Review: Our trip to the snow a.k.a. The Big Freeze Winter Family Festival

Review The Big Freeze Festival - Ever-changing Life of a MumI never thought I’d be travelling to Cranbourne to see snow, but that’s exactly what I did on the weekend as my family enjoyed an afternoon out at The Big Freeze Festival.

Heading through an inflatable igloo at the entrance, we were greeted with an indoor winter forest complete with pine trees, fake snow, toadstool seats plus even a deer poking through the wilderness and a lamp post reminiscent of the scenes of Narnia.

It made for some magical photos with my girls who were fascinated by the falling foam snow from above.

The nearby inflatable snow dome was a big hit with my kids as were the cubby house village set up to play and explore. I also lost count of the number of times my girls went down the huge inflatable slide.

My girls tested their snowball making and throwing skills with a bucket of snow included with your entry to try out in the snowball toss area. They weren’t bad either I have to say!

Obviously, the big drawcard of the day was playing in the snow pit. It was the first time my girls had ever experienced snow and they thoroughly enjoyed building snowmen and making snow castles akin to the Frozen movie. My eldest daughter was even game enough to make a snow angel. Let’s say bringing along a change of clothes is a must!

However, the festival wasn’t just about snow, with plenty of family-friendly activities including paper craft, rock painting, gymnastic , pretend snowboarding, building block construction play and onstage entertainment.

A range of food vans were available and the day wasn’t complete without purchasing a twisty potato on a stick.

All up we spent four hours exploring the festival, which offers a great way to celebrate winter and have some fun during the school holidays.

There’s still time to visit The Big Freeze Festival with the festival running from 2-10 July 2016 at the Cranbourne Racecourse.

Tickets cost $28 for children aged 2-12 years*, $16.50 for adults, children aged 13-plus years and toddlers aged 1-2 years who will be entering the snow play zone. Discounted late entry  tickets for after 2pm are available for $19/$12.

*As a bonus, all full day children’s tickets (aged 2-12)  include a 4 Park Pass to Phillip Island Nature Parks (Penguin Parade, Antarctic Journey, Koala Conservation Centre & Churchill Island Heritage Farm) valid until 25 December 2016.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Big Freeze’s website at

*This is not a sponsored post, however I was provided with tickets (two adults and three children) to experience The Big Freeze Festival (total cost $105.50). All opinions expressed are my own.

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