Chill out these school holidays in Moonee Valley

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Moonee Valley kids will have plenty of activities to keep them warm this winter over the school holidays. 

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said there was a great range of winter-warming activities to encourage children of all ages to get out of the house and make some new friends.

“We have some great ice-themed activities happening in Moonee Valley including a snow party, ice skating sessions, winter craft where the kids can make paper lanterns, snow globes and cotton ball penguins, and a screening of Ice Age,” Cr Sipek said.

“Other highlights of our school holiday program include Japanese calligraphy, Zumba, a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and a young writers workshop.

“Make sure you also head down to our libraries for NAIDOC Week Storytime where we will be celebrating our Indigenous history.”

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 Heights
• Flemington Library, 313 Racecourse Rd, Flemington
• Niddrie Library, 483 Keilor Road, Niddrie
• Sam Merrifield Library, 762 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

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

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.
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


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


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.
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

Activities for teens:

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.
Thursday, 5 July, 6.30pm-7.30pm, 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.
Tuesday, 3 July, 2pm-3pm, Niddrie 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.
Wednesday, 11 July, 2pm–4pm, Sam Merrifield Library


Compete in video game tournaments for young people aged 12-18 years. Compete for your chance to win gaming vouchers. Free, bookings necessary.
Thursday 5 July, 2pm-5pm, Avondale Heights Library

Flemington Community Centre

25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington

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.
Monday, 2 July, 2pm-3pm

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.
Wednesday, 4 July, 9.30am-11am

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.
Wednesday, 11 July, 10am-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.
Thursday, 12 July, 10.30am-11.30am

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

Bowes Avenue Community Centre

27-31 Bowes Avenue, Airport West

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.
Tuesday, 3 July, 9.30am-11am

Get ready to be a circus performer and learn how to juggle and hula hoop like a professional. Suitable for children aged 5+.
Tuesday, 10 July, 10am-11.30am

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

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.

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

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


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

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

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.

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!
Saturday, 7 July, 10.30am-12 noon

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

Activities for youths

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
Tickets only available online, please bring proof of age/student card for entry.

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

Active and outdoor activities


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

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.

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.

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.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM