Phillip Island Easter Holiday Playground and Adventure Program
These Easter school holidays, kids of all ages can enjoy a wide range of exciting activities at Phillip Island. Children can get up close to the island's native wildlife with Phillip Island Nature Parks' holiday program, decorate their own Easter Eggs at one of the many interactive cooking classes and learn about a delicious world at Phillip Island Chocolate Factory's brand new exhibition - Panny's Amazing World of Chocolate! From festivals, to seal watching, to catching their own fish and chip lunch, children and their families can have loads of Easter fun whilst discovering the picturesque scenery and natural wildlife of Victoria's holiday playground.
The following exciting events and activities will be held over the 2012 Easter School Holidays: Churchill Island Easter Fun Festival
The Churchill Island Easter Fun Festival will entertain the whole family with games, rides, crafts, face painting, shows, music, food stalls and much more. The Easter Bunny will be dropping by on Sunday to give out free eggs, and Dirt Girl and the Bananas in Pajamas will perform on stage. Visitors can take part in these fun-filled events over the Easter weekend whilst enjoying the picturesque views over Western Port.
Dates: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April
Times: Daily 10am - 5pm
Location: Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Phillip Island Rd, Newhaven
Cost: Family - $27.50 www.penguins.org.auGrantville Pirate Festival
The annual Pirate Festival will be held at the Maru Koala & Animal Park in Grantville from 10am to 3pm on April 14. Children can enjoy Pirate Pete's mini golf aboard his 30-meter pirate ship, and can walk the plank with life-size pirate figurines. The festival also features a gold mine waterfall, face painting, jumping castles, show bags, music and sword fights, as well as competitions for the best pirate costumes!
Dates: Saturday 14 April
Times: 10am - 3pm
Location: 1650 Bass Highway, Grantville
Cost: Family (2 adults + 2 children) $56; Adult - $19; Child - $12.50; Kids under 4 free!
Pre-purchase tickets before April 1 and receive 20% offwww.marukoalapark.com.au Phillip Island Seal Watching Cruise
Drift amongst 7000 plus Australian Fur Seals with Wildlife Coast Cruises on this amazing two hour cruise, which operates on a regular schedule from Cowes Jetty at Phillip Island. Includes on board children's activities, educational commentary and complimentary afternoon tea
Dates: Most days throughout holidays
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Cowes Jetty at Phillip Island
Cost: $48 per child; $70 per adultwww.wildlifecoastcruises.com.au Catch Your Own Lunch at Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm
Friendly fishing instructors will teach kids to catch rainbow trout in a picturesque tree-lined lake and the all-weather indoor Rainforest Pool. They can take their catch with them or ask the chef to transform their trout into a magnificent fish & chip lunch!
Dates: Everyday throughout the holidays
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm, 36 Rhyll-Newhaven Road, Rhyll, Phillip Island
Cost: Approximately $25 (depending on size of fish caught)
Package includes entry, rod hire, fish and the catch turned into a delicious fish and chip lunch. www.rhylltroutandbushtucker.com.au Kids Cooking Classes at Cleanskin Kitchenware
This April, Cleanskin Kitchenware is holding several kids cooking classes - Eggscellent Easter Eggs, Junior Pizza Chef, Pasta Making for Kids and Wilton Fun Fondant Cup Cakes for Kids. Kids can learn to make their own pizza dough, laminate their own pasta and decorate gorgeous fondant cup cakes! Professionals will teach kids the basics, so they can learn, create, show their friends and family and even eat at the end of class! Don't forget an apron to keep clothes clean.
Dates: Various dates during April
Location: 158 Thompson Avenue, Cowes
Costs: $39.00 for 2 hours www.cleanskinkitchenware.com.au Phillip Island Nature Parks Easter Holiday Program
School holiday fun is back for Easter at Phillip Island Nature Parks - Kids can explore the Nobbies, Penguin Parade, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and the Koala Conservation Centre with an exciting calendar of interactive and educational activities. The Easter holiday program includes Silly Science: Experimenting with Nature, rambling in rock pools, a koala prowl, bush tucker trail, fossicking for beach treasures, nature craft, building homes for penguins and much more!
Dates: Throughout the school holidays
Location: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Ventnor
Costs: Please check website for different activity priceswww.penguins.org.auPanny's Amazing World of Chocolate at the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
The most recent addition to the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is an educational, creative, fun and interactive exhibition of all things chocolate. See Panny's very own Penguin Parade replica and a chocolate 3D zoetrope where characters come to life! Families can discover how chocolate is made, learn the history of chocolate, win chocolate prizes, make their own fillings and eat everything that they make!
Dates: Everyday, 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm
Location: 930 Phillip Island Rd, Newhaven
Costs: Adults $12.00; Children $8.00; Family $36.00; Kids under 4 go free! www.phillipislandchocolatefactory.com.au