HOT: Riverslide Skate Park, Boathouse Drive, Melbourne

riverslide skate park

Riverslide Skate Park is bonsidered one of the best skate parks in Melbourne and the largest of its kind in inner city Melbourne.

While we’re not really into skating as a family what appeals to us most about this skate park is its location – in the CBD inside lush Alexandra Gardens.

riverslide skate park

It is the only skate park in Victoria which is free and fully staffed. Within the area you’ll also find a skate shop, cafe and skate, scooter or BMX lessons run by the YMCA.

The skate park consists of concrete structures, with ledges, blocks, quarters and more. You can bring your scooter, inline skates, skateboard or BMX bike to Riverslide Skate Park

For spectators the skate park has casual seating around the edge of the skating area, or take a rest at the cafe.  

It’s very busy during weekends and school holidays but on a weekday you can have the place to yourself. If you’re in the CBD then it’s a good location for kids to practice their skills and burn off some steam.

HOT Tips:

  • Skate park and playground suitable for toddlers (though skate park during off peak times only);
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • Toilets ;
  • Water tap;
  • Riverslide also specialises in Birthday Parties, complete with a marquee, tables and chairs.
  • Riverslide Skate Park runs regular skateboard, BMX and scooter lessons for beginners as well as more experienced riders;
  • There’s also a nice little café located at the top of the park;
  • lockers and first aid facilities on-site.

Riverslide Skate Park, Boathouse Drive, Melbourne

Skate park open 24/7

Staffed hours

Sun-Tue, Thu 10am-6pm

Wed, Fri 10am-10.30pm

Spring School Holidays Melbourne – Friday 23 September to Sunday 8 October

Part 2 of the bumper school holiday events and activities which covers Melbourne’s north, south, east, west.

Click here for school holiday events and activities in the CBD.

Click here for the Top 20 free school holiday events.

Click here for the best Spring Festivals for families.


  • Coburg Carnivale (Fri 22 Sep – Sat 23 Sep) – free two-day program of interactive, roaming and pop-up art and entertainment will showcase local artists, culture, people and places of Coburg.
  • National Geographic Photo Ark (Fri 22 Sep – Sun 1 Oct) – exclusive photo exhibition is using the power of photography to inspire people to save animals before it’s too late.
  • A Bit na Ta (Fri 22 Sep – 4 Feb 2018) – collaborative project re-imagining Papua New Guinea through language, colour and symbolic imagery.
  • Cha-cha-change it up (Sat 23 Sep) – Through live music, dance, craft and song this interactive comedy cabaret will explore themes of; bullying, understanding consent, building empathy, boosting self-confidence and resilience.
  • I Hate Children, Children’s show (Sat 23 Sep, Sat 30 Sep) Award-winning magic show that’s truly fun for the whole family as every child is invited on stage to star in the show and help with the magic.
