HOT: Half Moon Bay, Beach Rd, Black Rock

Half Moon Bay is a calm, gentle and shallow beach on Port Phillip Bay near Black Rock. As the name suggests, the little inlet is deeply curved into a half moon crescent shape and the surrounding Red Bluff cliffs make it a particularly sheltered beach for little kids. Half Moon Bay is small and very […]

HOT: Maritime Cove Community Park, Perc White Reserve, Cnr The Blvd and Todd Rd, Port Melbourne

The Maritime Cove Community Park and playground is an large marine-themed playground in Port Melbourne at the end of Perc White Reserve near Sandridge Beach. The playground showcases the area’s maritime and waterside history and reuses old maritime equipment. You’ll find a repurposed channel markers making excellent forts…. …steel buoys to climb and sit on… …plus […]

HOT: Peter Scullin Reserve, Cnr Centreway and Beach Rd, Mordialloc

Peter Scullin Reserve Mordialloc is popular community park between family friendly Mordialloc Beach and the Mordialloc shopping strip. The playground is good for kids of all ages and I see school groups and kindergartens using the space. Baby 2.0’s favourite ride is the pommel bouncer. It only fits 2 children at a time so there can […]

The HOT List: Top 12 Beaches in Melbourne for Kids

So Melbourne isn’t really a beach city – not like Sydney, not like the Gold Coast, not like Perth. But we’re still lucky to live close to a stretch of water that provides safe, calm and picturesque beaches. You won’t get much surf but they’re great for a paddle with the kids. Here’s a list […]

The HOT List: Top 12 Places to go with Kids in a Melbourne Heatwave

Looking for places to go to beat the heat? If you’re stuck for ideas check out my list of the best places to go with kids in a Melbourne heatwave! Save, print and read this post later! Click here to get the printable guide to beating a Melbourne heatwave.   1. Hit the beach   […]

The HOT List: Top 25 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 […]

HOT: Rye’s Up Community Playground, 2387A Point Nepean Rd, Rye, Mornington Peninsula

  If you’re visiting to the Mornington Peninsula don’t miss one of our favourite beach playgrounds on Rye’s foreshore east of Rye Pier. Rye’s Up Community Playground is a wooden adventure playground built by locals in 2012 and is great fun especially when the water’s too cold for swimming. The fully fenced playground sits next […]

HOT: Frankston Regional Foreshore Playground, Frankston Waterfront Reserve, Pier Promenade, Frankston

If you’re visiting Frankston Beach with kids don’t miss the Frankston Regional Foreshore Playground, an imaginative adventure playground that’s affectionately known as the ‘castle playground’. The setting is part fairy tower, part Dracula’s castle, and there’s so much fun to be had that it’s a worthy drawcard away from the stunning sandy beach just a […]

HOT: Williamstown Beach, Shelly’s Beach Pavilion and The Kiosk d’Asporto, The Esplanade, Williamstown

Williamstown Beach is a popular beach on the west side of Port Phillip Bay for locals, but does not get as crowded by sightseers, say as Brighton Beach. It boasts amazing sunset views and is a sheltered, shallow beach for kids to play, though sometimes unsavoury seaweed can wash far up the shore. Thanks to […]

HOT: Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park, Battery Road, Williamstown

Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park is a fun destination for free water play and for older kids, a place with lots of history to discover. Parks Victoria calls it ‘the richest heritage site in the history of Victoria’. There’s no beach as such and the small patches of sand are rocky and full of shells […]

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