Pack some sunscreen and some snacks and be prepared for sore cheeks as you try to wipe the smiles off your faces. It’s not yet clear what the Omicron variant has in store for us this summer, but while we can and authorities deem it’s still safe to do so, let’s try to give our kids the kind of memories they deserve these days. summer holidays. And of course we have a bunch of outdoor options to enjoy.
Jurassic World by Brickman
Dinosaur and LEGO enthusiasts will lose their minds at the Jurassic World exhibit, where Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught and his team used over 6 million LEGO bricks to create large-scale dinosaurs, props, scenes and more. activities for a trip by Jurassic World not like the others. Complete the prehistoric adventure with a play using some of the 2.5 million bricks to build.
When: Until the end of January
Or: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center
Tickets: From $ 25, via Ticketek
A Play Center for Curious Kids – TwistED Science opened in Moorabbin in November, offering a hands-on STEM-based experience for curious minds. With areas designed for all ages, kids can participate in reaction speed tests, run balloons on tracks and tubes, have fun in the bubble-making room, or create their own paper flying machines. . There’s also an on-site cafe and gift shop with stimulating Christmas presents. And if you happen to vacation on the Murray, the original TwistED is in Echuca for scientific fun among river play.
Or: 36, rue Bulli, Moorabbin
NGV’s pink pond
Discover Australia’s famous inland salt lakes without the epic road trip, via a small paddling pool in NGV Pond[er]. While you reflect your relationship with the environment, children can satisfy their universal obsession with splashing water and balancing on platforms and walkways.
Or: NGV, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: Until April 2022
Entrance: To free
See the city from a whole new perspective with a 130-meter zipline ride from Fed Square to Alexandra Gardens. Reaching speeds of 40 km / h, there are two parallel ziplines so you and your child can go side by side. The minimum weight is 35 kilograms, so this is an activity for older children and a consenting accompanying adult (signatory of the waiver).
When: Until December 28
Or: Take the steps at the back of Fed Square towards the river and find Firefly on your left.
Tickets: $ 49
Christmas Lights Festival
As if a walk in Geelong Adventure Park weren’t enough to make your kids scream with joy, now you can also walk through the Christmas Lights Festival for next-level nighttime entertainment. With 2.7 million lights making up amazing installations, like a 12-meter smoking dragon and eight-meter caterpillars, plus a visit with Santa and a chance to write a Christmas letter, it is sure to be a night out. unforgettable.
When: Until January 9 (closed on Christmas Day)
Or: 1249 Bellarine Hwy, Wallington, Geelong 3222
Tickets: From $ 29.50
Follow the Gruffalo trail
Download the Gruffalo Spotter 2 Aus app and take your pint-sized readers to Rippon Lea Estate to travel through the “dark and deep woods” to find your favorite Gruffalo characters. The augmented reality app has facial and body recognition and if you roar the Gruffalo roars back. You can also take selfies with your favorite characters and create mini-movies.
Or: Rippon Lea House and Gardens, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick
When: 10 am-4pm every day
Just 45 minutes from town is Seaford, a charming little village boasting Melbourne’s whitest sands and generally calm waves, with a seaside cafe and mouthwatering ice cream just across the road. Chef Piero is originally from Sicily and combines Victorian products with artisanal Italian pasta to create truly delicious cones for the perfect holiday treat.
Or: 125A Nepean Highway, Seaford
When: Open 7 days, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Picnic at Organ Pipes National Park
Your little volcano (and nature) enthusiasts will love discovering the incredible rock formations left by an ancient volcanic eruption 1 million years ago. A short (but steep) walk will take you to the majestic organ pipes that overlook pretty Jackson Creek, and a little further to Rosette Rock, which looks like a giant wheel. Throw down your picnic mat and keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos, wallabies and echidnasâ¦ and if you’re really lucky, an elusive platypus.
Or: Organ Pipe Route, Keilor North
Channel simpler times with some fun carnival rides on the Rye Foreshore. Whether you want to get dizzy in tea cups, overlook the bay from the top of the Ferris wheel, or play an arcade game, switch to vacation mode on a balmy summer night on the peninsula.
When: December 26 to January 30 30 (closed NYE)
Or: Rye tarran
Forget about the capricious conditions and brave the oceanic elements and head inland for a family day or night at URBNSURF. This man-made surfing paradise has two main areas – The Bays for gentle waves for swimmers and flexible surfers (over the age of six) and The Point for more experienced surfers looking for a bigger ride. When the skin gets wrinkled, kids can take over the playground while adults refuel at Three Blue Ducks.
Or: 309 Melrose Drive, Tullamarine
Price: From $ 15 for a two-hour swim in The Bays
Learn to fly stress-free jump out of a plane little at Melbourne’s only indoor skydiving center. Soaring on a “cushion of controlled air,” a one-hour session includes an informative briefing and two “flights,” promising to bring a smile to anyone over the age of three.
Or: 2 Burns Street, Essendon Fields
Price: Starting at $ 79.95
The big rebound
With obstacle courses, sports arenas, racing slides and inflatable playgrounds, the Big Bounce Australia, Guinness World Record holder, is back. Expect games, dance contests, DJs, and separate sessions for different age groups, promising you very tired kids at the end of an energetic session.
When: January 28 to February 6
Or: Flemington Racecourse
Price: $ 48 per person
Augmented reality animals
Exploring the universal intrigue of camouflage, this 1.5-hour workshop will see children ages 6 to 12 (and an accompanying adult) experience the power of camouflage in animals like snow leopards, geckos and grasshoppers. , before creating their own face painting in augmented reality using digital art technologies.
Or: Melbourne Museum, Learning Lab
When: January 4-25
Price: $ 35 per person ($ 30 for museum members), not including admission to the museum
Disney: The Magic of Animation
Take your kids behind the scenes of their favorite Disney movies, in this special exhibit featuring original paintings, sketches and artistic concepts. Giant projections, immersive scenes from The Lion King and Pocahontas and the possibility of being part of a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs scene are all part of the day.
When: Until January 23
Or: ACMI, place of the Fed
Tickets: Adults $ 26, children $ 17, under 4 free
Hippo Beach at Werribee Open Range Zoo
As if a bus safari to visit the new zebra foal and scimitar-horned oryx calves wasn’t exciting enough, a dip in the hippo water play area or a frolic among the foggers on days above 24 degrees is sure to set this exciting stone memory.
Or: Route K, Werribee
Tickets: Must be purchased in advance.
Land of cacti
An exotic vacation in Mexico may remain in the “too hard” basket for many of us right now, but the family can still experience some of that mariachi thrill in Strathmerton on the Murray in remarkable Cactus Country. Stroll through 12 acres of flowering cactus gardens, collect succulents or cacti to take home, then perch in the cafe to feast on homemade nachos, cactus cakes, and even cactus ice cream .
Or: 4986 Murray Valley Highway Strathmerton
Summer Sundays in Ballarat
Get ready for a ‘fun day’ on Sunday for the whole family at Ballarat this summer, with live music every week from renowned artists.
When: January 9, 16, 23 and 30
Or: Ballarat Botanical Gardens
Riding Victoria’s favorite steam train through the forest has always been the very definition of childhood adventure, and now it arrives at the beautiful new Lake Visitor Center where you can learn about the steam machines. steam, have a cafe lunch or a picnic then explore the beautiful Emerald Lake Park surrounds. Whether you take the forest hiking trails, paddle boat on Lake Treganowan, or swim in the paddling pool on a warm day, the kids will be delighted.
Or: Puffing Billy leaves Belgrave station at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. daily.
Tickets: Return Belgrave-Lakeside, $ 31.50 children, $ 61 adults
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