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Family Fun Day at Ambleside Homestead and Museum

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Superheroes and Princesses unite for a Family Fun Day
Ambleside Homestead Ferntree Gully
Ambleside Homestead - 3 Olivebank Rd, Ferntree Gully

"If you go into the wood's today, you're in for a big surprise".

Knox Historical Society is hosting another Family Open Day and it is being held at Ambleside Homestead on Sunday 15th of March 2017 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Museum Open Vintage Car Vintage Tools Antiques
Museum with Vintage Car and Tools

All you need to bring is yourself, your parent, your most treasured furry friend, a rug or chairs, and a picnic lunch to enjoy on the day. This momentous event marks the opening of a new exhibition at this historical home and museum. The exhibition, "Child's Play", showcases children's toys and games from collectors from the days of yesteryear.

Teddy Bear Picnic
Everyone having a Picnic

Now, don't forget to dress up as your favourite superhero or magical princess because you are going to need your super powers to get your special sticker.

Face Painting Treasure Hunt for FREE Teddy Bears
Get your Face Painted

There will be face painting and many other games and the gardens are absolutely stunning at this time of the year. There will also be Food and Drink Stalls, Craft Stalls, Music and Live Entertainment, Craft Demonstrations, Games, and Competitions and Storytime for all.

Magnolia in Bloom
Rare Magnolia on Display in Bloom for only 2 weeks

"This picnic is hosted by the Knox Historical Society volunteers and Knox Council who have been working tirelessly to get the grounds ready with a major garden make-over just for this event." according to Ray Peace. Ray is just one of the historical genius's that volunteer at the society. He also said, "There are over three thousand new plants that have been added to the Ambleside Garden. A 120 year old North American Magnolia, planted by Ephraim Hansen is in glorious fragrant bloom at this time of year, but only for a few weeks."

Rare Magnolia Tree
Picnic for all with Food Stalls

Ephraim Hansen built this cottage in the 1980s on 210 acres of land. It has since been subdivided with only 2ha remaining, which with the house, were donated to the City of Knox in 1970 by the last owners Oliver and Mabel David. The house is now a museum which you can browse on the day in between your treasure hunts and picnic. It includes period furniture and crockery, historic photos, tools of the age and vintage cars.

Also, Sue Wotten of Eastern Regional Access Libraries will be telling fairy tales and other children's stories in between lots of art and craft activities.

This is the perfect way to get your kids out and about for fun on a lovely spring day and sneak in a wee bit of learning about local Australian History. Maybe you can find your ancestor in the photos on the walls?

And don't worry if you miss the picnic, the Museum is Open Every Sunday from 1-4 or by appointment for research or school groups, or any kind of group. And they are always looking for members to join them.

Also, make sure when you are "clearing out" you just don't take that old box of clippings and think it is best in the recycling. Find your local historical society. Your trash of old papers, maps, photos, is "treasure" to these societies and will be properly restored and stored for all time. Remember, today is history tomorrow.
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Why? To dress up for a Family Fun Day and learn about Antique Toys
When: From 11 AM to 3 PM
Phone: 97586722
Where: Ambleside Homestead
Cost: $2 for Children $5 for Adults entrance to all
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