HOT: Heide Art Bubs, The Sometimes Chaotic World of Mike Brown, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen

One of our favourite family-friendly cultural activities is to visit the Heide Museum of Modern Art. It’s just a short drive down the Eastern Freeway, the grounds are gorgeous and the sculpture garden provides great interaction for kids, the exhibitions are always interesting and accessible plus there’s a fabulous kid-friendly cafe. If you have under 5s […]

HOT: Books Illustrated Gallery & Showroom, 300 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park

On Beaconsfield Parade, facing the beach and the bay, is an unprepossessing little house which is the location of Books Illustrated. Books Illustrated is an independent bookstore and gallery which promotes Australian children’s literature and book illustrations. Their focus and specialty is Australian hardback picture books and in two small rooms (and online) they sell books for babies right up to […]

HOT: Robin Rhode: The Call of the Walls, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

To our dismay this year NGV’s management decided to get rid of the Kids Space and Kids Corner at both of the galleries in order to provide a more ‘immersive’ experience for young visitors to the galleries. Fortunately children haven’t been ignore altogether and Robin Rhode: The Call of The Walls is a new free kid-friendly exhibition […]

HOT: Card Art Spaces, ArtPlay, Birarrung Marr, Melbourne

ArtPlay is one of my favourite art experiences for kids in Melbourne and until this weekend they have an awesome free exhibition called Card Art Spaces. First year students from the Department of Architecture at Monash University have built several cool cubby house structures out of corrugated cardboard within the ArtPlay space. There are seven […]

HOT: Hot Days Cool Arts eNewsletters

We’ve been running a lot of artsy/cultural event giveaways lately and so we thought you also might be interested in knowing about a summer series of enewsletters by Arts Victoria called Hot Days Cool Arts. Hot Days Cool Arts is a new initiative geared towards families to showcase the family friendly stuff at the major cultural institutions […]

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

Paris to Provence, Melbourne’s favourite festival celebrating all things French, is back in the bucolic surrounds of National Trust’s Como House this weekend. There’s market stalls, music, food and festivities and the festival gets bigger and better every year (this is its third year). Given the spacious surrounds it’s a great place to take the kids so […]

HOT: Toddler Tuesday, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane

Regular readers will know that our extended family is based mostly in Queensland, which means that we make regular visits to the Sunshine State. This gives us a chance to explore and review kid and family-friendly venues outside of Melbourne in case you travel interstate too. If you’re in Brisbane one of our favourite places […]

HOT: Wind, Wheels and Water, ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Lady AB and I are big fans of the events available at ArtPlay and I always look forward to browsing the new release of activities every term. This term we booked for Wind, Wheels and Water, a workshop devised by Drop Bear Theatre for babies under 2 years old. Basically it was a multi-sensory playground […]

HOT: Playon Crayons by Studio Skinky

One of Lady AB’s new found hobbies is drawing. In fact, one of the few Chinese words she says distinctively is to ‘draw pictures’. I’ve not introduced Lady AB to colouring in or playdough previously because to be honest I was/am precious about the state of our house. However, I think she’s learnt to draw […]

HOT: The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia, Melbourne Museum + Giveaway!

I lived in London for years and although I liked to visit the British Museum regularly I think I saw about 1/1000th of their vast collection. So I was quite excited to hear that a slice of the museum’s Middle East artefact collection was coming to Melbourne for the Melbourne Museum‘s winter exhibition for 2012, The Wonders […]

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