Archive | August, 2011

10 free things to do with kids in Geelong

5 Aug

Geelong Playground - Free activity for kids

1. Playgrounds
Geelong has a wide variety of playgrounds to suit kids of all ages. Many playgrounds have BBQ facilities, nearby public toilets and plenty of tables and shade. Here’s just a couple of great ones:

Sparrow Park:
A great park located in Geelong West. This park has the usual swings, slides and climbing things. But it also has a mini maze, a mini skatepark that is great for kids with scooters and a basketball and netball ring. Plenty of parking, shade and public toilets. Could use some more tables, so if you’re headed here its best to throw in the picnic rug!

Rippleside Park:
A huge community built timber  playground with swings, slides, cubby spaces, sand pits, balance beams and climbing equipment. There is heaps of parking, public toilets nearby and a BBQ facility not to far away. This adventure playground it set up on a huge park allotment with plenty of wide open space so bring the football and be ready for a kick once the kids are finished with the playground. Oh, and its by the beach so if the playing and football doesn’t wear the kids out, a spot of shell collecting on the beach is just a stroll away. (They will be feverishly looking for ages – there’s hardly any shells on that bit of beach!)

2. Visit a library
There are thirteen libraries in the Geelong region (with a few more on the way). All these libraries offer a number of story time sessions each week, catering to different ages and totally free of charge. See the Geelong Libraries website for session times and locations.

3. Art Gallery
conveniently located just beside the City Library, the Geelong Gallery is a great, but often forgotten place to take the kids. The Geelong Gallery is not overly large making it ideal for small attention spans. Kids will be captivated by the large artworks, abstract pieces and the intriguing sculptures. Best of all, entry is free.

4. Feed the animals
Watch the snakes, chickens and birds being feed every Saturday at Best Friends Pet Superstore.

5. Stop and smell the flowers
Kid love to run amongst the trees, flowers and bush scrub – so why not take them to a place where these things are ample Wombat Gully Plant Farm. Mum and Dad can plan an attack on their own garden at the same time.

6. Hit the shops
Ok, so shopping with kids can be a recipe for disaster but time it right and you can join in the free kids mornings held every second Tuesday at Westfield Shopping Centre. Music, dancing,  storytelling even card making are all part of the Free fun!

7. Toot Toot
So often we are rushing here and rushing there that we hardly have time to stop and watch the world go by. The Geelong Train station is always a hive of activity with people rushing for trains, dragging assortment of luggage and people buying tickets. Perch yourself on the top of the wooden bridge that crosses the tracks and watch the activity as the trains roll in and out of the station.

8. Lap it up
This one calls for a bit of warm weather, but when the sun is shinning there’s no better free kids space than Eastern Beach.  A paddle in the waters, a picnic on the sand and a stroll along the boardwalk is some of the best free summertime fun a kid can have.

9. Shoot some hoops
A great way to burn some energy is to grab your basketball and head for the hoops. Round the world and one on one are just a couple of fun ways to tire out the troublemakers! Nine parks in Geelong have basketball ring facilitates, or you could just head to your local primary school.

10. A great catch!
Grab your fishing line, some stale bread and head to the water. Piers along Western Beach, Corio Bay or the jetty’s set up along the Barwon River are a great place to angle for the catch of the day. Sunday mornings at Barwon Valley Park you can even catch (terrible pun!) the Fly-fishing Club of Geelong giving out free fly-fishing lessons.