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Making the most of your long weekend on a budget

Posted by Matt Hale

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Looking for cheap and easy things to do over the Easter long weekend? We’ve got you covered with these ideas…

Organise an Easter egg hunt

Kids or no kids, an Easter egg hunt is a MUST on Easter morning.  If you’re on a budget, avoid buying eggs from Coles or Woolworths.  Head down to your local Two Dollar Shop or pop in to Aldi or Costco for a better deal.

Paint some eggs

Before you laugh, dying eggs is a surprisingly therapeutic activity and one that the whole family can get involved in.  The best part is that you can serve them up as a healthy Easter breakfast which means you won’t have so much room to overdose on chocolate!

Click here for instructions on how to dye eggs safely.

Do a spring clean

It may be autumn in the southern hemisphere, but a four day weekend is the perfect opportunity to crank up the music, clear out the cobwebs and get your house (and your life) sorted.  Use the time to tick of those items on your ‘to do’ list that you’ve been putting off.  With the end of financial year approaching, this is also the perfect time to start sorting out your receipts and getting all your information together ready for your accountant Melbourne.

Take advantage of free activities available in your city

Most major cities have plenty of free things happening for you and your family to get involved in.  It often just takes a little bit of research to find them!  Here in Melbourne there are so many of great things do and see – gratis.  Here are our top picks:

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Located at Federation Square ACMI is a celebration of all things image and film.  It’s free to enter and there’s a great mix of education and fun.

National Gallery of Victoria

An amazing place to lose yourself in for a day.  Be aware that it does cost money to see some of the exhibitions at the NGV but the majority of the building is yours to roam for free!  Keep an eye out for the special exhibitions that often run for kids.

Queen Victoria Market

The iconic Queen Victoria Market is an ideal place to visit even if you don’t have any money to spend.  Most stalls offer free tasting and with so many colours and smells it really is a treat for the senses!

City Circle Tram

It can be fun to play tourist in your own city.  The City Circle Tram is free and does a full loop of the CBD with running commentary of the sites as you go.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Plant yourself in the middle of the botanic gardens and you’ll quickly forget you’re in the middle of the city.  This spot really is a haven for city folk.

Penguins St Kilda

You might not believe it but St Kilda Pier is home to a colony of fury fairy penguins!  These little guys come out of their hidey holes every night at dusk where an eager crowd usually awaits them.  To catch a glimpse, all you have to do is turn up at the end of St Kilda Pier just before sunset.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Easter from the Rising Tide team!