HOT: Price Reserve, Cnr O’Connor Rd and Beach Rd, Werribee South

Price Reserve Werribee

The beach playground at Price Reserve Werribee South has received an upgrade!

Price Reserve Werribee

A new playground, picnic area with shelter, bbq and drinking fountain and skate park have been constructed in the south-east corner at Price Reserve, on the corner of Beach and O’Connors Roads Werribee South. It’s next to the Werribee South Caravan Park.

price reserve werribee

The playground features a slide tower with two slides, a nest swing, toddler and standard swing…

Price Reserve Werribee

….a tall climbing frame….

Price Reserve Werribee

….a bank of mini trampolines…

Price Reserve Werribee

….a heavy wooden see-saw…

Price Reserve Werribee

…balance beams and wooden stumps as a miniature obstacle course.

Price Reserve Werribee

Other facilities include a small basketball court, sports oval, public toilets and an old-fashioned milk bar and general store Anglers Anchorage.

The playground is across the road from Werribee South Beach. The beachfront is quiet and still and you can take your bike/scooter along the long winding walking track that runs alongside the beach.

werribee south beach

The grassy areas have picnic tables dotted along the way. The only negative is that the sand is very gritty and full of sharp shells, so it’s not really suitable for sand play and I recommend wearing footwear.

werribee south beach

In the vicinity of Price Reserve are Werribee Zoo, Shadowfax Winery and Werribee Park, so it makes a great play stop before or after visiting those sites.

Click here for more places to go with kids in Wyndham.

HOT Tips:

  • suitable for toddlers;
  • suitable for older kids;
  • skate park;
  • not fenced;
  • public toilets;
  • water taps;
  • picnic shelter, BBQ, drinking fountain;
  • free parking;
  • not accessible via public transport; and
  • across the road from Werribee South Beach.

Price Reserve, Cnr O’Connor Rd and Beach Rd, Werribee South

HOT: The Pool, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square

the pool ngv

The Pool is an immersive art and architectural installation on the ground floor of the Ian Potter Centre at National Gallery of Victoria.

the pool ngv

The installation explores the meaning of pools in Australia’s lifestyle, landscape and cultural story-telling. Visitors are invited to dip their feet into the shallow pool – it’s more a wading pool so don’t expect an Olympic-sized 50m experience! Or you can admire the water from the surrounding the bleachers, wooden decking and deck chairs.

the pool ngv

Make sure you take a deep breath as a scent has been especially designed to enhance the installation.

the pool ngv

After experiencing the space around and inside the pool, visit the gallery behind the installation. The exhibition reflects on aquatic life with a social, political and cultural lens.

the pool ngv

You can hear and read stories from personalities such as Ian Thorpe, Christos Tsiolkas and Paul Kelly.

the pool ngv

This summer sit on poolside and reflect on one of Australia’s major cultural icons. Note that children under the age of 5 must be accompanied into the pool by an adult and children under 10 years have to be supervised.

HOT Tips:

  • Take a small towel if you expect to go into the water;
  • Pool is approximately 30cm deep (knee height for an adult) so no need to change into bathers;
  • Nearest bathrooms are outside the exhibition space; and
  • children under the age of 5 must be accompanied into the pool by an adult and children under 10 years have to be supervised.

The Pool, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square

Daily until Sunday 18 February 2018


Free entry


HOT: Huxtaburger, 32 Leeds St, Footscray

huxtaburger footscray

Huxtaburger really needs no introduction. It’s the super-popular burger chain by chef Daniel Wilson which has grown from its small venue on Smith Street Collingwood to six locations in Melbourne.

huxtaburger footscray

Like other burger chains, consistency is the key. And you know what you’re getting with Huxtaburger – reliably good burgers and fun surroundings. Though each location has their own specific menu and individualised decor, so it’s not quite McDs.

Huxtaburger Footscray differs from other Huxtaburger joints that I’ve visited in that it’s large, bright and spacious, there’s plenty of space to park a pram and they have high chairs.

huxtaburger footscray

The decor is inspired by skateboarding. Check out the colourful cutouts in the timber wall by local artist Shaniah Fernandes and the upside down skate bowl slash ceiling.

huxtaburger footscray

The menu is much the same, including miniature burger/sliders for little tummies.

huxtaburger footscray

I try the Huxtaburger, a classic stack of grass-fed patty, cheese, mustard, mayo, tomato, lettuce and pickles ($10.50). Baby 2.0 smashes a Kylie with grilled chicken breast, aioli, cheese, lettuce, tomato ($7). You can also get the burgers as part of $10 kids pack including mini chips and mini water. A small shake is $6.50

huxtaburger footscray

Will Footscray’s burger-eating population divide themselves into Team Huxtaburger and Team 8Bit? It’s hard to say.

huxtaburger footscray

I like the bread and shakes from 8Bit, but the space, ease of parking/transport and mini servings at Huxtaburger may be more appealing to families. The Huxtaburger menu is larger and they are licensed – but 8Bit also have hot dogs. The Footscray branch also offers 10% off for students, catering to the local Victoria University population, and Tuesday and Wednesday specials with the Huxtaburger and fries for $11.

