HOT: Heide Art Bubs Sculpture Park, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen

Updated February 2017 Heide Art Bubs at the Heide Museum of Modern Art kicks off the year with a tour of the sculpture park and art workshops inspired by the sculptures of the museum. Instead of starting off with the usual art-related storytime we all get into playing first! Tucked behind the Emily Floyd sculpture which adorns […]

HOT: Tiger Tribe Piccolo range for playing on-the-go

Travelling on a plane with kids can be a stressful experience. How do you keep lively toddlers still and entertained in an uncomfortable confined space? One of my favourite discoveries has been Tiger Tribe’s Piccolo range, portable packages of small colourful and creative activities. I bought the Piccolo Oodle Doodle Crayon Set – Animals for […]

HOT: Kinetic Sand by Sand in Motion or DIY Kinetic Sand

I always struggle with activities for the kids when it’s super hot, buy cialis super cold or rainy. So one of the items on our Christmas wishlist this year was Kinetic Sand. Kinetic Sand is a mix between sand and playdough. Basically it’s sand with a binding polymer added to it so that it moulds […]

HOT: The Island Bird by Ernesto Neto, 3rd floor, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

One of National Gallery of Victoria’s newest international contemporary acquisitions is Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s “The Island Bird”. It’s an interactive, online immersive installation which will delight young and old. “The Island Bird, rx ” enables visitors to enter within the exhibit by climbing into a 10m wide roof-mounted, search hanging network of rope tunnels. […]

HOT: Paper Planet by Polyglot Theatre, MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne

Tomorrow is your last chance to join Polyglot Theatre to help create Paper Planet at MPavilion. This week the temporary summer pavilion has been hosting a series of kids’ live art-making workshops which finish on Sunday. Paper Planet is a jungle of cardboard trees filled with paper leaves, knights and magical creatures. Children are invited to […]

The HOT List: Best Cheap Fun in Melbourne with Kids 2014

For more family-friendly fun this coming year, here’s a list of my Top 10 HOT cheap places to play from my 2014 reviews (that you can still visit in 2015). Note that I’ve included two zoos because if you join as a zoo member you get unlimited entry for 12 months, so it can work out […]

HOT: The obliteration room and Journey to Fantastic Lands, Children’s Art Centre, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Stanley Place, Southbank, Brisbane

One of the most interesting activities we did during our recent trip to Queensland was to visit Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art. GOMA’s Children’s Art Centre has a rotating series of free family-friendly activities and exhibitions throughout the year. For the next few months they have welcomed the return of Yayoi Kusama’s ‘The obliteration room’ […]

HOT: Heide Art Bubs with The Yellow Dance Spot, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen

The last sessions of Heide Art Bubs at the Heide Museum of Modern Art for 2014 are with creative dance school The Yellow Dance Spot. Lady AB and I attended a workshop last week and the last two sessions are Friday 12 December and Friday 19 December).

HOT: Emily Floyd: The Dawn, The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Federation Square

Emily Floyd: The Dawn is an exhibition of the work of Melbourne artist Emily Floyd and it’s the newest children’s installation in NGV Australia at Federation Square. The enormous circular sculpture bookcases of ‘The Dawn’ and the colourful stylised blocks comprising ‘Workshop’ sit on the ground floor entrance of the gallery and they are a striking introduction […]

HOT: Paris to Provence Festival 2014, Como House & Garden, Cnr Williams Road & Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra

Melbourne’s French Festival Paris to Provence is back at the National Trust’s Como House Friday 21 November to Sunday 23 November 2014. The French artisan market is a great outing for the family, with stalls, music, food and roving entertainment. Every year there are some familiar faces like La Parisienne Pates and new businesses to […]

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