HOT: Spotlight’s National Craft Month – 28 February to 29 March 2015

Believe it or not, buy I was once an avid crafter. As a child and into my early teens I used to knit, purchase embroider, sale sew, cross-stitch and long-stitch. March is Spotlight’s National Craft Month and I’m going to use it as an opportunity to rediscover my love of craft! Every weekend in March, […]

HOT: Gardiner Reserve, Haines St, North Melbourne

Gardiner Reserve was surprisingly empty on our visit, despite it being one of only two playgrounds in North Melbourne – an area that is increasingly filled with young families. The playground and surrounding grassy area were neat and tidy and it’s separated into three different areas. For toddlers there is a fort with various things to climb and slide, […]

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: White Night Melbourne – Top 10 Tips for families

    White Night Melbourne is one of the most exciting and vibrant times to visit Melbourne’s CBD. It’s 12 non-stop hours of free fun, exhibitions and activities from 7pm-7am and in 2017 it’s happening Saturday 18 February – Sunday 19 February. If you choose to go as a family then here are a few of my tips: If […]

HOT: Phoenix Park, Roy Roy Rd, Malvern East

  Phoenix Park Adventure Playground is an outstanding fortress-style playground in Malvern East/Chadstone. It which was designed by local schoolchildren and built by 600 members of the local community in 1998 over six days. The playground is a built like a medieval castle and is almost wholly made of wood. There are towers, 100mg turrets, […]

The HOT List: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2015 Events for families

I am a big fan of sharing foodie experiences with kids as it’s such a delicious and fun way to learn and spend time together. Every year the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is like Christmas come early for me! Here are my picks for events suitable for families in location and date order: CBD […]

HOT: The Venny Kensington Adventure Playground, 85 Kensington Rd, Kensington

The Venny is a free communal backyard and play space located at JJ Holland Park in Kensington. The project was built for the local high density, low socio-economic neighbourhood, healing with a communal backyard and child support services. It is one of five staffed adventure playgrounds in Melbourne and the only one in the city’s west […]

HOT: The Island Bird by Ernesto Neto, 3rd floor, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

One of National Gallery of Victoria’s newest international contemporary acquisitions is Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s “The Island Bird”. It’s an interactive, online immersive installation which will delight young and old. “The Island Bird, rx ” enables visitors to enter within the exhibit by climbing into a 10m wide roof-mounted, search hanging network of rope tunnels. […]

HOT: Paper Planet by Polyglot Theatre, MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne

Tomorrow is your last chance to join Polyglot Theatre to help create Paper Planet at MPavilion. This week the temporary summer pavilion has been hosting a series of kids’ live art-making workshops which finish on Sunday. Paper Planet is a jungle of cardboard trees filled with paper leaves, knights and magical creatures. Children are invited to […]

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

Happy New Year! I hope you have a great start to 2015. To provide some fun inspiration for the coming year , erectile here’s a list of my Top 10 HOT places for free play from my 2014 reviews. Everyone’s New Year’s Resolution is to save money, buy right?, and you can still visit these […]

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