As the collective sighs of parents across Australia are let out, you know that third term is almost coming to a close. It’s traditionally a busy term; it’s as though schools realise in the middle of the year how fast time is slipping away and then try to jam as much in as possible before the kids switch off completely in term four.
In the last few weeks alone we’ve had book week, science week and this week is happy week (Poss’ school celebrates a week called ‘happy week’ which makes me have all the fuzzy feels). Then there’s the preparations for an inter school gymnastics competition and the Year Five Ball. Yes, that’s a thing. And there is still a few weeks to go. Hold me.
So, with my eyes firmly on the holidays, with no small amount of excitement – because this time I’m actually taking leave for part of them – I’ve put together a bit of a list of things to do in and around Melbourne with older kids. That doesn’t involve Poss spending all day, every day, on her iPad…
National Gallery of Victory (NGV)
The team at the NGV have a bunch of activities throughout the holidays for kids aged from 6 and up, tweens and teens included. With workshops that include drawing, pottery, stop-motion movie making and ceramics; there’s something to spark the inspiration in any young artist. Find more details here.
Peninsula Hot Springs
I know, I was dubious about whether this should be something I do on my own, or with a bunch of girlfriends, or if it’s something that Poss would get anything out of. Yet, everyone I talk to that has taken their (older) kids have raved about it. So it’s on the list. Hot tip – it’s cheaper mid-week, so holidays are the perfect time to try it out. Details here.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
We went for a drive up here a few weeks ago. It involved much chocolate. Really I shouldn’t have to say anything else… but if you wanted extra details, they hold chocolate classes up, there’s balls for kids to kick and paths to explore. There’s an abundance of chocolate and if the sign that Poss found is anything to go by, Oompa Loompas. Find out more here.
Family Science Nights at Scienceworks
The team at Scienceworks is inviting you down for a nighttime adventure; a chance to meet with museum palaeontologists and ask any dinosaur questions you might have. There are two sessions; one on the 5th September, the other on the 23rd (which falls right in the middle of the holidays) and they’ve assured me there is plenty for big kids to get excited about, as well as stuff for the younger siblings. We’re going to be going along, so we’ll give you all an update. If you’re keen to find out more, you can check it out here.
If you’ve done Bounce to death and are looking for something different, check out Inflatable World. We took Poss along a few weeks ago and despite it being stupidly noisy and busy, she seemed to really enjoy it. We’ll be back again. Find the closest one to you here.
Of course, if all this is too much, you can always just rent a movie and eat PopTarts on the couch, which is also high on my agenda…
What are you planning for the September holidays? Is it too soon to be counting the days?