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11 Creative School Holiday Workshops for Kids in Melbourne

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Ah school holidays. Time to spend quality time with the kidlets watching the latest movie, trips to the park, the beach or the to check out the latest museum exhibit. It's all fun times until they start driving you crazy with never ending demands of snacks and ways to cure their boredom!

There's two whole weeks (or 6 weeks in the summertime) to fill when the kids are off school.

If you're keen to book the kids on to a creative workshop in the school holidays to a) get their minds ticking and b) give yourselves a little time out, here's a list of classes happening regularly in Melbourne during each school holiday break:

Build it 4 Kids LEGO Themed Workshops

Bricktastic workshops take place in Melbourne South East every school holiday break with Build it 4 Kids.

Build it 4 Kids LEGO Themed Workshops


Each three hour class, broken down into age categories 4 - 6 years (Junior Builders) and 6 - 12 years (Master Builders and LEGOŽ Technics), is filled with fun challenges and tasks using piles of LEGO bricks.

Where: Mentone Primary School, Childers Road, Mentone
Web: www.buildit4kids.com.au

Creative Write-it Workshops

An opportunity for kids and youth to craft something special, delve into their imagination, and pick up writing tips, too.

Creative Write-it Workshops


Creative writing workshops with Creative Write-It offer a range of day classes that cover craft and storytelling all-in-one.

Where: Balwyn North and Fitzroy North
Web: www.creativewriteit.com.au

Animation, Film Making, Coding, Gaming, Robotics & More at ACMI

If your child thrives on gaming, YouTube, animation and movie culture, you need to see what's happening at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) each school holiday.

ACMI Claymation workshops


From young coding workshops to LEGO robotics, family Minecraft sessions to game critic classes, YouTube star sessions to film making, the ACMI is where it's at!

Where: Federation Square, Melbourne
Web: www.acmi.net.au

Dinosaur and Fairy Garden Workshops with Blossom Kids

Dinosaur and fairy garden workshops run by Blossom Kids offer younger children the chance to take home a miniature garden tub, decorated with real plants, colourful rocks, mushrooms and of course, wee little toy dinosaurs or fairies.

Dinosaur and Fairy Garden Workshops


Where: Various venues in Melbourne South East & Mornington Peninsula
Web: www.blossomkids.com.au
Keep an eye on the Blossom Kids Facebook Page for future dates.

Circus Classes at the National Institute of Circus Arts

Spring into action with acrobatics and circus fun with the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) each school holiday break.

NICA school holiday workshops


Each holiday program for the kids (5 years plus) includes fun-filled classes incorporating juggling, rope, tumbling, mini-tramp, acrobalance, tightwire, static trapeze, aerial ring, tissu, plate spinning, hula hoops, pyramids, unicycle & diabolo.

Where: 39-59 Green St, Prahran
Web: www.nica.com.au

Pottery Decorating Classes at Glaze It

Pottery painting for kids using ready-to-paint ceramics in Glaze It's Elsternwick studio. Open every day during the school holidays, pottery decorating classes run on via drop-in sessions from 10am on Mon - Fri however it is advisable to check ahead before arriving by calling 9532 9933.

Glaze-it pottery decorating


Where: Glaze It Studio, 328A Glen Eira Rd.
Elsternwick
When: School holidays 10am - 5pm Mon - Fri.
Web: Here

Art and Craft Workshops at the NGV

You would expect Australia's oldest, largest and most visited art museum to run art classes for kids in the school holidays, and that it does.

Art and Craft Workshops at the NGV


Classes at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) vary in accordance with what's currently exhibiting at any given time, so make sure you check what's on and when.

Where: NGV, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Web: www.ngv.vic.gov.au

Sewing Classes at The Thread Den

Thread Den has been teaching Melburnians how to sew, craft and create since 2007, and that also extends to the younger crafters in the city during the school holidays.

Sewing classes at The Thread Den


Beginner students from age 9 years plus work on their own sewing projects from a range of patterns, in a fun learning environment.

Where: Level 1, 329 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Web: www.threadden.com

Harry Potter Themed Wand, Potion and Mandrake Potting Workshops at the Little Shop of Horrors

Through a secret door in The Little Shop of Horrors Costumery Mornington, a group of young wizards and witches journey to Hogwarts to meet Professor McGonagall for a series of magical workshops.

Little Shop of Horrors Harry Potter Themed Workshops


Each school holidays sees children craft their own magical potions, wands or mandrake pots!

Where: The Little Shop of Horrors Costumery, Factory 6/1, Watt Rd, Mornington
Web: littleshopofhorrorscostumery.com.au


Dance Workshops at The Space

Three day dance classes split into age groups; 4-5yrs, 6-10yrs and 11-16yrs.

Dance Workshops at The Space


Fun programs designed to teach dance, drama and arts and crafts to encourages creativity, musicality and a great introduction to dance classes at The Space.

Where: 318 Chapel St, Prahran
Web: www.thespace.com.au

Creative Classes at ArtPlay

ArtPlay at Birrarung Marr just along the Yarra River and just minutes walk from Federation Square, is a creative space for children of all ages.

ArtPlay


The centre offers hundreds of workshops, events and performances throughout the year, with plenty of affordable programs to choose from each school holiday break.

Where: Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
Web: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/arts-and-culture/artplay
Facebook: facebook.com/ArtPlayKids


What have we missed? Where do you like to take the kids for creative activities in the school holidays?

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