Who doesn’t love the Easter long weekend? Come rain or shine, Melbourne is ready to play with a variety of events and activities on across the city for all ages. Here’s our top picks:
Kids Big and Small – Big Games Adventure at HarbourTown
Oversized boardgames anyone? Enjoy lifesizes Hasbro, NERF HQ, Garden Games, a Jumping Castle and, of course, an Easter egg hunt. While you’re there, enjoy a ‘kids fly free’ deal, when accompanied by a full paying adult on the Melbourne Star. Keep an eye out for the roaming Easter Bunny, and be sure to collect your Adventure Passport – stamps collected from all five locations of the Free Games Adventure puts you in the draw to win an amazing Hasbro prize pack.
Set amongst the shopping precinct of Docklands, enjoy up to six hours of parking for only $10, and explore a variety of local food and beverage options to refuel.
When: Daily from 11am till 2pm, 3rd to 17 April 2017
Where: Harbour Town
Old traditions made new – South Melbourne Markets
2017 sees the Western Christian and Eastern Orthodox easter celebrations overlap, the perfect time to celebrate the holiday as a community. The South Melbourne market is the ideal smorgasbord of cultures, brought out in the world’s oldest form of coming together – Food!
Dedicate a day to sampling the market’s finest, from sweet tsoureki (Greek easter bread with the red egg) from Vangeli’s Deli, to traditional Italian Easter wine, Vin Santo, from The Little Wine Shop. Enjoy roving jazz bands, and Easter Themed face painting in the Food Hall, as well as an Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday.
Where: South Melbourne Markets, corner of Coventry and Cecil Street, South Melbourne
When: 8am – 4pm through the Easter weekend (Closed on Good Friday)
This is too adorable to exist – The Gourmet Pawprints Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs
Easter isn’t just for humans! Get your beloved pooch down to Westbeach Bathers Pavilion on St Kilda beach for possibly the cutest Easter egg hunt possible. Buried in the sand, your furbaby will discover special carob chocolate Easter eggs treats, a safe chocolate alternative. If that doesn’t already have your heart melted, attendees will enjoy an Easter bonnet competition, with the best dress dog being ceremoniously awarded for their fancy headwear.
For the humans, enjoy a brunch of hot cross buns, croissants and scones, with your choice of tea, coffee or mulled wine. Kids enjoy brunch, an Easter egg and a soft drink.
Small humans: $15
Really really small humans (Under 8): Free
Tickets must be booked prior to the event so stake your claim here
When: Easter Monday the 17th of April 9am – 11am
Where: Westbeach Bathers Pavilion, 330A Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West
Something a little different – Dulce Latino Good Friday Eve Salsa Dance Classes
Dance away the chocolate binge with some seriously sensuous moves. The Melbourne Central Lion hotel hosts Salsa dance classes from 7pm with Pablo, who will teach you the sultry Cuban salsa with latino roots. Only $5 per session, and Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton playing in the main room from 9pm to show off your new moves.
To book, SMS 0488 275 437
Where: Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, 211 Latrobe St, Melbourne
When: Beginner class at 7pm, Intermediate 8pm.
A thrilling hunt – The Great Luna Park Easter Egg Hunt
Combine exhilaration with delicious Master Confectioner Chocolatier with Luna Park’s famous Great Easter Egg Hunt. Scattered about Luna Park, the hunt is divided into four rounds, with a separate hunt for different age groups to ensure the biggest and littlest of attendees are sure to enjoy themselves and take home a tasty prize or two. Keep your eye out for balloon artists, special holiday rides, and of course, the Easter Bunny himself.
Attendance to the Hunt is free with your unlimited ride ticket or family pass ticket should you decide to stay a little longer to enjoy the rides. Alternatively, entry is $3 to enter the park on these special event days, and can be purchased at the ticket box on the day.
When: Easter Sunday the 16th of April
Where: Luna Park, the Esplanade, St Kilda.