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Published January 16th 2016
On Tuesday 12th January 2016 we bravely ventured to Funfields Outdoor Adventure Park in Whittlesea with four children aged between 10-12 years. My two stepsons had begged us for a day out with two of their closest friends, the two daughters of family friends during the school holidays.
Living in Hoppers Crossing it would be a bit of a trek, so we ensured we left home by around 8:30am, as Funfields opened at 10am, and given the weather was warming up quickly we did not fancy being in line too long prior to them opening the gates.
We were lucky to arrive by around 9:45am, a great time to arrive, collect all the gear from the car, and join a growing queue. Having pre-purchased tickets online before we left home, we were able to go through Gate 1 which was for online bookings only. We made the most of joining a queue for around 20 or so minutes, and applied sunscreen, helping each other to make sure everyone was able to slip, slap, slop carefully.
Please note that they have a height measurement guide on the Gates when you arrive, and all children will most likely be asked to take their shoes off, and stand in front of the measurement poster to ensure they receive the right wristband for entry.
This is to ensure all children are able to access rides that are suitable for their height. The three oldest children were provided with a green wristband enabling them unlimited access on all rides. However my youngest stepson was offered a blue wristband, enabling him access to most rides, though some required him to go aboard with an adult.
Tickets are priced by a person's height, and at the time of entry we had to upgrade our friend's daughters tickets as they were taller than we had thought. It is best to be prepared with some additional cash or a credit card at the ready for extra expenses.
Once inside, it was difficult to keep the children still for long. Thankfully having done our sunscreen already, we encouraged to them to fuel up with a light morning tea, and a substantial drink (we avoided any dairy products/foods with high sugar content due to the nature of some of the rides velocity).
We made a plan prior to arriving at Funfields that they had to stay in either pairs, or all together as the oarsome foursome. They opted to pair off, our oldest son with our friends oldest daughter, and the two younger together, and they were happy to stay with their choice friend all day through. We also made plans for them to return to our base point in Shelter Area 4 at least once every 2 hours. We noticed when they had returned, as most of the food they had opened remained open, and drinks half full though still on the table!
Funfields have a fantastic variety of amusements and rides available including a massive water park area, where we most often found the elder two children, and we joined in their fun from time to time, getting soaked through. We also joined the elder two on their first go on the Toboggan. My husband went down the track in a flash, and had a very patient and lengthy wait for me at the bottom. Being a scaredy cat, my hand did not move far from the brake position on the control level.
The waterslides were a favourite for all, and my husband and I had a go at the mini-golf with my hubby being the proud winner. The younger two were bursting to whizz around on the go karts, and as our youngest was not quite tall enough had to ride in the passenger seat next to his dad. We joined the queue later in the afternoon, and were lucky enough to do a few laps.
Please note, you may have to join lengthy queues, and be in the elements for extended periods of time, with limited shade, as some queues are not covered by a roof/shelter. It was quite warm the day we went, and despite our slip, slop, slap and appropriate clothing for the temperature my hubby and I went home with a mild dose of sunstroke. It may be best to keep a water bottle close and handy throughout the day or a towel/light wrap/umbrella to cover your head and shoulders from the elements
Funfields was indeed filled with fields of fun. Bring a picnic, a blanket, plenty of water and sun/weather protection, and even changes of clothes for those who are more adventurous with the water activities.
We went home considering purchasing a season pass for the summer of 2016/2017 and snoozing minions.