HOT: Myer Christmas Windows 2016 – One Christmas Eve by Corinne Fenton and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

myer christmas windows 2016

The Myer Christmas windows 2016 are back for their 61st year with another dazzling display of a very Melbourne, very Australian-style Christmas.

The 2015 Myer Christmas Windows were based on the picture book ‘Little Dog and the Christmas Wish‘ by Melburnians Corinne Fenton and Robin Cowcher and this year’s windows are based on another picture book written by Corinne Fenton and illustrated by Sydneysider Marjorie Crosby-Fairall called ‘One Christmas Eve’.

myer christmas windows 2016

The book and the windows are an homage to Melbourne of yesteryear and a particularly Australian experience of Christmas, complete with the hose and paddle pool and swinging on the Hills Hoist!

myer christmas windows 2016

myer christmas windows 2016

You can find many Australian icons and Melbourne landmarks in the display.

myer christmas windows 2016

Luna Park plays a prominent part in the story plus see if you can spot Sidney Myer Music Bowl, mince pies, a paper party hat from a bon bon and garden gnomes! The detail is astounding.

myer christmas windows 2016

myer christmas windows 2016

myer christmas windows 2016

myer christmas windows 2016

The display is sure to delight young and old. The most magical moment is when Bella’s carousel horse rides high into the sky above Luna Park. It is truly a magical moment.

myer christmas windows 2016

myer christmas windows 2016

Corinne Fenton and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall are signing their book Tuesday 8 November and Wednesday 9 November 12-2pm at the Myer Melbourne entrance. Other time uou can buy signed copies of One Christmas Eve at the Bourke Street entrance to the Myer store…

myer christmas windows 2016

…or head up to level 6 and experience the Myer Giftorium for all your gift-buying needs and Santaland including the Christmas train.

Myer christmas windows 2016

Myer christmas windows 2016

The Myer Melbourne Christmas Windows are on display every day from 7:30am daily until Wednesday 6 January 2016.

Myer’s Bourke Street Mall stall will also be hosting other Christmas events including the Christmas Carnival with live entertainment, workshops, giveaways and more on Saturday 26 November 10am-6pm.


Myer Christmas Windows, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne

Windows on display from 7:30am daily until Thursday 5 January 2017.

HOT: Paper Fish, 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda

paper fish st kilda

For decades St Kilda Beach, Melbourne’s most famous and most frequently visited beach, hasn’t had a fish and chippery. Now Paper Fish, a beachside fish and chip shop, serves high quality fresh fish and chips and other beach bites such as salads, calamari and fritto misto is a giant paper cone.

paper fish st kilda

Paper Fish‘s location can’t be beaten. After a frolic on the beach Baby 2.0 cycles directly off the St Kilda boardwalk for our lunch.  

paper fish st kilda

Grab a wooden block stool under the palm trees or take your fish and chips to the beach.

paper fish st kilda

The panoramic view of Port Phillip Bay is stunning, with a soundtrack of chortling seagulls and swishing of bike tyres on the path.

paper fish st kilda

They are aiming to be a healthier alternative to your traditional fish and ships which means you can choose to have your (sustainable) fish grilled or in a light tempura batter.

paper fish st kilda

I highly recommend the grilled blue grenadier, so fresh and flaky, served in a cute recyclable box with a fish design.You can also go off-piste with a crunchy coconut prawn taco or soft-shelled crab in a milk bun.

paper fish st kilda

I found the chips a little soggy, so I hope that they are able to up the crunch factor a bit more as the kitchen settles in. Baby 2.0 still devoured a heap of them!

Paper Fish is already very popular in its first weeks so if you’re not up for queuing then Paper Fish is launching an ordering app. Have your food delivered to your spot on the beach! 


HOT Tips:

  • pram access, just walk straight off the beach/boardwalk;
  • order for eat-in or takeaway;
  • public toilets nearby;
  • take a bike or scooter and sand play equipment; and
  • paid street parking.

Paper Fish, Beachside, Stokehouse Precinct, 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda

Daily 12 – sunset (except Christmas Day) during Daylight Saving. 

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HOT: Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Every Thursday this November the forecourt of Footscray station is hosting the Footscray Night Market with street food, designer stalls and live music.

Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Follow the sizzling smokey smells from afar and you can sample food from Footscray eateries such as Burger Business, Roti Road and Konjo.

It’s a small affair at the moment, which makes it a great place to take kids because you can just pop in for a bite or a snack before heading to Footscray CBD for something more substantial if you wish.

Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Note that when we arrive at 4pm many of the stalls are still setting up, so it’s really just ice cream on offer.

Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Footscray Night Market is conveniently located across the road from Footscray Market and a hop and a skip from Little Saigon or even the Coles supermarket at Footscray Plaza. So you can cover your grocery necessities then relax in the sun with some sticky chicken wings or a miniature burger that’s perfect for kids!

Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Be aware that there’s no shade so bring a hat and sunscreen. I’ve suggested to council that they install a big bank of portable water taps from City West Water (one of Footscray’s residents) so that you can wash your hands and fill up your reusable water bottles.


HOT Tips:

  • food selection is small, if you’re vegan/vegetarian the only option is Ethiopian food from Konjo;
  • some seating and tables;
  • bring cash, stalls do not necessarily accept cards;
  • wear a hat and sunscreen as there’s no shade and BYO water bottle;
  • use public transport (Footscray railway station and bus stops), bike racks available or park at Footscray Market’s multi-storey carpark. Street parking is hard to find and Barkly Street becomes a clearway from 4pm;
  • if you need something more substantial afterwards there’s lots of options within Footscray CBD;
  • nearest toilets are Footscray station or sneak into one of the eateries close by; and
  • nearest playground is Fordham Reserve or a small area in Madden Square.

Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Every Thursday in November 4-8:30pm

What’s On – Friday 4 November to Thursday 10 November

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Happy November! It’s only 7 weeks till Christmas so the countdown is on with the giveaway for Santa’s Magical Kingdom here.

Why not do your Christmas shopping early at Melbourne Design Market at Federation Square undercover carpark on Sunday 6 November. I’ll be there with lots of bike goodies with CycleStyle. Have a great week!

CBD/Docklands

  • MPavilion (Fri 4 Nov  – Sun 18 Dec) – 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.
  • Play Pod State Library of Victoria (Fri 4 Nov – Wed 30 Nov) – 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 and for Spring 2016 it’s inspired by Mr Chicken Arriva a RomaREAD THE REVIEW.
  • The Art of Banksy (Fri 4 Nov – 8 Jan 2017) – More than 80 works will be on display, presenting the largest collection of Banksy artwork ever seen in Australia.
  • Viktor & Rolf For Kids NGV (Fri 4 Nov – Sun 26 Feb) – interactive children’s gallery exhibition developed by designers Viktor & Rolf. FULL REVIEW.
  • NGV Car Wash (Fri 4 Nov – April 2017) – enjoy a neon pink installation in the sculpture garden inspired by a car wash. FULL REVIEW.
  • Smurfs Exhibition Harbour Town (Fri 4 Nov – Sat 24 Dec) – Meet Smurfette, Lazy Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Papa Smurf, Painter Smurf and many more.
  • Food Truck Rally Queen Victoria Market (Sat 5 Nov – Sun 6 Nov) – Every Saturday and Sunday, Queen Street is closed to traffic to make way for a fun, safe, family friendly activation space with buskers and food truck.
  • Polly Woodside Pirate Day (Sun 6 Nov) -Dress as a pirate and come help us search for hidden treasure, join in on the pirate games and even scrub the decks!
  • Melbourne Design Market Federation Square undercover carpark (Sun 6 Nov) – 50 of the best local designers at Melbourne’s original design market.
  • Studio Fantasy Artplay (Sun 6 Nov – Sun 13 Nov) – Studio Fantasy is a new mobile photo studio being designed to let kids’ imaginations loose on the adults in their lives.
  • Artplay Inside Out (Wed 9 Nov – Thu 10 Nov) – Use all sorts of inspiring materials to create an artwork or build a play space with your little one. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Night Noodle Markets (Thu 10 Nov – Sun 27 Nov ) – all the sights, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival

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The HOT List: Cooking Classes in Melbourne for kids

cooking classes in melbourne for kids

I think that cooking is a life skill that every person should learn. And the earlier you can foster a love of good food and cooking the better!

In my experience kids love to cook and getting them in the kitchen helps them appreciate where their food comes from and the effort required to cook a meal for themselves and other people.

Here is a list of the cooking classes and experiences in Melbourne for kids.

  1. Brasserie Bread

brasserie bread kids class

Every Saturday morning Brasserie Bread run free kids baking classes for 5+ years. During the hour kids make at least two baked items which they can then take home. Sessions open for bookings a month in advance and always sell out quickly.

