Great Ocean Road

A spur of the moment road trip last week after a morning trip to Melbourne. We ended up spending the rest of the day stopping here and there along the Great Ocean Road, from Torquay to Port Campbell. The smoke from the Gippsland and other fires (hundreds of kilometres away) is more visible in the sunset photo, but our drive all over the state was marked by the ever present haze.

Fun 4 Kids Festival, Warrnambool

Making ‘monster friends’.

We shared a holiday house with family in Warrnambool last week in order to make the most of the Fun 4 Kids Festival that is held there every year, this year being the festival’s 18th year.  Our companions were veterans but this was our first (and probably not the last) visit to the festival (Update: the festival is no longer running).

There is so much to do at this festival! You pay at the gate then everything inside is free (except lunch; we brought our own one day and bought it the next). You could pay daily or weekly or even get a 4 day pass, with single or family tickets available. We paid daily and made the most of those days (exhausting but utterly satisfying!) so we could also spend time checking out Warrnambool, although the weather wasn’t the best being the middle of Winter.

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Part of the tiny tots room.

Activities and performances differ each year; on offer was woodwork, inflatable world, face painting, a bunch of art and craft activities, a jungle themed obstacle course, animation activities, ten pin bowling, science and musical performances and so much more.  This well organized event also features an army of helpers for every activity, as well as some great child safety measures such as optional wrist bands for name/phone number on entry, an abundance of ‘scarecrow’ helpers (for lost and found people), ever present first aid staff, and no children allowed through any exit alone. There was also the very thoughtful pram parking space, locker storage for all those made objects throughout the day, and a playful tiny tots area.

Making your own animation was a popular activity…

All in all, a fantastic week had.

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