HOT: Beechworth with kids

     For many families school holidays means an opportunity to get away! So for most of January I’ll be mainly focusing on things to do, places to go and dining out in Regional Victoria – because that’s where most Melbourne families choose to spend their holidays. The first stop on our family-friendly tour of Victoria […]

HOT: Gingerbread Village by Epicure, Melbourne Town Hall, 100 Swanston St, Melbourne

    Lady AB loves gingerbread so you can imagine her excitement when we visited the magical Gingerbread Village by Epicure at the Melbourne Town Hall. This display can be entered by a gold coin donation that will in turn be donated to Make-A-Wish Australia and makes a fun pit stop if you’re towing kids around the CBD […]

HOT: Tumbalong Park Playground, Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour, Sydney

I have been to Sydney many, many times and it’s amazing to still discover new sights in the city now that I have young kids. Sydneysiders may diss the touristy blandness of Darling Harbour but if you’ve got children then there is no better place to hang out in the CBD thanks to the exceptional […]

HOT: Studley Park Boathouse Cafe, Boathouse Rd, Kew

Features: pram access (though you’ll need help up the stairs); change table; high chairs; kids menu; standard menu suitable for kids; play areas – boats, parklands, nearby playground. Studley Park is one of the few places in Melbourne where you can row-row-row-your-boat…and enjoy fish and chips afterwards. As the weather starts warming up you can […]

HOT: Gallery Kitchen, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Features: pram access; numerous high chairs; standard menu suitable for kids; kids menu; parents room in gallery; and activities in rest of gallery. If you haven’t been to the NGV’s blockbuster exhibition Monet’s Garden then you only have until Sunday 8 September to do so. I don’t think the exhibition is particularly kid-friendly, especially for toddlers […]

HOT: Carlton Gardens Playgrounds, Rathdowne Street, Carlton

One of the biggest playgrounds in the City of Melbourne is right near one of our favourite kid-friendly Melbourne sites – the Melbourne Museum. The Carlton Gardens playground is also handy for the World Heritage listed tourist attraction Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens (and the CBD) making it a great place to stop […]

HOT: That’s The Sound the Street Makes and Traffic Light Buttons, Footscray

We recently borrowed ‘That’s the Sound the Street Makes’ by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane, an educational story about how to be a responsible and safe pedestrian produced by VicRoads. It’s not overly moralistic and actually quite fun and you can even download different street sounds and an interactive app to accompany the story. Incidentally, ever […]

HOT: Plum Garland Memorial Playground, Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park

Updated February 2017 The Plum Garland Memorial Playground in Albert Park is a fantastic example of how a playground can be integrated well with its surroundings. In this case, the beachfront of Albert Park / South Melbourne creeps into the playground, making it a sandy spectacular delight. This is a playground where shoes off are definitely […]

HOT: Wombat Bend Play Space, Finns Reserve, Duncan Street, Lower Templestowe

Wombat Bend isn’t one of the best playgrounds we’ve visited in terms of play equipment, but it is a large fenced play area built around a charming bushland setting and a great location for a kid’s birthday party or picnic (as we witnessed on our visit). It’s the kind of place where kids can roam and […]

HOT: Hays Paddock playground, Lister St, Kew East

Updated April 2016 Hays Paddock Kew East is not too far from the city and is well-known for being one of the best playgrounds in Melbourne. The large gated area houses lots of play equipment for children of all ages and it is one of the few playgrounds which also caters for children with disabilities. There are four main […]

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