First term is done, the kids are on holidays again and looking for things to do. We look at some of the wide-ranging children’s activities taking place across the  Mornington Peninsula over the autumn break.

Sand Sculpting Australia exhibition

Summer might have ended but the sand sculptures remain at Boneo Maze in Fingal, the new home of Sand Sculpting Australia’s annual exhibition.

This year’s display tells the tale of Peter Pan, intricately carved into 3500 tonnes of sand by 15 Australian and international artists.

Tyson Savanah, sculptor and the exhibition’s creative director, says Peter Pan’s story was chosen partly because it fit with the natural setting of the park’s wetlands, “which inspire a Neverland kind of feeling”. His favourite sculpture? The Jolly Roger pirate ship, made by several Russian artists, “because of the motion they were able to capture – it looks like the ship’s hitting a wave”.

Sand art workshops and activities where children can unleash their own creative talents are being run in conjunction with the exhibit. Boneo Maze’s other attractions include 27 acres of wetlands, gardens and mazes, plus a mini golf course. Visitors can also hire paddleboats.

Open until September, 2019. Boneo Maze, 695 Limestone Road, Fingal. For more information, visit boneomaze.com.au

Easter egg hunt

The Easter Bunny will be visiting Point Leo Sculpture Park on Easter Sunday, hiding chocolate eggs throughout the 19-acre outdoor gallery.

Point Leo Estate general manager Roger Lancia and his team are excited for the venue’s inaugural Easter egg hunt, which has been designed as a family-friendly way to experience art.

“It’ll get the kids in and amongst some of the more vibrant and colourful sculptures around the park, and gets the parents out as well,” he says. “The whole morning is all about the sculpture park.”

Sponsored by chocolatiers Koko Black, the hunt begins at 10am and there’ll be a grand prize for one lucky winner announced at noon. The Estate’s wine terrace will be set up as a family hub, with hot cross buns and a bespoke Koko Black hot chocolate on the menu. Other attractions include face painting, live music, colouring-in stations, and a chocolate pop-up stall.

Located on the Westernport side of the Peninsula, the Sculpture Park showcases artworks by the likes of Deborah Halpern, Dean Bowen and Bruce Armstrong, as well as several international artists, against a backdrop of vineyards and ocean views. There are two winding paths visitors can wander down – a 1.9 kilometre or three-kilometre option – with striking designs sprouting up alongside both. Point Leo Estate also has two restaurants and a cellar door for grown-ups to discover.

April 21, 2019, gates open 9am. $20 per child, also admits one adult. $5 per extra adult. For more information, visit ptleoestate.com.au

Nature events at The Briars

Budding park rangers and young nature lovers are catered for by the school holiday program at The Briars.

The National Trust-listed property in Mount Martha sits on 230 hectares and includes a historic homestead. As well as having gardens and a nursery, there’s an astronomy centre, an eco-living display, and a wildlife sanctuary dotted with walking trails.  

School holiday activities, running from April 8-18, include bushwalks, such as a twilight wildlife adventure and an after-dark hike to look for nocturnal animals, as well as educational workshops that explore the theme of ‘transformation’.

“Autumn at the Briars is the start of nature’s transformation,” explains Joanne Fyfe, visitor experience coordinator. “It’s harvest season and autumn colours appear in the oaks and elms as the buzz of summer gives way to a more peaceful and reflective mood. Our autumn programs make the most of the milder weather and highlights the changing landscape.”

Fyfe is also excited to introduce the new Briars Craft and Produce Market, open on April 28 and May 26.

“It promises to be a fantastic day out for friends and family to enjoy a quality home-made, home-grown market.”

The Briars, 450A Nepean Highway, Mount Martha. For more information, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/Activities/The-Briars

Images courtesy of Peter Pan sand exhibit, Point Leo sculpture park & The Briars

Tyson Savanah, sculptor and the exhibition’s creative director, says Peter Pan’s story was chosen partly because it fit with the natural setting of the park’s wetlands, “which inspire a Neverland kind of feeling”

Sand art workshops and activities where children can unleash their own creative talents are being run in conjunction with the exhibit. Boneo Maze’s other attractions include 27 acres of wetlands, gardens and mazes, plus a mini golf course. Visitors can also hire paddleboats.


The Easter Bunny will be visiting Point Leo Sculpture Park on Easter Sunday, hiding chocolate eggs throughout the 19-acre outdoor gallery.

The National Trust-listed property in Mount Martha sits on 230 hectares and includes a historic homestead. As well as having gardens and a nursery, there’s an astronomy centre, an eco-living display, and a wildlife sanctuary dotted with walking trails.

School holiday activities, running from April 8-18, include bushwalks, such as a twilight wildlife adventure and an after-dark hike to look for nocturnal animals, as well as educational workshops that explore the theme of ‘transformation’.

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