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Published August 27th 2014
Don't be bored these school holidays
The school holidays can feel like they last forever if they're not well planned out so here are 10 top activities to get the kids out and about and hopefully you will enjoy them too.
Pictures courtesy of the Enchnted Maze, Australian Ballet, Royal Melbourne Show and Tesselar Tulip Festival
1. Royal Melbourne Show: The September school holidays is when the country comes to the city for 12 fun filled days between September 20 to October 1st. Grab your tickets before September 16th to save 30% off the price of tickets. It doesn't need to cost the earth if you limit show bags and rides and pack a lunch.There is so much to look at and do that it's almost impossible to do everything on one day. My advice is to look at the schedule before going and mark down everything you want to see. Some show favourites are the baby animals, wood chop, main arena displays, competitions including cattle, horses, dogs, the dairy pavilion along with the cookery and the list could go on and on. The show caters for everyone from very young children, teenagers to the elderly and is a great day out. To find out more click here.
2. Toyota AFL Grand Final Week @ Fed Square:Get into the footy finals week at Fed Square from the 22nd- 27th of September for a variety of events and entertainment including the 2014 Brownlow medal, AFL Kids Day, Channel V live, Footy Fanatics, footy on parade and Grand Final Day. For more info check out Fed Square 'What's On' here.
3. Australian Ballet Peoples day: Ever wanted to look behind the scenes at of some of the most inspiring dancers? Well on September 22nd you can go backstage to see dancers preparing for 'The Nut Cracker' in their morning class and also have the opportunity to take photos with some of the Telstra ballet dancer award nominees. What a great opportunity to take the children along to watch these graceful dancers. Tickets cost $20 pp and can be booked here.
4. The Kids Voice concert at Crown: For children that love The Voice Kids then this concert will be a massive hit. Kids voice favourite Robbie Anderson will host the two concerts at Crown alongside previous Voice winner Harrison Craig. Appearing on stage will be the final six contestants singing some of the most popular songs from the show along with a few new ones. The 2 hour concerts will be held on Thursday 2nd from 6:15pm and Friday 3rd from 1:15pm at Crown casino. Tickets cost $70 for A reserve or $65 for B reserve and can be purchased here.
5. Visit the Zoos: Spring is a great time to visit the Zoos and with so many other events happening in the city it may be slightly quieter than other school holidays. It's great value with children being free during the school holidays and on weekends. To see what's on at the zoos during the school holidays click here.
6. Tessalaar Tulip Festival: Take in the fresh country air at the Tesselaar Tulip festival in Silvan about an hours drive from the city. Included in the festival that runs between the 11th of September till the 7th of October is the Irish weekend, Dutch weekend, Turkish weekend, seniors week and the popular children's week. Walk among the many brightly colored tulip fields and enjoy the entertainment on offer. Children's week is longer than a week and is held from 22nd - 30th of September and the 2nd and 3rd of October. Activities include face painting, petting zoo, fairy Monica, singing, dancing and more. Entry cost $22 for adults, $18 concession and under 16 are free.
7. Go Geocaching: Never heard of geocaching? well let me explain. This is a fun little way to get kids out and about in nature by combining technology and nature to go on a treasure hunt. All you need is an " I " phone or tablet, down load the geocaching app here and look for a cache nearest to you. Follow the gps map until you find the treasure. It's simple, fun and doesn't cost a cent. What you will be looking for is something like the photo below. A plastic tub with a rubber band, a list of who has found it along with a small toy or little treasures. After you find it it's important to put it back where you found it for someone to find and if you feel like it you can sign your name on the list and/or leave something in the container.
9. Victorian Junior Ranger Program: Join in one of the many junior ranger programs around Victoria to discover more about our natural environment. Keep a look out for the full program here and remember that places fill up quickly. The program is free but bookings are essential.
10. Visit the Enchanted Maze @ Arthurs Seat: For an enjoyable and active day out then the Enchanted Maze on the Mornington Peninsula is a great way to spend time with the family. Recently awarded Telstra Victorian regional business of the year 2014 and doing very nicely with the added attraction of 'Tree surfing' (extra cost to main entry). General entry is $29 adult, $19 children or annual membership at $60 adults, $40 child. Activities include tube slides, bush scramble, several mazes, 3D indoor maze, sculptures and more.
So that rounds out my 10 school holiday activities. If you know of any interesting school holiday activities we at WeekendNotes would love to hear about it.