  • Trash Test Dummies (Sat 23 Sep – Sat 30 Sep) – Sidesplitting slapstick comedy routine takes the household wheelie bin to new heights, and delivers a dump-truck full of hilarity! Circus and acrobatic show perfect for families.
  • Little Bookroom (Sat 23 Sep – Sat 30 Sep) – various workshops and events.
  • Kids Club Melbourne Fringe (Sat 23 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – Free programming for kids and their families.
  • Melbourne Museum (Sat 23 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – This spring we’ll be exploring the world of Bugs. Make a bug, see a bug, be a bug.
  • Hazel’s Circus Suitcase (Sat 23 Sep – Sat 30 Sep) – Spectacular mix of circus and clown with plenty of opportunities for kids to star in the action.
  • Melbourne Museum Family Day (Sun 24 Sep) – Play some garden games or kick back in deck chairs between visiting the galleries. Kids are invited to dance the afternoon away with special guest DJ’s spinning tunes all afternoon and prizes for the best moves!
  • The Children’s Party (Sun 24 Sep) The Children’s Party is hitting the campaign trail as Australia’s first child-led political party.
  • Draw and Listen (Sun 24 Sep) – Children are invited to explore their creativity with a free classical music concert at the Convent this spring.
  • High Tea Melbourne Zoo (Sun 24 Sep) – Wander around the beautiful gardens, see the amazing animals, then join us in the Rainforest Room for High Tea.
  • Scott’s BMX Trick Bike Show (Mon 25 Sep – Thu 28 Sep) The story of when I was given my first BMX bike. Then asking myself—is there another way to ride it?
  • Studio Magnifica Coburg (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – art classes every weekday for 3-5 year olds (and 5-12 year olds) with different themes.
  • Invent the World (Mon 25 Sep – Thu 28 Sep) – various workshops.
  • Thread Den (Mon 25 Sep – Thu 5 Oct) – various workshops.
  • Creative Write-It Fitzroy North (Tue 26 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – session involving craft and different styles of storytelling.
  • Preston Market (Wed 27 Sep – Thu 28 Sep, Thu 5 Oct – Fri 6 Oct) – To celebrate the boys from Northern Blues Football Club are making an appearance at the market with a Footy Activation Zone featuring Handball games, daily competitions and giveaways. Then The Snake Man from Snakebusters will be putting on a wildlife show with real life reptiles including snakes, crocodiles, frogs, lizards and more!
  • The Grand Imaginarium (Mon 2 Oct – Thu 5 Oct) – Following a magical tour through the Convent gardens, children will work with writers and illustrators to write and create their very own book to take home! Full review. 
  • Heide Makers Market (Sat 7 Oct) – eclectic mix of art, design and handcrafted goods.
  • Brunswick Flea Market (Sun 8 Oct) – New and vintage furniture, household items and clothing.
  • Family Day Collingwood Children’s Farm (Sun 8 Oct) – enjoy Pony Rides , Tractor rides, Guinea Pig cuddles and an affordable BBQ.



