posted on 18 Sep 20 | by Explore Bendigo

Hello Spring!  

It’s here and just as quickly we also find ourselves thrown into the spring school holidays with the added bonus of travel restrictions now easing in regional Victoria.  With so much to be excited about and so little time to prepare for this newfound freedom, there’s no greater need to get out and about and keep our little ones entertained.  
So here’s a checklist of awesome things to you and your family can see and do around the Bendigo region…

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Cool Sweet Treats

There’s no denying that we all love to treat of ourselves to something yummy and there’s nothing better as the days start to warm up than an ice cream! Better still, at the Lake Weeroona precinct you’ll find Bendigo’s favourite handmade gelato at Favourite Flavours.  With over 20 + flavours including your traditional favourites, you’ll also find local and seasonal flavours to choose from.  This is one sweet treat you cannot go wrong with – yum!

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It’s Play Time!

With playgrounds recently reopening and over 130 to choose from in the Bendigo region, this one is a no brainer.  Your hardest decision will be which one to go to first. Our top picks offer more than just play equipment, they tick all the boxes for the whole family.  
1. Eaglehawk Regional Play Space at Lake Neangar is a must do with an extensive play space with water play, all-abilities equipment, flying foxes, beautiful colours and inspiration drawn from Banjo Patterson’s Mulga Bill poem.
2. Bendigo Botanic Gardens has a magical play space inspired by Alice in Wonderland complete with a secret garden, oversized throne chairs, hedges, hidden mirror and other treasures to explore. Surrounded by lush green lawns, trees and gardens you will not be disappointed.    
3. Strathdale’s Park Play Space in Crook Street provides peace of mind with a fenced playground for little ones of all-abilities, a fun water play space, walking and cycling paths nearby, plus a coffee van on the weekends to keep you well caffeinated. 
4. Lake Weeroona Play Space is a local favourite that offers a great play space within the Lake Weeroona precinct.  Plus a walk, ride or scoot around the lake will take around 20 minutes with food and coffee available to break up your outing.

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A Kaleidoscope of Colour & Science

The team at the Discovery Science & Technology Centre is celebrating all things colour and light over the spring school holidays.  They’ll be hosting daily science sessions on Facebook, lighting things up with bright and brilliant colourful experiments, plus outdoor experiments and experiments around illumination! 

To find out more and book in a session, click here.
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Pack A Picnic

A picnic outdoors is a great way to spend some quality family time together.  So whether make and pack something at or you choose to buy a little take away for the family, it’s sure to be a winner.  So where are the top spots to enjoy a beautiful picnic? Our favourites include the leafy Rosalind Park, the ever-green Canterbury Gardens, the beautiful Bendigo Botanic Gardens or why not travel a little further and enjoy the Campaspe River in Axedale or Lake Eppalock by the water.

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Art at Home

Know a little one who loves to work with their hands and get creative? Bendigo Art Gallery has numerous online activities now available including exploring modelling techniques for little hands to make expressive creatures with clay.  Who knows, you might enjoy it too!

Want to know more? Click here to get started.
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Explore Bendigo's Tulips

Spring time is tulip time in Bendigo and a great way to explore Bendigo.  Discover over 50,000 tulips in a rainbow of colours and varieties throughout the city centre, from Alexandra Fountain, through Rosalind Park, into the Conservatory Gardens and near the Bendigo Town Hall and Library.  It's a beautiful way to spend some family time together and capture a colourful family photo.

Click here to find out more about the tulips in Bendigo this spring.
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Let's Get Decorating!

Do you have a budding little artist who loves to paint?  Why not join a workshop at Bendigo Pottery, they're suitable for all ages.  Your little ones (and you) can try their hand at painting a plate, mug or bowl that will be glazed and fired by the team at Bendigo Pottery and available for either collection or they'll post it home.

Workshops are being held daily at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd September and Monday 28th September to Friday 2nd October. Bookings are essential. Call 5448 4404 to secure your spot.

Spots are limited. To find out more and book your tickets, click here.