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    Default Free or cheap school holiday activities?

    It's school holidays here in Melbourne, and the weather forecast is shocking for the next week. I thought we could share ideas for cheap outings or activities to do with the kids.

    So what have you planned to keep the kids busy this school break?

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    Check out out local library and council, they will have loads of cheap/free things going on. Big shopping centres often have shows and activities on too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Check out out local library and council, they will have loads of cheap/free things going on. Big shopping centres often have shows and activities on too.
    I messed all the free stuff at the library - around here you have to book in, and everything booked out within 48 hours!
    I want to stay out of the shopping centres if I can, too tempting to browse and spend once I'm in there :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    Mine are at vacation care as I will be working.

    However things that we do if I'm not working:

    * our local library often has free / low cost activities for primary and high schoolers.
    * movies
    * roller skating
    * bike rides
    * picnic
    Picnics in Melbourne in July is perhaps not my favourite thing to do ha ha
    One movie outing is planned, might look into the roller skating thx

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    I'm not in Melbourne but in Perth there are always free/cheap things to do in the city centre plus there's the museum, art gallery, state library and just taking the train to get there is exciting for my kids. Might be worth checking out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gothel View Post
    I messed all the free stuff at the library - around here you have to book in, and everything booked out within 48 hours!
    I want to stay out of the shopping centres if I can, too tempting to browse and spend once I'm in there :/
    Have you looked a little further afield? Our school holiday activities have only *just* booked out at my library. Probably too late for this term, but maybe in September have a look to see what neighboring councils are offering.

    What about indoor swimming pool? We'll be doing a lot of that since swimming lessons are stopped for the holidays. Not sure where in Melbourne you are, but Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre is pretty fun or there's MSAC (not sure how exxy that is)

    You could rope in some friends, hire a hall and organise some games- indoor football, dodgeball, rounders, skipping and hula hoops. Just get people to BYO equipment.

    Can you still hire game consoles? I remember when we were kids Dad used to hire a Nintendo from the video shop. Only exciting if you don't have a games console I guess.

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    Oh yes the galleries are free and have cool stuff for kids

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    Check out littlemelbourne.com.au
    They have heaps of ideas.
    Drive ins?

    Fun things to do at home while it's cold..

    Movie forte - build a forte with furniture and sheets and watch movies in there.

    Restaurant - get kids involved in making dinner and desert and set the table really nicely.

    Crafts - spotlight have crafty packs to do . Making frames etc

    Bunnings also have crafts and building things you can do

    Book-o-thon - have a challenge to see who can read the most books over the holidays with a prize at the end.

    Photo book - get kids to go through old photos and put together a photo book online or print them off into a scrap book.

    Mummy pamper day - get your kids to soak your feet, rub your shoulders, paint your nails!!! Joy for all involved!!

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    Oh melbourne how i miss thee.

    I would do a trip to a different museum each day. The state museum, the immigration museum, the victorian police museum and the science museum.

    write up an easy meal the kids can help you cook with lots of cutting. Then take a day trip to the victorian markets and pick out all the fresh produce and then go home and have the kids help you cook it. Cutting a carrot is fun for kids (who would have thought)

    I would go to an inside swimming pool one day.

    I would go roller skating.

    I would take the kids out for lunch one day to a kid friendly pub with indoor playground (woo you can have a wine)

    Take the kids to the dvd hire shop and let them pick out dvd's and have a day rugged up with as much popcorn as they can eat and movies of their choice.

    Invite a friend over and have the kids play together.

    Bake cupcakes or decorate milk arrowroot biscuits with icing and lollies

    Paper mache creations!


 

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