Bellarine Railway Day Out with Thomas – Giveaway!

bellarine railway day out with thomas

Bellarine Railway is steam tourist railway run by volunteers between Queenscliff and Drysdale on the Bellarine Peninsula. The railway features a collection of steam locomotives working the oldest Victorian branch line still in operation,

Bellarine Railway provides a great, fun-filled day out for families and one of their most popular special programs is the Day Out With Thomas event which runs several times a year. They are very popular and always sell out!

Day Out With Thomas tickets include:

·         Unlimited rides with Thomas in those Troublesome Trucks

·         Meet & greet Sir Topham Hatt

·         Visit Henry to blow his whistle

·         A 45 minute return train ride with a Friend of Thomas

·         Spot the Engine activity and Thomas colour-in competition

·         Jumping Castle, Children’s Maze, Movies and story telling

·         Child’s show bag with Junior Engineer Certificate and Thomas Tattoo

·         Photo opportunities galore and more!

Event tickets are valid from 10am to 4pm and families are welcome to take advantage of the unlimited rides and activities both before and after their train ride.

Bellarine Railway, 20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff

Day Out with Thomas 8 and 9 April at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, or 2.30pm
$25    Adults (18 years+/at child’s prices)
$25    Child  (4-17 years)
$12    Toddler (1-3 years)
Free   Baby (under 11 months)
$90    Family (2 Adults & up to 3 Children)


Thanks to Bellarine Railway I have 3 x family passes (for 4 people) to visit Day Out With Thomas on either 8 or 9 April at 2:30pm.

To win all you have to do is follow the instructions below. Competition closes midnight Monday 26 March and winners will be emailed information as to how to redeem their voucher for tickets. Good luck!

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HOT: Horn OK Please, West Footscray Festival of Colours, 539 Barkly St, West Footscray

Next Sunday 26 March join Small Scapes and I on the streets of West Footscray for the West Footscray Festival of Colours!

The festival is a community street party celebrating the food, dance and colours of West Footscray with some Indian colour-throwing in the mix!

There will be fabulous food, music and dance, face painting, jumping castles, craft activities, the Little Wooden Caravan, neon photo booth and more. Check out this awesome video from last year’s event. 

From 2:30-4:30 we’ll be having fun with cardboard for ‘Horn OK Please’!

Transform a cardboard box into a colourful Indian-style truck, bus or taxi – and finish it off with a quirky sign you’ll see everywhere on Indian roads ‘Horn OK Please‘! Then join us on the street and see how fast you can make it go using only your running feet.

West Footscray Festival of Colours, 539 Barkly St, West Footscray

Sunday 26 March 2017 11am – 5pm


HOT: Moby, 1150 High Street, Armadale

moby armadale

Moby is relatively new to Melbourne’s cafe scene and it is blooming in its prime corner spot on High Street Armadale. The cafe expands over three stories with a menu billed as being ‘Ottolenghi inspired’ from the ex-chef of Barry in Northcote.

As such, you can expect to find healthy salads, Middle-Eastern influences and a generally sunny disposition.

moby armadale

When the weather’s good the wooden rooftop deck is the perfect place to lounge. It has umbrellas for shade, cushioned benches and high white walls.

moby armadale

When the weather’s a bit colder huddle inside the light-filled mezzanine level, with its soothing palette of blush pink, teal and blond wood.

moby armadale

The downstairs area is where the hustle and bustle happens and the action spills out onto the pavement tables when the weather’s balmy.

The breakfast menu stops at 3pm and the lunch menu starts at 10:30am, which means for most of the day there’s a large range of dishes to choose from.

moby armadale

We try the tart of the day (cauliflower) which comes with a simply dressed crisp radicchio salad ($14).

moby armadale

The Californian superfood salad is clean-eating deliciousness on a plate. It’s described with a whole paragraph of ingredients, which is definitely Ottolenghi-esque.