  • Legoland Discovery Centre (Thu 21 Sep – Sun 15 Oct) – LEGO® NINJAGO® takes over LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre in Chadstone this September and October to celebrate the release of the much anticipated The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
  • Potterfest (Sat 23 Sep) – Harry Potter movie marathon at Astor Theatre.
  • Gasworks Arts Park (Sat 23 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – various workshops and performances.
  • Glaze It (Sat 23 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – Transform our ready-to-paint ceramics into decorative and usable pottery art.
  • Luna Park (Sat 23 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – Scenic railway is reopening and three new rides.
  • Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival (Sat 23 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – two week festival with a host of activities to entertain, educate and amuse the young and the young at heart.
  • Workshops of Witchcraft & Wizardry (Sat 23 Sep, Sat 1 Oct, Sat 7 Oct) – make your very own magical wand, pot an adorable Mandrake or even brew a bubbling, fizzing potion!
  • Dandenong Market (Sun 24 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – design a dinosaur craft workshop, face painting, cooking demos.
  • Horrible Histories Frankston (Sun 24 Sep) – special one hour production of Horrible Histories, and meet the most famous, infamous and dangerous characters in British history!
  • Doveton Show (Sun 24 Sep) – Held each year at the same time as the Royal Melbourne Show, the Doveton Show has been an exceptionally successful community-driven initiative providing a low-cost alternative to the Melbourne Show.
  • SkyHigh Dandenong Children’s Festival (Sun 24 Sep – Thu 5 Oct) – Pony Rides; Face Painting; Games and Music with the rainbow fairy; Nine hole mini golf; Reptile display; creative magic; train rides.
  • Duldig Studio (Mon 25 Sep – Thu 5 Oct) – various art classes.
  • Invent the World (Mon 25 Sep – Thu 28 Sep) – various workshops.
  • Allsportz (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – learn to play a variety of sports for 2-12 years.
  • National Institute of Circus Arts (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – Fun-filled sessions can include juggling, rope, tumbling, mini-tramp, acrobalance, tightwire, static trapeze, aerial ring, tissu, plate spinning, hula hoops, pyramids, unicycle & diabolo.
  • Kids In Motion (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – half and full day active and sport programs.
  • Horrible Harriet Frankston (Tue 26 Sep) – Join Harriet’s search for identity and friendship, with songs, laughs, mischievous fun – and not least Mr. Chicken himself!
  • Fizz Kidz Malvern East (Tue 26 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – Each child takes home their own special all natural cosmetic creation from our holiday program’s events in Melbourne.
  • The Art Factory Malvern (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – various activities and workshops.
  • The Hangouts Frankston (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – free and low-cost activities and events for youth aged 12 to 17 at various locations.
  • Artea Albert Park (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – various activities and workshops. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Sleeping Beauty (Mon 25 Sep – Sat 7 Oct) – Panto and fairy bread!
  • Build It 4 Kids (Tue 26 Sep – Thu 5 Oct) – Lego ‘Master Builder’ workshops.
  • Little Party House (Tue 26 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – high tea and parties for kids with fairy, princess, disco themes on different days.
  • Acland Street Plaza pop up playground (Wed 27 Sep – Sun 1 Oct) – free pop-up playground for five fun-filled days.
  • McClelland Sculpture Gallery (Wed 27 Sep – Tue 3 Sep) – various workshops.
  • South Melbourne Market (Wed 27 Sep – Thu 5 Sep) – low cost classes.
  • Little Day Out for BIG Imaginations (Sun 1 Oct) –  free family event where everybody is encouraged to let their imaginations run wild as part of Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival.
  • The Space (Tue 3 Oct – Thu 5 Oct) – Three days of DANCE and PLAY.
  • Little Devils Workshop (Thu 5 Oct) – Join the amazing Little Devils Circus, in a one-hour fun and creative circus workshop at Drum Theatre these school holidays.
  • Super Amazing Giant Girl (Thu 5 Oct) – Spirited, adventurous and super tall! This action packed and interactive show is for boys and girls who love thrilling circus, absurd comedy, hula hoops, roller skates and all round awesome-ness!
  • Plant Craft Cottage Botanic Gardens (Fri 6 Oct) – workshop teaching children how to make a small basket using pipe-cleaners and natural jute string.
  • Mr Snotbottom’s Silly Stinky Show (Fri 6 Oct) – Mr Snot Bottom is a deeeesgusting kids comedian brimming with all the gooey, smelly and yucky topics kids love: boogers, pop-offs and smells!
  • Full Moon Festival Dandenong Market (Sun 8 Oct) – discover the many delicious flavours, aromas, sounds and colours of this traditional festivity.


