HOT: Sebastian’s Food and Wine, 303 Hampton Street, Hampton

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

Sebastian’s Food and Wine holsd prime position for train enthusiasts and commuters in Hampton – on the corner of the strip shops of Hampton Street and facing the railway crossing. As such, most of the outdoor pavement tables are taken up when we visit on a weekday and as we’re with train-spotting Baby 2.0 we decide not to sit in the leafy courtyard instead.

The menu includes all day breakfast and  lunch from 11am plus a few dishes just for kids.

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

We try the Marrakesh salad ($16) with roasted cauliflower, poached egg, lentils, almonds, dates, spinach, chickpeas. I opt for a slab of grilled haloumi ($3.50) as well. It’s a crispy, healthy mix though the tahini-lime dressing could do with more oomph as it’s barely discernible.

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

The freekeh salad continues in a similar vein ($18) with freekah, tabouleh, grilled haloumi, broccolini, roasted cauliflower. The pickled grapes are an unusual addition and give an interesting sweet/sour tang to the bowl.

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

The Straight Outta Hampton burger ($14) is straight out of a burger textbook. The wagu beef patty does lift it beyond the norm but otherwise it’s a fairly standard stack of lettuce, tomato, pickles, barbecue sauce and mustard.

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

From the kids menu Baby 2.0 is very happy with his fish and fat chips ($12) which comes nicely presented on a wooden platter. Just a little care with presentation goes a long way!

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

Speaking of presentation, the buttermilk hotcake is an artist’s palette on a plate. The fluffy pancake is one single tall stack with stone fruit, berries and edible flowers.

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

For kids there’s also high chairs and colouring-in on request, with pram access mostly at the front of the cafe and in the courtyard. Note that a smiley face biscuit costs a killer $4 in Hampton!

Sebastian’s Food and Wine is a convenient option for local families, with a strong focus on healthy food, enough entertainment for kids with the passing trains and colouring-in and other family-friendly features.


HOT Tips:

  • Pram access;
  • High chairs;
  • Outdoor courtyard;
  • Kids menu;
  • Standard menu suitable for kids;
  • colouring-in and trainspotting; and
  • Limited Street parking.

Sebastian’s Food and Wine, 303 Hampton Street, Hampton 03 9533 475

Open 7 days a week from 7am – 4pm
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What’s On – Friday 21 April to Thursday 27 April 2017

First weekend back at school and the calendar is jam-packed with fun (including the last weekend of Nature Play Week events). Plus of course ANZAC Day is Tuesday 25 April, find the list of all the ANZAC Day services happening in Melbourne.

Note on ANZAC Day and many shops, cafes and public institutions eg libraries will be closed, at least in the morning. The museums (Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum), zoos (Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium) and galleries (NGV Australia and NGV International) will all be open.

If you’re wondering how to share the Anzac story with children, here’s a list of recommended picture books and my failsafe Anzac biscuits recipe.

CBD/Docklands

NORTH / NORTH EAST

Children's Garden Royal Botanic Gardens

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

 

EAST

Little Red Train, Werribee Park Mansion, K Road, Werribee South + Giveaway!

WEST

ANZAC Day Melbourne 2017 – List of services

Anzac Day

There are many ways to commemorate on ANZAC Day Tuesday 25 April so here’s a list of all the ANZAC Day services in Melbourne in April.

MELBOURNE CBD

Shrine of Remembrance Dawn Service and March (Tue 25 Apr) 

Note that large numbers always attend this service so ensure you plan your visit in advance.

 

NORTH / NORTH-EAST

Hurstbridge (Sat 22 Apr)

Diamond Creek (Tue 25 Apr)

Eltham (Tue 25 Apr)

Heidelberg (Tue 25 Apr)

Montmorency (Tue 25 Apr)

Watsonia (Tue 25 Apr)

Fawkner (Tue 25 Apr)

Pascoe Vale (Sun 30 Apr)

Reservoir (Sun 30 Apr)

 

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

Waverley (Sun 23 Apr)

East Malvern (Sun 23 Apr)

Clayton (Tue 25 Apr)

Mentone (Tue 25 Apr)

Dandenong (Tue 25 Apr)

 

 

EAST

Camberwell (Tue 25 Apr)

Templestowe  (Tue 25 Apr)

Blackburn (Sun 23 Apr)

Ringwood (Sun 23 Apr)

Croydon (Sun 23 Apr)

Boronia (Sun 23 Apr)

 

WEST

Yarraville (Sat 22 Apr)

Werribee (Sun 24 Apr)

Werribee (Tue 25 Apr)

Sunshine (Sun 23 Apr)

Melton (Tue 25 Apr)

Caroline Springs (Sun 23  Apr)

Newport (Tue 25 Apr)

Keilor East  (Sun 23 Apr)

Flemington-Kensington (Tue 25 Apr)

Click here for a full list of Two Up locations throughout Victoria!

Finally, if you’re wondering how to share the Anzac story with children, here’s a list of recommended picture books and my failsafe Anzac biscuits recipe.

