+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Gothel's Avatar
    Gothel is offline Skip the drama, stay with Mama!
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Stressame Street
    Posts
    6,514
    Thanks
    2,368
    Thanked
    2,113
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts

    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?

  2. #2
    FearlessLeader's Avatar
    FearlessLeader is offline Winner 2013 - Most Memorable Thread
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    10,728
    Thanks
    2,500
    Thanked
    9,124
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    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.

  3. #3
    Gothel's Avatar
    Gothel is offline Skip the drama, stay with Mama!
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Stressame Street
    Posts
    6,514
    Thanks
    2,368
    Thanked
    2,113
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    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 :/

  4. #4
    Gothel's Avatar
    Gothel is offline Skip the drama, stay with Mama!
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Stressame Street
    Posts
    6,514
    Thanks
    2,368
    Thanked
    2,113
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    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

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    17,904
    Thanks
    5,270
    Thanked
    8,924
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 posts
    Awards:
    Past Moderator - Thank you
    100 Posts in a week
    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?

  6. #6
    FearlessLeader's Avatar
    FearlessLeader is offline Winner 2013 - Most Memorable Thread
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    10,728
    Thanks
    2,500
    Thanked
    9,124
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    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.

  7. #7
    FearlessLeader's Avatar
    FearlessLeader is offline Winner 2013 - Most Memorable Thread
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    10,728
    Thanks
    2,500
    Thanked
    9,124
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    Oh yes the galleries are free and have cool stuff for kids

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    1,610
    Thanks
    690
    Thanked
    872
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    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!!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    2,200
    Thanks
    213
    Thanked
    721
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Awards:
    200 Posts in a weekBusiest Member of the Week - week ending 5/6/15100 Posts in a week
    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!


 

Similar Threads

  1. Free activities
    By quietlyhopeful in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 18-01-2014, 17:43
  2. *Spin Off* Out of school activities with 3 or more kids
    By Stretched in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-09-2013, 12:49

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
Baby U & The Wiggles - Toilet Training ProductsToilet training can be a testing time but Baby U is there to assist you and your toddler with the daunting task of ...
FORUMS - chatting now ...
Come chat, Ladies who are 40+ TTC or ExpectingConception & Fertility General Chat
Maternity wear, pros and consProduct Recommendations & Questions
Working for an NFP - what is it like?Working Hubbers - Employed
Depressed and aloneChildless - not by choice (still trying)
Not excited about pregnancy anymorePregnancy & Birth General Chat
IVF Babies due Sep/Oct/Nov 2017 #3pregnancy and babies through IVF
REVIEWS
"Made bed time less anxious"
by Meld85
My Little Heart Whisbear - the Humming Bear reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›