School holidays on the Mornington Peninsula are never short of things to do – and you can take it as fast or slow as you like. There's usually a buzz around the place as holiday makers head down from the city and rural folk head to the coast for some sea air. Please remember to check with each establishment what modifications they may have made to their operations during Stage 4 restrictions.
Fresh air along the Red Hill Rail Trail
Red Hill Rail Trail
is a fantastic way to kick off the school holidays and let the kids burn off some of that excitement early on! The old and unused railway line between Merricks and Red Hill used to carry fresh produce that was sent on to the markets of Melbourne. The trail begins in Merricks, and winds down to Red Hill. This walk is kid friendly, but we always avoid the pram and opt for the carrier, mainly because at certain times of year, the mud is plenty.
Coffee and homemade pies at The Epicurean
When you finish the trail, you will arrive on Shoreham Road, and home of The Epicurean
. The Epicurean is the old Coolstores that was built in 1921 – and the place all the local farmers housed their produce, awaiting the train to transport it to the Melbourne Markets the following day. Now renovated into a very stylish space, this is where you can get one of the best coffees and warm Johnny Ripe pies going. Plenty of fresh salads and home made meals to suit everyone – and lovely staff that are always welcoming to families.
A little pampering for the mums
If you manage to take a little time for yourself, also in this little stack of shops is Endota Red Hill
. We normally like to get the Dad's to take the troop to the Red Hill Football Club oval for a kick, just to wear them out a little more, and then meet them at home later after we have found our zen. A massage and pedicure are always high on the list of priorities.
At-home eco activities
On the many days where we feel like just being at home and creating (and these are many!), we like to try something new that we can keep using for the rest of the holidays. Last school holidays we made homemade beeswax crayons - it was so easy and the kids loved using them, you can see the recipe here
. Now that the weather is warming up, I can't wait to get them into planting with our Grow with Gratitude
seed and affirmation kits, and with all the spring blossoms around, the Flower Press Kit
will definitely be used!
Some of the wineries owned by the cleverest folk now offer school holiday activities for the kids while the parents get to taste local produce and of course, this seasons grape harvest. One winery that has it absolutely nailed is Barmah Park Restaurant and Cellar Door
. Kids are supervised by staff and fed a two course lunch and movie treats including popcorn and ice cream in an event room with a big screen and bean bags. Meanwhile parents are treated to lunch, wine and peace and quiet out on the back verandah, or inside the gorgeous restaurant. It's a great "end of the week" treat for parents and kids alike.