Review: The Big Freeze Festival 2017

Review The Big Freeze Festival 2017 Ever-changing Life of a Mum

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It’s a cold, cold winter in Melbourne this year. So cold that I often wonder if I’ll wake up to see snow outside one morning. But there’s one place guaranteed to receive snowfall in Melbourne this winter, and that’s at The Big Freeze Winter Festival in Fountain Gate.

I was lucky to receive a family pass to attend the festival on the weekend and it was a great way to kick off the school holidays.

After a week of bad colds and nasty throat infections in my family it was rather nice to get out of the house, although it did mean I was only able to attend with Miss 7 and Miss 12 in the end.

This year’s festival is under a HUGE big top tent which I thought was brilliant and gave the event a great night time feel, especially with lots of twinkling lights.

I absolutely loved the snowfall forest, complete with woodland animals, which you can walk through and catch falling “snow” (ok, it’s foam, but still looks beautiful). I could have stayed for ages but the girls were super keen to ride on the festival’s new snow slides. In the end, I think I lost count of the number of times they went down the slide – it was definitely their favourite part of the event.

Other festival features include three snow pits for plenty of fun snow play, a snowball toss, snow globe photo booth, inflatable polar bear slide and an inflatable obstacle course.

There’s also a circus skills workshop, construction play zone and several art and craft activities.

Don’t forget to pick up your free Milo to warm yourself up during and after the event. It can get quite chilly inside, especially the longer you stay, so make sure you rug up!

A change of clothes may also be required after visiting the snow pits, depending on how much and how long you play for in the snow.


There’s still time to visit The Big Freeze Winter Festival, which runs until 9 July 2017 at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, corner Princes Hwy and Brechin Drive.

Three sessions are held every day (9am-11.30am, 12pm-2.30pm, 3pm-5.30pm). There’s also a free community area open throughout the day.

Tickets cost $29.50 for children (aged 2-12 years) and $19 for adults, children aged 13-plus years and toddlers aged 12-23 months. Family passes and group bookings are also available and there are discounts for some afternoon sessions. Prices listed are for tickets purchased online.

Each child ticket also includes a 4 Park Pass to Phillip Island Nature Parks valued at $28.50 for use by the end of 2017.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit The Big Freeze website by clicking here.

You can also follow The Big Freeze on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

*This is not a sponsored post, however I was provided with a family pass to visit the The Big Freeze Festival. All opinions expressed are my own.

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6 thoughts on “Review: The Big Freeze Festival 2017

  1. I love the snow, I love to ski. This would be a great way to show the kids what the snow is like without having to pay all the money for a ski trip, and with 5 kids to take, this is a much better option for us.

  2. Looks fabulous and fun for the kids! would love to come down for a cold weekend one year lol but generally this is the time of year Brisbane shines so i am happy to stay and enjoy it (was too hot for long sleeves today !!)

  3. These little festivals are fabulous! It’s a great way to experience the snow without all the hard work. Thanks for sharing. #teamIBOT

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