HOT: Foxtel Footy Festival, Yarra Park MCG, Marathon Way, East Melbourne

Footy Festival MCG

The Foxtel Footy Festival is a fantastic FREE event that showcases Melbourne’s food, music, movies, and of course, AFL football. It’s located in Yarra Park outside Gate 3 of the MCG and running for four days from Wednesday, September 28 until Grand Final day, Saturday, October 1.

Footy Festival MCG

If you’re coming with kids then make a beeline for the dedicated Kids Zone for lots of free fun.

Footy Festival MCG

Explore the CBeebies area and step inside the wonderful world of Hey Duggee and go on an awesome adventure with Go Jetters!

Footy Festival MCG

There are ipad activities, colouring-in, magnetic puzzles and character meet and greets throughout the day.

Footy Festival MCG

In the Disney Junior zone pick up a ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirates’ sword and some Mickey Mouse ears, play cars with Cars and meet more of your favourite Disney characters.

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Older kids will love the Nickelodeon Slime Lab – bring a change of clothes!

There’s also opportunities to kick..

Footy Festival MCG

…slide…

Footy Festival MCG

…climb…

Footy Festival MCG

…jump…

Foxtel Footy Festival MCG 2016

…and even fly a drone!

Footy Festival MCG

If you’re hungry Woolworths provide free fruit in the Kids Zone or head to the ‘Lifestyle Taste of Football’ area with stalls by Melbourne restaurants such as Biggie Smalls, Mistress Estelle and Burch & Purchese.

Check out the full Foxtel Footy Festival program including free Minions movie on Thursday 29 September and a Grand Final Eve concert in Yarra Park on Friday, September 30.


HOT Tips:

  • entry is free;
  • parking is hard to find, street parking is normally limited to 1 hour;
  • nearest train station Jolimont or tram #48 and #75;
  • wear shoes that are easy to take on and off if kids are likely to want to go on inflatables;
  • ground can get muddy so don’t wear your best shoes or wear gumboots;
  • take a reusable shopping bag so you can carry all the free paraphernalia you collect from the stands; and
  • take water, hat, sunscreen – not many water taps around as far as I could see.

Foxtel Footy Festival, Yarra Park MCG, Marathon Way, East Melbourne

Wednesday 28 September – Saturday 1 October 10am – 6/7pm depending on whether special events are on.

What’s On – Friday 30 September to Thursday 6 October

Whats on in melbourne

Last weekend of the school holidays, the AFL Grand Final then school’s back. But the fun continues in October! Here’s a list of everything that’s happening in Melbourne for kids this week.

CBD/Docklands

Foxtel Footy Festival MCG 2016

NORTH  / NORTH-EAST

Bulla Hill Railway, Bulla Recreation Reserve, 15 Green St, Bulla

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

EAST

WEST

The HOT List: Top 10 Family Travel Links on the Web – September 2016

Sept 2016 travel links

This month’s roundup of the best family travel articles around web features Pokemon, amazing accommodation in Regional Victoria and interstate jaunting. 

Hope you find it useful and interesting, I’d love to hear your feedback parents@tothotornot.com!

Family Friendly Melbourne

1. Eat Play Love Travel’s day out at Melbourne Zoo

2. Your ultimate guide to catching Pokemon in Melbourne

3. Top 23 things to do with kids in Melbourne – how many have you ticked off?

Family Travel – Regional Victoria

    1. The Flop House in Kyneton is on my to-do list
    2. Most unusual Airbnb rooms in Victoria
    3. Top 10 things to do with kids in Victoria’s High Country

Family Travel – Interstate and Overseas

  1. The best new Aussie hotels
  2. Tips for being a pro packer
  3. Three days in Bangkok – salivate!
  4. The best things to do with kids on the Gold Coast – our next interstate destination this summer.

For previous family travel roundups click here.


What travel articles have you read this month that have inspired you?

HOT: Wombat Pat and Play Wild Encounter, Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Rd, Healesville

Wombat Healesville Zoo

Next time you’re visiting Healesville Sanctuary, why not try something out of the ordinary?

We certainly made the most of a recent visit, when we met an Australian icon at a Wombat Pat and Play wild encounter.

