Choose your own adventure: 11 disability-friendly ideas for the school holidays in Melbourne

Emma Lo Giudice
August 25, 2023

This blog post was written for the September 2023 school holidays, so some of the program or activity information might be out of date.

Every kid is different, so every school holiday adventure should be different. Take some inspiration from our list of inclusive (and just plain fun) activities for the September 2023 term break. Ideas range from completely free to NDIS funded. We hope they make planning easier!

Big days out

Melbourne Royal Show

Rides, food, shows plus a range of accessible facilities, including a Quiet Room to escape the buzz. 

Visit the Melbourne Royal Show website 

Melbourne Zoo

A day out observing and learning about animals is made even better with free entry for kids under 16 during the school holidays (with an accompanying adult). 

Visit the Melbourne Zoo website

Interactive art experiences

Up, Down and All Around: Daniel Emma for Kids

A fully interactive exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria that lets kids ask ‘what if?’ in a range of colourful, creative scenarios. 

Visit the exhibition page on the Gallery website


Jump inside artworks at this ‘trick-art’ gallery for a fully immersive art and photo-taking experience. 

Visit the ArtVo website

A day on the farm 

Collingwood Children’s Farm

Dedicated to social inclusion, Collingwood Children’s Farm lets you learn about animals, nature and farm life. You can join a school holiday program or simply visit for the day.

Visit the Collingwood Children’s Farm website

Animal Land Children’s Farm 

Get a taste of what it’s like to work on a farm for a day in a fully self-guided way. Located about 40 minutes from Melbourne CBD.

Visit the Animal Land Children’s Farm website

Food for curious minds


Help build a cardboard city, learn about sewage with Melbourne Water, head to Mars and much more in a range of hands-on group activities and shows.

Visit the Scienceworks website

Be a Junior Ranger

Explore your own backyard and take part in one of the various school holiday activities run by Parks Victoria. Info and bookings become available on 11 September.

Visit the Parks Victoria website

Sunny days at the park

Fenced and inclusive playgrounds

This big list of playgrounds in and around Melbourne include fully fenced playgrounds and playgrounds with wheelchair-friendly Liberty Swings. You can see pictures of each one to figure out where you want to head. 

See the list of playgrounds here

NDIS funded adventures in Melbourne 

NDIS school holiday programs or intensive, creative therapy sessions can help you make the most out of the school holidays. You can keep the learning and skill-building up without compromising on fun.

HeyHubble can help you secure your spot in any of these group programs and let you know if you’ve got the right funding.

Chatterbox Kids Therapy & Lifestyle Centre

Hide and Speech offer speech pathology, occupational therapy and psychology. For every age group, you can expect a fun, collaborative and social session that also builds important skills. 

Suitable for ages: 4 - 12+

Duration:  2.5 hours x 3 sessions

Location: Surrey Hills

Do parents/carers need to attend? No

Learn more about Chatterbox Kids programs and book

Hide and Speech Allied Health 

Chatterbox Australia offers allied health support specifically for kids and teens. Their holiday timetable is bursting at the seams with variety, including unique 'voyage' days for teens who want to get out and about.

Suitable for ages: 4 - 18

Duration: Varies on the program

Location: Bundoora

Do parents/carers need to attend? No

Learn more about Hide and Speech programs and book

Want more NDIS programs?

If you’re interested in NDIS-funded programs but these aren’t for you, we can still help. Head to our programs page here and leave your details to stay in the loop as new NDIS holiday programs become available.

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