The Festival of Racing is a perfect family affair, with long summer afternoons, a relaxed atmosphere, and is step back from the hustle and bustle of the Spring Racing Carnival. Families can enjoy wide-open spaces, bring along a hamper with a packed lunch, roll out a picnic blanket and take advantage of the great family-friendly entertainment on offer.

Kelly Sports will be on hand at select racedays at The Valley, Flemington and at various country racedays, offering children free supervised sports, arts and crafts and other fun games on the lawn. Following on from the sports and activities theme, The Valley will play host to a Melbourne City FC clinic with jumping castles, soccer clinic and giveaways for kids.

For thrill-seeking families, why not get along to the Friday Night Lights at The Valley on February 9 where Australia's extreme motocross team will take on big jumps, flips and tricks and will wow the crowd in between each race. They'll be performing daredevil stunts that have to be seen to be believed! For horsepower of a different kind, a day trip to Moe on Sunday, February 18 for Gippsland's biggest hotrod and motorbike show, showcasing Victoria's best show cars and bikes.