HOT: Myer Christmas Windows 2015 – Little Dog and the Christmas Wish

The Christmas windows at Myer are an institution in Melbourne and this year celebrates 60 years of the magical display. In the years that I’ve seen the windows I think this is the best Christmas windows yet – because there is a quintessentially Melbourne feel. The 2015 Myer Christmas Windows are based on the picture book ‘Little […]

HOT: The Upmarket, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art forecourt, 111 Sturt St, Southbank

The Upmarket is Melbourne’s newest design market, held in the forecourt between the Malthouse Theatre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Southbank.  The outdoor market is held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, rain hail or shine. Stallholders are picked by a design panel, with a focus on local emerging designers and producers, and […]

HOT: ArtPlay Inside Out, ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Updated October 2016 ArtPlay’s booked workshops are some of our favourite child-friendly activities in the city but they also have an awesome regular program of drop-in play called ArtPlay Inside Out. ArtPlay Inside Out happens every Wednesday and Thursday 10:30-12:30pm (this season, abortion from 13 July to 4 August) and it’s a free space for families […]

HOT: Book Swap Bike – Free Book Swapping and Craft Event for Children’s Week

Book Swap Bike is a free pop up book swapping and craft event that I’m hosting at Highpoint Shopping Centre celebrating Children’s Week. From Thursday 22 October to Saturday 24 October 2015, children aged 0­-12 years are invited to bring a pre-­loved book to the Book Swap Bike, a Danish Christiania cargo bike transformed into a miniature mobile library […]

HOT: Monument Park, 21 Newquay Promenade, Docklands

Back in July we participated in the citywide Open House Melbourne and one of our discoveries was Monument Park at Newquay, treatment Docklands. Monument Park is a sculpture park located in the public open space at NewQuay at the intersection of several tall residential/commercial buildings. In 2014 the largest public art project delivered in Docklands […]

HOT: See Make Play, 127 Greville St, Prahran (entrance on Grattan St)

See Make Play is an art space and studio in Prahran which runs children’s and adults art and craft classes. It’s easy to find as it’s next door to the quirky Das Tshirt Automat shop and is called ‘Das Studio’ (which also includes art exhibition space). All of the sessions are casual, booked classes and […]

HOT: Imaginary Architecture and Paper Tape Torch, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Imaginary Architecture is a free temporary exhibition at Artplay by Lara Tumak in collaboration with children at Artplay. A cardboard city has been made with boxes and other recycled materials, check with little peep holes on the side that reveal secret little worlds. At the front desk you grab a torch then use it to light […]

HOT: Frameworks Recycled Materials, 10 Davies Ave, Sunshine North

Frameworks Recycled Materials is a big warehouse in Sunshine filled with recycled arts and craft supplies to make your own masterpieces. They particularly assist teachers, kindergartens and child care centres but individuals are also welcome to visit.   I love Frameworks because it’s a place that inspires children to create new things by reusing old […]

The HOT List: Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015 – Best shows for kids under 5

The 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival is opening soon on in time for the September school holidays, from Wednesday 16 September to Sunday 4 October. This year’s children’s program features a jam-packed program of circus, puppetry, comedy, theatre. The Festival Hub is also being made family-friendly with the dancefloor at Bollywood Express, the first ever kids […]

HOT: NGV Under 4s, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

The National Gallery of Victoria is a fantastic family-friendly destination and every month they run ‘NGV Under 4s‘, a specially developed program for young children where they get to discover the gallery through look and making activities with their parents/carers. The theme of each session changes every two months and are generally held on a […]

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