Wallet Friendly ideas for your weekend

Wallet Friendly ideas for your weekend (and beyond)

A good time with your family or mates shouldn’t have to empty your wallet!  Weekend fomo isn’t fun, so we’ve gathered some ideas for how you can still get out and about on the weekend (and beyond) to bring some fun into your winter, but be friendly on the wallet.


Get your art fix


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Frankston has a real vibing arts scene that you can enjoy indoors and out.  

Snap some street art

Did you know Frankston has over 70 street art murals throughout the city? Grab the camera and take yourself on a free self-guided street art tour. Using iBeacon technology, Bluetooth signals will guide you through the city’s streets and laneways to discover each artwork and the story behind the picture and the artist.

If you’re keen to discover a little more, why not book yourself onto the best Street Art Tour in Australia? Fun fact, Frankston’s street art tours have won the award 3 years in a row so we’ve got to be doing something right hey? Tours are $15pp, run for 90 mins and include a cosy coffee stop on the way. Delving deeper than the self guided tours, they’re a great way to fully discover Frankston’s incredible street art scene.

See a free art exhibition.

Both Frankston Arts Centre and Cube 37, just next door, offer regular art exhibitions you can explore and enjoy for free. Showcasing both established and emerging artists, it’s a great way to see art exhibitions from around the world and the local community.

Blend art with Nature

McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery in Langwarrin is the perfect blend of art with nature. Did you know Frankston City locals receive free entry?  If you aren’t a resident, children under 18 are free and a general admission ticket is only $6.  

Want to see how much there is to discover? Check out their visitor map

Talk a walk through Frankston’s history


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Ever heard of the Round House? Do you know the history of the Frankston Park Gates or the Grimwade Clocktower? If you love a little history tidbit take yourself on a self-guided tour of Frankston’s historical landmarks. Why not check out the map, pop on the walking shoes and take yourself on a self guided tour.  

Take a dip

Take a dip in the bay

Love a play in the water? Even in the cooler months you can enjoy a dip or splash with the kids. Get amongst the aqua playground at PARC, make a splash on the waterslides or watch the little ones have fun in the toddler pool with its beach style entry, bubbles and sprays for them to enjoy. Not keen to swim? A family pass(2 adults, 2 children) will set you back $30 but can provide hours of entertainment.

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not join one of the cold water crews for a dip in the bay.  Both the dip and the euphoria are completely free!

*note, the main pool hall at PARC is closed from July 8 - 14 for planned replacement works. During this time the warm water pool is still open

Join the Explorers Club

Street Art Explorers

Grab the kids and join the Explorers Club to discover the hidden secrets of Frankston City!

All you have to do is download and print the booklets, grab a pencil, set out and EXPLORE!

These free and fun activities are designed for kids under 10 and come in two themes, seaside explorers and street art explorers.

Once finished you can receive some certified explorer stickers too! Perfect for show and tell.


Visit a Chocolate Factory

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If you’re a chocolate lover, head to Chocolate Grove’s factory and History Centre where you can see the evolution of chocolate packaging, advertising and photos from over the years.

Entry is free and you’ll also find some great discount offers on some chocolate treats in-store.

Look out for the BIG chocolate bar out the front – you can’t miss it!

Go hunting for a bargain

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If you love a little treasure hunting, Frankston has some fabulous vintage gems where you can find fabulous pieces that won’t break the bank.  

One 39 Vintage warehouse

A warehouse full of vintage, retro, collectables & unique pieces.  Enjoy a browse and collect some new loves.

Eliza Dolittles Designer Store

Discover an eclectic mix of vintage and modern clothing and shoes.  Oh and if you love Doc Martens, right this way, they’re known as the second hand Doc Marten specialist.

Frankston Auction Mart

These guys have been part of the Frankston scene for over 50 years. If you’re looking for something fab for your home, you’ve come to the right place. Selling directly to the public they have a huge range of ex display home furniture, factory seconds and home decorator items (think mirrors, prints, pots etc.) A great chance to give your house a glow up without paying top dollar.

Blue Note Music College

For music lovers this is the holy grail. You’ll find everything from vinyl records, music books and biographies, badges, patches, posters, t-shirts and vintage denim clothing. It caters for all genres too, Kylie Minogue, Metallica, Cold Chisel, Nirvana and Tay Tay are all here.  

Walks and Reserves

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Frankston City has an abundance of natural reserves, waterways and green open spaces. Whether you prefer a meander under a tree canopy, through wetlands, or along the boardwalk with its beach views, there is something for everyone of all abilities. Many of the reserves are bike friendly too so if you prefer two wheels to two legs you've got even more places to explore. 

