Get your kids out of the house these winter school holidays and head to one of the many activity hubs found in the suburbs. Here is a list of seven events in Melbourne's South East to keep your little people busy this July:
1. Reptiles and Dinosaurs at Gardenworld - Braeside
Gardenworld will be home to scaly critters with a Reptiles on Show school holiday program. Your kids will learn about the life of lizards, snakes and frogs. There will also be an opportunity for your child to be photographed holding a snake.
Blue Tongue Lizard image c/o Gardenworld
And let's not forget Gardenworld's dinosaurs found scattered throughout the centre, an obvious attraction for children fascinated by prehistoric beasts. Grab a dinosaur hunt sheet available from the front desk of Collector's Corner during the school holidays.
More dinosaurs to keep your kids entertained, only this time giant mechanical ones in a stomp-tastic show to captivate young and old. Dinosaur Adventures is an interactive exhibition recreating a prehistoric world, inhabited by life-size moving dinosaurs. Marvel at the story of how the dinosaurs dominated life on earth for 200 million years.
There is a competition to win a family pass to Dinosaur Adventures, head to Melbourne Kidtown to enter.
Where: Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield East.
When: 21 June - 20 July 2014
Cost: $27 per ticket
Website: Dinosaur Adventures
3. Bop Till You Drop Disco - Chelsea Heights
The third annual disco fundraiser with the Bop Til You Drop team heading to Chelsea to boogie with the kids and raise money for the a local not-for-profit run childcare centre. Running for two hours, there will be all the latest music tunes and lots of dance moves, with snacks and cakes available to buy.
Bop Till You Drop Disco
Where: Chelsea Heights Community Centre, 160 Thames Promenade, Chelsea Heights.
When: 3 July, 11-1pm.
Cost: $7 per child (adult free), $12 family ticket (max three)
Website: Chelsea Occasional Care
4. The Gruffalo Production - Frankston Arts Centre
Award winning children's picture book The Gruffalo will be growling into Frankston this July in a theatrical stage show adaptation, with two sessions available at The Frankston Arts Centre.
Where: Frankston Arts Centre, Davey St, Frankston.
When: July 12, 10.30am and 2.00pm
Cost: All tickets $16, $56 family (4) ticket
Website: Frankston Arts Centre
5. Still Awake Still Production and Workshop - Kingston City Hall
Still Awake Still is a 50 minute part-concert, part-theatre performance aimed at children aged 4-10yrs. Incorporating one grand piano, three mad-cap musicians and a most peculiar dream, Still Awake Still proves to be a fabulously funny show to entertain young and old. In addition to the performance, children are invited to join a 45 minute pre-show Paper! Tape! Torch! workshop, in which they will learn how to tell a visual story with shadows and paper puppets
Still Awake Still, Kingston City Hall
Where: Kingston City Hall, 985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin
When: 1 July, 11am (workshop 10am) & 7pm (workshop 6pm)
Cost: $12 workshop, $15 performance
Website: Kingston Arts Centre
6. Free Activities at Westfield Southland - Cheltenham
Get you and the kids out of the cold and into the warmth of Westfield Southland's shopping centre, with an array of free activities to entertain children over the school holiday break. The following free events have been confirmed for July, with more details due to be advertised on Westfield Southland's event page in the coming weeks:
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