The only thing we don’t love about Easter is that it comes around but once a year. If we had our way, every weekend would be four days long and chocolate would be the only food group. But alas, it cannot be. It’s cool, we’ll get over it.
To celebrate the weekend that dentists fear the most, we’ve pulled together a bunch of ways for you to have fun for free. We’re good like that.
1. Meet The Easter Bunny In South Melbourne
Whether you have kids to keep busy or family down for the weekend and don’t know where to put them, The South Melbourne Market has you sorted. On 12 and 13 April you can take the littlies to meet the Easter Bunny and have their face painted. Head back on Saturday for an Easter egg hunt to keep those mouths and hands full. Then from 11am-2pm for a live performance by The Jazz Jokers that’ll sooth your long-weekend stress.
2. Play Giant Board Games In Docklands
This one is a must see. Harbour Town Docklands is playing host to a range of giant Hasbro games including Twister, Connect Four and Operation. Too new school for you? Their garden party is also home to a giant chess and checkers board. Available every day until April 17, excluding Good Friday. There’s even a chance to meet the Easter Bunny (if you know where to look).
3. Hop On Over To Queen Vic Markets
It wouldn’t be a complete list of free events without a shout-out to the beloved Queen Vic Market. This Thursday they’re running an Easter egg shaped biscuit decorating workshop for young lolly-lovers between 10am and 2pm. Not strictly Easter themed, but it’s free and it’s fun, so who cares? Make sure to also check out the Queen Street Plaza from 9am-3pm Saturday and Sunday for family entertainment and live music.
4. Have A Good Friday In Frankston
They’ve got market stalls and rides, stage shows, music and as many free Easter eggs as sticky, kiddie hands can carry. Check out Frankston’s Good Friday Family Day from 10am-4pm on 14th April and find out what else they’ve got in store.
5. Turn Your Good Friday Into A Great Friday
Another Good Friday showcase is on at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Wander in from 10am-5pm and see what the Good Friday Appeal Kids Day Out has to offer. We’re talking arts, crafts, games and sports for the tots, and classic cars, Bollywood dance classes and massages for the parents.
6. Come One, Come All To The Big Easter Show
The Melbourne Easter Show is back again, guys. It’s on from 10am-9pm, Friday to Monday, and if you’ve ever been before you’ll know it’s well worth a visit. What’s on this year? How about free magic shows, live entertainment, a bustling marketplace and fireworks from 8.45pm each evening.
7. Party Like You Have Nowhere To Be Tomorrow
Long weekends as an adult mean you get two extra chances to drink, dance and regret the night before, all without the hassle of a 6am alarm. Keep Thursday night free for an Easter Puppy Party complete with inflatable puppies and a free photo booth. Or hop around the dance floor with live DJs each evening Friday-Monday at Hopscotch in Southbank.
8. Escape The City For Free Chocolate
Hot foot it down to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie anytime Good Friday til Easter Sunday and treat your taste buds. There’ll be Easter egg hunts for the kids at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm and samples of their chocolate creations in the showrooms for everyone.
9. Enjoy An Aussie Easter By The Beach
While away the afternoon from 12-3pm Easter Saturday in St Kilda. Check out some free Zumba and belly dancing classes over in Acland Plaza and keep an eye out for a visit from the Easter Bunny (he seems to be pretty fully booked this year, eh).
Hungry for more? You need these hot cross gelato buns in your life. STAT.
Image credit: South Melbourne Market