What to do on the Mornington Peninsula this Easter

With so much to see, do and taste, you can be sure that the Easter Bunny won’t be the only one hopping around the Mornington Peninsula this Easter weekend.  From life-size lanterns, to food truck and busking festivals, marvellous markets and brilliant art shows, there really is something for everyone this weekend.  To help you choose where to go and what to do, here’s our highlights …

Food and drink


Food trucks, buskers and an outdoor cinema

The Briars in Mornington will be transformed into a food truck and busking festival this weekend as 12-15 food trucks and over 50 performers fill The Briars with tasty treats and sweet sounds.  At night, there will also be a free outdoor cinema running with Finding Dory, Ice Age: Collision Course and Iron Man 3 lighting up the screen.

What: Food Truck Festival, Busking Festival and Outdoor Cinema

Where: The Briars, Mornington

When: Saturday to Monday, 15 to 17 April 2017 (midday to 9pm each day)

Cost: Entry is free

Find out more: http://foodtruckcarnivale.com.au/the-briars-mornington

Cooking with kids cooking class


If you’ve got some youngsters that love helping out in the kitchen or if you want to spark your kids interest in food, a cooking class with Georgie Bass Café and Cookery could be the perfect thing to do this weekend.  The classes will get your kids involved in cooking healthy burgers, fruit piklets, mini pizzas and fruit smoothies and are a great way to improve the quality of breakfast in bed your kids will be cooking you this Mothers Day!  The class is ideally suited for 12 to 16 year olds and parents are required to attend.

What: Cooking with Kids cooking class

Where: Georgie Bass Café and Cookery, Flinders Hotel, Flinders

When: Saturday, 15 April 2017

Cost: $99 per person

Find out more: https://www.flindershotel.com.au/around-flinders/cooking-classes/cooking-with-kids-191

Fresh food, arts and crafts and a beautiful day out – The Mornington Peninsula’s Easter Markets


We all love wandering around a beautiful market on the weekend.  The smell of freshly brewed coffee, the taste of all those delicious home-cooked pastries and other tasty treats, the site of all the beautiful crafted gift ideas and produce fresh from the farm and the sounds of people happily chattering away with music in the background.  It really is a great way to relax and ease your way into the weekend.  This weekend both the Flinders and the Point Nepean Portsea markets will be running so why not check them out.

What: Flinders Market

Where: BA Cairns Reserve, Flinders Cricket Club, Flinders

When: Sunday, 16 April 2017 (9am to 2pm)

Cost: Free entry

Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/FlindersMarket/

What: Point Nepean Portsea Market

Where: Point Nepean National Park, Portsea

When: Saturday, 15 April 2017 (9am to 2pm)

Cost: Free entry

Find out more:


Family fun

All aboard the Easter Train


On Easter Sunday, the Mornington Railway heritage train will be choofing its way from Moorooduc to Mornington for its special Easter Bunny train rides.  There’s something very nostalgic about hopping aboard the Mornington Railway and it’s a great activity to do with the whole family.  This weekend will be made even more special with kids also getting the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and participate in other fun activities!

What: Easter Bunny train rides with Mornington Railway

Where: Leaving from Moorooduc Train Station and returning from Mornington Train Station

When: Easter Sunday, 16 April 2017 – Leaving Moorooduc at 11.00am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.00pm and returning from Mornington at 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm (one way).

Cost: Return tickets – Kids $10, Adults $20 and family (2 kids and 2 adults) $55.

More info: http://morningtonrailway.org.au/eventsnew/easter-bunny-theme-day/

School holiday ferry fun with Searoad Ferries


Searoad Ferries’ school holidays activities are wrapping up this Thursday with some great activities to keep your kids entertained while cruising across the bay. The repurposed craft activities will let your little ones have fun making craft items using recyclable materials.  Their imaginations will be running wild as they make anything from a medieval shield to a pretty seahorse or a rocket.

What: Ferry fun with Searoad Ferries – Repurposed craft activities

Where: Leaving from Queenscliff or Sorrento Ferry Terminals

When: Thursday, 13 April – Leaving Sorrento at 12pm and 2pm and Queenscliff at 11am and 1pm

Cost: The activities are included in the ferry ticket price

More info: http://www.searoad.com.au/school-holiday-ferry-fun/

Lights by Dreamworks


By now you’ve probably seen the big white tents and giant inflatable Shrek set up on Rosebud foreshore, but in case you haven’t, Lights by Dreamworks is currently running and it’s a great activity for the whole family to enjoy this Easter.  Having taken this exhibition around the world, this is the first time it’s been in Australia and it includes giant illuminated figures from some of Dreamworks family classics, including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar, lots of interactive activities and the opportunity to meet the stars of the films.

What: Lights by Dreamworks

Where: The Village Green, Rosebud Foreshore, Rosebud

When: 25 March to 30 April 2017 (multiple sessions per day)

Cost: Kids $21.50, Adults $28.50, Concession $25.50 and Family (2 kids and 2 adults) $76.50

More info: http://www.dreamworkslights.com.au/

Lantasia Dreaming at Boneo Maze


The Boneo Maze has been transformed into a garden wonderland this year, with over 80 hand-crafted lanterns transforming the gardens each night over the Easter Weekend.  This is the 2nd year of Lantasia Dreaming and the magical lanterns include the elder wombat, ‘waa’ the wise crow, ‘bungil’ the heroic eagle, ‘tiddalik’ the heroic frog and many more.  It really is a special experience and something the whole family will enjoy.

What: Lantasia Dreaming

Where: Boneo Maze, Boneo

When: 26 December 2016 to 25 April 2017 (nightly from 6pm to 10pm over the Easter weekend)

Cost: Kids $18, Adults $20, Seniors $18 and Family (2 kids and 2 adults) $70

More info: https://www.lantasia.com.au/


Art shows

 2017 Easter Art Show at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron


The Easter Art Show returns for its eight year this weekend at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. The exhibition will showcase some of the best artists from the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas and will this year also include some sculptural pieces.  The exhibition’s opening night will take place on Friday between 7pm and 9.30pm and will then be open to the public from 10am until 2pm on Saturday to Monday.

What: 2017 Easter Art Show

Where: Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, Blairgowrie

When: Opening night – Friday, 14 April 2017 and open to the public on 15 to 17 April 2017

Cost: Opening night – $30, Saturday to Monday – $5.

More info: http://www.bys.asn.au/2017/02/2017-easter-art-show/

Autumn Salon and Art Parade

This exhibition will showcase some new Aboriginal art from the Central, Western and Eastern Deserts, Utopia the Pilbara, the APY Lands, the Kimberley and Arnhem Land.  It will also feature new works by Far North Queensland abstractionist Claudine Marzik.  The exhibition is kicking off on Saturday, 15 April 2017, with an art parade presentation of over 60 works, with informative commentary by Susan McCulloch OAM.

What: Autumn Salon and Art Parade

Where: Whistlewood, 642 Tucks Road, Shoreham

When: Art parade – 15 April 2017 (2.30 to 5.30pm), Exhibition – 15 April to 7 May 2017 (11am to 4pm Fridays to Mondays)

Cost: Entry is free

More info: http://www.mccullochandmcculloch.com.au/whistlewood/events/art-parade-autumn-salon-1/

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