Rug up and let the good times roll in Ballarat this winter school holidays.
Back for another year, the Ballarat Winter Festival (June 29 – July 21) never fails to disappoint. Make a beeline for Sovereign Hill for Winter Wonderlights, Australia’s largest ever light spectacle at one site. Take to the ice at the pop-up ice skating rink in the Ballarat CBD. Explore the gaming evolution at the Winteractive Arcade. Bring interactive artworks to life with your smartphone on the Ballarat Activated ArtWalk. Be in awe of the fiery clash of flaming lances and swords on Kryal Castle’s main arena. Or say hello to the newest additions at the Ballarat Wildlife Park, Sumatran tigers Maneki and Satu.
From June 29 until July 7, BLOC Music Theatre will present this tale as old as time at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts. Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cruel prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert to his true human form, the Beast must learn to love before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose.
Guided by local photographer David Bailey, participants of all ages, abilities and levels of experience can learn the art of architecture photography. BYO camera and/or iPhone for the one-hour Foto Walks, which will be held between June 29 and July 20.
Get creative and have fun at Stockland Wendouree‘s school holiday program. In the first week of the holidays, kids can create their own colourful notepad, or play some handball and do arts and crafts with Scout and the Western Bulldogs crew. In week two, Omaha Kids will host interactive and engaging real food workshops.
From dough making to stratching, topping to eating, your kids will love learning how to make pizza at Carboni’s Italian Kitchen on June 29, July 6 and July 13. Each three-hour class includes lunch with pizza and chips, soft drink, a nice little present and lots of fun!
The Art Gallery of Ballarat has some fantastic creative activities on offer in association with its Becoming Modern exhibition. Art Bites is a full-day class for kids aged 5 to 7 years. On July 1, participants will have fun creating sculptures, while on July 8, they will experiment with landscape painting and collage. Art Camp is a three-day workshop (July 2-4) for students aged 8 to 14 years in which they will experiment with a variety of materials and techniques to create artworks for a pop-up exhibition.
Jump the day away at Xtreme Bounce, Ballarat’s only trampoline centre. Bounce and tumble on the inter-linked trampolines, take a dive into the high jump air bag, challenge your friends in a game of dodge ball or battle it out in the battle beam challenge.
Located in Doveton Street North, Funbugs Playhouse is a giant indoor play space for children aged up to 12 years. Quality play equipment, along with Ballarat’s biggest indoor slides, are a sure-fire bet for hours of all-weather fun.
Gold Rush Mini Golf‘s 18-hole outdoor course celebrates Ballarat’s gold rush history, while the 18-hole indoor option travels back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Both courses are built to theme park standards with tricky greens, interesting obstacles and the odd trick throughout.
Sebastopol’s I Made It, Creative Cafe caters for both kids and parents with its arts and craft space plus cafe serving homestyle food. Get crafty making slime, headbands, light-up fairy houses and much more.
Meet Creswick Woollen Mills‘ snuggly lambs this June, July and August. See and pat the pure bred merino ewes anytime between 9am and 5pm daily. Farmer Cameron will bottle-feed the ewes at 9am and 12pm each day for about 15 minutes.
Newlyn’s Maze House is celebrating the cooler weather by hiding winter clues throughout its hedge maze, with special winter prizes up for grabs. As well as old time carnival games, hit up the cafe milk bar for a hot chocolate in front of the wood fire.
Be among the first in the world to see The Lamington Man, an Aussie take on the traditional tale of the Gingerbread Man. Your little ones will be singing and dancing as they follow the adventures of this cocky cake at Creswick’s Courthouse Theatre from July 10-13.
Cave Hill Creek‘s five-day winter camp is a residential school holiday program for kids aged 8-14. It features a extensive range of activities including canoeing, abseiling, archery, night walks, cycling, talent shows and movies.