HOT: MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Cafe and Fооd Stоrе, 1 Sіmmоnѕ Cоurt, Anglеѕеа

mcgains angelsea

MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Fооd Stоrе аnd Cаfé іѕ a hіddеn jеwеl іn Angelsea and it’s one of my favourite places to eat out on the Surf Coast.

mcgains angelsea

A visitor’s first encounter at McGains is the gorgeous food store.

mcgains angelsea

mcgains angelsea

mcgains angelsea

mcgains angelsea

It’s enough to make a foodie salivate….but make sure you proceed to the cafe.

mcgains angelsea

The cafe is sprawled out over several areas, mostly glassed indoors with some protected outdoor areas. You’re surrounded by verdant greenery and the seasonal menu is sourced from MсGаіn’ѕ fооd ѕtоrе аnd nurѕеrу vеgеtаblе gаrdеn.

mcgains angelsea

The menu has many cafe standards – ѕоuр, ѕаlаdѕ, ѕwееt аnd ѕаvоurу раѕtrіеѕ tо сurrіеѕ and саkеѕ.

mcgains angelsea

The difference is that much of the produce is organic so everything tastes fresh and full of flavour. It’s also beautifully presented on mismatched china plates. Coffee is by Geelong’s  Cartel Coffee Roasters made with Schulz’s organic milk.

mcgains angelsea

Families can enjoy a nook with toys and books as well as use the high chairs, though really the whole space welcomes little ones.

mcgains angelsea

The kids aren’t able to resist skipping down the garden paths, exploring the veggie patches and inspecting the fish in the fish pond.

mcgains angelsea

MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Fооd Stоrе аnd Cаfé is a wonderful place to be inspired for your garden and kitchen, a single stop where you can source plants, gardening advice, ingredients, fantastic coffee and delicious meals.


HOT Tips:

  • Pram ccess;
  • High chairs;
  • Disabled toilet;
  • Books and toys;
  • Children’s menu;
  • STandard menu suitable for kids; and
  • Free parking on site.

MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Fооd Stоrе аnd Cаfé, 1 Sіmmоnѕ Cоurt, Anglеѕеа, Vісtоrіа 3230 +61 (03) 5263 3841

Cafe

Mоn-Frі: 8:30аm-4:00рm

Sаt-Sun: 8:30аm-4:00рm

Nurѕеrу аnd Fооd Stоrе:

8.30аm – 5.00рm еvеrу dау

McGain's Nursery and Organic Food Store Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

HOT: Booran Reserve, Cnr Booran Rd and Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly

Booran Reserve

Booran Reserve Glen Huntly is the long awaited play space in the City of Glen Eira. It cost a whopping $10.8 million and is billed as ‘Melbourne’s best playground’.

The play space is certainly massive and provides stimulating and challenging environments for all ages and abilities. 

Booran Reserve

For older kids there is a HUGE 10m high double dome rope climbing net leading to a looong slide…

Booran Reserve

….horizontal climbing ropes…

Booran Reserve

….multiple slides and climbing walls…

Booran Reserve

….and a double flying fox and swings.

Booran Reserve

In addition there is a giant bird’s nest swing, a Dutch Disc spinner, in ground trampolines and a super mouse wheel.

Booran Reserve

An oversized concrete water pipe tunnel provides a sheltered hiding place as well as a sharp drop for daring jumpers.

Booran Reserve

Booran Reserve

Artistic features include murals and indigenous elements plus lots of giant frog sculptures. 

Booran Reserve

Booran Reserve

During hot weather the kids will enjoy the water play elements, which reflect the site’s former use as a water reservoir.

Booran Reserve

There are two tiered sand pits and an integrated water course with water pumps, an Archimedes screw, weirs and water gates flowing into a rock lined stream.

Booran Reserve

In another section of the park there is a bigger water play area. It features large and small fountains with trickling areas surrounding stepping stones. You’ll definitely need your bathers and towels!

Booran Reserve

Booran Reserve

Reservoir elements include a visually striking, several metre tall section of stone wall on Booran Road (looking like an Egyptian pyramid entrance), and two longer sections of reservoir wall that form a barrier along the back of the park.

Booran Reserve

Some of the play equipment is shaded but only small sails have been used so they don’t provide too much cover. Once the surrounding trees grow they should provide some natural shade.

In addition the play equipment there are active sports areas such as the basketball hoops and quieter grassy spots for relaxation.

Facilities include picnic shelters and barbecues, water taps and toilets. There’s rumours that the empty shop on the corner of Booran Road and Glen Huntly Road will soon be a cafe, but for the moment there’s an ice cream van making a killing! 

Booran Reserve is an impressive playground that’s well worth a special trip. It’s big and interesting enough to capture the attention of kids for a whole day.  If the work looks familiar it’s because the designers of Booran Reserve (ACLA Consultants) also designed Buckingham Reserve, Murrumbeena Park, Brimbank Park and the Alma Park treehouse. 

Click here for more free water play areas in Melbourne.


HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • Water play;
  • Sheltered picnic tables and BBQs;
  • Public toilets;
  • Water taps;
  • Free parking on street though very limited;
  • Take the train to Glen Huntly station — 300 metres away on Glenhuntly Road.
  • Take a tram to stop 58 on Glenhuntly Road, which is directly in front of the main entrance to Booran Reserve.
  • Take the bus to nearby Neerim Road.

Booran Reserve, Cnr Booran Rd and Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly

What’s On – Friday 7 April – Thursday 13 April

CBD/Docklands

  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (Fri 7 Apr – Sun 9 Apr) – share, learn and eat with with the festival’s family-friendly events.
  • The Very Big Laugh Out Loud at Federation Square (Fri 7 Apr – Sun 23 Apr) – Get a belly full of laughs at Fed Square with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
  • Melbourne Gaol (Fri 7 Apr – Mon 17 Apr) – Come to the Old Melbourne Gaol these Easter Holidays to be locked up in the old Watch House and then sent to gaol.
  • ACMI (Fri 7 Apr – Thu 13 Apr) – be a game critic, build a VR world, family Lego robotics, minecraft, Scratch day and more.
  • Federation Square (Fri 7 Apr – Sun 23 Apr) – FREE experiment in collective art-making with the LOL roll, free outdoor cinema, stargazing live.
  • Eureka Skydeck (Fri 7 Apr – Mon 17 Apr) – FREE Crayola Kids Zone filled with fun craft and drawing activities, including bunny-ear making and the opportunity to scribble on windows.
  • Under 8s Ice Fun at O’Brien Arena (Fri 7 Apr – Mon 17 Apr) – A unique toddler experience in shoes or skates every day of the school holidays.
  • ArtPlay (Fri 7 Apr – Wed 12 Apr) – Come and play in the free ArtPlay Backyard and join other paid workshops.
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Fri 7 Apr – Sun 23 Apr) – comedy events for kids.
  • Code Camp (Fri 7 Apr – Thu 14 Apr) – During the camps, kids create and build their own game, learn about user design and the psychology of user experience.
  • Smurfs High Tea The Langham (Fri 7 Apr – Tue 25 Apr) – school holiday high tea especially for teens (but kids can still go!).
  • Wheeler Kids (Fri 7 Apr – Wed 12 Apr) – literary kid-friendly events.
  • Paw Patrol Live (Fri 7 Apr – Sun 9 Apr) – Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon produced by Spin Master, PAW Patrol Live! brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure.
  • Lego Educational Centre (Fri 7 Apr- Thu 13 Apr) – Serious fun with Lego! READ THE REVIEW.
  • Melbourne Library Service (Fri 7 Apr – Thu 13 Apr) – classes, workshops performances and stories.
  • Cooks’ Cottage Easter Adventure (Fri 7 Apr – mon 17 Apr) – egg-cellent adventure of discovery these school holidays. Follow a trail of clues to find the answers and receive a treat upon completion.
  • State Library of Victoria (Fri 7 Apr – Tue 11 Apr) – Be inspired by the State Library’s collection of beautiful, rare books then use your imagination to create your own masterpiece.
  • Mr Stink Arts Centre Melbourne (Fri 7 Apr – Sun 9 Apr) – touching, twisted and very smelly adaptation of David Walliams’ award-winning children’s book
  • Queen Victoria Market (Fri 7 Apr – Sun 16 Apr) – Family Footy Zone and FREE seasonal cooking, drawing and craft activities.
  • Spanish Street Fiesta (Sat 8 Apr) – Enjoy flamenco dance performances, cooking demonstrations, a sangria bar and wine and sherry tastings, as well as a Spanish-style BBQ, a traditional paella station and a chorizo sausage making demonstration.

 

NORTH

  • Melbourne Zoo (Fri 7 Apr – Fri 14 Apr) – full day program will take you on a journey to see some of our amazing animals that call Melbourne Zoo home.
  • Brickman Melbourne Museum (Fri 7 Apr – 7 May) – 50 awe-inspiring models on display at the ‘Wonders of the World’ exhibition.
  • Melbourne Museum (Fri 7 Apr – Mon 17 Apr) – explore animal habitats, diversity, evolution and more in a series of hands on activities inspired by our very own Wild gallery.
  • Studio Magnifica School holidays Coburg (Fri 7 Apr Apr – Thu 13 Apr) – art classes every weekday for 3-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds with different themes.
  • Preston Market Big Fat Greek Day (Fri 7 Apr) – Enjoy live Greek bands, traditional Greek dancing, a cooking demonstration and delicious food stallholders.
  • Spanish Language Fiesta (Sat 8 Apr) – Participate in workshops, connect with locals and practise your Spanish in a vibrant laneway fiesta environment, complete with sangria and delicious food options.
  • The Ball Room Darebin (Sat 8 Apr – Wed 12 Apr) – Performers make physical a poetic narrative and let you follow the trajectory of over 2,000 balls onto the stage!
  • Pentridge Festival (Sat 8 Apr – Sun 9 Apr) – line up of artists showcasing Melbourne’s best and emerging talent, plus artisan stalls and diverse food offerings from around the world.
  • Broadmeadows Street Festival (Sun 9 Apr) – vibrant and colourful event will be held to celebrate the cultural diversity of Hume City with food, dance and music.

