School Holiday programs

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

Ice skating in Moonee Ponds

Saturday, 30 June - Sunday, 15 July
Pratt Street, Moonee Ponds

As part of Winter Fest, get your skates on and take a spin on the ice in the heart of Moonee Ponds! Find out more and book your tickets on the ice skating page.

Moonee Valley Libraries

For bookings visit Moonee Valley Libraries
Phone: 8325 1900

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

NAIDOC WEEK STORYTIME

  • Wednesday, 20 June, 10.30am-11.15am, Avondale Heights Library
  • Monday, 25 June, 10.30am-11.15am, Sam Merrifield Library

Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for NAIDOC Week with Indigenous stories, songs and craft. Presented by the Wurundjeri Tribal Land Council. Suitable for 3-5 year olds. Free, no bookings required.

WINTER CRAFT

  • Monday, 2 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Sam Merrifield Library
  • Tuesday, 3 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Niddrie Library
  • Wednesday, 4 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Avondale Heights Library
  • Thursday, 5 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Ascot Vale and Flemington Libraries

Join us in making a variety of winter crafts, including paper lanterns, winter snow globes, cotton ball penguins and more! Suitable for 5-12 year olds. Free, bookings necessary.

FILM: HAPPY FEET (PG)

Thursday, 12 July, 2pm-4pm, Avondale Heights and Flemington Libraries

In the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!
Suitable for primary school-aged children. Free, bookings necessary.

CARP SNOW PARTY 

  • Monday, 9 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Sam Merrifield Library
  • Monday, 9 July, 2pm-3pm, Avondale Heights Library
  • Tuesday, 10 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Niddrie Library
  • Thursday, 12 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Ascot Vale Library
  • Friday, 13 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Flemington Library

A Carp Productions children’s show. Keep warm this winter by joining Mr Cool the cheeky snowman for a snow party with all his frosty friends! Take part in a story about a cranky bear who is in a state because he can’t go to sleep and hibernate. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years. Cost $4.30, bookings necessary.

Activities for teens:

YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP

Thursday, 5 July, 6.30pm-7.30pm, Niddrie Library

Develop your creative writing skills with Melbourne University’s Creative Writing students. The session includes fun writing activities, meeting other young writers and feedback on your writing. Suitable for 12-16 year olds. Free, bookings necessary.

BATH BAGS AND BOOKS

Tuesday, 3 July, 2pm-3pm, Niddrie Library

Create ‘bath bags’ to warm up this winter. You will also get to select teen books to add to the library from Collins Booksellers. Suitable for early secondary students. Free, bookings necessary.

UPCYCLED BRACELETS

Wednesday, 11 July, 2pm–4pm, Sam Merrifield Library

Make a cool, creative bracelet from old magazines. A fun and easy way to recycle.Suitable for 12-18 year olds. Free, bookings necessary. 

GAME-OFF!

Thursday 5 July, 2pm-5pm, Avondale Heights Library

Compete in video game tournaments for young people aged 12-18 years. Compete for your chance to win gaming vouchers. Free, bookings necessary.

Flemington Community Centre

25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington

All activities cost $4 / $2 concession. Booking and payment are to be made prior to commencement of activity. Enrolments open 18 June 2018. 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

SNOW PARTY!

Monday, 2 July, 2pm-3pm

Join Mr Cool the snowman for a snow party with all his wintery friends! Learn how animals prepare for winter and why a cranky bear can’t go to sleep and hibernate….chill out and enjoy the show! Suitable for children aged 3-12.

KID’S CRAFT

Wednesday, 4 July, 9.30am-11am

Explore your creative side and make your very own treasure box to keep your things in. Parents are encouraged to join in and assist their children. Suitable for children aged 1-5.

KIDS' DISCO!

Wednesday, 11 July, 10am-11:30am

Join in a rockin’ dance party packed with kid-friendly routines and fun games. Kids get the chance to socialise, be active and jam out to their favourite music. Children aged 6-12 will get to dance and play on their own, and children under 6 can participate with their parents. Suitable for children aged 1-12. 

TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC

Thursday, 12 July, 10.30am-11.30am

Bring along your favourite teddy bear for an exciting story time. Listen to music, sing songs and read interesting stories. Suitable for children aged 2-5.  

Bowes Avenue Community Centre

27-31 Bowes Avenue, Airport West

KIDS’ CRAFT

Tuesday, 3 July, 9.30am-11am

Kids can explore their creative side and make their very own treasure box to keep all their favourite things in! Parents are encouraged to join in and assist their children. Suitable for children aged 1-5. 

CIRCUS SKILLS

Tuesday, 10 July, 10am-11.30am

Get ready to be a circus performer and learn how to juggle and hula hoop like a professional. Suitable for children aged 5+. 

