Giant Sky Wheel, Geelong Waterfront
Open 11am - 11pm
If you're not afraid of heights, jump on the largest travelling Ferris Wheel in the Southern Hemisphere, down at Eastern Beach, You'll get a great view of our picturesque waterfront, you can see straight across the bay to the You Yangs.
The ride takes approximately 7 - 10 minutes. My kids love
Cost: $9 per person
The Messy Patch
1135 Surfcoast Highway, Mount Duneed.
The team behind the Messy Patch, aim to give children a chance to be messy in a sensory and exciting environment.
They cater for newborns to primary school aged kids in age-group inclusive play sessions, events and parties.
Activities change daily, so you can return many times.
Parents can enjoy a coffee on site whilst the kids get messy and have a ball!
The You Yangs
The You Yangs is one of our favourite places to visit and let the kids run free. There are so many different BBQ areas and walking trails to explore. Our kids love exploring the teepees made of fallen branches, climbing trees and jumping in puddles on the big rock.
If you have more energy to burn you could always attempt the trail made of steps from the turntable carpark to the top! Great way to tire the kids out!
Sand In The City Display - National Wool Museum
A playful, sand-filled, interactive installation exploring the popular beaches along the Geelong and the Surf Coast.
Kids can make sandcastles and sculptures with over 1.8 tonnes of sand and 300,00 lego bricks. There is a giant 2 metre high sand castle, and two augmented reality sandboxes.
They are snapshots of Geelong and the surfcoast’s stunning coast line. A stunning 3D mural by Melbourne artist Scott Jansen and a reading space to chill out and re-energise.
From 15 December 2018 – 19 May 2019
Admission: $10 adults, $8 concession, $6 child, $30 family (2 adults and up to 4 children
Lara Swimming Pool
Bank Street, Lara
This is the perfect place to take kids to cool off. The children play area has a large pirate theme outdoor playground, with waterslides, canons and huge water dump bucket.
There is a shaded toddler pool next the playground and this entire area in fenced off from the rest of the space. I found to be perfect with a 6 year old and 4 year old on my own! Now they are a little older we tackle the big pool.
Open Monday-Friday 6am-6pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
Surfcoast Strawberry Fields
2 McCanns Road, Mount Duneed
Strawberry picking season is now in full swing and you can go and pick-your-own strawberries on this beautiful strawberry farm.
Run by a local family who describe their strawberry farm is a labour of love, they love sharing their passion for fresh produce. Surf Coast Strawberry Fields is a working farm with wide open spaces where kids can see tractors, discover farm life and understand where their food comes from.
This is the perfect place to learn about and experience birdlife and wetlands ecology.
The Wildlife Walk is an easy stroll walk for both kids and adults and allows for close encounters with emus and kangaroos.
There is also a bird viewing cabin, where you can peer across the wetlands and watch the birds in their natural habitat.
Fairy Park, Anakie
Set over 22 acres of landscaped gardens, Anakie's Fairy Park has brought fairy tales to life for children (and adults) since 1959! Featuring handmade puppets and gnomes, and animated scenes from fairytales, castles, gardens and incredible 360-degree views from the to of the mountain.
Ticket prices: Over 14 : $18, Over 3: $10, Under 3 - Free
Little Teapot Cafe
This cafe is absolutely gorgeous and so very kid friendly.
There is two outdoor play areas, with cubby house and mud kitchen, small slides and racetracks. Inside you’ll find pictures to colour on every table, as well as a gated play area to keep the kids safe whilst you sip on a coffee.
Uncle Bucks Ice Creamery
54 Fellmongers Road, Breakwater.
Open from 10am - 10pm
Uncle Bucks Ice-Creamery located within Buckleys Entertainment Centre, is every kids dream come true! Filled with rows of lollies and chocolates to pick and mix, to create the most amazing ice cream.
Delicious and worth a trip
20 Swan Street, Lara.
A gorgeous local nursery for the kids and adults alike to explore. Beautiful display garden, and pretty garden trails to wander.
Gold Coin Entry
Victoria’s biggest theme park, located just minutes from central Geelong. 24 super fun waterslides and rides to choose from including a Tornado waterslide
This year they are holding a series of twilight events where families can splash under the stars in December and January.
Featuring all the awesome water rides, action rides, family rides they are famous for AND watch kids movies on the outdoor cinema while chilling to live entertainment.
The Tornado, the Lazy River, the Aqua Racer waterslide, Gold Rush Rapid waterslides and the family friendly water playgrounds will be open as well as the Ferris Wheel, Grand Carousel, the Crazy Coaster, Wave Swinger, Red Baron, mini golf and Little Buggy Speedway cars. Lazy River and Shipwreck Harbour will close at dusk. Train and Archery will be closed.
