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Budgeting for School Holidays
As Melbourne nears the end of the first month of spring, the whole of nature is waking from her long winter dream, fully rested and ready to kick up a storm. Remind you of anyone you know? As the pretty little blossoms they are, your kids will be no different. Make sure you keep watering them and give them plenty of sunlight, and check out these great budget-happy options for the school holidays.
Full Budget Joy
The following activities are absolutely free of cost. Not as in 'included with entry' or 'if you buy something else' - just plain free.
What? Fed Square's Creative Program is featuring a double puppet program these school holidays. Electric Puppet is a hands-on workshop where your kids can learn to make animated puppets and then watch them live on the screens of Federation Square.
When? 23, 24, 29, 30 September, 1 October 2013, 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm.
Where? The Pop up Patch on the roof of the car park at Federation Square.
What? A half-hour, hands-on session where your kinds can learn how to make a proper scarecrow. While all the necessary scarecrow-building material is provided, hat and sunscreen are not, so be sure to take those along. Also note that spots are limited so hurry up and secure yours.
Where? The Water Gardens Town Center in Taylors Lakes. Find detailed information on how to get there by car or public transport here.
What? Think Jurassic Park meets your local mall. This exhibition features life-size, animated prehistoric creatures as well as other dinosaur-related fun.
Also, be sure to pick up a flier at the Watergardens centre to get some school holiday specials, which include deals like free kids under 12 meals every Monday and Tuesday at Hogs Breath Café. See the Water Gardens website for more details as well as terms and conditions.
What? The exhibition features the original drawings from Shaun Tan's popular book The Lost Thing, as well as footage showing how the illustrations were transformed into the moving picture that won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2010.
When? Ongoing until Sunday 19 January 2014. Open every day from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Christmas Day and closes at 4pm on Wednesday 25 September 2013.
What? The Junior Ranger program is Parks Victoria's very own initiative aimed at bringing primary-aged kids closer to nature through activities in its various parks and reserves. Browse through the list to see how many free activities are on offer, but please note that many require a reservation and spots are running out fast.
What? Bunnings offers a workshop with various home and garden themes where kids can learn, explore and make things like wall art and planter boxes. Contact your nearest store for more details and booking.
What? A week packed with outdoor fun and games like face painting, pony rides, mini golf and treasure hunts.
When? 23 September to 03 October 2013.
Costs? Admission is $2 for children under 12 and pensioners, $3 for adults, and $5 per vehicle. The activities themselves are free, except for the maze. Please note that the activities require registration.