The HOT List: Children’s Week 2017 Melbourne events

children's week 2017 melbourne

Children’s Week is a national celebration of the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children. This year events are running from Saturday 21 October to Sunday 29 October with the theme that education has the power to transform children’s lives.

All Children’s Week events are free for Victorian families with children aged 0-12 years. Share your adventures using the hashtag #childrensweek and #childrensweekvic




  • Collingwood Toy Library (Sat 21 Oct) – Creative workshop using tactile materials with author and illustrator Tai Snaith for 5-10 year olds. Plus a stay and play session for 0-6 year olds, learn to play new board games for 7-12 year olds and a sausage sizzle for the whole family. Other events up to Friday 27 October.
  • Rockin @ Redleap (Sun 22 Oct) – performances, storytime, face painting, animal farm at Mill Park.
  • The Plant/Sustainability Cycle Collingwood Children’s Farm (Mon 23 Oct)  – guided tour will have the children follow sustainable cycles around the Farm in a hands-on, practical way looking at how waste from one system can sustain another.
  • Melbourne Museum – Romp & Stomp Fun Day for Children (Wed 25 Oct) – live music, storytelling, art and craft, and dress-ups.\
  • Nature Play Banyule (Thu 26 Oct) – Join us for a gentle walk through Brown’s Reserve. Enjoy the eucalypt woodland, picturesque stream and views across the valley. Learn about the late Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Alma Brown who made this opportunity possible. Followed by light refreshments and nature activities for children. Also Sun 29 Oct.
  • Darebin City Council (Thu 26 Oct) – Join our story time, singing and messy play activities.
  • Hume Universal Children’s Day (Wed 25 Oct) – drumming, multicultural crafts, storytelling, games and a vintage fire truck. Lunch will also be provided!






  • Boroondara Family Fun Day (Sat 21 Oct) – craft activities by Boroondara Library Services, performances by local groups, come-and-try activities with the YMCA, puppet making workshops.
  • Children’s Week Manningham (Tue 24 Oct) – Celebrate Children’s Week with the Flying Bookworm Theatre Company’s live performances .
  • Yarra Ranges Council – Children’s Week Celebrations (Thu 26 Oct) – variety of family orientated activities held in various locations throughout the Yarra Ranges every weekday.
  • Maroondah City Council  (Fri 27 Oct) – Entertainment and parent information, including Polyglot Theatre, “The Music Man”, Road safety with “Lottie the Lollypop Lady”, Storytelling, face painting, free sausage sizzle.
  • Manningham Toy Library Messy Play (Sun 29 Oct) – approximately 10-14 stations with different ‘messy’ activities.



  • Child and Family Expo Maribyrnong (Wed 25 Oct) -free activities including face painting, balloon twisting, storytime, henna, football, children’s craft, indigenous activities and more.
  • Wyndham City Council – Children’s Week Picnic (Sun 22 Oct) – Sports, crafts, music, dance and many more activities.
  • Free Family Fun Day at the Potato Shed (Sun 22 Oct) – live pantomime, live music, face painting, animal farm with pony rides, bungee run, skate park, crafts, storytelling, Sports Zone and much more.
  • Little Kids Day In Scienceworks (Mon 23 Oct) – Touch real dinosaur fossils from our museum’s collection, explore dinosaurs through a range of play-based activities, and stomp along to live performances.
  • Hobson’s Bay Children’s Week Picnic (Wed 25 Oct) – jumping castles, face painting, music, live entertainment, pop up playgroup, story time, dance workshop, animal farm, craft activities and much more.
  • Moonee Valley City Council (Wed 25 Oct – Sun 29 Oct) – various events.
  • Brimbank Playgroup Picnic (Thu 26 Oct) –  fun, family friendly day full of interactive as well as educational activities for children and families.
  • Family Fun Day Melton (Thu 26 Oct) – animal farm, arts and crafts, sports and outdoor games, indigenous storytelling, emergency services and much more.
  • Sunbury Messy Play Day (Thu 26 Oct) – Join in the fun and come dressed in the colours of the rainbow. The morning will have messy, crafty, sensory play, and other activities and story time, followed by a rainbow healthy lunch.
  • Geelong’s BIG Play Day (Tue 24 Oct) – performances by the Mik Maks, Mister Ants, Krazy Koala and Dazzling Dan.  There will be hula hooping, an animal farm, African Drumming, music work shops, story telling, physical activities, art and craft and lots more


HOT: Muster Drive playground, Cnr Muster Drive and Arbourton Avenue, Rockbank

Muster Drive Woodlea playground

Woodlea housing development is kicking it out of the park with the development of its playgrounds! You can now add Muster Drive playground to Frontier Park, Woodlea Adventure Playground and Pioneer Drive playground plus the excellent Go West cafe, making a trip to Rockbank worth a special trip.Muster Drive Woodlea playground

Muster Drive Woodlea playground

Muster Drive playground is dominated by a big bug-like climbing sculpture which you can enter with ropes or ladders. The rubber mat acts as a slide as well as a climbing aid and bouncy trampoline!

