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Published May 11th 2014
Not all outings with children need to be painful
Whilst most of us have probably been to the National Motor Museum and enjoyed the nostalgia of the vehicles gleaming in the showrooms, how many of us have experienced it from a child's point of view?
Taking advantage of the Entertainment Book voucher, a family of four only cost us $12 as children under five are free. The staff are lovely and get extremely excited to encourage the children to go for their junior drivers license - for free! Choose a treasure hunt, grab a pencil and off you go.
While Miss 2 "wrote" the ABC, Mr 4 ran off ready to look for his bugs and beetles that would be displayed on the windscreen of different vehicles on the ground floor. The aim is to find the bugs matching the pictures and then writing down the number of wheels that each particular vehicle has. There are a few tricks in store making it not as easy as it sounds. Once you are done, you are awarded with your junior drivers license.
The fun isn't over for the kids though. While grown ups read about the history of the array of transport, the children can see why it's important to wear a seatbelt through an interactive experience and operate an old school jukebox near the "drive in" where there is room for the whole family to sit and reminisce. There is even opportunity to sit in a vintage car for the token family photos.
Quaint and inviting, you can also take advantage of this years Entertainment Book voucher. There are tables out the front to enjoy the sun and the water fountain and more under a verandah area complete with cafe blinds to keep out the elements.
If being cozy inside is more for you, several rooms inside host plenty of tables and chairs. Here you need to order at the counter but the food and drinks are brought to your table. Everything from an amazing selection of wines to a varied children's menu are definitely on the cheap side but don't appear or taste it. Very satisfying, light meals topped off with a glass of one of their own wines.
All in all, an affordable, enjoyable and an unforgettable day can be had by all right in the little town of Birdwood.