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Outdoor Events in October for Families

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by Lucy Watson (subscribe)
A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
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Get out and about and active in October
Now that the warmer months are upon us and you don't feel inclined to hibernate with a cup of hot chocolate, there are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors with your family. Below are 10 child friendly events happening in October, which will drag even the most reluctant child away from their Playstation and into the fresh air and sunshine.

Bendigo Agricultural Show promises two days of fun for the whole family. On the 26th and 27th October, Bendigo will amuse and entertain you with animals, fireworks, carnival rides, horse events and more besides. Open from 9am 9pm on both days, an adult entry will set you back $15, a child entry $6 or a family ticket $35. Click here for more details.

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne will be celebrating the completion of the final stage of the Australian Garden with a two day event. Sunday 21st October is Family Day where you and your family can enjoy guided walks, children's activities, gardening workshops and entertainment. From 10am 4pm at the corner of Ballarto Rd and Botanic Dr in Cranbourne, this free event is not to be missed. For more information, click here.

Children's Week Picnic at Werribee Park is held in the Mansion Gardens on Sunday 21 October from 10am 4pm. There will be entertainment and activities including music, theatre and interactive performances, as well as sports and games. For more information, click here.

Preschool aged children will enjoy a day out with their favourite steam train Thomas.

Treat the littlies to a Day Out with Thomas on the Bellarine Railway on the 13th or 14th October. Enjoy a train ride on Thomas, live re-enactments by Thomas and his friends, a jumping castle and colouring in competition, as well as a sausage sizzle and drinks. Train times are on the half hour, starting at 10.30am and finishing at 2.30pm. Adults will pay $22, children $12 and families $85. Click here for details.

Discover the Frogs of Laurimar on October 19th at the Laurimar Estate. You can learn to identify frog calls and help gather information for the frog census. This is an evening activity from 7pm 8.30pm and bookings are essential. Call the Laurimar Community Activity Centre on 94579885 or go to

The free On The Hill Festival, on the 28th October in Panton Hill provides action for all the family. On offer are live music, roving entertainers, food, face painting, horse and cart rides and other activities. The festival is on from 11am until 6pm. For enquiries, click here.

If you haven't yet visited the Tesselaar Tulip Festival it is on until 9th October in the Dandenong Ranges. The thousands of flowering tulips are a sight to behold and daily live entertainment and market stalls provide more action. There are special theme days so be sure to check the website for details. Kids are free and adults pay an $18 entry fee.

Enjoy the colourful tulips at Tesselaar Tulip Festival

For any budding ornithologists, Birds in the Botanic Gardens will appeal. Join the guided tour on October 21st and learn how to identify different birds. Bookings are essential, so call the Royal Botanic Gardens on 92522429 in advance. The tour begins at 9am and lasts 90 minutes. A family pass costs $38.

Take the kids and their pets to Pets' Day Out in Frankston on 14th October. The children can enter their pets in parades, competitions and other interactive events. There will also be rides and activities for the kids. This event takes place in Ballam Park from 10am until 4pm. Click here for more information.

At the free Kids Come Try Fishing Day, on October 21st, the Northern Suburbs Fly Fishing Club will be opening their doors to let youngsters learn the basics of fishing. Equipment, bait and tackle is all provided free of charge and the event is supported by Fisheries Victorias. Anyone under 15 years is welcome but must be supervised by an adult at all times. Call 0409 703 296 for more details.
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