School holiday survival guide for your wallet

If you have already blown the family budget on chocolate goodies for Easter and find yourself wondering how you are going to fill up the calendar these school holidays without spending a bomb, fear not, we’ve scoured the ‘what’s on’ pages and pulled together a list of top freebies to do this school holidays that will be fun for the kids and kind to your wallet.


  • The (Very) Big Laugh Out: Federation Square. Running until 20 April as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Apparently as “fun and colourful as Neopolitan Icecream.” No bookings required.

  • Shrine Family Activity Trail: Shrine of rememberance. Learn all about Australian military history and remember the ANZACs. 5 – 20 April.

  • Little foodies Easter Bickie Decorating: Queen Victoria Market. 8 – 15 April, 10.30-11.30 am.  Other activities also on throughout school holidays.

  • Box Wars: East Melbourne Library: Free but bookings required. 2pm, 10 April.


  • Kids in the park events: Bicentennial Park. A range of free activities on all school holidays ranging from BMX riding, bird watching to the amazing chase challenge.

  • Biennale of Sydney: various locations around Sydney, see here for program. If you want to go to Cockatoo Island kids ferry tickets under 16 are free but you need to pre-book.

  • Beached AZ Film Festival: Australian National Maritime Museum. One-night only outdoor screening of the animated comedy series Beached Az. April 26, 6.30pm onwards.

  • Hoopla Festival: Darling Harbour. A hatful of free events over the Easter Long weekend and throughout the holidays. Program here.


  • The Corner: State Library. A permanent space at the State Library Queensland, open every day 10am – 3pm, designed for kids 0-8 years.

  • Brisbane city hopper: Enjoy taking in the Brisbane River and city sights. Free ferries running every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. Schedule.

  • Crazy Kids Easter Festival: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. Wednesday April 16. Free activities include: bushstring jewellery making and make your own talking stick.


  • Cretaceous Carnival: Western Australian Museum. Sat 12 April, 10 – 4pm. A day of dinosaur activities for the whole family including fossil making, play-doh sculpting and sand art.

  • Up Up and Away: The Hive Creative Artspace. Learn how to construct and decorate a hot air balloon piñata. April 12, 1-3pm. Free event but bookings essential.

  • Bizircus Show and Circus workshops: Forrest Place, Murray St, Perth. 21 – 24 April. Shows on at 11am and 1pm.

  • Easter egg workshops: Forrest Place, Murray St, Perth14 – 17 April, 10am – 2pm.

  • Free flicks for kids: Northbridge Piazza, Saturdays at 5.30pm. Films include: E.T. (12/4), Turbo (19/4) and Ice Age (26/4)


  • Easter Kite Carnival: Semaphore Beach, April 18 – 21 Free entry, charges may apply for some activities. Program can be found here.

  • Amazing Drumming Monkeys: State Library of South Australia. April 24, 2 30 minute shows.

  • Aboriginal Plant Use: Botanic Gardens of Adelaide. Learn how Aboriginal people use the plants of the Australian bush to provide food, shelter and medicine. 3pm on 15 and 22 April.

School holiday survival guide for your wallet was last modified: June 29, 2015 by Kylie Moss

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