Sure, it’s cold outside leading up to these winter school holidays and chances are it’s going to get colder. But when it comes to kids and being stuck at home, cabin fever is not an option and “I’m bored” is definitely not a line we as mums need to hear. Instead we need to plan ahead, get organised and prepare ourselves and the kids for the two weeks we are stuck, I mean, lovingly get to spend, with them.
Get organised and plan your two weeks with some action packed fun available on the Mornington Peninsula. There really is heaps on offer and you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy the school holidays.
Here are some suggestions;
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.
Interact with a dingo, hoot with an owl, pat a pythons and cuddle a koala at the Moonlit Sanctuary Junior Ranger School Holiday Program. Kids aged 7 to 14 can enjoy a range of environmental activities and animal encounters at the Pearcedale conservation park but you have to make a booking.
The Messy Shed is a place for children to experiment and create with different types of medium. Be it mud, paint, glue, goo, water play, sensory rice play etc… all those things you really want your child to experience but just not in your own home! Well here you can let your kids make a mess and then the team at The Messy Shed tidies up after them! Sweet! It’s located next to The Hungry Peacock (see below) as they are a joint venture. During the school holidays The Messy Shed has three 45-minute sessions per day (9.30am, 11.15am and 1pm), six days per week (closed on Mondays).
Searoad Ferries, Sorrento
The whole family can meet turtles, frogs and a crocodile and learn how to care for aquatic creatures in a fun, learning environment while sailing the bay on Searoad Ferries. Activities are on departures from Sorrento 1pm and 3pm and Queenscliff noon and 2pm only on Tuesday, June 28 and Tuesday, July 5. There’s also face painting and balloon art on other selected sailings. Activities are included with ferry ticket so why not take the kids for a fun day out!
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 (or dads) sit, have a coffee (they also serve wine!!) and relax. There’s an outdoor area with a cubby for the nicer weather days. It’s usually pretty busy and they don’t take bookings so it’s best to get there early, they are open Tuesday to Friday from 8am and Saturdays and Sundays from 9am. You can even order a coffee and head next door for a session at The Messy Shed and the lovely staff will even deliver your coffee to you! The church next to the cafe is also running a school holidays program, with three hourly sessions of woodwork craft, (9.30, 11.30am and 1.30pm).
The kids can splash into the Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Centre (PARC) these school holidays for the Fun PARC program while you lay by the pool and relax escaping the cold weather outside. The pools are heated, there’s a playground, inflatables and these hols there’s face painting, cookie decorating, a petting zoo, water games, balloon twisting, arts and crafts and heaps more. Fun PARC is running every weekday of the school holidays from June 27 to July 8. People don’t have to be existing members to enjoy the fun – causal day passes start from $6.80 for kids and $8.50 for adults.
Although it’s located slightly out of the Mornington Peninsula, it’s only a short drive to the Cranbourne Botanic Garden’s and it’s absolutely worth checking out. These holidays, On Tuesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 30, they are inviting kids to wear their best fairy or elf costume and search for the cheeky fungi fairies and elves in the Australian Garden, corner of Ballarto Rd and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne. Cost: $7.40 a child.
Is open daily from 10 to 4pm over the school holidays. It has a gorgeous range of animals to see and interact with, the kids can go on a tractor ride and a pony ride, you can bring your own picnic, enjoy a free cuppa and use the BBQ areas. You can buy a family pass for $40 too.
Seriously, we are so lucky to have this amazing place right here on our door step. If you weren’t lucky enough to score some Wiggles tickets this time, never fear, there is still plenty to see at FAC this school break such as:
Hot Arts – These holidays FAC are once again hosting Hot Art for Cool Kids at Cube 37, Davey St, Frankston, and this time it is themed Kids in Space. Children can use a range of recycled materials such as woodwork, paints and fabric, to create a space themed piece of art to take home. The 10am – 12.30am sessions are on July 4, 5, 7 and 8.
The Fairies – On June 29 at the FAC the famous magical fairies Harmony and Rhapsody are also visiting as part of their Let’s Party 2016 Party Tour. The one hour stage show will involve the fairies and their friends partying their way through high energy dancing and fairy songs such as Fair Hi and We’re Having a Fairy Party. There are still some tickets available so get in quick!
Hippo Hippo – A big new musical adventure has landed at the Frankston Arts Centre and kids of all ages are invited to see the story of a little girl and her large, imaginary, loveable pink hippopotamus friend. Based on the best-selling book series There’s a Hippopotomus on Our Roof Eating Cake written by Hazel Edwards and illustrated by Deborah Niland, the show is on July 8 and July 9.
