HOT: Colour Sensation: The Works of Melinda Harper, Heide Art Bubs, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen

Heide Museum of Modern Art’s newest temporary exhibition is Colour Sensation: The Works of Melinda Harper, a collection of three decades the Australian abstract artist’s paintings, collages and painted objects. The exhibition is very kid-friendly as it’s all about combining shapes and colour into striking compositions and it forms the inspiration for a series of […]

HOT: Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children’s Book Illustrations, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne

Bunyips and Dragons is an exhibition of Australian children’s book illustrations at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and it’s sure to captivate anyone who loves kids books. The collection was donated to the NGV by Albert Ullin OAM, the founder of The Little Bookroom, who formed many relationships with illustrators since he first opened […]

HOT: Dramatic Lines with Elise Hurst, ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr

Elise Hurst is a Melbourne illustrator and author of Imagine a City, a beautiful book filled with intricate line drawings which is a favourite in our household, as featured in July’s First Tuesday Book Club and which we read as part of the program for my joint project Build & Rebuild). Lady AB and I […]

HOT: Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Rd, Healesville

Healesville Sanctuary is one of three zoos that Zoos Victoria manages and it’s focused especially on Australian wildlife. As such, troche it’s a great place to take international visitors as well as being a unique place for kids to learn about their native environment. Healesville Sanctuary is the smallest of the three zoos and so […]

HOT: The Gruffalo’s Child, National Theatre, Carlisle St, St Kilda

A live musical version of The Gruffal0’s Child, the sequel to the award-winning modern classic The Gruffalo, is playing at the National Theatre in St Kilda from Tuesday 14 July to this Sunday 19 July. The Gruffal0’s Child is a small-scale and clever adaptation of the book. There’s only three actors and a few moveable […]

HOT: Speakeasy Kids Cinema, Grey Gardens Projects, 51 Victoria Street, Fitzroy

Speakeasy Cinema at Grey Gardens Projects is the anti-multiplex cinema experience. A Fitzroy warehouse has been transformed into a permanent home for Speakeasy Cinema and includes a gallery, project space, cafe/bar and screening room. The program is filled with quirky, alternative films and that includes their fortnightly children’s program. Their tagline for Speakeasy Kids Cinema is cool films […]

HOT: Hello Snow – Instant Fake Snow Fun

So we’re in the grip of an ‘Antarctic vortex’ but we probably won’t have the opportunity to visit the mountains this snow season. Next best thing – a new product we were given to trial called Hello Snow! Hello Snow is instant, buy fake snow which can be used for sensory play or as a […]

HOT: Sunshine Children’s Garden – closes Monday 13 July

As regular readers will know Sunshine Children’s Garden  was a free hands-on construction play event that Jo Skladzien (Small Scapes) and I hosted Saturday 4 July 2015 at Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre. The day was a great success! We had so many happy families come and visit us to transform a vacant shop into a garden playscape […]

HOT: Grug and the Rainbow, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

  Grug and the Rainbow is a wonderful theatrical experience for under 5s based on a much-loved, hairy and cute picture book character. The 35 minute event is a delightful and whimsical ramble through one of Ted Pryor’s books – Grug and the Rainbow. I did wonder how they were going to stretch out such […]

HOT: Day Out with Thomas at Puffing Billy, Puffing Billy Gembrook Station, Main Rd, Gembrook

The Puffing Billy steam train in the Dandenong Ranges is one of Melbourne’s major tourist attractions – but did you know that on certain Spring and Autumn weekends you can enjoy Day Out with Thomas? A Day Out with Thomas is a special children’s event where the famous Thomas the Tank engine actually pulls the […]

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