Ice Skating, Ice Sliding, Disney on Ice, Festivals & Snow
Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you need to hibernate these July school holidays. Grab your woolies and embrace Melbourne's cooler months because there's a whole bunch of family fun ready for you to partake in thanks to the following activities:
The Big Freeze Festival in Fountain Gate
After last years' epic winter extravaganza, The Big Freeze Festival returns to Melbourne's South East this July, setting up camp at Fountain Gate.
The Big Freeze Festival is a 9 day event offering all the fun of the snow, in a huge undercover, indoor Big Top.
This year, the Big Freeze Festival will be divided into two areas – the ticketed winter precinct featuring snow play, snowball toss, snowfall forest, winter village, snow globe photo booth, polar bear slide, kids' active challenge, circus skills workshop, construction play, art'n'craft activities and two brand new snow slides (at two different heights to allow more children to enjoy the thrill of the ride).
The Community Precinct will be free for the general public to visit and hosts daily stage shows, activity zone with Phillip Island Nature Parks, sports with Milo, food vendors and more.
When: Saturday, July 1 – Sunday, July 9 Where: Under the Big Top at Fountain Gate Shopping (cnr Princes Hwy & Brechin Drive) Time: Winter Festival sessions run three times each day. Community Precinct open from 9am – 5:30pm daily Cost: Child Superpass $29.50 (that includes a 4 Park Pass to Phillip Island Nature Parks valued at $28.50), Adults $19, Family $92 and extra savings for some afternoon sessions. Book:HERE
River Rink at Fed Square
Get your skates on and head to Federation Square in the heart of the city for an ice skating session on the River Rink. This pop-up ice rink opens 1 July and runs until 23 July.
The River Rink mirrors outdoor skating sessions you see in the Northern Hemisphere, giving you a 'Christmas in July' feel with fairy lights, food trucks and skating after dark to the latest tunes.
Cute 70cm high penguin skating aids are available for hire to assist your little skaters to give them the support and confidence they need to enjoy this uniquely Melbourne winter experience.
Where: River Terrace, Federation Square When: 1 - 23 July, 2017. Times: Open daily (Monday - Wednesday, Sundays | 10am - 9pm | Thursday - Saturday | 10am – 10pm) Book: Tickets go on sale Saturday 3 June. Skating sessions last 45 minutes and begin on the hour, every hour. Head to fedsquare.com/riverrink. Costs: Adults: $24.50; Concession: $22; Child (6-14): $18.50; Junior (3-5): $15 Family (2 adults, 2 kids): $71; Skating aid: $10.50 (numbers are limited).
Eureka Skydeck's Ice Slide in Southbank
Eureka Skydeck's Melbourne Ice Slide returns to Southbank this winter, with a huge 36-metre long, four-metre high ice slide complete with imported Canadian inflatable ice tubes and specially designed lanes of two.
Opening to the public on 1 July, just in time for the winter school holidays, Eureka Skydeck's Ice Slide is Melbourne's first and only outdoor giant slide, taking three days to set up using a fine misting system at -12 degrees.
A portion of the Ice Slide funds will go to not-for-profit organisation Variety: The Children's Charity.
Where: Southbank waterfront outside the front of Eureka Skydeck When: 1 - 16 July, 2017. Open daily 10am till late Costs: $12 for three ice slides or $20 for six slides More information: Head to www.eurekaskydeck.melbourne
Tickets must be purchased in person from the box office on the Southbank spillway, once the attractions open.
Winter Wonderland Event in Williamstown
Wintry family fun is afoot in Williamstown for two days this July, with an entertainment program planned for The Shed at Seaworks.
The Winter Wonderland Event in Williamstown will include a snow forest, a real snow play area, a giant winter slide, spinning chair lift, climbing wall, snowboard rider, snow globe, face painting, giant jingo, art space, a photo booth, winter themed food and entertainment as snowflakes falling from the sky.
Where: Seaworks Waterfront Williamstown When: 14 July & 15 July 10am - 3pm. Costs: Child $25 (2 - 12yrs) per day, Adult $10, Child U2 & Carer/Senior FREE Book: HERE More information: www.williamstownwaterfrontevents.com
Disney on Ice presents Frozen at Hisense Arena
What better way to embrace the icy weather, with an indoor ice skating extravaganza bought to you by the incredible Disney on Ice team.
A fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination hits Melbourne this winter as Disney On Ice presents Frozen arrives at Hisense Arena from 5-9 July.
Prepare to be wowed by this enchanting live show, featuring top class ice skating and sensational special effects. This is an opportunity for your kids to see their much loved characters from Disney's Frozen, live on ice. There's Anna & Elsa, the lovable snowman Olaf as well as never-before-seen characters, including Grand Pabbie, the Trolls and the Marshmallow.