Kids are King at Wooden Boat Festival
Looking for a fun activity for the whole family for the upcoming Labour Day long weekend? Head down to the Geelong waterfront to keep the kids entertained with loads of free activities on offer at the 2018 Yanmar Wooden Boatshop Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong!
Held from Saturday 10th – Monday 13th March, you can start your weekend early with an outdoor family movie night on Friday 9th March. The 2016 British family adventure, “Swallows and Amazons” will be screened, with dinner and snacks available from the Marina View Café.
From Saturday, the fun really begins, with more than 120 wooden boats of all shapes, sizes and designs on display both on and off water. Three tall ships will be berthed at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and families can spend an exhilarating hour sailing on one of these magnificent vessels on Corio Bay.
Fairnie Park, located directly next to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, will be abuzz with kids activities, with free face painting all weekend and FunFit junior fitness activities on Saturday and Sunday. Your little pirate will not want to miss the Pirate Crew sign up and Festival Treasure Hunt with none other than Captain Jack Sparrow on Sunday afternoon! Mum and Dad can enjoy a coffee (and a treat!) from Rockin Donuts and Coffee, and listen to the Buskers Festival on Fairnie Park. Plus, on Monday morning there will be more pirate fun with Captain Trash – educating kids about helping the environment through jokes, a ukulele and some hilarious rapping!
Inside the Festival Village there is plenty to see and do, including the Opening Ceremony and Welcome to Country from 3:15pm. Don’t miss the Royal Australian Navy Band performing on stage from 1pm on Saturday! A Rock N Roll night will start the party on Saturday evening, featuring the Juke Box Rockers dance group.
Local primary schools have also been busy creating some fantastic artwork with the theme ‘Endeavour – Wind, Water Courage’ that will be on display at the Sailing School.
There’s no better place for families on the long weekend than the Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong!
- Free face-painting daily
- FunFit junior fitness activities – Saturday 10th March from 1pm and Sunday 11th March from 10am – 12m
- Opening Ceremony and Welcome to Country – Saturday 10th March from 3:15pm
- Captain Jack Sparrow, including Pirate Treasure Hunt – Sunday 11th March from 1:30pm
- Captain Trash – Monday 12th March from 11am
- Tall ship sails – all weekend (tickets required for tall ship sails and can be purchased on the day)
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