HOT Tips:

  • pram access;
  • high chairs;
  • children’s menu;
  • standard menu suitable for kids;
  • walking distance to Footscray train station and #82 tram; and
  • limited free street parking and undercover multistory parking.

Huxtaburger, 32 Leeds St Footscray 03 9939 3258

MON–SUN: 10.30AM – 11.00PM


HOT: Nugget Place Playground, Nugget Place, Woodlea, Rockbank

woodlea playground

Woodlea now has FIVE fantastic playgrounds within its Rockbank housing development!  Make a day of it with the new Nugget Place playground as well as Frontier Park, Woodlea Adventure Playground,  Muster Drive playground and Pioneer Drive playground plus a pit stop at Go West cafe.

Nugget Place playground is a smaller-sized playground compared to Frontier Park and Woodlea Adventure Playground though there’s still enough equipment to keep kids entertained for an hour or two, especially if you bring wheels!

There’s a half-size basketball and netball court for ball games as well as scooter/bike paths around the play area. Near the basketball court there is some adult exercise equipment.

woodlea playground

woodlea playground

The play equipment includes two tall towers with lots of opportunities for climbing, balancing and sliding…

woodlea playground

woodlea playground

….or a slide tower with a long, but not too steep slide.

woodlea playground

Kids who love to swing will have a ball, with a nest swing, a bank of traditional swings and a face-to-face ‘Expression Swing’ perfect for babies and their carers (though 5 year old Baby 2.0 did try to squeeze inside).

woodlea playground

There is also a short ropes course for older kids and a miniature carousel.


woodlea playground

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

Nugget Place is close to the Pioneer Drive playground if your kids need equipment which is not so challenging. If you have time visit all five playgrounds with your bike/scooter and bathers – Frontier Park  Woodlea Adventure Playground and Muster Drive playground.

HOT Tips:

  • suitable for toddlers;
  • suitable for older kids;
  • Picnic and BBQ shelter with tables;
  • Water tap;
  • Go West cafe within short driving distance;
  • Adult gym equipment;
  • No toilets;
  • No shade;
  • Free parking.

Pioneer Drive playground, Pioneer Drive, Rockbank

HOT: Inside Out, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

inside out melbourne museum

Inside Out is Melbourne Museum’s newest temporary exhibition and it is unlike anything that they’ve done before!

inside out melbourne museum

Museums Victoria is opening up their vast collection to highlight some of the less well-known objects from their collection of more than 17 million items.

Instead of just displaying them in glass cases with explanatory plaques,Inside Out  brings 370 items to life with light, sound and storytelling. Almost half of the items have never before been on public display.

inside out melbourne museum

At the entrance each visitor is given an ipod and headphones and then instructed to follow the ‘disembodied voice’ around the exhibition space. It’s an audioguide with a difference as there are interviews with notable people, curators and even disco music.

The items are displayed in theatrical sets, juxtaposed against unusual items, and the displays invite further peeking, seeking and investigation.

inside out melbourne museum

Inside Out is a playful and immersive dip into the Museum Victoria collections and is suitable for children 6+ years who are able to listen attentively and follow instructions for approx 35 minutes.

inside out melbourne museum

It runs for a limited time only so don’t miss this most unusual of exhibitions.

inside out melbourne museum

Melbourne Museum is also running free school holiday events from 26 December to 29 January 2018. Click here for more information.

Click here for more ideas for places to go and things to do this summer.

HOT Tips:

  • tickets are timed for every 30 minutes and can be pre-booked or purchased at Melbourne Museum ticket counters;
  • flexible tickets valid for any time are $24
  • Inside Out runs late every Thursday and Friday night throughout January and February (excluding 26 Jan).
  • On Friday 5 Jan and 2 Feb, Nocturnal and Inside Out come together to provide you with the ultimate party. Tickets for these nights must be booked via the Nocturnal webpage;
  • Auslan tours of Inside Out each Tuesday at 11am and Saturday at 2pm;

Inside Out, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

Sat 23 December – Sun 11 February 2018

Timed tickets for Adults, Concession & Children $10
Members $10

Flexible ticket $10

The HOT List: Summer Holidays 2017 Bucket List for Melbourne families

A new year, a new start – what adventures will your family having in 2018?

