Whether you’ve got a future architect, artist, journalist, chef, circus performer or spy on your hands, Melbourne’s school-holiday workshops won’t disappoint. In fact, they’ll have you wondering how strict they are on age limits.

Ice-Cream, Granita & Sorbet with Relish Mama
Relish Mama, or Nellie Kerrison as she’s known outside the kitchen, has been running a cooking school since 2009. She has an award-winning cookbook ¬(and another on the way) and three daughters, who inspired her to begin teaching cooking classes for kids. This two-and-a-half-hour class involves making ice-cream, granita, sorbet and semi-freddo.

Where: Relish Mama
When: January 19
Cost: $75
More information and bookings: relishmama.com.au

Mini Architect: Mini Design at Heide
This might plant the seed for future architects. The program challenges kids to imagine and redesign their own homes asking: if you could live anywhere, what would it look like? Using the construction of the modernist Heidi II Gallery as inspiration, this drop-off workshop is all-materials inclusive and recommended for primary-school-aged children.

Where: Heide
When: January 18
Cost:$33
More information and bookings: heide.com.au

Espionage with ArtPlay
As part of the development of its new interactive spy game, Triage Live Art Collective invites all aspiring spies, field agents and adventure-seekers to join it in a fun and interactive simulation at Birrarung Marr. The sessions run for an hour; nothing but imagination required. The project is part of ArtPlay's New Ideas Lab program, where artists are supported to create new work with children and families.

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Where: ArtPlay at Birrarung Marr
When: January 8–14
Cost: Free
More information and bookings: whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au

Kids Summer Festival at the NGV
This one-week program, spread across NGV International and NGV Australia, involves a activities and workshops such as collaborative board games, watercolour painting and drawing. NGV Triennial artist Uji (Hahan) Handoko Eko and performer Christine Johnston (Madame Lark) are among those running sessions, as well as a variety of local artists.

Where:NGV International and NGV Australia
When: January 8–14
Cost: Free
More information and bookings: ngv.vic.gov.au

Build a Virtual Reality World at ACMI
Access to virtual-reality programs is often costly and requires a lot of complicated equipment. This one-day workshop at ACMI allows kids to create a VR world they can continue to access at home. Each participant gets a Google Cardboard viewing device to take home, so they can continue their journey into the VR world long after the class is over.

Where: ACMI
When: January 12, 18 & 25
Cost: Full $145, concession $135, members $125
More information and bookings: acmi.net.au

Story Workshops at Creative Write-It
Throughout the summer holidays, the Creative Write-it Studios are running a range of story-making workshops. The Fitzroy North studio is hosting a series focused on themes ranging from fantasy to crime mystery to Harry Potter fan fiction. The North Balwyn studio is running a persuasive writing class, which involves more theory and technique and a focus on how a person is writing as opposed to what a person is writing. The January workshops can be taken as one-off classes or as a series of sessions.

Where:Creative Write-It: Fitzroy and Creative Write-It: North Balwyn
When: January 8–25
Cost: Varies per program
More information and bookings: creativewriteit.com.au

National NIDA News: TV Presenting at NIDA
Do you have an aspiring journalist or anchor in your house? This two-day workshop will introduce kids to the skills needed in television presenting. Vocal expression, physical awareness, performance and presentation are key components of the program. The course ends with a “live” broadcast to family and friends of breaking news stories from around the country and a take-home show reel for the mini-reporters.

Where:Wesley College
When: January 18–19
Cost: $301.50
More information and bookings:open.nida.edu.au

Circus Bootcamp at Little Devils Circus
For wannabe jugglers, gymnasts, acrobats and everything in-between, this full-day class will give kids the chance to try various gym apparatuses. Even if your child isn’t acrobatically inclined, the class promises to teach skills for a range of abilities.

Where:Little Devils Circus
When: January 12
Cost: $75
More information and bookings: littledevilscircus.com.au

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