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 […]

HOT: Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Tesselaar Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan

No longer can T and I jump on a cheap flight for a weekend in Amsterdam. So the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is our next best thing! Tesselaar Tulip Farm is located at Silvan in the Dandenongs, under an hour’s drive from Melbourne. From mid-September to mid-October every year the Tesselaar Tulip Festival blooms to celebrate the working farm’s tulips […]

HOT: Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Updated April 2016 I count my family very fortunate to live so close to Collingwood Childrens’ Farm. Other than perhaps Melbourne Zoo, I can’t think of any other places in inner city Melbourne where you can see the sort of animals that feature so much in children’s picture books. When Lady AB was a toddler […]

HOT: School Holidays at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum + Giveaway

So it’s the first week of the school holidays….are you tearing your hair out yet? I’ve said before that one of my favourite places to take NKOTB is Melbourne Museum, particularly the Children’s Gallery. And while we try and avoid the venue during school holidays due to the crowds, I know that there will many […]

HOT: Animalia with Baby Love Music Fun, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St, Southbank

NKOTB and I have been attending baby and toddler music concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre since she was old enough to enjoy them. Our most recent outing was to Animalia, a concert of animal-themed songs and activities held by Baby Music Love Fun. Once again the concert was held in the salon with cushions […]

HOT: Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention, Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood + Giveaway!

My favourite English claymation characters Wallace and Gromit are in Melbourne for a cracking exhibition at Scienceworks. If you haven’t been to Scienceworks since you were in school, now is the time to go and take your kids. As evidenced by the preview night that I was invited to, Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention can be enjoyed by kids and adults […]

HOT: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Yesterday the whole family trooped off to Readings Carlton so we could meet the Northern Irish artist, illustrator and writer, Oliver Jeffers and get him to autograph NKOTB’s copy of Lost and Found. The marketing collateral tells you that Lost and Found is a “magical tale of friendship and loneliness, a boy and a penguin”. Penguins are inherently cute animals and the naive […]

HOT: The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia, Melbourne Museum + Giveaway!

I lived in London for years and although I liked to visit the British Museum regularly I think I saw about 1/1000th of their vast collection. So I was quite excited to hear that a slice of the museum’s Middle East artefact collection was coming to Melbourne for the Melbourne Museum‘s winter exhibition for 2012, The Wonders […]

HOT: Melbourne Museum Membership

I’ve previously written about one of the best kid’s destinations in Melbourne before, the Melbourne Museum. Well, last week we joined as members of Museum Victoria, which gives us unlimited access to Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum and Royal Exhibition Building (tours only) for $70 per household for 12 months. We live within walking distance of Melbourne Museum and with the onset of […]

HOT: Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Observatory Precinct, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

Before NKOTB Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens used to be the location for after-work power walks, romantic dusk strolls and Moonlight Cinema. I didn’t even know that it had a Children’s Garden. Which means it’s working because this dedicated space for families contains most of the squealing kids, double prams and sprawling picnics in one place, […]

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