This event is so hot you'll be steaming in the snow! The Big Freeze Festival is a brand new snow based winter festival the whole family will love and best of all it's less than an hour drive from Melbourne. You'll think you're on the snowfields. No, seriously. Fresh snow will be trucked in three times a day, and the weather outside won't matter at all. Sun, rain or hail this indoor winter playground is protected from the elements so you can stay and play all day long.
Best of all, guests of The Big Freeze Festival have the chance to WIN a real snow pit at home! Two tonnes of ice and a snow machine will give you the very special, very rare opportunity to experience snow in your own backyard. Entry tickets are automatically allocated when you purchase tickets to The Big Freeze Festival; one entry per ticket purchased. Confirm your entry then comment on the Facebook Page or the website and you'll be in the running to win.
No need to travel hours or book accommodation, the Cranbourne Racetrack will be transformed into the ultimate snow adventure these Winter School Holidays. The Big Freeze Festival is running from Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 10th July 2016 and is suitable for every member of the family, from toddler to Grandparent. Gates will be open from 9am to 5pm daily and bookings are essential. Organisers anticipate guests will enjoy an average of 2 – 3 hour stay.
Tickets are priced at $28 for children aged 2 to 12 years, $16.50 for adults aged 13 and over, and $16.50 for toddlers aged 1 to 2 years who will be accessing the snow play zone. Tickets are available through the website and pre-purchase is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Some tickets may be available at the gate ONLY IF allocation for the day has not been met. Session times are required for the Snow Pit only upon booking. Once you're inside, you can stay as long as you like.
Bonus Ticket Offer: Tickets to The Big Freeze Festival includes access to all sections and activities, PLUS bonus entry to several Phillip Island Attractions including the Penguin Parade, Antarctic Journey, Churchill Island, Heritage Farm and the Koala Conservation Centre. The Phillip Island passes are allocated with every child's ticket purchased to The Big Freeze Festival, giving you stacks more school holiday fun to enjoy and a huge cost saving!
Late Play Discounted Tickets. Purchase entry to The Big Freeze Festival after 2pm, and for snow pit sessions at 3.30pm, 4pm or 4.30pm and you'll receive the discounted price of $19 per child, and $12 adult and toddler tickets.
The Big Freeze Festival is divided into 9 sections, in addition to live performances and workshops throughout the day. Activities include Mini Maestros, Storytelling, sword fighting, karate workshop, family Zumba and Yoga, balloon twisting, cartoon drawing and much more.
The Snow Pit This is the place to be outside of the real snowfields this winter. Build a snowman, make a snow angel, roll some snowballs or just explore the wonder of real snow. Bookings are required for a 25-minute session and you can choose your preferred time upon ticket purchase.
Snow Globe Photo Booth Be a living human snow globe inside the giant dome. This is the perfect photo opportunity and you'll have heaps of fun entertaining your family and friends as the number one exhibit.
Snow Forest Take a stroll through the enchanted forest. If you're very lucky, it may even snow.
Live performances throughout the day will include everybody's favourite royal sisters, Elsa and Anna from hit Disney film, Frozen. The characters will even pose for a photo with some of their biggest fans afterwards for that very special keepsake.
Superhero Training The Big Freeze Festival has a top secret, undercover training academy for new superheros in the making. Enrol now for this whizz bang training academy and learn how to harness your most valuable super power.
Rainy Day Arts'n'Crafts Not everybody likes braving the cold or running about all day long. Take some time to sit quietly and indulge your creative side with relaxing arts'n'crafts activities in the nice, warm art room.
Art & craft doesn't appeal to everyone, but Lego style blocks are sure to please little construction artists. Have a time-out in the construction area and see what creation you come up with.
What's your flava? Give them all a try and find out. The workshop series at The Big Freeze Festival includes activities such as hip hop dancing, kids' yoga, music classes and even magic! Learn a new magic trick to impress your friends.
Tiny Tots Zone
Even the littlest member of the family is catered to at The Big Freeze Festival with their very own dedicated area. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will find a world of adventure in the Tiny Tots Zone.
The full program of live events and workshops is available on the website. Stay and play all day, there's heaps to see and do. Snow pit, winter slide, giant snow globe, snowball toss, little shredders, snow village and snow fall forest, are just the beginning. This is sure to be every child's highlight event of the winter school holidays.
Picnic hampers are more than welcome. There will also be several food vendors onsite and organisers have ensured a variety of food options will be at hand, including healthy and allergy friendly menu items. Please note: Outside takeaways are not permitted inside the event area.
A family room will be accessible throughout this event, including baby change facilities and feeding room, bottle warming and toys to amuse older siblings while you are otherwise occupied.
Even though this is an indoor event, there will be real snow! Warm clothes, a change of clothes, and waterproof shoes are highly recommended. It is going to be cold inside.
The Big Freeze Festival is being held at the Cranbourne Racecourse located on Grant Street, Cranbourne. There is free onsite parking at the venue. The Big Freeze Festival runs from Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 10th July 2016, from 9am - 5pm each day and tickets should be pre-purchased to avoid disappointment. Every Child ticket purchased includes entry to several major Phillip Island attractions and entry into the Snow Pit at Home competition.
There is a full program of information available on The Big Freeze Festival website and Facebook Page. You will find both by taking the links here.
What a great way to let kids experience snow. I thought it was over-priced to begin with, but it looks like a whole day outing and bonus tickets to Phillip Island penguins make it seem a reasonable investment.