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No need for a babysitter at these Melbourne Cup events
It's the race that stops a nation. Except when you have pre-schoolers. They don't stop for anything except soft-serve ice cream and Peppa Pig. It can be tricky navigating Melbourne Cup when you have young children to look after, but the venues of Perth have heard the collective cries of parents of pre-schoolers and have taken note – as a result, here are some awesome child-friendly events happening for Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, 7 November 2017.
Melbourne Cup Family Fun Day at Nedlands Yacht Club Address: Nedlands Yacht Club, The Esplanade, Nedlands Time: From 10:30am to 2:30pm Cost: Adult tickets start from $60, children's tickets start from $20, kids under 1 year free Website: To book, click here.
Nedlands Yacht Club will have a heap of family friendly entertainment for the kids while the race is run, including balloon twisting, face-painting and a dazzling magic show! Have your picture taken on the red carpet as you arrive and tuck into a delicious high tea style lunch. Yum!
Melbourne Cup 2017 – Mums and Bubs Address: Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough, 148 The Esplanade, Scarborough Time: 11am to 1pm Cost: Adults $49, Kids aged 2 to 12 years $25, $10 for high chair hire Website: trybooking.com To book: Click here.
Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival before a two course set lunch while the children play in the kids corner. There will be face painting and crafts, sweepstakes and prizes for the best dressed mum and bub. There's event a separate menu for the kids. If you'd like a private table, you'll need a minimum of 8 people.
Parents and Prams Melbourne Cup Lunch Address: Atrium Garden Restaurant, Esplanade Hotel, Marine Terrace Fremantle Time: 11am to 2pm Cost: Tickets: $45 per person (or $40 each with groups of 5 or more) and $20 per child (4 to 12 years old) Website and bookings: www.hotelesplanadefremantle.com
One of Fremantle's favourite buffet restaurants will welcome parents and children for Melbourne Cup Day, with a number of kids activities happening throughout the event. There are some child-friendly buffet choices for the kids, although it's likely they will head straight for the desserts or lolly jar. Mums and dads can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and tuck into a delicious lunch while watching the race on one of multiple screens.
Melbourne Cup at Guylian Belgium Chocolate Café, Perth Address: Guylian Belgium Chocolate Café, 101 St Georges Terrace, Perth Time: 11am to 2pm Cost: $70 per person Website: See the Facebook page
If you prefer chocolate over a glass of bubbles, the Guylian Belgium Chocolate Café is your go-to place. Promising a family-friendly atmosphere with children welcome, the price includes a 3 hour Guylian canapé and petit four menu, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or beer on arrival and door prizes.