GEELONG SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE SPRING 2019

GEELONG SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE SPRING 2019

Fear not, fellow parents, the wait is over and my largest ever school holiday guide is here.
My aim: To save you panic, overwhelm and hours of research trying to find the perfect activity to entertain your little humans.

The One Day P.A. Geelong School Holiday Guide has 50 fun activities happening throughout the Geelong region, they won’t pull on the purse strings, but will occupy your poppets for the school holiday season.

From full day programs, creative workshops, sporty stuff and family-friendly events, I’ve got you covered.
Now, grab a cuppa, sit down, take a deep breath and start planning out your holiday schedule.

Lou x

PS: Many of these activities book out before the holidays start so I do recommend you get in quick to secure your place and in some cases, an early bird discount.


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FULL DAY FUN

1. YMCA GEELONG
The Newtown Stadium School Holiday Program runs throughout September and offers all sorts of activities, adventures and educational experiences for school aged children. For more info, click here

2. YMCA TORQUAY + ARMSTRONG CREEK
Coastal kids aged 5-12 will have a sensational spring building a billy cart, playing bubble soccer and picnicking at the You Yangs. For more info, click here

3. ARTWORX KIDS HOLIDAY ART BOOTCAMP
Perfect for creative kids aged 5-12 or those who want to try something new. Stimulate their artistic development and socialising skills by booking them in for two days of fun and creativity. To book, click here

4. TEAM KIDS
Cherubs aged 5-12 will have an awesome holiday experience each and every day with exciting incursions, excursions and in-house themes. For more info, click here

5. ONE WORLD FOR CHILDREN
The kids won’t have time to get bored during this program, with indoor skating, cupcake making and a trip to Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary among the highlights. To book, click here

6. CITY OF GREATER GEELONG
A fun, inclusive, supportive and flexible school holiday program for kids at primary school aged 5 to 12. Programs operate from Boorai Child & Family Centre Ocean Grove, Norlane Child & Family Centre and Leopold Child & Family Centre.
For more info, click here

7. KELLY SPORTS
With a big bash competition, dynamic dodgeball and a disco party, they’ll burn off plenty of energy at this school holiday program for kids aged 4-12. It runs daily from September 23 – October 4. Week one will be held at Try Boys Basketball Stadium an week two at Geelong Basketball Netball Centre. For more info, click here

Indie Kids Photography Workshop

Indie Kids Photography Workshop

WORKSHOPS

8. MINDFUL MOVEMENT
DanceWorks Geelong is running a Mindful Movement workshop full of dance, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, nutrition and art on September 24 (for kids aged 8-12), and September 25 (for 12-18 year olds). Early bird price is $65 and closes August 31. More info here

9. JUNIOR CHOCOLATIER CLASSES
This oh so sweet experience is held in a ‘parent free zone’ at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie. Your little sweetie will learn how to make their very own chocolate creations. Classes available September 25-26 and October 2-3. Bookings essential. For more info, click here

10. INDIE KIDS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Does your child LOVE taking images on your iphone or ipad? If yes, then this two hour workshop, hosted by professional photographer Donna, will spark their joy! There’ll be a fun themed outdoor photo shoot and they’ll learn tips and tricks to create better photography. Suitable for ages 8-12. To book, click here

11. BOP TIL YOU DROP
With a focus on performing arts and self confidence, this two day workshop from September 24-25, is for kids aged 5-12. Program includes singing, dancing, drama, science, fun with food and craft. For more info, click here

Freshwater Creek Farm Tour

Freshwater Creek Farm Tour

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

12. COUNTRY FUN @ BASILS FARM
The popular Meet and Feed the Animal Sessions + Lunch are on Thursdays during the school holidays (weather dependent) and Friday, October 4, 10.15am. Suitable footwear for walking around the farm and paddocks is a must. Cost is $20. More info here

13. THE GEEMANJI ADVENTURE
Tikis have taken over our region and they've let the animals run wild! Solve hidden clues and collect tools, points and coins and win prizes. This awesome initiative from Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine is free – just download the Geemanji App. For more info, click here

14. FESTIVAL OF SPORT
Get along to GMHBA Stadium for a free day of sport and family entertainment, including Geelong Cats Stadium tours, the Mik Maks and Medieval Jousting displays. The festival celebrates physical activity, health and the diversity of sport in our region. October 6, 11.30am-3.30pm. Kardinia Park. More info here

15. CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION
Did you know Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse (established in 1848) on the mainland is right here in our backyard? Hit the Great Ocean Road and take a squiz. There’s also a WWII Radar Bunker, Buck Tucker and yummy homemade food. Book online and save here

16.MINI GOLF @ CURLEWIS GOLF CLUB
Get into the swing of things and navigate water, rocks and tunnels on the cool two tiered mini golf course. There are daily score prizes and a practice green. For more info, click here

17. JUMPZ ANGLESEA
Activate Operation Wear Them Out with a drive to Anglesea to this unique outdoor facility with 360 degrees of trampolines. It’s flippin’ good. For more info, click here

18. OTWAY FLY TREETOP ADVENTURES
Get back to nature and spend a day in the lush Otway Ranges. Little adventurers will soar like birds through leafy treetops on the Zipline Tour, and scale new heights on the Treetop Walk. For more info, click here

19. A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS
All aboard! Thomas The Tank Engine will be at Queenscliff Railway Station from October 5-6 for unlimited rides in those Troublesome Trucks. Oliver will take everyone on a scenic 45-minute trip, meet meet Sir Topham Hatt and his Station Master and visit Henry and climb up to his Drivers Cab to blow his whistle. For more info click here

20. GEELONG BOLLARD TRAIL WALK
An oldie but a goodie. Head to the Geelong waterfront and meet some of the characters who’ve played a part in our town’s history. See how many you can tick off (there’s hundreds!) For more info, click here

21. BELLARINE ADVENTURE GOLF
Junior Greg Normans, are you ready? Take a trip to Wallington and tackle two mini golf courses - The Mill or The Mountain. More info here

22. SEAROAD FERRIES
Set sail on the School Holiday Ferry Run with a range of on board activities, such as the Krazy Koala Puppet Show and Captain Jack Pirate Show, included in the ferry ticket price. For more info, click here

23. BARRABOOL MAZE ESTATE
Get lost. Literally! Inside a hedge maze surrounded by the beautiful Barrabool Hills. When your intrepid adventurers eventually get out, take them for a turn around the gorgeous garden and a bite to eat at the cafe. For more info, click here

24. LIVE WIRE PARK
Get set for an electrifying (and elevated) experience and check out Australia’s most extreme zipline at Lorne. Online bookings recommended. For more info, click, here

25. FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
Treat your tastebuds to culinary cuisines from various gourmet vendors. There’s plenty of room to sit and live entertainment, too. October 4, 11.30am-2.30pm. Little Malop Street, between Moorabool and Yarra Streets, Geelong. More info here

26. FARM TOURS AT FRESHWATER CREEK COTTAGES
This place is the backyard you’ve always wanted. Take a tractor ride, follow farmer Phill, and help feed the animals, then let loose in the playground. For more info click here

Play School Exhibition

Play School Exhibition

RAINY DAY FUN

27. POTTERY & CRAFT SESSIONS
It’s all happening at Hazy Tales Art Studio, Drysdale these school holidays. Your creative critter can make a ceramic animal, desk tidy organiser or even paper mache  Frida Kahlo! For more info, click here

28. GEELONG REGIONAL LIBRARIES
From stories, songs and craft, to film fiestas, dinosaur doings and a rumble in the jungle, there’s SO MUCH HAPPENING across our amazing local library branches this school holidays (and most of it is free!) Check out the program here

29. INFLATABLE WORLD
This big and bouncy playground is open Wednesday to Monday 10am-4pm (except AFL Grand Final Day) during school holidays. Parents can check out the new menu at Cafe Sports. 13 Gravel Pits Rd, South Geelong. More info here

30. KIDS DAY OUT GEELONG
Head into Market Square from September 25 to October 2, 10am-2pm where kids can have a day out creating, learning, playing and exploring all over the centre. An Arty Party and gymnastics circuit are among the many highlights. Cnr Malop & Moorabool Sts, Geelong. More info here

31. HUMANS IN GEELONG
See inspiring exhibitors, thought-provoking speakers, uplifting performances and get amongst the fun in the courtyard at this free community event on October 6 at Deakin University Waterfront. More info here

32. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PLAY SCHOOL
Australia’s longest-running television show is celebrating 50 years. To celebrate, Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima (as well as the Round, Square and Arched windows) are all on show at the National Wool Museum until October 7. More info here

33. NATIONAL WOOL MUSEUM
Drop in school holidays activities, including crafts, free face painting, music, stories and textile basket weaving, kick off Monday, September 23. More info here

34. ROLLERWAY SKATE CENTRE
The kids can glide the days away at Geelong’s all-skate centre, Rollerway Newtown. Skaters of all levels are welcome. See school holiday skate times here

35. NBL @ THE ARENA
See Melbourne United take on the Perth Wildcats in a pre-season match on Wednesday, September 25 at the Geelong Arena, 7.30pm. Tickets start at $15. To buy, click here

36. URBAN UPCYCLE
Book a spot on a Creation Station and they can get creative with all kinds of recycled materials and create a masterpiece to take home. Kids under three are free. For more info, click here

37. WHO’S WHO PORTRAIT PRIZE @ GEELONG GALLERY
Check out the work of local students at this exhibition that honours Jules Francois Archibald and encourages young artists to celebrate local or regional identities, their personal histories and achievements through portraiture. Runs from September 14-October 13. For more info, click here

38. TIMEZONE GEELONG
An oldie but a goodie. Little gamers can take on mates and machines then head to the prize counter to reward their efforts. For more info, click here

39. SUPA WORLD GEELONG
Mini Supa Stars can bounce of the walls (literally) at this action packed indoor adventure centre. I suggest you book online to avoid wait times. For more info, click here

40. BATH BLISS WORKSHOP
Enjoy 2 whole blissful hours kid-free to yourself with this Bath Bliss Workshop that your kids will love and YOU don’t have to lift a finger to organise or clean up afterwards. For more info, click here

41. CODING WORKSHOP
CIY.Clubs allow Coders to embark on a journey which will see them Learn, Train and Master skills for the future. Pathways start at the basics, from Game Coding and 3D design. Their progression may open doors to more advanced challenges in these topics, as well as 3D printing, Website Development, Robotics or App Design. Ages: 8-12. To book: Click here

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STAGE SHOWS

42. POSSUM MAGIC
Little ones will love seeing Grandma Poss and her magic on stage when Mem Fox’s beautiful book is brought to life at GPAC on October 5. For more info, click here

43. RUMPELSTILTSKIN
Check out a new twist on a very traditional story with plenty of music and colour from October 1-4 at the Potato Shed, Drysdale. More info here

44. DR SEUSS'S CAT IN THE HAT
Oh the places we will go! Little ones are in for a live treat when Dr Seuss’s masterpiece hits the stage at GPAC on on September 24. More info here

45. THE MIK MAKS
See these musical legends perform their classics and brand new songs live on stage September 24 at Geelong West Town Hall. The 50 minute show is perfect for littlies aged 1.8. For tickets, click here

46. CIRCUS SQUAD
Let the kids run away and join the circus with the Gasworks SUPER CIRCUS SQUAD performance! In this highly interactive journey, kids and adults join in to help the heroes find their powers, fears, strengths, weaknesses and – most importantly – their names. To book click here

Royal Melbourne Show

Royal Melbourne Show

ROAD TRIP OUT OF TOWN

47. ZOOVIE NIGHT
Experience the family favourite movie, the original The Lion King under the stars Werribee Open Range Zoo on September 21. Wander around the Zoo before the screening, then settle in for the night. For more info, click here

48. WHITE NIGHT BALLARAT
Projection, installations, performance and music from 7pm Saturday, September 21 until 2am Sunday, September 22. Includes free entry to Art Gallery of Ballarat's Liu Bolin Camouflage exhibition between 6pm and 10pm. More info here

49. ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW
Raid the piggy bank, ride the highway and roll up to the Melbourne Showgrounds from September 21 to October 1and get ready for a day of rides, showbags and livestock. There’s something for everyone at the show. More info here

50. BE AN INSTANT ROCKSTAR
Take a roadtrip to The Arts Centre Melbourne where your budding musician can compose their own piece of music using a library of thousands of sound samples. With so much to choose from, whether it’s dubstep, jazz or rock they’re into – The Arts Centre has got you covered. For more info click here

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