The excitement of Christmas is officially over…Summer School Holidays have begun! We always feel a little overwhelmed in the summer holidays… how the hell does one entertain kids for 5.5 weeks!? (cudo’s to all the teachers out there, we don’t know how you do it with a whole classroom of the little “darlings” for an entire term!)
Personally, we don’t like spending too much money after the expense of Christmas and all five of our children being born between December and February (birthdays galore!) so we will be mixing low cost activities with free activities which will include frequenting our Favourite Little Parks , the beautiful beaches that are right on our door step across the Peninsula, practicing our bike riding, swimming in our pool, going for walks, doing some arts and crafts and enjoying picnics.
There is also a few events to look out for this January on the Mornington Peninsula.
Listed below are our favourite school holiday activities for Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, ideas to suit any budget and any weather with any age group.
One of our fave local activities is to visit McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park in Langwarrin. They have great coffee, great spots for a picnic and fantastic walking paths where you and the kids can explore the many sculptures. There is also an indoor gallery with exhibitions on display that are always changing. The best part about this gorgeous place though is it’s free to visit with the option to leave a small donation toward the upkeep of the park, we always like to leave at least some gold coins and we encourage other people to do this, ensuring the gallery stays around for future generations to enjoy! Check out a day we spent at the park for some additional details and gorgeous pics which speak for themselves!
At Boneo Maze, visitors can play a round of miniture golf, explore the waterways and canals on pedal boats, get lost in the giant hedge maze or picnic under the tall trees in the games garden. In the games garden, with it’s giant chess and children’s hedge maze, you will also discover the magic of a fully operational vintage carousel (circa 1864). There is also bungy trampolines, rock climbing wall and the special night time event LANTASIA which see’s the Maze come to life with light sculptures after dusk, click here to read more about this exciting event.
Hot Art for Cool Kids – Every School Holidays, Cube 37, located adjacent to the Frankston Arts Centre, hosts an exciting program of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Created by artists and art therapists from across Australia, their programs encourage interactive engagement through arts and crafts. Hot Art for Cool Kids is a big craft workshop which will run from Monday 9th January to Friday 13th January (excluding Wed 11th) and is designed for 4-12 year olds. Visit website for more details.
Treat your little one to a show this Summer!
WICKED – 31 DECEMBER – 7 JANUARY: PLOS Musical Productions present Wicked.
CIRCUS FUN FOR EVERYONE – MONDAY 23 JANUARY: Introducing Circus skills to children 5-8years and 9-13years
SUPERHOODZ DANCE CREW – TUESDAY 24 JANUARY: Show and workshop, super fun for kids
MR MAKER AND THE SHAPES – FRIDAY 27 JANUARY: A brilliant, fun, fast paced and interactive family show
We always have the most fabulous day when we visit Moonlit Sanctuary in Pearcedale. Go on a lovely walk around the park and watch as the kids learn about and see many different Australian animals, hold a snake and feed wallabies and kangaroos. Highly recommended for a great day out, lots of picnic tables and grass areas to sit and enjoy a packed lunch, there is also a small cafe if you would prefer to buy your food. Super easy to get around, pram and wheel chair friendly and the owners are lovely people who care for their animals and their customers. Check out our previous post for more details.
How lucky are we to have such a great local indoor swimming facility! The pools at PARC are fantastic, the water slides are great and the Aquatic Playground provides squealing enjoyment for the kids. Listen out for the bell and avoid the yellow bucket if you don’t want to get wet! These school holidays you can also book a session on Splash Town! Measuring a whopping 19m x 19m, Splashy is the first of its kind for aquatic centres across Victoria and will give you an exclusive water sport experience like never before with its inflatable obstacle course (kids must be 6+ years).
Located in Frankston North, Pines Pool is the perfect place for the individual swimmer or the entire family to learn new skills and have fun. The facilities cater for all ages and swimming abilities. Huge shade cloths provide comfort from the sun for a packed lunch and the water slide is a hit with the kids. Families can enjoy free entry on Fridays between 4pm and 6pm with a BBQ included and there is also free icy-poles per child with every family entry during January.
