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Winter School Holidays in The Yarra Ranges 2021


18 Jun. 2021

The winter school holidays are here and if you’re looking for activities to get your kids out of the home and active, the Yarra Ranges has plenty to offer.

Why not try:

Tarrawarra Museum of Art’s Children’s Workshops

Got a crafty kid or teen? Taking place on Saturday, June 26th, Tarrawarra's interactive 60-minute workshops will allow children ages 6-16 to join artist Brownyn Ward and her artist assistants in making monoprints of grass, twigs, ferns, fronds and leaves.

Grass, twigs, leaves!: Botanical Monoprinting Children's Workshop will be held over two sessions, are hands-on and the best part? It’s free. Space is limited though, so bookings are required and we suggest getting in quick.

All materials supplied, including a sustainable cotton tote for printing. Please note that ink used for printing is especially for fabric (and will not wash easily out of clothing). Workshops will take place upstairs in the library.

Book for 11am Saturday 26 June

Book for 1pm Saturday 26 June

Children’s Pottery Workshops at Mooroolbark Community Centre

It’s creative, fun and kids can get their hands dirty as they learn to work and create with clay. Guided by an experienced tutor, these 90- minute workshops give them the opportunity to switch off from technology and become completely immersed in a tactile and imaginative task. All ages are welcome, however, the class is best suited for children over 6. Those under 9 will require adult supervision for the entire workshop duration.

There are 9 workshops throughout the term and clay is purchased separately from the Mooroolbark Community Centre. Firing costs are included in term fees.

Learn more by clicking here.

Start Exploring with Warburton Adventure Company

The all-new Warby Explorer Kids Program has launched for the school holidays. The half-day caving and abseiling adventures are specifically designed just for kids, run for three hours, and include all the safety equipment they’ll need for an incredible adventure. Ideally suited for children over 6 years of age, the caving adventure gives them the opportunity to explore below the earth’s surface, scramble around rocky ledges, squeeze through narrow rock formations, and slide down slick cave walls with a professional guide. Along the way, they’ll learn about the area’s history and maybe spot a glow worm or two.

The half-day abseiling adventure is a fun and safe way for kids to try their hand abseiling. Ideal for 6 to 10-year-olds, guides will support them and provide all the safety gear while demonstrating the correct abseiling techniques. It’s a great confidence builder and perfect for kids with energy to burn.

Click here to learn more.

Family Fishing

Fishing is a great day out for the whole family and over the winter holiday period, you can visit Tommy Finn’s Trout Farm in Warburton or the Australian Rainbow Trout Farm in Macclesfield where you’ll find safe fishing ponds for all ages. Children love seeing the fish jump and it makes for a relaxing family outing with the added excitement of catching dinner.

No need to bring a thing as rods and bait are provided and ponds are well-stocked with rainbow trout. Once the fish is caught, it’s cleaned and bagged to take home.

Tommy Finns Trout Farm is open on weekends only, from 10 am to 5 pm and The Australian Rainbow Trout Farm is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm.

Junior Chocolatiers at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

The school holiday season is a whole lot sweeter when kids can learn to become a Junior Chocolatier in just 45 minutes at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. The Junior Chocolatier Classes are held in a private ‘parent-free zone’ especially for children aged 6 – 12 years. They’ll learn how chocolate is made and how to make their very own yummy creations. $40 includes a personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take-home chocolate creations to enjoy. Session times take place on Wednesdays & Thursdays during the June/July school holidays. Bookings are essential.

Visit their classes page to make your booking.

Catch a Family Flick

Over the school holiday season, regular movies will be screening at the Arts Centre, Warburton and The Memo, Healesville including Disney’s latest family flick Cruella and more. For our full program and screening times, click here.

Meet the Animals at Edendale Farm

Open daily from 9.30 to 4.30, Edendale Farm is a wonderful place to experience life on the farm. Visit a variety of farm and native animals and feed the chooks too.

Children and parents alike can browse the interesting displays on animal life and the natural habitat while also getting a peek at exhibits such as live stick insects to learn about their life cycle, hopping mice, turtles and other water creatures too.

Animals on site include goats, sheep, alpacas, cows, spiny leaf stick insects, guinea pigs, spinifex hopping mice, blue tongue lizards and various breeds of poultry. Visitors can enter the main chicken closure for feedings and every Wednesday there’s guinea pig patting at 10 am. The onsite cafe is also a great spot for coffee and light meals while parents love the Indigenous Nursery stocked with plants available for purchase.

Click here for more.

Take a Trip on the Diamond Valley Railway

For just $4 a trip, jump on the miniature Diamond Valley Railway at Eltham Lower Park. Kids and parents alike can enjoy a ride through the wooded bushland in and out of tunnels along the banks of Diamond Creek in Eltham. Two kilometres in length, the roughly 15-minute trip is a fun experience for the whole family. Just like a real steam train, only miniature, the railway also includes three stations, signal boxes and lineside features. There are more than 20 locomotives and 100 carriages based at the railway with 13 trains able to run at any one time on the system of tracks.

After the ride, kids can burn off some energy at a nearby park including The Eltham Copper Butterfly Playground.

Secure your ticket by clicking here.

Take a Trip With Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy is open over the school holidays with a variety of activities for kids of all ages. Enjoy an excursion, visit the train museum or grab lunch on board.

Step back in time at Australia’s oldest and best-preserved heritage steam railway, Puffing Billy, situated in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges.

Pass lush fern gullies inside an open side carriage under the Mountain Ash trees overhead.

Visitors can enjoy travelling onboard Puffing Billy as a stand-alone experience with the excitement beginning at Belgrave Station, or start the adventure from Lakeside Station, riding over the rolling hills, across iconic timber trestle bridges and through the open farmlands that surround Gembrook Station. With a range of delicious picnic and lunch packs available, pre-order your meals and spend the rest of your time making memories to treasure forever.

Ponyland with Yarra Valley Horse Trails

Yarra Valley Trails are running school holiday day programs on Monday, June 28th and Friday, June 2nd, from 9:30 am -3:30 pm. With guided trail rides and plenty of hands-on experience, it's ideal for older children ages between 10- 15 years. Cost for day sessions are

Horse lovers can also book into their 3-day, 2-night camp running from Monday 5th July - Wednesday 7th July with a 9:00 am arrival and 3:30 departure for $660.

Learn more by clicking here.

Make it a Family Pizza Date

Create memorable and delicious family experiences by bringing the kids to Rochford Wines these school holidays.

Make a booking at Rochford Wines for a family dinner date and kids eat free at Isabella’s Restaurant and ilVigneto Pizzeria. From Monday 28 June until Friday 9 July, up to two children, under 12 can eat free with the purchase of a main meal.

Alternatively, (or additionally) grab some sweets and snacks for a special treat (and make a takeaway bottle or two for the adults) on your way home from the cellar door and gift shop. With plenty on offer for tastebuds of all ages, make sure you swing past on your way out.