If horse-racing isn’t really your thing, here are 40 ways to enjoy the Melbourne Cup  long weekend with your family! On Monday I’ll be making Spring Racing Carnival inspired headbands with Book Swap Bike at Highpoint – see you there!

If you’re thinking of buying a children’s bike for Christmas then mark your diaries for Saturday 18 November. I’ll be running ByK Bikes test rides and helmet fittings from 10:30-12:30pm in Footscray. Buy on the day and get 10% off and guaranteed Christmas delivery!


  • Southbank Book Sale (Sat 4 Nov – Sun 5 Nov) – Grab yourself a bargain and pick up some pre-loved library books.
  • Queen Street Plaza (Sat 4 Nov – Sun 5 Nov) – A place to sit, eat, have a drink and enjoy free family entertainment right in the heart of the city.
  • ACMI’s Family Sundays (Sun 5 Nov) – day for families to come together and interact with screen culture in all its forms with different theme each month. Full review. 
  • Polly Woodside Pirate Day (Sun 5 Nov) -Dress as a pirate and come help us search for hidden treasure, join in on the pirate games and even scrub the decks!
  • Under 8s Ice Fun (Sun 5 Nov) – unique toddler experience in shoes or skates.
  • Play Pod State Library of Victoria (Fri 3 Nov – 5 Dec) – Play Pod is the SLV’s program for children aged under 8 years with activities to read, create and play. This season’s theme is The Very Noisy Bear.
  • Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman (Fri 3 Nov – Sun 29 Jan) – take an extraordinary trip from sketches and models through to elaborate sets as these beloved characters take shape on screen. Full review. 
  • MPavilion (Fri 3 Nov  – Sun 4 Feb 2018) – An event hub, a meeting place and an invitation to experiment, each MPavilion brings creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month program of talks, workshops, performances and installations from October to February.
  • The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity ( Fri 3 Nov – Thu 1 Feb 2018) – A multi-sensory installation of water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is an interactive space, complete with wooden decking and pool lounge chairs.
  • Aladdin the Musical (Fri 3 Nov – Sun 22 Oct) – Disney film turned into lavish musical. Read the review.
  • Night Noodle Markets (Thu 9 Nov – Sun 26 Nov ) – all the sights, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival




  • Yarra Valley Railway (Sun 5 Nov) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Full review. 
  • Party Time Eastland (Mon 6 Nov – Wed 8 Nov) – Join in the fun with Poppies for Grace’s PARTY TIME. A morning of party craft and games. Free for 3 to 5 years.
  • Moonlit Markets Eastland (Thu 9 Nov) – up to 60 stalls from local designers, artisans and artists. Find an assortment of fashion, jewellery, art, homewares and delights for the kids.


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