Top 12: Best School Holiday Activities on the Mornington Peninsula

Exciting Winter Adventures for Kids on the Mornington Peninsula

The school holidays are just around the corner, and as locals, we know the hidden treasures on the Mornington Peninsula that will keep your kids entertained and thrilled. Take a break from the routine and embark on an adventure with our handpicked selection of the Top 12 Best School Holiday Activities on the Mornington Peninsula. Our beautiful peninsula is a playground for exploration and fun, offering a wide range of activities that will captivate the imaginations of your little ones. Let us guide you through the lesser-known gems that will make this winter holiday an unforgettable experience for your family. Get ready to discover the hidden treasures that await!

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No 1. The Eagle Winter Festival

Don’t you just love a festival? We love The Eagle and its seasonal festivals. The Eagle Winter Festival is a must-visit event for families. Located at Arthurs Seat, this winter wonderland offers a range of activities like ice skating, snow play, and tobogganing. Kids can enjoy the thrill of sliding down the snowy slopes or lace up their skates and glide across the ice. The festival also features delicious food stalls and enchanting winter-themed entertainment.

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No 2. Dromana Drive In

Experience a blast from the past at the Dromana Drive In. We love to bundle up with blankets and enjoy a cosy movie night with our little ones. The drive-in offers a nostalgic cinema experience, allowing us to watch the latest releases from the comfort of our car. Snuggle up and create lasting memories under the starry winter sky.

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No 3. Moonlit Sanctuary

For a close encounter with Australian wildlife, visit Moonlit Sanctuary. This unique wildlife park provides kids with the opportunity to meet and learn about native animals up close. From cuddly koalas to curious kangaroos, children can feed and interact with a variety of fascinating creatures. Our favourite visit to the sanctuary is for a nocturnal tour, allowing us to observe the active behaviors of nocturnal animals.

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No 4. Locked in Escape Rooms

We love keeping our kids problem-solving skills engaged at Locked in Escape Rooms. These interactive puzzle rooms provide an immersive experience, where the kids have to solve riddles, find hidden clues, and work together to escape within a set time limit. It’s a thrilling and engaging adventure that keep young minds active and entertained during the winter holidays.

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No 5. Mornington Tourist Railway

All aboard the Mornington Tourist Railway! for a scenic journey through the picturesque countryside. Our kids love riding the heritage steam train, soaking in the beautiful winter landscapes. The railway offers various themed events, such as “Day Out With Thomas” and “Polar Express,” adding an extra touch of magic to the experience.

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No 6. Searoad Ferries

We love taking a ferry ride across the stunning Port Phillip Bay with Searoad Ferries. Our kids enjoy the fresh sea breeze and panoramic views from the decks. The ferry ride is not only a fun adventure but also a convenient way to explore the Mornington Peninsula and visit destinations like Queenscliff and Sorrento. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for dolphins playing in the bay!

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No 7. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG)

We love to get all Arty Farty at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. The gallery offers engaging art programs and workshops specifically designed for kids during the school holidays. Children can unleash their imagination and develop their artistic skills through various activities, including painting, sculpture, and mixed media. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to express themselves and appreciate different forms of art.

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No 8. Red Hill Candle Co

Hands on at Red Hill Candle Co, kids can immerse themselves in the world of candle making. The candle-making workshop is where our kids can create their own unique candles using different colours, scents, and moulds. It’s a fun and educational experience that allows children to explore their creativity while learning about the art of candle making.

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No 9. Enchanted Adventure Garden

A world for young and old alike, the Enchanted Adventure Garden is our go to for school holiday fun. Nestled on the Mornington Peninsula, this enchanting destination offers a wide range of exciting activities for kids of all ages. From navigating through intricate mazes to soaring down thrilling tube slides, children are captivated by the adventures. Everyone loves a canopy walk, or discovering hidden gardens, and even try our hand at tree surfing. With its breathtaking landscapes and imaginative attractions, the Enchanted Adventure Garden promises a memorable and enchanting experience for the whole family.

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No 10. Boneo Discovery Park

Nature enthusiasts and curious minds will find endless delight at Boneo Discovery Park. Situated on the Mornington Peninsula, this eco-focused destination offers a unique blend of wildlife encounters, interactive exhibits, and natural wonders. Kids can explore the Wetlands Trail, where they can observe a diverse range of bird species and learn about the importance of wetland ecosystems. The park also features a children’s playground, farm animal encounters, and an eco-boat cruise, providing opportunities for hands-on learning and outdoor adventure.

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No 11. The Briars

This winter solstice celebrate deep winter by cooking a pot of soup and making lanterns together as the sun goes down over the Briars.The Briars is where you can immerse yourself in history, nature, and educational experiences. Located on the Mornington Peninsula, this historic property offers a wide array of activities for kids to enjoy during the school holidays. Children can embark on guided wildlife walks, where they can spot kangaroos, koalas, and native bird species in their natural habitat. The Briars also offers interactive workshops, such as indigenous cultural experiences and sustainable gardening sessions, fostering a deeper understanding of the environment and local heritage.

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No 12. Rain, Hayne and Shine

Rain Hayne and Shine is an exciting farm experience that promises endless fun and laughter for kids. Located on the Mornington Peninsula, this family-friendly destination offers a range of activities that allow children to connect with animals and experience farm life firsthand. Kids can participate in animal feeding sessions, pony rides, tractor rides, and sheep shearing demonstrations. There are also engaging farm-themed play areas, including hay bale mazes and giant slides. Rain Hayne and Shine offers a delightful blend of education and entertainment, providing a fantastic opportunity for children to learn about farm animals and rural life

Family and Pet Friendly Accommodation

Staying on the Mornington Peninsula, you need some family friendly accommodation. While all our property is suitable for kids (and pets) the following are a few that have some great kids activities attached:

Some of our family friendly features and properties:

Coco House – Blairgowrie – Trampoline

Alkira – Blairgowrie – Trampoline and Table Tennis

Happy Valley – Rye – In ground trampoline

Starry Nights – St Andrews Beach – Trampoline, Pinball, jukebox, pool table

We are happy to help you design your next holiday on the Mornington Peninsula. Just call us on 03 9775 4015 and ask us to find you the best accommodation and recommend lots of activities curated specifically to what your family are looking for.

Happy Holidays