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What’s On This Autumn 2022 School Holidays In Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges?


23 Mar. 2022

With school holidays here again, there’s no reason to feel stuck for ideas on entertaining the kids. The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges have something for children, tweens and teens alike.

Get Outside

If your child is an adventurer and loves the outdoors, consider these activities. Many of them are free!

Edendale Farm

Open from 11 am to 3 pm daily, visitors to Edendale Farm near Diamond Creek in Eltham have the opportunity to connect with nature and farm life in an interactive environment. A great day out for the whole family.

Over the school holiday period, a variety of special events on April 12 and 13 provide children with the opportunity to interact with the farm animals, talk to the farmers, feed the chooks and more.

In particular, a farm tour specially designed for children on the Autism Spectrum, done in partnership with Eltham Paediatrics, will be held on April 12 and 21st from 9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m. The Sensory-Friendly Farm Tour allows children to join farmers in small sensory-friendly groups to

At just $8 for a 45-minute tour (parents go free!) it’s a great way for children of all ages to enjoy a morning on the farm.

Learn more about what your child can expect >

Get Active with Golf and Tennis

Kids can discover golf and tennis with The Eastern Golf Club and GP Tennis teaming
up during our autumn school holiday program. Kids will enjoy an awesome day outdoors filled with fun activities and making new friends. It’s always a fun-filled day and the kids will be out in the fresh air and being active.

Held on Tuesday, April 12 and the 19th as well as Thursday, April 14th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, no experience is required for children to attend one session at $65 per child or two for $120, inclusive of lunch.

The day will include training and practice to develop and improve, golf and tennis skills. Suitable for kids aged 5+ years at Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Levels. There will be lots of fun activities; a day of making new friends and getting out into the fresh air and sunshine.

For more information and booking, click here.

Also on the 12th from 10am to 12:30pm children can join the team from the Diamond Valley Art Society and learn to paint their own pebble pals (seen above) or enjoy a variety of creative art play. It’s free to attend but bookings are required.

Find out more >

Also free for kids who love creepy crawlies, a hands-on session with Wildlife Xposure at Edendale Farm, giving children over 4 years of age the chance to get up close to some amazing invertebrates and grab a photo too!

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Cycle the Trails

Spend a day cycling the trails with Girt By Dirt (pictured above) offers a range of options for bicycle hire that are inclusive of helmets and locks. Explore any number of parks, reserves and trails and enjoy a great family day out.

Check out a range of trails perfect for cycling >

Cycle Emerald Lake

With options for traditional as well as e-bike hire, children's bikes, tandem bikes, you name it, head over to Emerald Lake and spot the iconic Puffing Billy historic train with Cog Bikes Australia.

A partnership between Puffing Billy and Cog Bikes Australia now means you can hire a bike from Puffing Billy Railway's Lakeside Station bike hub in Emerald Lake Park.

Whether travelling by train or driving into the precinct on a lovely sunny day, choose from a range of standard trail bikes, e-bikes, balance bikes or children's pedal bikes, and explore a number of tracks and trails to suit all capabilities and interests.

Book a steam train ride in, travelling from Belgrave to Lakeside Station, where your pre-booked bike and all-terrain adventure awaits, or begin your day at Emerald Lake Park and pedal to the metal in the morning, before jumping on board to enjoy a steam train journey from Lakeside to Gembrook Station.

If it's only off-road cycling amongst the towering rainforests and lush fern gullies of the region that you're after, then come along and simply hire a bike on the day, all day.

From beginner tracks for families to the more challenging terrain of the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail that runs alongside Puffing Billy between Emerald and Gembrook, there is a bike trail to suit everyone.

Once you're done, roll on into the new Puffing Billy Railway Lakeside Visitor Centre and take advantage of the gift shop, café, and railway museum.

