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The ABC of Winter School Holidays (2019)

Winter school holidays – the snuggle is real!

While the temperature has dropped, kids energy and enthusiasm certainly hasn’t - and parents are on the hunt for things to do in these chillier times with their children. So we've whipped up a bag of activities for the upcoming school holidays.

 

Mermaid Festival

The Deets – At Market Square (centre court), Geelong. Monday 1st July to Friday 5th July, 10am to 2pm. Age suitability, 2-12.  

This festival is offering a complete merma-fication! Daily mermaid and pirate shows, up-cycled telescope creation, reinvention of yourself as a mermaid/merman (complete with a SHELLfie for proof) and the magical creation of your own pet jellyfish! This festival mer-makes for a great way to pass some time while you're in town.

The Light of the Moon

The Deets – At the Geelong Gallery. Monday 8th July, 10.15am to 10.45am. Age suitability 3-5.

Rocket to the moon and explore the wonders of it through art. See how artists, over time have represented the moon in stories and art. 

The Lunar Phase

The Deets – At the Geelong Gallery. Tuesday 9th July, 10.15am to 11.15am. Age suitability 6-10. 

This moon exploration is geared toward the slightly older children.

 

The ‘What Was That’ Show  

The Deets – At Werribee Park Mansion. Saturday 29th June, Saturday 6th and Saturday 13th July, 8pm to 9.30pm. Suitable for children aged 11+.

Meet inside the foyer of the opulent Mansion Hotel to begin your journey into a roaming play that artfully combines history, comedy and the all-important scare factor.   

Winter Wonderland

The Deets – At Queenscliff Harbour.  Friday 28th June to Sunday 14th July.  10am to 7pm Sunday to Thursday.  10am to 9pm Friday and Saturday.  All ages. 

Queenscliff Harbour is transforming into a Winter Wonderland. Over the school holidays an incredible ice-skating rink and thrilling toboggan run will be housed in a magnificent marquee at the Harbour. Go on, get your skates on!    

Ride the Rails

The Deets – At Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway.  Wednesday 3rd July and Wednesday 10th July, 11am to 3pm.  All ages.

Choo-choo-chugging along these winter school holidays is the much loved Portarlington Miniature Railway. Board your carriage and take to the rails around the lush parklands. Along with the train, the eight-hectare reserve also features ample running room and an adventure playground.

Claymation, Voyage to the Moon

The Deets – At the Geelong Gallery. Thursday 11th July, 10am to 3pm. Age suitability 10-14.

Draw inspiration for the fantastical Georges Méliès’ Le voyage dans la Lune (A trip to the Moon, 1902). This day workshop will allow your kids to experience Claymation from beginning to end; script and character creation, generating sets and props using plasticine and other materials, then bringing it to life (frame by frame). Everyone gets a downloadable link to their finished masterpiece.

 

Supa Ninja

The Deets – At Supatramp, Geelong. Open daily.

Test your little warrior’s agility at Supatramp’s Ninja Warrior Course. Slanted steps, ladder bridge, cargo tube, trapeze, wall run, monkey bars, hanging doors – all the thrills and spills of Ninja Warrior are waiting be tried and tested (safely) by your kids.

Nickelodeon Takes Over

The Deets – At Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre, from Monday 1st July to Friday 13th July.  Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July.  Weekdays only, 10am to 2pm.  Suitable for children up to 12 years of age.

Rubble on the double! Nickelodeon and their much-loved characters take over Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre these school holidays. There is tons of fun to be had with the PAW Patrol Scooter Safety Track, mini movie game zone, gadget machine touch screen, Shimmer & Shine Glamour Zone, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles statue display, Nickelodeon character photo opportunity AND Nickelodeon collectible badge making! Chase on the case? 

Dolphin Discovery

A fun and interactive workshop learning all about Port Phillips unique dolphins and other amazing marine life, including seals & whales! Play games, see dolphin skulls and meet Bella Burrunan the dolphin.

The Deets - Thursday 11 July
Departing Sorrento 11am and 1pm 
Departing Queenscliff 12pm and 2pm

Marine Discovery

The Deets – At the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, Queenscliff.  Saturday 6th July to Friday 12th July.  Varying sessions and times.  Suitable for ages 3+.

The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre will continue to have its doors open during the winter school holidays, allowing you immerse yourself in the captivating world of water. They will also be delving into the deep with an array of scheduled school holiday activities including family fishing, ocean art and beachcombing.  

 

Winter Wildlife Sightseeing Tours

The Deets – Sea All Dolphin Swims, Queenscliff.  Bookings by appointment. 

Southern Port Phillip Bay in winter is an incredible place. Fewer vessels on the water result in peaked animal interest and interactions. From Australian Fur Seals to Burrunan Dolphins to Humpback Whales to Southern Right Whales. These creatures of the bay love to make an appearance when you cruise with Sea All Dolphin Swims during winter.

All aboard for Dazzling Dan the Magic Man

The Deets – At the Bellarine Railway.  Tuesday 9th July, 10.45am to 1pm.

Dazzling Dan boards Bellarine Railway these school holidays for a spectacularly magical experience – a marine themed magic workshop, perfectly positioned as you travel along the bay.  Bellarine Railway will also be running their much-loved scenic Winter trips throughout the school holidays.   

Wild Nights

The Deets – At Werribee Open Range Zoo.  Saturday 6th July to Saturday 13th July, 5.30pm to 8.30pm.  Suitable for all ages.

