After yesterday’s Trashie adventure we were a little undecided as to whether Family Day would actually go ahead as per usual.
As in, on the actual Day we have usually partake in Family Day, not the ‘per usual’ that entails much bitching and whining about how ‘boring’ they are and how we are ‘horrible parents’ et cetera.
Then someone nearly died because it is the last day of school holidays and everyone is tired and narky and sometimes you just need to get out.
I had some tickets to Eureka Tower and Skydeck stuck to the fridge (with a magnet, not leftover Weetbix or some unknown substance), so figured today was as good as any to use them.
We bundled everyone, eventually, into the car. The whole Day Light Savings thing had thrown me a little, given I haven’t read a paper or watched the news in the last fortnight. Really, I have no idea what’s been going on.
I was also a little miffed that ‘they’ decided this was a good weekend to implement this particular time-change, as I’d barely got the kids getting into some sort of appropriate bedtime routine well in time for the return to school for term four.
Anyhoo, we were in and ready to go when Grumpy’s phone rang and he got a job.
A minor issue, as the job was nearby our desired destination, we just had to go via The Yard. This triggered the whinging I had managed to stave off thus far, as well as a decent amount of Sibling Harmony.
We make our destination, and catch a glimpse of the building as the Skydeck; that glass drawer thing, with a glass bottom, that slides out from the side of the building, 88 floors up was making its appearance.
The views from up that high are just spectacular and, of course, there was much done in the way of Spotting Trains, as it would not and could not be a Family Day without some sort of train thing going on.
Or, just a random, excited yelling of “LOOK! TRAINS!”
Followed by the inevitable and unrelenting “Can we get something to eat?” because, despite having the conversation every weekend, Godzilla is of the impression that we only go to places to eat, and nothing else.
We did spend a good hour just taking in the views, looking for various landmarks; both well known and personal, then it was our turn on the Skydeck.
(The slidey out drawer thing :))
I had anticipated a little freakoutedness from my very self, and was unsure as to how Chippie would respond. We were all good.
The sound effects as the Skydeck slides out and when the glass clears only adds to the atmosphere and, again, the views are just incredible – awesome, really.
We have done Sydney Tower on a number of occasions and always love it. We hadn’t really thought about doing it in Melbourne, because, well, it’s our ‘hometown’ and you tend not to do touristy type things in your home town, do you?
(I use ‘hometown’ loosely for me; I don’t really have a ‘hometown’, but have lived in Melbourne long enough to consider it mine. Although, I still really, really hate AFL, with a passion that equals those who love it.)
It gave a different perspective and Melbourne really is a gorgeous City.
If you get a chance, it is well worth doing … even for the Skydeck experience and seeing if you can find your house from that height (it kept the kids occupied for aaaages, like about 32 seconds! Amazing!)
You can even get proof you did something crazy …
The drive home, after really great day, was filled with the joyous overtones of children attempting to beat the crap out of each other in the back seat of the car, yelling, crying, a bout of biting that we haven’t had for some time and my losing the plot entirely and threatening to do the Tower again, only so I could push them off.
Make it home, throw smallest child in the bath, realise we’re out of lavender and all manner of ‘calming’ essential oils, yell at middlest child to shower and wash his hair, and suggest bed may be a good idea, or he may get into more trouble and, finally, discussions with the eldest one about the centre of the universe and all those things that revolve around it. May have suggested that he is not that centre and perhaps he best start realising that sooner, rather than later.
Sit down for some wine, which couldn’t come soon enough.
Also feel the school holidays have gone, at least, one day too long, if not three days.
If you want more info (about Eureka Tower and Eureka Skydeck, not the centre of the universe or children biting and hitting), you can find it at http://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/
If you wanna check out more of my photos from the day, they’re in the Family Days Photo Album just Here
If you do go, I wanna see pics!
Disclaimer: I was not paid to spend the last day of the school holidays with my seemingly obnoxious children, nor to write this review of Eureka Tower and Skydeck. I was, however, provided with a family pass for both the Tower and a bit of a go on the Skydeck so that I may experience both and write about it. Opinions are my own.