HOT: Play School Live in Concert 2014, Prince of Bears, The Substation, 1 Market St, Newport

  Every toddler I know is a big fan of Play School, the longest running children’s television show in Australia. It’s so old that even I remember watching Play School as a child :–) What’s even better is when Play School comes to life and the Play School concerts come town. Like the TV shows, the live shows […]

HOT: Heide Art Bubs, Future Primitive, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen

Heide Art Bubs at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen is one of my favourite outings with preschool kids in Melbourne. It’s educational, fun, creative, interactive – and delicious! Our latest Heide Art Bubs visit was a craft session inspired by the museum’s latest exhibition ‘Future Primitive‘. Future Primitive brings together works by 19 artists from […]

HOT: We Have No Plans Today, Melbourne Writers Festival 2013, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Melbourne is Australia’s festival city and it’s great that programs always seem to have some kid-specific shows so that the whole family can get festive. ‘We Have No Plans Today’ was one of the child-friendly events held for this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (22 August – 1 September 2013) and it was a unique session where […]

HOT: Heide Art Bubs, The Sometimes Chaotic World of Mike Brown, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen

One of our favourite family-friendly cultural activities is to visit the Heide Museum of Modern Art. It’s just a short drive down the Eastern Freeway, the grounds are gorgeous and the sculpture garden provides great interaction for kids, the exhibitions are always interesting and accessible plus there’s a fabulous kid-friendly cafe. If you have under 5s […]

HOT: Books Illustrated Gallery & Showroom, 300 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park

On Beaconsfield Parade, facing the beach and the bay, is an unprepossessing little house which is the location of Books Illustrated. Books Illustrated is an independent bookstore and gallery which promotes Australian children’s literature and book illustrations. Their focus and specialty is Australian hardback picture books and in two small rooms (and online) they sell books for babies right up to […]

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

Bricks and mortar bookshops are doing it tough on the high street and specialist book retailers are disappearing especially quickly. So 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 […]

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: 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: Melbourne Museum Children’s Gallery + Giveaway

Product Talk by Nuffnang Melbourne Museum is one of my must-do recommendations in Melbourne for families with kids. As well as the usual exhibitions of fossils, forests and Phar Lap, the Children’s Gallery is a kid-friendly space aimed at teaching mainly 3-8 year olds about natural history, with an adjoining undercover play area housing old-fashioned […]

HOT: Baby Bounce, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

Lots of local libraries run storytimes but for a fun trip into the city the State Library of Victoria hold Baby Bounce on a Wednesday morning 10:30am every fortnight. Baby Bounce is a baby story time session for kids under 2 years. A couple of the librarians run it and they go through stories, songs and rhymes which are designed to help […]

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