Habitots is a pop up retail store and creative space for kids which has just been opened by an Albert Park mum for local families.
Since 2013, Suzanne Acteson has been selling unique, hard-to-find quality homewares, toys, products and clothing for kids. Her goal was always to have a bricks-and-mortar space and when the local grocer on Victoria Street became vacant it seemed like a good opportunity to jump ship from her advertising job and to build the Habitots pop up for two months.
I was invited to their launch party to see what Habitots had to offer. The space is divided into five areas deliberately because Suzanne knows from experience that after about 30-45minutes of an activity kids like to move on! As you enter you hit the organic juice and smoothie bar (with wide, pram-friendly entrance ramp), then the retail space with lots of beautiful things to touch and feel, a large craft table, a floor space with books and blocks and a road map playmat, then a narrow outdoor area with seating and fake grass.
I fell in love with the beautiful bedding and cushions, especially the alphabet doona cover (but couldn’t find the price!) and the buttery soft babies moccasins by Hubble and Duke.
I also liked the idea of the drop in art and craft sessions which are available to adults and kids with a gold coin donation, the proceeds of which are donated to local Melbourne charity St Kilda Mums.
Habitots also offer paid weekly arts and craft classes for kids from 2+ years and three special creative music and arts and crafts workshops over the April school holidays.
I’m sure Albert Park families will come to love Habitots, a bright space for kids to play and learn and a family-friendly space for parents to relax, grab a healthy smoothie or juice and do some shopping. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Habitots Pop Up, 23 Victoria Ave, Albert Park
Open 9:30am – 5:30pm Monday 31 March 31 to Wednesday 28 May
Sign-up classes & workshops ($15 for single classes (1 hour))
- Every Mon & Wed 10-11am (2-5 years)
- Every Tue & Thu 3.45-5pm (5-9 years)
School Holiday workshops ($60 for speciality school holiday classes (3 hours))
- Tue April 8 & Wed April 15: Scratch Trash Orchestra with percussionist Leah Scholes from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Barking Spider Productions 10am – 1pm (5-9 years)
- Thu April 10: Artful storytelling with Toy-box theatres: An interactive storytelling & art making workshop about the people and heritage of our area 10am – 1pm (5-9 years)
- Thu April 17 – NG what? Teaching kids an appreciation of Australian artists, art, techniques, mediums 10am – 1pm (5-9 years)
Drop in arts & crafts times (free with gold coin donation to St Kilda Mums)
- All times when the above mentioned classes and workshops are not running (including Saturday & Sunday) 9:30am-5:30pm