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29 June 2017

Top activities to keep Gippsland kids entertained during school holidays

School holidays are for memory making (and catching up on sleep!), so it’s time to start planning some fun-filled days to keep the kids entertained.

image of children undertaking a cooking class
Images courtesy of Jacican

Gippsland always has a host of activities rolling out through the school break, and whether you’re looking for cheap and cheerful ways to pass the days, or have some cash to splash, here are some great ideas.

COOK UP A STORM

Image of kids paying attention during a cooking class
Images courtesy of Milly and Romeo’s Cooking School

You won’t believe how easy it is to get the kids into the kitchen with these delicious programs.

Mirboo North-based Jacican runs a host of Kids in the Kitchen classes each school holidays, from making your own brunch and lolly-making to making a four-course Chinese banquet. For more information call 5668 2475.

String + Salt in Warragul offers a range of tempting cooking classes for kids; from wontons to apple pies, to baozi – there’s something for all tastebuds. Book online or call 5622 2119.

Milly and Romeo’s Cooking School in Koonwarra also has specially designated kids’ cooking activities during the school break – keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what they’re cooking up next!

EXPLORE THE WILDERNESS

Image of a family of 3 with a tour guide exploring Buchan Caves
Image courtesy Visit Victoria

We’re lucky enough to live in the ultimate outdoor playground – so why not unleash the kids on everything Gippsland has to offer!

The Buchan Caves is a must-do for any Gippsland kid, the spectacular underground formations really have to be seen to be believed.

Taking your kids on a dinosaur hunt is as simple as a drive down to Inverloch.

Image of two boys exploring on a rock with safety googles and hammers
Image copyright Anita Butterworth

The South Gippsland Conservation Society runs Dinosaur Digs for kids throughout the school holidays. For just $5 a child and $10 an adult (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult) you get hear the fascinating history behind our dinosaur coast at the Bunurong Environment Centre, before heading down to the beach to try your luck at uncovering some dino fossils!

Make sure you also take the time to take an adventurous walk – we’ve put together a bucket list of Gippsland walks you have to try!

Or, simply get some fresh air at your local park, here’s a wrap of Gippsland’s best.

TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME

Image of a woman demonstrating an old saw while a group of young children watch
Images courtesy of South Gippsland Shire Council

Give your kids a taste of Gippsland’s rich history with a trip to one of the many historic sites dotted around this beautiful part of Victoria.

Coal Creek Community Park and Museum in Korumburra is like taking a step back in time, and best of all entry is free!

The park is open seven days a week over the Victorian school holidays, and kids get to see what life was like in Gippsland from the 1870s to the 1920s.

Image of a lit up building in Walhalla at night li
Images courtesy of Walhalla & Mountains

The stunning town of Walhalla is also a fabulous way to give the kids a history lesson, showing them just how this tiny town boomed during the gold rush.

Explore the lovingly maintained, authentic buildings, or take a ride on the historic Walhalla Goldfields Railway, which ramps up during school holidays.

Image of a family undertaking a tour underground in a coal mine
Images courtesy Parks Victoria

Another fabulous mining community that will immerse the kids in a bygone era is the State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi. Underground tours run daily, with additional tours during the school holidays and prices varying depending on age. However, it’s free to visit the above-ground facilities, including the heritage walk.

A DAY OF FUN

Image of a chocolate waterfall at the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Image courtesy Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

There are so many great local businesses to support on the school holidays, there’s no need to travel beyond Gippsland to give the kids some great, energy-sapping fun!

To be honest, why should the kids have all the fun? A trip to the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is a delectable day out for the whole family! Indulge in some delicious treats at the café, and take a fascinating tour through the factory to find out the secrets behind chocolate.

Image of children jumping on indoor trampolines and playing sports
Image courtesy Jump & Climb

There’ll be no problems getting the kids into bed after a session at Jump & Climb in Traralgon. Get them jumping, climbing or both – and you can even join in on the fun! Make sure you book a session, and check additional hours during the holidays.