WIN one of 3 Skate & Fly Experiences for the Whole Family (CLOSED)

Winter school holidays are tough! It’s hard to keep the kids active and entertained when it’s cold outside, but I’m here to tell you that two great Melbourne attractions have partnered up to bring you a fantastic school holiday package that the whole family will love – Skate & Fly!

Melbourne star observation wheel

Offering two great experiences for one great price, Melbourne Star’s Skate & Fly package gives adults and children a chance to double their school holiday fun with a sky-high flight on the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel before pulling on their skates to hit the ice at Australia’s premiere ice-skating destination, the O’Brien Group Arena.

Ice skating docklands

Throughout the July school holidays, the Skate & Fly package will offer one flight on the Melbourne Star and one ice-skating session at O’Brien Group Arena for the cool price of $36 for children aged six to 14 or $50.40 for adults. Concession tickets are $42.40.
Another bonus is that passes can be used on separate days if you want to spread out the fun.
Plus, kids get a complimentary Glow Golf ticket!*

The offer is available from Saturday July 1 to Sunday July 16, 2017.
Purchase SKATE & FLY tickets at the Melbourne Star Ticket Desk

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
WHERE: 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands, Melbourne
OPENING HOURS: open daily 11am until 7pm. Last ticket sales close 45 minute prior to advertised closing time. Last flight leaves 30 minutes prior to advertised closing time.
BOOKINGS: or call (03) 8688 9688

*Redemption period from 1 – 16 July 2017. Every Melbourne Star Observation Wheel child ticket holder will receive one complimentary Glow Golf ticket at the Welcome Host, before taking their flight. Glow Golf ticket must be used by 16 July 2017.

WIN one of 3 Family Passes to SKATE & FLY

win - skate and fly docklands melbourne
Thanks to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel I have 3 Family passes to giveaway valued at $172.80 per pass.

Each Family Pass is for 2 adult and 2 children, and includes a skate session at O’Brien’s Group Arena and a 30-minute flight on Melbourne Star Observation Wheel this school holidays (July 1 to July 16).

For your chance to win a family pass just tell me in a comment below:
What’s your best strategy for keeping the kids happy, healthy and entertained over winter?

I’ll pick 3 of my favourite entries and if you win, I’ll post you out the passes so you can enjoy them on the school holidays. Don’t live in Melbourne? Here is a reason to come and see what the fuss is all about!

Terms & Conditions
The winners will be the 3 entries deemed most creative by the judges. Entries open until 5pm 8th June, 2017. Winners will be announced in the comments below and contacted via entering email address. To claim the prize, the winners must reply to the winner notification and accept the prize within 72 hours of receiving notification or risk forfeiting prize. Winner’s address must be supplied on request and will only be used to mail out prize. Passes not transferable for cash. Passes are for use in Melbourne.
Giveaway is open to all Australian residents over 16 years.


  • Laura says:

    Our best strategy is to allow ourselves to get bored! Some of the best times are created when you thought you had nothing fun to do. We sometimes go and collect cardboard boxes from Bunnings, or check out the kids Pinterest boards for all those experiments that they’ve wanted to try but we didn’t have time. And super importantly I use the time to try out some recipes, preferably while still in pjs and watching Netflix.

  • It’s been a big family tradition since I was under 10, (ahem, in the 1980’s) but a wonderful one that I’ve continued with my children and that is to visit one of the depots of excess manufacturing materials etc., it was called The Reverse Garbage Truck in those days, but now there others with different names but all offering the same wonderful service. Giving businesses a place to ‘dump’ their useable offcuts, excess materials and whatnot for artists, community groups, schools, kindergarten, playgroups and families to be endlessly inspired by. My mum used to let us fill our own garbage bag and then we’d spend our holidays creating all sorts of wonderful things! An especially great one for the winter school holidays when the weather can be a bit more indoorsy, as it were. Ooohh, now I’m craving a visit! It’s like a magical candy store for any creative soul. I bet you’ve visited many a time, Cintia!

    • Cintia @ My Poppet says:

      Love this idea, I have actually never been. Probably for the bast as my house is already somewhat like a reverse garbage center. Lol.
      Winner!! congrats.

  • Amalia says:

    Get the kids outside as much as possible. Organise activities every alternate day, allowing either for a chillout day or to take advantage of last minute opportunities.

  • Carol says:

    In winter a hearty nutritious meal everynight after sport or homework, healthy and interesting packed lunches for school and weekends exploring in the city or the country with the family keep my kids happy and healthy.

