We’ve hit the second week of the school holidays in Victoria and it got me wondering; are you looking (frantically) for things to do with the kids? Have you run out of ideas, or did you not realise just how awesome the weather was going to be here this week? Well never fear, I’ve got your back with a list of of last minute school holiday activities that cover the gamut of free to not so free, DIY to out and about.
With the Grand Final happening this Saturday, the AFL are putting on a Footy Festival, starting Wednesday and going through to Saturday. It’s free entry and there is a heap of things to do there. The kids zone includes Aus Kick activities, kicking competitions, free face painting (winner!) and a whole lot more. There is also a section where parents can get free coffee, snacks and mini massages whilst the kids are participating in some Auskick. Sweet! Check out the site – the trams are free from Wednesday through to Saturday and service the area of the Footy Festival, which is Yarra Park, right next to the mighty MCG.
The Gallery has a range of activities and exhibitions on for the school holidays for under 4’s to teenagers. Some activities/exhibitions are free, some have entry and booking requirements. I am planning on taking the kids to the Open House Tromarama For Kids exhibition. It’s free and located at the NGV International. It’s interactive, and is set up like a real house, allowing kids to move from room to room, experimenting with stop-motion apps and making films. It looks cool! I know a few kids who would just love it.
Have you been here yet? Have you?! If you don’t mind a bit of chocolate, you should probably check it out. The chocolaterie is well set up for kids, with space to run the sugar high off outside, and kid friendly menus (of course) and activities. It’s in a beautiful spot in the Yarra Valley, an hour from Melbourne. There is no entry fee, and free tastings, but the fun comes in the cafe and the store, where all sorts of chocolatey goodies can be purchased. Currently, they are hosting Hop For Hope, an outdoor exhibition raising funds for the wonderful Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Check out their website for more information, including classes, menus and activities.
I’ve perused Pinterest for you (no need to thank me, I’ll take one for the team), and found a couple of cool things that we will be trying over the next week. Check out this easy volcano eruption you can do in the back yard, and will have the younger kids entertained, no doubt for hours.
Another fun activity, for the backyard or around the neighbourhood park is this scavenger hunt for kids. The post includes free printables! Awesome. And timely, given Ms 4 burst in this afternoon after talking to the kids over the back fence asking for a treasure hunt.
So what do you think? Will you try any of these or are you all sorted for activities? If you have some ideas, share them here, or over on facebook for everyone to enjoy 🙂
Lovely time of year, hey? Sunshine, green, getting out of the house. I think I appreciate the arrival of spring more than I ever did before, now that I have two toddlers. Who have boundless energy, that never ceases, whether they have slept or not. Whether they have eaten, or not.
Spring has bought some much needed vitamin D, lots more outside play and a long awaited back yard overhaul. The Mister has spent the last few weekends pulling down sheds, ripping up poorly located garden beds and pulling out rocks. Loads and loads of volcanic/honeycomb rocks. That have been used as borders, and have been concreted in. Why? WHY?!! Anyway, we now have loads more space for the kids to run, and for veggie patches to be laid. The kids are loving it.
We also got to attend the annual Tulip Festival, thanks to me winning a pass from Jody at Six Little Hearts! Have you seen her blog? You should check it out, she is always having amazing giveaways over there!
We went on Sunday, the windiest day for a long time. But despite the wind whipping red dust everywhere, it was beautiful and the kids had a great time. My recommendation if you are going – get there as early as you can. I think the gates open at 10. We got there at around 10.30, and got a park. When we left about two hours later, the parks were full and cars were parked up to a kilometre away, at least. There are no footpaths along that road, which makes pushing prams tricky. And the traffic was full on. It’s normally a fairly quiet country road. I know, I grew up there!! Also, hats and sunscreen – there is no shade when you are walking through the tulips. But there is lovely shade and chairs up where the food/cafe area is. And don’t forget to check out the Fairy Hollow if you go. Ms 3 LOVED it!
Spring has also bought the engagement of two lovely friends of ours – so exciting!! So we’re loving Spring time in Melbourne at the moment. Sunshine, outdoors stuff and love. What more could we want? 🙂 Tell me, what has the Spring bought to your life this year?
* This is a sponsored post. I received an pass for my family to attend the preview of this event. All opinions, words etc are my own. *
It’s school holidays here in Victoria, and that means there are activities everywhere, some free, some paid. At Eastland Shopping Centre in Ringwood, the Dinosaurs have returned for some more adventures.
We were lucky enough to be able to attend the opening event last weekend, and the kids had a ball. Ms 3 enthusiastically dressed up for a photo, dug seriously for fossils and has not stopped looking through her binoculars. Mr 20 months enthusiastically dug into the morning tea, had a go at bashing fossils and has not stopped roaring at everyone since.
There was even a guided tour around the centre, and the chance to have photos taken in a giant eggshell. This event runs across the school holidays until October 12. Check their website for specific times. It’s free entry , $5 for the dino dig and from $12 for photo ops. There are also various competitions running including a colouring comp and an instagram one, where you can upload your photos with the dinos and tag @eastlandshoppingcentre #dinosaursreturn – you could win a $200 eastland voucher! How awesome would that be? No, wait, don’t do that, it’ll reduce our chance!!! Ha!
How about you? Doing anything exciting or is it same old same old? I’d love to hear your ideas or activities!
* This is a sponsored post – I received an invite to the event for my family. *
* WINNER* The winner is Natasha! I’ll email you shortly. Thanks again to everyone for entering.
Ok, now I know how popular dinosaurs are with little and big kids, so have I got a great competition for you!
For the September school holidays, Eastland Shopping Centre will be hosting the Dinosaur Adventures animatronics show again. And the interactive exhibition is free! Always helpful at school holiday time! There will also be some paid activities, with the opportunity for the kids to be a Palaeontologist for the day! They will be provided with a digger outfit,
and be able chip away at their very own fossil. There will be other activities as well.
Now to the giveaway! The winner and their family will get to join us and attend the Preview Event of Dinosaur Adventures at Eastland on Saturday 20 September, 9am. This includes a special DINO morning tea. The winner will also receive this AWESOME dinosaur prize pack worth $100!!!!
Yeah, how cool does that prize pack look? I’m not going to show Ms 3 – she will crack it!!
To win this competition complete the rafflecopter form below! I will announce a winner at 8am Friday 19th September, here and on the Facebook page. I’ll also email the winner. Remember to share this comp = it equals good social media karma 🙂
Some of the details about the actual exhibition:
Dinosaur Adventures Exhibition is free
Fossil Digging starts from $5
Photographic souvenirs $12 each
Eastland Shopping Centre
171 – 175 Maroondah Hwy
Ringwood, VIC 3134
Saturday 20 September to Sunday 12 October
Saturday 20th September 12noon to 4pm
Sunday 21st September to Saturday 4th October
Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 5th October to Sunday 12th October
Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11am to 4pm
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