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Rye Foreshore Carnival 2014

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by Ruth Henwood (subscribe)
I am a mum of two and Primary School teacher whose aim is to never be home during the midday movie. I believe that I am only ever a car trip away from an adventure.
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With the afterglow of Christmas shining brightly over the beautiful Mornington Peninsula beaches you might be mistaken to think that the vibrancy and energy of the crowds had quietened down. You would be wrong. Happy holiday makers continue to swim, sweat, over indulge and bask in the beauty of the oceans, the sun tans and the relaxed swagger and smiles of the cafe staff. It's a lovely place to be at this time of year.

If you happen to be one of the lucky residents or visitors to Rye during the next few weeks make sure you follow the screams of excitement and thrills beginning in the early hours of dusk to the Rye Carnival, an iconic and proud part of the Rye Christmas and school holiday period.

If you have been before then you know this little carnival, put on by Whittingslow Amusements, is full of fun things to do for families with kids, teens and stuff for the adults to enjoy aswell. Rides like the Giant Sling Shot and Hard Rock will send adrenalin levels through the roof and amusements like dodgem cars, jumping castles, bouncing trampolines and chair swings will entertain those who are a little more conservative in their choice of thrill.

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Find your own thrill at the Rye Carnival


There are plenty of sideshow games to play and test your skills on and hopefully you may be one of the lucky patrons leaving with a big pink teddy or a massive red dog after popping a balloon, shooting a ball into a can or having the clown heads all align with all the right numbers at precisely the perfect time. Game prices vary depending on which one you want to play but there are plenty of staff about enticing and challenging you to have a go with loud taunts and encouragements.

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All the classic side show games to test your skills on.


Coupons are used instead of cash so make sure you stop by the ticket tent before you let the kids disappear. The amount of coupons you need depends on the ride, with the little kid ones being the lesser at 3 per ride and possibly the most expensive being the catapult. In between those it's about 4 coupons for the more thrilltastic rides. Each single coupon will set you back $2.00 or bulk discount coupons are available, 15 for $25 or 30 for $50. Unlimited ride band are also available at $50 which often works for families with older kids that just want to go off without parents tagging too close behind handing out coupons and $2 coins.

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Choose from single coupons, an unlimited ride wristband or bulk buy coupons at a discounted price.


Being a proud part of the summer community at Rye, the carnival attempts to make itself as family and people friendly and inviting as possible. With happy hour during the week, prepaid tickets, wristbands and nightly competitions and even a charity element, there is a strong community feel at this carnival. Infact over the last 60 years that it has operated along the foreshore the carnival has worked in conjunction with local charities and community groups such as the Rye RSL by donating proceedings from their last day.

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Go hard or go home!


But if one scream filled adventure is not enough for you then just down the road is the Rosebud Carnival which runs simultaneously to the one in Rye. This set-up is more suitable for a younger crowd with a focus on toddlers and primary aged children so depending on your family make up, perhaps scope them both out or choose the one most likely to suit you and your mini thrill seekers. The coupons and wristbands can be used on either site.

The carnival will be in full swing until the 26th of January and is situated on the foreshore just opposite the historical Rye hotel. It has a great party atmosphere with sand and mud beneath your feet and the latest tunes blaring above your head. Get into the spirit with a temporary tattoo, a rainbow coloured slurpee and a fistful of ride coupons. Maybe you will even end up having a new gigantic sized cuddly toy to shove into the boot of your car on your way home, let's hope so anyway.
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Why? Because a carnival along the beach in summer is the perfect way to spend an evening..
When: Open nightly from 6pm-11pm
Where: Rye Foreshore, Point Nepean Road Rye
Cost: Free entry. $2 a coupon or $50 for an unlimited ride wrist band.
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