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Published March 27th 2016
Term 1 School Holidays in Geelong
School Holidays come around so quickly. What will you do with the children? There are lots of activities on, in and around Geelong. You can head to the beach, or take the children to some of the parks around Geelong. There are also other activities like AmazeNThings, SupaTramp, The Park, and Rollerway.
Read on, all those parents who are listening to their children say "we're bored, what are we going to do?" as I review some of the activities mentioned above. There are also shopping centres which are offering school holiday activities during the daytime. There really is plenty to do to entertain your children.
The Park is the Ultimate World Class Indoor Skatepark. The Park is a locally owned and operated skatepark. It is home to the largest indoor skatepark in Australia. It has the largest indoor Vertical Ramp outside of the USA.
The Park was designed to be Australia's mecca of skateboarding and action sports, including BMX, scooters and inline skating. It has attracted national and international attention.
Some of the highlights of The Park are the 3 foot high children's ramp, a 40 foot wide mini ramp with pool coping, a 90 foot Vert ramp with kickers and offsets, a concrete street course, and the only indoor mini mega ramp in the country.
There is a fully stocked skate shop which sells parts, or does repairs and offers friendly advice. The skate shop also hires and sells skateboards, scooters, helmets and safety gear. Gift vouchers are available from the skate shop. There is an onsite café that sells a range of hot and cold food and drinks.
The Vert is the biggest and highest vert ramp in Australia. This ramp will make you want to learn how to skate Vert ramps. Normally only seen in the USA for Pro Skaters, Australia now has it's own Vert ramp.
There is a 5.5metre high jersey bank barrier with pool coping, that has a 4.8metre extension and kick into it. On the other end of the Vert ramp is a 4.8metre Quarter Pipe offset and a bowled elbow.
This ramp is an expert ramp and you must wear a helmet to ride.
Kidz Shred Beginners - The Park offers a one hour session every Saturday morning. This is exclusively for beginners and smaller children aged from 2 to 12 years of age. Children can bring their own scooter, skateboard or BMX. Helmets are compulsory. No booking required. Cost is only $5.00 for an hour long session from 9.00am to 10.00am.
Skate Lessons - Skate lessons are available for beginners and intermediate skaters. Please ring or check the website for details.
Party at the Park - The Park offers chidren's birthday parties. Private sessions, functions or venue hire can also be arranged.
Pay only $12.00 for a three hour session. How's that for great value? Participants need to be aged six and over.
402 Thompson Road, North Geelong
Phone 03 5278 2633
Website: The Park
Head to Kids Runamuk these school holidays for a safe place for your children to play. Meet up with other parents and their children and make a day of it.
At Kids Runamuk the state-of-the-art Playtec equipment meets strict safety standards. There is a massive play area of 800 square metres, as well as a separate toddler space - which is hygienically maintained at all times.
There is an in-house café that offers freshly ground coffee (for the parents, not the children) and light meals and a chance to catch up with your friends for a conversation while your children play.
You could hold your child's next birthday party at Kids Runamuk. There are five private themed party rooms for that extra special day. Let the children run amok, rough and tumble, while you relax.
The Rock Adventure Centre in Newtown is supervised by professional wall climbing staff. The Rock is a world class indoor climbing facility that offers people of all ages and abilities the chance to have fun in an action packed day of rock climbing.
Rock climbing is a great way for the whole family to enjoy a day out together. Instructors are always available to show beginners the ropes. The parents can relax and have a coffee while the children experience the thrill and excitement of climbing, during supervised holiday sessions.
Children's School Holidays at The Rock
From Tuesday the 29th March, the Kids (Children's) Rock holiday session will run from 2.00pm to 4.00pm every weekday afternoon. For Just $25.00 children can enjoy 2 hours of fun and excitement. The Kids Rock Holiday session is for children aged 4 to 12 years old. There are also Family passes availalbe for parents who want to climb the Rock walls too.
The Rock is open to the public from 12.00pm, seven days a week, during the school holidays.
It is recommended that you book in for a session. There is a great range of birthday party packages availalbe. Group bookings are also welcome.
You can discover some of the world's most wonderful creatures at the Fisheries Education sessions at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre at Queenscliff this autumn.
The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre is a unique place to visit. There is also a holiday program that runs over both weeks of the school holidays so that visitors of all ages can discover the marine animals and plants that live in Swan Bay and Port Phillip Bay.
The Centre offers many activities including rock pool rambling at Barwon Heads or Point Lonsdale, marine biology cruises on the bay, canoeing adventures on Swan Bay and special events and creative arts in the marine early years room.
A Maze N Games offers lots of fun activities for the whole family. A Maze N Games has been entertaining families for 30 years.
You can lose yourself and your children in one of Australia's largest timber mazes. Or you could try a game of mini gold at the newly renovated 24 hole, mini golf course.
You can browse in the spacious shop, and try and solve some of the puzzles. A Maze N Games shop has a large range of puzzles to challenge you. There is a large range of clever gifts for all ages, as well as the puzzles that are set up for you to try for free.
There is a cafe on site which sells coffee and delicious home-make cakes and light snacks. There is also undercover BBQ facilities so you can cook lunch while the children explore the playgrounds.
A Maze N Mini Golf is a newly renovated, 24 hole, mini golf course. The 24 hole mini golf course lets you try your skills at mini golf.
The course provides 2 levels of difficulty and 24 holes of varying difficulty. Make a day of it. Try the mini golf course and then tackle the giant maze. Bring your lunch and cook a snag on the BBQ facilities.
