Each year a team of sculptors from around the globe arrive at Frankston Beach for the annual sand sculpturing exhibition. This year they arrived from various parts of Australia, England, Canada, Switzerland, Russia, USA, Ireland, Netherlands and the Czech Republic Various themes have been used over the years (Fairytales, Great Moments in History, Creepy Crawlies) and for this year, the theme Toytopia was chosen.
If you're there early in the season, you're likely to catch various artists still at work amongst the sand. On my visit, "Gulliver's Travels" was still a work-in-progress.
On arrival, you will probably be transported back to childhood and a very nostalgic trip is sure to follow. From the soldiers who greet you at the entrance, to the toy box, the tree house, Punch and Judy, Hot Wheels, the cubby house, Barbie and the Doll's School, you are highly likely to take the most amazing trip down memory lane. The expertise involved in making these incredibly skilful end-products is obviously enormous. Every toy is so easily recognizable and expressions, as well as various other details have to be seen to be believed.
There are teddy bears, soldiers, Raggedly Ann and Andy and a large kewpie doll with a real "attitude". You can go back in time to an age when a cardboard box billy-cart was just the most exciting toy to own, or travel down memory lane to the days when Looney Tunes and Walt Disney ruled at the movies.
For the games lovers, there are items from Monopoly, Dominoes, Draughts and Chess to name a few but if you were the more solitary child player, you may find the jig saw pieces and the Lego blocks much more to your liking.
Who remembers Mr Potato Head? He's there too, along with magic castles and towers and a very large ball pit. There are basketballs, tennis balls, soccer balls and footballs. There are cricket balls, medicine balls and beach balls. Along with the catcher's mitt, there are base balls and billiard balls and even tenpin bowling balls.
If the little ones have also done with walking, direct them to the carousel, the new large sand pit or to one of the miniature"real" ditch diggers in the children's play area. For the slightly older youngsters or for the no doubt dozens of budding artists present, try the Sand Sculpting Workshop or the Sand Art where Sand Bottles are for sale. On weekends and public holidays, roving artists, face painting and the novel speed carving demonstrations will keep everyone both amused and amazed.
At a very reasonable cost, this is a great day out for all, especially for families. It's located on the Frankston waterfront and runs from 26th December through until 26th April. It's open from 10am - 7pm until end of January and then from 10am -6pm on weekends (10am-4pm week days). Tickets are available on site (cash only) or from the Frankston Visitor Information Centre. Please visit the website for more information.
My brother in law rates this as one of the must do things of his christmas break with his kids and up till now I didn't understand his driving need to go, but seeing the pictures in your article really makes it clear. The attention to detail is amazing and must be even more impressive in the 'sand'. Perhaps if he had shown me some photos I would have understood his passion for this event. I will definitely be taking my little boy to this years event. I'm very curious as to how they get the sand to stay put.