10 Winter School Holidays Ideas 2021

School holidays are upon us again. We have gathered as many local activities that we could find for your information. Click on the titles for more information. For many activities you will need to book via the organisation or business’ website or Facebook page.

Libraries: There is a wide ranges of fun activities in the Goldfields Libraries School Holiday Program including: Very Hungry Caterpillar necklace making, Catapults and Crossbow making, performances by comedian and author, Alan Brough.

Parklands Animal Farm: Our Parklands friends are offering two sessions of animal fun these holidays. On Thursday 1 July and Wednesday 7 July from 10 am to 12:30 pm there will be 20 minute mini trail rides, 10 minute pony rides, and farm animal feeding. Mini trail rides are $20, pony rides $10 and it is $5 per child to feed the farm animals and cuddle baby goats and lambs in the stables. Bookings and are essential and you must register with the QR code on the farm. Children of visitors with a Macedon Mumma keyring can feed and play with the animals for free.

Daylesford Spa Railway: The railway is up and running again as of this Sunday 27 June. Enjoy a ride on a restored heritage train through the scenic spa country whilst supporting a local business. It is a must for little train lovers! Return tickets for the 35 minute return trip to Bullarto cost $15 for adults ($14 concession), $13 for school-age children, and $35 for families.

Wild City: Join in a collaborative school holiday workshop at the Kyneton Town Hall. Children use sculptural building blocks to create their own ‘Wild City’. There are 5 sessions available: Wednesday, 30 June from 10.30 am to 12 noon, and 1.30 pm to 3 pm; Thursday, 1 July from 10.30 am to 12 noon, and 1.30 pm to 3 pm; and Friday 2 July from 10.30 am to 12 noon.

Coil Weaving Workshop: Master weaver and Dja Dja Wurrung woman, Marilyne Nicholls, is teaching the basics of traditional Indigenous coil weaving and create their own piece across four evening sessions. Participants will hear her incredible stories and learn new skills in a supportive and welcoming environment. Weaver starter kits are supplied and booking are essential. Sessions are on Mondays from 28 June until 19 July, from 6 pm to 8:0 pm.

Malmsbury Winter Crafternoons: Do you have a child who enjoys crafting? Join other makers at the Malmsbury Town Hall on the first Sunday of the month from 1 to 4 pm. Local dressmaker, Jennifer Clancy, and Claire Melgaard, master knitter, will be there to guide any projects you may have. Knitters, crocheters, weavers and creators of all kinds are welcome. There is a cost of $8 per person which includes a coffee/tea/hot chocolate from Malmsbury Bakery.

Gisborne Village Shopping Centre: Colour in the Tokyo Olympics colouring sheet in Centre to win a prize pack from Pop Gaming and The Sweet Shop valued at $100. Grab your take home pack from our display located near The Sweet Shop from Tuesday 29th June. Olympic mascots will be handing out these packs on the following days: Tuesday 29th June 11 to 1pm, Thursday 1st July 11 to 1 pm, Saturday 3rd July 11 to 1pm, Monday 5th July 11 to 1pm. Return your coloured entry form to the entry box at the display anytime up until 9th of July 2021 . Winners will be notified by telephone Monday 12th of July 2021.

The Chocolate Mill, Daylesford: What better time than the winter school holidays to head out to grab a hot cocoa and some chocolates from the chocolaterie in Daylesford?

Dromkeen, Riddells Creek

Dromkeen Storytime: Join in for the July “Migaloo” storytime with Australian author/illustrator Mark Wilson. Mark will read his beautiful picture book about the first white hump-backed whale found in the world and teach the children how to draw a whale. The activities are free of charge and Mark’s books and prints can be purchased on the day at a discounted price for those who attend. The storytime is on Saturday 3 July at 2 pm. RSVP to Bernadette at bernadette@dromkeen.com.au to secure your place.

Check out our 10 Wet Weather Excursion Ideas which lists even more wonderful places to check out locally: Pop Gaming, our favourite kid friendly cafes, the closest playcentres, local playgroups, aquatic centres and book stores.

Have we missed your local, family friendly holiday activity? Get in contact.

Happy holidays!

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