HOT: Golden Mirror Carousel by Carsten Höller, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

One of the free, capsule experiential and sculptural works being presented at Melbourne Festival 2014 is the Golden Mirror Carousel by Belgian artist Carsten Höller. A shiny gilt old-fashioned swing carousel has taken up residence in the entrance space (Federation Court) of NGV International. It’s a beautiful object and upon seeing it for the first […]

FREE Children’s Week Melbourne events – Saturday 18 October to Sunday 26 October

  Children’s Week is a national program recognising the talents, skills, achievements and rights of young people. This year events are running from Saturday 18 October to Sunday 26 October with the theme of every child’s right to speak and be heard. In Victoria all Children’s Week  events are offered free-of-charge to Victorian families with children […]

Potted Potter at Arts Centre Melbourne – Giveaway!

Are you or your kids Harry Potter fans? By popular demand Potted Potter ‘The Unauthorized Harry Experience’ is returning to Melbourne from Tuesday 28 October at the the Arts Centre Melbourne.. Potted Potter is an entertaining show that takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of […]

HOT: Habitots, 146 Bridport St, Albert Park

Updated September 2016 Earlier this year online children’s store Habitots opened a pop up store in Albert Park and it must have been successful enough for them to expand to a full-blown permanent store just down the road at 146 Bridport Street. And the new Habitots store is a beauty! We could have spent hours […]

HOT: Sesame Street Presents Elmo’s World Tour, Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St, Melbourne

We don’t watch a lot of TV but even Lady AB knows who Elmo is….so she was very excited when she was told that we had tickets to Sesame Street Presents Elmo’s World Tour, a locally written and produced stage production of Sesame Street characters. You should have heard the squeals when the recognisable characters […]

HOT: Bilingual Storytimes in Melbourne – by Council Area and Language

Many Melbourne council libraries offer bilingual storytime. These sessions are free drop-in sessions which run during the school term. They give you a chance to meet other bilingual families and children, rx help your child develop language and motor skills and provide a chance to hear and practice another language. BY COUNCIL AREA Council Bayside […]

HOT: Shorten Reserve playground, cnr Market St and Essex St, West Footscray

Baby 2.0 has inherited his father’s bolter genes which means I’m on an everlasting hunt for a playground with a fence. You’d be surprised how few and far between a good fenced playground can be in Melbourne! One of our local gated playgrounds is at Shorten Reserve, next to the oval for the West Footscray […]

The HOT List: Top 18 Places to Go with Kids in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is probably the most popular day trip for Melburnians but with so many things to do and places to eat (and drink!) it’s worthwhile enjoying a longer stay. Here are my tips on where to stay, eat, play and visit in the Yarra Valley, with the main focus  on Yarra Glen and […]

HOT: Once Upon a Time, The Australian Ballet, Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

Lady AB attended her first proper ballet performance these school holidays at Once Upon a Time, cialis The Australian Ballet’s abridged version of The Nutcracker designed especially for children 4 and up (the full ballet is now playing in Melbourne until Thursday 25 September 2014). Story ballets are a wonderful introduction to ballet for children. […]

HOT: Apples and Jam, 217-239 Montague St, South Melbourne

Apples and Jam is a lovely creative, craft and party space inside a historic building in South Melbourne. We visit Apples and Jam for their September school holiday program, a morning high tea for Lady AB ($20). Apples and Jam are up a set of stairs so we just leave our pram at the bottom of the […]

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