HOT: The Gruffalo’s Child, National Theatre, Carlisle St, St Kilda

A live musical version of The Gruffal0’s Child, the sequel to the award-winning modern classic The Gruffalo, is playing at the National Theatre in St Kilda from Tuesday 14 July to this Sunday 19 July. The Gruffal0’s Child is a small-scale and clever adaptation of the book. There’s only three actors and a few moveable […]

HOT: Grug and the Rainbow, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

  Grug and the Rainbow is a wonderful theatrical experience for under 5s based on a much-loved, hairy and cute picture book character. The 35 minute event is a delightful and whimsical ramble through one of Ted Pryor’s books – Grug and the Rainbow. I did wonder how they were going to stretch out such […]

HOT: The Library at the Dock and Buluk Park, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands

One of our favourite libraries in Melbourne is The Library at the Dock at Victoria Harbour, Docklands. If ever a library was sexy, this is it. It’s currently hidden amongst a several construction sites – but once you navigate your way through the building and its surroundings are spectacular. On various visits it has never been used to […]

HOT: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Chapel off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran

Eric Carle is a well-loved children’s author and his most famous picture book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show brings the book to life in a toddler-friendly stage production and it includes adaptations of three other best-selling Eric Carle works – ‘The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse’, ‘Mister Seahorse’ and […]

HOT: The Wind in the Willows by The Australian Shakespeare Company, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, South Yarra

The Wind in the Willows by The Australian Shakespeare Company is a summer tradition for families in Melbourne. Now in its 28th year, the riverbank adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and Mr Toad takes place in the bucolic surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s a delightful romp that makes the most of […]

HOT: Paris to Provence Festival 2014, Como House & Garden, Cnr Williams Road & Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra

Melbourne’s French Festival Paris to Provence is back at the National Trust’s Como House Friday 21 November to Sunday 23 November 2014. The French artisan market is a great outing for the family, with stalls, music, food and roving entertainment. Every year there are some familiar faces like La Parisienne Pates and new businesses to […]

HOT: East Melbourne Library, 122 George St, East Melbourne

We are a family of readers yet I prefer to be a book borrower, not a book owner. So libraries are natural places for me to visit with the kids. Going to a library is almost a ho-hum experience for us so it’s rare that I review them – but I think East Melbourne Library […]

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 […]

What’s on in Melbourne for families and under 5s – Friday 29 August to Thursday 4 September

It’s the last week of winter and first taste of Spring! Enjoy your week with hopefully some balmy Spring weather. Saturday 30 August is Melbourne Day with lots of events happening around the city. (Photo from a recent visit to Scienceworks). CBD / DOCKLANDS Pastello: Draw Act at Children’s Gallery at NGV International (Sat 10 May – 31 […]

What’s on in Melbourne for families and under 5s – Friday 22 August to Thursday 28 August

Here are a list of fun activities and events for the last official week of winter! It’s your final opportunity to catch the NGV’s excellent children’s exhibitions Pastello: Draw Act (see photo) and Fashion Detective: Come into the Parlour  plus the Melbourne Writers Festival children & families programming starts this week. CBD / Docklands Pastello: Draw Act at Children’s Gallery […]

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