Last month we headed to the Mornington Cup for a family outing. armed with a picnic rug, picnic and supplies for a day of fun. Mornington Racecourse has some great shady trees track side, that are a great places for families to set up camp – and there were plenty of them. There is a grassy area right in front were no structures are allowed so the kids can run around in between races. Take plenty of sunscreen though, as it is out in the open.
As the races began, everyone would head to the fence and watch the horses run past. Then back to the picnic rugs for a refreshment. With 38mins between races, kids don’t get bored.
As long as everything is sealed, there is no restrictions on non-alcoholic items and food being brought in. People had full tables and chairs set up, but a lot just stuck to picnic rugs. The main dining hall allowed me to warm up bub’s bottle and lunch and the toilets under that hall are clean, big and have a change room separate (it’s located in the female toilets though for any dads to be aware of).
It’s very pram friendly and bubs got to have a sleep at lunch after a quick stroll around.
The cost was $20 adult, $12 concession and kids under 15 are free. You can bring everything with you, so really that’s all you pay, (other than bets).
Mornington Racecourse hosts some other great days, with family events and attractions. But they are a lot busier as there is rides and face painting etc. We just wanted something relaxing for us that bubs could come along too.
We recommend getting there before first race at 12pm, but not too much before so the kids aren’t tired before the races begin. And I’d leave after the Cup (race 8), there are a few more races, but the traffic can be a nightmare.
Contributed by local mum Samantha and for more information for what is on at the Mornington Racecourse please visit – https://www.melbourneracingclub.net.au/the-races/mornington