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Spring Time Suggestions for the School Holidays (2018)

Spring Time Suggestions for the School Holidays (2018)

People are starting to get some pep in their step. Why? Because it’s Spring!

We're all going to need that extra energy too, cause school holidays are almost here.

To help you prepare for the break, we've collected twenty of our favourite things to do between the 22nd September and 7th October. That’s right, 20! 

A little hint… We've scored some exclusive offers for our “Visit Geelong and The Bellarine” followers, so be ready to spring on them.

Slide into the Holidays 

Boundless fun to be had at Supatramp (indoor climbing, trampoline and activity complex). Open every single day of the school holidays, Supatramp are generously offering “Visit Geelong and The Bellarine” supporters a FREE drop slide ride with any admission purchase. Simply print the flyer and enjoy the slide of your life!

Kids Eat Well

These school holidays, Monday-Friday the kids can enjoy a special $5 Kids Menu. Perfect for a lunch break that lets the parents kick back as well, at the beautiful Mt Duneed Estate.

Central Geelong Fun and Games

All around the city there'll be activities and events for the kids (and young at heart). Everything from kick to kick and oversized games at Steampacket Gardens, to the Archibald Prize and abstract art classes.

Reuseable Fun

Don’t go out and buy the kids something bright, shiny and new to play with these school holidays. Instead drop into the National Wool Museum and join in the fun of upcycling (reusing with purpose) between 10am-12pm, 24th, 25th and 26th of September. 

Interactive Stories

ALERT - The bear’s hat is gone and he wants it back! Is it lost in the museum or has someone taken it? Join in a very entertaining and very interactive story time (Jon Klassen’s best-seller, ‘I Want My Hat Back’) at the National Wool Museum.  There will be songs, games, crafts and so much more on 27th September, 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3pm.

Catch a Movie

Village Cinema in Geelong has a whole host of kid-friendly options throughout the summer holidays, drop the gang off for a movie, or stick around and see something fun yourself.

Enjoy High Tea on the High Seas

Sail the bay for two fun-filled hours with Sea Road Ferries, with this specially prepared offering combining kid-friendly delights with all the usual tasty treats, onboard activities included! Setting sail 27th September and 4th October. There will also be special kid-tastic entertainment available on certain school holidays, with everything from pirates to dolphin studies. Check the website for more details.

Captain Jack Pirate Show - Sunday, 23rd September and Tuesday, 25th September. 

Tommy Terrific - Sunday, 23rd September.

Dolphin Discovery - Friday, 28th September and Tuesday, 2nd October.

Retro Fun

Have some retro fun with some retro toys at the National Wool Museum. Play with a range of old-time greats and create your own retro toy between 1st, 2nd and 3rd October, 10am-12pm.

On a Smaller Scale

Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway have added some special services to their timetables to ensure they meet your miniature railway needs these school holidays. When – 26th Sept and 3rd Oct from 11.00 am to 4pm. Trains run at frequent intervals.

Zoo Tales

Everyday from 22nd to the 7th, kids under 16 are FREE at Werribee Open Range Zoo with activities and adventures for everyone between 5-17. Enjoy some animal adventures with the family these holidays.

Attention Grom Girls

A hands-on, feet-on-the-board surf program aimed at encouraging girls to surf and feel confident in the water. Run by Great Ocean Road Surf Tours, the program, ‘Surface Minis’, is led by women surf instructors. Get your girls on board and hang 10 on 25th Sept, 28th Sept and 5th Oct, 10:00 am - 11:30 am at Ocean Grove Main Beach. Suitable for girls 9 - 15 years old.   

Great Ocean Road Surf Tours are offering all you budding surfers a 10% discount on 2-hour lessons during September, October & November 2018.  Simply enter the promo code: Malibu when booking online. 

It’s Battle Time

Think tactically as you take to the battlefield at Next Level Skirmish. Team up these school holidays and take part in the action-packed ‘Fun Sesh’ running every day from 1pm-3pm, or battle it out at sunset, 5:30pm-7pm. Next Level Skirmish are awarding the best battler, every day, with a FREE next level skirmish hat. Plus, if you manage to take out the whole holiday champion challenge series, you win five free games and the official title of ‘NLS VIP’.