2. Itsy Bitsy Chef

Term-based cooking class for kids in Port Melbourne  for kids aged 4-13 years old. Their philosophy is children that learn to cook are healthy children who learn to nourish their bodies and minds.

3. Prahran Market

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Alice Zaslaveksy aka Alice in Frames often runs kids workshops at Prahran Market. The market also often has demonstrations and activities for kids during their specialist food festival, such as the Cheese Festival and Chocolate Festival.

4. Queen Victoria Market

Every school holidays Sweetpea Cuisine run free cooking classes for kids.

  1. Foost

Foost is a Melbourne company that teaches children about nutrition and cooking. They run sessions all over Melbourne, mostly in shopping centres and at festivals.

  1. Cupcake Queens

During school holidays in most Cupcake Queens stores will host cupcake decorating sessions for kids. For $25 you decorate four cupcakes to take home.

  1. Miss Biscuit

Miss Biscuit Seddon

During school holidays kids can learn to decorate and ice biscuits in Miss Biscuit’s teaching studio.

8. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

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Every year the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival host free children’s cooking workshops in a pop up space at Queensbridge. Previous workshops include pizza making, smoothies and ricotta cannoli.

9. Ladro Junior Pizza Making Class

Learn to make + then eat REAL pizza in 1.5 fun filled hours on the first Saturday of every month.

10. 400 Gradi Pizza Making Class

400 Gradi Pizza Making Kid's Masterclass, Lygon St, Brunswick East

Spend time with Johnny Di Francesco learning about the art of making pizza Napoletana. Their kids master classes run at various times throughout the year, mainly during school holidays.

11. Luscious Affairs

Kids are separated into groups and each work with their very own chef to take them through a hands-on 3-course feast at this cooking school and cafe in Hawthorn.

12. Gourmet Kids

Cooking classes in Malvern that offer a fun and entertaining program designed to keep children of all ages engaged and interested in food – from 2yr old kinder age to 15 yr teenagers. They also hold weekend baking parties in lots of different locations around Melbourne.

13. South Melbourne Market

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Every school holidays South Melbourne runs ‘Kids Can Cook’ school holiday programs that include cooking classes for 5-8 years, 9-12 years and 13+ years.

14. Relish Mama

Relish Mama holds a school holiday cooking school program in Cheltenham.

15. The Tiny Chef

The Tiny Chef holds cooking classes for preschoolers 2-6 years (and kids over 3 years do not require parents to stay), for kids after school, during school holidays and at parties. Classes are held in the cooking school in Essendon.


Do your kids love cooking? Where have you taken them for cooking classes in Melbourne?

HOT: Valley Reserve, 80 Waimarie Drive, Mt Waverley

Valley Reserve Mt Waverley

Valley Reserve is a 15 hectare bushland serve in Mount Waverley and at its centre is a unique, award-winning adventure playspace. In 2016 the playspace won best new major playspace in Victoria and it’s nominated as one of Australia’s best playgrounds.

The vision is to create a SPARC – a Socially Inclusive, Playful, Active, Relevant and Connected – play space. The playground takes its natural bush setting as its inspiration and is built with mostly organic materials.

Valley Reserve Mt Waverley

It’s split up into four different areas, presided over by a different native animal.

Valley Reserve Mt Waverley

A King Parrot metal climbing frame welcomes toddlers to their play area, with a sandpit, carousel, swings, cubbies and climbing structures.

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A wooden Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo overlooks the main rope climbing course for teaching balance and climbing skills. A huge birds nest swing overlooks the course and it is hung quite high – watch out that you don’t hit your face when pushing (like I did)!

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A stone carved owl is set amongst the two flying foxes and high platform/tree house. The upper area caters for more intrepid, adventurous children.

Valley Reserve Mt Waverley

In the quieter sandpit and dry creek course you’ll find a Eastern long-necked turtle set amongst the rock.

Valley Reserve Mt Waverley

The play space is a popular meeting spot for families and includes five shelters with tables and two unshaded barbecues.

Valley Reserve is a really unique play space, full of adventurous and natural elements to keep little and big kids happy. It’s worth a special trip as you’ll probably spend several hours there. Monash Council has also committed to funding an educational hub and nature play pods for schools and nature groups.


HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • Some natural shade;
  • Water tap;
  • BBQ and picnic facilities
  • toilet block is outside the play space and has an accessible cubicle and baby change facility;
  • Walking paths throughout the reserve;
  • Free parking.

Valley Reserve, 80 Waimarie Drive, Mt Waverley

 

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