September school holidays are here! Spring is a great time to enjoy the Peninsula with your family. Here are my September school holiday ideas for families living on or visiting Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and surrounds.
- Beach: The best things in life are free when you’re a “Peninsula Family”. There are pristine beaches down south when the sun shines or if it isn’t isn’t shining, rug the kids up and collect treasures, play games and build sandcastles on any beach. For locals and regulars, with so many beaches to choose from, try exploring a new one for a change of scenery.
- Park: The Peninsula has a number of high quality parks. We love the playgrounds at Flinders, Sorrento and Mornington. For nature’s best try Seawinds on Arthur’s Seat for amazing views and we often see kangaroos at dusk.
- Briars: We visit Angus and Rose at the Briars every school holidays for the delicious cake, fenced in play space and brilliant children’s activities. http://www.angusandroseatthebriars.com
- Pier Walk: Go for a walk down the local pier, I recently did this with my son and he loved it. It also brought memories flooding back of jumping off Mornington Pier as a teenager.
- Gravity Zone: Recently we discovered Gravity Zone in Seaford. My kids loved it and next time we go I will be joining in on the action too. This is an energy burning activity. you may even get kids who fall asleep in the car on the way home. http://www.gravity-zone.com.au
- Nature Hunt: Spring is a beautiful time to go for a walk on the many trails the Peninsula has to offer like the foreshore paths. Often we take baskets and my children collect little interesting leaves and treasures along the way to bring home for use in art and craft.
- The Enchanted Maze: Look no further for a magical and fun day out. Book ahead if you plan on doing the ropes course.http://www.enchantedmaze.com.au
- PARC: Penisula aquatic and recreation centre will be a fun place to be these holidays. They have Water Inflatables, Monday to Thursday 12-4, Fridays 12-6, Disco Night on Friday 25th September and a Movie Night, Lego Movie on Thursday 1st October.
- Peninsula Hot Springs: Relax and unwind with your children in the tranquil setting. This is a quiet activity you know if your child would be suited to this or not. http://www.peninsulahotsprings.com
- Moonlit Sanctuary: Animal lovers this is for you. There is over 60 Australian Species and a new wombat enclosure.http://www.moonlitsanctuary.com.au
- City: We are just one hour away from the city. Go to the gallery or museum, sit at a café and people watch or spend the day at the children’s garden at the botanic gardens. The immigration museum is also great. I think its important to leave your local area every now and then and and expand childrens perception of the world.
- Melbourne Zoo: With the East link freeway Melbourne Zoo is just over an hour away. The zoo is always a fun family day out. Become a Zoo member for free unlimited entry. I recently joined and I wish I had sooner. http://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne
- Melbourne Show: Is running from 19-29 September. Although not on the Peninsula the show is definitely worth the drive. We go every year and its a real highlight for the whole family. So much fun. i just had to include in this list as September holidays means Show time! http://royalshow.com.au
- Rest: I have a preppie and she is tired after three terms at school, we will be going on a few adventures but importantly we will be having some down time at home to get some rest during the holidays. My kids love making cubbies using dining table chairs and sheets and snuggling up to watch some of their favourite shows. Its great to get out and explore but I think rest and quiet time is really important too.
I hope this list of September school holiday ideas for Mornington Peninsula families gives you some inspiration. You don’t have to spend money every day to have fun, I’ve included 5 ideas that are completely free! Please tell me if you try out any of my suggestions, I would love to hear about your holidays. My suggestion for parents is to sleep when you can and have wine racks stocked. I hope you survive and enjoy the September school holidays.
Mum With Wings