  • Tesselaar Tulip Festival (Fri 22 Sep – Tue 8 Oct) – glorious display of flowers plus activities and events. Win tickets.
  • Panda Wonderland (Fri 22 Sep – Sun 15 Oct) – Panda Wonderland featuring a forest of LED light up and plush panda bears, huge outdoor market featuring over 60 stalls selling souvenirs and food.
  • Melbourne Tram Museum (Sat 23 Sep) – Visit a Melbourne icon at this quirky museum. FULL REVIEW.
  • Bulleen Community Festival (Sat 23 Sep – Sun 24 Sep) – Mediterranean food, Recreational activities for children, Face painting, Animal Farm, Pony Rides, Jumping Castle and more!
  • Mooroolbark Miniature Railway (Sun 24 Sep) – miniature rail running every 4th Sunday.
  • Yarra Valley Springfest (Sun 24 Sep) – enjoy a tour and talk, see a Bio Dynamic flowform in action, participate in activities such as straw bale wall building, pottery, learn about our Tiny Houses.- and take a step inside.
  • Horrible Harriet (Mon 25 Sep) – Join Harriet’s search for identity and friendship, with songs, laughs, mischievous fun – and not least Mr. Chicken himself!
  • PrimeSCI! School Holiday Program (Mon 25 Sep – Thu 28 Sep) – Get ready for another fun-filled week of hands-on holiday science for curious kids from Kindergarten to Year 8.
  • Despicable Me Activity Centre (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 29 Sep) – free activity to create your own Minion at Chirnside Park.
  • Cake Me! Kids (Mon 25 Sep – Mon 2 Oct) – 90-minute sessions will allow your child to have a go at cake decorating and sugar sculpting.
  • Box Hill Community School (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – various activities and workshops.
  • Healesville Sanctuary (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – bring your special teddy (or plush) friend to Healesville Sanctuary to meet our Teddy Check Team for a free Teddy Vet Check.
  • Kew Traffic School (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – Kew Traffic School is one of the most popular recreation facilities in our city. Children gain confidence and develop road safety skills, away from the dangers of our roads through a range of active opportunities.
  • The Art Factory  (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – various activities and workshops.
  • Beci Orpin Spring Studio (Mon 25 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – Beci and her crafty pals host a Spring Studio workshop, featuring a series of free hands-on creative workshops just for kids.
  • Heide Museum of Modern Art (Tue 26 Sep – Fri 6 Sep) – various activities and workshops.
  • Cherryhill Blossom Festival (Fri 29 Sep – Mon 2 Oct) – giant garden games available for the kids, photo props for the blossom selfies and even helicopter rides
  • MCG Open Day at MCG (Sun 1 Oct) – free event, allowing sports fans to gain rare access to the hallowed turf of the MCG and have a kick-to-kick with family and friends.
  • National Sports Museum (Mon 2 Oct – Fri 6 Oct) – Drawing sports cartoons, get your hands on the Melbourne Cup, footy skills and drills clinic, AFL player meet and greets.
  • Creative Write-It Balwyn North (Tue3 Oct – Wed 4 Oct) – session involving craft and different styles of storytelling.
  • Yarra Ranges holiday program (Tue 3 Oct – Sat 7 Oct) – various shows and events.
  • Grug and the Rainbow (Fri 6 Oct) – family show about book characters.
  • Belgrave Big Dreams Market (Sun 8 Oct) – discover original and bespoke design pieces, some of the yummiest and freshest produce the area has to offer, live music, bouncy castle and face painting  for the kids.



  • Silvers Circus (Fri 22 Sep – Sun 15 Oct) – 2 hour action packed show including acrobats, illusionists and the Globe of Death!
  • Regional Tastes Eynesbury (Sat 23 Sep) – celebrate the regions food and wine offerings by honouring Regional farmers, wine makers, home brewers, artisanal producers and hospitality industry.
  • Play Like a Girl launch (Sat 23 Sep) – book launch of Jo Stanley’s series at Sun Bookshop.
  • AstroLight Festival Scienceworks (Sat 23 Sep) – Scienceworks joins forces with astronauts, astronomers, scientists, stargazers and artists to present a night starring astronomy and light.
  • Bathukamma Festival of Flowers (Sat 23 Sep) – traditional music and dance, Indian games, children’s entertainment and talks.
  • Dork Diaries High Tea (Sat 23 Sep) – celebrate the release of the new Dork Diaries 12: Crush Catastrophe with food, activities, a Dorky goodie bag and copy of Dork Diaries 12: Crush Catastrophe.
  • Horrible Histories (Sat 23 Sep) – special one hour production of Horrible Histories, and meet the most famous, infamous and dangerous characters in British history!
  • Royal Melbourne Show (Sat 23 Sep – Tue 3 Oct) – Victoria’s largest annual community event, bringing together the very best of entertainment, agriculture, attractions and fine food for a fun and memorable day out to enjoy with family and friends. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Clocktower Centre (Sat 23 Sep – Wed 4 Oct) – various movies and shows.
  • Scienceworks (Sat 23 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – Explore some of the science behind Scienceworks’ new exhibition LightTime, Our fleet of Sphero® Rollbots is set to take over the Pumping Station.
  • Out of the Woods Market (Sun 24 Sep) – handmade and boutique market.
  • Footy Fever Wyndham (Mon 25 Sep – Tue 26 Sep) – Kids can work on their skills with handball clinics and drills and take part in craft and face painting.
  • Team Adrenalin (Mon 25 Sep, Wed 27 Sep) – acrobatics, circus, trampolining, tumbling.
  • 100 Story Building (Mon 25 Sep – Wed 27 Sep) – various workshops for 7+ years.
  • Jewellery Art and Craft Workshops (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – various workshops.
  • Invent the World (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – various workshops.
  • Little Art Yurt Yarraville (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – creative workshops with Dawn Tan in a Little Art Yurt. Full review.
  • Footscray City Gymnastics Club (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – various workshops and daily open gym.
  • Little Art Big Art  (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – various classes and workshops.
  • The Art Factory Essendon  (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – various activities and workshops.
  • Scienceplay Kids (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – hands-on science classes for kids 2-12 years. Full review. 
  • Moonee Ponds Central (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – AFL Handball and Craft then Hey Duggee Clubhouse.
  • Footscray Community Arts Centre (Tue 26 Sep – Thu 28 Sep) – full day ‘Extreme Arts’ and Theatre Intensive workshops.
  • Incinerator Gallery (Mon 25 Sep – Thu 28 Sep) – Let the kids explore their creative potential in these exciting, artist- led school holiday workshops.
  • Miss Biscuit (Tue 26 Sep, Thu 5 Oct) – Baking and biscuit decorating workshop for 6-12 years.
  • Lin Jong’s Family Footy Fun Day (Wed 27 Sep) – meet Lin Jong and giveaways.
  • Highpoint Shopping Day (Wed 27 Sep) – special offers, events and activities including Glitteryaki by Picapika Waffles, Boozy Food by Bistro Morgan, Chamber of Colour interactive butterfly installation, Play & Win Mini Golf.
  • Mini Beasts (Wed 27 Sep) – Learn about mini beasts and water bugs with some exciting hands on activities and become a Junior Ranger
    on a tour of Queens Park.
  • The Great Willy Boat Race (Wed 27 Sep) – free construction play event inspired by Williamstown’s shipbuilding heritage.
  • Free and Fun Hobsons Bay (Thu 28 Sep) – A range of great activities with workshops, music and even a footy clinic.
  • Bulla Hill Railway (Sun 1 Oct) – Every 1st and 3rd Sunday the ride this the dinosaur trail on the miniature railway.
  • Superhero Hunt Werribee (Mon 2 Oct – Tue 3 Oct) – craft workshops, face-painting and prizes for the best dressed.
  • Highpoint (Mon 2 Oct – Fri 6 Oct) – free hands-on science workshops with Skunk Control.
  • Bindu Creative Dance and Design (Wed 4 Oct) – guided adventure into the creative dance, a short refreshments break in between, followed by a dedicated session of creating a specific project.
  • Zoovie Night Werribee Zoo (Fri 6 Oct – Sat 7 Oct) – members-only screening of the new and old versions of the classic kids’ movie The Jungle Book over two nights.
  • St Albans Festival for Families (Fri 6 Oct – Sun 19 Oct) – Puppets! Pop-ups! And a Parade!