For eight nights only, Werribee Open Range Zoo are opening their gates and lighting it up for Wild Nights; an opportunity for you to discover the zoo after dark. See what the animals get up to when the sun goes down, toast marshmallows by the campfire, play in the Glow Zone, watch dazzling fire performers and refuel with mulled wine and delicious food. Plus this year, for the first time, see the amazing life-size animatronic dinosaurs at Zoorassic: Dinos After Dark! 

 

Saddle Up School Holiday Program Winter Series

The Deets – At Werribee Racing Club, Thursday 4th July, 8.30am to 4.30pm.  Geelong Racing Club, Tuesday 9th July, 8am to 4.30pm.

Hi ho Silver and away we go these school holidays with Racing Victoria’s school holiday program. Kids will be given the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of riding a horse and equine care. With various other horse-fun activities planned throughout the day, this is definitely something worth jockeying for!   

Happy Birthday Playschool

The Deets – At the National Wool Museum.  Exhibition opens Friday 28th June until 7th October.    

What an absolutely fitting time to launch the Happy Birthday Playschool exhibition at the Wool Museum, the start of the school holidays! This exhibition celebrates 50 years of this iconic ABV TV show and gives everyone (young and old) the opportunity to relive their favourite presenters, toys, windows and so much more! Various activities are scheduled throughout the exhibition’s spell.    

Robot Workshop

The Deets – At Searoad Ferries.  Tuesday 2nd July.  Departing Queenscliff 11am and 1pm.  Departing Sorrento 12pm and 2pm.  Age suitability 3-12.     

FREE with your ferry ticket is the very rad Robot Workshop, OZOBOTS! These fun little guys follow lines you draw, perform tricks and code by colour.

 

 

Make Your Own Bug Hotels

 

The Deets –  Geelong Botanic Gardens. Tuesday 2nd and 9th July.  Thursday 4th and 11th July.  10am to 12pm.  Age suitability 4-10.

 

Bugs… these little critters are pretty magical especially when it comes to gardens. Discover how Bug Hotels increase beneficial insects in your garden and then make your own Bug Hotel along with joining in on a bug hunt walk and fun and interactive bug story.

Repurposed Art Activity

The Deets – At Searoad Ferries.  Thursday 4th July and Tuesday 9th July. Departing Queenscliff 11am and 1pm, departing Sorrento 12pm and 2pm

FREE with your ferry ticket, recycle by upcycling. Have fun making craft items from repurposed goods. From a mighty medieval shield to a swimming seahorse to a rocketing rocket, the only limit is your imagination.

A Snow Storm of Winter School Holiday Activities

Lots happening in and around the Central Geelong Precinct - the list is not only extensive but determinedly fun and FREE!

Virtually experience the Candy Coaster, aquatic safari park or Wing-suit Flying. Monday 1st July to Friday 5th July. And Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July. 

Meet and greet Geelong Cat’s legend Rhys Stanley and test your AFL skills and compete in a virtual reality handball game. Tuesday 2nd July. 10am to 11am. 111-113 Little Malop St (next door to Toyworld).

Arts Galore at the Courthouse Youth Arts, 60 Little Malop Street.

-          Capture the art bug and have fun creating patterned beetle illustrations. Monday 1st July. 10am to 11.30am. Bookings - www.bit.ly/2QzzhdK

-          Try your hand (nose, ears and mouth too) at drawing some weird portraits. Monday 1st July. 12.30pm to 2pm. Bookings – www.bit.ly/2WrkMhr

-          Be inspired by the works of Andy Warhol and create some pop art. Wednesday 3rd July. 10am to 11.30am. Bookings – www.bit.ly/2WdXY5v

-          Remaster the long-lost art of snail mail by making beautiful envelopes and creating personalised writing paper. Wednesday 3rd July. 12.30pm to 2pm. Bookings – www.bit.ly/2VUX60s

-          Become an abstract artist for a day and create an signature art piece. Thursday 4th July. 10am to 12pm. Courthouse Youth Arts, 60 Little Malop Street.  Bookings - www.bit.ly/2MjlbP7

-          We only have one planet - learn to make your own reusable beeswax sandwich wraps as an alternative to cling wrap. Friday 5th July. Learn more – www.bit.ly/2ZmEGI1

-          Learn how to paint with yarn and glue. Friday 5th July. 10am to 11.30am. www.bit.ly/2I5WdNM

-          Create a beautiful weaved wall-hanging. Friday 5th July. 12.30pm to 2pm. Bookings - www.bit.ly/2IdfOeO

-          A workshop designed to build confidence through understanding performance and learning how to creatively express yourself. Tuesday 9th July. 10am to 12pm. Bookings - www.bit.ly/2W2I3lk

-          Zines (aka magazines or fanzines).  Learn all about the wonderful DIY world of zines. Tuesday 9th July. 1pm to 3pm. Bookings – www.bit.ly/2XilB9m

-          Create your own up cycled musical instrument and lose yourself in its sound. Wednesday 10th July. 10am to 1pm. Bookings – www.bit.ly/2QzNvel

-          Flowers are certainly pretty but did you know some of them can be eaten? Learn, eat and discover. Thursday 11th July. Various sessions. Bookings -  www.bit.ly/2F9zAqU

-          Rework words from yesteryear to create new and original poetry. Thursday 11th July. 10am to 12pm. Bookings – www.bit.ly/2WchrmV

-          Give soda and water bottles a second life and make a self-watering system for edible plants. Thursday 12th July. Various sessions. Bookings – www.bit.ly/2ZoMI33

 

And there you have it, Geelong and the Bellarine delivering the goods and definitely the WOW factor these school holidays.

Enjoy snuggling up into these Winter warming activities!

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