Mornington Peninsula blogger Kelly McLeod is always looking for new ways to keep her children entertained.
The Mt Martha mum of two runs a popular family travel blog called My Little Adventures, where she writes about her adventures with her kids around the world and on the peninsula.
Starting the blog back in November 2013, it now has close to 5500 Facebook and Instagram followers was recently named as one of the top 100 blogs in the country by Kidspot Voices of Australia.
Part of its success, Kelly says, is that she posts honestly about the ups and downs of travelling with little people.
“Without the bad or difficult bits, I wouldn’t get the incredible lifelong memories and experiences that come with travelling as a family,” she explains.
“It’s an adventure.
“I do it (travel with kids) so that my children can experience the world and be better for it.
“Quite simply, I do it for the smile it puts on my boys’ faces and the wild excitement in their eyes when we embark on a new adventure.”
Although she and her family are often jet-setting around the world, Kelly says there is so much to keep the little ones entertained right here on the Mornington Peninsula.
Here, she shares with MP Magazine her top five local venues to take the kids these school holidays.
1. If it’s adventure you’re after, The Enchanted Maze has got you covered! The gardens are magnificent and it’s a great way to let the kids run around and wear themselves out. There is something for everyone with tube rides, tree surfing and plenty of mazes.
2. Angus and Rose at the Briars has a fantastic school holiday program with lots of arts and craft. We have enjoyed exploring their rose garden and picking beautiful roses to take home with us.
3. Cranbourne Botanic Gardens are in their element in spring. Pack a picnic or enjoy a scrumptious meal from the cafe. If the weather is warm enough, the kids can wade into the river for some fun water play.
4. Mornington Railway is a fantastic adventure for your train loving little one. They usually run every Sunday and alternate between diesel and steam engines.
5. Green Olive at Red Hill is a great place to have a school holiday catch up with friends. There is a built-in trampoline and a host of farm animals to keep the kids entertained, plus a family friendly menu.
For more of Kelly’s great tips on travelling with kids, visit mylittleadventures.com.au