Sometimes you just have to make your own adventure based on one little thing that might be really awesome…or could go terribly wrong. Either way, it is an adventure!
Last week a performer from Cirque Du Soleil was doing a short set from their show, Ovo, for free in the city. Since it was a Wednesday and Clover’s best friend, Ella, is still not in school on Wednesdays, we have shifted our Thursday for this week again. My friend, Ruth, had a discounted coupon for parking so we decided to drive in. (Saved a lot of money since the twins no longer ride for free on public transit.) I was worried about taking the twins to see Ovo in its entirety as Kieran would probably be too frightened to enjoy it. Since I had seen Ovo with Gemma already, I knew this little snippet would be perfect.
After a stop in at Daiso, our favorite store in the city, we headed to Melbourne Central. They were predicting big crowds, so we gave ourselves plenty of time. It would be such a disappointment to go all the way in to watch this Firefly perform with his “diablos” and find that the kids could not see through all the folks in front of them! It turns out that we really did not need to be there early as the crowd didn’t build until right before the show and the kids ended up scooting up to the front to sit on the floor anyway!
We filled our wait time with people watching and a noon performance from the fancy melodic clock. The radio station promoters handed out little bug shaped chocolates that went over fantastically with the kids. Before we knew it, the show was over and we had three hungry kids on our hands. Luckily the library was right across the road and so we were able to sit in the warm summer afternoon and let the kids run around, chase the birds and entertain the people on their lunch breaks. After the tummies were full, we spent the remaining time before heading back to get the big girls from school, in the children’s room at that library. It was there that Clover let us know she was well and truly done for the day.
So with discounted parking, a toy from the $3 shop, a free show and lunch on the lawn of the State library, this would have to be one of our least expensive adventures to date. I even won free passes for a movie while we waited for the show to start! Bonus!
While I do want this year to be filled with some big adventures, I also want to take days to just look at what this beautiful city has to offer that requires no tickets or admission fee.