Discover more here  

Free Belly Laughs  

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When was the last time you had a good belly laugh?  The kind that leaves the muscles on your face sore from smiling so much.   If trivia isn’t your thing but you’re still keen for a night out, check out the free comedy shows happening across the city. 

Humdinger host a live comedy every Thursday night, show starts at 7.30pm.

Frankston Brewhouse run a regular Brewtal Comedy night on selected Saturday evenings – next one is Saturday 13 July.  

Enjoy a Happy Hour, or two

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Many places around Frankston are ready to welcome you into your weekend with happy hour specials. Some you might want to check out include:

Oliver’s Corner

Come on down and treat yourself to half-price schooners, wine and bubbles between 4 - 5pm every Tuesday to Friday, and soak in some of the best waterfront sunset views in Frankston.

Frankston Brewhouse

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4 - 6pm The vibe is always welcoming, and the drinks are always flowing. $7 Schooners $9 Wine and Spirits $15 Classic Cocktails

TGI Fridays Frankston

Every day, 4 - 6pm Bites and drinks including $10 Margs & Long Island Iced Teas. They also do a late night happy hour 8-10pm, Friday + Saturday.

That Spirited Lot

Proudly local, That Spirited Lot create high quality gins and vodkas, that are pretty fab with the local and international awards they receive. They make pretty epic cocktails too!

They have their Happy Hour every Friday, 4 - 6pm with $10 mixed drinks (g&t’s and quick-pour cocktails) and $18 cocktails.

They also have some great snacks of grazing boards and $8 jaffles if you’re getting a pit peckish. We hear the Turkey & brie is pretty fab. 

Iron River Bar and Grill

If you love cocktails, chicken wings and a great atmosphere, this is for you. Spreading the fun, Iron River Bar and Grill offer happy hour every day of the week, Monday to Friday 4 - 6pm and 3 - 5pm Saturday and Sunday.  $1 wings and $13 selected cocktails.

Holey Moley 

Every Friday from 4 - 6pm, the Holey Moley bartenders are firing out a mouth-watering range of drinks at amazing prices. Indulge in exclusive cocktails, beers, wines, spirits as well as delicious food including $12 sliders and tacos.

The Deck

Keen to finish your day off with some of the best views overlooking the bay? Enjoy a Rooftop Happy Hour every Thursday + Friday from 3 - 6pm offering beer, wine specials and oysters too!

Be the king or queen of fun facts

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The city's trivia nights are THE place to be. On many a week night, you can find trivia, PRIZES and good times! Best part, they all free to attend. Here's what's on and when. 

The Hop Shop – Tuesday night 

Humdinger - Wednesday night

Dainton Taphouse Carrum Downs – Wednesday night

The Deck Est.2013 – Thursday night

Banks Brewing - Thursday night

Frankston Brewhouse – First Friday of the month

TGI Fridays Frankston – Themed trivia nights for pop culture fans, think Harry Potter Trivia, The Office, Twilight trivia – select Tuesday nights

Jump over to their website for all the details.

Kids eat free!


Keen to head out for a night or have something to celebrate?  This wallet friendly nights might help

Hotel Lona - Kids eat Free Monday to Thursday

1 x fee meal per child under 12 with a main meal purchase (min value $20)

Frankston RSL – Tuesday nights

With the purchase of a main meal kids eat free

Rashays – Kids eat free Mondays

One free Lil Rascals meal with every main meal purchased when you dine in

Oshima Japanese all you can eat – Kids under 4 dine free

TGI Fridays Monday – Thursday kids eat free.

Simply order any full price adult meal, then get a free kids meal*.

Head to the businesses websites for all the information and details. 

Enjoy some cheap flix 

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If you’re a member of your local cinema (it’s free to join for both HOYTS and VILLAGE) you can get some great member discounts that make a movie visit much more budget friendly. 

Members of Village can enjoy half price tix on a Tuesday and Gold Class for only $35 on a Monday. If you enjoy a lucky dip, you might also be keen for members $10 movie of the week. 

At Hoyts Cinema, catch the movie of the week for $12, plus if you grab a popcorn, they'll refill it for free! 

Don’t forget they also have their D-Box Motion Recliners – that move in perfect sync with the onscreen action – maybe make sure you’re not holding you popcorn box... 

If relaxation is more your thing, they have the extra comfy Hoyts Daybeds that seat up to 3 people. Situated for uninterrupted views, they’ll help take your cinema experience to a whole new (and comfy!) level.

Looking for more inspo? Head to imaginefrankston.com.au for even more great ideas of things to see and do across Frankston City.



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