Muster Drive Woodlea playground

Surrounding the playground is an extensive obstacle course with bollards, stepping stones, balance beams and ropes.

Muster Drive Woodlea playground

Muster Drive Woodlea playground

Muster Drive Woodlea playground

For more climbing fun there’s some logs with climbing notches as well as a smaller fort.

Muster Drive Woodlea playground

In addition there are traditional swings as well as a nest swing and exercise equipment to the side (mainly for adults). Behind the playground is a grassy area with soccer goals.

Muster Drive Woodlea playground

Muster Drive Woodlea playground

The park has a few shelters with tables for the families to enjoy a BBQ and unshaded seats where people can sit and relax.

Muster Drive playground, combined with Frontier Park, Woodlea Adventure Playground and Pioneer Drive playground is a great location for an adventurous day out with enough facilities to make it a whole-day affair.

HOT Tips:

  • suitable for toddlers;
  • suitable for older kids;
  • Picnic and BBQ shelter with tables;
  • Water tap;
  • Adult gym equipment;
  • No toilets;
  • No shade;
  • Free parking.

Muster Drive playground, Cnr Muster Drive and Arbourton Avenue, Rockbank

HOT: Craftercise, 52A Hawker Street, Airport West


Craftercise are term-based classes that combine physical/active play, singing, art, craft and messy play all in one busy 45 minute session.


Craftercise is held inside a factory warehouse in Airport West and as soon as Baby 2.0 sees the set-up he wants to get in and play!


Three facilitators are on hand to lead the session, which is geared towards 3-5 year olds. Other sessions at other times are for 6-18 months and 18 months to 3 years.


Each week there’s a different theme but the format of the session is always the same.


The session starts with 10 minutes of free active play with the range of climbing equipment in a circuit.


Then there’s 5 minutes of structured activity with songs and games.


Finally a bit more of free play time before the kids are led into the messy play and craft area to don a smock.


The last part of the session goes by really quickly and there’s not enough time for Baby 2.0 to try everything.


He enjoys using the mallet to make paint splats, spilling rice into funnels and playdough.



Other activities include a painting easel, craft and slime.


During the messy play kids are free to explore as they wish and adults are expected to help and supervise, though the three staff are also in the space.

Baby 2.0 has so much fun he’s reluctant to leave so it’s understandable that most Craftercise participants are regulars. If you do intend to drop in it’s important to book ahead to avoid disappointment. 

For more places to try kids craft and messy play try The Messy Shed and Crafternoon.

HOT Tips:

  • Each session runs for 45 minutes;
  • Suitable for 6 months – 5 years;
  • Session are at different times for different age groups;
  • trial session at the casual rate of $28 before booking in for a term;
  • Bookings are essential and are based on availability. Bookings for the term are given preference over casual attendance.
  • Sibling discounts available;
  • Wear old clothes and shoes;
  • Party bookings available.

Craftercise, 52A Hawker Street, Airport West 0400 232 224

Messy Monkeys for 6months- 18months – Mon-Fr 1:15pm

Dizzy Ducks for 18months – 3 years – Mon-Fri 9:30am & 10:45am, Tue & Thu 3pm

Crafty Crocs for 3- 5 years Mon-Fri 12pm

Birthday party bookings on the weekends

Term payment depends on what week you start (eg 10 weeks = $24.50 per session), casual fee $28


HOT: Platform 177, 177 Ferguson St, Williamstown

platform 177 williamstown

Platform 177 is a local cafe in Williamstown across from the road from Williamstown North train station – hence the name.

platform 177 williamstown

It’s a light 2-room spot accented with bright yellow features. I spot a few high c    hairs and there’s plenty of space to park a pram once you move into the second room.

