posted on 18 Jun 21 | by Explore Bendigo

A Family Friendly Destination With Loads To See and Do...

Looking to escape this winter with your family, but not wanting to go too far away from home? Why not be a tourist in your own state and backyard for that matter. Check out these awesome family friendly options available in the Bendigo region. And just because its winter doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all the time, we’ve got a great variety of activities and experiences to keep your whole family occupied. Here’s our top picks for a fun family winter escape in Bendigo…
 

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Explore A Colourful Bendigo By Bike @ The Back Creek Art Trail

Jump on your bike, get outdoors and explore Bendigo’s Back Creek Art Trail that connects the Spring Gully and Bendigo Creek Trails. Be sure to check out the colourful underpasses at Mundy Street, Williamson Street and Miller Street passionately decorated by Bendigo street artists. They’re bold and beautiful and a great spot for a fun family pic!   

For more info, click here.
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Learning Disguised As Fun @ Discovery Science & Technology Centre

With loads of interactive play, Discovery offers a fun day out that also allows your family to learn along the way. Our favourites are the Planetarium and Vertical Slide, from relaxing to heart racing within only a few steps. Check out their website for more info on upcoming events from their Robot Olympics to Faster, Stronger, Higher for all the little athletes around.

For more info on upcoming events, click here.
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Milkshakes & Hot Chocolate @ Our Favourite Cafes

It’s always important to take time out of the day to rehydrate and indulge in the good stuff. And what’s better than a colourful milkshake or a hot choccie at one of Bendigo’s favourite cafes? Better still, why not try a sweet treat. Some of our top picks for families are The Boardwalk, Percy and Percy, and Edwards Providore. Chasing a sweet treat? Check out Favourite Flavours and Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates.

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Awaken @ Rosalind Park

Bendigo's beautiful Rosalind Park is set to be transformed with a series of vibrant installations that will engage and immerse you in an unforgettable experience. 

Every night from June 26 to July 17, Bendigo's story of the city and its rich history with come to life through a radiant display of light, colour and sound.

This is a free event, but bookings are essential under the current COVID-19 restrictions. 

For more information, tickets and a map, click here.
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Get Creative @ Bendigo Pottery

Decorating workshops, clay play and wheel throwing are all on offer at Bendigo Pottery. It’s messy, it’s fun and that’s what it’s all about. Best part, it’s fun for all ages and stages! Plus, there’s a café onsite and an extensive range of antiques and collectables to get lost in.  

Want to know more or make a booking? Click here.
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Become A Miner For A Day @ Central Deborah Gold Mine

Have you ever wondered what it would be like working miles underground as a gold miner? Visit Bendigo's Central Deborah Gold Mine to find out!

Don your hard hat and descend 61 metres beneath the surface to discover where and how Bendigo's gold is mined. The tour is perfect for all members of the family 3 years and above. Try your hand at a mine drill, look for gold and learn about Bendigo's rich history.

Want to know more, click here.
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Strike Out @ Bendigo Bowling Centre

Is there anything more fun as a family than a bowling night? It's pretty safe to say we've all done one of these nights and it’s always a great laugh…and maybe a little competitive? Anyway, enjoy a fun time out bowling a strike at Bendigo Bowling Centre and taking home the bragging rights after winning a game of bowling! Added bonus, there’s a café onsite, arcade games and some funky bowling shoes to be worn – enjoy.

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Outdoor Play Spaces Of Shapes & Sizes

Let’s be honest, most families love getting outdoors…rain, hail or shine. So why not explore and play in one or all of our outdoor spaces throughout the region.  Some of our favourite places to explore include Crusoe Reservoir, Pink Cliffs and Rosalind Park.

If you have little ones that love a good playground, you can’t go past the Eaglehawk Regional Play Space at Lake Neangar or Strathdale’s Park Play Space in Crook Street.  Both include all-abilities play spaces and coffee vans on the weekends to keep you well caffeinated.
 

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Test Your Skills @ Breakout Bendigo

Escape your everyday to solve the clues and save the day at Bendigo’s first Breakout Escape Rooms. With three different rooms to choose from you and your team can become secret agents, join the wizarding world or solve a motel murder mystery. If you enjoy a challenge, puzzles or just want to try something different, give it a go! Beginners welcome and all it takes is 60 minutes. Good luck!

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Indoor Play

If you’re looking for hours of fun for all ages, be sure to check out indoor play centres, The Zone Fun Park and Park Lane Play Bendigo. Combined they have plenty of options to choose from including go-karts, laser tag, mini golf, arcade games, skate sessions, a combat zone, and a four-level indoor play centre. 

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It’s Party Time @ Red Fox Party Supplies

Looking to host a party? Play dress up? Or have a fun picnic with all the decorations? Why not visit the team at Red Fox Party Supplies for all your essentials and get the party started! Plus, they have an awesome range of balloons, baking essentials and so much more.

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Family Friendly Stays

Not a local? Or maybe you're looking for a stay-cation? We've got you covered with an awesome range of family-friendly stays to keep the whole family happy.

Need space for the kids to run around outdoors, playgrounds, giant jumping pillows, indoor play and more, check out Bendigo's best holidays parks A-Line Holiday Park, Avondel Caravan Park, BIG4 Bendigo Ascot Holiday Park, BIG4 Bendigo Marong Holiday Park, BIG4 Bendigo Park Lane Holiday Park and Gold Nugget Tourist Park.

Or maybe a quiet rural farmstay is more your family's style? Try GilGraves Farmstay, Home Flat House or Jamar Lodge is what you're looking for. 

Want to see what other stays are available? Click here.