There are some some seriously cool programs and classes happening this school holidays in Melbourne. Engaging, creative and fun, you’ll probably want to find out how strict they are on the whole parent-free-zone thing. We’re jealous.

Junior chocolatier class at Yarra Valley Ice Creamery
The Yarra Valley Ice Creamery is running junior chocolatier classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout January. The 45-minute class is aimed at children from six to 12 years old. Taught by professional chocolatiers, kids will take home a personalised badge, chef’s hat and, in good news for you parents, all of their chocolate creations.

Where: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays throughout January
Cost: $40
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Youtube Starz at Acmi
How do you produce viral content on Youtube? As part of ACMI’s summer holiday program, kids will be let in on the creative and technical aspects of making engaging videos for a platform that has helped the careers of many young filmmakers and audio-visual artists. At this all-day workshop attendees will learn how to produce professional videography, and how to get the most eyes on it. This is a great one for cinema fans or aspiring filmmakers.

Where: ACMI
When: January 10 & 17
Cost: $135
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Wings Away at Heide
As part of the Mirka Mora exhibition running until late March at Heide Museum of Modern Art, kids are invited to come along and make their own piece of wearable art. The workshop is aimed at primary-school-aged children, and all materials are supplied.

Where: Heide Museum of Modern Art
When: January 8
Cost: $38
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Wearable tech at Coder Academy
As high-tech as it is creative, Coder Academy’s wearable technology workshop will teach children how to make their clothes a little more Jetsons-esque. Headbands become electronic, and gloves are transformed into something out of a Marvel comic with lights and sensors.

Where: Coder Academy
When: January 17
Cost: $140
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Julian Opie studio for kids at NGV
As part of the NGV Kids Summer Festival, take your young ones to the Julian Opie show. The acclaimed British contemporary artist specialises in bold, colourful portraiture, and the hands-on and digital activities throughout the exhibition invite children to make their own portraits in a range of mediums.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria
When: until February 17
Cost: Free
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Surreal photography with Atong Atem
Inspired by NGV Australia’s Polly Borland: Polyverse exhibition, and led by Melbourne-based photographer Atong Atem, this secondary-student-level workshop gives participants the chance play with and explore surrealism in their own photo shoot. Using a variety of household props and items, students will not only learn the basics of photography, but also how to create an engaging and meaningful composition with layers.

Where: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
When: January 7–9
Cost: Free
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French is Fun at Alliance Francaise
This five-day French beginners course will introduce students to basic French vocabulary, using the theme of les animaux – the animals. The best part of this includes a trip to the Melbourne Zoo at week’s end to put kids’ new-found language skills to work. Tres bien.

Where: Alliance Francaise de Melbourne
When: January 21 (five-day course)
Cost: $375
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