Spring School Holidays – Friday 22 September to Sunday 8 October – CBD/Docklands

Spring school holidays are starting soon from Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October.

Here’s your mega list of school holiday events in Melbourne’s CBD and Docklands, sorted by date.

Click here for school holiday events in Melbourne’s north, south, east and west.

Click here for the Top 20 free school holiday events. 

Click here for the best Spring Festivals for families.

  • QV Fresh Take (Fri 22 Sep – Fri 29 Sep) – Fresh / Take is all about creating a new approach to wellness, living and thinking. We have complimentary workshops and experiences including Massage Yoga, group guided meditations from A-Space, spring wine tastings, fresh live music, and food workshops.
  • Junk Arts Centre (Fri 22 Sep – Sat 23 Sep) – Meet the play-loving kids who live behind a junkyard in this exhilarating new show from Flying Fruit Circus.
  • Celebrate Studio Ghibli (Fri 22 Sep – Sun 24 Sep) – A celebration of one of the world’s most beloved animation studios.
  • Oktoberfest Munich Brauhaus (Fri 22 Sep – Sun 29 Oct) – inaugural Oktoberfest street parade, a Dogs of Oktoberfest costume competition, kids entertainer, face painter and games area and petting zoo.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Fri 22 Sep – Sun 30 Sep) – The Australian Ballet presents a colourful, fun and extravagantly-produced version of Lewis Carroll’s classic story.
  • Pop Up Globe (Fri 22 Sep – 12 Nov) – Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, the second Globe, is popping up right next door to the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
  • Artplay (Fri 22 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – free and paid workshops.
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival (Fri 22 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – kid-friendly free and paid events.
  • Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman  (Fri 15 Sep – Sun 29 Oct) – take an extraordinary trip from sketches and models through to elaborate sets as these beloved characters take shape on screen. Full review. 
  • Aladdin the Musical (Fri 22 Sep – 14 Jan) – Disney film turned into lavish musical. Read the review.
  • Melbourne Fringe Spotlight Stage (Sat 23 Sep) – free jam-packed highlights package unlike any other – family friendly fun that gives you a snapshot of Melbourne Fringe 2017.
  • Dachshund Race Southgate (Sat 23 Sep) – watch these adorable Dachshunds race and raise money for Dachshund Rescue Australia.  Get your dog’s outfit ready too as we will be judging ‘Best Dressed Dachshund’ for those in the race.
  • Brickman Experience (Sat 23 Sep – 28 Jan) – collection of individual works by Ryan McNaught – the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere and interactive master builder zones. Full review. 
  • Eureka Skydeck (Sat 23 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – All Eureka Skydeck Explorers will receive a FREE Skydeck Scratchy Quiz and a Crayola Color Alive pack for every lucky quiz winner to continue the school holiday fun at home.
  • The Footy District Harbour Town (Sat 23 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – AFL fun with interactive inflatable goals, training drills, a handball target wall, interactive obstacle course, a game activity cube plus a colouring-in station. Player meet and greets. Full review.
  • O’Briens Group Arena (Sat 23 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) – introduce kids to the fun of skating every day of the school holidays.
  • Family Friendly Marriage Equality Picnic (Sun 24 Sep) – family friendly marriage equality event with face painting, balloon twisting.
  • ACMI (Sun 24 Sep – Sun 8 Oct) –  kids and teens’ workshops in coding, filmmaking, robotics, virtual reality and more.
  • Kids Oktoberfest Munich Brauhaus (Sun 24 Sep, Sun 1 Oct, Sun 8 Oct) – kids eat for free, mobile farm experience, face painter, kids’ entertainer and yummy food at Munich Brauhaus.