To kickstart your fun I’ve compiled a list of 28 awesome things to do with your kids in January.

As for me…I’m taking a blog break to enjoy Baby 2.0’s last summer before he starts school. We’re travelling to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Brisbane for most of January (follow my adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and then coming home to produce Wheelie Good Fun‘s biggest event so far – the Fun in Colour two day creative festival for children at Highpoint Shopping Centre on Saturday 27 January and Sunday 28 January.

If you’re on social media I’d LOVE to see what you’re up to this summer. Please use #totsummer on your posts so we can all be inspired to enjoy a fun, restful and HOT summer holidays!

Mon 1 Jan – Visit the National Gallery of Victoria

the pool ngv

National Gallery of Victoria is one of the few public institutions open on New Year’s Day. In our experience it’s a great time to go, especially in the morning. The gallery is virtually empty which means you’ll be able to enjoy the NGV Summer Architecture Commission, NGV Triennal and The Pool in peace.

National Gallery of Victoria| Daily 10-5pm


Tue 2 Jan – Get splashy


Splashland inflatable water slide park is returning with 7,000m2 of slippery summertime fun for kids. See you at the bottom! Full review.

Splashland | Caulfield Racecourse| Thu 28 Dec – Wed 24 Jan



Wed 3 Jan –Emily Brown and The Thing

Emily Brown and the Thing Arts Centre Melbourne

From the creators of Room on the Broom and Snail and the Whale comes the heart-warming stage show Emily Brown and the Thing, based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell (writer of How to Train your Dragon) and Neal Layton. Full review.

Emily Brown and the Thing | Arts Centre Melbourne | Wed 3 Jan – Sun 14 Jan | All tickets $30

Thu 4 Jan – Road trip to the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road Chocolate

Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icecreamery 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 trip to the Great Ocean Road. They also run junior chocolatier classes for kids!

Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icecreamery| 1200 Great Ocean Road, Bellbrae | Daily 9am-5pm


Fri 5 Jan – Enjoy free water play

atherstone playground

Enjoy free water play at one of Melbourne’s many free water play areas.


Sat 6 Jan – Explore the zoo in the cool of the evening

Rhythm of Africa, Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South

Werribee Zoo is open late for ‘Rhythm of Africa’ every Saturday night in summer. There’s live music, African-inspired food, dancing, drumming, hair braiding, kids activities, safari tours and more!


Sun 7 Jan – Go Fruit picking

The Strawberry Forest

Go on a day trip to pick strawberries at Bacchus Marsh’s Strawberry Forest, the Mornington Peninsula’s Sunny Ridge or go cherry picking in the Yarra Valley at Cherryhill Orchards.


Mon 8 Jan – Free arts festival for kids

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2016, NGV International and NGV Australia, 180 St Kilda Rd and Federation Square, Melbourne

Enjoy a week of free artist-led workshops and spectacular performances for kids at NGV International’s NGV Kids Summer Festival 2018.

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2018 | NGV International | Mon 8 Jan – Sun 14 Jan, 10AM–3PM daily | Free


Tue 9 Jan – Visit Scienceworks

Ground Up Scienceworks

Scienceworks’ new permanent children’s gallery ‘Ground Up‘ is ah-mazing fun for toddlers and preschoolers especially.

Ground Up at Scienceworks | 2 Booker St Spotswood | Daily 10-5pm | Adults $15, children free


Wed 10 Jan – Sample the world’s cuisines

Queen Victoria Night Market, Elizabeth St & Victoria St, Melbourne

Head to Melbourne’s oldest night market every Wednesday at Queen Victoria Night Market. If you’re southside there’s also the South Melbourne Night Market every Thursday night in January and February too.

Queen Victoria Night Market | Every Wednesday 5-10pm | 15 Nov 2016 to  Mar 2018

South Melbourne Night MarketEvery Thursday 5:30-8:30pm | 4 Jan – 22 Feb



Thu 11 Jan – Visit Gumbuya World

Victoria’s newest theme park Gumbuya World features the Oasis Springs water park, Wildlife Trail and the Oz Adventure and Outback Explorer worlds,

Gumbuya World | 2705 Princes Highway Tynong | 10-6pm | Adults $49 Child 3-15 years $43


Fri 12 Jan – Learn about digital technology and films

Screen Worlds ACMI

With a huge suite of creative workshops as well as screenings of popular film classics, there’s something for kids of all ages during ACMI’s school holiday program. The free Screen Worlds exhibition is worth visiting too and don’t miss Wallace and Gromit: The Magic of Aardman before it closes at the end of January.

