HOT: The Little Bookroom, 759 Nicholson St, Carlton North

In an era where bricks and mortar bookshops are doing it tough, we’re very fortunate in Melbourne to still have The Little Bookroom, the world’s oldest children’s bookshop (open since 1960). Old doesn’t mean musty and fusty – the Carlton store is brightly lit and stocked high with shiny new books for babies to teenagers. […]

HOT: Paris to Provence Festival, Como House & Garden, Cnr Williams Road & Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra

Paris to Provence, Melbourne’s favourite festival celebrating all things French, is back in the bucolic surrounds of National Trust’s Como House this weekend. There’s market stalls, music, food and festivities and the festival gets bigger and better every year (this is its third year). Given the spacious surrounds it’s a great place to take the kids so […]

HOT: Hays Paddock playground, Lister St, Kew East

Updated April 2016 Hays Paddock Kew East is not too far from the city and is well-known for being one of the best playgrounds in Melbourne. The large gated area houses lots of play equipment for children of all ages and it is one of the few playgrounds which also caters for children with disabilities. There are four main […]

HOT: New Farm Park Playground, Brunswick St, New Farm, Brisbane

When you’re parents to an active toddler you quickly learn to scope out playgrounds wherever you go. And the most amazing playground we’ve visited so far is in New Farm Park, Brisbane. Yes the space is large and there’s loads of play equipment – swings, slides, climbing frames, rockers – but the best thing is […]

HOT: Toddler Tuesday, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane

Regular readers will know that our extended family is based mostly in Queensland, which means that we make regular visits to the Sunshine State. This gives us a chance to explore and review kid and family-friendly venues outside of Melbourne in case you travel interstate too. If you’re in Brisbane one of our favourite places […]

HOT: Wind, Wheels and Water, ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Lady AB and I are big fans of the events available at ArtPlay and I always look forward to browsing the new release of activities every term. This term we booked for Wind, Wheels and Water, a workshop devised by Drop Bear Theatre for babies under 2 years old. Basically it was a multi-sensory playground […]

HOT: Playon Crayons by Studio Skinky

One of Lady AB’s new found hobbies is drawing. In fact, one of the few Chinese words she says distinctively is to ‘draw pictures’. I’ve not introduced Lady AB to colouring in or playdough previously because to be honest I was/am precious about the state of our house. However, I think she’s learnt to draw […]

Romp and Stomp Fun Day for Children + Giveaway!

Wednesday 24 October is Universal Children’s Day and Romp & Stomp Fun Day for Children has been organised to highlight the value of education, experiences and diversity in early childhood development for 0 to 5 year old children. What better place to hold such an event than one of our family’s favourite educational (and fun) […]

HOT: Monkey Mania Indoor Play Centre, Harbour Town at Waterfront City, Level 1 / 120 Studio Lane, Docklands

I recently received an invitation from LivingSocial to review the Monkey Mania Indoor Play Centre in Docklands. LivingSocial is a daily deals site and they recently had a deal to attend Monkey Mania for only $5 per child (normally $10.50 per child under 3 or $12.50 for older children). I’ve never been to a play centre so had […]

HOT: Prahran Market Kids Activities, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Turn tedious grocery shopping into a fun expedition with the family by heading to Prahran Market. Melbourne’s oldest market used to be my local market when I lived south of the river and it’s a great place to browse, try new foods and buy cheap bags of produce around closing time. The undercover market has […]

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