Visit Australiana Pioneer Village at Wilberforce these school holidays

Looking for something to do with the kids these school holidays? The Australiana Pioneer Village has reopened following an enforced COVID-19 shutdown period, and the team will be welcoming visitors onto the grounds on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays for the duration of the school break.

Village Publicity Officer, Lesley George, said the theme for the holidays would be 'Science and Nature'.

Australiana Pioneer Village celebrates colonial times and offers a number of activities for children during the school holidays. Picture: Geoff Jones

Australiana Pioneer Village celebrates colonial times and offers a number of activities for children during the school holidays. Picture: Geoff Jones

"We have all sorts of demonstrations going on including butter churning, lemonade making, and our Village Professor will be doing experiments with the kids - some involving bubbles" she said.

There will be Pioneer Express rides, Village Express rides and tractor hay rides.

The shops and eateries will be open, or people can bring a picnic and a picnic rug, or cook their own lunch on the free BBQ facilities on the grounds.

The Village opened back up on Sunday, and Ms George said visitors had a "beautiful" day.

"They had a ball, the trains were both going, there were hay rides, and we had musicians wandering about - Ian played the squeeze box and we had the three ukulele ladies, and they had all the kids in the street jiving around to their music," she said.

During the shut-down, committee members and other volunteers maintained the grounds through working bees, keeping it in "beautiful working condition," Ms George said.

"We're ecstatic to be back," she said.

"Yesterday people were playing badminton, there were a few footballs and frisbees being thrown about, and kids can bring their own bikes and helmets and make use of the 28 acres there. It's such an old-fashioned, fun day."

Strict hygiene and social distancing rules are in place, in keeping with government health regulations.

The gate opens at 10am and closes at 4pm, and there is free parking inside the Village.

Children under 5 are free, school children $3, adults $5, and a family pass is $15 (two children, two adults).

For more information, go to www.theapv.org.au.

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