When we arrived at the wombat enclosure the star of the show was playing prima donna, unwilling to join her fans. El Guapo made the most of the time by pretending to be a wombat in a cave.

Just as the keepers were preparing us for bad news, Shadow the wombat emerged from hiding.

Wombat Healesville Zoo

We sat on small stools in the enclosure and asked the keepers about the animals. Lightning was fascinated to learn that wombats have a cartilage plate in their tough backsides that they can use to protect a burrow’s entrance from predators.

Shadow munched on carrots, pumpkin and corn (her favourite) while we patted and admired her.

If you’re taking small children, remember it is a wild encounter and you need to be ready to move if necessary. Shadow tried to nip Lightning’s dad on the shin – it seems she’s learned that the keepers quickly intervene with food so she sometimes does this on purpose to get what she wants.

I’ve always had a soft spot for wombats over koalas and kangaroos so meeting Shadow was a special treat. Both kids loved the experience, which is one of the wild encounters on offer without a minimum age (as long as children are accompanied by an adult).

We scored a bonus wild encounter outside the reptile house, when Bailey the scrub python almost stole the show for Lightning. And if cheeky sausage roll-thieving ibises count as wild, we met some of them too. You have been warned!

Read on to check out what else there is to see and do at Healesville Sanctuary. If you’re staying overnight then read my guide to Family Friendly Yarra Valley.

Thank you to regular contributor Erika Jonsson for the guest post. Erika is a journalist and mother of two, 5 year old Lightning and 2 year old El Gaucho. 


HOT Tips:

  • Arrive at least half an hour before your encounter to allow time to walk down.
  • Watch your ankles – if the wombat heads straight for them you might need to move quickly.
  • Toddlers are free with a paying adult. All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Professional photos are available or take your own camera.

Wombat Pat and Play Wild EncounterHealesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Rd, Healesville

$20 per person (not including entry to Healesville Sanctuary); 10% discount for zoo members

Morning and afternoon times available

Phone 1300 966 784 for bookings (recommended)

 

Spring School Holidays at Melbourne Star – Giveaway!

Melbourne Star

Image via Melbourne Star

Melbourne Star, the giant observation wheel at Docklands, is celebrating the Spring school holidays and football finals season with special offers and displays.

From Saturday 17 September to Sunday 2 October, Sonic the Hedgehog will visit Melbourne Star daily at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Spin Sonic’s prize wheel, located at The Star Shop, for a chance to win a range of prizes!

Kids can also receive a free ride in the dodgem cars at Wonderland, beneath Melbourne Star, with the purchase of each standard child admission ticket.

The Melbourne Star offers a 30-minute journey in air-conditioned panoramic cabins that give passengers stunning 360-degree views of Melbourne with audio commentary. The cabins move smoothly in an arc so you don’t even really notice you’re moving all the time.

Melbourne Star

Image via Melbourne Star

In the lead up to the AFL Grand Final Melbourne Star is lighting up in the colours of eight AFL teams to celebrate their progression to the finals. As each team drops out of grand final contention, their colours will be removed from the night sky leaving one eventual grand final winner.

Footy fans can also receive 25% off a full-price single admission ticket by grabbing the discount code on the Footy Finals Fever posts on Melbourne Star’s Facebook page. Enter this code when booking your tickets at www.melbournstar.com to receive your footy finals discount.

Melbourne StarImage via Melbourne Star


Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands (03) 8688 9688

From September 16: daily 11am to 10pm.

Last ticket sales close 45 minute prior to advertised closing time. Last flight leaves 30 minutes prior to advertised closing time.

Book online to receive a 10 per cent discount. Families can save up to 30% off full price general admission tickets when booking online.


Giveaway! Thanks to Melbourne Star I have 4 x family passes (2 adults & 2 children) valued at approx $60 each for use any time before 8 September 2017.

To win all you have to do is follow the instructions below. Competition closes midnight Thursday 29 September and winners must respond with their details by midday Friday 23 September to have the passes posted to them. Good luck!

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What’s On – Friday 23 September to Thursday 29 September

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Here’s to the second week of school holidays with lots more fun to come.

CBD/Docklands

NORTH  / NORTH-EAST

Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Melbourne Museum, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

EAST

WEST

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