Free fun these school holidays

Published on 07 September 2023

Young people holding decorated skateboard decks

Hepburn Shire Council is again offering a range of free fun in the upcoming school holidays for children and young people aged from 6 to 18 years. From do-it-yourself book bags and skate workshops, to song writing and an all-ages gig, there’s something for everyone.

“Once again young people in our Shire have a wide selection of free fun activities to keep them busy and entertained throughout the school holidays,” said Mayor of Hepburn Shire, Cr Brian Hood.

“For young people aged 12 to 18, we have a Song Writing Workshop, with participants guided through the basics of performing live, and setting up shows,” said Cr Hood.

“There’s also a trip planned for young people aged 12 to 18 years to visit Ballarat’s annual PopCon Convention for a full day of free games and activities, market stalls and a cosplay competition. Transport is provided,” he said.

“For younger children we have a great range of fun activities happening at our libraries across the Shire, along with two Learn to Skate workshops in Creswick and Trentham.

“If you have a young person in your life – whether they live in the Shire or are visiting for the holidays, I encourage you to make the most of these free activities. Our teams have worked hard to curate a diverse collection of events so please get involved!”

Find out more at Please note that some neighbourhood houses and centres also host school holiday programs.

2023 SPRING school holiday program – all free!

Ages 6-11 years

Please note: Spaces are limited, and bookings are required for all activities. To secure your place for events at our libraries and hubs, please contact our Libraries Team via email at,drop into your local library, or call them on - Creswick 5345 2145, Clunes 5345 3359, Daylesford 5348 2800, Trentham 5424 1326. For all other events use the links below.

Backyard Bugs Habitat Hunt – Daylesford Library at 10.30am on Monday 18 September.

Marvellous Moths – The Warehouse - Clunes at 11am on Tuesday 19 September; Creswick Hub at 2pm on Tuesday 19 September; Daylesford Library at 11am on Tuesday 26 September; Trentham Hub at 11am on Wednesday 27 September.

Critters in the Creek – Daylesford Library at 11am on Wednesday 20 September; Trentham Hub at 2pm on Wednesday 20 September; Creswick Hub at 11am on Tuesday 26 September; The Warehouse - Clunes at 11am on Wednesday 27 September.

Indoor Soccer Clinics – The Arc Daylesford, 39 Smith Street at 10am on Wednesday 20 September; 10am on Wednesday 27 September. To book visit or call 03 5348 3569.

Shoot Some Hoops Basketball – The Arc Daylesford, 39 Smith Street at 1pm on Wednesday 20 September and 1pm on Friday 22 September. To book visit or call 03 5348 3569.

Level Up Gaming – Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, at 1pm – 5pm on Thursday 21 September. Book at

Butterfly Picnic and Origami Making - Learn about local butterflies and butterfly-attracting plants, with this informative talk by Council's Biodiversity Officer, Brian Bainbridge. After the talk, make an origami butterfly, printed with the markings of local butterflies at 2pm on Thursday 21 September at Creswick Hub. Suitable for all ages, including adults. Bookings required.

Table Tennis – Victoria Park, Daylesford at 1pm – 4pm on 22 September; 1pm – 4pm on Friday 29 September. To book call 0448 667 738.

DIY Book Bags - Trentham Neighbourhood Centre at 11am – 12pm on Monday 25 September; Daylesford Library at 2pm – 3pm on Monday 25 September. Book at

Learn To Skate - Creswick Skate Park from 10am – 12pm on Monday 25 September; Clunes Skate Park from 10am – 12pm on Friday 29 September. Book at

Ages 12-18 years

Book for the events below via

PopCon Convention - Saturday 16 September at Barkley Square, Ballarat. Transport provided from Creswick and Daylesford.

Song Writing Workshop - Tuesday 26 September from 2pm to 4pm at Radius Art, 76 Main Road, Hepburn Springs.

All Ages Gig - Thursday 28 September from 6pm to 9pm at Palais-Hepburn, 111 Main Road, Hepburn Springs.