Children’s store and creative art space Habitots closed its Albert Park store in March. However, it is continuing its art and music classes at party venue Apples and Jam in South Melbourne.

We are invited to try out one of the art classes in the new space. We really enjoy the unstructured creative play in a bigger area almost double the size of Habitots‘ previous art room.

The room is set up with different activity stations by a facilitator/teacher Olivia. Every week there’s a different theme – we are there for vegetable week – with similar activities provided in keeping with the theme.

There’s sensory play using a tub of lentils and a tub of water filled with various utensils and toys.

Little kids will enjoy the felt wall.

A painting session allows kids to paint on a wipeable fibreglass window. There’s also an opportunity to paint with veggies!


At the large craft table there’s a choice of pasting, making, stamping and play-doh.



There’s no requirement to do everything (or anything) so it’s a fantastic relaxed atmosphere for under 5s.


To mark the end of each session the kids can play with musical instruments and the bubble machine turns on!


Habitots hold weekly messy play sessions for 1-2 years, creative play for 2-5 years and music classes for babies from 3 months. Both of the art classes offer the same activities, it’s just that the messy play sessions are shorter at 40 minutes and the creative play sessions are 50 minutes. As such, younger/older children than the age bracket are able to attend either session, with a maximum of 12 children per class. You can also book classes for a term, half term or casual drop in for $20 a class.


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HOT Tips:

  • classes are up a flight stairs, so try to leave the pram downstairs;
  • smocks are provided;
  • messy play 2-3 years 40 minutes, creative play 3-5 years 5o minutes;
  • Term 2 classes are all listed below and are available to book as a full term, half term or casually (single class $20);
  • All term bookings will receive 2 make up classes per term;
  • limited free street parking;
  • walking distance to South Melbourne Markets or Albert Park shops.

Habitots, 217-239 Montague St, South Melbourne

Open class hours – check website for info.


Thanks to Habitots I have 5 x casual class spots in Term 2 to give away to 5 lucky readers. To win just follow the instructions below. Competition closes midnight Monday 15 May and winners notified via email. Good luck!

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