HOT: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat

Sovereign Hill is an open-air museum in Ballarat which recreates Ballarat’s boom years in the 1850s as a world-famous goldfields township and Victoria’s largest inland city. The theme park is spread over 25 hectares with many original buildings, shops selling authentic souvenirs and guides dressed in period costume. I haven’t been to Sovereign Hill since I […]

HOT: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, cnr Flinders St and King St, Melbourne

Updated September 2016 SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is one of my go-to indoor places when the weather’s wild – hot, cold, wet. The aquarium got updated in 2015 and constantly adds new features to make it a more appealing attraction for families. The layout of the exhibits means a bit of travelling between floors which is easily negotiated with a pram using […]

FREE Family-friendly tour of Footscray – with me!

Maribyrnong City Council regularly run ‘Westside Discovery Tours’, a series of FREE tours for locals and visitors to introduce them to the secrets of Melbourne’s west side. (Read about some of their previous tours here and here). New tours are available for booking from today and I will be leading not one, but two tours! With my […]

HOT: Little Foodies Corner, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2015

Note all Little Foodies Corner workshops are sold out but there is always the chance of no-shows on the day (three kids didn’t turn up for our workshop). If you’re in the area or visiting the Artisan Bakery & Bar it’s worth dropping in to see if there’s space left. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival […]

HOT: Where the Wild Things Sing by Black Hole Theatre, Summersalt Outdoor Arts Festival 2015, Southbank

Summersalt is Melbourne newest arts festival centred around Southbank’s Dodds Street/Sturt Street area, with five weekends of art, dance, music and theatre in February. One of the family-friendly events is ‘Where the Wild Things Sing’. It is billed as an ‘urban safari through the streets of Southbank where opera and puppetry collide in an adventure […]

HOT: Heide Art Bubs Sculpture Park, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen

Updated February 2017 Heide Art Bubs at the Heide Museum of Modern Art kicks off the year with a tour of the sculpture park and art workshops inspired by the sculptures of the museum. Instead of starting off with the usual art-related storytime we all get into playing first! Tucked behind the Emily Floyd sculpture which adorns […]

HOT: Enchanted Adventure Garden, 55 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula

Enchanted Adventure Garden at Arthur’s Seat is one of Mornington Peninsula’s favourite family attractions. While the award-winning adventure playground is famous for its mazes, patient seek there is actually lots more to experience. You can stroll around the different themed gardens, buy try tree-surfing, tube slides, an indoor 3D maze and a pram-friendly treetop canopy […]

The HOT List: Best Cheap Fun in Melbourne with Kids 2014

For more family-friendly fun this coming year, here’s a list of my Top 10 HOT cheap places to play from my 2014 reviews (that you can still visit in 2015). Note that I’ve included two zoos because if you join as a zoo member you get unlimited entry for 12 months, so it can work out […]

Deep Oceans at Scienceworks – Giveaway!

Scienceworks have a new temporary exhibition opening next Saturday 25 October called ‘Deep Oceans’. Deep Oceans unlocks the mysterious world of strange and rarely seen deep sea creatures, with hands-on and interactive experiences, model displays and real specimens. Meet the Vampire Squid, Dragonfis, Sea Mouse, Fangtooth and Squat Lobster and other weird and wonderful animals […]

What’s on in Melbourne for families and under 5s – Friday 17 October to Thursday 23 October

This week there are loads of events for Children’s Week plus many adventures to be had in the city! (Photo from Carsten Holler’s Golden Mirror Carousel at NGV International). CBD / DOCKLANDS Carsten Holler’s Golden Mirror Carousel at Arts Centre Melbourne (Fri 10 Oct – Sun 1 Mar) – the spectacular life-size Golden Mirror Carousel offers visitors to Federation Court […]

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