HOT: AquaPulse, 80-82 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing

AquaPulse Hoppers Crossing is a huge indoor aquatic and leisure centre with enough slipping, sliding and swimming to keep the kids entertained for hours.  We were invited by Experience Wyndham to visit Aquapulse in the middle of winter – which turns out to be a great time to go! It’s all indoors, undercover and heated […]

HOT: Gertrude Street Projection Festival 15 July – 24 July 2016, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Gertrude Street Projection Festival is an annual free light, sound and art exhibition celebrating winter on one of Melbourne’s most vibrant streets. Shop fronts, laneways, windows and footpaths light up for a self-guided walking tour of Fitzroy and Collingwood from Friday 15 July to Sunday 24 July.    I first took Lady AB to Gertrude […]

HOT: Winter Wonderland Circus under the Melbourne Star, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands

Winter Wonderland Circus Under the Melbourne Star is a small amusement park and spiegeltent set up to celebrate the winter school holidays and combined with a trip to Harbour Town Docklands it makes a relaxed and easy half-day adventure, particularly for younger children.  We were invited to visit the two main attractions –  the Winter Wonderland Circus […]

HOT: The Big Freeze, Cranbourne Racecourse, Grant St, Cranbourne

It’s snowing in Cranbourne! The Big Freeze is a week-long Melbourne winter festival set up at Cranbourne Racecourse featuring snow play plus heaps of other activities suitable for mostly toddlers and lower primary kids. We were invited to review the experience and the kids loved it.  If you can’t be stuffed driving to a real […]

The HOT List: Top 10 tips for going to Disney on Ice

Seeing a Disney on Ice show is one of our favourite winter school holiday activities and in my experience a little organisation and pre-planning will go a long way to making everyone’s experience more enjoyable. Here are my Top 10 tips for going to Disney on Ice, particularly in Melbourne:   Prebook your tickets The box […]

HOT: The Snail and the Whale, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

The Snail and the Whale is a charming stage adaptation of the award-winning story The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler (the creators ofThe Gruffalo) and it’s playing at the Arts Centre Melbourne these school holidays Wednesday 29 June to Sunday 10 July. We were invited to see the show and […]

HOT: Variety Ice Slide at Eureka Skydeck, Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne

Get into the spirit of the Melbourne winter from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 July with the Variety Ice Slide! The 36 metre long, four-meter high ice slide is set up alongside Southbank’s waterfront near Eureka Skydeck and for $12 you get three goes of riding an inflatable tube down the slide (or $20 for six slides). […]

HOT: Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé for Kids, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé for Kids is NGV’s latest children’s gallery exhibition and the colourful, hands-on installation is guaranteed to make you hungry! Catalan designer Martí Guixé is known as the ‘father of food design’ and Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé for Kids is his first major Australian exhibition. The children’s gallery has been […]

The HOT List: Top 16 FREE things to do in Melbourne with kids this Winter (+ 12 paid events you could check out too)

Don’t hibernate away this winter – head to Melbourne’s CBD and embark on some indoor and outdoor fun with these FREE special family friendly events.  For the sake of completeness I’ve also included some ideas for events that require a fee and possibly pre-booking.   FREE Events 1. Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Markets (Wed 1 Jun […]

HOT: Touch and Go, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Music and masking tape combine to create magic in Touch and Go, a performance experience designed for two-year-old children. The concept is simple – three performers use their bodies, voices, instruments and rolls of masking tape to create a performance piece that is as absorbing for adults as children. The reality is more complex and […]

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