Event times & dates
6.30pm-10pm (rides to close at 9.30pm)
Friday 11 January | Friday 18 January 2019.
$27 General admission, guests 120cm tall & over
$17 Junior admission, guests 90cm to 120cm tall
Children under 90cm FREE
Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie
The Chocolaterie has such a magical feel, for both children and parents.
Visit the cafe, purchase some yummy chocolates made on side, and look through the viewing window as the chocolates are being made before your eyes.
They are also running Junior Chocolatier Class's for 6-12 year olds.
Where they can learn from chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. $40 includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.
Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, Tuesday 22nd & Thursday 24th January. Bookings are essential.
Freshwater Creek Cottages Farm Tour.
815 Pettavel Road, Freshwater Creek
Tour this gorgeous farm, helping the friendly farmers feed the pigs, piglets, sheep, cows, horses, goats, chooks, ducks and kangaroos!
There is a playground, bikes of all shapes and sizes and an undercover sand pit.
The cost is $15 per child and adults are free.
Tours run on Saturday mornings and alternate week days. Please call or send a message via Facebook to book.
Daniel's Donuts, Portarlington
Take the kids for a drive down to Portarlington to frolic on the beach and buy some delicious donuts from the Daniel's Donuts store. We haven't tried these yet, but we are heading down there today!
PlayHut Playcentre, Breakwater
This brand new playcentre have a huge 3 level Indoor playground!
Powered ball canons, indoor tramploines, climb through tunnels, ballpits and massive slides!
There is a toddler zone for the smaller children, with a float on water pond and softly padded merry-go-round.
Queenscliff Carnival of Fun!!
This hidden gem, is a family friendly kids carnival open from 12:00 noon to 8pm everyday from Boxing day through to the 21st Jan
Rollercoasters, hanuted house, games, dodgem cars, yummy food stalls. Well worth the visit!
Kids Crafting Activities:
Amazing Creatures Display
51 Little Malop Street, Geelong
Enter the world of invertebrates, test your knowledge of these amazing creatures and design your own new species to take home. Ages 8+
Session 1: 9th Jan 2019 @ 10.30am-11.30am
Session 2: 15th Jan 2019 @ 10.30am-11.30am
KID'S WORKSHOP - DIY BATH BLISS
Are you looking for the ultimate school holiday fun to entertain your kids so that you can enjoy 2 whole blissful hours kid-free to yourself? What about a Kid's Workshop that they will love and YOU don't have to lift a finger to organised or clean up afterwards?
-their hand's dirty making natural bath products.
-to pick the perfect scents and make bath bombs, body scrub and bath salts to take home.
-a workbook with the recipes and fun activities to inspire further learning.
-a calming roller bottle gift when they leave.
-to learn the basics of essential oils in a fun and interactive way.
You'll love that they are using natural, chemical-free products and organic doTERRA essential oils.
This workshop is recommended for children 7 to 12 years.
Cost: $30 per child
Bookings: Essential via https://simplyhappy.com.au/kids-workshop/
Date: 21st Jan 2019
Location: Creative Geelong, 132 Lt Malop St, Geelong
Explore neon colours in this unique make and play workshop. Make your own glowing puppet, then take them on an adventure though the immersive Glow Garden installation.
Drop in any time between 11am and 2 pm no bookings required.
Suitable for children aged 4 and up.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Gold Coin Donation appreciated.
Session 1: 12th Jan 2019 @ 11am-2pm
Session 2: 13th Jan 2019 @ 11am-2pm
Session 3: 19th Jan 2019 @ 11am-2pm
Location: 171 Moorabool St, Geelong
PAPER PLATE CREATURES
Explore some of Earth’s curious creatures and then recreate your own with simple craft materials. All ages.
Session 1: 19th Jan 2019 @ 10.30am-11.30am
Session 2: 25th Jan 2019 @ 2.30pm-3.30pm
Location: 51 Lt Malop St, Geelong
Let your imagination soar as you create, construct and decorate your very own kite in this hands-on workshop. Ages 8+
Session 1: 18th Jan 2019 @ 2.30pm-3.30pm
Session 2: 21st Jan 2019 @ 2.30pm-3.30pm
Location: 51 Lt Malop St, Geelong
Join us and create your own curious animals using collage techniques in this hands-on session. Ages 5+
Session 1: 14th Jan 2019 @ 10.30am-11.30am
Session 2: 24th Jan 2019 @ 10.30am-11.30am
Location: 51 Lt Malop St, Geelong
Event Co-Ordinator: Geelong Library & Heritage Centre