It's also the perfect time to plan your next holiday! But if that's not really an option for you at the moment (like us), then you can at least try to stretch out the holiday mood by checking out one of these events over the weekend.
For the next couple of weeks at Queensbridge Square, you'll be able to start revving up for the Formula 1 Grand Priz held in March by getting an insight into F1 at F1 World. The centre of the action is the Giant Helmet, which allows you to step inside the World of Formula 1. You will also be able to get your photo taken in an F1 car, see Formula 1 cars up close and personal, test your reactions on the reaction challenge and stand atop the winners' podium.
A Day on the Ice
Have you ever wanted to try ice skating? It's not something we do very often here, but it always sounded like a lot of fun. The Ice House is hosting A Day on the Ice on Saturday from noon, where you can give ice skating a go, but also enjoy other ice related activities. You can learn about ice hockey, try to hand (feet?) at figure skating, and watch curling (umm, what is that?) and two Australian Women's Ice Hockey League teams battle it out.
If you're wanting a bit of relief from the heat, may this is the much cooler event for you this weekend.
Royal Croquet Club
I've seen this event advertised, and you can bet your booty that I'll be going at some stage. The Royal Croquet Club is a festival being held at Birrarung Marr, along the banks of the Yarra River. It kicks off on Friday night, and runs until Sunday 1 February. You can attend from 12 noon on Saturdays and Sundays.
So, you're probably thinking, 'Croquet? Really?', but it's more than just batting round white balls through hoops. You will be able to get food provided by some amazing CBD restaurateurs, such as Miss Chu, DOC, Meatmother & Mr. Claws, all participating in the first Broadsheet Summer BBQ. There will also be themed bars, roving entertainment, music entertainment and of course a full size Croquet Pitch where you can give croquet a try. I think it sounds awesome!
Any event involving chocolate usually catches my attention! At the Immigration Museum in the CBD, there are a series of events held as part of the North South Fest West festival, which celebrates food from various cultures in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere that involves music on warm summer evenings.
On Sunday from 11am to 4pm, you can find and enjoy all kinds of chocolate and chocolate related products to fill your little chocolate coated heart at the Choc Fest. You can learn about chocolate history and traditions, hang out in the chocolate beer garden, and listen to bands. You can even try chocolate hops! If you feel like a metaphorical chocolate bath this weekend, try this event.
Australian Open Tennis
The Australian Open begins on Monday, and I am SUPER excited. Some of you may know that I used to play a lot of tennis as a junior and was pretty decent, so tennis has always had a soft spot in my heart - even though I don't play anymore. This is the time of year though that I get inspired by all the tennis talk going on around the place. The right person might make the right offer at the right time to get me back on the court!
You'll probably have seen the Australian Open banner flags around the Melbourne CBD, and the Federation Square information centre becomes an Australian Open shop! But if that's not enough for you, why don't you jump online and buy a ticket to attend one of the sessions over the next couple of weeks. My favourite is the general admission after 5pm pass. After work on a beautiful summer's day, you can go down to the entrance to Melbourne Park, and for a pretty decent price watch some great tennis on the big screen, while enjoying food and beverages on the lawns. Give it a try!
What are your weekend plans? Anything holiday like?