Want to know a secret … holiday fun can be easy.
Fear not grown-ups. The school holidays are almost here. Be thankful for the time away from regular term-time activities and enjoy down-time with your children. Tick Tock’s aim is for ‘easy-fun’ these holidays and if your kids can’t join our City Slicker experience, we are happy to share some holiday secrets that are within easy distance of Geelong, and an easy day trip from Melbourne.
Tick Tock’s first secret for ‘easy-fun’ these Easter holidays is to visit your local library. Forget the days of old when libraries were all hush and icy stares, libraries are now bustling community hubs. Geelong Regional Library offers an extensive program of free holiday activities for children including a step into the world of ninja warriors, 3D printing, filmmaking, and virtual reality. Do your kids a favour these holidays and sign them up for a free library card.
Find time for ‘easy-fun’ at Storyfest in Central Geelong (3rd April – 15th April), where various venues will play host to 13 days of performances, workshops, exhibitions and competitions. Tick Tock loves a dance floor and disco ball so plans to sneak into the dance party for 9-15 year olds! After dancing, the next fun Storyfest activity for Tick Tock children will be to learn to cook Sri Lankan fusion style. Be quick to enrol your kids in Kids Cook-up and Family Cook-up at the taste-sensation, RooK. Fun and dinner taken care of … that’s a time-saver.
Another secret … give the kids a healthy glow by getting them outdoors and into natural beauty. If you’ve never visited the You Yangs, add it to your holiday plans. Whether you enjoy mountain-biking, walking, watching wildlife or just picnicking, the You Yangs is a quiet spot for rest and active holiday fun. Perfectly located between Melbourne and Geelong, take the time to explore it.
For an experience of the arts, visit the Potato Shed at Drysdale where families will be thrilled by Cinderella. This performance is suitable for all ages, but particularly lovely for grandparents caring for young ones. Daytime viewing leaves ample time for lunch at The Cheeky Cow in Ocean Grove. Grandparent, child and dog friendly, playground equipped and right on the beach; a perfectly easy and inexpensive day out.
Test your sea legs by travelling as a foot passenger on the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry. Their school holiday packages include a dolphin discovery tour, craft and balloon fun and coding Ozobots, which in parent-speak means teaching robots how to perform tricks. Take to the seas, enjoy a coffee and quietly watch your children learn something new.
Still on the Bellarine, where all the talk has been about ‘The Range’, play at the new “exceptional experience” presented by Curlewis Golf Club. Open 7 days from 7am until late, the driving range, mini golf, XGolf Simulators and PGA Pro lessons offer ‘easy-fun’ for budding and experienced golfers. These state of the art facilities, just one hour from Melbourne and 15 minutes from Geelong, won’t be a secret for long.
We make no secret that this Easter, Tick Tock will be found with other beach-loving, sports-fans witnessing the end of an incredible surfing career. Join Tick Tock in farewelling 3X World Champion Mick Fanning, at the WSL Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, (28th March – 8th April). Watch the world’s best male and female surfers compete to ring the bell and win professional surfing’s most sought after trophy. If you can’t get there, follow all the surfing action at World Surf League.
Make time for rest and have ‘easy-fun’ these school holidays.
Just yours and Tick Tock’s little secrets.