It seems we have a tiny thrillseeker on our hands. Confronted with a life-size, ferocious, roaring, chomping T-Rex, Millie, 2, was exhilarated. Not scared. Not even dubious. Not one bit.

Yes, the T-Rex was an animatronic marvel going through its paces at Melbourne Museum, but it was amazingly real. Jurassic World: The Exhibition is on now at the museum and would be a perfect rainy day activity these school holidays.

Stegosaurus spotto at Jurassic World at the Melbourne Museum

The touring exhibit has brought some of Jurassic World‘s largest creatures to Victoria’s capital and I loved it as much as my daughter. A big fan of Jurassic Park, I couldn’t wait to be thrilled by a dream that such a park exists. I wasn’t disappointed – but the T-Rex was something else. A visit is worth it to see Rexy alone. Just be mindful when taking toddlers, I’m sure many have been quite terrified by the monster coming at them from the shadows. My Millie, almost 3, loved it, but I think if your child is easily frightened it could be a living nightmare. The exhibition is on until October 9.

Greensborough Plaza is hosting a free Peanuts Live Show from June 27 to July 1 on level 1, Centre Court these holidays. Watch Charlie Brown and his best friends Snoopy and Lucy as they decide to turn off their TV and learn some fun new games. The show will run twice daily at 11am and 1pm with a special meet and greet at 12pm daily.

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The Big Freeze Festival offers icy fun at Cranbourne Racecourse

The Big Freeze Festival will provide an affordable snow experience close to home for Melbourne families. There’s hours of fun to be had with nine indoor interactive fun zones, including a snow pit, snowball toss, giant snow globe you can climb into, a winter slide, performances and snowboarding. The icy adventures will be happening at Cranbourne Racecourse from July 2-10 – keep an eye on my Instagram page for you chance to win your way to this exciting event.

There’ll be more snow when South Wharf’s Dukes Walk gives way to 10 days of cascading artificial snow, coloured lighting effects and special winter meals and discounts. From July 1-10, Dukes Walk in the city will have 12 faux snow making machines and large ornamental fir trees and every night from 5-8pm the snow machines will shoot out continuous snowflakes while special effect light towers will shine colour over the walk.

Create your own Minions at Pran Central from June 29 to July 1. Each child will receive a craft set to make their own Minion out of clay for only $2 (with all ticket sales going to support Prahran Mission’s winter appeal). Each craft session will run for 30 minutes, and children will be able to take home their creation.

In Warrnambool the Fun4Kids Festival returns from June 26 to July 2 for its 18th year of activities for a week of non-stop fun, all indoors. Recognised as Australia’s best children’s festival, Fun4Kids offers the perfect excuse to get out of town and provides children aged two to 12 with interactive and education zones, entertainment, activities and a selection of the best children’s entertainment on two performance stages.

Little foodies cooking classes will be held at Chadstone from June 30 to July 3 on the lower level outside Lindt café for mini masterchefs, cupcake decorating fun will be held June 30 and celebrity chefs, including George Colombaris, will lead cooking lessons from July 1-3. All workshops are $5 with proceeds going to the Bully Zero Australia Foundation.

 

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