HOT: Crafternoon Cafe, 718 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Love craft – but hate mess? Crafternoon in Brunswick is a fantastic child-friendly cafe and creative craft space on Sydney Road and the perfect location for a rainy day adventure. You can’t help but be inspired when you enter. The front room has a decoupage floor, many customer’s artwork dangling from the ceiling and examples […]

HOT: Play Pod, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

  The State Library of Victoria‘s Play Pod is a free creative and reading are for children with a rotating theme every season. From 7 June  to 5 September the space is inspired by the picture book ‘Penguin Problems‘ and has an arctic/marine theme. The children’s area is set up in the indoor ‘courtyard’, on the right as you enter the building from Swanston Street. […]

HOT: The Secret Garden at Boyd, Boyd Community Hub, 207 City Road, Southbank

The Secret Garden at Boyd is a unique play space for families and young children which I have created together with Footscray-based sound artist Cat Lew for Boyd Community Hub in Southbank. From Monday 11 January to Friday 29 January, the Boyd playgroup room has been transformed into a gentle garden playscape for babies and toddlers […]

The HOT List: Best Cheap Fun in Melbourne with Kids 2015

Having fun with your kids doesn’t have to be expensive! To inspire you to get out and about this coming year, here’s a list of my Top 10 HOT cheap places to play this year (under $20 a head), all of which you can still visit in 2016. Bookmark it, save it, print it and tick […]

The HOT List: Best Free Fun in Melbourne with Kids 2015

New Year’s Eve is always a good time to reflect on the past year and WOW what amazing fun we’ve had in Melbourne with kids in 2015. To inspire you to get out and about with your family, here’s a list of my Top 10 HOT places for free play from my 2015 reviews – […]

HOT: Studio Cats: Andy Warhol | Ai Wei Wei for Kids, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Studio Cats: Andy Warhol | Ai Wei Wei for Kids is NGV International’s newest children’s gallery exhibition that’s opening to the public tomorrow Friday 11 December. It is part of the largest display of Andy Warhol’s work to come to Melbourne plus iconic works and five new commissions by Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Cats […]

HOT: Little Art Big Art, Woods Street Arts Space, 44 Woods St, Laverton

Little Art Big Art is a children’s art school in Newport run by primary school art teacher and mum of two Rachael Smart. She also has a monthly residency at Wood Street Arts Space in Laverton where she runs free creative workshops for kids on a Saturday called ‘Art Sauce’. Everyone month at Art Sauce […]

HOT: Post Industrial Design Christmas Windows, 638 Barkly St, West Footscray

Post Industrial Design is a workshop, quirky retail store and cafe run by artist, sculptor and industrial designer Jos van Hulsen and his wife Mary in West Footscray. Last year Jos has created a special Christmas window display in their shopfront and it was so successful that he’s followed it up with another display this year.  […]

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 […]

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