The kale is finely shredded which stops it from being tough and chewy, the charred corn and chilli gives it a smoky heat and the optional gin-cured salmon is fresh and melting.

moby armadale

We share the buttermilk ricotta hotcakes as a dessert ($19). It takes 20 minutes to make because the batter is mixed and baked from scratch for every order. The result is a very large pancake topped with a heap of poached and roasted stone fruit, vanilla bean creme and a scattering of flowers which is all very pleasing to the eye.

I don’t love the rather wet and dense texture but my dining companions disagree. It’s a dish that is easily shared between two, even three people.

The weekday lunchtime crowd is full of sleek yummy mummies so certain features have been adopted to accommodate children.

The kids menu includes cheese and vegemite toastie ($7), coco pops ($7.50), boiled egg and soldiers ($10) and buttermilk hotcake ($12). There are also abundant high chairs and pram access on the outside tables and bottom level. Textas and paper can be provided as entertainment.

On the other hand access to the upper levels is via narrow stairs and thus a bit tricky. Also the toilets are around the corner, the women’s toilets require a key and the loos are too small to use as baby change facilities.

Moby is a cafe that backs up its stylish exterior with culinary substance and judging by the crowds at lunch a popular hangout already with the locals.

HOT Tips:

  • Pram access from street level;
  • High chairs;
  • Textas and paper on request;
  • Standard menu suitable for kids;
  • Children’s menu; and
  • Street parking.

Moby, 1150 High Street, Armadale 03 9509 2710

Mon to Fri 6.30am–4pm

Sat & Sun 7.30am–4pm

Moby Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

HOT: Ballam Park, 260R Cranbourne Rd, Frankston

ballam Park

Ballam Park is double the fun!

The Eastern side wooden playground is a favourite with Frankston/Mornington Peninsula toddlers and babies, with an extensive network of ramps, climbing equipment and slides. The natural shade from the surrounding trees provide perfect picnic spots, as well as a sheltered picnic table and water taps.

On the Western side of the park the council has just upgraded the ageing equipment to transform the area into a fantastic skate park and adventure playground suitable for older children.

Ballam Park

It’s so new that in fact only the skate park, swings and some parkour equipment are open at the moment while the finishing touches are put on the main structure (due to reopen 4 April).

The skate park includes a basketball/multi-use court with climbing and rebound wall…

Ballam Park

…metal frames for climbing and rails…

Ballam Park

…small bumps and hillocks…

Ballam Park Frankston

…and in ground trampolines.

Ballam Park

Baby 2.0 tests the surface out on his scooter and bike and loves it – he doesn’t stop smiling!
Ballam Park

The adventure playground has a natural wooden structure in keeping with the parkland. It features several large slides, lots of wooden poles with climbing notches, rope nets, spider webs a nest swing and flying fox.

ballam Park

Ballam Park

Ballam Park

Ballam Park makes a great family day out, with two big playgrounds, barbecues, picnic tables, water taps, public toilets and free parking. You’ll also find open areas and sporting fields, a dog free roam area and Ballam Park Homestead, an historic home and museum from the 1850s run by the Frankston Historical Society.

Click here for more places to go with kids in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.

Click here for more playgrounds suitable for older kids. 

HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • Skate park, basketball court, rebound wall;
  • Sheltered picnic tables and free barbecues;
  • Toilets ;
  • Water tap;
  • Free parking; and
  • Best access via Cranbourne Rd.

HOT: Trueman Reserve, Clarinda Park Regional Playground, cnr Trueman St and Bradman Drive, Cranbourne West

 Trueman Reserve cranbourne west

Housing developers know that a fantastic playground is a drawcard and a showcase for the area. The newest one to open up is in Trueman Reserve Cranbourne West, as part of Clarinda Park development.

Trueman Reserve Cranbourne West

The spacious playground uses standard playground equipment to great effect. There’s a sunny colour scheme – red, yellow and orange – and enough equipment to engage younger and older kids.

