So this marks the beginning of our first real set of school holidays. Before now it’s basically been irrelevant for us. Skipping swimming and one 2.5 hour kinder lesson for Ella didn’t really change the colour of our week, but this term we’ve been organised (sort of!) and out the door by 8:45 (ok so it’s been 9 most days and we’ve been running late, but it’s a start!) four days a week, so having two weeks off at home together sounds great! It also sounds like a disaster waiting to happen as the weather cools, the forecast looks less and less appealing, and they will be restless and stir crazy after 3 hours.
For all of our sanity, I started writing up a list of activities that we could choose from, that were both free and not all weather dependant, as well as kids bucket list of some paid activities that I (or they) have been wanting to do, so I thought I’d share them for anyone in the same boat.
At home craft
Autumn leaf rainbow – collect a bag full of autumn leaves in as many different colours/shapes/sizes that you can find. Make a rainbow, sort into sizes, colours or shapes. Make each child responsible for collecting a colour or all help spot the colour while you are out and about.
Crayon egg decorating – you need some hard boiled eggs, food colouring and crayons. There are plenty of tutorials online, I like the look of this one.
Make Easter baskets – again there are heaps of templates online, but I like this one.
Decorate Easter egg colourings– simple Easter craft, print a template and colour, or for some inspiration try this brilliant one… (click here)
Free – make your own fun (Ballarat locals)
Go for a walk, pack a picnic, or meet a friend at
– Lake Wendouree (be sure to pack extra bread to feed the swans/ducks)
– Botanical gardens
– Buninyong botanical gardens
– Kirks reservoir (the kids education centre is good if you want to learn and play)
Free – planned activities (Ballarat and surrounds)
Avalon nursery – free Easter event on Saturday 13th April 5-8pm. Pre-register for the Easter egg hunt, pack a blanket to watch the movie and grab a snack from the food vans. Easter bunny will also be popping by… https://www.facebook.com/events/2159464924076854/?ti=ia
plaster fun house pop up shop: 10 – 4 weekdays (except Good Friday)
Free face painting – Tuesday 16th 10:30 – 12:30, Wednesday 17th 10:30 – 12:30 and Saturday 20th 10:30 – 12:30
Roving Easter bunny – pose for a photo, and maybe get an egg, Thursday 18th 10:30 – 12:30
Easter themed sock craft – Wednesday 17th 10:30 – 12:30
Stockland Wendouree –
Stay n play activity centre – Wednesday 10th through to Sunday 14th from 11 – 3 each day
Paper planes and paper craft – Tuesday 9th 12pm – 3pm
Easter craft – Tuesday 16th 12pm – 3pm
Easter scavenger hunt – Wednesday 17th, there are three time slots, between 10 am – 1pm, it’s free but you do need to register via the link https://www.facebook.com/events/338978826729545/?ti=ia
Hepburn bath house – free activities like giant chess and connect four, they have hula hoops, skipping ropes and more to keep the kids entertained https://www.hepburnbathhouse.com/blogs/playtime-at-the-pavilion
Paid activities – ballarat and surrounds
Maze house Daylesford – find the clues as you explore the maze and collect a prize at the end if you find them all (with a bonus Easter surprise). Open from Saturday 6th until Saturday 28th April 10am – 5pm. Children under 3 free, children $11, adults $13.
Ballarat wildlife park – open from 9am – 5pm every day. Use the code word ‘ROAR’ for 10% off the gate price
Ballarat bird world – open Friday to Monday 10am – 5pm. Adults $12, children $6 or a family pass is $30 (2 adults and up to 4 children ages 4-16)
Sovereign hill – all the usual fun plus a variety of special workshops over the school holidays, including lollie making, candle pouring, leather working, mine tours and animal grooming. See here for more details https://thestoryliveson.com.au/
Melbourne museum – we are members at the museum so this will definitely be on the list again
Melbourne star observation wheel – this has been on my list for a while, and it’s a good way to do it a bit cheaper, over the holidays if you buy one full price adult ticket ($36) you get one child’s ticket free
Artvo – amazing 3D art installations, this has also been on my list for ages! Open every day, from 10am – 6pm
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium – open Monday to Friday 10am – 5:30pm and from 9:30am – 6pm on the weekends.
Cafes / must visit eateries
Knife Fork Spoon – if you haven’t treated the kids (or more importantly, yourself!) to a fancy milkshake here yet, then it needs to go on your list! Open Sunday and Monday 10am – 4pm, and Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm