Little Melbourne Reviews
What kid doesn’t love building sandcastles at the beach? With Sand Sculpting Australia’s larger than life “Friends, Foes and Superheroes” exhibition there’s something for the entire family to enjoy! This iconic annual event (featuring the work of 21 talented national and international artists) is once again on till the end of April so there’s still plenty of time to make a day of it. Think of it as a giant outdoor gallery featuring famous, much-loved characters everyone can connect with.
When you arrive it’s smaller than you think inside, however, don’t be fooled; there are plenty of impressive sculptures to keep everyone entertained and the level of detail is incredible. It’s wonderful to get the littlies involved and interested in art – the biggest squeals we heard were for the movie-of-the-moment, Frozen of course! Mr 12 and Mr 3 (both avid superhero fans) enjoyed the sculptures though I don’t think Mr 3 quite got the superhero concept as when we left he asked where all the superheros were! Mr 7 months was just happy to eat sand (kidding!).
Magnificent as they are, you’ll also find there’s so much more for the kiddies to enjoy in addition to the sculptures at this interactive site. For starters, there’s a shaded outdoor sandpit (with buckets & spades a plenty!), two pint-sized diggers (coin operated), face painting, a lego zone and an activity zone (complete with chairs, tables, coloured pencils & colouring in books).
But there’s still more! You’ll also find “sandsational” (couldn’t help myself!) workshops featuring sand art (fabulous activity that kept Mr 3 entertained for almost an hour) and how to build a mini sand sculpture (for any budding artists)! Building mini sand sculptures is something that both young and old can enjoy so you may find yourself getting down and dirty with the kids! Sand art is also an activity that everyone can appreciate – it’s almost therapeutic and the results are quite beautiful. Lots of fun & definitely where we spent the most time!
Tips & Useful Info:
Get there early as it gets very busy, particularly on the week-ends (when we left at lunch time there was a queue snaking down the street).
Entry is reasonably priced but cash only so don’t get caught out!
Adult - $13.50
Concession - $11
Children (3 – 12) - $10
Kids under 3 - free
Family - $40
Groups packages also available
*See their website for further details
It can get very busy inside. It’s easy to view the sculptures and people tend to keep moving freely round the site, however, it’s some of the activities (i.e. face painting and sculpture building) that you’ll find the biggest queues at – so be prepared.
There’s free 2-hour parking throughout Frankston, though if the kids want to enjoy all the activities (and there are queues) you may not find this is enough time. Paid parking (coin only) is also available at the Frankston Waterfront (adjacent to the sculpturing site) but is obviously more difficult the later you arrive.
Some activities like the face painting, lego zone and activity zone are included in your general admission fees, others, such as the sand art will incur a cost.
If you’re travelling by train it’s a 10 minute walk from Frankston Station.
It gets very hot inside and unless you are inside one of the activity tents you’ll bear the full brunt of the sun so slip, slop, slap!
Dress the kids in their favourite superhero, Frozen, princess or Disney outfit for added fun!
There’s also a free Sandsculpting Australia app that you can download prior to your visit to ensure your experience is even more interactive. Great idea!
Staff are dotted all around the site to answer any questions.
There’s a FAQ section on their website www.sandsculpting.com.au plus on a giant board inside that answers anything and everything you need to know about the wonderful world of sand sculpting!
Toilets – note, they are portable. There is a disabled one that is slightly bigger but no change table (they suggest also using the public facilities at the Waterfront which is right next door)
Pram friendly but note that the paths are made from sand. They suggest if it’s been raining to contact them on (03) 5986 6684 to ensure all the paths are accessible.
On site café with seating (inside a marquee next to the activity area so it’s shaded)
Frankston Waterfront: 510N Nepean Highway, Frankston.
Melway ref: 100A B8
Google Maps ref: 100A B8 Nepean Highway, Frankston, VIC.
Reviewed by Allison and her crew, January 2015