The LEGO City Play Zone is open for every day of the school holidays Monday 3 July to Sunday 16 July at Harbour Town Docklands. If you’re looking for something free and fun to do with the kids then check it out.
I was invited to get a sneak peek of the activities and can report that it’s a great place to relax, learn and play with kids. There’s lots of fun photo opportunities too!
There are several different play stations. Starting with building challenges…
…Lego City iPad games…
…and free build zone at the back where you can display, photograph and share your Lego creations.
There are also opportunities to meet and greet the Lego City Policeman and to win a Lego Prize pack valued at $1000!
The gardens is one of the jewels of the Dandenong Ranges. It is particularly stunning in Autumn, with the changing colours of maples and beeches, and in spring the park blooms with azaleas and cherry trees.
The large garden was part of the historic Burnham Beeches Estate, home of Alfred Nicholas, developer of the Aspro formula. It is over 13 hectares but you shouldn’t miss the ornamental lake with boathouse at the bottom of the hill.
Make it your first stop as what goes down must come up….and it’s better that you tackle the uphill climb while little legs still have energy.
On the upper levels of the garden you’ll find a small pond with sculptures as well as many paths leading under the canopy of mountain ash trees.
Take a picnic and while away a day away from the bustle of the city or head next door to The Piggery at Burnham Beeches for food and drinks and a child-friendly venue.
Toilets and water available near entrance.
The car park is situated opposite the main entrance, no vehicle entry into the gardens.
Be immersed in Scienceworks latest temporary exhibition LightTime, which explores the different phenomena of light, optics, sound, movement and perspective through the display of eleven art installations.
Adults and kids alike will be mesmerised by these stunning works!
…there’s even one that explores how our senses cause motion sickness by (((20hz)))!
LightTime is a chance to engage with art and science in a different way – take some time out to appreciate each work slowly and carefully to engage your senses. While you’re there check out the interactive Laser Maze and Forest in the Pumping Station created by Monster Studio. I got a sneak peek while they were installing the works and I can assure you it’s amazing!
The Little Art Yurt is a gorgeous American-built yurt (Mongolian style bell tent) art studio tucked away in the sunny Yarraville backyard of Melbourne artist Dawn Tan.
After an laborious flat-pack building process by Dawn and her husband (Dawn described it as Extreme IKEA), The Little Art Yurt is now open for school holiday art classes for kids, after school classes during term time, adult art workshops and soon, private art party bookings.
There’s rows of neat art supplies in rainbow hues….
…inspiring picture books to read…
…and even the denim art smocks are stylish.
There’s a purpose built toilet in the backyard too so you don’t have to troop inside Dawn’s house.
When it’s not in use for teaching The Little Art Yurt doubles as Dawn’s studio where she works on her renowned watercolour images and makes perfumed soap.
Dawn is a bubbly personality and a trained art teacher. It’s evident that she loves working with kids and she generally teaches children from 4-12 years. The yurt is cosy and fits about 8 children comfortably, meaning all the children’s workshops are drop-off sessions. It’s heated in winter and ventilated in summer – the top of the roof opens up so you can look at the stars!
Argh me hearties! The Bayview Park pirate ship playground in Point Cook has risen from the ashes after an arson attack in 2014.
The playground has been rebuilt as it was, meaning that one of Melbourne’s most-thrill seeking slides has been reinstalled along with extensive climbing equipment both on top of the hill and at ground level.
The slide is steep but modified with ridges so it’s a bit bouncy for little bottoms – but does stop the breakneck drop.
The hill provides a great view of all the ant-like activity below!
Little kids don’t miss out though, as there’s a mini slide right next to the big one…
…a sandpit with digger and sand play structure…
…and a large nest swing.
There is a little bit of shade under the sandpit, some of the large established trees and at picnic tables and barbecues.
The only thing missing is a public toilet, which is problematic for a playground which is otherwise built to cater for all-day play. The closest toilet is probably at the Alamanda cafe which is a long walk or short drive away.