Ride the Rails With Puffing Billy

Do you know you can swing those legs again as you sit on the sils of Puffing Billy? Yes, you can!
This school holidays, pre-book a picnic pack to enjoy in Emerald Lake Park. For a dose of history, check out the Lakeside Visitor Centre’s museum of steam artifacts. Grab a well-earned coffee and snack from the Railway Café. Limited tickets are available. Pre-book your spot today!

Children under 4 travel for free. Find out more here.

Healesville Sanctuary – Kids Visit Free*

Over the school holidays, kids can visit Healesville Sanctuary free when accompanied by an adult. A range of kid-friendly activities will be on offer including two amazing Bunjil and Corroboree Frog Nature Play Spaces, gunyah making and stick and stones art – using natural collected materials at Koala Picnic Area, sand tables where kids can create nature-inspired art in the sand at Robert Eadie Pavilion as well as nature play with rangers and Professor Bubble wandering around the Sanctuary daily.

A full schedule of events and more details >

Indoor Fun

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

With the Easter holiday just around the corner, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is the ideal spot to get your chocolate fix. Over the school holiday period, it’s extra special as junior chocolatiers aged 6-12 can spend a day learning what it’s like inside the kitchen creating sweet treats.

The 45-minute Junior Chocolatier Classes teaches kids to make their very own yummy creations. $40 includes a personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy. Bookings are required and multiple event days are available, but be quick, places are limited.

Find out more >

Above image: Brooke Maggs, The Gardens Between, Licensed courtesy of the Voxel Agents.

Yarra Ranges Museum

Calling all tech-savvy kids! Code Breakers Game Stories is part of the program for Code Breakers: Women in Games, an ACMI touring exhibition at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, in partnership with Yarra Ranges Tech School.

On April 22nd, a half-day workshop looks at creating an interactive adventure with a free-online game building platform. Using some coding tricks and more, students can create immersive multi-branching narratives using text, sound and imagery.

Participants will work with ACMI educators to craft an engaging short narrative that allows readers/players to 'choose their own adventure' by making choices at key points in the story. Participants will be encouraged to continue building their interactive stories after the session.

Find out more >

Gluttony Festival- Kid-friendly shows

South Australia’s Gluttony Festival is coming to Croydon from April 6-10 bringing with it a selection of some of the best circus, music and performing arts you’ll see anywhere.

Part of the program also includes a variety of kid-friendly shows. From the crazy antics of the Petit Circus to the Grossed Out Game Show (pictured below) where teams compete to earn litres of green slime, resulting in a hilarious finale. Hosted by the multi-coloured master of munchkin mayhem, Matty Grey, it’s a crowd-pleaser.

For older children, why not book in for Completely Improvised Potter? Using a suggestion from the audience of what could've been the title of a Potter book, (but wasn't), Completely Improvised Potter (pictured below) will show you a year at Hogwarts as you’ve never seen it before!

Cameo Cinema

Book the family in for an advance screening of Dreamworks’ newest animated film, The Bad Guys on Sunday, March 27th. Rated PG, it’s a great family day out certain to bring the laughs.

Secure your ticket and learn more >

Only Mine Gourmet Chocolates

Based in Olinda, Only Mine is hosting two decadent workshops over the Easter break including a free decorative Easter egg making demonstration with head chocolatier, Thomas Wierinck.

Learn how to make your very own decorative Easter egg by learning how to temper chocolate using the seeding method, how to use coloured cocoa butter to decorate chocolates, moulding a hollow egg and more.

Spaces are limited.

find out more and register here >

Especially for kids aged 5 and older, this fun workshop shows them how to create their very one Easter chick.

Made with Only Mine chocolate, kids will receive all the parts required to construct these super cute Easter chicks which are completely edible. This workshop will be run by Only Mine's head
chocolatier Thomas. Kids will also get to take home their creation with a retail value of over $25

The class will run for around 30-45 minutes and vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Save by booking early (cost is $30 with an early bird special, $20) but you need to get in fast as there's a maximum of six students per class.

Click here for more information and the booking link >

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