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5 Fun Family Ideas Under $20 – Geelong

Geelong’s Waterfront and surrounds make for a fabulous fun-filled family day out, even on a budget – rail, hail or shine!  AND you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone!

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  • The Waterfront is where you’ll depart your vessel and begin your day, and there’s no shortage of fun-filled activities to choose from. Warm up as you wander with a hot chocolate (or a coffee!) from The Geelong Boathouse, just a few steps west of the historic Cunningham Pier. Further along the Waterfront you can ride the immaculately restored historic carousel dating back circa 1892 or do a loop aboard the popular Eastern Beach miniature Train, stopping at various locations on the way. But for the best view of the picturesque Corio Bay, take a thrilling ride on the Giant Sky Wheel. All activities are under $10.a couple of people that are standing in the grass
  • The Bollards on the Boardwalk is another iconic feature of the Waterfront that can’t be missed! These statues of colourful characters represent historic events and people who shaped the city of Geelong. Everyone will also love the interactive element that they offer as they come to life and share their stories. Download the Activate Geelong Bollards Augmented Reality App and get ready for some fun!
  • Poppy Kettle Playground sits along the Waterfront near Cunningham Pier and is especially well-loved for its interactive Poppy Kettle water feature complete with cheeky impish elves. The playground has swings, a giant slide, and a seesaw for the younger ones. Older kids will especially love the pyramid climbing net and nearby Youth Precinct with a skate park and basketball ring.
  • MoPA – Museum of Play and Art is an ideal space, both indoor and outdoor, for children aged up to 7 years (or those young at heart.) MoPA was born from the ethos that more play and creativity can lead to a brighter future. Acclaimed as ‘One of the world’s best Children’s Museums’ by The Sydney Morning Herald, you’ll find it located just a few blocks walk from the Waterfront. Choose from 3 sessions held each day across 7 days of the week. The Museum also features a café on site. Infants are free and children’s tickets are priced at $14 and include all art supplies.  Note – all tickets must be booked online
  • Geelong Botanical Gardens are easily reached at the end of the Eastern Beach on the Waterfront. Get rugged up and let the kids run and play – fresh air! Established in 1851 these renowned gardens are a must-see for adults and kids alike. Pack a picnic or visit the lovely café in the centre of the gardens. Entry is free.  If you’re after some additional playtime, head next door to the Geelong Play Space.

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