Fun arts and crafts for kids and teens this school holidays

Egyptology, circus lessons and street art classes are some of the more unexpected creative offerings to get kids through the long summer break.
A mural featuring a Christmas Beetle on the side of the 7-eleven on the corner of Errol St and Queensberry St, North Melbourne, made by Blender Studios.

As the long summer break stretches out in front of us, the offerings available for kids and families are endless, especially in Australia’s big cities. Almost every gallery, museum or performing arts company will have its own targeted school holiday program – ranging from simple paints and sketchpads, to ceramics, filmmaking workshops or ballet clinics.

Here are a few of the less obvious, or more far-flung, programs to consider, with at least one entry from each state or territory. And remember, kids and teens don’t necessarily need special programs to enjoy the arts. The simplest visit to a gallery or street art site can be inspiring, educational and fun.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk