Aug 142012

After a very long and exhausting plane trip we finally made it back to Australia on Saturday morning. Previously we have always come back in summertime and were warmly welcomed by the dry, hot Adelaide weather and bright sun, this time we were unpleasantly surprised by the freezing winter cold. I can not believe how cold it is this year, the only thing missing is snow and frost on the windows! Of course the chances of outdoor snow and ice are still pretty slim here in Australia but luckily there is always the Medibank Icehouse in Melbourne to get your winterspirit up.

It is a shame we are not in Melbourne because I would most certainly take my three to experience the joy of ice skating. As a child I very much enjoyed ice skating in winter time and we couldn’t wait for the local lakes and streams to freeze over. I have very fond memories of skating with family and friends, the crunchy sound of the ice under the sledges and skates and hot chocolate afterwards to warm us up.

You can create your family’s very own winter memories too by visiting the Medibank Icehouse for some fun in the cold, there are loads of options available. From a playful skate intro for the wobbly little ones up to real figure skating, a game of ice hockey or disco skating, speed skating or birthday parties, there are classes and free skating times to suit everyone. Obviously skate hire can be organised on the spot so there is nothing to stop you from trying your stability on the ice.

To find out more about Medibank Icehouse, to discover all the exciting programs on offer and to check opening times visit

For your chance to win a Medibank Icehouse Family Pass (Melbourne only; 2 adults, 2 children and skate hire) valued at $72 visit and answer the following question: What is your favourite family outing for a cold winter day?

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  1. A scenic trip to the Dandenongs! Winding along the road through the majestic trees – I think it’s the best time of year to visit – the ferns are all glistening with rain and the real beauty of the area shines through in wet weather! We rug up with jackets, beanies and gloves, grab some hot fish and chips on the way and enjoy with our hot coffee from a thermos under the picnic shelters. Then we get a devonshire tea for us and milkshake for the kids on the trip home from a quaint little cafe. Once a year or so, we take a trip on Puffing Billy!

  2. Mushrooming! We go for a long drive, to a very beautiful part of Victoria where there are heaps of Pine trees and collect bucket loads of beautiful fresh mushrooms (that we then take to Nana to pickle and preserve for us). The kids love it, as I did too when I was little.

  3. We go for a drive up the hills, and stop at the lake where we hire paddle boats and race each other until we’re all feeling hot and need an ice cream! After the ice cream we stop off somewhere nice for lunch.

  4. Keen to try Skate Date Night!!

    Lucky I’m married to my wonderful hubby, ’cause I’m tipping he wouldn’t fall in love with me as a result of my skating prowess!! Nevertheless, would be a fun night out with a lot of laughs (and maybe a few butt bruises).

  5. Our favorite outing in the rain, cold winter is to the bungalow with popcorn, a movie and each other.

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  8. Our local heated indoor pool gets children active, whole family can participate and because it’s cold and wet nobody else thinks to go so we normally have the whole place to ourselves!!

  9. Puddle jumping!

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  11. On a cold winter’s day, we head to the library. The girls will spend ages choosing new books, and then curl up in a big chair in the kids corner and have a read. It’s always nice and warm!

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  16. we love stocking up on treats and heading to the movies together!

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  25. We love to go roller skating, the kids are better than me at it now!
    we stop for a hot dog and a drink and skate some more, then grab a bag of lollies before one more skate to end the day. Ice skating would be the next thing for us to try!

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  29. Love visiting the Melbourne Museum, warm and cosy and so much to explore!

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  33. We love to take the kids bowling on a cold winters day.

    They can’t wait to try ice skating thou as Dad used to play ice hockey and they haven’t been yet.

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  38. Going on a winter walk on the beach…

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  46. I love the local snow cone van, hanging out with the ice, kinda why id feel at home at the Medibank Icehouse

  47. We love going up to Dandenong Ranges on a cool winter day, views are fantastic and so many child-friendly cafes there.

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  57. Taking a trip to our favourite animal farm followed by a visit to a
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  64. visit the beach and watch the sunset in the winter which is different to the summer.

  65. I like going out for hot chocolate on winter (with my lovely family)

  66. On a cold winter day nothing beats a family trip to the local pool. It’s always warm there!

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  69. On a cold wintery day a trip to the Movies is what we love doing as a family or if there is nothing on suitable we love watching movies at home 🙂

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  72. Favourite outing is something indoors! Winter is the perfect time for go karting on an indoor track with the kidlets

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  81. We love going trout fishing and then camping with a fire to keep us warm and to cook our catch!

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