursday 5 October, 10.30am-11.30am, Flemington; 2pm-3pm, Sam Merrifield

Science will come alive at Moonee Valley Libraries with Professor Bunsen. Experience the explosive power packed in a teaspoon of sugar, see a ball bazooka in action, hear sound being poured, marvel at colour changing reactions and much more. Suitable for 6 14 year olds. $4.30, bookings necessary.

Game-off!

Thursday 5 October, 3pm-6pm, Avondale Heights

Video game tournaments for young people aged 12-19 years. Compete for your chance to win gaming vouchers. Free, bookings necessary.

Wordpress for teens

Thursday 28 September, 1pm-4pm, Sam Merrifield Library

Get yourself published online using WordPress. We’ll show you how! Participants must have sound PC and internet skills and a valid email address. Must BYO laptop or tablet. Free, bookings necessary.

Flemington Community Centre

Fizzle and Pop science show

Wednesday, 27 September, 2pm-3pm

Come along and enjoy the bang, slurp, fizzle and pop of the world of science. Suitable for children aged 5+ years.

Drama with Funfit

Thursday 28 September, 10am-11.30am

Come to play some drama games, make some friends and develop your acting skills and confidence. Suitable for children aged 5+ years.

Hip hop with L2R

Tuesday, 3 October, 12pm-1pm

Find your rhythm in this Hip Hop dance class. Suitable for children aged 5+ years.

Healthy cooking

Friday, 6 October, 10am-11.30am

Make your own yummy and healthy snacks while learning about the food groups and how they help our bodies. Suitable for children aged 5+ years.

All activities cost $4 / $2 concession. Booking and payment are to be made prior to commencement of activity. Book early to avoid disappointment. Each child may enrol in a maximum of three activities. Parents/guardians are expected to attend with their children. 

For further information contact the Flemington Community Centre on 8325 1800 or fcc@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Bowes Avenue Community Centre

Fizzle and Pop science show

Wednesday 27 September, 10.30am-11.30am

Come along and enjoy the bang, slurp, fizzle and pop of the world of science. Suitable for children aged 5+ years.

Hip hop with L2R

Tuesday 3 October, 10am-11am

Find your rhythm in this Hip Hop dance class. Suitable for children aged 5+ years.

Drama with Funfit

Thursday, 5 October, 10am-11.30am

Come to play some drama games, make some friends and develop your acting skills and confidence. Suitable for children aged 5+ years.

All activities cost $4 per session. Booking and payment are to be made prior to commencement of activity. Book early to avoid disappointment.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information contact Bowes Avenue Community Centre on 8325 1890 or 8325 1800 or email bowesavcc@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Incinerator Gallery 

Performance art and storytelling

Monday, 25 September, 10.00am-12pm, session for 4 to 8 year olds; 1pm-3.00pm, session for 9 to 12 year olds

This engaging and fun workshop teaches children how to express stories through movement and dance and turn them into entertaining performances for family and friends to enjoy.

Colour mixing with kaleidoscopes and faux stain glass windows

Tuesday, 26 September, 10am-12.00pm

From designing through to construction, this hands on workshop encourages children to get creative and make their own colourful kaleidoscopes. They will also get to create faux stain glass window panels and learn about light, reflections and colour mixing! Suitable for 9 to 12 year olds.

Animate!

Wednesday, 27 September, 9am-12.00pm

In Animate children get to create and tell a story and then make their own animation about it, using found materials and a digital animation method. Storytelling with stop-frame animation is a super simple and fun way of making animations! Suitable for 9 to 12 year olds.

Paint like Cezanne!

Thursday, 28 September, 1pm-3pm

Inspired by Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne and the Mont Sainte-Victoire series in the NGV online collection, children will get to create their own colourful landscape paintings using acrylics.

They will learn about different mark-making techniques and bold colours in this fun and experimental workshop! Suitable for 9 to 12 year olds.

