HOT: Melbourne Now, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

   If you haven’t heard of or visited Melbourne Now yet, get out from under your rock! The National Gallery of Victoria’s most ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition which celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice of creative Melbourne. While there are lot of interesting exhibits which will capture the attention and imagination of young […]

HOT: Light Play, ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr

Regular blog readers will know that we’re frequent visitors to ArtPlay. What you may not know is that in addition to the paid workshops and shows they put on there is usually a rotation of free exhibits. Light Play, which is exhibiting from 8 January to 30 March, is one of the best ones we’ve […]

HOT: Sounds out there, sounds in here…by Nigel Brown and Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Did you know that sound is an unborn baby’s major source of stimulation, and after the sixth month sound becomes a baby’s major information channel. By the end of the second trimester, an unborn baby can hear. As part of Melbourne Music Week sound artists  Nigel Brown and Alice Hui-Sheng Chang explored the way babies could […]

HOT: Action Painting by Hayley Rivers, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Every kid I know loves to draw and paint. Even better when you can get messy doing it! Action Painting was a fun-filled session at ArtPlay where artist Hayley Rivers guided a bunch of over-excited paint-smocked kids and laughing parents to explore some unusual ways of painting. Pendulums of dripping paint bottles were set up […]

HOT: Little Mermaid Children’s High Tea, Aria Bar and Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank

Features: high chairs; pram access; disabled toilets for pram access; kids menu; and children’s activities. September school holidays are coming up soon (23 September – 11 October) which means that The Langham are once again offering their children’s high tea – and this time the theme is the Little Mermaid! It’s great timing as Lady AB is currently […]

HOT: Gallery Kitchen, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Features: pram access; numerous high chairs; standard menu suitable for kids; kids menu; parents room in gallery; and activities in rest of gallery. If you haven’t been to the NGV’s blockbuster exhibition Monet’s Garden then you only have until Sunday 8 September to do so. I don’t think the exhibition is particularly kid-friendly, especially for toddlers […]

HOT: We Have No Plans Today, Melbourne Writers Festival 2013, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Melbourne is Australia’s festival city and it’s great that programs always seem to have some kid-specific shows so that the whole family can get festive. ‘We Have No Plans Today’ was one of the child-friendly events held for this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (22 August – 1 September 2013) and it was a unique session where […]

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 […]

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