HOT: Monument Park, 21 Newquay Promenade, Docklands

Back in July we participated in the citywide Open House Melbourne and one of our discoveries was Monument Park at Newquay, treatment Docklands. Monument Park is a sculpture park located in the public open space at NewQuay at the intersection of several tall residential/commercial buildings. In 2014 the largest public art project delivered in Docklands […]

HOT: Imaginary Architecture, Artplay, Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair St, Kensington

Imaginary Architecture is a free temporary exhibition and cardboard play workshop by Lara Tumak in collaboration first developed with the children at Artplay. A cardboard city is made with boxes and other recycled materials, with little peep holes on the side that reveal secret little worlds created by kids.  The work is taking over Kensington Town […]

HOT: Play Streets 2, McCracken Street, Kensington

Thanks to the enthusiasm of Kensington’s community during Australia’s first pilot Play Streets event, Play Streets will be happening again this Sunday 13 September. CoDesign Studio in Collingwood, in conjunction of City of Melbourne and VicHealth, are turning car streets into Play Streets and giving families an opportunity to play, connect and learn. Once again Jo Skladzien (Small Scapes) and […]

The HOT List: Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015 – Best shows for kids under 5

The 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival is opening soon on in time for the September school holidays, from Wednesday 16 September to Sunday 4 October. This year’s children’s program features a jam-packed program of circus, puppetry, comedy, theatre. The Festival Hub is also being made family-friendly with the dancefloor at Bollywood Express, the first ever kids […]

HOT: The Dad Cave – Father’s Day at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Do you remember the milk bottle igloo that Jo Skladzien (Small Scapes) and I built at Footscray Library as part of Build & Rebuild? Well for Father’s Day this year Sunday 6 September we are building another milk bottle igloo… at Heide Museum of Modern Art! This igloo is called ‘The Dad Cave’.  Come and […]

HOT: Play by Narinda Cook, Incinerator Gallery, 180 Holmes Rd, Moonee Ponds

Play by Narinda Cook is a new free temporary exhibition in the atrium of Incinerator Gallery Moonee Ponds – and it’s as fun as the name suggests! Incinerator Gallery is the City of Moonee Valley’s centre for visual arts built inside an original incinerator designed by Walter Burley Griffin. You can still see the old […]

HOT: Find Me a Castle by Beci Orpin, Lamington Drive, 101a Sackville St, Collingwood

Find Me a Castle is Melbourne designer Beci Orpin’s first foray in children’s literature. It’s a bright and cheery interpretation of the classic look-and-find book, with lots of hidden things to discover on each page. Each double page has a theme – whether it’s a bathroom or the city of the seaside. The rollicking rhymes give […]

HOT: Play Streets, New Street, Kensington

Images via www.thecraftycrow.net, symptoms  www.pinterest.com, dosage  tetejewellers.com, sickness  www.wikihow.com, housology.com Do you remember your childhood, when all the local kids would play on the street from after the school bell until they were called in for dinner? Nowadays kids are more likely to be sitting at home playing on a screen or secluded in their backyards. So […]

HOT: Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children’s Book Illustrations, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne

Bunyips and Dragons is an exhibition of Australian children’s book illustrations at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and it’s sure to captivate anyone who loves kids books. The collection was donated to the NGV by Albert Ullin OAM, the founder of The Little Bookroom, who formed many relationships with illustrators since he first opened […]

HOT: Sunshine Children’s Garden – closes Monday 13 July

As regular readers will know Sunshine Children’s Garden  was a free hands-on construction play event that Jo Skladzien (Small Scapes) and I hosted Saturday 4 July 2015 at Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre. The day was a great success! We had so many happy families come and visit us to transform a vacant shop into a garden playscape […]

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