Cold weather has definitely set into Melbourne as we start counting down to the start of the winter months. If you need some indoor inspiration bookmark the Top 10 Indoor Places to Go with Kids.

This Sunday 21 May I’ll be getting my craft on in Docklands for a FREE construction play activity co-produced by Small Scapes and CoDesign Studio. From 10-12pm we’re going to be turning cardboard boxes into Melbourne’s first Free [Play] Tram Zone and taking our trams for a ride! There will also be other free family-friendly activities around Good Cycles/Cow in a Tree Sculpture along Harbour Esplanade.

Two more events for your diary – Wednesday 24 May is National Simultaneous Storytime so check your local library for events. Thursday 25 May is Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea! Donate and help the Cancer Council’s major fundraising event.


  • Docklands Harvest Festival (Fri 19 May – Sat 20 May) – Get stuck into a range of hands-on activities, including lantern-making, as well as pickling and preserving.
  • MSO Meet the Orchestra (Sat 20 May) – Take the whole family on a journey through jazz with renowned trumpeter James Morrison and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
  • Free [Play] Tram Zone (Sun 21 May) – free construction play activity to build cardboard trams along Harbour Esplanade, Docklands.
  • Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival (Sat 20 May – Sun 21 May) – Enjoy a vegetarian feast from the many regions of Asia, Dharma talks, meditation, tea ceremony, multi-faith concerts, traditional arts and crafts, Tai Chi and more.
  • Kids Flicks ACMI (Sat 20 May – Sun 21 May) – smart films for smart kids. 
  • Animal Extravaganza Harbour Town (Sat 20 May – Sun 21 May) – free family activities every weekend until 12 June.
  • Queen Street Plaza (Sat 20 May – Sun 21 May) – A place to sit, eat, have a drink and enjoy free family entertainment right in the heart of the city.
  • Sunday Family Funday Munich Brauhaus (Sun 21 May) – mobile farm experience, face painter, kids’ entertainer and yummy food at Munich Brauhaus.
  • Law Week Festival Hub (Fri 19 May – Sun 21 May) – Kids can learn about the history of fingerprinting to solve crime and make their very own fingerprint badges.
  • Aladdin the Musical (Fri 19 May – Sun 22 Oct) – Disney film turned into lavish musical. Read the review.
  • Play Pod State Library of Victoria (Fri 19 May – Wed 31 May) – Play Pod is the SLV’s program for children aged under 8 years with activities to read, create and play. There’s a new theme every season for Autumn 2017 it’s inspired by Where is the Green SheepREAD THE REVIEW
  • Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons NGV (Fri 19 May – Sun 6 Jun) – new interactive and immersive exhibition for children at NGV International. Full review.




  • Dance X Lilydale (Fri 20 May – 30 July) – Chose your own dance adventure in this enthralling exhibition. Travel to unique places within the shire through captivating virtual play spaces.
  • Box Hill Miniature Railway (Sun 21 May) – Every 3rd Sunday the ride this wonderful Miniature Railway, the track winds through the picturesque surrounds of Elgar Park. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Yarra Valley Railway (Sun 21 May) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Full review.
  • Rocky Road Festival (Fri 19 May – Wed 31 May) – 31 different flavours, a host of Rocky Road infused temptations plus a world record beating block that every visitor can try for free!

Yarra Vally Railway


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