A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
16 Action-Packed Zones All Under 1 Roof
This winter school holidays, Warrnambool City Council will be holding its annual and much anticipated Fun4Kids Festival. This huge event is now in its sixteenth year and after attending the festival last year with two young critics in tow, I can confidently recommend this as a great event for young families, with a massive amount of things to keep everyone occupied.
The festival is run for eight consecutive days and you can buy a one day pass, or a pass for the entire eight days. Once you're paid your ticket price, all of the activities are included. The whole event takes place in a 2.5 acre indoor village so you don't need to worry about keeping warm.
Fun4Kids is divided into 16 different zones and it's worth planning which zones you will visit and when, in advance, particularly if you're only going for one day - there is such a lot to see and do! Besides the zoned activities there is a main stage featuring a huge range of performances from artists such as Dorothy the Dinosaur for the tinies, right up to The Collective (X-Factor sensations) for the teenagers. Different acts are performing on different days so check the website for timetabling. You will need to click on the Festival Guide, but this is not as yet ready.
Some of the zones featured this year are; Playgroup Victoria Tiny Tots (lots of hands on, sensory fun for the little ones, as well as musical acts), Coates Hire Construct It (grab a DIY kit and assemble a wooden tractor, chainsaw, fairy house or pretty much anything else you can think of, with help from a professional), Coles Kids Kitchen (for cooking and food art workshops), Emmanuel College Farmyard (plenty of touchy feely opportunities here), Box Wars (making things from old cardboard boxes) and Lego Lane. For a full run down of each zone, click here.
Tickets for this event can be purchased directly through the Fun4Kids website and prices are as follows: $32.50 for a single one day pass (one adult or child), $125 for a family one day pass, $120 for a single eight day pass or $415 for a family eight day pass. Children under two years are free.
If you have the energy, the funds and the time to hot foot it all the way to windy Warrnambool this winter, this festival really is something else and well worth a visit. There is plenty of accommodation options in Warrnambool and this time of year is also prime whale-watching season. Lake Pertobe adventure playground will be a huge hit with the kids if you're thinking of staying for a few days and there is a stunning walk along Thunder Point which we discovered last year.