Holidays! Time for teachers to rejoice and parents to lament, and for those of us who fit into both of these categories…well, let’s just look for some small wins in the next few weeks. The sun is shining, the evenings are becoming balmy and the outdoor lifestyle we love on the Mornington Peninsula livens up.
Here are my suggestions for ways you can make it, move it and see it these holidays. Oh, and a couple of suggestions for free activities because isn’t that everyone’s favourite ‘f’ word?
Get out there and explore the Mornington Peninsula these spring school holidays!
‘Weave Away’ | Wed 26 Sept + Thurs 4 Oct
11 AM– 12.30PM | Ages 8+ and 5+ with adult supervision | $15 +bf
View Sannè Mestrom’s weavings in the exhibition Black Paintings then work with tapestry weaver Barb Mauro to warp and weft your way to create your own weaving. *Includes all materials
‘Junior Art in the Park’ Leaf Insects | Wed 3 Oct
11 AM – 11.45AM | Ages 3-5 Adult supervision required | $8 +bf
Walk and explore the park looking at all the different shapes and colours of leaves and natural materials then glue these onto card to create your own insects.
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery – ‘Crafty Creations’
Let your inner artist and scientist play as you create a new species of plant or animal. Be inventive with mixed media, colour and texture as you design and construct your very own creation | $12 bookings essential via MPRG
5-8yr olds | Tues 2 Oct | 10am-12pm | Adult and child co-creator workshop
9-12yr olds | Wed 3 Oct | 10am-12pm | Adult co-creator welcome but not required
Every child has an opportunity to throw on the wheel and everything is provided, including clay, colors, glazes, firings, drinks and a snack. Samples and inspirational works on display.
Every weekday during the holidays | Two sessions – 9:30am-12:30pm or 2:30pm-5:30pm
Suitable from ages 5+ | $55 per person – all inclusive.
Creative Makes @ Hastings Community Hub
With a variety of school holiday crafty fun for a range of different ages, there is something to keep everyone happy at Creative Makes in Hastings.
‘Process not Product’ | Tues 25 Sept | 10:30am-11:30am | Ages 2+
‘Mummy and Me Dream Catcher’ | Tues 25 Sept | 1:30pm-3:30pm | Ages 5+
‘Radical Rainbows’ | Thurs 27 Sept | 10:30am-11:30am | Ages 2+
‘Funky Footwear’ | Thurs 27 Sept | 1:30pm-2:30pm | Ages 4+
For more details or to book your place, use the link above to find their website!
Acro Kids @ The Village Church, Mt Eliza
Acro + Parkour holiday workshops | Their new parkour/ninja workshops include super fun obstacle courses where the aim is to use both mind and body to complete the course – a challenge for kids of all ages.
In their Acro sessions, children learn gymnastics fundamentals including tumbling, cartwheels, handstands, walkovers, flips, aerials and much more. A circuit style program with fun acro games, perfect for keeping those active kids busy these holidays!
24th September – 5th October | 2hrs per session | Ages 3.5yrs+ | $30 per child
The Briars @ Mount Martha
The Briars turn it on for the Spring school holidays. The wildflowers are in bloom and the sanctuary creatures are active. Choose from activities during the day or explore the Wildlife Sanctuary at night and whether you’re a fan of fairies or frogs there are adventures for kids of all ages. For a full list of dates and session details, visit the link above.
Mornington Railway – Moorooduc Station + Mornington Station
Travel on the Mornington Railway with your favourite super heroes on their new mission! There’s even prizes for the best dressed!
Wed 26 Sept, Sun 30 Sept + Wed 3 Oct | Departure times + prices vary…more details
Red Gum BBQ – Red Hill
Join Faery Emma from Stardust Fairies, for some glittery actives and BBQ fun. FREE face painting and crafty fun for all the little fairies and elves! Bookings recommended.
Mornington Peninsula Libraries – Check your local library for lots of free school holiday activities.
Playgrounds – My pick is the Rosebud Foreshore Playground at the beach end of Jetty Road. Featuring all the things that bring joy to a kids heart, slides, climbing nets, swings and flying fox! Also the essentials all parents look for…toilets, undercover areas + BBQs. Also, just a step away is the boardwalk and most obviously the beach + pier. To finish off the playground experience, take a short stroll over to the shops for some well earned ice-cream or coffee!
National Parks – Short strolls for the little families or long hikes for the older kids, you can choose your own adventure in our national parks. From the crisp air of Red Hill to the rugged coast line near Cape Schanck, the Mornington Peninsula National Park encapsulates the essence of the peninsula.