The thought of venturing to a windy seaside town like Warrnambool in July to attend the Fun4Kids festival may send a shiver through most self-respecting Melburnians. Then again, the Antarctic winds that whip across the Docklands and up through Melbourne CBD during winter may well have strengthened our resolve - or at the very least, prompted us to invest in a nice warm coat.
Before you reach for the mouse, thinking 'Forget it! That's not my idea of fun!', allow me to say one more word:
Aside from scheduled performances of these and other great artists, there are lots of daily workshops for kids of all ages and interests to enjoy, each held at dedicated stands throughout the festival village.
If your kids typically bounce around like little Energizer bunnies, try Bollywood dance, an Auskick or Beach Cricket clinic, Rock Climbing or medieval sword fighting. For creative types, or those who prefer something a little more low key, check out the Kids Kitchen, Construct It (woodwork), Artspace, Creativity Corner or the Verde Pamper Room, where your little princess can have her nails painted or have a head massage!
If your children aren't quite up to this level, perhaps they would like to make a farmyard friend in the animal nursery, sing along and listen to stories with Wonky Donkey author Craig Smith or play dress ups.
All this and more is crammed into a massive purpose built venue in the centre of town, and runs over eight full days, from 1-8 July (the first week of the school holidays). Tickets can be purchased for a single day, or the whole 8 days. Given the attendance last year figured in the vicinity of 25,000 it might be wise to purchase your tickets in advance through the online box office, rather than waiting until you arrive.
If you plan to drive down from Melbourne (it takes about 3 hours; a little longer if you take the Great Ocean Road), the best parking option is the Warrnambool Showgrounds in Koroit Street, from where you can catch a free shuttle to the festival site each day from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Don't fancy a long drive? The kids will love the chance to extend the adventure and avoid being cooped up in the car by catching a V-Line train.
This is an AMAZING festival.Myself and my daughter and her friends are off there again this sunday for our third year.Its heaps of fun,lots for everybody to see and do.Warnambool is a lovely city and I love it at this time of year.You may even see a southern right whale or two.Heaps of fun to be had here,Try it,,but rug up warm,.