Easter in Melbourne: a guide to Autumn break

After spending years living with the imminent threat of lockdowns and holidays tainted with wait-and-see travel plans, those facing two weeks of freedom with their family could be excused for feeling exhilarated and a little overwhelmed.

But from workshops to festivals, movies to comedy shows, there’s plenty to do these school holidays.

Here’s a handy list of suggested activities and events you can take part in and places you can go that will entertain everyone in your family, rain or shine.

Easter egg-hunting season is officially upon us as the Autumn holiday begins.

Easter egg-hunting season is officially upon us as the Autumn holiday begins.Credit:Edwina Pickles

For the Foodies

Little Food Festival

You know it’s a good day when you can eat what you learn. Melbourne’s Little Food Festival is back to teach kids about where our food comes from, how it travels around the world and how our health is connected to our diet. Through hands-on workshops, engaging demonstrations and larger-than-life performances, your family will leave with a greater appreciation for food and full bellies.

When: Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21, 10am to 3pm
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne

Melbourne Street Eatz

Many parents face the dreaded dinner-time dilemma of conflicting desires – one child wants pizza, the other wants chicken schnitzel and the grown-ups want steak. The Melbourne Street Eatz bonanza could be the school holiday solution. A fresh rotation of food trucks will make their way to the riverfront each week, which means there will be options galore for every family member, no matter how picky.

When: Thursday to Friday (4pm to 11pm) and Saturday to Sunday (noon to 11pm) until April 25
Where: South Wharf, Melbourne
Tickets: $2 entry fee per person

It’s time to hunt down the best hot cross buns Melbourne has to offer.

It’s time to hunt down the best hot cross buns Melbourne has to offer.

The best hot cross buns in Melbourne

What is Easter without warm, buttery hot cross buns? This holiday, go beyond the supermarket range and treat the family to something truly delectable. St Kilda’s Woodfrog Bakery’s buns are jam-packed with spices and candied fruits and require no pre-order. For a slightly more artisanal Easter experience, try Fitzroy North’s Dench Bakers. They’re flavourful but popular, so be sure to order ahead. Still need inspiration? Check out our Good Food hot cross bun taste test or make your own.

Where: St Kilda and Fitzroy North, Melbourne
When: Hours vary, refer to bakeries’ websites.

Easter egg hunts

Easter weekend is fast approaching and the kids are probably tugging on your arm asking whether the Easter Bunny will visit this year. Take some pressure off your shoulders by taking the family to one of Melbourne’s many special Easter egg hunts. From the Big Goose to tractor rides, these events keep the magic alive.

When: From Good Friday to Easter Monday
Where: Find the Easter egg hunt closest to you here
Tickets: Prices vary

For the movie buffs

The Bad Guys

A trip to the cinema is always a holiday favourite and this action-packed comedy animation is sure to pique everyone’s fancy. From Aussie children’s book writer, Aaron Blabey, The Bad Guys follows a gang of five notorious criminals that must ditch their evil ways for a life of good. Promises to leave the kids in stitches, with a lesson or two thrown in.

The Bad Guys: Tarantino for kids.

The Bad Guys: Tarantino for kids.

When: Times vary; refer to cinema websites
Where: Your local cinema
Tickets: Children’s tickets vary from $13 to $19

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The return of Sonic will probably mean the quick return of children to cinema. The speedy blue hedgehog must protect the world from the evil Dr Robotnik once more, bringing his friend Tails along for the journey. Both Jim Carrey and Idris Elba steal the show in this animated sequel.

When: Times vary, check cinema websites
Where: Your local cinema
Tickets: Children’s tickets vary from $13 to $19

Rides, treats and Easter egg hunts at Luna Park.

Rides, treats and Easter egg hunts at Luna Park. Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

For the adventurers

Autumn Holiday Fun at Luna Park

Rollercoasters, fairy floss, ‘acro-bunnies’ and 30,000 hidden eggs – Luna Park is set to make your Autumn holidays as lively as possible. If you visit on Easter Saturday and Sunday you’ll be able to join in on the Great Luna Park Easter Egg Hunt between the rides and carnival treats.

When: Open every day from 11am
Where: Luna Park, St Kilda
Tickets: On sale here from $22 to $55.50

Junior Rangers

After numerous lockdowns, any excuse to leave the house is surely welcomed. Little adventurers can become ‘Junior Rangers’ this holiday, so that an adult ranger can take them along to fun park-based activities in your local area. From rock pool dips to flora/fauna discovery, your kids will learn while on the go in the great outdoors.

When: Activities are held at different times through the school holidays
Where: Find your local ranger areas here.

Panoramic views at the Macedon Ranges.

Panoramic views at the Macedon Ranges.

Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival

Running for a month, The Macedon festival features live music, interactive lighting and sound experiences, and all the delicious pies and tarts your heart desires. Gather the family, rug up and watch the seasons turn.

When: Monday to Saturday (10am until late), until 25 April
Where: Macedon Ranges Wine Region
Tickets: Prices vary; order online here.

ArtVo

Described as the only immersive ‘trick art’ gallery in Melbourne, ArtVo is probably unlike any other art gallery your family has visited before. Take photos of the family journeying through space, swimming with dolphins and battling dinosaurs.

When: Open daily, Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Where: District Docklands, Melbourne
Tickets: Prices range from $18 to $28

For the lifelong learners

Get coding!

You’ve probably heard that coding is the language of the future. Why not get your children’s skills up to scratch so they’re ahead of the game? Code Club Australia can help you find free coding clubs for kids between the ages of eight and 13. Become part of a community of more than 180,000 coding kids and join in fun activities that teach how to build websites, games and art with code.

Find your nearest coding club here.

Museum of the Moon

If your child loves space, then make sure to take them to see Museum of the Moon, a seven-metre-wide sculpture that gives them a close-up interpretation of the moon’s surface. It is stationed in the main atrium at Federation Square to accompany the release of Marvel’s Moon Knight series. Created by English artist Luke Jerram, this moon has been all over the world and is glowing in Melbourne’s CBD for three weeks.

Powerhouse Museum curator Dr Sarah Reeves with Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon.

Powerhouse Museum curator Dr Sarah Reeves with Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon.Credit:Janie Barrett

When: Until 15 April
Where: Main Atrium, Federation Square

Melbourne Museum Autumn Holiday Program

From arts and crafts workshops to comedy shows, the Melbourne Museum will help you make your kids’ holiday as productive as it is entertaining. They can walk with augmented reality dinosaurs and come head-to-head with our changing Earth in this varied holiday program.

When: Open until 25 April
Where: Carlton, Melbourne
Tickets: Prices up to $15, order online here.

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