All activities cost $4 per session. Booking and payment are to be made prior to commencement of activity. Enrolments open Monday, 18 June 2018. 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

180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds

Unleash your child’s creative energy these school holidays through a series of fun and interactive arts workshops. Children will work alongside professional artists and educators to imagine, make, create and express themselves. The workshops are inspired by the Incinerator Gallery exhibitions, architecture and natural environment.

JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY

Tuesday, 3 July, 10.30am-12 noon (5 to 7-year-old session) and 1pm-3pm (7 to 14-year-old session) 

Children will learn about Japanese culture and how to write their name and ancient characters using Japanese calligraphy in a class led by exhibiting artist Yoko Nakazawa. They will also view the current exhibition and write in ink or trace their names and picture-like ancient characters. Dress for mess: wear an apron or smock.

CERAMIC MESSAGES TO THE FUTURE

Thursday, 5 July, 10.30am-12 noon (5 to 7-year-old session) and 1pm-3pm (7 to 14-year-old session) 

Guided by artist Sachiko Mardon and inspired by the exhibition Calligraphic Media, children will re-imagine a communication device from the past and consider ways to communicate a new message in clay. Fired in the Incinerator Gallery kilns these messages may last well into the future. Be ready to get creative and perhaps a little messy. Dress for mess: wear an apron or smock.

All workshops are $17.50 per child including materials unless otherwise stated. Morning sessions for 4 to 8-year-olds require an adult carer (free of charge) remain with them during the program. Book online at the Incinerator Gallery website or call 8325 1750.

Clocktower Centre

750 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds
Box office: 9243 9191

FAMILY MOVIES AT THE CLOCKTOWER

Ice Age (G)
Wednesday, 4 July, 11am

The Ice Age is coming and while everyone is preparing for the big freeze, three unlikely heroes are born. While every other species begins their big migration south, the unusual trio embark on the journey of a lifetime. 

The Goonies (PG)
Wednesday, 11 July, 11am

The Walsh family is preparing to pack up and move after they discover their entire neighbourhood is going to be turned into a golf course by developers. The Goonies must stick together to outsmart the evil Fratelli family, avoid traps and find the ancient treasure.

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 Centre's website or call 9243 9191.

Crown Street Stables

40 Crown St, Flemington

There’s so much for kids to do at Crown Street Stables over the school holidays and the café is the perfect place for parents to relax with a coffee or bite to eat. Snacks, lunch and coffee will be available to purchase at the café at all events.

THE COMPLETE MAGIC WORKSHOP

Saturday, 7 July, 10.30am-12 noon

Come along and have some fun with magic. Learn some magic tricks that will amaze your friends and family. This workshop includes some magic from Steve the Magician and everyone will have the chance to perform!

Places are limited for all events. RSVPs are essential by calling 9243 8748.

Activities for youths

ICE SKATING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Valley Youth is sponsoring four ice skating sessions at the upcoming Winter Fest ice rink in Moonee Ponds. Tickets for people aged 12 to 25 are available for the heavily discounted price of $5 (normally $15). With a DJ, competitions, prizes for best dressed, freebies and more, tickets are limited so get in quick! 

Valley Youth ice rink takeover: Rainbow Rink

Winter doesn’t have to be cold and grey – show your true colours and dress up in every colour under the sun! 
Wednesday, 4 July, 3pm and 4pm

Valley Youth ice rink takeover: Neon Night

Neon lights and black light, so everything glows like snow! Dress in white and your fluoro best. 
Thursday, 5 July, 6pm and 7pm

Buy your tickets today at mooneeponds.starsonice.com.au
Tickets only available online, please bring proof of age/student card for entry.

NIDDRIE YOUTH HUB RELAUNCH EVENT 

3-15 Matthews Avenue, Niddrie
To celebrate the relaunch, the Valley Youth FReeZA committee is putting on a massive arts, music and performance extravaganza for young people aged 12-25. The event will showcase a range of talented artists as well as live music and performances, an art exhibition, zine making workshops, badge making workshops, wall projections, and an outdoor food and chill out zone. There will also be an interactive feedback activity and a bunch of free giveaways.Saturday, 14 July, 12pm-4pm

For more information contact Valley Youth at 9243 1225 or youth@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Active and outdoor activities

HAVE A SWIM AT ONE OF OUR HEATED POOLS

East Keilor Leisure Centre
82 Quinn Grove, East Keilor
Visit East Keilor Leisure Centre's website for more information. 

Ascot Vale Leisure Centre
Corner Langs and Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
For more information visit Ascot Vale Leisure Centre's website

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 at home by visiting the Junior Rangers page.

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 10 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 Riverside's website.

Last updated: Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 5:42 AM