A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published September 10th 2019
Get out in the great outdoors for free fun these holidays
The spring school holidays are knocking on the door and I am keeping my fingers crossed for good weather. There's nothing worse than being stuck inside with children climbing the walls and practising wrestling moves on one another. If you're looking for some ideas for free activities to keep your offspring busy and active in the great outdoors over the break, here are my top picks:
We are lucky to be blessed with many top-class playgrounds in Melbourne
Adventure Playgrounds In Melbourne we are blessed with some great playgrounds and what better way to get your children outdoors than some climbing, sliding and swinging fun? They can burn off some energy whilst you relax with a cuppa. One of our favourite adventure playgrounds in Melbourne is Royal Park Nature Play Playground in Parkville. It covers a huge area and has something for everyone including a ropes course, a sand and water play area, and a multitude of slides. Bring a change of clothes for the very appealing fountains at the far end of the playground!
Family Hikes I don't know what it is about going for a humble walk but my kids like nothing better than tackling a lengthy stroll surrounded by nature. I'm all good with that because it's easy, it's free and I know they'll sleep in later the next morning - tick, tick, tick. Victoria is blessed with many areas of natural beauty and opportunities for family hikes are endless. The Dandenongs are one of our favourite spots, with the Sherbrooke Falls walk being a great one for little legs. You will be surrounded by temperate rainforest and the sounds of nature all around.
Hiking in Victoria can throw up surprises around every corner...
Picnics There are some beautiful spots for picnics in and around Melbourne and you can combine your picnic lunch with one of the other activities on this list. Get the kids involved in helping prepare the food too and it's one less job for you (sort of). A picnic spot I've been meaning to check out is Pound Bend at Warrandyte State Park. A short stroll from the car park will reward kids with a great swimming spot and rock scrambling opportunities. The food will taste so much better after an invigorating splash and climb.
The multipurpose sports court at Bicentennial Park
Outdoor sports precincts For maximum energy-burning activity head to one of the many outdoor areas designated for sports in Melbourne. If you're lucky you might live close to an area which covers multiple sports in one place. We love Bicentennial Park in Chelsea which has a fantastic skatepark as well as a court which caters for basketball, netball and soccer. BMX tracks are also a favourite which will have little ones pumping pedals for hours as they tackle hills and slopes on their beloved bikes.
Exploring marine life is one of life's simple pleasures when you're a kid
Beaches October may still be a tad cool for a full blown day at the beach, but it can still be a good option for a short visit on a sunny day. Pack up the cricket set and the frisbee and head down to your local beach in the warmest part of the day for fun on the sand. Rockpooling and beachcoming are great activities which younger children will enjoy, and are educational as well as fun. Ricketts Point is always a good spot for finding marine treasures, with its multitude of rockpools to explore.
Hopefully you can fill at least a week of the spring break with the ideas on this list. And if all else fails, book a holiday!