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by Lucy Watson (subscribe)
A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published May 5th 2019
Things just got a bit more crazy
Winter is almost upon us here in chilly Melbourne. Do your plans include hibernating until September? (I am so envious of animals that get to hibernate – eating and sleeping are my two favourite things…) If so you might want to check out these weird and wonderful events happening over the next few months and you may well change your mind. From the bizarre to the crazy there are some very fun experiences to be had in Melbourne this winter. Read on for inspiration:

Pac Man Escape Maze It's time to go retro and don your 80s leg warmers. Remember that highly addictive computer game released almost 40 years ago (crikey!) where you spent hours trying to avoid ghosts and gobble yellow dots? Well, now you can be part of it as you enter a life-size maze for your chance to find prizes before the ghosts get you. Your aim is to collect fruit inside the maze and complete a coded Pac puzzle. You have 3 lives and each time you get caught by a ghost, you'll lose a life. When your lives are used up – you're out. Pac Man Escape Maze will be popping up in a secret location, to be published at a later date – rumour has it that it will in Williamstown somewhere. This is a one day only event on August 24th. Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite, which also has details of times and prices.

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Rock on to the Roller Disco Brunch


Roller Disco Brunch You may think that this is a slightly odd combination. A roller disco. And a brunch. But then again – why not? You get to carve up the skate rink to some awesome 80s tunes until you're famished and then fill yourself full of food and drink. Then more skating – albeit possibly with less coordination after you've imbibed a few alcoholic beverages. This is another one day event, held on Saturday June 29. There are two 2 hour slots; 10am to 12 noon and 12 noon to 2pm. Tickets start at $55 and more details can be found here.

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Try your hand at the bagpipes as part of the Melbourne Tartan Festival


Melbourne Tartan Festival I've lived in Melbourne for almost 12 years and never heard of this one but apparently it's huge. Dig out your kilt and sporran (google it) and join in with the Scots community as they celebrate their heritage with this nine day long event. There are all sorts of activities going on including the Gala Dinner which will be held on July 20th at the Melbourne Town Hall, with pipers greeting guests as they take a stroll down the red carpet. Also on offer are a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) dance which will have you flinging yourself around with considerable energy and a chance to try the bagpipes. You can sample delicious haggis burgers and try single malt whiskey from some of the finest Scottish distilleries. This festival is on from 12th until 21st July at various locations. Click here to go to the official website.

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Forget dodgems, try Bumper Cars on Ice!


Bumper Cars on Ice Whilst this crazy idea is not technically coming to Melbourne until spring, I've included it in this list because it sounds super wintery (and it will be darn chilly in the Nothern Hemisphere even though we may be at the beach). Just when you thought you'd got your head around a Roller Disco Brunch, here comes another oxymoron to confound you. Bumper Cars on Ice will see the O'Brien Icehouse turned into Melbourne's first icy playground featuring circular bumper cars which you can drive around on the ice whilst trying to cause whiplash injuries to your friends. You can choose to ride the bumper cars only or you can add on a skating package so you can bump and skate – what's not to love? There will be the latest tunes to boogie to and a winter wonderland bar featuring winter cocktails and mulled wine to warm those chilly fingers and toes. Buy your tickets here.

Winter doesn't get much more fun than this so get those dates in your calendar and stop thinking about retreating onto a warm couch with a mug of hot chocolate and a cheese fondue (although cheese fondue does sound really good…)
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