HOT: KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil, Flemington Racecourse, Flemington

Cirque du Soleil is back in Melbourne with KOOZA! This is old school Cirque du Soleil that focuses on the  two traditional circus crafts- acrobatics and clowning. The show begins with the Trickster arriving in a jack in the box (Kooza comes from the Sanskrit ‘Koza’ meaning box) delivered to the child like character of The Innocent. The […]

HOT: Summer Pirate Playground, Harbour Town Melbourne, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

Ahoy me mateys! Pirates have run aground at Harbour Town Melbourne and you can join in free pirate playground activities and experiences at the shopping centre’s Summer Pirate Playground from 16 January – 26 February. At the Neverland Adventure Experience you can clash swords with Peter Pan in the foam pit… ….take a walk through Treasure […]

HOT: Australia Day at Government House, Government House Dr, Melbourne

Every year on Australia Day, the official residence of Victoria’s Governor-General, Government House, opens its doors and the gardens to the public. It’s one of the best things to do with kids on Australia Day and all the activities are free! This is the one opportunity for the community to visit the historic house and […]

HOT: NGV Kids Summer Festival 2017, NGV International and NGV Australia, 180 St Kilda Rd and Federation Square, Melbourne

From Monday 16 January to Australia Day Thursday 26 January the National Gallery Victoria on St Kilda Road (NGV International) and Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square (NGV Australia) are hosting its annual NGV Kids Summer Festival with 11 days of FREE events for families. This year the festival’s activities are inspired by David Hockney: […]

HOT: Screen Worlds, ACMI Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne

ACMI stands for the Australian Centre for Moving Image and it’s Australia’s national museum for film, television, video games, digital culture and art. The free Screen Worlds exhibition is a fantastic destination for families. I had always assumed that Screen Worlds was a historical display and thus aimed at older kids who could read exhibition […]

HOT: Music Play, Melbourne Recital Centre, Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Sts, Melbourne

Music Play is the Melbourne Recital Centre’s annual children’s music festival held in the January school holidays. It’s a great first child-friendly introduction to attending a show at a ‘proper’ concert hall – the Elizabeth Murdoch Hall – plus there’s always events suitable for babies up and free foyer entertainment. This year Music Play runs from 11-14 January and includes Justine […]

HOT: Junior Chocolatier Class, Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icecreamery, Cnr Great Ocean Road and Elkington Road, Bellbrae

Are you children crazy for chocolate like mine? If so head to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icecreamery where children 6-12 years can learn how to make chocolate creations from the chocolatiers on the first Saturday of every month (and other days during school holidays). Lady AB was invited to try out the workshop on […]

HOT: School holidays at SciencePlay Kids, MREAM Studios, 32 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone

SciencePlay Kids is a fantastically fun lab space at the MREAM art studios in Maidstone where kids can learn about and explore scientific concepts with Dr Lorien Parker, a scientist (and mother).  SciencePlay Kids started it in late November 2016 with toddler and preschooler classes and the response has been amazing so ‘Dr Loz’ is holding school holiday programs for older […]

HOT: Test Lab, Lego Robotics Workshop and Scienceworks School Holidays Program, 2 Booker Ave, Spotswood

Scienceworks have an amazing temporary pop up space called Test Lab inviting families to explore everything about robots! Test Lab is a maker space for children and is included in general museum entry. You can drop in for general tinkering in the Shed which has open constructive play using a variety of kid-friendly materials, be inspired by what […]

The HOT List: Top 12 Places to go with Kids in a Melbourne Heatwave

Looking for places to go to beat the heat? If you’re stuck for ideas check out my list of the best places to go with kids in a Melbourne heatwave! 1. Hit the beach   Melbourne is blessed with shallow, gentle and safe bay beaches. Our favourites include Altona Beach, Ricketts Point and Carrum Beach, […]

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