posted on 01 Aug 18 | by Melissa Scilini

As a new mum I have a new found appreciation for all things child friendly. There’s nothing better than keeping your little ones happily occupied and your sanity intact, especially over the school holidays. And yes the weather may be chilly, but Bendigo has got your back.  Check out our ultimate winter school holiday guide to Bendigo. You can thank me later...

#1 Get Animated

Popcorn – tick! Snuggly couch – tick! Get your tickets ready as Star Cinema, housed in the historic Eaglehawk Town Hall, usually holds a special school holiday program. 

#2 Calling All Budding Picassos

Let their minds run free with a kaleidoscope of art making workshops inspired by the current exhibitions and collections at Bendigo Art Gallery. Art making tables stocked with a wide variety of papers, tapes, pencils and art tools will keep your budding little artist busy and inspired. 

#3 Potter For A Day

Create your very own masterpiece! And what kid doesn’t love playing with clay and getting their hands dirty. Fun is a must in the potters’ workshop from trying your hand on the wheel, decorating a plate or mug, or picking up a Clay Play Kit to hand sculpt a piece. 

#4 Gumboots On Little Farmers

Jamar Lodge is the perfect family farm stay for those who like to get hands on. Soak up country life just 25 minutes out of Bendigo where your little ones can feed pet sheep Benji and Archie, take a tour of the shearing shed and learn all about life on the farm. Then rug up because when night falls the fire pit is lit and marshmallows are on the menu – yum! 

#5 Be Entertained

Sit back and prepare to be entertained. Bendigo’s theatre scene offers something for everyone during school holidays.  

#6 For the One who's Keen to Learn

Not only does Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre have over 100 exhibits to explore and the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest vertical slide, but they’ll also be running live science shows. Sign me up! 

#7 For The Adventurous

It’s time to get down and dirty! Gear up in overalls, boots, miner’s hat and lamp, then make the descent 85 metres underground at Central Deborah Gold Mine. Explore the tunnels and work a mine drill as you experience life as a miner during the gold rush. Oh and no tour is complete without a traditional miner’s lunch – cornish pastry come at me! 

#9 Super Fun Indoor Play

Rain, hail or shine, there’s plenty of indoor activities to suit little ones of all ages. Why not try Golden Dragon Museum, Parky's Wonderland, Bendigo Bowling Centre, Confectionery Capers or The Zone Fun Park. That’s hours of jam-packed fun for everyone, or maybe a time out for you to recharge your batteries.

#10 It’s Free

Sometimes we all need a little fresh air. So when the sun comes out to play feel free to take advantage of it. Bendigo is home to over 100 playgrounds. Our favs include Fun Loong in Hargreaves Mall and the Adventure Play Space at Lake Weeroona.