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Published August 5th 2015
Free activities in Bayside for kids
Life with kids is often busy, filled with entertainment and organised activities for them so sometimes the best weekends are those where you can just kick back and relax as a family without feeling the need to have an organised 'trip out' or spend a huge amount in order to enjoy yourselves .
Since our arrival in Melbourne we have visited a few places with the kids and had free days out which have topped the organised, pay-for trips. I thought it high time I shared these free days out for families to enjoy, come rain or shine.
In order to enjoy a top low cost day out I would also recommend that packing a picnic for the kids is a must. This means that at most you may incur the slight costs of an ice-cream and a flat white (or two!!)
1. Ricketts Point rock pooling and bird watching
This one is a personal favourite in the south east suburb of Beaumaris . Ricketts Point has a rugged beauty and charm different to the other coves in Bayside. The bay is draped in seaweed and the sand filled with stunning shells. As you peer out to the rocks there are always flocks of birds perched looking out to sea. The kids love this place as they can go starfish spotting in the rock pools and rock climb. Once the fun is over there is the beautiful Ricketts Point Cafe perched on the bay, perfect for a flat white or an ice-cream, with a covered seating area so you can enjoy the stunning views through the winter months. This point is stunning all year round and somehow even enjoyable in high winds and rain. Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing.
2. Thomas Street Park adventure play
Thomas Street park is a huge timber adventure playground which our two absolutely love. It is filled with tunnels, mazes, obstacles and slides. Whether your little ones like to swing on the monkey bars, play hide and seek or pretend to be pirates burying their treasure in a small cave, this is the place for them. The variety of timber structures allows the children to really lose themselves in imaginative play for some time. Surrounding the timber structure is an abundance of green space so that they can also enjoy a green park for a picnic, or handstands and cartwheels and games of tiggy.
If you are in the suburbs of Sandringham or Hampton this park is the perfect low cost family outing where your children will amuse themselves and use their imaginations in this timber wonderland.
Thomas Street Playground
3. Bayside Farmers Market
This is a great low cost / no cost trip out for all the family in Sandringham the third Saturday of every month at Trey Bit Reserve. There is a nominal contribution to the local Rotary clubs at the door but you won't be disappointed by the tastes and smells and activities once you are in the market. What better way to introduce your little ones to real food and better understanding of where their food comes from than through talking to the local farmers and food sellers. Read more about the markets here.
4. Half Moon Bay Sunset
I am fortunate enough to do yoga at Elevate Yoga in Black Rock, which has a stunning view out of Half Moon Bay which really comes into its own at sunset.
At the weekend if you get the chance get down to Half Moon Bay at sunset - its view is second to none. It's fun for all of the family as you settle down by the beach to watch the sun go down on the world. It's here where we saw our first stunning pelicans pitched up high on the posts on the pier . As a Yorkshire lass I couldn't resist the fab fish and chips from the Cerberus Beach House Restaurant. You can't beat taking your chips down to the secluded bay to enjoy as the sky changes colour over the HMAS Cerberus ship wreck and the birds become active at dusk. It's a magical time of the day and one of the best views in bayside.