  • Joanie O says:

    Weekends and school holidays in Winter for us are as much about not FEELING couped up as not actually being stuck indoors. Recently we stepped up our indoor cubby game by stopping by a homegoods store, grabbing a fridge box, covering it in a roll of foil at home and making our very own rocket. Reading and audiobook time is so much better inside a DIY fort! Sometimes we’ll do a craft session or arrange playdates with friends (other peoples spaces and toys are so much more interesting than your own).I also love upping our cooking/ baking game, perfect indoor rainy day activity.
    All of these things are best done at the end of a bushwalk – rug everyone up, stop stressing about the inevitable muddy clothes, head out to the park or bush and let kids be kids by jumping in muddy puddles for a bit or making a nature treasure hunt. A hot bath when you get home, followed by all the cooking, crafting and playing mentioned above is perfection.
    BUUUUUT there’s only so long these tactics work – a trip to the big smoke for the wheel and skating would be amazing!!!

    • Cintia @ My Poppet says:

      Some great ideas here, you’ve inspired me to be more active in winter.

      You are a Winner! Look out for my email in your inbox

  • Cathy M says:

    We make time for low activity days – pjs all day, healthy raw vege snacks before dinner, and early bedtime with bonus chapters of whatever book we’re reading. Pacing ourselves to recoup energy is just as important as the outside adventures.

  • Ern. says:

    We have a ‘wet weather hat’, filled with some neatly folded and some very crumpled pieces of paper, each having written on them a fun activity to do during the cold of Winter. Everything ranging from baking and decorating gingerbread men, to seeing a movie, going to the park to kick the footy, a trip to the Museum and an assortment of oddities entertaining every possibility in between. There are four of us, so we roll dice for placement, highest first, lowest last, and we keep the order the whole way through Winter. On a Wednesday night after dinner, whoever’s turn it is is, gets to put on the blindfold ( we make a REAL ceremony of it ) and pull out a folded or crumpled note, and that is what we do on the weekend. Something to look forward to, and eventually partake in keeps us all (grown ups and kids) happy, healthy and entertained over winter, and beyond (we adapt the hat of suggestions depending on the season).

    • Cintia @ My Poppet says:

      Best Idea Ever! I’d love to include it as part of a blog post.
      You are a Winner! Look out for my email in your inbox

  • Suzy C says:

    In Winter , children need lots of entertainment and it can be difficult to get them to play outdoors , especially if its raining .l rug them up in jumpers, parkas, and gumboots, and puddles are the order of the day. To see them skating would be magical, as they’ve never seen the snow, and we are always drawing snoflakes and winter castles. I also try to make sure they have plenty of nourishing soups made with vegies and chicken stock, onions to keep colds at bay, with a side serving of my homemade bread. We are not rich, but we feel rich when we eat well and are entertained! I hope we win, as both the skating and the observation wheel would be such a memorable day out for us

  • Sarah Light says:

    It’s a little selfish but I give myself a little me time to recharge. This energises me and makes me the healthiest fun mum possible and has a flow on effect to the kids. Plenty of fruit and veg and fresh air helps as well.

  • Joanie O says:

    Ern, I love your idea! I’m totally instigating it at my house immediately!

  • Kate Leddick says:

    Rug up and get outdoors.. explore. Eat oranges. Take tissues for snotty noses.. and still have fun.

  • David M says:

    I always love going camping with the children. Our entire extended family, uncles, aunts, my father mother, cousins and their youngsters camp up in Warburton together during the winter breaks. The kids love getting away from the city, we play cricket as a family, toast marshmallows, go for nature walks, my uncle tells his infamous “tales from the crypt” to the kids by the firelight, we visit the beautiful township and eat self-proclaimed ‘world famous’ hot fresh pies from the bakery. Go up to the snow and build snowmen, with the kids have a blast tobogganing at great speeds! Last year we taught the kids how to make homemade damper with raspberry jam and they had a ball getting sticks and toasting their dough over the fire. The kids and our whole family love catching up and enjoying time together.

    The kids are wonderfully close to their cousins and count down the days as winter begins, looking forward to the games, fun, excitement and mischief they get up to together! The kids also love their great uncles who have a hilarious sibling rivalry, personified by what they call the Macgyver award! This entails the most brilliant contribution or ingenuity, usually in the form of a network of tarps to keep us dry when the rain inevitably pours. We always cook healthy food over the fireside, teaching the kids fire safety, how to help prepare meals, different knots courtesy of my uncle, once a navy man, bird calls and star gazing. The kids are always laughing, running around and have a blast learning new things, getting back to nature and are plum tuckered out by the end of every day!

    • Cintia @ My Poppet says:

      Sounds like a blast, your kids are so lucky to have cousins that are so close. Macgyver award sounds awesome!

  • Terri says:

    I was sooo lucky to be able to go on the Observation wheel. I’m scared of heights but I really enjoyed the magnificent views. I would really love to win this for my cousin as she takes her ex husbands children every School holidays .They have sooo much fun with her that this would be a wonderful surprise and treat for them.

  • Cintia @ My Poppet says:


    So many great entries and ideas! Thank you and good luck!

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