A Maze N Games boasts one of Australia's largest timber mazes. It consists of 15,000 linear metres (15 kilometres) of timber, 630 posts, 22,000 nails and 200 nuts, bolts and screws. Wow how's that for some fascinating stats.
When you enter the Maze, your task is to reach the four different coloured flags inside the castles, and then to find your way out again. It is a fun activity that is suitable for the whole family. Lose yourself and the children in one of Australia's largest timber mazes.
Birthday Parties at A Maze N Games
What a great place to hold a Birthday Party! A Maze N Games holds the best birthday parties. The birthday child has a great time and the parents can sit back and relax at the cafe, with no mess or fuss.
The children get to take on the challenge of the timber maze, play the 24 hole mini golf course, and play in the playgrounds and the indoor games on tables with other 40 puzzles and games to play and solve.
The Party Food includes fairy bread, party pies, sausage rolls, mini hot dogs, "frog in the pond" sundaes, and cordial drinks. Party hats and serviettes also included. The cost per child is $18.90 with a minimum of 10 children.
To book a party for your child or further queries, phone A Maze N Games on 03 5250 2669.
Pay for the Mini Golf or the Maze separately or pay for both.
Maze N Golf - Adults - $16.00, Maze only - $12.00, Golf only - $12.00
Children (3 - 15 years) - Maze N Golf - $12.00, Maze only - $8.50, Golf only $8.50
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) - Maze N Golf - $48.00, Maze only - $38.00, Golf only $38.00
Children under 3 years can enter for free.
A Maze N Games
Address: 1570 Bellarine Hwy, Wallington VIC 3221
(Queenscliff side of Grubb Rd roundabout)
Phone:(03) 5250 2669
Website A Maze N Games
Koombahla Park is set on over 400 acres of undulating countryside. It is on the Bellarine Peninsula, and is not far from Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads. It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Koombahla Park from Geelong. Koombahla Park has operated as an equestrian facility for over 30 years.
Koombahla Park Equestrian Centre is the largest all weather equestrian facility in the Bellarine area. They offer lessons and programs with an indoor Olympic sized arena for cooler weather. There are after school programs which offer an hour and half of complete horsemanship classes - this includes grooming, tacking the horse and a lesson with Tracey Rodgers - A FEI Level Equestrian Competitor.
Come to Koombahla Park for the lovely countryside, for the friendly and professional staff, and for a casual ride or for classes. Classed cover all aspects of caring for the horse and learning to ride. Gain valuable knowledge on caring for your own horse, or learn how much is involved before you purchase a horse of your own.
Young children can enjoy a 15 minute pony ride. Adults can come along and have a ride, even if they have been out of the saddle for a while.
Koombahla Park offers after school and school holiday programs which run from 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours. Pony Birthday parties are also held at Koombahla Park - offering 1 1/2 hours of ponies and games for everyone.
Fairy Park is a piece of my own childhood history. We used to love going to Fairy Park with our parents when we were little. The whole Park was coin operated when I went there as a child. Now you can go to any of the 22 animated scenes and just press the button to hear some of the fairy tales being told.
The 22 animated scenes are housed in castles, cottages and caves, and are complimented by digitised sounds and lighting. Some of the fairy tale characters you can see include: Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and more. You can walk from house to castle to cave along winding paths. It is a very pretty park with lots of action going on in the fairy tale homes and castles.
There are picnic grounds and electric barbecues available, and the kiosk is open weekends and holidays. Fairy Park is open most days between 10.00am and 5.00pm. (Please check the website for further details about opening hours.)
Admission is $8.00 for children and $16.00 for adults.
The regular Heritage Train Service at Bellarine Railway takes passengers on a scenic journey from Queenscliff to Drysdale or Lakers Siding. The trip follows the Swan Bay through bush and farm land.
Trains run on Sundays during the year. During Easter, and the July and September school holidays, trains run on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well. During the summer holidays extra train schedules will be added. Check out the website for details.
Day Out with Thomas - 2nd and 3rd April
Thomas the Tank Engine will be back in Queenscliff in April. He will have a few of his friends with him - Douglas, Oliver, Henry, Salty, the Troublesome Trucks and Sir Topham Hatt.
The whole family can enjoy a Day Out with Thomas. This includes unlimited rides with Thomas on the Troublesome Trucks, a steam train ride to Lakers siding with one of Thomas' Friends, and a chance to win a Thomas DVD by entering the "Spot the Engine" competition.
A Day Out with Thomas runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm, with unlimited access to the jumping castle, maze, movie theatre, story telling and photo opportunities. There is also a new guest activity planned for this event.
All event activities are held at the Queenscliff Station, 20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff (at the bottom of Hesse Street). Free parking is available at the station and in nearby streets. There will be no service to and from Drysdale on Thomas event days.
Please pre-book tickets to avoid disappointment. Tickets may be purchased at the gate on event days, unless sold out. Trains depart from Queenscliff for Lakers Siding at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Event Pricing for April 2016
Adults - 18 and over - $22.00
Children aged 4 to 17 years - $22.00
Toddlers aged 1 to 3 years - $12.00
Under 1 year - no charge
Family - 2 adults and 3 children - $85.00
or Family - 1 adult and 5 children - $85.00
The Bellarine Railway
Queenscliff Station, 20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff
Phone: 5258 2069
Website: The Bellarine Railway
I hope that this list of activities helps to keep your children entertained these school holidays. Please leave a comment if you found this article helpful. Thank you.