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Fabulous Family Outings on Father's Day
Five Fun Family Events on Father's Day
Dads and their children enjoying The Manic Metropolis at Luna Park. (Image from Luna Park Facebook Page)
Melbourne has been voted the world's most livable city for the fifth year in a row and in keeping with that reputation has turned on some special family events for Father's Day. Too often we take Dad for granted but on the first Sunday in September we can take time out to let him know how much he is loved and appreciated. Dad will treasure an opportunity to spend a fun day with his family at his side. These family outings are jam packed with things to do. Take the camera, you will be making happy memories.
Luna Park - Dad's Freebies
For more than 100 years families have flocked to Luna Park. A good day out anytime it has been made better for Father's Day with free rides for Dad and a free sausage from the sausage sizzle. Take a walk through the gaping mouth of Mr. Moon and have fun.
Mr Moon, the entrance to Luna Park (Image by Adam.J.W.C. (Own work) CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons)
Ride the climbs and plunging dips of the Great Scenic Railway, the world's oldest continually operating roller coaster, as it circles the park. The railway has been in place since 1912 when Luna Park first opened. See the world from up high and upside down as the pendulum of the Pharaoh's Curse loops full circle. Brave the Coney Island Top Drop as you shoot up 13 metres and be bounced about before being dropped back to the ground.
If those rides are a bit too stomach churning for you there's always the Dodgem cars. Bump and grind your way around the track. Dads, are you game to be the passenger? For the younger children the Traditional Carousel with its 68 hand painted horses and chariots has been a favourite for more than a century. Perhaps Dad rode this carousel himself as a child, perhaps even grandad. What would a visit to Luna Park be without a ride on the Ghost Train? What ghastly sights will you see as the train winds its way through the darkened tunnels?
When: 11am to 6pm, Sunday 6th September 2015 For opening hours on other days check the website.
Phone: 03 9525 5033
Where: 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182
Cost: Note that the free ticket for unlimited rides for Dad applies where a fully paying child's unlimited rides ticket has been purchased. An Adult Unlimited Ride Ticket is normally $46.90, Child (3-12 years) Unlimited Ride Ticket $36.95, A Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children or one adult and 3 children) is normally $139.95. Refer to the website for variations in ticketing.
Facilities: All rides except the Scenic Railway are wheelchair accessible. There are public and disabled toilets on site. Lockers are available for $5 per day as loose articles are not permitted onto the rides.
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Father's Day Breakfast To celebrate Father's Day, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is hosting a Father's Day Breakfast. Entree is a delectable selection of Danish pastries, yoghurt pots, berry compote and granola. Then while Mum and Dad sit down to the Melbourne Aquarium Big Breakfast, a man sized feast of scrambled eggs, bacon, potato rosti, tomato, mushrooms and an English muffin, the children are treated to buttermilk pancakes with berry compote and maple and vanilla ice cream. The family can sip on or guzzle tea, coffee or orange juice before setting off to explore the Aquarium's aquatic delights.
Father's Day at the Aquarium (Image from Sea Life Melbourne Acquarium Facebook Page)
As well as the normal attractions there will be art and craft activities for the children throughout the day. Check the schedule for the organized feeds and talks. Dads will enjoy the Croc and Bay of Rays Talks. Children will be in awe at the Ocean Predators Talk. Mum may like A Penguin's World.
The Tunnel (Image from Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Facebook Page)
Walk through the tunnel while huge sting rays and sharks swim overhead. See Fiddler Rays and Elephant Sharks at the Bay of Rays. The family can get their hands wet at the Mangroves or Rock Pools where you can touch sea stars and shark eggs. Search for the poisonous stone fish and lionfish amongst the wreckage at the Shipwreck Explorer. These are but a few of the attractions, all of which are sure to delight.
When: 8.30 to 9.30am, Sunday 6th September, 2015 9(The Aquarium remains open until 6pm)
Where: Corner of Flinders and King Streets, Melbourne, on the Yarra River, opposite the Crown Entertainment Complex. Find directions here.
