happy halloweenie party

For Halloween The Substation in Newport is presenting a family-friendly Happy Halloweenie Party on Friday 31 October at 7pm.

The Mudcakes are Australian children’s entertainers and their quirky, fantastic and highly interactive music show will have everyone up and dancing. There will also be prizes, face painting and refreshment for kids (and adults!).

The show is suitable for ages eight years and under with an approximate running time of 60 mins.

All tickets $15, Group of 4 $50, children under 12 months free.

Giveaway! Thanks to The Substation Newport I have 2 x family passes (Group of 4 tickets) for Happy Halloweenie Party on Friday 31 October at 7pm.

To win all you have to do is follow the instructions below. Two winners will be randomly selected and notified via email and tickets can be picked up at the door. Competition closes midnight Wednesday 29 October. Good luck!

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providence carlton

Providence is a bright new child-friendly cafe in Carlton in a part of Rathdowne Street that’s not currently well served by cafes. It’s located in the lobby of Australian Unity’s new aged care facility Rathdowne Place but you wouldn’t know it. 

providence carlton

The fit out is contemporary, airy and cheerful and there’s not a hint of granny mustiness to it. Though it’s charming that the nonnas of Carlton enjoy taking their extra-hot English breakfast tea in its sunny surrounds.

The space is welcoming towards families too, with plenty of pram access, several high chairs, a disabled toilet with change table and a small kids menu. Toys and books are coming soon!

Providence is the work of entrepreneurial and enthusiastic hospitality duo Elena and Michael Tan (Hero SubsReading Room CafeThe Grain Store). The cafe’s mantra is to source and serve local and seasonal produce, primarily from the farmers markets around Victoria. Incidentally Elena and Michael are parents to a two year old so they understand what families are looking for when dining out with little ones.

providence carlton

Providence is a mere hop, skip and jump from the new fortnightly farmers markets inside the grounds of Carlton Primary School so they are well-placed to access the freshest ingredients and to know their producers intimately.

providence carlton

Providence carlton

 I was invited to sample some of their breakfast dishes and was impressed by the fresh combination of ingredients and their acknowledgement throughout the menu of their producers. 

providence carlton

Morning rituals for many people involve either a tea or coffee and Providence source their teas from Larsen and Thompson ($3.50 a pot) and coffee from Brunswick organic small batch roaster Code Black Coffee ($3.50 small, $4 large). I particularly admired the ash coloured crockery by Melbourne ceramist Ingrid Tufts and the cheerful tea pots from T2 Tea.

providence carlton

For those who aren’t tea or coffee drinkers I recommend the breakfast smoothie of almond milk, blueberries, banana, oats and dates ($6.50 full size). It’s not too sweet and deliciously smooth – a perfect breakfast on the go for weekday commuters as it’s very filling. 

providence carlton

Breakfast is served until 3pm (cafe closes at 4pm) and includes a small selection skewed towards savoury  items. Thankfully, it’s not just eggs, eggs and more eggs.

 providence carlton

Having said that, my favourite breakfast dish was the egg and bacon pie ($18). This huge English style shortcrust pie was filled with a surprisingly light concoction of egg with shreds of Gamze Smokehouse’s bacon inside. The pastry was a standout, buttery and flaky without being greasy and heavy. The pie was accompanied by some housemade tomato chutney and a mass of fresh salad leaves tied with a ribbon of prosciutto. 

providence carlton

My other favourite dish was the breakfast salad ($17), an unusual result given that I’m not much of a salad fan generally and normally not for breakfast. This salad was a riot of grilled Barham Avocados, chunks of sticky ham hock, a huge mass of greenery, peas and pats of goat curd with a small roll of flatbread on the side. Fresh, salty, creamy and crunchy – plus I never realised you could grill avocados and not have them turn into a smashed mess! 

providence carlton

To finish we tried a miniature version of the breakfast berry clafoutis ($17), sort of like a baked pancake or pan-fried hotcake that I’ve been seeing around Melbourne cafes lately. This version was a light batter studded with berries and topped with toasted almond flakes and a scoop of Gundowring’s rhubarb ice cream and a shard of ruby rhubarb.

