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It's time to start planning for the September School holiday's to keep your children entertained and your insanity intact. The one thing you don't want hear again and again is "we're bored" and "are we there yet"?
#1Royal Melbourne Show. No matter what age your children are they are well catered for here, however, this is most likely to be an expensive day out when including entry, show bags, food, rides and transport. If you are an RACV member you can purchase tickets up to the 19th of September on the website and recieve 30 % off entry making adults $23, children $13 or a family of 2 adults and 2 children are $63. If you're not a member you can still get good deals with entry and rides. A family ticket with a $50 ride voucher is $99.
#2 Kids days at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Between the 23rd and 26th of September and 30th of September to the 3rd of November are kids days. The kids will be kept entertained by Fairy Monica, Benny the Balloonist, The Mik Maks, Paul Jamieson, animal farm, face painting and much more. Entry is $20 for adults, children are free, some activities cost extra. For a full program click here.
#3 Bounce Inc. is a trampoline heaven with 100 interconnected tramps and 500 square metres of padding and foam to land on. General admission is $16.50 for one hour, junior jumpers are $11.50, price includes grip socks.
#4Yarra Valley Chocolatier are having chocolate making workshops for children aged 6-12 years old on Saturdays. The workshops cost $30 and run for 45 minutes and include an apron, chefs hat, badge, and certificate. Limited places are still available phone 03 9730 2777
#5The Enchanted Maze is a great place for all ages. Adults and teens will love the new Tree Surfing, an aerial obstacle course with 50 challenging obstacles. The smaller children will love the gardens and mazes with sculptures and activities, not to mention the tube slides down the hillside. There is a cafe, lolly shop and a spooky 3D maze. Entry to the maze is $79 for a family ticket of 2 adults 2 children and Tree Surfing costs $59 adult, $39 per child (children must be a minimum height of 135cm). For more info have a look here.
#9ACMI are showing some great kids films that will take most parents back to their childhood with the likes of E.T, Willy Wonka, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Never Ending Story and many more. Cost is $7 for general admission or $5 for ACMI members. More details are available here.
#10Junior Rangers Program activities are held in different national parks all over Victoria. Over the school holidays free programs include Outside Inside EWWW at Point Nepean National Park, Rock pool Ramble at Mornington Peninsula National Park, Snow Play at Mt Buffalo, A bug's Life at Coolart Homestead and Wetlands, Mysterious Mammals at Royal Park Melbourne and much more can be found on the Junior Ranger website.
If all of these fail to impress then you can always take the safe options of visiting the Melbourne Museum, Science Works, Queen Victorian Market, Melbourne, Werribee or Healesville Zoos or jump on eBay and get them a few new games to play.
For the Junior Ranger Mysterious Mammals please click on the link above. You will find it's a free event not incorporated with the zoo's event.