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: Little Creatures, 323 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn

Little Creatures is a small indoor play centre in Balwyn that focuses on imaginative play areas that replicate the real world. While it’s quite small entry is only $8 and it contained enough toys, books and equipment to keep my kids interested for around 2 hours. Little Creatures is basically like someone’s large lounge room, […]

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: Myer Christmas Giftorium 2015

Guest blogger Erika Jonsson attended the launch of the Myer Christmas Giftorium today at Myer Melbourne- a place designed to bring fun and theatre to Christmas shopping. Thanks Erika! “Like a kid on Christmas morning.” It’s the expression of unadulterated joy; childhood captured in the magic of belief. It’s an aspect of parenthood so many of us […]

Cake Bake & Sweets Show Melbourne – Giveaway!

Sweet tooths of Melbourne, your Christmas has come early. The Cake Bake and Sweets Show is rolling into the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this Friday 23 October to Sunday 25 October. As the name suggests, the huge event is devoted to all things baking and cake decorating. There’s a line up of international and […]

Justine Clarke’s Pyjama Jam and A, You’re Adorable – Giveaway!

Actor, singer, author and Play School presenter Justine Clarke is performing around the country this October and November with her brand new Pyjama Jam! tour. To coincide with her fifth studio album release, Pyjama Jam, the Pyjama Jam! tour will see Justine returning to more intimate venues around Australia, creating the perfect comfy and cozy atmosphere for a pyjama party. Children will […]

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

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 is a free space for families to learn, explore and play and the program returns to Artplay on a regular basis. The next sessions are […]

The HOT List: Children’s Week 2015 Events in Melbourne

Children’s Week is a national program recognising the talents, skills, achievements and rights of young people. This year events are running from Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November with the theme of celebrating the children’s rights as human rights. In Victoria all Children’s Week  events are offered free-of-charge to Victorian families with children aged […]

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 […]

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