Winter holidays are here and that means the whole family is on-the-job looking after the kids in our lives. It takes a community to raise a child - lucky our vibrant community in the Yarra Valley offers a multitude of amazing options for keeping kids active, engaged and healthy.
A selection of fun and creative things to do that the whole family can enjoy. See you soon in the family friendly Yarra Valley!
DOWNLOAD FAMILY FRIENDLY TRAIL HERE - WE ARE MELBOURNE PLAYGROUND
1. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS AT THE HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY
Visit the Healesville Sanctuary and get Close -Up and Personal with a platypus, a dingo or a koala. Go on a Winter Bushland Adventure or simply wander the stunning grounds, enjoy the park area and have a great meal and well needed coffee at Harvest Cafe. On Wednesday's there's Wallaby Wednesday's where dressing up is encouraged (kids mostly but if you have a snappy costume try it out!) and the swooping and squawking of the Spirits of The Sky
2. PLAYGROUNDS TO BUILD ACTIVE & HEALTHY KIDS - PLUS MAKE THE MOST OF THE WINTER SUN
Lilydale Lake and Playground has undergone a huge rebuild so if you haven't been for a while - it's time to fix that. Enjoy the playground, walk around the lake or bring your bikes and trial the new mountain bike area.
Yarra Glen Adventure Park is still a firm favourite with our visitors and locals alike. Award winning design and loads of free space on green lawns and a bbq area.
3. TARRAWARRA MUSEUM OF ART - MAKING FACES, WONKY & WEIRD!
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOPS WITH ARTIST CLARE JAMES
While you take in the current DISCOVERING DOBELL at TarraWarra Museum of Art, or wander over to TarraWarra Estate Cellar Door and indulge in a wine tasting or take a seat at the highly esteemed TarraWarra Restaurant - you could even take advantage of their Mid-Week lunch deal - the kids will be enjoying MAKING FACES, WONKY & WEIRD with local artist, Clare James.
Participants will be looking at the works of William Dobell in the Museum and then turn their observations into their own works of art. Using ink and pencil for drawing and clay for sculpting, everyone will learn a few tricks, experiment and have fun making wonky and weird portraits!
Suitable for Primary school aged children. Duration 1.5 hours Wednesday 5 July Workshop 1: 11.30am – 1pm Workshop 2: 2pm – 3.30pm
4. TAKE A WALK IN THE FOREST AND LOOKOUT FROM THE COUNTRY ALL THE WAY TO THE CITY
Why not do a walk through nature and chat about the towering gums, lush tree ferns and play a game around who sees the most animals? So easy to do that in the Yarra Valley. What better way to end such an adventure than to walk to the top of a look-out and point to all the places you might go - or have been. Can you see your house? On a clear day maybe!
Our Top 3: Mt St Leonards, Keppel Lookout & Mt Donna Buang
Here's our TOP VIEWS TRAIL where you'll find a downloadable trail map with all the great views!
5. HIRE AN E-BIKE AND TRY THE LILYDALE TO WARBURTON TRAIL OR DROP THE SCHOOL KIDS OFF FOR A DAY OF MOUNTAIN BIKING
Have you jumped on a bike in a while? The Warburton - Lilydale Rail Trail is scenic, safe and can be done in a section that suits you. We have E-Bikes for hire out here so if you're not so sure of your current fitness levels, or you have to have a little one on the back, they are the choice to make. Great quality mountain and road bikes available too. CLICK HERE FOR CYCLING HIRE
Older school age kids that love the outdoors might enjoy being sent off on a Mountain Bike Adventure! Join the crew from Yarra Valley Cycles for a day of Shuttles on some of our favourite nearby trails. This ride day is for Intermediate riders and will be 'Off Road'. MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE (This option leaves you to explore the Yarra Valley for the day while the kids are off - win/win.)
6. DANCE X AT THE YARRA RANGES REGIONAL MUSEUM
Do you know a little dancer? Maybe a lover of virtual reality? This all-ages interactive exhibition at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum combines modern day technology with the basic love of moving our bodies. Be the cool Grandparents and bring the kids along to strap on those goggles, experience an immersive exhibition (workshops and activities listed on their website) or simply open their eyes to the wonder of the modern museum. We promise you'll love it as much as they do.
7. COOKING AND CHOCOLATE - ENOUGH SAID
Kids cooking classes and chocolate days - or should that be DAZE?
Include a family visit to Oakridge Wines in your school holiday plans - but be quick! Kids Cooking Classes on July 6th and 7th at 12pm. Oakridge Wines’ Children’s Cooking Classes are $45.00 per child and include lunch, a chef’s hat and apron to take home. The classes are an interactive way for children aged 4 – 10 to learn to cook their own savoury and sweet dish. An Oakridge chef will escort the children out to the Oakridge Wines kitchen garden to harvest herbs before taking them back indoors to assist kids in creating their lunch. YOU are welcome to observe the cooking class or enjoy a Mid-Week Deal lunch and a glass of wine in the Oakridge restaurant. MORE INFORMATION
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie offers a world of indulgence for both kids and their chaperones. Become a Junior Chocolatier is a 45 minute ‘parent / grandparent free zone’ children aged 6 – 12 years can learn from our chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. $40 includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.