The September-October school holidays are going to be here before we know it!

We have rounded up some fantastic options that are either free or affordable, activities to do with your kids these school holidays!

Due to kick off:

  • Saturday 22nd of September until Sunday 7th October (VIC, QLD, WA)
  • Saturday 29th September until Sunday 14th October (NSW, TAS, SA, ACT, NT)

(this applies to the public school system, Private and Independent school holidays may differ slightly).

Here is our list of some great School Holiday activities happening around our major cities…as what we like to call…

The School Holiday Whip Around.

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The State Library of QLD – Fun Palace   

When:  Saturday 6 Oct 2018, 10:00 am – 03:00 pm

Cost:  FREE

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Even though this is right at the tail end of the QLD School Holidays, this is well worth a visit!

Celebrating Arts and Sciences with a twist. Kids, big and small, (plus the young at heart!) can take part in the experiments and games; draw, write, dance and explore the scientific mysteries of our weird and wonderful world. 

Brisbricks LEGO Fan Expo – Chandler

When:  Saturday 29 Sep – Monday 01 Oct 2018

Cost:  Tickets – A $12, Ch (3-15yrs) $6, Under 3 yrs Free; VIP (16yrs+) $20. Bookings taken for hourly sessions.

Tickets are NOT available at door. Pre-sale only. BUY TICKETS HERE


Lego fans of all ages will be blown away by the amazing creations and activities!

As well as the interactive displays there’ll be a a large train layout covering scenes from a number of movie blockbusters; and much more.

There will also be a large selection of specialist LEGO retailers, face painting and you can have your photo taken with characters from the Star Wars® universe.

QAGOMA Children’s Art Centre – Tony Albert: We can be heroes exhibition

When:  Currently running – Sunday 7 Oct 2018

Cost:  FREE

The Children’s Art Centre is a place where artists have created interactive installations, artist projects and activities for kids and families.

Young visitors can create their own digital superhero identity, assemble a monster using collage sheets designed by the artist, and bring creatures of the artist’s imagination to life.


Art Gallery of New South Wales – Drop in and make: Shake it up

When:  11am-3.30pm, Monday-Friday 8-12 October 2018. Sundays 7, 21 October 2018

Cost:  FREE

Be inspired by the artworks in Spacemakers and roomshakers: installations from the collection to create your own artwork that shakes up different ideas about what art can be.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – Contemporary Kids school holiday program, Magical realms

When:  10.30am-4pm, 2-6 October 2018

Cost:  $18 Family ticket

Let your imagination run wild as you and your little one fly into a realm of new worlds and fill them with fantasy creatures. Draw out your own flying machine or character and or go on an adventure through the Creative Studios, making friends along the way.

Drop in as many times as you like throughout the week with your family ticket!

This program has been designed for children and their grown-ups to collaborate together. Ages 4+


Craft Bonanza at Kathleen Syme Library

When:  10am-12pm, Wednesday 3 October 2018

Cost:  FREE

Draw, paint, create, it’s all happening at the library craft bonanza. Fun for all ages!

Crafty Dragons at Southbank Library

When:  10am-11.30am, Tuesday 2 October 2018

Cost:  FREE

What dragon will you make? Come along to this awesome workshop with multiple craft stations including a slime station! Ages: 4 to 12 years.


The Children’s Gallery – Melbourne Museum

When:  Continuous

Cost:  A $15, Ch (to 16 years) FREE, Concession FREE 

A wondrous place for babies to 5-year-olds to explore, play and learn.

The exhibition combines hands-on exploration and discovery, open-ended play-based learning, extraordinary immersive environments and unique museum collection objects. 


Adelaide Central Market – Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies

When:  From 2-12 October 2018

Cost:  FREE – up to $18

Help your little one discover the colour, fun and excitement of the Market these school holidays!

Help your little one discover the colour, fun and excitement of the Market these school holidays! You can’t beat the ever popular Market Trail for fun and value at just $9, or Little Market Chefs with Sprout Cooking for just $18.

Or enjoy free activities including art and seedling planting workshops and cooking demonstrations with the Australian Mushroom Growers.

  • Little Market Chefs – (5–12 years)  |  Tuesday 2nd, Thursday 4th, Tuesday 9th & Thursday 11th October 2018 at 9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm.  BOOK HERE
  • Market Trail – (4+ years)  |  Tuesday 2nd, Thursday 4th & Friday 5 October 2018 from 9am to 1pm and Tuesday 9th, Thursday 11th & Friday 12th October 2018 from 9am to 1pm (self guided). BOOK HERE
  • Art workshop – FREE (all ages)  |  Friday 5 October 2018 from 9.30am to 11.30am with the team from Little Picassos.
  • Pot painting & seedling planting workshop – FREE (4+)  |  Friday 12 October 2018 from 9.30am to 12pm (numbers limited).
  • Cooking Demonstration with Australian Mushroom Growers – FREE  |  Friday 12 October 2018 from 10am to 12pm. Learn how to make delicious family meals with Australian mushrooms, complete with recipes and free samples.

