Winter School Holidays 2020

Well what a wacky term two that was! We’re officially halfway through 2020 and up to school holidays again. Personally I found it quite tricky to write a holiday guide this time around; just everything seems such a mess and inclined to change at a moment’s notice.

So, I asked you guys what you wanted, and took my lead from you. Hope this guide helps you in planning your school holiday break this time around.

So to kick off…. better include some adventures! For those of you inclined to stay home scroll down a bit further to get to some recipes instead.

10 places to go

Yes, a lot of places have reopened, most with stricter entry requirements. All require PRE BOOKING. Given the restricted numbers allowed, now is the time to book something in if it’s really important to you. Once the holidays start I dare say some (or all!) of these things will fill up.

However, in the spirit of full disclosure my family and I won’t be going to any of these places ourselves. We went to Healsville Sanctuary a few weeks back and it felt uncomfortably full to us despite restrictions and capped numbers. That said, they’re all open and meeting current government restrictions so it’s up to you and your fam if you feel these are good options for you.

Where available I’ve included each places direct link to their Covid-19 updated information about what they’re doing/not doing to best plan your trip.

The Zoos (Melbourne, Werribee and Healsville)

Myuna Farm (animal farm, Doveton)

The Big Goose (animal farm, Moorooduc)

Interaxcity (“When I grow up” style preschooler pretend play play space. Malvern)

Moonlight Sanctuary (animal farm, Pearcedale)

Sk8house (indoor roller skating, Carrum Downs)

SeaLife Melbourne(Aquarium, CBD)

Lake Mountain (toboganning, kids snowboarding, snow play)

Enchanted Adventure Garden (outdoor adventures; tree ropes course, tube slide, zip line. Arthur’s Seat)

Most Melbourne play centres reopened on June 22nd with varying restrcitions in place. If you’re game check out your local and book it in. Pre booking will be essential.

Ok… so none of those places take your fancy? That’s ok (me either!).

I’m not going to promote playgrounds, waterfall walks, or epic bike rides because it could drive too many people to those areas and subsequently get them closed down (like my local the 1000 steps).

So, as requested by you guys, here are 10 super (I mean supremely super) easy recipes that I make with my kids. Try one, try all, let me know how you get on.

10 easy peasy recipes
(click on each title for a link to the recipe)

These are all things we make often, are cheap, tasty and (my) kid approved. Excuse/enjoy my crappy photography… that’s how you know they’re authentically mine! Happy baking!

Corn uglies

3 ingredient (plus pizzazz) muffins

Honey Joys

Banana Pancakes (3 ingredients, plus GF and DF)

Cheese crackers

2 ingredient pizza dough (as cheesymites)

Garlic cheese muffins

Chicken corn soup

100 cookie recipe (this batch made 131!)

Apricot balls

Easy nuggets (no link sorry, also how have I not blogged these? We make them all the time!)
Cut up chicken breast into nugget sized pieces
Roll in mayonaise
Roll in breadcrumbs
Bake in oven at 180 degrees until golden brown (approx 10-15 minutes)

Oops… that was 11! Oh well.

Have a great holiday everyone and stay safe, stay mindful of others, and let me know how you get on!

– Mel

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