Water based school Holiday activities



In our endeavours to keep all people connected with the ocean in one way or another we have devised a list of school holiday activities that can be enjoyed by the sea or with the ocean and water ways in mind.  We hope these can keep adults and kids entertained during the school holidays.


Half Moon Bay


Cost:  FREE

More info:  http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/vicp052

Where:  enter off Beach Road, Black Rock

A popular dive sit for training our Open Water divers, this is also a great picturesque patrolled beach that also has a fish and chip shop, restroom facilities and car parking in very close proximity.  Makes a lovely day where you can eat your fish and chips on the beach without having to wash the sand off your feet.


Science Works – Deep Oceans

deep ocean

Dive in and uncover the secrets of the world’s largest habitat.

From the Vampire Squid and Dragonfish to the Sea Mouse, Fangtooth and Squat Lobster, this hands-on exhibition shows you all the weird and wonderful animals that live 4000 metres below the ocean’s surface.

Cost & further info:  http://museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whatson/deep-oceans/


The Polly Woodside

Not exactly in the ocean but still a lot of fun for your would be mini pirates.

                Pirate Day

Arrrrrrrr!!! The first Sunday of every month is Pirate Day at the Polly Woodside!  Dress as a pirate and search for hiddentreasure, scrub the deck and have your face painted!

The next Pirate Day is Sunday January 4th 2015.

                Holiday Pirates

Who wants to become a pirate at Polly Woodside? Join in on some school holiday fun and experience a day in the life of a pirate with hands on activities.

Sessions running daily from Monday 12th January to Friday 16th January 2015

10.00am – 12.00pm
1.30pm – 3.30pm Monday 12th January only

Activities include treasure hunts, games, pirate classes and a movie quiz.

Cost & further info:  http://www.pollywoodside.com.au/what_s_on__1

            Caribbean Pirates at the Polly Woodside

This exciting hour-long interactive theatre production is performed on shore and on the decks of the Polly Woodside itself with lots of swordfights and songs and plenty of hearty pirate action. So don’t be a landlubber this summer, get yourself shipside and join in the perfect summer holiday fun for the whole family.

Costs & further info:  at http://shakespeareaustralia.com.au/caribbean-pirates-at-the-polly-woodside/



SummerSalt Festival

Cost:  FREE

When:  31 January 2015

Where: Southbank & Surrounds

Experience the mysteries of the sea! Enter the stomach of a whale and discover the secrets of life in the deep with Something Fishy



The Little Mermaid

little mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a well-known  fairy tale by the Danish author Hans Christian about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince.

Where:  ACME, Federation Square

Costs & more info:  http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/coasts/coastcare/summer-by-the-sea


Sealife Melbourne Aquarium

Various holiday activities such as creating your own underwater creature then bring the sea to Life with the giant 9M virtual Aquarium

Ocean Rangers program includes and educational tour, art and craft activities plus animal encounters.

Aquarist for a Day program has high school kids preparing food and feeding exhibits.

Costs & further info:  http://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/news/school-holidays/

Werribee Zoo

Enjoy the brand new Hippo Beach and watch the hippos snooze and splash, play with the sand and buckets under the shady umbrellas or get wet in the water play area.

Costs & more info:  http://www.zoo.org.au/werribee/whats-on/hippo-beach


Parks Victoria Summer Discovery Program

This allows Junior Rangers to discover the natural world through a wide variety of ranger-guided activities.  This means exploring everything from rock pools,c aves and wetlands and learning about animals, ecosystems and the environment.

Cost:  FREE

Further info:  http://juniorrangers.com.au/whats-on/event/underwater-garden/

Frankston Waterfront – Sand Sculpting

From Boxing Day 2014 through to April 26 2015 , Frankston Waterfront will again be transformed as 3,500 tonnes of sand is carved into spectacular sand sculptures. This year Sand Sculpting Australia will present “Friends, Foes & Super Heroes”  – carving iconic and adored Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters.

Plus,on weekends and school holidays there will be roving entertainment and free face painting.

Costs & further info:  http://www.visitfrankston.com/sand-sculpting


Summer by the Sea


A program of more than 250 free and family friendly event held in 80 locations along the Victorian coastline, can include rock pool rambles, kayaking trips and geology adventures.

More info at:  http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/coasts/coastcare/summer-by-the-sea


IMAX – Great White Shark 3D

Great White Shark 3D take you up close and personal with the world’s most iconic predator! Great White Shark, a new large format film, unravels the mystery of the creature we love to fear — the much maligned, misrepresented and misunderstood great white shark — and goes to the depths of human daring to tell the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain.

Costs & more info:  https://www.imaxmelbourne.com.au/movie_sessions/great_white_shark_3d


Marine Discovery Centre

Heaps of educational activities and sessions for kids of all ages.

Costs & more info:  http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/fishing-and-hunting/marine-and-freshwater-discovery-centre/holiday-program