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The Great Melbourne Picnic Tradition in Kings Domain Garden
If the sun is out this Australia Day, Melbourne's parks and gardens are sure to be with people and picnic rugs. However, if you're heading to the Kings Domain Gardens, Alexandra Avenue you'll be in for a big surprise: an enchanted forest craft installation, kite flying, giant jenga, dingoes owls and snakes, 400 historical vehicles plus more activities and live performances. On this day, family and friends of all cultures will come together to make this Australia Day picnic a memorable one.
Kicking off at 10.00am, there is something for everyone at this garden picnic.
Take the kids to the VenomWise exhibit, with the bravest allowed to hold a scaly snake, feathery owl or caress a dingo. The audience will learn about our native Australian wildlife from Educational Wildlife Demonstrators. Did you know Australia has the highest plant and animal extinction rates in the world? VenomWise supports the efforts and interests of Australian conservation efforts.
Through an educational, hands-on and above all, loads of fun workshop, Dietician and mother of four Kate and children's education specialist, David, will show kids how to make their own colourful and healthy snacks. All recipes are designed by Kate from gozleme to sushi and hamburgers, the class includes more than just cooking - nutrition education, ingredients tips and for fussy eaters.
A testimonial from a previous participator in Foost's Making Food Fun activity:
"Now I eat red capsicum" - Amelia aged 4
Visual Feast Creations will add some colour and creativity to the festival with inspiring craft magical installations, including a chanted forest, from old household rubbish.
RACV vintage vehicle display
Make sure you allow plenty of time to wander through the vintage and classic car display - hundreds of vintage and classic cars for you to discover and admire as RACV presents this federation vehicle display.
Step back in time to an era when mechanical power drove equipment on the farm and in the home. Come and check out the vintage farm machinery which will be operating thanks to the Hunter Valley Vintage Farm Machinery Club. See and hear antique petrol and diesel engines at work, driving vintage farm equipment. Smell the burning wood from steam powered machines.
All eyes to the sky at 2.00pm as the Royal Australian Airforce aerobatic display team perform breathtaking displays. Watch this video to see how amazing the display will be.
Adults and children gather around and get competitive with peers and strangers, as there will be giant chess and giant jenga.
Performed by some of Australia's finest circus theatre trainers, Circus Oz will provide roving circus entertainment for children young and old. The entertainment will keep the crowd awe and curiosity in those of all ages and open up the world of arts.
An activity program for fun and fitness run by Little Athletics Victoria will encourage children to participant in fun activities with an emphasis on developing a healthy attitude to physical fitness at an early age.
Team positive, Kites 4 Kids will colour the sky with plenty of floating kites. The public can get up close and personal with Kites and chat about flying techniques with the professionals.
There will also be badge making, a chance to get up close to furry alpacas, bird box making, a boomerang workshop, gold prospecting, sand art, and live musical entertainment and performance provided on the main stage.