Mega Fun with Mega Creatures + Giveaway
In collaboration with Hunter Valley Gardens
How are you enjoying your holidays? Still actually enjoying them or ready to send your little darlings back to school already?
We’ve enjoyed a quiet few weeks so far plus a very rainy week this week which, in many ways, has challenged our ingenuity as school holiday parents.
However, before we were rained in, we were able to enjoy fireworks, an outing to the shops to spend some Christmas gift vouchers as well as some family time over the Christmas break. It was just what we needed.
In addition to these pleasures we also had the opportunity to check out the newest addition to Hunter Valley Gardens – the amazingly realistic Mega Creatures exhibition.
Video courtesy of Hunter Valley Gardens
Operating in tandem with the Christmas Lights Spectacular until January 26, Mega Creatures features dinosaurs and a variety of giant animatronic creepy crawlies, such as a wasp, spider, bee, butterfly, snail and scorpion, placed strategically throughout the gardens.
We checked out the gardens and the Mega Creatures exhibition during the day, having already seen the Christmas Lights Spectacular at night. But you can purchase a day/night pass which will allow you to come to the gardens in the day and return later in the evening for the lights display.
I’d be interested in seeing how realistic the creatures appear at night as they were pretty impressive during our visit last Saturday afternoon. I can only imagine how impressive they would look with set lighting as darkness falls. As you can see below, some of the lighting already looked awesome even on a sunny afternoon…
I must confess I enjoyed the reactions of my kids to the creatures, especially the gasps of dismay and surprise when they came across the more freaky ones. Yes, I’m a horrible mother, as you’ll see in the video I took below when the girls finally spotted the big, creepy, crawly spider:
While some of the creatures may be a little scary for the really little ones (or for bigger scaredy cat ones like my girls!) the majority of the exhibition is family friendly and a whole lot of fun.
In the evening there is a Play Zone located in the middle of the gardens, where for an additional $5 per person, the kids can jump out some of their excitement while the parents can sit and have a breather.
While the Play Zone wasn’t open when we visited, the indoor exhibition centre next to it was open and provided some much needed relief from the heat of the sun. It also provided many picture opportunities as well as the chance to spot lots of mega bugs in “the wild.”
One of the advantages of visiting in the day this time around was that we had the chance to explore some areas of the gardens that are closed off at night. Although, after 2 visits, we STILL haven’t seen everything! Just another excuse for us to go back again…
The gardens are definitely full of wonder and surprises for all. I definitely can’t wait to go back to check out the Lakes Walk and Frog Ponds as well as the Oriental Garden in more detail.
Hunter Valley Gardens is open all through the school holidays from 9am to 4pm for the day session (which includes Mega Creatures) and then in the evening from 6.30pm to 10pm (which include Mega Creatures and the Christmas Lights Spectacular). The school holiday fun continues right up to Australia Day, 26 January 2016.
Make sure you check out all the details of the Hunter Valley Gardens Mega Creatures – it really is worth checking out.
Mega Creatures Giveaway
I have a Hunter Valley Gardens Mega Creatures family pass to giveaway for one lucky My Home Truths reader! The pass is a day/night family pass for 2 adults and 2 children, valued at $134.00. It will provide entry to both the day and night sessions when used on the same day.
To be in the running, leave a comment below ‘fessing up to the mega creature that you would not want to meet in real life. Do you have an irrational fear of insects, arachnids or dinosaurs? The winner will be chosen by my family, based on originality and creativity.
You must be able to visit Hunter Valley Gardens before 26th January 2016 and you must be an Australian resident to enter.
Competition entries will close 6pm AEDST next Friday 15 January.
Good luck x
Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post however I did receive complimentary tickets to Hunter Valley Gardens Mega Creatures for myself and my family. My views, opinions and dodgy photos are all my own 😉