HOT: Howard Dawson Reserve, 324-366 Burke Rd, Glen Iris

If you don’t have kids, or even toddlers, it’s likely that a playground would have to be very impressive indeed before it caught your attention. Before Lady AB could walk we had a reasonable idea where the green spaces were in our community – a nice place for a BBQ with friends once every couple […]

HOT: Central Gardens playground, 32 Henry St, Hawthorn

Central Gardens in Hawthorn is otherwise known as the ‘Rocket Park’ because the first thing you notice is the tall rocket climbing frame gracing the small playground. It’s a charming play area which has the usual selection of equipment – swings, slides, a seesaw and climbing structures – as well as more unusual items like the […]

HOT: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Icecreamery, 35 Old Healesville Rd (cnr Melba Highway), Yarra Glen

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Icrecreamery is a family-friendly destination in the heart of Yarra Glen. The property’s main attraction is a stylish, shaded building housing a chocolate factory, shop and cafe. The cafe spans indoor (air conditioned) and outdoor areas with views overlooking the rolling environs of the valley. Inside there are free chocolate tastings and of course chocolate shopping, […]

HOT: Terrific Toddler Tuesdays, Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee

Werribee Open Range Zoo is a kid-friendly mini-African safari only 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD and a great day out for the family. I get a bit depressed looking at caged animals so seeing them in (gated) open fields is much more appealing to me. The zoo has storybook African animals such as lions, zebras, […]

HOT: PBS Rock-A-Bye Baby Music Sessions, Fitzroy Town Hall, Napier St, Fitzroy

Every two months local radio station PBS 106.7 FM put on Rock-A-Bye Baby Music Sessions at Fitzroy Town Hall. It is a widely anticipated event in the community – lots of parents I know in the area put the dates in their diary well in advance. The concerts are unique because they feature local musicians who […]

HOT: Wombat Bend Play Space, Finns Reserve, Duncan Street, Lower Templestowe

Wombat Bend isn’t one of the best playgrounds we’ve visited in terms of play equipment, but it is a large fenced play area built around a charming bushland setting and a great location for a kid’s birthday party or picnic (as we witnessed on our visit). It’s the kind of place where kids can roam and […]

HOT: Kids’ Flicks at ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

One of my childhood memories is my mum taking me into the city to watch a Disney film once a year for a school holiday treat. It was my first introduction to 101 Dalmations, The Lady and the Tramp and Fantasia. Lady AB is almost 2 years old and I figure it’s not too young […]

HOT: Hot Days Cool Arts eNewsletters

We’ve been running a lot of artsy/cultural event giveaways lately and so we thought you also might be interested in knowing about a summer series of enewsletters by Arts Victoria called Hot Days Cool Arts. Hot Days Cool Arts is a new initiative geared towards families to showcase the family friendly stuff at the major cultural institutions […]

Invisible Me at MusicPlay, Melbourne Recital Centre – Giveaway

If you’ve missed out on some of the other ticket giveaways for school holiday events we’ve been running this week, try again with today’s giveaway to a performance at Melbourne Recital Centre. From 17-19 January, the venue is hosting MusicPlay, a children’s music festival with lots of concerts and activities for little ones and their […]

Sleeping Beauty by Victorian Opera – Giveaway

Another fantastic cultural school holiday idea, this time by Victorian Opera which is opening its annual pantomime this Thursday. Everyone must know the story of Sleeping Beauty….The birth of Princess Aurora is being celebrated in the magical mountain kingdom of Valeriana. An uninvited evil fairy places a terrible curse on the young child. On her 16th […]

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