We have visited some of the little known spots around town that are a godsend for you and the kids.
The school holidays are a great opportunity to spend more time with your children, however, at times it can be hard to keep them entertained. This week we have visited spots around Melbourne that are sure to provide some fun.
One of the most popular local secrets in Victoria is the Diamond Valley Railway [Eltham Lower Park, 570 Main Road, Eltham]. This miniature steam train is tiny, but mighty having operated over 3 million journeys. Parents are encouraged to join their children on the scenic railway that takes you through some 2km of natural bushland, over bridges, through tunnels and through a series of inclines and declines. At only $3 for a 15 minute ride, this is definitely something that will entertain children of all ages, and the parents!
The train began running in 1961 and is still going strong today. So strong in fact that we suggest getting down very early to ensure you are not lining up for extended periods. Opening hours are Sundays between 11am and 5pm and Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm during the school holidays.
Does your child (or you) fancy a ride on a rocket ship? Known as one of the most adventurous playgrounds in Melbourne, the slide itself at Buckingham Rocket Ship Reserve [Kororoit Creek Trail, Sunshine West] is two stories high and can be seen from all sides of the park. However, for little kids and those not so daring to venture into space there are options. Smaller slides, walking and riding trails, lots of shade, and grass a plenty to play around on. Explore even further and find a small shrub maze where the fun can continue. Make sure you bring along a picnic and some snags as there is also a BBQ area and a large communal dining space, the perfect way to spend a day out these school holidays.
Image source: melbourneplaygrounds.com.au
The name Fortress Park [Fortress Road, Doreen] sounds intriguing to children and adults alike. However, that its name is not the only interesting thing about this park. The first thing that catches your eye is a prominent wooden structure towering over the middle of the park. The expansive structure is made up of climbing walls, double slides, monkey bars, rope spiders, flying fox, hammock, swings and about 20 more contraptions!
The kids will never get bored at this park. Once they have finished up on the playground there is also a grassy area with soccer goals. There is another playground about 100 metres away, aptly named, Fortress Park South. Here you will find a basketball and tennis wall. The playground also has swings, a small flying fox and an amazing Skysurf that spins and goes in many directions. This large park can entertain the kids for days on end, giving you the time to relax, join in or even do some work on the shaded seating areas.
Image source: mammaknowsnorth.com.au
Bounce [22 Joseph Street, Blackburn North] is a bustling hive during the school holidays. Here you will find a number of activities to feed your jumping bug. From bounce dodgeball to basketball and free jumping, there are activities for all age groups. The kids are sure to head homr wanting a good nights rest after a bounce session, and if you're keen to get a bit of exercise in yourself it maskes for the perfect family activity. What’s more, the Bounce warehouses are covered with colourful padding to make sure everyone is kept safe while having the time of their lives.
Image source: bounceinc.com.au
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