Pop up Science Centre –  World of Change

When:  10am-1pm Tuesday 9 October 2018, 2pm-5pm Wednesday 10 October 2018, 2pm-5pm Thursday 11 October 2018

Cost:  $15 for children aged 5-15 years, with younger siblings and accompanying adults FREE!

Workshops! Shows! Hands-on Exhibits from Questacon! Starlabs! If you love Science and you’re looking for a quality school holiday experience, then go along and spend a full three hours with SciWorld at their Pop-Up Science Centre this school holidays. 

Conveniently located at the Adelaide Showground.


Free sustainable arts & crafts workshops

When:  Sunday | Tuesday | Thursday | 11am–2pm 24 September-5 October

Cost:  FREE

Grab your family and friends and head to Cathedral Square these school holidays to create your own recyclable flower and herb planting pots to get into the spirit of Spring!

Activities include sustainable arts and craft, giant games & many more…

Furthermore, pop into the City of Perth Library on level 4 to check out the exciting range of kids activities.

Spring Family Fun Days

When:  10am–4pm Saturday 22, Sunday 23 September 2018 and Saturday 29, Sunday 30 September 2018 at Forrest Place.

Cost:  FREE

With children’s workshops and a bunch of thrilling inflatable slides, obstacle courses and games, there is something for children of all ages.

With children’s workshops and a bunch of thrilling inflatable slides, obstacle courses and games, there is something for children of all ages.


Darwin Waterfront

When:  Monday 1 October to Friday 12 October 2018

Cost:  FREE

Enjoy loads of free activities for kids these school holidays! Including:

  • Swim, Save, Survive with Royal Life Saving NT
  • LEGO workshop
  • Slime workshop
  • Disco Circus workshop
  • Tennis clinic
  • Messy Play – face and body painting
  • Watersliding
  • Sand Cards – art and crafts
  • Music and Craft in the Parklands with Melody Mel

Darwin City Library & Casuarina Library Tech Zone

​​When:  3-4.30pm at Darwin City Library every Monday & Friday, 3-5pm at Casuarina Library every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Cost:  FREE

Play with the latest gadgets and gizmos at the Tech Zone. No need to books, drop into any session.


Enviro Puppet Movement

When:  1-12 October 2018

Cost:  Weekday sessions: 5-day pass = $50, Weekend session: $20. If enrolling students from the same family, a 50% discount applies. Please use the discount code: ‘SIBLINGPUPPETS’

Held at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, this unique school holiday program is designed for ages 8 + (including adults!)

As part of the experience, participants will create puppets from recycled materials and perform an enlightening puppet show to the Canberra community about local endangered species.

School holiday fun at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

When:  10am-3pm Sunday 7 October 2018

Cost:  FREE entry to the reserve (which normally costs $13 per car per day!)

Photography: Ben Wrigley and Emily Taylor

This popular family fun day will include nature experiences, kid’s activities, live music, displays, demonstrations and more.

This year’s theme is “Rediscover Tidbinbilla”, which encourages visitors to explore the nature park and learn about the indigenous significance, plant life, threatened species of animals and the heritage of the area.


Bush Adventures

When:  Various dates

Cost:  Most costing around $5.20 per child, with accompanying adults FREE. Bookings are essential, Book here.

The City of Hobart’s Bush Adventures program offers people of all ages the chance to explore the wonders of nature around Hobart.

The program gives great opportunities to enjoy and learn more about Hobart’s Bushland Reserves.

Activities include:

  • Guided Bird Walk
  • Guided Night Walk
  • Nature Play at Government House
  • Bush Stories
  • Flora the Explorer
  • Nest box building workshops
  • Go Wild Go Solo bike and hike adventures
  • Introductory sessions to the best outdoor apps and more.


Salamanca Market Hobart

When:  8.30am-3pm Every Saturday

Cost:  FREE

With incredible local produce, from fruits and breads through to whiskeys and wines for mum and dad, and with some of the best arts and crafts in Australia, it’s a treasure and a pleasure

Please leave a comment or contact us if you find some fantastic events near you, we would love to share them with our Creative Mum Life Community!

Nicole is a mum of two girls aged 5 and 3, made to order cook, cleaner, crafts organiser and family budget manager. In between cups of coffee, you will usually find her assisting a toddler with the toilet, cleaning food scraps off the floor and basically trying to keep her mini-me’s alive. She knows all too well that if you don’t keep them busy they will find their own busy-ness, by doing something mischievous!