HOT: New Shanghai, Emporium Melbourne, Level 3, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

My kids are half Chinese but I have to confess that they don’t get a lot of exposure to Chinese culture in their day to day lives. One way I try to rectify that is to feed them Chinese food at every opportunity when we eat out as I’m not a particularly knowledgeable Chinese food […]

HOT: Afternoon Tea, Windsor Hotel, 111 Spring St, Melbourne

These school holidays enjoy a very special treat with afternoon tea at the Windsor Hotel where kids aged 3-12 years only pay the price of their age when one full paying dines on a weekday. Usually, children aged 3-6 years pay $25 and 7-12 years pay $40, so it is a significant saving. The historic Hotel Windsor has been […]

HOT: +39 Pizzeria, 362 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

Looking for a family-friendly eatery in the CBD? If your kid loves pizza (and let’s face it, most kids do) then head to +39 Pizzeria on Little Bourke Street. The pizzeria is stylish, buzzing and pretty small (rents are high in the CBD) you’ll find it’s a popular family haunt if you visit early in […]

The HOT List: Best cafe and playground combinations in Melbourne

The holy grail of parenting = a great cafe combined with a great park (also a kid who sleeps through the night, isn’t a fussy eater etc etc but that’s all for another time). Of course it’s possible to BYO snacks to a playground or BYO toys to a cafe. But the perfect cafe and […]

HOT: Mr Stink, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Mr Stink is the smelliest old soul that you could ever meet – but a new production of Mr Stink, now showing at the Arts Centre Melbourne, is anything but a stinker. The show is based on David Walliams’ 2009 children’s novel and tells the story of lonely schoolgirl Chloe and her friendship with Mr […]

HOT: Sweet Lane Festival, Harbour Town Melbourne, Studio Lane and Star Crescent, Docklands

Sweet Lane Festival is a 5 day food festival at Harbour Town Melbourne celebrating all things sweet. From Thursday 9 March to Monday 13 March The Food Truck Park and the Australian Grand Prix are bringing food trucks, DJs, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities, competitions plus the Australian Grand Prix F1 #AUSGP Fan Zone with displays […]

HOT: MSO Jams for Juniors, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra have been running their popular Jams for Juniors program for under 5s for many years, but this is their first time to the National Gallery of Victoria. And what a spectacular setting it is for a classical music concert! Originally the concert we are invited to attend is in the Great Hall but […]

HOT: ACMI Cafe and Bar, Level 1, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

Finding great places to take kids to eat in the Melbourne CBD can be a hard ask. One of our favourites when visiting Federation Square is the ACMI Cafe and Bar, adjoining ACMI, Australia’s national museum of film, TV, video games, digital culture and art. ACMI Cafe and Bar is open to public 7 days […]

HOT: KitKat Chocolatory, Level 1, Melbourne Central, Cnr Latrobe and Swanston St, Melbourne

When we visited Tokyo one of the things on my to-do list was to stock up on the weird and wonderful flavours of KitKats. Now I don’t need to fly all that way because the world’s first permanent KitKat store is coming to Melbourne Central this Friday 21 October at 11am and I was invited for a […]

HOT: Saluministi, 892 Bourke St, Docklands

Saluministi is a new cafe next to Library at the Dock and across from the playground the Buluk Park. It’s turned this little corner of Victoria Harbour into our favourite place to hang out in Docklands.. The cafe is spacious, light-filled and there are high chairs for little bottoms which just reach the tall tables. When the weather warms […]

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