Home education activities in the school holidays

​During school holidays, there are often extra events in your local area. Even if your child’s learning program doesn’t follow the school calendar, you can make the most of what’s on offer!

Events in your local community are a good way to mix things up, meet new people, and learn something different.

These are some examples of activities across Victoria in the coming weeks. For more ideas, check out your local council, art gallery, performing art centre, library or community house.

Dinosaur discovery

Inverloch | Multiple dates | Ticketed

Learn about the dinosaurs that once roamed the area, engage in lab activities and join the hunt for dinosaur fossils.

Learning areas include: Humanities and social sciences (HSS), sciences

Future Lab

West Gippsland | Multiple dates | Free

A monthly science, technology, engineering and mathematics program for people aged 10–17, with a new topic for each event, organised by West Gippsland Libraries.

Learning areas include: Information communication technologies, and design technologies (ICTDT), sciences, mathematics

Gippsland Art Gallery workshops

Sale | Multiple dates | Ticketed

Painting and sculpture workshops for children aged 6–9.

Learning areas include: The arts, HSS, ICTDT

Ballarat Libraries activities

Ballarat | Multiple dates | Free

Various activities including eSmart sessions, robotics, Lego challenges, reading (with Auslan interpretations) and little scientist laboratories.

Learning areas include: English, ICTDT, arts, HSS, sciences, languages

National Wool Museum activities

Geelong | Multiple dates | Ticketed

Craft activities using recycled materials, inspired by Play School.

Learning areas include: The arts, ICTDT

Hunt for the Golden Gumboot

Kawarren to Gellibrand | Free

Competition for children aged 12–18, learning about nature and history along the Old Beechy Rail Trail.

Learning areas include: Health and physical education (HPE), HSS, sciences

AFL Footy Festival

Melbourne | Free

Celebration of the AFL finals series showcasing food, music, kids activities and football.

Learning areas include: HPE, HSS

Direct your own TV Ad

Melbourne | Multiple dates | Free

Workshops for children aged 8–13, accompanied by an adult, to create road safety advertisements using state-of-the-art technology.

Learning areas include: ICTDT, the arts, sciences, HSS

Threatened Species Children’s Art Exhibition

Melbourne | 7–28 September | Free

Exhibition of work from young artists, showing their interpretations of the dangers faced by threatened plants and animals.

Learning areas include: The arts, HSS, sciences

Paper Plains Collage Workshop

Shepparton | Ticketed

Workshop for children aged 4–9 years to create landscape artworks from paper and glue.

Learning areas include: The arts

Open Range Art

Bendigo | Free

Art-making space for children aged 4-14 years in the Bendigo Gallery forecourt.

Learning areas include: The arts

Day for Daniel

Online | Free

Use online resources to create and plan a community event to raise awareness about child safety, or plan to attend an event in your area.

Learning areas include: HSS, HPE, ICTDT