Thursday, July 7, 2011

Holiday fun

So it's school holidays and the usual suspects abound in the north east.  Heide Museum of Modern Art has a great school holiday program chock full of activities as well as the Yarra Plenty Regional Library and the many leisure and fitness centres around here.  There's also a circus in town!  Circus Olympia is on at Greensborough until 17 July while for aspiring magicians, The Melbourne Magic Festival is on at Northcote until 16 July.
For those of you brave enough to venture into the city, I think the NGV , the State Library of Victoria, ACMI plus Federation Square are great places to take older children.  There's also the big three attractions - the Melbourne Zoo, the Melbourne Aquarium and the Melbourne Museum.  Don't forget the National Sports Museum, Immigration Museum or the Chinese Museum as well for something a bit different.  If you head west, Scienceworks is also well worth a visit - my boys are obsessed with the inner workings of a domestic house on the ground floor and there's a great play area on the upper floor.
Besides Federation Square and the Zoo (there is actually free admission for kids under 16 at Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary over the holidays), all of these venues are indoors and out of the cold.  I'm yet to take the boys to the Melbourne Aquarium but have heard it's a little pricey (plus they've been many times to UnderWater World in Mooloolaba).  I do love the Children's Gallery for 3 - 8 year olds at the Melbourne Museum.  It's great if you have babies and little kids in tow.  It's around $8 for adults to get in and kids are free.  There's an outdoor play area and cafes as well as full change facilities and toilets nearby.

My tip is to go early - as soon as the museum opens and see if you can find a park around the perimeter instead of having to pay for carparking.  Hope you are staying warm!

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