Choose your own adventure in Ballarat these Easter school holidays (2-18 April).
Get up close to some of Australia’s most famous native animals at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. One-on-one animal encounters can even be booked with a koala, giant tortoise, snake, tree kangaroo, meerkat and wombat. Click here for details
Amazing Autumn at Sovereign Hill is an exciting new seasonal program inviting visitors to reconnect with the knowledge and skills of rare arts, crafts and trades. Hands-on activities include rope-making using original fibres and hand-cranked machines, candle-making using rainbow colours, and the chance to learn gold panning techniques from the experts. Click here for details
Kids aged 10-15 years will be inspired by the practices of the past to create their own vibrant take-home pieces at the We Live in Colour! workshops on 6, 8, 13 and 15 April. Click here for details
Meanwhile, Sovereign Hill’s 3D immersive theatre experience AURA will also be running every night of the April school holidays. Feel the vibrations as stars explode in front of your eyes, watch as the land is transformed by the gold rush, and dive into the chaos of the Eureka Rebellion. Click here for details
From 2-18 April, the finest wizards in the realm will gather for Kryal Castle‘s inaugural Great Wizard Tournament. Witness the magic to decide which wizard is most worthy of being crowned the Great Sorcerer. Click here for details
Stockland Wendouree has partnered with Basketball Ballarat to host free basketball drill sessions for kids aged 5-10 years on Saturday 3 April between 10am and 12pm. That same day, keep an eye out for the Easter bunny, who will be handing out Easter eggs between 11.30am and 2.30pm. The fun continues with the shopping centre’s zoo safari activity village (6-16 April), guided safari tours with life-sized animatronic animals (6-10 April) plus the self-guided safari scavenger hunt (11-16 April). Click here for details
The Plaster Fun House pop-up is returning to Delacombe Town Centre! Kids can get crafty and creative with a huge range of plaster models on 6-9 April and 12-16 April between 10am and 4pm. Click here for details
On Wednesday 7 April at 10.30am, Mr Badger from The Wind in the Willows will be visiting the Ballarat Botanikids at Lake Wendouree’s Gatekeepers Cottage to share his stories of the Wild Wood. This will be followed by a clay and botanicals activity where kids aged 2-10 years can make their own Mr Badger. Click here for details
Join Al, Joel and their friend Drums the Panda as they perform their brand new songs and, of course, the Mik Maks classics on Wednesday 7 April at Piano Bar Ballarat at 10.30am. Click here for details
The Eureka Centre‘s school holiday program, Postcards from the Stockade, will explore what really happened during the Eureka Rebellion through print making, collage, paint and storytelling. Recommended for 6-16 years, the program will run on Thursday 8 April and Thursday 15 April between 9am and 3.30pm. Click here for details
On what will be a massive weekend of sport in Ballarat, the city will also host a Suncorp Super Netball pre-season match between the Melbourne Vixens and Adelaide Thunderbirds on Saturday 10 April at the Ballarat Sports Events Centre at 4pm. A second game between the two teams will follow on Sunday 11 April at 12pm. Click here for details
The Art Gallery of Ballarat‘s Art Bites workshop program introduces kids to fun ways to engage with art. The two-hour sessions on Tuesday 13 April and Wednesday 14 April sessions (10am-12pm) will use collage, print, marble and paint to create still-life artworks inspired by the current Still as life exhibition and the gallery’s collection. Click here for details
Join in the fun at the Lucas Kids Club on Wednesday 14 April between 9.30am and 11am at Coltman Plaza Lucas. The session will include fun kids activities, a book/toy exchange program plus stories and songs with Renee from Faraway Storytelling. Click here for details
All aboard the Ballarat Tramway Museum‘s fleet of historic trams. Now in its 50th year, the museum was formed to preserve the tramway experience that existed on the streets of Ballarat between 1887 and 1971. Click here for details
If swimming’s your thing, make a splash at the Ballarat Aquatic & Lifestyle Centre which boasts four indoor pools – a learn to swim pool, 25m pool, 50m pool, and multipurpose pool. And when the sun is shining, head to the outdoor pools and water play park at the Eureka Aquatic Centre.
See Lake Wendouree from a different point of view on board the Golden City Paddle Steamer. Until the end of April, the Golden City is operating Sundays from 1pm, with 45-minute cruises leaving on the hour from the Gardens Wharf (behind Pipers by the Lake). Click here for details
For inside knowledge on Ballarat’s best playgrounds, visit the Playgrounds of Ballarat and surrounding areas Facebook page, which has been created by six-year-old local Matilda Power and her mum Robyn.
Pinot & Picasso Ballarat‘s school holiday sessions include everything your child needs to paint their own masterpiece. Suitable for those aged six and over, the two-hour sessions are run by talented local artists. Click here for details
Adrenaline junkies will love Ballarat Indoor Go Karts, Laserforce and Entertainment Centre. The newest addition to the venue is the Arcade Entertainment Zone, which is stocked with the latest arcade equipment. Click here for details
From 3-17 April, explore the night sky and the solar system as part of the Ballarat Municipal Observatory & Museum‘s school holiday program. As one of regional Australia’s oldest observatories, the facility is also home to the nation’s first telescope built for disability access. Click here for details
From burgers to wood-fired pizza, cupcakes to gelato, Ballarat delivers the goods when it comes to family-friendly dining. Click here for details
Step back in time at Gold Rush Mini Golf and its two 18-hole courses. The outdoor course celebrates Ballarat’s gold rush history, while the indoor course is brimming with dinosaurs, knights and pirates. Click here for details
Ballarat Bird World is home to a large range of native Australian parrots and cockatoos plus landscaped waterfalls and gardens. And keep an eye out for the full-sized adult animatronic triceratops dinosaur and new timber maze. Click here for details
For kids that love art and craft, Sebastopol’s I Made It, Creative Cafe is a must-visit. School holiday activities include painting, drawing, slime making, science experiments, face painting, sewing, woodwork and so much more. Click here for details
Established in 1947, Creswick Woollen Mills is the only coloured woollen spinning mill of its kind in Australia. Its free interactive exhibition, A Very Fine Yarn, showcases the mill’s history and the journey of natural fibres. Click here for details
Just 10 minutes from Creswick, Maze House is all about old school fun with its hedge maze and country carnival games. The Newlyn venue is open every day of the Easter school holidays. Click here for details
For family-friendly accommodation options in Ballarat including caravan parks, hotels and holidays houses, click here.