HOT: Alison Lester Gallery, 1 Falls Rd, Fish Creek

Fish Creek is a small town in the Prom Country on the road to Wilsons Promontory. While it only has about 800 residents it is known as the artistic hub of Gippsland as it boasts an unusually large number of galleries and arts and craft outlets, mainly catering for tourists who pass through Fish Creek […]

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 […]

The HOT List: Williamstown Literary Festival 2016 – Top 10 events for families and kids

Williamstown Literary Festival is the premier event for writers and readers in Melbourne’s west. The two day festival brings books alive at Williamstown Town Hall or the Williamstown Library (both located at 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown). Here are my Top 10 picks of the 13th annual Williamstown Literary Festival for families and children. Early bird tickets […]

HOT: Day Out with Thomas at Puffing Billy, Puffing Billy Gembrook Station, Main Rd, Gembrook

The Puffing Billy steam train in the Dandenong Ranges is one of Melbourne’s major tourist attractions – but did you know that on certain Spring and Autumn weekends you can enjoy Day Out with Thomas? A Day Out with Thomas is a special children’s event where the famous Thomas the Tank engine actually pulls the […]

HOT: Penguin Australia’s Children’s Books new releases + Giveaway!

When parents and friends ask what the kids want for Christmas, I always say ‘books’. Books are a gift that keep on giving! For Christmas this year I have compiled a picture book wish list for our kids age 2 and 4 from Penguin Australia’s new releases. John Williamson’s Christmas in Australia by John Williamson […]

HOT: New Titles of BabyLit Board Books by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver

I’ve previously raved about the BabyLit series of board books so when we discovered that new BabyLit titles had been released we had to add them to our collection! There are four new books: Frankenstein – an anatomy primer; Huckleberry Finn – a camping primer; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – a colour primer;and The Jungle Book – an animals primer. The […]

HOT: Raising Bilingual Children – Why and How

Yesterday I met another Chinese mum married to an English-only speaking Dad. She was bilingual and was teaching her daughter to speak Chinese and we got chatting about the challenges of being a bilingual parent. Many people are curious and impressed when they discover that I’m teaching my kids to be bilingual. For me, teaching […]

HOT: Bark! Bark! Bark! A Treehouse exhibition, Melbourne Writers Festival 2014, ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

ArtPlay are holding a free exhibition of original illustrations, pilule prints and preliminary works by Terry Denton from the famous Treehouse series created with Andy Griffiths, story  coinciding with the Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 (21-31 August). While the books are aimed at 6-12 years and so we haven’t got to them with Lady AB yet, Bark! Bark! Bark! still […]

HOT: Alphabet City Melbourne and Letters from Melbourne by Maree Coote

The Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 is on 21-31 August and there are several sessions which are focused on kids and families. Lady AB and I attended Alphabet City Melbourne at ArtPlay where we got to learn our ABCs with author and illustrator Maree Coote. Maree is the author and illustrator of When you go to […]

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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