HOT: Beci Orpin Spring Studio, Eastland, 171-175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood

    Sponsored by Eastland For every day of the September school holidays at Eastland, kids will be entertained by Beci Orpin (Melbourne author and crafter) and her guest teachers for FREE arts and craft workshops as part of the Beci Orpin Spring Studio. The workshops are inspired by all things spring, outdoors and nature to […]

The HOT List: Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017 for Families

Melbourne Fringe Festival returns for the 35th year between Thursday 14 September – Sunday 1 October 2017 with lots of imaginative and creative children and family programming. Here are my Top 25 events of Melbourne Fringe Festival for kids, with events suitable for babies right up to teens. 1.Only A Year A delightful and poignant […]

The HOT List: Top 12 places to go for Open House Melbourne Weekend 2017

Open House Melbourne Weekend is on Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July once again to give Melburnians the opportunity to access and experience great design and architecture. There are houses, buildings, infrastructure and landscapes to visit over two days and it can be hard to make a plan – so I’ve done the research […]

HOT: The Big Freeze, Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, Cnr Brechin Drive & Princes Highway

The Big Freeze is a family-friendly Melbourne winter festival set up under the Big Top at Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre from 1 July – 9 July. The Big Freeze features an affordable snow play experience plus heaps of other wintery activities that will keep the kids amused while sheltered under cover. This year there’s […]

HOT: The Little Art Yurt, Yarraville

The Little Art Yurt is a gorgeous American-built yurt (Mongolian style bell tent) art studio tucked away in the sunny Yarraville backyard of Melbourne artist Dawn Tan. After an laborious flat-pack building process by Dawn and her husband (Dawn described it as Extreme IKEA),  The Little Art Yurt is now open for school holiday art […]

HOT: 9Fest at The Dream Factory, 90 Maribyrnong St, Footscray

The Dream Factory in Footscray is Melbourne’s first space dedicated to design, technology, social impact and community-building activities. The former site of Lonely Planet along the Maribyrnong River is now a creative hub for Melbourne’s west, thanks to Inspire9. Inspire9 are celebrating the official opening of Inspire9 Footscray at The Dream Factory with a month-long […]

HOT: Little Sparks, Scienceworks, 2 Booker Ave, Spotswood

Little Sparks is Scienceworks’ new monthly program of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) workshops designed for preschoolers aged 3-5 years. It’s rare to find workshops about STEM education in early childhood so we are lucky to buy the last available tickets for a Little Sparks session. There are maximum 15 children in each workshop. The […]

HOT: ACMI Family Sundays, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

On the first Sunday of every month, ACMI, Australia’s museum of film, television, video games and digital culture, offers a day of free family-friendly events and interactive activities called ‘ACMI Family Sundays‘. ACMI Family Sundays give families the opportunity to interact with screen culture in all its forms, with activities mainly designed for 5 – 12 year […]

HOT: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne, Level 2, Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne is the ultimate indoor LEGO play space that’s opened in Chadstone Shopping Centre. It’s going to be a big hit in Melbourne as the weather turns colder (or when we get a summer heatwave). I’m invited to a preview event ahead of the public opening today at 12pm and we stay […]

HOT: The Messy Shed, Factory 4 and 5, 1 Watt Rd, Mornington

The Messy Shed in Mornington is a creative and sensory play experience inside a play centre. It is relocated from its previous location next to The Hungry Peacock in Tyabb. The Messy Shed is every parent and child’s come true. During each 45 minute session kids have fun playing with paint, mud, water and craft materials – and […]

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