The art capital of Australia, Melbourne, has plenty of fantastic events all year round – from world-class exhibitions, to outdoor concerts and international sports tournaments. If you're keen for one last summer hoorah with your little ones, there are a range of exciting family-friendly events unfolding across Melbourne and its neighbouring regions in the month of March.

Here are a few to enjoy on a road trip through Melbourne as the last rays of summer subside and autumn begins. 

Kids Arty Farty Fest

Pen the date Sunday, March 20 into your calendars as it's the Kids Arty Farty Fest, known as one of the top children's art festivals in the country with a jam-packed itinerary of activities. Beginning with a Grand Parade from 10-11 a.m., the festival in the lush Warringal Parklands boasts entertaining performances, music, arts and crafts, food, storytelling games and more.  

Enjoy a day outdoors amidst the trees beside the Yarra River, enjoying the wide range of creative events with your little budding artists. Afterward, you can take them to one of the many art galleries around Melbourne, including the massive National Gallery of Victoria and the popular, vibrant Hosier Lane just across the road from it featuring painted street art. 

Sand Sculpting Show – Frankston Waterfront

Only an hour's drive from Melbourne city, the Mornington Peninsula is one of Victoria's most beautiful coastlines with shimmering sands and aquamarine waters. Located on the Frankston Waterfront of the peninsula is the fun Sand Sculpting Show, taking on a wild theme this year sure to entice the entire clan: A Day at the Zoo!

Admire 3,500 tonnes of sand shaped like different animals. All manner of creatures, both real and fantastical are on display, ranging from crowd-favourites such as elephants, lions and monkeys, to whimsical unicorns and historic Scottish Loch Ness monster.

This is a sand sculpture exhibition worth seeing as it is run by Sand Sculpting Australia, so you can expect a high calibre of skill. What better way to wave goodbye to summer than getting sand between your toes, making your very own sand castles after helpful tips from the on-site workshops? 

Attend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, on throughout March and until April 25. 

Enjoy a fitting farewell to summer with these fun-filled events, sure to be cherished in your brood's memories for months to come!