  • Animals! For Real! NGV (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 29 Sep) – Live in the Great Hall, reptiles, marsupials, and bugs will be on show for children to draw and to find out about their incredible lives and habitats.
  • Loop Workshop Arts Centre (Mon 25 Sep  – Tues 26 Sep) –  In a series of workshops run by professional dancers, children aged 2-8 years are guided to use their imaginative powers through dance. Inspired by the children’s dancing, Nat and her team will choreograph an intricate and idiosyncratic piece using the children’s intuitive movements as its building blocks.
  • Starry Southern Skies Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne (Mon 25 Sep, Thu 28 Sep, Mon 2 Oct, Thu 5 Oct) – See the roof of the Melbourne Observatory rotate and open to view the amazing Australian night sky.
  • Kids Can Cook (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – interactive cupcake-decorating workshop at Little Collins St Kitchen. Our culinary experts will introduce all children 5-12 years old to the art of patisserie while the parents enjoy afternoon tea.
  • Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct)  – school holiday program with full educational tour, an exclusive look behind-the-scenes, art and craft activities and the chance to meet aquarium aquarists and keepers.
  • Immigration Museum (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – celebrate the Moon Festival with workshops and exhibitions.
  • Afternoon Tea Hotel Windsor (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – kids pay the equivalent of their age for a special afternoon tea stand and chocolate fountain. Full review. 
  • Melbourne Library Service (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – various workshops and activities, all free.
  • Lego Educational Centre (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 6 Oct) – 2 hour Lego workshops from 3+ years. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Barbie High Tea Langham Melbourne (Mon 25 Sep – Fri 13 Oct) – Barbie ‘You Can Be Anything’ High tea at Aria Lounge.
  • Horrible Harriet Arts Centre (Wed 27 Sep  – Sat 30 Sep) – Horrible Harriet lives in the roof of her school and keeps teachers chained in the cellar to do her homework.
    Harriet and the other children don’t see eye to eye – but all Harriet really wants is a friend. Win tickets
  • Footy Festival 2017 (Wed 27 Sep – Sat 30 Sep) –  AFL Kids Zone at Yarra Park, Woolworths AFL Playground, with goal kicking, handballing and heaps of fun to be had. Full review. 
  • Teeny Tiny Stevies (Thu 28 Sep) –  Join this alt-folk-pop band this September school holidays and sing about all the challenges of being a kid.
  • Australian Ballet Behind the Scenes (Fri 29 Sep) – Watch as ballet dancers take class on stage and fine-tune their technique in preparation for a performance.
  • AFL Grand Final Parade (Fri 29 Sep) – streets of Melbourne will again play host to the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade.
  • Cosplay Day NGV (Fri 29 Sep) – All visitors aged 18 and under who are dressed up in ‘cosplay’ (costume inspired by a fictional character) will receive FREE ENTRY to the NGV’s major exhibition Hokusai.
  • ACMI Family Sunday (Sun 1 Oct) – day for families to come together and interact with screen culture in all its forms with different theme each month.
  • Pirate Sunday Polly Woodside (Sun 1 Oct) – Dress as a pirate and come help us search for hidden treasure, play tug of war and have your face painted.
  • Imagined Instruments (Mon 2 Oct – Fri 6 Oct) – Start your own family band in this workshop for kids and grown-ups.
  • Sounds of the Library (Tue 3 Oct – Fri 6 Oct) – Go behind the scenes to see special musical books and illustrations from the Library’s collection, and join a workshop to make some of your own electronic tunes.
  • Artplay Backyard (Wed 4 Oct – Sun 10 Dec) – Draw in the dirt, build sculptures with recycled and natural materials or muck about with water. Full review.
  • NGV Arty Party (Sat 7 Oct) – teens will dive into a colourful world of Japanese- and French-themed art, food, music, and dance at the next Art Party at NGV International

