HOT: Aquativity, South Bank, Brisbane

Aquativity is the water play park at Brisbane’s South Bank and it’s a must-do for any visit to Brisbane. Luckily Brisbane experiences balmy weather for most of the year which means you can enjoy Aquativity in almost any season (though admittedly my kids are much hardier than me about cold water!). Integrated into the large pool […]

HOT: Riverside Green playground, South Bank, Brisbane

Riverside Green is a large adventure playground in Brisbane’s South Bank and it’s a cracker if your kids are confident climbers. The vibrant pink, green and blue colour scheme is inspired by South Bank’s ‘Grand Arbour’ of blooming bougainvillea and the play area is split up into four play environments. The ‘adventure zone’ contains the […]

HOT: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast

Broadwater Parklands is a fantastic redevelopment of Southport’s previously dowdy foreshore with a range of sites and facilities, many of them free. It’s one of the best places to take kids on the Gold Coast. Our favourite part is the Rockpools, a semi-fenced water play area featuring water jets, fountains, a waterfall and sculptural pieces […]

HOT: Make Me Iconic Ute & Stocking Stuffers

Our toy box is filled to the brim with quality wooden toys from my favourite Melbourne-based homewares designer Make Me Iconic – but this year they’ve tempted me again with the launch of their new Iconic Ute wooden toy ($90). It is definitely the new favourite toy in our household at the moment! This bright orange […]

The HOT List: Best Places to Scoot #1 – Altona Beach

This year Christmas has come early for Baby 2.0! He was gifted his dream green Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter so that we could share with you one of our favourite places to scoot in Melbourne – Altona Beach. Altona Beach is a gloriously wide beach on the western side of Port Phillip Bay framed by huge Norfolk pines on the shoreline. Running […]

Who Is Fitzy Fox? by Amelia Trompf and Jennifer Bruce – Giveaway!

We love Melbourne and we love children’s books, so we especially about children’s books about Melbourne! Amelia Trompf is a Melbourne author and primary school teacher and we were given her debut picture book ‘Who Is Fitzy Fox?’ to review.   Who Is Fitzy Fox? is mostly set in Melbourne’s first suburb (and my previous home) Fitzroy […]

HOT: Readings Kids Bookshop, 315 Lygon St, Carlton

Readings, International Bookstore of the Year 2016, has opened Readings Kids, a sparkling new children’s and young adult literature bookshop adjacent to the existing Carlton flagship store on Lygon Street. Readings Kids is a gorgeous, light-filled shop and is dominated by a vibrant forest green mural by Melbourne artist Marc Martin, inspired by his best-selling children’s […]

HOT: Collingwood Toy Library, Victoria Park Community Centre, Corner of Lulie and Abbot Streets, Abbotsford

I didn’t truly understand the saying “like a toddler with a new toy” until I had a toddler of my own.  Like all kids my almost three year old loves nothing more than a new toy but is quick to discard the object of her affection as soon as another new shiny piece of plastic […]

The HOT List: 16 Best Libraries in Melbourne

Melbourne is one of only twenty UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world so it’s fitting that Melburnians love and appreciate their libraries. Apparently more people borrow books from libraries in Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia. So here’s my list of the 16 best libraries in Melbourne for kids. Places that aren’t just repositories for books […]

The HOT List: National Bookshop Day 2016 events in Melbourne

This Saturday 13 August is National Bookshop Day, which celebrates local bookshops all around Australia. Bookshops around the country are hosting events, book readings and fun activities. Here’s what happening in some of Melbourne’s bookshops: Benns Books 437 Centre Road Bentleigh Alan Brough presenting a performance based on his book ‘Charlie and the War against […]

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