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Free school holiday events
By Tammy Barton

Looking for free events during the school holidays? We’ve shortlisted a few to get you started.


9 January — 'Little Day In STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, with Art!’, 1pm – 3pm at Thebarton Community Centre, Torrensville.

18 January – ‘Dream Story Telling’, 1:30pm at Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

12 & 19 January – Outdoor movies at the Marion Cultural Centre from 8:30pm.

24 January — ‘Little Day Out: Splash!’, 11.30am – 1.30pm at Mellor Park, Henley Beach Rd, Lockleys.


Every Sunday morning — Craft and storytelling at the Museum of Brisbane, 10am – 12pm in the Dome Lounge. Ends 29 April, 2018.

9-17 January — Discover the world of geometric shapes and create a beautiful geometrical artwork. See Gold Coast Libraries website for dates, times and locations.

18-21 January — ‘Tech+Stories+Play’ at the State Library of Queensland, South Bank.

9th December-22 April —'Me, Myselfie and I’ interactive exhibition at GOMA from 10am – 5pm daily.


7 & 21 January – ‘Broadbeach Markets’, visit the Gold Coast’s famous beachfront art and craft markets. Held in Kurrawa Park on the beachfront opposite the Oasis Shopping centre, 8am – 2pm.

9-17 January — Discover the world of geometric shapes and create a beautiful geometrical artwork. See Gold Coast Libraries website for dates, times and locations.

11 January – ‘Splashtacular Water Fun’, spend the morning at Mudgeeraba getting soaked and having a laugh with fun filled water games, Hinterland Regional Park, 40 Hardys Road, Mudgeeraba, 9am – 11am.

20 January – ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Movie Under the Stars at Schusters Park, Tallebudgera. Pre-movie kids’ entertainment starts at 4:30pm, movie at 6:30pm.


16 December – 29 January — ‘Tinkertorium’ at the Powerhouse Museum, 10am to 5pm daily. Adults $15, kids free.

20 January — 'Red Dog: True Blue’, outdoor cinema from sunset at Strathfield Park, Strathfield.

Until 26 January — 'Free Balance Bike Clinics’, 11am until 3pm every day at Sydney Park Cycling, Alexandria. Suitable for kids aged 3 to 8.

6 – 28 January — ‘Plastic Jurassic’ artist Hiroshi Fuji sculpts nostalgic, joyful creatures from unloved plastic toys. Kids aged 6 – 12 can learn to transform unloved toys into new creations at Sydney Town Hall, daily.


25 January — ‘Get Slimed’ in this slime making workshop at Southbank Library at Boyd at 10:30am. Free to all, but bookings required.

15 – 24 January — ‘Put Yourself in the Picture’ and imagine working in the goldfields at the Old Treasury Building. No bookings required, but check for session times.

23 January — ‘Lava Lamp Workshop’ at 10:30am at the City Library. Designed for 5 to 11 year olds. Free to all, but bookings required.

Every day — At Melbourne Zoo, children aged 0 – 15 get in for free on weekends, public and school holidays.


1 – 31 January — Follow the trail around Revolutions Transport Museum to discover interesting information about ‘Baggage Wearing Beasts’, courier camels, delivery donkeys and hauling horses of the past. From 10am to 4pm daily.

7 January — ‘Pirate Attack!’ The pirate ship Duyfken is going to attack East Fremantle Yacht Club. Put on your pirate gear to join in the action from 10am – 2pm.

8 – 12 and 15 – 19 January —'Mini Masterpiece’ singing and theatre workshops, 10am – 2:30pm at the State Library of Western Australia Theatre. Check website for details.

8 – 28 January — ‘Toys Just Want To Have Fun’ is in the Discovery Zone at the State Library of WA. Children and grown-ups can sort, build, pretend, make art or music and create games.

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