Weekend Planner: ANZAC Weekend 25 – 27 April

Friday, April 24, 2020 4:08 pm
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If you’re happy that it’s Friday give a shout! If you’re happy that it’s Friday and you’re looking for weekend plans, give another shout because we’ve got you covered! Our resident event guru has a whole bunch of exciting options for you to sink your teeth into this weekend. Whether you’re up for an adventure, want to make plans with popcorn or cozy up on the couch, check out what’s on in our weekend planner below.

Want to Go Adventuring? 

Come together as a Community…

Although traditional dawn services won’t be taking place this year as a country we can still be a part of the commemorating the ANZAC’s at dawn.

You can stand in your home and do this but why not go out to your front lawn or driveway and stand with your neighbours and local community. It is also an opportunity to spend time outside watching the sun come up praying and reflecting.

Let it be a catalyst to connect with neighbours (still adhering to social distancing) and why not cook up some bacon and eggs to share together in honour of the Gunfire Breakfast. 98five will be playing the Last Post on-air so tune in and connect with your community. Find out more info on a Gunfire Breakfast and 98five’s on-air dawn service here.

Explore what ANZAC day is all about…

It can be tough talking to your kids about what ANZAC day is so to help with that The Australian War Memorial website has a whole pile of resources that you can use for ANZAC weekend. From Mini docs and live streams from war memorials to arts/craft activities, ANZAC recipes and even educational resources. There is even resources on how to play two-up…. A game that is illegal every other day of the year!

Or can record yourself reciting The Ode and post it as part of their #FortheFallenonlineTribute this year. For all these resources, ideas and more go to ANZAC at Home on the Australian War Memorial site.


Popcorn Plans?

ANZAC weekend is a great time to watch war movies and documentaries that can highlight the sacrifices made for freedom.

Hope at Home….

It’s not too late to be able to get on board with the Home at Home Film Festival. This week is the EPIC film Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson, it is a war film not to be missed.

Plus every subscription helps support the station and with our 50% off code it works out at only $3 a film.

Click here to get 50% off your subscription bringing it down to just $29.99!

Hurry and get your subscription to see all the films already released then settle in to watch this week’s film, in honour of ANZAC day, Hacksaw Ridge.

ABC iView……. ANZAC Weekend

ABC iView has a whole range of wonderful viewing options for the ANZAC weekend. ANZAC Stories is 5 short episodes of various Australians sharing their own ANZAC story, from  stories of the Australian Army Rugby team to Henry ‘Corky’ Calwell’s 100th Birthday and many other stories from Vet’s, their families and those impacted by service. Or there is also Untold Stories from Australian WWI Memorials, short films honouring the untold stories of many of the young who served in WWI.

You can also watch past ANZAC day Marches from around Australia plus many more documentaries and ANZAC related shows to watch.

The promotions team share their favourite War Films…

It can be tough to choose from the vast array of war films what to watch so I asked the Promotions Team what are their favourite War films were and there is our list:

Films that are good for the whole family: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Valiant, War Horse (8years +), The Book Thief (8yrs+)

Just for the Adults: Black Hawk Down, Lone Survivor, Pearl Harbour (EPIC soundtrack). American Sniper, The Patriot, Tears of the Sun, U571 and Hacksaw Ridge (which is available this week in the Hope for Home Subscription).


Couch Cosies?

Need ideas for being at home more? We have you covered! From ideas on what to watch to games to play, books to read and creative ways to do all those things a bit differently.

Let ANZAC day go beyond the Dawn Service…..

Get crafty – Make a hanging Poppy craft with items you probably already have at home. Find out how here. Or how about a paper plate poppy, egg carton wreath or a cupcake liner wreath. It can be a fun way to spend some time talk together about what ANZAC day means.

Make a lantern you can use at the Dawn driveway services. Using just Milk Cartons and markers this is a fun easy way to create something you can use to use at the dawn service on our driveways.

Cook up a storm – There is the usual ANZAC biscuits you can bake (for a gluten free and refined sugar free version have a look at Sue Joy’s recipe from a few years ago). You could make a Gunfire breakfast, for more information on this one have a look at our previous post about it here.

But how about some of the out of the box ideas for ANZAC cooking? Like Vegemite Mince?? Put it in pies or serve with Mash Potato or Pasta!

Whatever cooking you do try and find ways to enjoy it with others, cook as a family, share with neighbours or those in your world who might be spending this long weekend alone.

And we would LOVE to see what you do create at home this ANZAC day so please share your ANZAC pictures with us!


Tune in during Classic Drive next Friday during the 3 pm or 5 pm hour more ideas on how to spend your weekend during isolation.

Whether you go adventuring, plan to have popcorn or cosy up on the couch – I hope you stay safe & enjoy whatever is in your weekend planner!

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