HOT: Aquativity, South Bank, Brisbane

Aquativity is the water play park at Brisbane’s South Bank and it’s a must-do for any visit to Brisbane. Luckily Brisbane experiences balmy weather for most of the year which means you can enjoy Aquativity in almost any season (though admittedly my kids are much hardier than me about cold water!). Integrated into the large pool […]

HOT: Victory Park, The Strand, Chelsea Beach, Chelsea

Victory Park on the foreshore of Chelsea Beach is popular park with beach-going families in Melbourne. It has all the facilities that you might need for a fun day out and the beach + playground setting means you can combine two outings in one! The playground is good for younger kids as most of the […]

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! 1. Hit the beach   Melbourne is blessed with shallow, gentle and safe bay beaches. Our favourites include Altona Beach, Ricketts Point and Carrum Beach, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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