 Trueman Reserve cranbourne west

For adventurous kids there are plenty of of opportunities for challenging physical play.  The highlight is a tall web climbing frame which leads out into a long slide.

There’s also a large nest swing, climbing fort with a spider’s web, monkey bars, balance poles and three in ground trampolines.

Trueman Reserve Cranbourne West

Smaller kids will enjoy the smaller fort, slides and climbing wall and fireman’s pole, the two smaller swings, rockers and see saw.

The space is surrounded by covered BBQs and picnic tables, though the barbecues and the toilets are not in use at the moment, which is frustrating. (There’s no ETA on their availability and workmen in the area told us that they’ve been out of action since December.)

Next to the playground is a fenced-off dog park with play equipment for the pooches and surrounding paths are great for biking and scootering.

At the moment most of the shade is in the two pavilions as the greenery is all new. However, its location seems to catch a nice breeze so even in full sun it’s not burning hot. Still bring a hat and sunscreen though!

Trueman Reserve is a generally well-thought out play space and if you’re not local you can combine it with a visit to other excellent playgrounds in the City of Casey – Megasaurus playground at Livingstone Cranbourne and Casey Fields.

HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • Off leash fenced dog path next door;
  • Next to bike/walking/scootering path;
  • Sheltered picnic tables and BBQ areas (not in operation);
  • Toilets with change facilities (not in operation);
  • Water tap; and
  • Free parking.

Trueman Reserve, Clarinda Park Regional Playground, cnr Trueman St and Bradman Drive, Cranbourne West


What’s On – Friday 17 March to Thursday 23 March

whats on melbourne

Halfway through March and so many fun things to do this week! Mark your diaries for next weekend too when I’ll be leading family-friendly bike rides as part of WOW Women of the World Festival and getting crafty at the West Footscray Festival of Colours.

CBD / Docklands

  • Invisible Light Garden Artplay (Fri 17 Mar – Sun 26 Mar) – Discover the interaction between digital imagery and physical action in this interactive art installation. Full review. 
  • Play Pod State Library of Victoria (Fri 17 Mar – 31 May) – free play space inspired by Where is the Green Sheep. Full review.
  • NGV Car Wash (Fri 17 Mar – April 2017) – enjoy a neon pink installation in the sculpture garden inspired by a car wash. FULL REVIEW.
  • Family Footy Fun Zone Queen Victoria Market (Sat 18 Mar – Sun 19 Mar) – Every Saturday and Sunday until Easter the Vic Market’s A Shed near Victoria Street will be transformed into a footy extravaganza with inflatable kicking goals, a specky-marking zone, handball challenges, footy arts and crafts and more.
  • Harmony Day African Drumming Storytime (Tue 21 Mar) – This workshop, for pre-school children, will include drumming, dancing and singing.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market (Wed 22 Mar) – Eat and drink your way around the world one dish at a time with more than 50 street food traders cooking up a global feast plus specialty shopping and entertainment.



  • Berwick Food Truck Carnival (Thu 16 Mar – Sun 19 Mar) – Travelling carnival featuring food trucks with fully licensed bars and entertainment.
  • Burrinja Kids Stay and Play (Fri 17 Mar – 31 Mar) – free family activity by local studio artist Andrea Innocent.
  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 18 Mar) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground at Alma Park.
  • Flavours Prahran  (Sat 18 Mar) – Celebrate Stonnington’s cultural diversity through tastes, sights and sounds. Be invigorated and inspired by market stalls, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and children’s activities in this fun day for family and friends.
  • In One Voice Elsternwick (Sun 19 Mar) – Jewish street festival with music, food, kids zone.
  • Gnome and Fairy Festival Mordialloc (Sun 19 Mar) – jumping castle and games, music, entertainment, snacks, stall.
  • Sandsculpting Frankston Waterfront (Fri 17 Mar – Tue 25 Apr) -Twenty sculptors carve out themed sculptures from the sand. 



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