Free holiday fun with kites and animal trails

Posted on 9 Jan 2013

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It was published in January 2013, so the information may be out-of-date.

Free kite making and flying, and a “Seek, Explore, Find” adventure will help parents in Greater Shepparton beat the holiday blues this January.

Parks Victoria and Greater Shepparton City Council have partnered to provide free activities to encourage the community to get out and be active in the region’s many local parks.
Kite Flying in the Park, funded through Parks Victoria and the Council’s partnership program “Activities in the Park” will allow participants to design, build and fly their own kite, at no cost. Rob King the Kite man will come along to show participants how to fly a kite. The sessions will take place throughout January across the region (details below).
People can also go into the draw to win fantastic prizes by finding the Parks Victoria Junior Ranger animals which have been hidden amongst Greater Shepparton’s large network of tracks, trails, parks and playgrounds. Participants must find one of each of the Junior Rangers possum, owl, and wombat. Prizes include a four person tent and camping stretchers, Rays Outdoor vouchers and Ranger Roo gift packs.

Possible places to find the animals include Reedy Swamp and Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton, SPC Ardmona Kidstown Mooroopna, Lake Bartlett in Tatura, and Murchison Recreation Reserve (details below).

“There’ll be no reason to hear the dreaded words ‘I’m bored!’ with these fantastic, free, family friendly events during the school holidays,” said Kaye Thomson, Director Community for Greater Shepparton City Council.

“Council is proud to support activities like this which encourage the community to make the most of our wide variety of parks, playgrounds and walking tracks of which we are rightly proud. By keeping the activities free, we can ensure that everyone is able to participate in healthy activities in their local environment, in a fun way,” Ms Thomson said.

For more information contact Greater Shepparton City Council’s Active Living Department on  (03) 5832 9431 or visit

Kite Flying in the Park:
Monday 14January SPC Ardmona KidsTown 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday 16 January Toolamba Recreation Reserve 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Friday 18 January Undera Recreation Reserve 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Monday 21 January Merrigum Recreation Reserve 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Friday 25 January Tallygaroopna Recreation Reserve 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Seek, Explore, Find

To go into the draw to win fantastic prizes participants must find one of each of the Parks Victoria Junior Ranger animals:
1. A Possum
2. An Owl
3. A Wombat

One entry form per person. The entry form will ask participants to specify the animal found, background colour and location from the list provided below. Entry forms can be obtained from Council's Welsford Street offices, SPC Ardmona Kidstown, Aquamoves, the Visitor Information Centre, or downloaded from

List of possible places to find the animals:

Shepparton:  Reedy Swamp, Jordan’s Bend, Rafferty’s Reserve, Victoria Park Lake, Stewarts Reserve, Gannaway Reserve, Monash Park and Shared Path Network between Aquamoves, KidsTown and Chinaman’s Gardens in Mooroopna
Mooroopna:  SPC Ardmona KidsTown, Gemmill’s Swamp, Ferrari Park, Craigmuir Lakes and Shared Path Network between Aquamoves, KidsTown and Chinaman’s Gardens in Mooroopna
Tatura:   Lake Bartlett, Mactier Gardens and Cussens Park
Dookie:   CWA Garden’s and Dookie Rail Trail
Murchison:    Murchison Recreation Reserve and Riverside Gardens
Merrigum:   Judd Park and Merrigum Recreation Reserve
Congupna:   Congupna Recreation Reserve
Toolamba:   Toolamba Recreation Reserve
Tallygaroopna:  Tallygaroopna Recreation Reserve
Katandra West:  Katandra West Rec Reserve
Undera:   Undera Recreation Reserve

All correct entries will go into the draw and prizes will be awarded for the first 10 entries randomly drawn
• 1St Prize: Four man tent and four camping stretchers beds proudly provided by Parks Victoria
• 2nd – 5th Prizes: $50 BCF or Rays Outdoor Voucher
• 6th – 10th Prizes: Ranger Roo Gift Pack