Mother’s Day is just two days away! Spending the day with the family but still haven’t decided where to go or what to do? Well, here are a few stress free suggestions that you can hint to hubby and the kids so that they can make the decision and take the reins for a change!
Often a day outside with the family is just what the doctor ordered. There’s plenty of outside activities on offer around the Mornington Peninsula, perfect for getting you away from the house and out and about for an adventure. And, the good news is, you don’t always need to spend a fortune on a day trip because we are spoilt for choice here when it comes to free days out on the Pen.
Mornington Craft Market – A fave for mum’s, this market is always held on Mother’s Day and is fantastic way for mum’s to spend the morning strolling through the many stalls, enjoying a hot coffee and a treat along the way. We love to sneak away and go for a wander on our own while hubby keeps the kids entertained at some of the kids stalls (there’s sometimes an animal farm and painting they can enjoy). Oh and don’t forget to buy mum your own mum some fresh flowers on the way out!
Frankston Sunday Market and coffee at Eeny Meeny Cafe – Again we are huge fans of markets and the Frankston market, although not huge, has a cute local atmosphere with heaps of bric-a-brac that the kids love to rummage through! For mums there’s often some good clothes bargains, fresh, cheap bunches of flowers and the most awesome hot jam donuts you will ever experience! There is also a coffee truck at the market but if you have the time, pop across the road to one of our fave Frankston coffee shops such as Eeeny Meeny for coffee and brunch (their food is AMAZE!).
George Pentland Gardens (Frankston Botanical Gardens) – This is a great place for picnic, a wander, a play on the playground or a kick of a soccer ball or football. There’s plenty of open spaced manicured lawns, shaded areas and seats by the little lakes to watch the ducks swim.
McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park – As we always say, this is one of our favourite Mornington Peninsula treasures. Not only is it easy to get to being so close to a Peninsula Link exit, it’s a wondrous place filled with more than 100 sculptures, open manicured grasslands and places to picnic, a gorgeous lake, a cafe and a gallery! What’s even better is it’s free to enter, however, we always make a small donation inside the gallery just to help keep it afloat.
Peninsula Link Bicycle Trail – If you’re into riding bikes with the family, this trail is considered the largest piece of “health and fun infrastructure” in the south east of Metropolitan Melbourne. The Trail starts off to the side of the Eramosa Road roundabout, 460 Moorooduc Highway, Moorooduc and finishes at Centenary Park, Skye Rd, Frankston. You can obviously hop on anywhere near most of the bridges and can just do half the track too.
The Briars – This absolutely stunning place, seeped with local history and an abundance of flora and fauna, is nestled in Mount Martha on about 230 hectares. Its gorgeous grounds offer a number of walks both in the Wildlife Sanctuary and around the property, chose from wetlands, woodlands or a stroll around the superb gardens. If you’re lucky, you might even see an emu or kangaroo! There is also an Historic Homestead which is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s oldest properties first settled in 1840.
Frankston Foreshore Boardwalk – This boardwalk, a lovely easy stroll, has gorgeous views of Port Phillip Bay. It’s great one to walk along with the littlies and is of course pram friendly. You can then pop to the Frankston Waterfront Playground for a play before grabbing an ice-cream from Sofia’s which of course, is the perfect finish to any walk!
Seawinds Gardens – Seawinds is just a short two minute walk from the top of Arthurs Seat, located directly opposite the Enchanted Maze. The gardens are made up of a mixture of bush land and manicured gardens with a combination of both indigenous and exotic plants. There are lots of beautiful native flowers along the track the track too but one of the best attractions here is the many kangaroos! It’s a beautiful place for a stroll and a picnic!