A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published October 12th 2013
5 Fantastic Activities For Your Family
A long weekend saw my little family heading off into the wilds of rural Victoria. We spent a lovely 3 days in sunny Shepparton, sampling the family friendly delights of this picturesque area. A fun time was had by all, especially my four year old who was delighted by the line up of activities presented to him. Read on for a run-down of fun things for families to do in Shepparton, as tried and tested by yours truly and family.
• KidsTown Adventure Playground – Your kids will think they've died and gone to kiddie heaven when you arrive here. For a gold coin donation KidsTown will keep them entertained for hours. This is a playground with heaps to do and everything is done on a grand scale. From giant slides to miniature trains, from the longest monkey bars in the world (apparently) to special tinies' play areas, KidsTown has it all. Click here for a comprehensive look at the playground.
• Aquamoves – With a fantastic outdoor Splash Park for hot summer days and a short but hair-raising waterslide inside, this pool complex is great fun for the family. Mum and Dad might even manage a dip in one of the hot spas if they're really lucky. A rapid river is in operation at intervals, as well as a Tarzan swing, so there is plenty to keep everyone occupied. Be warned though – this is not a particularly warm swimming pool! Detailed information on opening hours can be found here.
The Splash Park at Aquamoves
• All Abilities Playground – Handily located right outside Aquamoves, this charming playground is beautifully designed and has lots of thoughtfully set out play equipment. The main climbing structure is accessible by wheelchairs as well as on foot. Other features include a sandpit, a net pyramid, musical instruments, slides and swing. Overlooking a large lake, it is also a beautiful spot for a picnic and a little birdwatching.
The net pyramid at the All Abilities Playground was a big hit
• Chocolate Apple Factory – The name is a little misleading as this is more shop than factory, but we got what we went for which was ridiculously enormous chocolate apples. The choice is a hard one; do you go for the rocky road apple or the Turkish Delight apple? The one shaped like a koala or the apple covered in bits of Mint Aero? These apples don't just sound impressive, they are truly delicious, due to the mouth-watering layer of chewy caramel between the apple and the chocolate. Without a doubt the most amazing chocolate or toffee apple I have ever consumed. This shop is great fun to browse, featuring other chocolate delicacies as well as samples of jams and chutneys. Check the website for opening hours.
• Emerald Bank Adventure Park – The term Adventure Park may be rather grand for such a humble operation but for young children (and your wallet), this little fun park is a winner. A mere $8.50 for a wristband will mean your child can enjoy unlimited access to the attractions on offer. And although there aren't an abundance of them (and some have seen better days), the attractions are well run, have little or no queues (even on a sunny weekend) and the staff are great with small children. Choose from paddle boats, pedal go-karts, tractor hay rides, inflatable slide/jumping castle, miniature train rides, a climbing wall and pony rides. There are also farm animals to see and old tractors to climb on. A cafe will see to your refreshment needs and there is also a small playground and sandpit. The Adventure Park is part of Emerald Bank Leisure Land which includes a Motor Museum, a Chocolate Shop and various other shops, as well as a miniature railway.
Big smiles on little faces at Emerald Bank Adventure Park