Summer school holiday programs in Ballarat

Think fun, think adventure, think summer school holidays in Ballarat. 

Sovereign Hill’s Summer Gold Rush program (26 December-27 January) brings with it a different adventure every day of the week: 

  • Make it Mondays – Try your hand at butter churning and cheese making, make your own block candle, or help sew the Eureka Flag. 
  • Trotting Tuesdays – Meet the Sovereign Hill horses, get your photo taken with a Clydesdale, and watch the horse team change over the horses that pull the carriages. 
  • What’s that Whistle Wednesdays – Learn about steam engines, take a tour of some ruins, and hear stories of child miners on the goldfields.
  • Trade Thursdays – Watch rare trades in action, have a go at the traditional process of cyanotype, and go behind the scenes of the Sovereign Hill coachbuilders. 
  • Find it Fridays – Rush to the diggings for the chance to discover a $400 gold nugget, take a photo with the Australia nugget (worth over $85,000), and see a coin press machine in action. 
  • Sweet Saturdays – Go for a stroll along Lollipop Lane, take a photo with a giant jar of raspberry drops, and join an exclusive hands‐on experience at Brown’s Confectionery. 
  • Soldiering Sundays – Dress as a redcoat and join the parade, learn a trooper drill, and watch on as a mass licence hunt takes place in the Red Hill Gully Diggings. 

At Kryal Castle, a team of dragonologists and explorers have discovered the long-resting Dragons of the Mountain.  

Get up close and personal with the ancient reptiles from 21 December and enjoy the attraction’s new summer twilight opening hours (2pm-8pm) from 26 December until 26 January. 

Explore the Dragon’s Labyrinth; watch in awe as the castle’s knights and warhorses test their skills with sword, lance and spear; and meet two of the newest members of the dragon herd, Igneos (Iggy) and Aurora (Rory). 

Other must-dos include the Knight School, Potion Making Wizardry School, and Wizards Workshop. 

At the Art Gallery of Ballarat, choose from:

  • The free Animals in Art Drop-In Activity Day on 10 January between 10am and midday.
  • The Art Bites school holiday program for children aged 5-8 years on 13 January and 20 January between 10am and midday. After a tour of the gallery's summer exhibitions, children will learn how to use different materials and techniques to create artworks of their own.
  • The three-day Art Camp school holiday program for children aged 9-14 years (14-16 January and 21-23 January between 10am and 3pm). Art Campers will explore a variety of materials and techniques and then work collaboratively to create a pop-up exhibition. Participants will work with guest artists Troy Emery (week one) and Geoff Bonney (week two), who are currently exhibiting at the gallery

Located near Beaufort, Cave Hill Creek is the home of Australia’s best school holiday camps.

Paddle in a canoe, abseil down a cliff, ride a bike through the forest and shoot some archery at the venue’s summer camps (6-10 January and 13-17 January).  

The residential program for kids aged 8-14 is led by experienced and qualified camp specialists. 

The tech-free experience gets kids off the couch and into the great outdoors.