• January 22, 2015

5 Ways to Stay Cool

As temperatures soar we want to have you covered. Here’s a few secret formulas in the Western Suburbs (especially if you are dealing with frustrated toddlers ready to spit the dummy!) We thought outside of the square rather than just beaches.

1. Science Works
Booker Street, Spotswood

Scienceworks is an excellent place to challenge curious minds and keep active bodies busy. Positioned in Spotswood, five kilometres from the Melbourne Central Business District, the museum presents science and technology in unexpected and exciting ways. One exhibition which has received rave reviews is Starlight featuring captivating fulldome visualisations of being inside a supernova explosion and drifting through a stellar nursery. “I had pure happiness watching it. I even had tears from just how amazing and beautiful it was. My daughter is 6 yrs old just like in the story and has a extreme love passion of stars and space so we are coming on Monday to see it again.” Zoey.

2. Hippo Beach – Werribee Open Zoo
K Road, Werribee South

This water splash park allows you to play alongside real hippos gliding around a pond. The new African-themed Hippo Beach is a giant sandpit with hammocks and colourfully painted funky seating made from wooden pallets and giant cable reels. Each day Keepers  feed the hippos and chat to visitors about their amazing habits with a  Hippo Keeper Talk at 3.45pm daily. Kids get in for free every weekend, Victorian Government school holidays and public holidays.

3. Riverwalk Water Park and Playground
Riverwalk, Werribee

Discover water soaker canons, surprise sprinklers, spouts and fountains. It’s not just a water park as there is also a playground with nest wing, swings, sandpit and more.There isn’t shade though so make sure you cover up the little ones and yourself. Planning Minister Matthew Guy opened the $4.8 million Village Park at the Riverwalk estate in Werribee in October.

4. Splash Park and Aquatic Centre
5 Kennedy Street, Sunshine

As part of the Sunshine Aquatic Centre (inside the Leisure Centre), the indoor pool play area is good for kiddos with a beach like entry and water features to keep them entertained.  The complex also has a 20 metre swim lesson pool, a 25 metre lap pool and a large spa plus there is a 25 metre outdoor heated lap pool.  As well as the cool splash park the outdoor area has picnic tables, bbq’s and some shady grassed areas perfect for post swimming picnics.

5. Medibank Icehouse
105 Pearl River Road, Docklands

Home of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, Medibank Icehouse.With two Olympic-sized ice rinks, Medibank Icehouse is Australia’s largest ice sports and entertainment venue. Never skated? Take a free ice-skating lesson.

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