HOT: Bayswater Train Park, Marie Wallace Bayswater Park, Mountain Highway, Bayswater

Bayswater Train Park

Bayswater Train Park at the Marie Wallace Bayswater Park is a huge playground for all ages with lots of unique equipment.  The recent construction of basketball courts and climbing area definitely makes it one of Melbourne’s best playgrounds in the east and worth a special trip.

Bayswater Train Park

The highlight of the playground is the full size red train engine and in fact many locals refer to the park as the train park. You can pretend to sell tickets before boarding the engine and ‘driving’ it along the ‘track’.

Bayswater Train Park

Other parts of the playground include an extensive wooden fort with musical elements, ropes, bridges, slides.

Bayswater Train Park

The double roundabout swing is very popular and is an unusual format for swings.

I like the look of the metal elephant sculpture with slide but the kids spot the other climbing frame first and I can’t convince them to leave. They spend ages climbing the rope frame then whooshing down on the metal slide. It’s surrounded by a sandpit area.

Bayswater Train Park

Bayswater Train Park

Bayswater Train Park

In the new part of the playground you’ll find a rock climbing wall, monkey bars and rope climbs as well as netball rings. Its smooth surface makes it great for bikes and scooters.

Bayswater Train Park

Bayswater Park has numerous picnic tables, sheltered BBQs and public toilets so it’s the perfect destination for a day out. Kids will have hours of fun exploring all the different equipment in the playground.


HOT Tips:

  • Not much shelter so bring hat and sunscreen;
  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • partially fenced;
  • Water taps;
  • Picnic tables and free BBQ shelters;
  • Public toilets;
  • Free street parking.

Bayswater Train Park, Marie Wallace Bayswater Park, Mountain Highway, Bayswater

HOT: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne, Level 2, Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone

Legoland Melbourne

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne is the ultimate indoor LEGO play space that’s opened in Chadstone Shopping Centre. It’s going to be a big hit in Melbourne as the weather turns colder (or when we get a summer heatwave).

I’m invited to a preview event ahead of the public opening today at 12pm and we stay for almost 4 hours. No doubt we would have stayed longer but as the day went on there were long lines for most activities (just warning you now). The centre has capacity for approximately 800 people.

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Entrances are timed so try and space out the traffic but once you’re inside you can stay for as long as you like, so of course it is busiest from lunchtime onwards. So try to enter at the earliest time slot possible and allow at least 2-3 hours for your visit.

Legoland Melbourne

When you first enter the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre you’re taken to the ‘factory’ where you can learn about the process of making LEGO. At the end of the little interactive screening where you can design and decorate your own minifig remember to claim your free LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Duplo block.

Legoland Melbourne

Next up is the first of two rides, a shooting game from inside a moving carriage. It’s quite dark inside so may not suit little kids….

Legoland Melbourne

Then enter Miniland Melbourne, with over 300 minifigs traipsing all over Melbourne’s iconic landmarks and locations all made out of LEGO.

Legoland Melbourne

How many can you name?

Legoland Melbourne

Legoland Melbourne

Some of the displays are interactive, including the one of Flemington where you can race horses with your friends!

Legoland Melbourne

The last section contains the main play areas, cafes and cinema. We spend the majority of our time there.  

There are numerous LEGO play zones. One is dedicated to LEGO Friends…

Legoland Melbourne

…a Duplo Farm play area with soft bricks and slide suitable for 2-5 years…

Legoland Melbourne

….an earthquake building area using Duplo blocks…

Legoland Melbourne

Legoland Melbourne

….Build and Test Zone where you can make and race your vehicle creations along three test tracks…

Legoland Melbourne

Legoland Melbourne

….the second ride at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre which features Merlin’s magical flying machines (that you pedal to raise high in the air)…

Legoland Melbourne

….AND an indoor soft play area inspired by LEGO City.

Legoland Melbourne

In addition every hour the Creative Workshop room opens where kids can build a small structure from instructions with the on-site Master Builders.

Legoland Melbourne

Kids can watch the overhead camera as the Master Builders talk through each of the steps. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and it suits approximately 5-7 years though there’s no age restriction.

Legoland Melbourne

Every 30 minutes or so there’s a screening at the 4D cinema. There are three films on rotation – we watched Nexo Knights and got blasted with air and water droplets as part of the 4D experience.

Legoland Melbourne

There are two party rooms which come with party packages. I want MY birthday party there!

Legoland Melbourne

Legoland Melbourne

If you’re feeling peckish LEGOLAND Discovery Centre has an on-site cafe. The offerings are fairly standard – sandwiches, sausage rolls, sweet treats etc.

Legoland Melbourne

Legoland Melbourne

The kids lunchbox is $18 which seems very expensive, but the lunchboxes cost $14 from the gift shop plus you get a kids sandwich (normally $4), a piece of fruit and a LEGO biscuit (normally $2.50). So if you’re wanting to take home the LEGO lunchbox anyway the kids lunchbox deal is better value for money.

Legoland Melbourne

Note technically outside food or beverages are not permitted, unless it’s baby food or for food allergies. However, I noticed lots of families eating their own food so not sure how strictly that’s policed.

Legoland Melbourne

The cafe tables can be noisy and crowded so I suggest you eat in the ‘chill out’ area beside the Duplo slide and play area, which is mainly enclosed and quiet.