 

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

 

EAST

 

WEST

Melbourne Comedy Festival for Kids – Giveaway!

Melbourne Comedy Festival

The 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival is taking over venues all over Melbourne Wednesday 29 March – Sunday 23 April  and this year’s Comedy Festival includes a range of events aimed at kids between 5 – 16 years old. Perfect for school holidays!

Highlights include:

  • Comedy Club For Kids, 1 – 16 April at The Famous Spielgeltent (ages 6-12): For over a decade Comedy Club for Kids has filled the Easter holidays with flabbergasting funnies. The Kids Club shows are packed with a cavalcade of the world’s best street and stage performers to charm and captivate hoards of junior comedy fans. Hosted by Josh Earl, and includes performances by Tessa Waters, Xavier Michelides, Cam Knight and Alex The Magician. 
  • Stand and Deliver, 21 – 23 April at The Famous Spielgeltent (ages 8-12): A super-sized, super-fun show especially for 8-12 year olds! With a hilarious line up of some of the best stand-up, musical, sketch and physical comedians performing in the final week of the Festival.
  • The (Very) Big Laugh Out, 31 March – 23 April at Fed Square (suitable for all ages): Free family entertainment. The (Very) Big Laugh Out brings some of the world’s most wacky and wonderful street performers to multiple stages across Fed Square. FREE!! Lineup includes local and international performers including The Daredevil Chicken Club (USA), Manoamano Circo (ARG), Head First Acrobats, Anna Pocket Rocket and Dr Professor Neal Portenza.

Click here for all the kids comedy events at MICF 2017. 


Giveaway!

Thanks to 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival I have 3 x family passes (4 tickets) to Comedy Club For Kids on Sunday 9 April 12:30pm to giveaway.

To win just follow the instructions below. The giveaway ends midnight Thursday 6 April and the winners will be notified via email. Good luck!

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HOT: Victory Park, The Strand, Chelsea Beach, Chelsea

victory park chelsea

Victory Park on the foreshore of Chelsea Beach is popular park with beach-going families in Melbourne. It has all the facilities that you might need for a fun day out and the beach + playground setting means you can combine two outings in one!

victory park chelsea

The playground is good for younger kids as most of the equipment is low level. The lighthouse is more challenging to climb up and provides great views of the bay from the top (pretend) telescope.

victory park chelsea

The play equipment has a nautical theme with slides, poles and bridges, a boat as well as lots of sand with a few sand diggers.

victory park chelsea

There are also two fairy-tale castle styled forts/cubbies for imaginative play.

victory park chelsea

Baby 2.0’s favourite thing to do at Chelsea Beach is actually to scoot around the perimeter path. It undulates slightly and even ends up at the beach if you take a turn. The beachside path at Chelsea Beach is not as continuous or smooth as the path at Mordialloc so if you’re wanting to just to scoot then best to head to the latter.

chelsea beach

There is a little bit of shade under the miniature stage area for a rest, as well as sheltered picnic tables and barbecues further away. The toilet block, outdoor showers and deck chairs overlooking the sea are in close proximity.

victory park chelsea

Within walking distance of Victory Park are the shops and cafes of Chelsea so you can make a day of it.


HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • Public toilets;
  • Picnic tables and BBQ areas;
  • Paid parking;
  • Close to Chelsea Beach and Chelsea shops.

Victory Park, The Strand, Chelsea Beach, Chelsea

 

The Gro Company Easter Hamper Giveaway!

Easter is just around the corner (check out all the Easter events happening in Melbourne and surrounds) and to sweeten the celebration I’ve got an amazing Easter hamper from The Gro Company to give away!

One of my first baby gifts was a Grobag sleeping bag and when Lady AB and Baby 2.0 were babies I became a bit of a Gro groupie, amassing quite a collection of Gro products and giving them away as baby gifts.

We’re still using our two Groclocks now – we even take them when we travel so we can reinforce our early-rising kids that they only get up WHEN THE SUN IS ON THE CLOCK!

Here’s what you’ll find in the hamper, valued at almost $500:

·        Insect Shield Grobag – 0.5tog – $59.95
·        Orla Kiely Grobag – 2.5tog – $84.95
·        Orla Kiely Swaddle Grobag – Owl Newborn, Light – $44.95
·        Grohush $49.95
·        Groegg $49.95
·        Groclock $59.95
·        Carrie Cat Breathable Grofriend $19.95
·        Gertie Guinea Pig Flat Comforter $16.95
·        Giraffe Teether Comforter – $19.95
·        Have a Giraffe Groswaddle $24.95
·        Be A Dazzler Grosuit – 6-9 months $27.95
·        Muslin 3 Pack – $44.95

Total Value $496.40

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