School holiday programs

Numerous activities are delivered during the school holidays. To find out more, contact the relevant venues and organisations listed below.

July school holiday events

Moonee Valley Libraries

For bookings visit the libraries page or phone 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

PAPER CLAY ANIMALS
Sculpt a paper clay animal with renowned children’s author Ann James, who will be drawing inspiration from The Hush Treasure Book
Suitable for 8-12 year olds. 

Cost: $4.10. Bookings required.

Wednesday, 5 July 

  • 9.30am-10.30am, Sam Merrifield Library
  • 11am-12pm, Ascot Vale Library
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm, Flemington Library

Thursday 6 July

  • 9.30am-10.30am, Niddrie Library
  • 11am-12pm and 1.30pm-2.30pm, Avondale Heights Library

PET PARADE
Use your imagination and recycled materials to make the perfect pet. Then put your upcycled animal on parade to win the best in show.
Suitable for primary school aged children. 

Cost: Free, bookings required.

  • Monday, 10 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Sam Merrifield Library
  • Tuesday, 11 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Niddrie Library
  • Wednesday, 12 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Avondale Heights Library
  • Thursday, 13 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Ascot Vale Library
  • Friday, 14 July, 10.30am-11.30am, Flemington Library

FILM: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (M)
This film tells the adventures of Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

  • Thursday, 6 July, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Avondale Heights Library

MAKE YOUR ART SING WITH A MAKEY MAKEY
Turn your drawings into musical pieces of art by using the coding language Scratch and a Makey Makey. Suitable for 8-13 year olds. 

Cost: $4.10, bookings required.

  • Thursday 13 July, 10am-11.30am, Sam Merrifield Library

FILM: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (PG)
Dog Max's life as the favourite pet is turned upside down when his owner brings home a sloppy stray named Duke.

  • Thursday, 13 July, 2PM-3.30pm, Avondale Heights Library and Flemington Library

Flemington Community Centre 

25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington

SCIENCE DOME
Come and experience another world in our inflatable science dome. Pretend you are in the stars or the ocean as images are projected around you. 
For ages 3 and over. 
Wednesday, 5 July, 2pm-4pm

MAGIC SHOW
Come and watch magic happen and learn some tricks to show your friends. 
For ages 5 and over. 
Friday, 7 July, 10am-11.30am 

BAND CAMP WITH THE MUSIC GEN
A fun active music workshop working on drumming and body percussion! 
Monday, 10 July, 10am-11.30am 

LEGO LAND
Embrace your creativity and build some exciting LEGO models. 
For ages 5 and over. 
Wednesday, 12 July 1.30pm-3pm

All activities cost $4 / $2 concession unless otherwise stated. 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

27-31 Bowes Avenue, Airport West

SCIENCE DOME
Come and experience another world in our inflatable science dome. Pretend you are in the stars or the ocean as images are projected around you. 
For ages 3 and over. 
Wednesday, 5 July 10am-12pm

CUP CAKE DECORATING

Learn a variety of cupcake decorating techniques and eat some yummy cupcakes.
For ages 5 and over. 
Thursday, 6 July, 10am-11.30am 

TODDLER ART
Paint, stick and decorate in this colourful art session for toddlers. 
For ages 2-5 years. 
Tuesday 11 July, 10am-11.30am 

LEGO LAND
Embrace your creativity and build a variety of exciting LEGO models. 
For ages 5 and over. 
Wednesday, 12 July, 10.30am-12pm

All activities cost $4 per session unless otherwise stated. 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

180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds

ARTY TALES (EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM)
Parents and children will join Beth Martin and Emily Paterson as they share stories that are inspired by the diverse artworks in the gallery, followed by simple art activities.
Cost is $5.50 per child. Carers are free and must accompany the child.
Monday, 3 July, 11am

A GIFT FROM COUNTRY
Learn about Victorian Koorie culture from Kate, an Aboriginal filmmaker and Storyteller. Get creative using natural materials collected from ‘Country’ to create Ochre Paintings and build a ‘Manung’, a bark hut.
This is a free family activity. Only children need to be booked in through eventbrite.
Tuesday, 4 July, 10am-12pm

A SNAIL-EYE VIEW
Can you imagine life from a snail-eye view? This workshop invites you to enter the undergrowth and into the slow motion world of the snail through drawing and scale-model construction. Artist Cassandra Smith will help you create a habitat for snails and then draw from your creation.
Suitable for 9-12 year olds. 
Wednesday, 5 July, 10am-12pm

ANCIENT MOSIACS WITH A 21ST CENTURY TWIST
Engage your child with an archaeological approach to early Roman and Greek mosaic making in an artistic, fun and creative way. Children will be inspired and make their very own mosaic to take home.
Tuesday, 11 July

  • 10am-12pm (4-8 year olds) 
  • 1pm-3pm (9-12 year olds) 

THE WACKY LOLLY SHOOTING MACHINE
Introduce kids to the world of chain reactions and build a room-sized domino-like mechanism out of recycled materials. In this hands-on workshop, science, fun and construction go hand-in-hand.
Suitable for 9-12 year olds. 
Friday, 14 July, 10am-12pm

All workshops are $15 per child including materials unless otherwise stated. Book online at incineratorgallery.com.au or call 8325 1750.

Clocktower Centre

750 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds

DIARY OF A WOMBAT

This beloved, award winning children’s book is coming to the stage. Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Monkey Baa uses the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story to the stage.
For ages 3 and over.
Wednesday, 5 July, 10am 

Movies at the Clocktower:
FROZEN (G)
When Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn her home into an infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
Thursday, 6 July, 11am

FINDING NEMO (G)
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
Thursday, 13 July, 11am

All tickets are $8. For more information, visit clocktowercentre.com.au or call 9243 9191.

Active and outdoor activities

ASCOT VALE LEISURE CENTRE
Corner Epsom and Langs Roads, Ascot Vale 
Ascot Vale Leisure Centre is offering an intensive swimming program during the first week of the school holidays specifically designed for primary school-aged children. The sessions will run from 3-7 July from 1pm-3pm. The centre will also be holding Inflatable Fun Fridays on 7 and 14 July from 11am-1pm. Casual entry fees apply.
For more information contact 9375 3411 or visit ascotvalelc.com.au

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 rgtc.com.au

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

Council-run

Libraries

Our five libraries run events and exhibitions that are perfect for children and young people.

Community centres

Special workshops, classes and events are held during the school holidays. For details on programs, go to:

Arts and performances

Our arts venues feature shows and exhibitions that are great to enjoy as a family. For details on what’s on, go to:

Outdoor activities, parks and leisure centres

School based programs (OSHC)

A number of services provide outside of school hours care (OSHC) during vacation time. These are based at local primary schools.

Commercial organisations

Last updated: Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 1:11 PM