RSPCA offers school holiday fun for young animal lovers

Children can meet RSPCA Victoria’s farm animals and playful pets at its working education barn.

Learning what is involved in having a pony, connecting with Australian wildlife, playing games with pets and farm animals, or meeting a real RSPCA Inspector – these are just some of the experiences your child could enjoy these school holidays as part of RSPCA Victoria’s school holiday program.

Run at RSPCA Burwood East, the program includes a range of fun, engaging and educational opportunities suitable for animal lovers of all ages.

RSPCA Victoria education and training manager Belinda Marchbank said the classes, taught by

professional educators at RSPCA Victoria, offer something for any child with an interest in or love of animals.

“Our school holiday program offers great variety and choice for kids, providing the opportunity to learn about animal welfare while nurturing their love of all living creatures,” she said.

“There are also programs that you can do as a family for some special holiday time for adults and kids together.”

Children will have an opportunity to meet RSPCA Victoria’s farm animals and playful pets at its working education barn, right here in Melbourne.

Think horses, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits and ever-entertaining guinea pigs.

Special guest animal experts also drop into live sessions.

“After a difficult couple of years for both students and parents, we all need to reconnect,” Ms Marchbank said.

“Studies on human-animal interactions show that animals have the potential to promote healthy emotional development in children in many ways, including alleviating stress and providing emotional support.

“We’ve seen this amazing dynamic between children and animals first-hand and believe all children should have access to this experience.

“For those who can’t make a session in person, some of the programs will be offered virtually for those who prefer to participate from the comfort of their home or from regional areas.”

RSPCA Victoria is a non-government, community-based charity that works to prevent cruelty to

animals by actively promoting their care and protection.

The education team contributes to prevention strategies by influencing more than 3600 young people each year about the value and importance of animals in our lives.

To find out more about the school holiday program or to book, visit