There is so much happening over Summer on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. I am thrilled to be sharing some guest posts for the month of January highlighting some of the amazing experiences the Peninsula has to offer.
Today we have a guest post from Anna who is excited to share her review of Lantasia. Thank you Anna for your great review, photos and sharing this amazing venue with us.
LANTASIA: a light sculpture event in the night garden
Coming off the high of all the magical Christmas Light Houses we found in December, my kids were excited at the prospect of another night of lighting adventure! So we packed up our crew and headed down the Mornington Peninsula for an evening of summer fun at Lantasia: a light sculpture event in the night garden.
As our kids are only 4 and 6, a late night provides the extra benefit of an afternoon nap and following morning sleep in (for us that’s anything past 6am!) The nap was only achieved with the bribe of a quick trip to the Rosebud Carnival and fish’n’chips on the beach before heading to Lantasia. Had we known about the adjoining WaterWild Inflatable Fun Park, we would have arrived even earlier and packed bathers and towels. If our kids were older and could manage a full day out and about, it would have been a great opportunity to visit the Frankston Sand Sculptures during the day as well.
We arrived at Boneo Maze for around 7pm. It was still too light to view the sculptures, but there was a lot to do while we waited. The kids had a blast on the mini golf course, which had two different starting points and three different holes to cater for all ages and abilities. The maze was loads of fun – we got lost more than once, which the kids loved – especially when they managed to find a small hole in the hedge and leave the parents to walk around the long way.
As we exited the maze, the sun was beginning to set and the light sculptures had come to life. Suddenly there were butterflies, grasshoppers, snails, ladybugs, flamingos, giant lilies, lotus flowers and even a dragon! While many sculptures are located in or around the lakes and the front lawns, we loved all the friends we found as we walked along the boardwalk. Every bend and turn provided a new character to meet.
The boardwalk ended in the back garden, with gorgeous flower sculptures, lanterns hanging from the trees, mega family games (such as checkers, croquet, chess and snakes’n’ladders), 2 smaller mazes and a magnificent vintage carousel providing unlimited free rides (no wonder the kids were still wide awake at 10pm!) We were very glad we’d packed some aeroguard, as the mosquitoes were enjoying the festivities as well. Some families had obviously arrived much earlier and had brought along a picnic for dinner; while others had purchased supper, coffee and ice-creams from the lakeside café before taking their journey along the boardwalk.
We had a wonderful family night and it was great to go to something that adults and kids both enjoyed equally.
When: Nightly from 6-10pm until January 27, 2016
Where: Boneo Maze, 695 Limestone Rd, Fingal
Tickets: $60 family or $18 adult & $15 child (3-17yrs) available at the gate
Food & Drink: Welcome to bring a picnic, or enjoy supper at the lakeside cafe