The HOT List: Nature Play Week 2016 – Top 20 events in Melbourne and surrounds

Nature Play Week is an annual national program by Kids In Nature Network that celebrates events and initiatives that reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors. This year Nature Play Week runs from Wednesday 6 April to Sunday 17 April, with a launch event at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne with Jackie French, author/illustrator and former […]

HOT: Fire Services Museum, 39 Gisborne St, East Melbourne

I don’t know what it is with little boys but all the ones I seem to know are fascinated by fire engines (or vehicles in general actually). If that’s the case with your little boy (or girl) then head to the Fire Services Museum in East Melbourne and give them a thrill! The Fire Services […]

HOT: Dancing Umbrellas, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen

Heide Museum of Modern Art latest temporary exhibition is a group show of contemporary Australian artists relating to light and movement called ‘Dancing Umbrellas‘. It’s a particularly engaging exhibition for kids due to the combination of moving image, collage, painting and installations creating a visually immersive and playful environment. Some of the works are quite hypnotic, such as the slow turn […]

HOT: Tiger Tribe Activity Sets + Giveaway!

Two of my great passions in life are dining out and travelling – and often times these days it’ll be with my kids. But let’s be honest – eating out and travelling with kids can be a stressful rather than enjoyable experience if I’m spending all my time trying to keep them quiet and still. […]

HOT: Capturing the Cosmos, Melbourne Planetarium, Scienceworks, 2 Booker Ave, Spotswood

Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks is launching Capturing the Cosmos, a new planetarium show, tomorrow Tuesday 22 March and tonight I got a sneak peek. You’re in for a treat as it’s a beautiful production. All-sky astronomy is a new way of looking at the sky to better understand the universe and Australia is a world leader […]

Braybrook Hub 1st Birthday Celebrations & Box Car/Plane Workshops – Tuesday 22 March and Wednesday 23 March

The Braybrook Community Hub, an integrated community centre, library and early years centre, sports pavilion and men’s shed, has been open for 1 year and they’re celebrating from Saturday 19 March to Thursday 24 March with a calendar of free events. While you’re there for the festivities also head across the road to the Churchill Avenue […]

HOT: Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Melbourne Museum, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton

The world premiere of Jurassic World: The Exhibition opens at Melbourne Museum tomorrow Saturday 19 March and from our sneak peek today I can assure you that it’s AMAZING. It’s a walk-through theatrical show combined with educational elements.  The exhibition is based on Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World, one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history and a movie […]

HOT: Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Carlton Gardens & Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (Wednesday 16 March – Sunday 21 March) may not immediately come to mind as a child-friendly event, but in fact there’s enough to see and do at the show to make it a worthwhile visit for around 2 hours. The first destination you should head to is the Kids Under Cover […]

HOT: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale, Mornington Peninsula

Moonlit Sanctuary is a small private animal sanctuary and zoo on the Mornington Peninsula and a great place to get up close to Australian wildlife and to learn about our native environment. We are invited to visit and it is the highlight of our stay in the Mornington Peninsula. The sanctuary’s name is deceptive – it’s not […]

Lost In the Shadows – Free shadow puppet making workshop at Footscray Library

Lost In the Shadows is a FREE shadow puppet making workshop for children aged 5-12 years that Jo Skladzien (Small Scapes) and I are holding on Wednesday 6 April at Footscray Library while we’re artists-in-residents in the Artsbox. We have been inspired by Footscray’s rich history to create simple shadow puppets and backdrops based on the people and places that […]

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