Tandem’s picks for the September school holidays 2021


Free activities

  • Explore a range of ArtPlay activities at home ranging from puppetry to creative writing, music to drawing. For ages 0-13. (Free, no booking required.)

  • Connect to nature from the comfort of home with more than 80 virtual events and experiences happening for this year's Victoria Nature Festival, including Nature Journalling for Little Ones, Bandicoots in our Backyard and Seeing the Invisible, artworks created with augmented reality (AR) showing at 12 botanic gardens in 6 countries, including the Royal Botanic Garden’s Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens. 

    To make things easier, there is a section of the program dedicated to school holiday activities.

  • Over a number of sessions, your kids can learn how to make and screen their own short film at Camp Australia’s Rocketeers Film Festival Online – at home and for free! 

  • NGV Kids, Museums Victoria, the Legoland Discovery CentreACMI and the Arts Centre all have an amazing range of free activities on their websites for kids to do at home. While it’s not quite free, $14.95 will buy you a 30-day access family pass to the Arts Centre’s Mountain Goat Mountain, an immersive interactive journey into an imaginary world that will see you and your kids explore tunnels, lava pits and underwater caves without ever leaving your home!

  • In a similar vein, Audioplay is described as “podcast meets audiobook meets creative play for 6-12 year old kids”. Here's a video to explain how it works.

  • The Greater Dandenong Children's Festival runs for the two weeks of the school holiday. The highlight of the program is the Little Night In on Sunday 26 September from 4pm-6pm. Register to attend, set up a campsite in your backyard or loungeroom and then log in to enjoy the fun!

  • Fix it is a four-part online series of videos exploring fun, interactive and very silly ways to connect with your inner clown and the environment around you.

  • The Victoria Together website has loads of activities for kids!

    Our favourites are Make a Mirka Mora Dolls House, Secret Ninja School and the Slow Down Kids series from MUMA Monash - but if you have time, scroll through all the activities and decide for yourself!

  • Older teens (and adults!) may enjoy Convergence, "a hybrid web and tabletop experience about climate emergency where you build, destroy and reimagine a city together." The game takes 90–120 minutes to complete, you can take breaks at anytime, and you don’t need to know any rules beforehand.

Activities with a cost involved

  • Bunjil Place is holding an interactive online LIVE performance of the popular children’s book The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and you can join in from home! Can you help Mr. Grinling find his lunch before the pesky seagulls steal it? This show is recommended for children age 2-8 and is on at 11am each day from September 28-30. ($5, booking required).

  • Creative Write-It is hosting The Mythical Creatures Compendium (select the 'Creative Holidays' tab) on Wednesday 29 September. In a one-hour virtual workshop, children from 6-16 are invited to invent their own mythical creature and develop its profile and backstory. Once you book, you will be sent the workshop materials – and kids even have the option of sending back their work to have it published! ($35, booking required).

  • Help Squishy Taylor solve the mystery of the City-Wide Ghost Plague! Ghosts are appearing across the city and Squishy Taylor, 11-year-old ninja-spy and super-sleuth, is hot on their trail. But Squishy urgently needs your assistance! Follow the clues, solve the puzzles and help Squishy unravel the secret behind these phantom visions. Squishy Taylor and the City-Wide Ghost Plague is inspired by Ailsa Wild’s much-loved Squishy Taylor junior fiction book series. Undertaken from the comfort of your home, it is the perfect school holiday activity to keep your family entertained. Each time you successfully complete a puzzle, you’ll unlock the next chapter and get one step closer to solving the mystery of the ghost plague. It runs from 30 September-17 October and is recommended for ages 7+ ($25-45).

  • Go on a ‘virtual school holiday camp’ at Melbourne’s SEA LIFE Aquarium ($49-$75, booking required).

 

Plus all our usual ongoing offerings

 

Books

Four Fiction Recommendations for Lockdown

Podcasts

Ten Inspirational Podcasts That Will Make You Better

Working from Home

Six Strategies to Juggle Work and Young Kids at Home

Mental Health 

Mental Health Support

For the Kids

FaPMI Family Fun with children infant children

FaPMI Family Fun with children 6 to 12yrs

FaPMI Family Fun with children teens

The World of David Walliams - Free Fun Activities Alert!

Free Audiobooks for Kids

Georgia Aquarium Live Stream

Virtual Field Trips - zoos, animal cameras, and museums

Virtual Rides at Disney

Scholastic
Cosmic Kids Yoga
National Geographic Kids
Lunch Doodles
Save with Stories - Instagram videos of celebrities reading children’s books
Art for Kids Hub - YouTube channel for doing art with kids 
Dreambox - Maths app offering free 90 day trials right now
Kidz to Pros - Online learning platform

Art

National Gallery Victoria - #NGVEveryday

Google Arts & Culture Collections

Exercise 

Links to Yoga, Pilates, Running, Dance and More

Music

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Metropolitan Opera to Offer Up ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams’

NPR’s list of Virtual Concerts

Museums

ACMI Virtual Movie Night (Tuesdays)
12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours

Jewish Museum

Cooking

SBS - Food Memory for Social Connection

Gucci Osteria’s Massimo Bottura - Virtual Cooking Classes

Meditation

Calm App - 30 days free
Headspace App
Stop. Breathe.Think
YouTube Guided Meditations
Insight Timer App - 35,000 free guided meditations and podcasts