ACMI, Federation Square | Daily 10-5pm | Free, workshops paid


Thu 13 Jan – Visit a beach playground

Carrum Beach Playground, 15 Old Post Office Lane, Carrum Beach Foreshore, Carrum

Carrum Beach is one of our favourite beaches in Melbourne with a gorgeous nautical-themed playground on the foreshore. Also check out the beach playgrounds we’ve reviewed at Williamstown, Altona, Albert Park and Frankston.


Sun 14 Jan – So Frenchy So Chic

so frenchy so chic

Head to the sophisticated French music festival where the kids get in free and there’s a whole section devoted to families. Full review and giveaway.

So Frenchy So Chic, Werribee Park | Sun 14 Jan | $89 per adult, kids free


Mon 15 Jan – AO Ballpark

The Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific takes over Melbourne 15-28 January. Even if you’re not a tennis fan you can enjoy the free family-friendly activities at the AO Ballpark at Birrarung Marr with the kids zones.

AO Ballpark, Birrarung Marr | 15-25 Jan | Free


Tue 16 Jan – Open air cinema

Watch a film at one of the several open air cinemas dotted around Melbourne – Moonlight Cinema, QV Cinema and at Barkly Square.

Many councils also hold free outdoor cinema screenings (and live music concerts) over summer – check out your local council’s website for more info.


Wed 17 Jan – Visit the music festival just for kids

MusicPlay Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Recital Centre’s annual children’s music festival ‘Music Play’ is back this year with another fun program featuring big concerts, mini workshops and free foyer fun!

Music Play | Melbourne Recital Centre | 17-20 January


Thu 18 Jan – Hang out at the pool

North Melbourne Recreation Centre pool, 1 Macaulay Rd, North Melbourne

Head to your favourite public pool for some splashy fun. North Melbourne pool is only open during the summer months so make the most of the water play there.


Fri 19 Jan – Eat gelato

pidapipo carlton

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Work your way through my list of Melbourne’s best ice cream and gelato.


Sat 20 Jan – Join the circus

Roll up, roll up to the Clocktower Centre for the Big Tops and Tiny Tots Circus Show with Luth Wolff, an experienced youth circus coach who has been performing since the young age of six.

Big Tops and Tiny Tots Circus Show | The Clocktower Centre | Tickets $20


Sun 21 Jan – Catch a crab

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, 420 Beach Rd, Beaumaris

Explore marine life in the shallow rockpools of the marine sanctuary at Ricketts Point and Point Gellibrand.


Mon 22 Jan – Go for a scoot or bike ride

Micro Scooters Altona Beach

Altona Beach is a fantastic bay beach with long stretches of sand, a pier, cafes and a beach playground. We love taking our bikes and scooters there. Also check out the new skate park at Price Reserve or go park-hopping on your wheels at Woodlea starting from Frontier Park.


Tue 23 Jan – Catch a movie

vjunior southland

Beat the heat and hide in your local cinema to catch the latest family-friendly flicks.

Vjunior is a special cinema designed for children aged 3 to 10 years. It features a dedicated play area in the foyer, and two cinemas that are specifically designed for kids. Vjunior is exclusive to Village Cinemas and is open at Westfield Southland, Knox and Fountain Gate at the moment.


Wed 24 Jan – Eat fish and chips

tommy ruff

Where’s the best fish and chips in Melbourne? I reckon Tommy Ruff is right up there with the best.

Thu 25 Jan – Take a day trip to the beach

Frankston Regional Foreshore Playground, Frankston Waterfront Reserve, Pier Promenade, Frankston

Head to the beach for a day trip or for the long weekend with my family-friendly guides to Lorne, Mornington Peninsula and Frankston.

Fri 26 Jan – Australia Day

Here’s what’s on in Melbourne for Australia Day celebrations. We highly recommend the Government House Open Day event where you can tour the main House and enjoy lots of free family friendly activities.

Sat 27 Jan – Fun in Colour

Join me and my friends Footscray Community Arts Centre, Scienceplay Kids and Little Art Big Art as we hold a colourful two-day creative festival for kids at Highpoint.

Fun in Colour | Level 1 Highpoint Shopping Centre Hoyts entrance | Sat 27 Jan – Sun 28 Jan 11-4pm daily | Free


Sun 28 Jan – Relax

Brighton Bathing Boxes, Dendy Street Beach, cnr Dendy St and Esplanade, Brighton

Last day of summer holidays before school starts next week! Explore some of Melbourne’s best beaches for kids. 

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