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 […]

HOT: New Farm Park Playground, Brunswick St, New Farm, Brisbane

When you’re parents to an active toddler you quickly learn to scope out playgrounds wherever you go. And the most amazing playground we’ve visited so far is in New Farm Park, Brisbane. Yes the space is large and there’s loads of play equipment – swings, slides, climbing frames, rockers – but the best thing is […]

HOT: Prahran Market Kids Activities, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Turn tedious grocery shopping into a fun expedition with the family by heading to Prahran Market. Melbourne’s oldest market used to be my local market when I lived south of the river and it’s a great place to browse, try new foods and buy cheap bags of produce around closing time. The undercover market has […]

HOT: Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Observatory Precinct, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

Before NKOTB Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens used to be the location for after-work power walks, romantic dusk strolls and Moonlight Cinema. I didn’t even know that it had a Children’s Garden. Which means it’s working because this dedicated space for families contains most of the squealing kids, double prams and sprawling picnics in one place, […]

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