We are Bobux Shoes Brand Ambassadors + Giveaway!

Bobux Shoes

I’m excited to announce that for the next 12 months Lady AB and Baby 2.0 are brand ambassadors for our favourite Bobux shoes!

Pod Playground National Arboretum Canberra

You may have already noticed that for the past 6 years both children have worn Bobux shoes almost exclusively (except for gumboots and thongs).

Bobux Shoes

Being brand ambassadors is a natural extension of my passion for putting stylish and high quality shoes on my children’s growing, abortion learning feet so that they are free to run, jump, climb and play with the right support.

Bobux have just launched their latest Spring Summer 2016 range with new colours of the flexible and lightweight Xplorer range for toddlers learning to walk, Blaze Tiger shoes from the Play range and the Zap sandals for toddlers

Bobux Shoes

We took our new shoes for a test drive to wintery Canberra and summery Queensland recently and give top marks for style, durability, flexibility and fun!

Bobux Shoes

Giveaway! To celebrate our brand ambassadorship and Bobux’s SS16 range, I have 2 pairs of shoes to give away!

To win just follow the instructions below. The competition closes midnight Monday 17 October and the two winners will be randomly drawn and contacted by email. Winners must respond within 48 hours with their preferred shoe style and size (subject to availability) or new winner/s will be drawn. Australian residents only. Good luck!

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HOT: Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icecreamery, Cnr Great Ocean Road and Elkington Road, Bellbrae

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

Updated February 2017

Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icrecreamery is a delicious family-friendly destination on the Great Ocean Road in Bellbrae from the founders of the popular Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice creamery in Yarra Glen.

The shop, cafe and gardens are a perfect destination if you’re taking a day trip to the Great Ocean Road. Located between Torquay and Angelsea, there’s really nothing else like it in the area and already it is a smash hit with locals and tourists alike. We visited on a sunny weekend in the first week of opening and the place was filled to the brim with eager chocoholics.

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

The 15 hectare property is similar in set up and design to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice creamery.

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

The large main building houses the chocolate factory where you can watch the European chocolatiers at work…

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

….a huge shop with every sort of chocolate you can think of, including free tastings, a metre long chocolate bar and the ‘Great Wall of Chocolate’!….

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

…and a cafe with savoury and sweet treats.

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

As we arrive for lunch we have a MOO box ($11.50) with a ham and cheese roll, a fruit kebab, fruit box and freckle cookie, all packaged up in a cow-decorated box.

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

I have a decadent ‘Chocoholics only’ milk, dark and white chocolate concoction with whipped cream and a shot of couverture chocolate ($9.50). In fact, all of the desserts are very reasonably priced and are easily shareable between two or three people.

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

The cafe has an activity centre where children can colour in large chocolate- and nature-themed colouring-in sheets while waiting for their food. I recommend taking the time to sit down at the cafe so that you can enjoy some of the chocolate and ice cream products on site. If you’re in a hurry there is also an ice cream cabinet with a few drinks available at the entrance kiosk.

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

The cafe provides views of the surrounding gardens with a kitchen garden and play space. A lavender maze is coming soon!

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

Children aged 6+ are able to participate in hands-on Junior Chocolatier Classes where they can learn how to make their own chocolate and enjoy free tastings.

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

If you’re looking for a child-friendly destination on the Great Ocean Road then you won’t be able to beat the temptations on offer at Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icrecreamery.

ice cream festival

**From Wed 8 February to Sun 19 February Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icrecreamery are holding their annual Ice Cream Festival. Get ready for 144 new ice cream flavours, with twelve new flavours will be introduced each day the Festival for you to try. You can also have your ice cream on a pizza, a hot chocolate ice cream float and a host of other decadent desserts.

ice cream festival

For just $18pp you can also book a 40 minuted hosted tasting of 12 different ice cream flavours in a private tasting area.

HOT Tips:

  • pram access;
  • high chairs;
  • change facilities;
  • child-friendly standard menu;
  • kids menu;
  • activities and games;
  • Free entry, free chocolate tastings and watch chocolatiers at work;
  • arrive early or late – peak hour is lunch time and the queues for ordering food can be long. I noticed some patrons were waiting up to an hour for meals. If you order something pre-made from the cabinet eg a dessert then it comes quickly; and
  • free parking on site.

Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icrecreamery, Cnr Great Ocean Road and Elkington Road, Bellbrae (03) 5263 1588

Open every day 9am-5pm (except Christmas Day)

HOT: Foxtel Footy Festival, Yarra Park MCG, Marathon Way, East Melbourne

Footy Festival MCG

The Foxtel Footy Festival is a fantastic FREE event that showcases Melbourne’s food, music, movies, and of course, AFL football. It’s located in Yarra Park outside Gate 3 of the MCG and running for four days from Wednesday, September 28 until Grand Final day, Saturday, October 1.

Footy Festival MCG

If you’re coming with kids then make a beeline for the dedicated Kids Zone for lots of free fun.

Footy Festival MCG

Explore the CBeebies area and step inside the wonderful world of Hey Duggee and go on an awesome adventure with Go Jetters!

Footy Festival MCG

There are ipad activities, colouring-in, magnetic puzzles and character meet and greets throughout the day.

