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Sand, seashores, buckets and spades are guaranteed to bring out the child in all of us. From 26 December 2011 to 26 April 2012 you can release your inner child or introduce a little person in your life to the wonders of sand art and play. The beautiful Frankston Waterfront will once again be home to the masterful sand creations of those who never quite left their childhoods behind with Sand Sculpting Australia's Toytopia.
A whopping 85% of Australia's population lives within 50 Km of the coast so it's almost a given that an Australian childhood includes time at the beach creating sand castles and then watching them disintegrate under the power of the incoming tide.
Since 2008 Frankston has been the undisputed home of sandy, sunny, summer entertainment. Previous exhibitions have included Fairytales and Fables, Dinostory, Great Moments in History and Creepy Crawlies, and this year's theme, Toytopia, will bring smiles to the faces of big and little kids alike. A multi-national team of 21 expert sand sculptors will come together for three weeks carving thousands of tonnes of specialty sand to create a whimsical land of toy favourites old and new. They will include toy soldiers, dolls, a rocking horse, cars, teddy bears and many more. But these sand maestros don't get to have all the fun - you can attend sand sculpting workshops or play in a maxi size sand pit.
December & January: 10am to 7pm every day February, March & April: Friday to Sunday - 10am to 6pm; Monday to Thursday - 10am to 4pm.
Where: Frankston Waterfront, Corner of Nepean Highway and Pier Promenade, Frankston.
Cost: Includes all day entry to exhibition (pass outs are available).
Adults - $12.50; Children 4 - 12 - $9; children under 4 - FREE. Discounts for concession card holders, families and groups. See here for full pricing details.
Ticket Purchases: You can buy tickets at the ticket box at the event or pre-purchase through Frankston Visitor Information Centre online or by phoning 1300 322 842. Please note 10% discounted Earlybird Tickets go on sale for 4 weeks only from Monday November 14.
This a family event and is smoke, alcohol and dog free (guide dogs are permitted). There will be plenty of activities and entertainment ranging from speed sculpting and roving circus entertainers to face painting, sand diggers and craft activities. Special activities will be arranged for Australia Day, Labour Day and Easter.
Here are a few interesting facts about sand sculpting.
- Sculptors use "heavy sand" to sculpt their creations. This is similar to sand used on building sites and is used because of its square grains that make it stick together better.
- Big sand sculptures need wooden forms, into which sand is poured and then pounded to compact and harden the sand.
- Professional sculptors use cooking and dental tools to carve their masterpieces.
Check out this sand sculpting action from the 2010 Sand Sculpting World Championships.
Sandstorm Events, who present the annual Frankston event for Sand Sculpting Australia, also provide other sand services including sand installations, sand sculpting workshops and sand sculptures for corporate launches and commercials.
Sand, surf and sun are staples of the Australian summer. Get yours in spades with Toytopia.