Gravity Zone in Seaford is a great place to take the children these holidays for some active fun. Featuring more than 150 trampolines and a multi level laser tag arena the Oliphant Way centre is open every day throughout the break. The laser tag is definitely great for the older kids while the tramps are super fun for all ages (including fun-loving mums).
The Big Freeze, Cranbourne
Snow will be falling at the Cranbourne Racecourse for The Big Freeze Indoor Winter Family Festival from July 2 — 4. Kids can play in the icy snowpit, build a snowman, snowboard, throw snowballs, travel down the winter slide and catch snowflakes. It’s going to be a sensational event and the best part about it is, a fellow Mornington Peninsula mum came up with the idea with the aim of giving every kid the chance to see snow these school holidays.
This isn’t a cheap activity but if you’re keen and can afford it this is definitely something for the high school kids, to get them off the couch, on horseback set to experience something they will never forget. The Gunnamatte Trail Rides are offering an intensive 3, 5 or 10 day education trail ride adventure suitable for ages 13–18 years, beginners are welcome. Just bare in mind the costs are: 3 Day $350, 5 Day $500, 10 Day POA
Sk8House , Carrum Downs
The new look Sk8House in Carrum Downs is opening these school holidays after undergoing a massive transformation. The Amayla Crescent roller skating and roller blading entertainment venue, owned by world renowned skater Jayson Sutcliffe, is opening it’s doors on June 27 and will be hosting two sessions daily, from 11am and 2pm plus extra sessions. Inside it has been decked out with some pretty awesome graffiti art too.
School Holiday Fun! 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 a morning (or afternoon) adventure.
We absolutely love this gorgeous railway, it’s a place where you and the kids can forget about 2016 for a while and step back in time. You and the fan bam can join the heritage steam train trips, from Moorooduc to Mornington, for a special Teddy’s Day Out. The train departs Moorooduc at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3pm on Sunday, July 10. Children and their teddy, or favourite toy, will receive a certificate and gift bag. Mornington Railway is at 460 Moorooduc Highway, Moorooduc.
The staff at this centre do an amazing job and the school holidays is no exception. Thanks to the Frankston Visitor Information Centre, children can explore some of Frankston’s most popular natural attractions when they enrol in a Guided Ranger Walk and Junior Explorer Activity. Kids can join a park ranger and learn about history, native flora, geology and scenery. The tours include George Pentland Botanic Gardens, Overport Park, Frankston indigenous Nursery in Seaford, Stringybark Bushland Reserve in Langwarrin and Bunarong Park in Frankston. If you head to their website you will also find a wide range of other things to these holidays in Frankston.
This is one of our favourite places to visit, it’s positively magical! During the school holidays a variety of workshops are run for children and young people at the gallery and grounds, 390 McClelland Drive in Langwarrin. The program includes creative activities relevant to their temporary and permanent exhibitions, activities exploring the park as well as workshops with professional artists.
Learn amazing facts about bees, walk through a mock apiary and see live bees at work at the Pure Peninsula Honey Farm daily these school holidays. There is a Bee themed gift shop and honey ice-creams. The one hour talks start at 10am every day and the cost is free but you must book.
This cafe is no ordinary cafe; Beach Lane is a space designed to foster creative community, artistic works and support entrepreneurial start up ventures. These school holidays they are hosting a range of children’s activities in their studio. There will be storytelling sessions, 30 minute interactive / imaginative storytelling, followed by a one hour creative art playing in the first week for the younger kids plus afternoon creative, active and mindful workshops for ages 8+ to give them space to move, grow, learn and be playful. There’s also plenty of cool creative sessions in the second week to check out on their website.
Kelly Sports have a fantastic sports orientated holiday program designed for children to emphasise fun while being active. Sports include AFL, ball games such as cricket, soccer, tennis, basketball, rugby and heaps more. There’s also circus games, dance and crazy games. Get in quick though and make a booking as they book up fast. The program is held at MClelland College School Gym.
Frankston City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council have an enormous range of school holiday activities on offer for children and youth of all ages. From craft activities at libraries to swimming activities, outings, guided walks and everything in between, there are low-cost options to suit everyone. So if you’ve got to work these school holidays, it’s worth checking their availabilities.
AMF Bowling, Frankston, Strike Bowling Bayside, Frankston or Rosebud Top Fun
You can’t really go wrong if you take the kids bowling for a day on the holidays! A perfect wet day activity, 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.
Or you could always do what our Mama loves to share friend Shea has done and provide the kids with a jar full of activities! What a fantastic idea!
What ever you end up doing, have fun!