No need to panic! Living in Bendigo means there’s always plenty to do in the school holidays. So we have put together a list of the best free, cheap and BIG things to do in Bendigo over these Summer school holidays that we know our Provenance residents will enjoy.
FREE THINGS TO DO OVER THE HOLIDAYS
Because who doesn’t love a freebie? Check out these very fun and free things to do in Bendigo over the next few weeks
Kill time in Rosalind Park
With wide, open spaces, fabulous playground, lookouts, conservatory and a whopping 60 acres, burn some energy in this gorgeous park space.
Bike around Lake Weeroona
This funky mining-area-turned-lake has been a local favourite for quite some time now. Bring the bikes and take a ride around the lake (20 mins – perfect for the little kids who get tired easily) or just wander the grounds and let the kids play at the playground while you get a coffee. With barbecue facilities available at the lake, even opt to make this a day trip and make some lunch while you’re there.
Explore on Bendigo Creek Trail
This unique trail covers a grand 18 km, so be sure to pick a section that suits what you’re looking for. See unique locations like the Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Golden Dragon Museum, and opt to stop off at cafes and farms to sample some great local produce.
Play in the Bendigo Botanic Gardens and Camp Hill Playspace
Make sure you check out the aviary with parrots and exotic pheasants and the wetlands and billabong garden in the Botanic Gardens, and take advantage of the picnic facilities scattered throughout. Kids can also enjoy the Camp Hill Playspace. Located within the Botanical Gardens and part of the Camp Hill Primary School, the park features a huge climbing net, slides, ramps and a fireman’s pole.
Families note: This playspace is only open to the public outside school hours.
BUDGET-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO OVER THE HOLIDAYS
School holidays don’t have to break the bank, after all.
Bowl it out Bendigo Bowling Centre
Test out your skills these holidays with a game of tenpin bowling. Bendigo Bowling Centre has you covered with lanes of excitement and offers bumpers and ramps so that the little ones can still join in. Every so often, they throw in some disco bowling too! Be sure to check this out when booking.
Jump the day away at the trampoline park
For all the kids who really, truly love trampolines, this place is for them. Get bouncing at Jumpz these holidays. There is also an area for mini jumpers so you can rest easy knowing the little ones are safe. Kids are sure to burn off some energy at this place!
Walk like the locals do with the Bendigo walking tour
Stay active and learn tips about the local area on this fun guided walking tour. The two-hour tour wanders the streets, gardens and historic sites of this old gold mining town. Listen to the stories and enjoy all there is to learn. The walk itself covers less than 1km so it is suitable for all family members.
BIG DAYS OUT OVER THE HOLIDAYS
Stay cool at Bendigo Water World
Splash into a world of fun at Bendigo Water World. Located just outside Bendigo, it’s the perfect place for a big day out for the whole family. Slide down the winding slides, splash in toddler park or just enjoy the beautiful surroundings, with free barbeques available, be sure to bring lunch and make a day of it.
Get in the Zone at Zone Fun Park
With something for all kids, Zone Fun Park will definitely be on your list these school holidays. You can opt to strap on your skates and get in the rink or choose to verse the family in go-karting or laser tag. For those wanting something a little tamer, you can enjoy a round of mini-golf. Zone Fun Park is a venue for a full day out.
Stay wild at Ballarat Wildlife Park
For all your kiddies who love animals, be sure to take them to Ballarat Wildlife Park these holidays. Get up close and personal with native Australian animals, exotic animals and catch a presentation or two from the zookeepers. Grab a coffee from the café and let the kids enjoy the animals.
Get cluey at Breakout Bendigo
Can you and your family work together to solve the clues that will get you out of the escape room? Immerse yourself in the story that you are given and solve the puzzle to get out. This is the ultimate family bonding experience and a great place to avoid rainy weather.
Families note: This is suitable for older kids.
There are so many more things to do in Bendigo once you get out there and explore what’s on offer. You can opt to do exciting new things on offer so take advantage of the local restaurants, parks and natural wildlife. Either way, there’s no chance of our Provenance residents getting bored over the Christmas and New Year break!