A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published July 30th 2019
Embrace the warmth and colours that spring brings
September heralds the arrival we have all been waiting for – the arrival of spring! Gone are the long, dark nights and the frosty mornings; spring promises warmth, sunshine, flowers and outdoor fun. Celebrate the end of winter at one of these family-friendly festivals in our wonderful state, which are all coming up in the first month of spring.
Tesselar Tulip Festival. What could scream spring any louder than fields full of tulips? The Tesselar Tulip Festival has been running annually since 1954 and will be running this year from September 14 - October 13 2019. Be stunned by the colours of thousands of flowers and enjoy themed entertainment as well as delicious food. The Tulip Festival has a variety of events on over the course of the festival including Children's Weeks (September school holidays), Spring Fever, Food Wine & Jazz and more. See the website for more details.
Royal Melbourne Show. An iconic festival if ever there was one, the Royal Melbourne Show was established in 1848 and is hosted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria at the Melbourne Showgrounds. It has evolved over time to include carnival rides, a petting zoo, agricultural competitions and demonstrations, fresh food pavilions and of course the much-loved showbags (I had no idea what a showbag was when I arrived in Australia in 2007). It is an annual must-do for many Melbourne families and will be running this year between 21st September and 1st October. For more details click here.
Melbourne Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is a major highlight of the Asian calendar, coming second only to Chinese New Year. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar and is a time for family members and loved ones to enjoy the full moon together. The Chinese believe that the circular shape of the moon symbolises unity, and therefore family members will congregate to eat mooncakes and light lanterns. The Melbourne Moon Festival is presented by the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and is going strong in its twenty-ninth year at Box Hill. There will be over 60 market stalls, showcasing various cuisines, arts and crafts, cultural activities, mooncakes, lanterns and more on offer. The main stage will also provide a full day of entertainment. Follow the link for more information.
Children's Festival at SkyHigh, Mount Dandenong. If you fancy a day trip from the city, look no further than the Dandenongs. The Children's Festival runs twice a year in the April and September school holidays and is a time to celebrate the great outdoors. After paying to park the car most of the activities and games are free and there is a different schedule each day so you can choose which program of events will best suit your family. Among other things, there will be treasure hunts, pony rides, music, mini-golf, a bouncy castle, farmyard animals and plenty more. For the full list of events, click here.
With so many fun springtime activities, the hardest thing to do will be organising your calendar!