For kids they have a kids menu with just two items – boiled egg with soldiers and cheesy toast (both $5) or you can order a half serve of most things on the menu.

Lunch changes day to day depending on what’s fresh and good at the moment so you can be assured that everything will be inspired by the season. 

I was impressed by all the food at Providence and particularly to the passion of the owners and the commitment by the chef Cate Hardman to support local producers. Given its menu and its location next door to Carlton Primary School and across the road from the recently reopened Carlton Baths, I think it will draws a crowd of all ages. Use it as a pit stop before or after the Carlton Primary School farmers markets and be inspired!

Features:
  • pram access;
  • high chairs;
  • change table inside disabled toilet;
  • kids menu;
  • standard menu suitable for kids including half-serves on request; and
  • toys and books (coming soon).

Providence, 497 Rathdowne St, Carlton (03) 9240 7055

Mon-Sat 7am-4pm; Sun 8.30am-4pm

 

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romance was born ngv

This week is the last weekend for Children’s Week events plus many other fun adventures to be had! (Photo from Express Yourself: Romance was Born For Kids at NGV International ).

CBD / DOCKLANDS

NORTH

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

  • Children’s Week in Stonnington (18 Oct – 26 Oct) – annual event providing the children with an opportunity to highlight and develop their knowledge of their community by creating a collection of digital images.
  • Children’s Week in Kingston (Sat 18 Oct – Sun 26 Oct) - 11 community groups and not for profit organisations to are delivering events.
  • Caring for the environment at Harleston Park (Fri 24 Oct) – Learn more about living sustainably in Glen Eira with a recycling display, seed planting demonstrations and an exciting scavenger hunt throughout the park.
  • Day out with Thomas (Sat 25 Oct – Sun 26 Oct) – See Thomas in full steam at Puffing Billy’s station; entertainment for the entire family.
  • Children’s day at Carnegie Library (Sat 25 Oct) – mobile petting farm, balloon artists, stilt walkers, an art show, craft activities and a sing-a-long with Miles of Smiles.
  • MikMaks at Carnegie Library (Sun 26 Oct) – The MikMaks are one of Australia’s most popular children’s entertainment groups and will be playing at the Carnegie Library as part of Council’s Springtime Music Festival.

EAST

WEST

 

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braybrook playground

The Lance Reichstein Playground at Braybrook Park is a huge all weather adventure playground that’s been built to look like a plane – complete with wings, propellers, a cockpit and tail. Great for those little aviation fans!

braybrook playground

braybrook playground

It’s a big space, with multiple levels, drums, big twisty slides, tunnels, climbing structures and music making equipment. The playground also includes special features for children with disabilities.

braybrook playground

Nearby there is also a barbecue, picnic tables and a drinking fountain.

braybrook playground

The only downside to this playground is that it has attracted a lot of graffiti and on our visit there was a bit of rubbish that needed to be cleaned up as well. If you can ignore those aspects it’s a fun-filled playground that’s suitable for babies right up to primary ages.

braybrook playground

After checking out the Lance Reichstein Playground, visit the awesome Snakes and Ladder mound right next door.

Big Fish, the Footscray-based designers of the Lance Reichstein Playground, are also responsible for the dinosaur playground at McNish Reserve Yarraville.

 

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HOT: New Titles of BabyLit Board Books by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver

October 21, 2014

I’ve previously raved about the BabyLit series of board books so when we discovered that new BabyLit titles had been released we had to add them to our collection! There are four new books: Frankenstein – an anatomy primer; Huckleberry Finn – a camping primer; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – a colour primer;and The Jungle Book – an animals primer. The […]

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Deep Oceans at Scienceworks – Giveaway!

October 17, 2014

Scienceworks have a new temporary exhibition opening next Saturday 25 October called ‘Deep Oceans’. Deep Oceans unlocks the mysterious world of strange and rarely seen deep sea creatures, with hands-on and interactive experiences, model displays and real specimens. Meet the Vampire Squid, Dragonfis, Sea Mouse, Fangtooth and Squat Lobster and other weird and wonderful animals […]

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