Footy Festival MCG

In the Disney Junior zone pick up a ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirates’ sword and some Mickey Mouse ears, play cars with Cars and meet more of your favourite Disney characters.


Older kids will love the Nickelodeon Slime Lab – bring a change of clothes!

There’s also opportunities to kick..

Footy Festival MCG


Footy Festival MCG


Footy Festival MCG


Foxtel Footy Festival MCG 2016

…and even fly a drone!

Footy Festival MCG

If you’re hungry Woolworths provide free fruit in the Kids Zone or head to the ‘Lifestyle Taste of Football’ area with stalls by Melbourne restaurants such as Biggie Smalls, Mistress Estelle and Burch & Purchese.

Check out the full Foxtel Footy Festival program including free Minions movie on Thursday 29 September and a Grand Final Eve concert in Yarra Park on Friday, September 30.

HOT Tips:

  • entry is free;
  • parking is hard to find, street parking is normally limited to 1 hour;
  • nearest train station Jolimont or tram #48 and #75;
  • wear shoes that are easy to take on and off if kids are likely to want to go on inflatables;
  • ground can get muddy so don’t wear your best shoes or wear gumboots;
  • take a reusable shopping bag so you can carry all the free paraphernalia you collect from the stands; and
  • take water, hat, sunscreen – not many water taps around as far as I could see.

Foxtel Footy Festival, Yarra Park MCG, Marathon Way, East Melbourne

Wednesday 28 September – Saturday 1 October 10am – 6/7pm depending on whether special events are on.

What’s On – Friday 30 September to Thursday 6 October

Whats on in melbourne

Last weekend of the school holidays, the AFL Grand Final then school’s back. But the fun continues in October! Here’s a list of everything that’s happening in Melbourne for kids this week.


Foxtel Footy Festival MCG 2016


Bulla Hill Railway, Bulla Recreation Reserve, 15 Green St, Bulla




The HOT List: Top 10 Family Travel Links on the Web – September 2016

Sept 2016 travel links

This month’s roundup of the best family travel articles around web features Pokemon, amazing accommodation in Regional Victoria and interstate jaunting. 

Hope you find it useful and interesting, I’d love to hear your feedback parents@tothotornot.com!

Family Friendly Melbourne

1. Eat Play Love Travel’s day out at Melbourne Zoo

2. Your ultimate guide to catching Pokemon in Melbourne

3. Top 23 things to do with kids in Melbourne – how many have you ticked off?

Family Travel – Regional Victoria

    1. The Flop House in Kyneton is on my to-do list
    2. Most unusual Airbnb rooms in Victoria
    3. Top 10 things to do with kids in Victoria’s High Country

Family Travel – Interstate and Overseas

  1. The best new Aussie hotels
  2. Tips for being a pro packer
  3. Three days in Bangkok – salivate!
  4. The best things to do with kids on the Gold Coast – our next interstate destination this summer.

For previous family travel roundups click here.

What travel articles have you read this month that have inspired you?

HOT: Wombat Pat and Play Wild Encounter, Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Rd, Healesville

Wombat Healesville Zoo

Next time you’re visiting Healesville Sanctuary, why not try something out of the ordinary?

We certainly made the most of a recent visit, when we met an Australian icon at a Wombat Pat and Play wild encounter.

When we arrived at the wombat enclosure the star of the show was playing prima donna, unwilling to join her fans. El Guapo made the most of the time by pretending to be a wombat in a cave.

Just as the keepers were preparing us for bad news, Shadow the wombat emerged from hiding.

Wombat Healesville Zoo

We sat on small stools in the enclosure and asked the keepers about the animals. Lightning was fascinated to learn that wombats have a cartilage plate in their tough backsides that they can use to protect a burrow’s entrance from predators.

Shadow munched on carrots, pumpkin and corn (her favourite) while we patted and admired her.

If you’re taking small children, remember it is a wild encounter and you need to be ready to move if necessary. Shadow tried to nip Lightning’s dad on the shin – it seems she’s learned that the keepers quickly intervene with food so she sometimes does this on purpose to get what she wants.

I’ve always had a soft spot for wombats over koalas and kangaroos so meeting Shadow was a special treat. Both kids loved the experience, which is one of the wild encounters on offer without a minimum age (as long as children are accompanied by an adult).

We scored a bonus wild encounter outside the reptile house, when Bailey the scrub python almost stole the show for Lightning. And if cheeky sausage roll-thieving ibises count as wild, we met some of them too. You have been warned!

Read on to check out what else there is to see and do at Healesville Sanctuary. If you’re staying overnight then read my guide to Family Friendly Yarra Valley.

Thank you to regular contributor Erika Jonsson for the guest post. Erika is a journalist and mother of two, 5 year old Lightning and 2 year old El Gaucho. 

HOT Tips:

  • Arrive at least half an hour before your encounter to allow time to walk down.
  • Watch your ankles – if the wombat heads straight for them you might need to move quickly.
  • Toddlers are free with a paying adult. All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Professional photos are available or take your own camera.

Wombat Pat and Play Wild EncounterHealesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Rd, Healesville

$20 per person (not including entry to Healesville Sanctuary); 10% discount for zoo members

Morning and afternoon times available

Phone 1300 966 784 for bookings (recommended)


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