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Posted on 18/09/2019 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Family fun these School Holidays
 

The shortest day of the year is long gone, spring has sprung, and Phillip Island Nature Parks is delivering a great range of activities to keep the family busy during these school holidays. 

Start by dropping into the all-new Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies and explore a whole new set of hands-on fun exhibits in this interactive, multimedia experience - all at a heavily discounted price just for these holidays. 

Kids go free these school holidays with a special Antarctic Journey Family Pass. Pay for 2 adults and 2 kids go free, all for only $36. Visit www.penguins.org.au/antarcticjourney and enter Promo Code AJSEP2019 for your ‘FREE Kids’ Family Pass. 

The Lab is filled with new activities like the board game inspired ‘Whale Race’, where you get to help a whale on its migration through our local waters. Or maybe challenge your senses at the ‘Touch and Smell’ exhibit and to identify mystery Antarctic objects. Feel the freeze in the ‘Chill Zone’ and try your hand at assembling a piece of equipment under harsh Antarctic conditions, then come out of the cold and compare your thermal image to an Emperor penguin’s. 

Learn about the perils faced by Antarctic wildlife through the new ‘Marine Debris’ interactive, find out all about ‘Ice Cores’ and the secrets they can tell us about the earth’s climate in ancient times, or check out the worrying impacts of global warming with the new ‘Climate Change’ interactive. 

Imagine the smiles on your kids’ faces as they continue through ‘The Journey’ surrounded by cinematic screens and a breathtaking soundtrack, then stand on a virtual ice floe and see themselves up on the big screen, reaching out to pat a virtual penguin, stroke a playful seal or interact with an orca as it appears to breach out of the Southern Ocean! 

Speaking of fun and free, the Nature Parks’ rangers have put together some great fun and educational free holiday activities. Join a ranger on Bugs, Bandicoots & Digs to learn about the critically endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoots which have found a new home on Churchill Island, then create some fun bandicoot and bug art. 

Explore the bushland on a ranger-led Nature Scavenger Hunt or venture into the night for an after-dark Koala Prowl. Delve into the mysterious lives of rockpool creatures on a Rockpool Spotlighting adventure, or create some masterpieces in a Wild Art & Craft session. These free of charge activities take place at various locations across Phillip Island between Monday 23 September and Friday 4 October, so check here for details and bookings. 

Spring has also sprung for the wild (and not-so-wild) life here on Phillip Island, with the little penguins getting right into the swing of things! Nature Parks’ researchers have reported that many burrows have two very podgy penguins inside, and they have even started seeing some very chubby and fluffy chicks already. They don’t stay fluffy for long though, as chicks usually only take between 8 and 11 weeks to fledge and find their own way in the world. 

There can’t be anything much cuter than a koala joey, and Ella the koala is proudly showing off her pride and joy at the Koala Reserve. The little bub is becoming more and more confident clinging on to Mum as she navigates her way through the trees and along the new koala walkways. Rangers estimate that this gorgeous little addition to the koala family is about eight months old, and it’s the first joey that’s been born at the Koala Reserve in a few years.  

Churchill Island is already welcoming the first of its spring arrivals to the farm with some of the cutest little baby lambs you’ve ever seen, frolicking in the fields. It won’t be too long until we see some brand new highland calves, and of course the ducks, geese and chickens don’t want to miss out either, so they may well make their own contribution to the farm’s animal population in the near future as well. 

So what are you waiting for? There’s plenty of fun to keep even the most active family busy on Phillip Island these school holidays.

 

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Media Enquiries:

Roland Pick – Communications Executive

Tel: +613 5951 2825 Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: rpick@penguins.org.au