Geelong is one of those destinations where there’s something for everyone, whether you live close by or are visiting on holiday. If you are seeking some family activities in Geelong in particular, read below for a selection the best things on offer in and around this patch of the Bellarine Peninsula.
If you’re looking for a cost effective, and eco-friendly way to entertain the kids, consider becoming a member at one the local toy libraries. Being able to borrow a wide variety of toys for all ages means less clutter in your house and the ability to rotate them regularly to keep things interesting for the littlies. The experience of heading to the toy library is memorable for most children, and best of all, the cost is nowhere near that of buying new.
The Geelong Botanic Gardens is a perfect spot for a picnic or family afternoon spent walking and playing amongst the native and international flora. Located within Eastern Park, amongst smaller gardens you’ll also find patches of lush lawn, a conservatory, pit glass house and water features. Many of the trees in the gardens are registered on Victoria’s National Trust Significant Tree Register, which makes sense as the gardens themselves were established over a century and a half ago! Keep an eye on their social media for special family days and events – they are often free. The area where the gardens are located, Eastern Park is on the waterfront and offers picnicking facilities like tables, chairs, BBQs toilets and a playground, Geelong Playspace, is close by.
The National Wool Museum is a Geelong institution that shouldn’t be missed. Not only do they run fun educational programs but regularly rotating and interactive exhibits mean that you will always see something new. The same building also houses tourist information so it’s a great place to start your Geelong adventures. Even the ‘non museum’ types will get a kick out of this place, the staff and volunteers go out of their way to engage and inspire people with interesting stories and encourage the kids to explore. Special activities are also run in the school holidays, which are quite popular amongst locals.
The Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is another great place for families to visit and participate in some activities. With a café, gallery, cultural centre and retail space onsite, an afternoon could be easily spent here, taking a guided cultural tour, walking the native gardens and learning to throw a boomerang. There’s also a great playground to explore.
Another tradition that’s great for families is to download the Geelong Summer Fun Guide each year when it’s published on the Central Geelong website, a committee of the local council. From details on Christmas events, markets and arts programs to food trucks, festivals and discount offers, it’s a great way to be introduced to what’s happening during the warmer weather in Geelong. This site also has useful info about accommodation, public transport, parking maps and bike trails to help you plan your journeys.