HOT: States of Blue: West Projections Festival 2016

West Projections Festival 2016 is a free projection festival which returning for the third year in a row to light up Footscray’s streets. From Monday 15 August to Sunday 11 of September 2016, be immersed in the colour blue through a series of video projections and sound pieces in the streets of Footscray. States of Blue: West Projections Festival will illuminate creative spaces, […]

The HOT List: National Bookshop Day 2016 events in Melbourne

This Saturday 13 August is National Bookshop Day, which celebrates local bookshops all around Australia. Bookshops around the country are hosting events, book readings and fun activities. Here’s what happening in some of Melbourne’s bookshops: Benns Books 437 Centre Road Bentleigh Alan Brough presenting a performance based on his book ‘Charlie and the War against […]

HOT: Shimmer: The Exhibition, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Shimmer: The Exhibition is the latest temporary installation in Artplay’s exhibition space and it explores the interplay of shadow and light. In a previous workshop children worked with visual artist, Louisa Ennis-Thomas to make flower garlands and sculptural forms using plastic bottles, pipe cleaners and other craft materials. All of these works are now installed […]

The HOT List: 10 Tips for Visiting Open House Melbourne with Kids

  Open House Melbourne Weekend is an annual winter event that gives people the opportunity to access and experience great design and architecture in Melbourne. This year’s program extends the widest ever geographical area and there are houses, infrastructure and landscapes to visit over two days – Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July 2017. […]

HOT: Sunshine Library, Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, 301 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine

Sunshine Library is back at the library’s former location at 301 Hampshire Road Sunshine, in the hub of Sunshine CBD. It’s part of the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre which incorporates offices, a customer service centre, community meeting spaces, exhibition spaces and the Sunshine Historical Society offices. The huge library spans the first two floors. The library features large double height […]

HOT: Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Gertrude Street Projection Festival is an annual free light, sound and art exhibition celebrating winter on one of Melbourne’s most vibrant streets. Shop fronts, laneways, windows and footpaths light up for a self-guided walking tour of Fitzroy and Collingwood from Friday 21 July to Sunday 30 July 2017.    I have taken Lady AB to […]

The HOT List: 8 tips for seeing the Docklands Fireworks in Winter

During winter, Docklands bursts alight with a free Friday night fireworks in July and August. It’s a popular family event and here are my tips to make the most of your nighttime adventure. Pick a vantage point The best, and thus most popular, vantage point is at the end of Newquay. Most of the street performers congregate there, […]

HOT: Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé for Kids, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé for Kids is NGV’s latest children’s gallery exhibition and the colourful, hands-on installation is guaranteed to make you hungry! Catalan designer Martí Guixé is known as the ‘father of food design’ and Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé for Kids is his first major Australian exhibition. The children’s gallery has been […]

The HOT List: Top 16 FREE things to do in Melbourne with kids this Winter (+ 12 paid events you could check out too)

Don’t hibernate away this winter – head to Melbourne’s CBD and embark on some indoor and outdoor fun with these FREE special family friendly events.  For the sake of completeness I’ve also included some ideas for events that require a fee and possibly pre-booking.   FREE Events 1. Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Markets (Wed 1 Jun […]

The HOT List: Best Places to Go and Things to Do with Toddlers and Babies in Melbourne

A recent reader question from Laura B has reminded me of how hard it is to find age-appropriate places in Melbourne to take toddlers and babies. She asks “We’re spending a long weekend in Melbourne this weekend coming with our ten-month-old twins. Any suggestions on things we can do with them  – they will be […]

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