Also note there are no water taps around – the cafe sells bottled water or better still BYO a filled bottle. I refilled mine in the toilets.

Finally, of course you must exit through the gift shop!

Legoland Melbourne

It contains Melbourne’s largest Lego selection, including a magnificent wall of pick-a-brick LEGO.

Legoland Melbourne

If you’re looking for a Lego gift that’s exclusive to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre then check out the collection of BrickHeadz ($16). They come in a range of designs though Beauty and the Beast and Batman are currently sold out (more stock arriving soon).

Legoland Melbourne

The gift shop is open to the public.

One final tip – if you REALLY can’t lure away the kids to leave then tempt them with a gelati from Woodstock, in the glamorous Dining Terrace area just an escalator ride down from LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne. Yum!
Legoland Melbourne

Legoland Melbourne

Want more LEGO fun? Check out the Brickman Lego exhibition at Melbourne Museum and the Lego Education Centre.


HOT Tips:

  • Adults must be accompanied by a child to enter. However the ratio is not 1 adult: 1 child ie you can have 1 adult: many children;
  • Exclusive adult nights for adults without children are held the third Thursday of each month 7-9pm;
  • Prebook your entry tickets in advance to avoid delay and disappointment;
  • RACV members get 10% off individual tickets and $10 off Annual Passes online;
  • Book a time slot as early as possible to avoid peak hour. You can still enter up to 2 hours after your booked time but there may be a wait for entry;
  • Peak hour is around 12-2pm;
  • Once you enter you can stay for as long as you like;
  • No pass-outs;
  • If your child can walk I don’t recommend bringing pram. Technically prams are allowed inside though I noticed a lot of prams parked outside the entrance (unsecured);
  • Closest toilets outside the centre entrance are on Level 1 near Zara. There is also a parents room with a child-sized toilet;
  • Allow 2-3 hours for your visit. Baby 2.0 (4yo) stayed for 4 hours because he was happy to repeat activities over and over again. A younger child will not be able to do some of the activities and an older child may not want to do things more than once but may build more intricate models that require more time;
  • Make use of the free wifi while you’re waiting in line (or just waiting for the kids to finish playing!);
  • Family-friendly cafe on site. Technically no outside food or drink is permitted;
  • If you want a LEGO lunchbox buying the kids lunch deal ($18) with it is better value than just buying the lunch box at the gift shop ($14);
  • No water taps so BYO filled water bottle if you don’t want to pay for bottled water;
  • Eat in the ‘chill out’ zone next to the Duplo slide and play area as the cafe tables can be noisy and crowded;
  • Change facilities available;
  • You need to be 90-150cm tall to enter the LEGO City soft play area and have socks. Socks available to purchase at the cafe;
  • You need to be at least 90cm tall to ride Merlin’s Apprentice ride. Children between 90-120cms must ride with an adult;
  • Every hour the Creative Workshop opens, join the queue to ensure a spot. Most suited to kids 5-7 years but no age restriction;
  • At the gift shop the exclusive items include the BrickHeadz and the gold LEGO block keyrings;
  • Gift shop is open to the public and closes a few hours after the centre closes generally;
  • To lure the kids to leave try the gelati cart at Woodstock at the Level 2 Dining Terrace. There are also other great dining options at the Dining Terrace (Fonda, New Shanghai, Mama’s Buoi) but you’ll need to eat before/after your visit as there’s no pass outs;
  • If you’re driving to Chadstone take the Chadstone/Warrigal Rd exit off the M1 Monash Freeway and use the far right hand lane to turn right into Middle Rd. Follow the arrows for LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne and turn right at the lights. Park at the Target carpark near Hoyts; it’s NOT the first carpark you see, it’s the second carpark with a huge HOYTS sign on it. Park on any level, P4 is rooftop and not undercover. P2 and P3 both have signage pointing to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne and you can access via lift or stairs; and
  • Parking is free though the centre is busy so park early.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne, Level 2, Chadstone – The Fashion Capital1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone 

Individual Admission tickets $32.50, and annual passes $77

Mon-Wed, Sun 9:30-5:30 (last entry 4pm)

Thu-Sat 9:30-7pm (last entry 5:30pm)

Open daily except  Good Friday and Christmas Day

Scienceworks 25th Birthday Party – Giveaway!

Head to Scienceworks on Saturday 29 April 6-10pm for the Scienceworks 25th Birthday Party!

The family-friendly event is a chance to experience Scienceworks after dark and to celebrate the museum’s iconic exhibitions and unique experiences.

There will also be a free silent disco tour and low cost extras like Lightning Room and Planetarium shows, plus food and drinks available on the night.

Pre-purchase tickets online as the event may sell out so there will be no tickets available at the door.


Giveaway!

Thanks to Scienceworks I have 5 x family passes (2 adults & 2 children) to the Scienceworks 25th Birthday Party, including a visit to the Melbourne Planetarium (7:15pm session).

To win all you have to do is follow the instructions below. Competition closes midnight Thursday 27 April and winners must respond with their details by midday Friday 28 April to have their name put on the door list. Good luck!

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