Located in Tyabb, just a fifteen-minute drive down Peninsula Link from Frankston (don’t forget to wave to the giant gnome!), The Big Goose is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s best family farm attractions, perfect for an animal loving adventure. Open 10am and 4pm everyday these school holidays. We love the tractor ride, baby guinea pigs and jumping pillow! Click here for more on this fun filled farm.
The Enchanted Adventure Garden located at Arthur’s Seat is a fab day out for the fam. Lose yourself in the beautiful colours of their seasonal gardens (take your camera!) A great place for a picnic, there’s various gardens and mazes to explore, bush scramble obstacle courses and an indoor 3D spooky maze. Kids can also participate in a tree surfing experience! They do book up fast though so get tickets early.
The Hungry Peacock is a cafe where kids are welcome to explore and play (there’s even a little kids work station and kitchen set up) while the mums and dads sit, have a coffee (they also serve wine!!) and relax. There’s an outdoor area with a cubby for the nicer weather days and “The Messy Shed” where you can book a messy craft session for the kids. It’s usually pretty busy and they don’t take bookings so it’s best to get there early, they are open Tuesday to Sunday from 8am.
Family Retreat is just that, a family retreat. It’s a place for mums to have a coffee while the kids are kept busy with the many activities on offer such as dress ups, train table and play doh etc. In fact, the kids will be kept so busy that you’ll end up having to force them to stop playing just to have their lunch. Service is great and the food is delish, check it out and we guarantee you’ll definitely go back!
Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens is home to Australia’s oldest and most famous traditional hedge maze set amongst 25 acres of world acclaimed gardens. The three metre high Cypress hedges have been sculpted into a gorgeous maze. There’s also beautiful gardens and plenty for the kids to explore, the views are stunning around Shoreham, it really is one of the most beautiful places on the Mornington Peninsula so don’t forget to pack your camera, a great backdrop for some updated family photos!
Explore fanciful lands of dinosaurs and dragons, sea creatures and spaceships, pirates and princesses – all brought to life with over 3,500 tonnes of sand in the wildest, most whimsical and extraordinary sand sculpting exhibition to date, ’Lands of Imagination’. In a larger than life experience, visitors will walk amongst five metre towering giants, journey through Candy Land into Gingerbread Village, turn back time and join our dinosaurs in Prehistoric Valley, explore the Enchanted Forest and head down the rabbit hole to Wonderland.
We all know kids (especially little boys!) need to get their energy out physically! Well, Gravity Zone trampoline park in Seaford is the perfect place for them to go absolutely bonkers and work up a sweat. There’s dozens of trampolines here for the kids to jump wild on, basketball rings, dodge ball arena and an awesome indoor laser tag arena, best to book as the jump sessions fill up quickly.
This place can get very busy, but for a good reason. Everyone is itching to find and pick the best strawberries on the Peninsula! There are thousands and thousands of the delicious ripe little red fruits for all to find and devour here! It is best to get there early (they open at 9am) and fill your punnet before heading back to the Dessert Cafe for some sensational strawberry ice-cream or some strawberry inspired sweets.
This roller rink (which has been around since we were little tackers!) is now much more modern and hip. It’s a great day out for all the family, no matter what their age as even the little ones can be pushed around the rink, skate around on roller blades or old school roller skates. It’s open from 11am daily on the school holidays with some special evening opening times on offer.
You can’t really go wrong if you take the kids bowling for a day on the holidays! The following are three locations on the Mornington Peninsula to choose from; Strike Bowling in Frankston has Laser Tag and Rosebud Top Fun offers enjoyment for the entire family with 36 holes of Mini Golf; 18 holes outside, under shade sails and 18 holes undercover, along with their four full size lanes of Ten Pin Bowling.
