The winter school holidays are here, and cold (and wet!) weather often poses a challenge to finding ways to keep the kids entertained.
But there’s no need to venture too far – Oakleigh has got you covered.
Here are some fun options for school holiday activities that will keep the kids entertained and won’t take you too far from home.
Take on a challenge at EscapeXperience
For a physically and mentally challenging experience, the perfect rainy-day activity for a group of kids is on offer at escapeXperience in Oakleigh.
Each ‘themed room’ gives real-life scenarios and puzzles that players need to solve under time pressure in order to find their way out.
This highly interactive and adventurous experience is ideal for who want to try something new and fun.
Get creative at Oakleigh Central
The kids can channel their creativity at a free painting workshop at Oakleigh Central these school holidays. The sessions will run daily from 11am – 2pm from Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14. The craft station will be located near Woolworths within the centre.
Try go karting and laser tag
Sidetracked in Oakleigh has an activity to please even the most picky of kids – choose from go karting, laser tag, ten-pin bowling, dodgem cars, video games and mini golf.
The other great thing is it’s an enclosed complex, so it’s a great option for school holidays in winter when the weather can be wet.
Get your skates on
As the cold weather sets in, it seems fitting to turn our attention to winter sports, including the ice rink.
Cue the Olympic Ice Skating Centre in Oakleigh – the perfect winter school holiday activity to use up some energy.
While the rink is open for public skating sessions during selected week days, disco skating on Saturday nights are particularly fun, with music and lights from 8.30pm.
Learn about local history on the Oakleigh Historical Walk
For all those history buffs, this 3.5 kilometre walk will teach you about the early beginnings of Oakleigh and take you through key local landmarks.
Ideal for dry days, the Oakleigh Historical Walk will take you to Oakleigh Memorial Park, the stone commemorating the settlement of Oakleigh, the Egyptian Church established in 1928 and much more.
Go to a park or reserve
Perhaps one of the simplest (and cheapest) school holiday activities in Oakleigh is to visit one of the numerous parks or reserves to kick the footy or enjoy a picnic.
Try Warrawee Park if you have young children – a flash new playground was recently upgraded courtesy of Monash council. Or try the Oakleigh Cricket club for a spot of cricket.
For more ideas on how you can spend the school holidays outdoors, take a look at our guide to parks, playgrounds and reserves in Oakleigh.