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Game of Hide and Seek at Williamstown Botanic Gardens

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by Matthew (subscribe)
WEN Editor
Published February 1st 2011
Next time you're in Williamstown with a few of your mates, it's after dark and you still don't want to go home, seriously consider a game of hide and seek at the Williamstown Botanic Gardens.

Try not to be discouraged by the seemingly spooky appearance of the trees and other surroundings. Instead, look for the nearest lonely tree. That's the epicentre of your game of hide and seek.

Set up some boundaries for your game. This will prevent members of your group from getting lost in the gardens. A larger group of people will mean wider boundaries, but don't get too carried away. Ensure that everyone has a mobile phone just in case.

Choose someone to be "it". Perhaps decide this by Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. You'd be surprised to learn that such a rhyme has been in popular circulation since the early 19th Century.

Whoever is "it" must close his or her eyes and count to sixty, resting against the selected tree. Everyone else must find a hiding place within the set boundaries. Once the person has stopped counting, he or she has to call out, "Ready or not, here I come!" The last person found is the winner.

It's been a while since I played hide and seek in the Williamstown Botanic Gardens. A couple of my favourite hiding spots were among shrubs and in trees. Local council regulations might have changed in the passing years, so be aware that climbing trees could no longer be an option. Plus, you don't want the horrific experience of disturbing any bats. The place can get creepy enough as it is.

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Why? Brings out your inner child
When: Anytime after dark
Where: Williamstown Botanic Gardens, Corner of Giffard and Osborne Streets, Melway Ref 56 C10
Cost: Free
The Williamstown area is beautiful and this would be a great activity for the gardens. Just be sure to be politically correct and catch a tiger by the toe when reciting Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. Alternatively, one could be somewhat gauche and use a classic Australian rhyme to help decide who should be 'it'.
By Michaelie Clark - senior reviewer
Saturday, 12th of February @ 04:27 am
Im not so sure if I would want to play hide and seek in the dark, even in Williamstown. I love the idea though, yet I doubt that I would choose to play hide and seek with anyone connected to the AFL, might be considered too high risk an activity.

I love your flower photo, it is very sensual. And it would be great to be able to view the flora and fauna in daylight.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Saturday, 16th of July @ 06:33 am
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