Dairy fun for children a school holidays treat for parents

KEEPING children entertained towards the end of the school holidays will be easier,  thanks to Allansford Cheese World.

The iconic destination at the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter factory is holding a day just for young children next Wednesday.

At the Kids’ Fun Day families will have the chance to learn about the dairy industry with fun and interactive activities.

Marketing and promotions manager Kim Kavanagh said the event would include free face painting, dairy-themed craft activities, museum demonstrations and quizzes, a vintage car display and cheese tasting.

“This is our fourth year of running the Kids’ Fun Day and it started as an initiative of Cheese World to teach children about the dairy industry,” Mrs Kavanagh said.

“Each year we work with Deakin University trainee teachers. It gives them an opportunity to get some experience working with children and helps us out.”

The trainees will be volunteering their time to assist children with the craft activities — making farm animal puppets from milk cartons. 

Museum volunteers will explain and demonstrate the collection items.

“They (the children) are getting more engaged with the items in the museum and they learn things like how the butter was made or how cows are milked,” Mrs Kavanagh said.

“We also have some members from the Warrnambool and District Historical Vehicle Club, who on the day bring some of their vintage cars. This year we might get a vintage tractor.”

The activities will run from 10.30 until 2.30pm. 

Mrs Kavanagh said about 200 children usually attended.

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