Don’t forget these HOT CBD locations as well:

And some HOT family-friendly dining out tips:

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017 – Giveaway!

tulip festival melbourne
A kaleidoscope of colour will be on show at the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival, held in Melbourne’s magical Dandenong Ranges from Thursday 14 September  until Tuesday 10 October 2017.

Follow the yellow brick road through 25 acres of gardens and enjoy a spectacular display of more than 900,000 flowering tulips, showcasing 130 different varieties.

tulip festival melbourne

While the tulips are undoubtedly the stars of the show, visitors will discover so much more from children’s activities, live entertainment, delicious food and market stalls every day.

Click here for my previous review of the event. 


I have 5 x double passes to give away (children under 12 years get in free) for use any time during the period of the festival.

To win just follow the instructions below. The competition closes midnight Monday 11 September and winners will be notified by email within 24 hours. Open to Australian residents only. Good luck!

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HOT: Pioneer Drive Playground, Pioneer Drive, Rockbank

pioneer drive rockbank

Woodlea is continuing its expansion of play areas in the Rockbank housing development with the opening of its fourth playground! You can now add Pioneer Drive playground to Frontier Park, and Woodlea Adventure Playground and Muster Drive playground.  Add the excellent Go West cafe and you can make a day of it.

pioneer drive rockbank

Pioneer Drive playground is the smallest of the four playgrounds so far. It also has equipment that’s better suited for younger kids/toddlers.

pioneer drive rockbank

There is a tall slide tower for daredevils but mostly the equipment is low to the ground – traditional swings, a nest swing…

pioneer drive rockbank

…carousel, see-saw…

pioneer drive rockbank

pioneer drive rockbank

…and large sand pit with a single water pump for water play.

pioneer drive rockbank

There was a rock climbing wall during the development but it’s not made it to the final structure.

pioneer drive rockbank

On the side there’s some adult exercise equipment and the perimeter is a miniature skate park. It features a tiny ramp and little bumps for kids to start practising on their scooters and bikes.

pioneer drive rockbank



The is a shelter with tables and a BBQ and unshaded seats.

Pioneer Drive in only a hop skip and a jump away from Frontier Park if your kids need equipment that’s more challenging. If you have time why not do the rounds with Woodlea Adventure Playground and Muster Drive playground as well!

HOT Tips:

  • suitable for toddlers;
  • suitable for older kids;
  • single water pump for water play;
  • Picnic and BBQ shelter with tables;
  • Water tap;
  • Go West cafe with short walk;
  • Adult gym equipment;
  • No toilets;
  • No shade;
  • Free parking.

Pioneer Drive playground, Pioneer Drive, Rockbank

HOT: Small Graces, 57 Byron St, Footscray

small graces

Footscray CBD has a new retail and shopping precinct across from the former Little Saigon market. One of the new tenants is Small Graces, a bright and cosy cafe by chef/owner and Footscray local Diego.

small graces

Small Graces‘s menu focuses on seasonal and wholesome food, with a few Colombian flourishes harking to Diego’s heritage. The kitchen uses ingredients that are ethically sourced with minimal processing. Vegetables feature heavily and dishes can be adjusted for vegan diets or food allergies.

small graces

Sweet options with minimal sugar, relying on the natural sweetness of the ingredients. Case in point is the sweet potato waffles ($16) which are accompanied by caramelised banana and not the traditional syrup. The sweet potato flavour is not evident at all – instead the root vegetable gives a solidity and crispness to the waffles. I love the addition of black sesame ice cream too (my favourite ice cream flavour).

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Another sweet option from the all day menu is the porridge made with quinoa, tapioca, coconut milk, puffed wild rice, rhubarb and mint ($14).

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It’s warming and filling and very pretty to boot.

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The glass cabinet contains daily salads and fresh sandwiches that you can take away. Grill or pan fry some chicken or fish, add the salad and voila – easy lunch or dinner!

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The bread is by Seddon’s Sourdough Kitchen, eggs come from happy Burd Eggs and coffee is by Kensington’s Rumble Coffee. Not being a coffee drinker I recommend the Raja chai latte made from real brewed tea and spices ($4.50) and served in custom-made cups by Asaka Ceramics.

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Also the first babycino is free and comes with a little cookie (subsequent babycinos are $2).

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For families there are also several high chairs, a few books and some pavement chalk is in the works. The outdoor seating area is in a plaza-style setting and there’s a slow-moving one-way street bordering it, so kids are reasonably safe to hang out there. There’s no kids menu but there is an extensive ‘sides’ list that you can use to build-your-own meal.

Small Graces is a welcome addition to Footscray CBD, which is filled to the brim with restaurants but not very many good quality cafes (as yet).

For other Footscray CBD cafes try Rudimentary.

HOT Tips:

  • pram access (mostly outdoors);
  • high chairs;
  • books;
  • standard menu suitable for kids;
  • limited free street parking;
  • close to Footscray railway station.

Small Graces, 57 Byron St, Footscray

M-F 7am–4pm
Saturday 7.30am-4pm
Sunday 8am-4pm

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