Dive Into It

Sea All Dolphin Swims are running their breathtaking dolphin and seal swims during these spring school holidays. A holidays discount of 25% on kids fares will be applicable on any tour during the September hols.  Use the promo code: Smallfoot to redeem this awesome offer. 

A Spring Surf

The infamous and much-loved surfing program, SurfGroms, is back (perfect timing as the water warms up and the waves are calling). SurfGroms is a national junior development program developed by Surfing Australia, aimed at 5-12 year old children, covering ocean awareness, beach safety and surfing proficiency. Let your grom get their surf on! Week one starts 25th September, week two starts 2nd October.

On a Larger Scale

Journey into Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom these School Holidays at Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre! Explore the thrilling and interactive dinosaur display, and participate in a dinosaur hunt which will see them discover dinosaur displays around the centre. Once completed, go into the draw to win 1 of 10 Dinosaur Prize Packs valued at over $100 each. Head on down 24th September to 5th October.

Activities of Epic Proportions

Continue the dinosaur experience at Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre and immerse yourself in some Jurassic activities. FREE fun activities include ‘Dinosaur Plaster Painting’ on between 24th and 28th September, 11am until 2pm daily AND ‘3D Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzle’ between 1st to 5th October, 11am to 2pm daily.

Once in a Lifetime Photo Op

Obtain the proof that you walked with these ancient beasts. A larger-than-life, live action dinosaur will be making exclusive appearances at Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre. The big fella has been tamed (just enough) for you to get the greatest of photographs between 11am and 2pm, 24th September and 5th October.

Ride the Rail

The heritage train services of Bellarine Railway are ready for you to board these school holidays. Take the scenic steam train ride between Queenscliff and Drysdale or Lakers Siding on 23rd, 25th, 27th & 30th pf September AND 2nd, 4th & 7th October. Handy hint – book online to save 10%.

To the Bat...train!

Look, on the rails, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman on the Bellarine Railway. Learn some powerful super hero moves and perform some super action circus feats. Channel your inner superhero and come dressed up to the Bellarine Railway Super Hero Trains. You will even receive your very own hero name, as long as you make the station by 2nd and 4th October (returning 1pm). 

Tales of the Deep

Dive into the deep and partake in fishy tales and craft as the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre present story time at The Queenscliff Library on 27th Sept, 10:30am to 11:30am.

Oceanic Art

The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre want you to unleash your child’s oceanic creativity. Renowned artist/illustrator Jennifer Beck and her talent are on hand to help your child with ‘Marine Debris Sculpting’ and ‘Water Colour Sketching’. Marine Debris Sculpting is on 4th Oct, 2.30pm to 4pm. Water Colour Sketching is on 30th Sept, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm.

Totes Adorable

It is so important to learn about the need to stop using plastic bags.  Take a tour of the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre and learn about the effect plastic bags have on the marine environment. Then screen print your own tote bag to take home, so you can start being the change. Printing on 5th Oct, 10am to 12pm.

Explore the Open Waters

Take to the sea on a family fishing trip, canoe expedition and/or marine biology cruise, all conducted by the very adventurous Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre.

Learn all about fishing behaviours with the fam on the Family Fishing Trip – 27 Sept, 9.30am to 11:30am and 11.30am to 1.30pm. 

Canoe over the seagrass meadows of Swan Bay on 26 Sept (10.00am to 12.00pm and 12.30pm to 2.30pm) and 1 Oct (10.00am to 12.00pm and 12.30pm to 2.30pm). 

Cruise through the open water on the Marine Biology Cruise, 25 Sept (9.30am to 11.30am and 11.30am to 1.30pm) and 3 Oct (12pm to 2pm).       

Discover the Beach and the Bay

The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre want you to explore the wonders of the beach and the bay. Take to the mudflats of Swan Bay on the The Bay Discovery Session.  The mudflats are key to marine life growth, they are nature’s nursery for fish.  When -  1 Oct, 11am to 12pm. 

Sweep the shores of the beach and see what treasures the tide has bought in at the Beach Discovery Session.  When – 24 Sept (1pm to 2pm) and 4 Oct (1pm to 2pm).  


So there you have it, so many suggestions, so many possibilities. Tackle the whole list or pick a few favourites, these spring time school holidays are destined to be full of enjoyment.