The Easter school holidays are my favourite and it's not just because you can eat your body weight in chocolate without guilt or judgement. It's also because it starts with a four day weekend, the weather's still mild enough to enjoy outside as well as in and, the chocolate.
We've pulled together a list of some of the coolest and most fun holiday activities happening in locations all across our region.
Storyfest in Central Geelong will celebrate storytelling in all forms - books, performances, exhibitions and more - in locations across the city from gardens to bookshops to galleries and beyond. Activities are hads-on, creative and, mostly, free!
Searoad Ferries will return with the kids version of their famous High Tea on the High Seas on 5 & 12 April.
In Portarlington, the Bayside Miniature Railway will have $2 rides on Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend.
Don't let the date scare you, Friday the 13th will be happiest day of the year at Piano Bar as they present the Magical Music of Disney Singalong.
Mt Duneed Estate is having a grand Easter Egg Hunt in amongst the vines on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, 30 & 31st March, with all kids meals half price!
Budding photographers can hone their skills with a wildlife photography workshop at the Geelong Botanic Gardens on 10 April.
The Marine and Freshwater Discover Centre in Queenscliff has activities every day. The incredible and adventurous schedule includes feeding, storytime, ocean art, fishing, snorkelling, rockpool rambles and more.
Bellarine Railway has a packed schedule for the Easter holidays including a Good Friday Appeal fundraiser, Easter Bunny Trains and a Day Out With Thomas.
Great Ocean Road Surf Tours have a special school holiday Surf Groms program.
Van Loons Nursery in Wallington will have baby animals on Easter Sunday, a kids gardening workshop on 7 April and bee keeping for kids on 14 April.
All this excitement will make you hungry, so Queenscliff Brewhouse is offering half price kids meals between 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Monday-Friday.
Basils Farm has gorgeous on-site animal feeding on 4/5/11/12 April. Help give the chickens, ducks, llamas and baby-doll sheep a feast!
At Laser Strike, the code word EGGTRAIL will get you a public session for $25 and a chance at The Golden Egg! Family friendly laser skirmish plus and Easter theme - yes!
At Fairy Park, the Easter fun will include face painting, balloon animals and magic shows on Saturday.
On Easter Sunday, the bunny himself will visit Supatramp with loads of chocolate-y goodness to find in the park.
Also on Easter Sunday, you can share in 15,000 eggs to be found at Adventure Park! There's a special area for toddlers too (so the big kids don't get all the fun). Free with park entry.
A Cinderella pantomime is on show at The Potato Shed 10-13 April at $32 for a family of 4.
Budding tradies can sign in, don their fluro vest and get their hands (not too) dirty with The Big Build using life size cardboard bricks at Market Square Shopping Centre.
Into footy? Catch the first Cats game on the last Sunday of the school holidays at GMHBA Stadium.
Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie just down the road has kids chocolate making classes and lollipop classes too. There's also free easter egg hunts across the Easter weekend.
Your little creatures will love Little Creatures - see the big bunny, have an egg hunt and enjoy roving live entertainment too.
Saddle On Riding School has school holiday horse riding camps on 5/6/10/11/12 April.
Youngsters can re-imagine the world according to children's books, have an eye-spy art adventure or take part in Kids' Own Publishing, where participants will draft their own collage illustration for their own story, published on the spot. This and loads more at Geelong Gallery.
Werribee Open Range Zoo is wild Wild About Play these holidays - visit the animals and then monkey around on their playground ropes course.
There are Easter Bunny and Alice in Wonderland activities at Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre.
Done all this and still looking for family fun? Check out our other suggestions here.