Cost: Adults $50 per person, Children (4-12 years) $35 per person, Children (Under 4 years) $15 per person Refer to the website for member prices.
Facilities: Wheelchair access and disabled toilets. Public toilets on site. There is no onsite parking but there are ample public parking facilities nearby. Check the Aquarium's website for rebated parking.
Father's Day Breakfast at Melbourne Zoo Melbourne Zoo has lined up a Father's day feast as a prelude to a fun family day at the zoo. The breakfast starts with a continental buffet and that's just the entree. It follows up with a plated hot breakfast for Mum and Dad and pancakes for the children.
It's all about family on Father's Day. (Image from Zoos Victoria Facebook page)
After breakfast, enjoy the rest of the day checking out the zoo, there is so much to see. Visit the Trail of Elephants where an Asian Village and garden setting has been recreated. Dad and the children are likely to have a laugh at the bare bottoms on show at Baboon Lookout. Walk through the Lemur Island Exhibit and watch these acrobatic little animals performing for their audience.
A tired Dad at Lion Gorge (Image from Zoos Victoria Facebook Page)
Take Dad to Lion Gorge where the King of the Family can meet the King of the Beasts. No doubt the children will be keen to visit the Australia Bush Exhibit, koalas are always a favourite. Don't forget Mum; squeeze in a visit to the Butterfly House.
When: 8.30 to 9.30am, Sunday 6th September 2015. The Zoo remains open until 5pm but animal areas close from 4.30pm.
Where: The Rainforest Room, Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville 3052.
Cost: $61.00 per adult ($45.00 for Zoo Members), $30.00 for children up to 15 years old (including Zoo members)
Facilities: Parking is available at the zoo for $2 per day. The Zoo is wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs are available for hire. There are a number of public toilet blocks with disabled access.
Mornington Railway Train Rides
Take Dad for a step back in time, riding the rails in 100 year old passenger carriages behind a heritage steam train on the Mornington Railway. On Fathers' Day each Dad will receive a free sausage from the BBQ.
The Railway is running a raffle for Father's Day with prizes to be drawn at 3pm. The tickets are only $2 each. First prize is an awesome Silver Driver Experience worth $800 (Diesel) or $1,200 (Steam), giving the lucky winner an opportunity to drive one of the trains. What an experience! Second prize is a Steam Locomotive Footplate Ride valued at $50 and third prize is a Diesel Locomotive Cab Ride valued at $30. Don't miss out on your tickets; imagine how much Dad would enjoy one of these prizes.
K163 in action. (Image from Mornington Railway Facebook Page)
As well as the train ride, there are site tours taking in the historic overhead footbridge and signal box and other interesting railway things.
Enthusiastic and passionate volunteers restore these heritage steam and diesel trains and operate the Mornington Railway. The heritage broad gauge railway operates between Moorooduc and Mornington, running the first three Sundays of every month.
When: 11:00am then at 12:15, 1:45, 3:00pm. Sunday 6th September, 2015
Where: 460 Moorooduc Highway, Moorooduc, via Two Bays Road using the Mt Eliza Regional Park Entrance. Directions can be found here.
Cost: Return fares are Adult $18, Concession $14, Children (4-16 years) $9, Family (2 Adults and 2 children) $48
Facilities: Public toilets at Moorooduc. Parking at Moorooduc is via Two Bays Road using the Mt Eliza Regional Park Entrance. There is wheelchair access. A kiosk serves light refreshments and has a BBQ.
Collingwood Children's Farm Family Day
Get Dad out into the fresh air and get up close to the animals at the Collingwood Children's Farm Family Day. Meet Heather the Ayrshore cow, Mickie the donkey, Joe the pony, and Charley Benson, a Clydesdale horse. Don't miss the pigs, goats, sheep, geese, chickens and more. Guinea pigs will be on hand for a cuddle. Feed the animals, wander through the paddock with the sheep and goats, feed the chooks or look for some eggs.