Trees Adventure is a treetop climbing adventure with different levels of challenge. There are 12 flying foxes high in the trees, many more than 80 metres long, and 65 aerial challenges. The venue also features a 100 metre flying fox and a giant aerial skateboard. The popular courses have tree-top obstacles and platforms of around 2 to 12 metres. It doesn't sound much but the two hour sessions are more than enough, especially if your legs (and other body parts) are not used to such a work out.
The Trees Adventure is for children as young as six years, for older kids and adults. It looks a lot scarier on the ropes than the ground so be prepared to get helpful advice and encouragement from your children. Full equipment and training is provided before you start.
This one hundred year old theme park with carousel and many much loved rides like the Pirate Ship is bound to be captivating. Luna Park has the oldest operating roller coaster in the world - the Scenic Railway - and the best views of Melbourne. Look out for special deals such as over summer, for example, Thursday and Friday night's two (over 13 years) unlimited rides for the price of one. Open 7-11pm, height limitations apply.
At Tandivale Equestrian Centre children can learn the basic skills to groom, saddle, steer and ride their own horse or pony. No riding experience is required and riding helmets are provided.
During the holidays a trail ride and grooming competition are part of the program. The program is modified for riders with no or some experience. Suitable for children aged six and above. Discounts are offered for enrolment of more than one day and for siblings.
The AFL Victoria offers School Holiday Programs to introduce 5 -12 year olds (with limited or no experience) to the basic skills of Australian Football. The program includes skill development, fun activities and games. Participants will receive a take home pack with giveaways and competitions. AFL players put in appearances during the Programs.
Ever considered running away to the circus? Westside Circus is offering workshops for kids 3 – 12 years to improve general circus skills, make your own circus equipment and learn how to put on a show. For ages 10 – 15 year olds specialist classes in Tumbling and Aerials are available. During the holidays a program for 6 – 18 year olds with disabilities and their siblings is conducted.
This is a great family day out with Alpine toboggan rides, water slides, double tube rides, mini golf, go kart track, large outdoor waterpark pools and equipment. Funfields has many outdoor spaces for BBQs and picnics. Entry and unlimited rides is $37 (adults) or $32 (children). For an extensive review click here.
Strike Bowling and Laser Tag
Open seven days a week, Strike locations has several state of the art ten pin bowling alleys. The place rocks with the latest popular music and large projector screens.
Strike Laser also features laser skirmish. The scene is set with a story of resistance in the future, music, props and easy to use weapons. This is intended to assist players to suspend reality and 'virtually' get into the game.
Icehouse is Australia's largest ice sports and entertainment venue and it's open 364 days of the year. Learn to skate or play ice hockey, have a free 15 minute lesson, ride the seals, watch the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) games or go to the gym.
Various sessions are tailored for different aged groups including adults and toddlers. The skating program encourages development by taking children through a series of skill levels preparing them to go into ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating or recreational skating.
So if your kids would rather be up and into it than sitting around on a computer these are some must try activities. Check out the websites for special programs and holiday activities. Have fun.
For an extensive list of great school holiday activities click here for the Victorian Government site.