Arty Tales – Early Learning

Monday, 4 September, 10am-11.30am

This monthly early learning program introduces kids to art. Children and their carer join artists Beth Martin or Emily Paterson as they share stories and lead creative art activities inspired by the artworks in the Galleries. Tickets are $5.50 per child, with art materials and refreshments provided. Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

All workshops are $17.50 per child including materials unless otherwise stated. Book online at the Incinerator Gallery website or call 8325 1750.

Clocktower Centre

Family Movies at the Clocktower

Family Movies at the Clocktower is the perfect way to enjoy a classic film in the comfortable surrounds of your local theatre. All tickets are $8.

For more information, visit the Clocktower website or call 9243 9191.

Horrible Histories the Best of Balmy Britain

Saturday, 23 September, 11am and 1.30pm

It’s time to prepare yourselves for this special one hour production of Horrible Histories, and meet the most famous, infamous and dangerous characters in British history! You'll be amazed, appalled and ablaze with delight as this acclaimed West End show uses songs, audience participation, fun, facts and farts to tell the stories of the people who made Britain barmy! Don’t miss this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

How to Train Your Dragon

Wednesday, 27 September, 11am

A young Viking teenager, Hiccup, aspires to follow his tribe’s tradition and become a dragon slayer. In a bid to gain acceptance, Hiccup finally captures his first dragon, however instead of wanting to harm the dragon he names Toothless, he befriends him. How will Hiccup get his tribe and family to approve of his new friend?

Shrek

Wednesday, 4 October, 11am

Shrek’s once peaceful swamp, is overtaken by countless fairy-tale characters. In order for them to leave, Shrek must rescue Princess Fiona for the villainous Lord Farquaad. With the help of his new and very loud friend Donkey, they set off on the adventure to find the Princess, only to discover the Princess has a secret of her own.

Western Arts Theatre present Into the Woods

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, Into the Woods has been an audience favourite for decades, and Western Arts Theatre is proud to present this new production at the Clocktower Centre. Intertwining the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests, Into the Woods is a theatrical experience for the young and young-at-heart.
Adults $42, concession $36, children 12 and under $30

  • Thursday, 28 September, 7.30pm
  • Friday, 29 September, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Saturday, 30 September, 7.30pm

Active and outdoor activities

Active8

During the second week of the school holidays kids can make the most of Active8 with Yoga and Soccer, both at the East Keilor Leisure Centre, and a fun games day at Coronet Park in Flemington.
Register at Active8 for all the details.

Ascot Vale Leisure Centre

Corner Epsom and Langs Roads, Ascot Vale

Learn2Swim Week

AVLC is proud to be participating in Learn2Swim Week. Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children under five. This special event is designed to ensure more children learn the vital skills of how to swim and ultimately help reduce our drowning statistics. As part of Learn2Swim Week, AVLC are offering free lessons to children aged 6 months to 5 years from 25th-28th September.

For more information contact 9375 3411 or visit the Ascot Vale Leisure Centre website.

Mini Beasts in Queens Park

Learn about mini beasts and water bugs with some exciting hands on activities and become a Junior Ranger on a tour of Queens Park. Guardian supervision required. Bookings essential. Register online or call 9243 8888 to book.

When: Wednesday, 27 September, 10am-12 noon (11am Junior Ranger tour)

Where: Curators Collective Café in Queens Park, Moonee Ponds

Junior Rangers

The Junior Rangers program is a fun way for kids to get outdoors and interact with the natural world in parks across Moonee Valley. Find out about the kits and print your own Junior Rangers guide.

The Essendon Traffic School  

Corner Albion and Lawson Streets, Essendon

Essendon Traffic School is a great place for kids to practice riding their bicycles while learning about road rules. Complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights, this mini road set up for kids aged two to ten years will be open this school holidays. Note that the traffic school is not open on public holidays.

For opening hours and costs visit the Essendon Traffic School page

Riverside Golf and Tennis Centre

Newsom Street, Ascot Vale

Treat your child to a fun and challenging Golf, Tennis or Netball Clinic, with other fun activities included too! All clinics will be conducted by professional instructors and snacks will be provided.

For more information, call Riverside on 9938 4545 or visit the Riverside Golf and Tennis Centre website.

 

Last updated: Friday, 22 September 2017, 12:16 PM