The menu is fairly standard cafe menu fare so I reckon what keeps families returning to Platform 177 is the indoor play area.

platform 177 williamstown

The kids corner has a blackboard, books, toys and miniature table and chairs.

They all keep Baby 2.0 amused until the food arrives – a toasted sandwich from the small kids menu ($4.50) and a stack of pancakes with berry coulis and ice cream (in our case yoghurt) ($12.50).

platform 177 williamstown

The food is decent without being very exciting (and I think the presentation could be improved) with a Greek bent to many of the dishes including their home made spanakopita with Greek salad. The prices are very reasonable compared to other cafes in the area.

platform 177 williamstown

Platform 177’s decent food and indoor play area is a drawcard for local families heading to the station or after playing at the small playground by the station.

For more cafes in Melbourne’s inner west with playgrounds or play areas try Kodama, Lola, Est 1906, Leroys and Duchess of Spotswood.

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HOT Tips:

  • Pram access;
  • High chairs;
  • Indoor play area;
  • Kids menu;
  • Standard menu suitable for kids;
  • Close to Williamstown North station;
  • Limited time free street parking.

Platform 177, 177 Ferguson St, Williamstown 03 9397 1130

Mon-Fri 7-3pm

Sat-Sun 8-3pm

Platform 177 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disney Pixar Festival – Giveaway!


Reading Cinemas is bringing your favourite Disney Pixar classics to the big screen nationally with their Disney Pixar Festival!

Each weekend for a month your local Readings Cinema will feature one of your favourite Pixar movies. Upcoming sessions are:

Toy Story
Saturday the 14th & Sunday the 15th of October

A Bug’s Life
Saturday the 21st & Sunday the 22nd of October

Monsters, Inc.
Saturday the 28th & Sunday the 29th of October

Finding Nemo
Saturday the 4th & Sunday the 5th of November

All screenings are at the family friendly time of 10am, but come a little earlier at 9.30am and soak up the fun with activities such as colouring in and face painting in our Kids Corner to keep the kids entertained. Oh, the best bit? It’s awesome value with tickets at family friendly prices. Check your local cinema for details.


Thanks to Readings Cinemas I have 5 x family passes (4 tickets per pass) to give away to any Disney Pixar Festival screening at any Readings Cinemas around Australia.

To win just follow the instructions below. The random winners will be drawn after midnight 9 October and notified via email. Good luck!

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HOT: WYNCITY Bowl and Entertainment Centre, 36 Wallace Ave, Point Cook

Indoors fun that keeps kids entertained for hours can be hard to find. Enter WYNCITY, an indoors entertainment complex that’s a perfect option when the weather’s too hot, cold or wet to be outside.

Their Point Cook branch is only 20 minutes from the CBD and we are invited to visit to try out some of their activities. They offer tenpin bowlinglaser tagbumper carsglow mini golf and have an in-house restaurant and bar.

WYNCITY also caters for groups, birthday parties and even conferences.

Lady AB and Baby 2.0 strap on their bowling shoes then try their hand at knocking down the ten pins with a rather unusual bowling style.

Luckily there are bumper rails (for me and the kids!) and there’s even a little slide for the juniors.

Between us, we only manage one strike – and that’s because two balls are in the lane at once (whoops!).

Next up was the arcade games with whacking, button-pressing and shooting games galore, with most games being $2 a go.

The highlight is the bumper cars, which cost $6 a ride. The kids cackle as they spin and bump into the walls and each other. No need to go scrounging for coins either, you pre-purchase a swipe card with credit that automatically deducts the right amount as payment.

Toddlers have a soft fenced play area but the kids barely give it a glance when I say ‘time for pizza!’.

We settle into one of the booths and dive into wood-fired pizzas and decadent desserts. The food is filling and fast and they have daily specials along with the large menu of pizzas, burgers, salads and main meals. Next time I’m going to try the Nutella calzone! You can also just grab a snack from the cafeteria area if you don’t fancy a full sit-down meal.

WYNCITY is a great one-stop destination for kids little kids right up to teenagers – and adults can join in the fun too. It’s bright and clean and the young staff are friendly and solicitous, particularly in the restaurant. Across the road you will find Williams Landing Station, only took us 30 minutes to get back into the City!

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WYNCITY Bowl and Entertainment Centre, 36 Wallace Avenue, Point Cook

Monday – Thursday 10am – 10pm

Friday 10am – 11pm

Saturday 9am – 11pm

Sunday 9am – 10.30pm

Open 9am School Holidays

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