Summer holidays have just begun, but it’s amazing how fast they fly by. Here’s a list of fun, creative workshops for you to enjoy with the kids to help them get the most of their break (and to give you a little break, too).

Kids cooking classes at the South Melbourne Market

Classes at The Neff Market Kitchen in the South Melbourne Market will have your little one whipping up pasta, spring rolls, cookies and a raspberry-white-chocolate tiramisu. Hurry though, kids’ summer classes are filling fast.

Cost: $20 per person
Duration: 1.5–2 hours
Dates: January 15 and January22, 2016
Location: The Neff Market Kitchen, South Melbourne Market

Bookings available here.

Scarecrow-making class at Little Vegie Patch

Are birds bothering your vegie patch at home? Do you even have a vegie patch? Regardless, it’s fun to make a scarecrow. In this workshop you and the kids can create, stuff and decorate your new scary family member. You can bring along some old clothes for a personal touch, otherwise Little Vegie Patch will provide the clothes for you for an additional $10.

Cost: $20
Duration: 30 minutes
Dates: most Sundays at midday
Location: Pop Up Patch, Federation Square

No need to book, but for more info visit: littleveggiepatchco.com.au.

Workshops at ACMI

There’s a really solid selection of fun workshops for you and the kids this summer at ACMI. It’s a tough choice, but our pick is the GIF IT workshop where you choose or create a character, take a sequence of action photos and the finished animated GIF is then uploaded online for all to see. Better still, it’s free and you can just rock up without a booking.

Cost: free
Duration: no longer than 3 hours
Dates: any time (including weekends) between midday and 3pm
Location: ACMI, Federation Square

More information available here.

NGV Kids Summer Festival

The NGV is putting on 11 days of free creative workshops and activities from January 16–26. Led by contemporary artists in the fields of screen-printing, collage, illustration and more, you and the kids can enjoy a messy day out of the house, as well as pick up some arty techniques. The festival will conclude with special performances on Australia Day.

Cost: free
Duration: 10am–3pm daily
Dates: January 16–26, 2016
Location: National Gallery of Victoria
More information available here.

Heide Museum for little kids and bigger kids

Kids and young students can take the Young Masters class to learn traditional oil-painting techniques, such as underpainting, scumble, glaze and impasto. You could also back it up the following day with a prismatic painting session guided by artist, Melinda Harper. Students will explore colour, collage and printmaking to produce bold and bright optical patterns.

Cost: child $33 and concession $28
Duration: 2 hours
Date: (Young Masters): January 6, 2016
Date: (Prismatic): January 7, 2016
Location: Sidney Myer Education Centre

Bookings available here.

Become an author at 100 Story Building

Kids aged between seven and 12 can become an author these school holidays and surround themselves with other young wordsmiths, illustrators and storytellers. Footscray’s 100 Story Building runs many workshops for the budding writer, including Comic-BOOM! DIY Universe and The Hero Went That Way.

Cost: $45 per workshop
Duration: 3 hours
Dates: January 18–22, 2016
Location: 100 Story Building, 92 Nicholson Street, Footscray

How To Book: 100storybuilding.org.au

Free baking classes with Brasserie Bread

Have you ever tried making bread at home before? Brasserie Bread’s offer to teach the kids how to bake for free this summer is a pretty good one. While the kids are kneading dough, you can relax in the adjacent baking studio with a French pastry.

Cost: free
Duration: 10am–11am
Dates: every Saturday
Location: Melbourne Brasserie Bread bakery, 150 Thistlethwaite Street, South Melbourne

Bookings available here.

Crafty stuff at My Little Caravan

This summer workshop is as cute and quaint as crafternoon workshops come. It’s set up in a 1960s vintage caravan named Mabel, which is parked in Notting Hill. There’s a big list of things to make, including hand-dipped candles and paper crafts. You’ll also get to enjoy a chocolate milkshake or lemonade, as well as a signature “Mabel the caravan” gingerbread cookie while you craft the afternoon away.

Cost: $30
Duration: 1pm–2.30pm
Dates: December 19, 2015
Location: 39 Westerfield Drive, Notting Hill

Bookings available here.

Pizza masterclass at 400 Gradi

You and the kids can turn your pizza-making skills up 400 degrees this summer with the 400 Gradi kids masterclass. It’s fun, messy and hands-on, but as you’re learning from the best in the business, expect a disciplined cooking process with attention to detail, persistence and patience to ensure you get the perfect pizza.

Cost: $45
Duration: 10am–12pm
Dates: TBC, call the number below for more information after December 25.
Location: 400 Gradi, 99 Lygon Street, East Brunswick

Call (03) 9380 2320 for availability and bookings.