Proudly brought to us by the Frankston City Council this free entry event has tonnes on offer for the whole family. It is Mornington Peninsula’s biggest free summer festival held at the Frankston Waterfront. You can bring your family and friends to the Waterfront for two exciting days of live music, food trucks, rides, art and craft show beach and water sports, markets, wine, cider and craft beer on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January. Also don’t miss the fireworks at 9:45pm on Saturday night from Frankston Pier.
Who doesn’t love a weekday cinema sess on the school hols? Arm yourself with a massive box of popcorn and a boysenberry choc top and settle in for some fun with the kiddies in the air conditioned comfort! There are various cinema locations to choose from on the Peninsula –
And don’t forget – if you’re an RACV member you can purchase discounted movie tickets! You can save up to 35% on both the tickets and your food! It makes such a difference to the total price – especially if you are taking a few kids, purchase online before you go and print at home! Too easy! Click here to see what kids movies we recommend these school holidays.
Frankston City Library’s have heaps of school holiday activities on from the 9th to the 25th January. CD Craft, Heroes & Villains Storytime, Foil Art and Junk Craft just to name a few. Sessions have been specifically designed for each age group and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to see full program and for booking details.
Replacing the old Arthurs Seat chairlift, you can now board a state-of-the-art gondola at the Arthurs Seat Eagle and fly over the state forest to the highest point of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. You will be torn between looking at the breathtaking view across the bay to the city and spotting wildlife as you soar high above the trees. Either way you have a bird’s eye view!
“The Humanimals by Jason Coleman” is an epic, all human animal experience! Join furry and feathered friends on an exciting adventure! Created entirely from repurposed shipping containers, “Cabaret Cathedral” provides a state of the art, urban theatre space exclusively for two new Jason Coleman Premiere events – exciting live stage show, suitable for the entire family.
Point Nepean National Park, Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve, Arthurs Seat State Park, The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve, Devilbend Reservoir and Coolart Wetlands and Historic Homestead have teamed up to host summer holiday fun for kids. Parks Victoria’s Free Junior Ranger program offers energetic experiences in Mornington Peninsula’s great outdoors, as kids discover the secret lives of wildlife and explore mysteries and history.
The popular Junior Ranger holiday program is for children aged between 6 – 12 years old and is hosted by Parks Victoria rangers. It’s free to register for activities throughout the Mornington Peninsula from 28th December – 25th January. All activities are free, but bookings are essential, click here for more information and to book your session.
Owned by Swiss born Anna & Anton Gasser, Silvers, from humble beginnings 40 years ago, have evolved into the critically acclaimed position of being one of the Top 10 Circuses of the World. Dedicated to constant innovation and modernisation Silvers circus presents a line up of stunning international artists, Las Vegas style illusions and captivating production techniques.
Located at the Village Green, Rosebud – Silvers Circus will be performing until the 15th January before moving to Mornington for the rest of January and the start of February.
The annual summer Wittingslow Amusement’s Rye and Rosebud Carnivals are on again providing cheap action packed fun for all ages. Located on the Rye and Rosebud Foreshores on Pt Nepean Rd, their carnivals are a nostalgic holiday adventure for families. Since first running the Rye Carnival in 1955 to raise money for the rebuilding of the Rye RSL, The Wittingslow Amusement Carnivals have been a proud part of peninsula history. The Rosebud Carnival is perfect for young families with ample easy-does-it amusements rides to help your little ones feel safe and ensure they are “all smiles” while the Rye carnival provides plenty of family activities, and is the perfect place for families with older teenagers to satisfy their thrill-seeking urges. On until Australia Day weekend.
WaterWild an inflatable park is making a splash again on Rosebud Foreshore until January 29 for an action packed family fun adventure. Complete with waterslides, obstacle bootcamp, paddle boats and giant swimming pools, the kids (and big kids) will be sure to have fun getting wet and wild this summer. Open 10am – 6pm daily.