Winter is the perfect season to immerse ourselves in all that our local region has to offer.  Time to rediscover local, uncover new experiences and support local business as we explore. When looking for a recommendation, we often ask a friend for their thoughts and ideas. Why not a local? There is no better way to experience a place than through the eyes of a local.

With school holidays almost upon us, children and their carers are looking for new ideas for great things to see and do on the Peninsula. We spoke to long time Tourism Ambassador at the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre, Dale for her recommendations. Mother of four and grandmother of nine – she is well experienced in the pursuit of family friendly fun!

After twenty-one years fielding queries for locals and visitors alike, Dale has her firm local favourites, tried and tested by her own family:

“I like talking to people face-to-face. You get a sense of who they are and what they are really looking for. You know in your heart what might be the best local suggestion to share with them. I love sharing an idea with a little humour too, something you definitely need as a parent!”

Dale suggested her five favourite places to take kids or grandchildren this school hols (or any other time you are charged with babysitting duty!)

The Enchanted Adventure Garden

Enchanted Adventure Garden

Located in the beautiful hinterland of Arthurs Seat the Enchanted Adventure Garden has grown into a wonderland of family adventure with mazes and adventure activities designed to enliven the senses and challenge the mind.

  • Always something to do for every age group
  • Garden and maze always evolving, something new to discover in every visit
  • Perfect gift to give someone as an experience to use when it works for them
  • Even had one of my children get married here given the beauty of the location!

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Rain Hayne Shine Farmyard

Rain Hayne and Shine

A ‘Farm- tastic Day Out’ with plenty of hands on experiences with friendly farm animals in a natural, rustic farm setting.

  • Magnificent old-world charm
  • Great opportunity to learn about animals with hands on activities
  • Haystacks and mud – let kids reconnect to real fun not just screen time

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La Sorella Mornington - latte

Twisted Sista Ice Cream at La Sorella, Mornington

Twisted Sista creates a unique twist on a modern café combined with a Gelateria to indulge the senses.

  • Kids can enjoy one of the magnificent flavours of a Twisted Sista ice cream at La Sorella
  • Parents can enjoy a delicious coffee and cake and relax while kids tuck in.
  • Add on play time at the adjacent pirate themed Mornington Park for imaginations to run wild
  • Perfect combo activity

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Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) is the largest public gallery in the South East region of Melbourne. The space strives to make art accessible to everyone.

  • Great range of affordable hands on school holiday programs – series called ‘Young at Art’
  • Gallery free to visit, ideal to inspire kids and get their creativity flowing.
  • Kid friendly, welcoming space.

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Flinders - Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie

Flinders Day Out

Seaside town, home to diverse range of exceptional galleries, boutique retail stores, speciality ice creamery and chocolate store, Flinders Pier, and beaches including Ocean Beach, Flinders Dog Beach and Kennon Cove.

  • So much to explore in small area.
  • Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie and Icecreamery is as delicious place to visit with kids for an ice cream or to book them in for a chocolate making workshop.
  • Diverse range of galleries offer lots of creativity for kids to explore for free.
  • Walk on the Flinders Pier or exploring a local beach is a great way to expend some of the sugar induced energy kids have stored up after ice cream or chocolate treat!

As our local businesses continue to reinvent local experiences, we can all make a difference. Stay, play and explore local – you might be surprised what you rediscover in your own backyard.

Contact one of our Visitor Information Centres by stopping by, or calling to chat with one of our friendly local experts.
Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre
Address: 359B Point Nepean Road, Dromana. Phone: 03 59501579


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