HOT: Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East

Santa’s Magical Kingdom  has become a fixture on the Christmas wish list for Melbourne families and we were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night. Now in its fifth year, the event is as close as imaginable to the Christmas dreams of childhood and stories… …from the free-falling “snow” to visits from the […]

HOT: Princes Gardens, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran

Princes Gardens Prahran is a green oasis just off busy Chapel Street and it has lots of features that make it a great place to hang out with kids for the day. The skate park at Princes Gardens is one of the most notable skate parks in Melbourne and thus it is very popular on […]

HOT: Jump Central, 2/117 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin

Jump Central is an indoor trampoline park coupled with indoor sports fields in industrial Moorabbin. The trampoline area is not large compared to some other places I’ve been but Baby 2.0 still spends 1+ hour navigating around the four distinct trampoline areas. There’s dodgeball, a free jumping area, foam pit and hoops. Note you need […]

The HOT List: Top 35 Train Experiences in Melbourne for Kids

It seems that all young kids like Thomas and his friends and Melbourne has loads of train-related activities to satisfy the littlest trainspotter.  Save time and read this later! Click here to receive a pdf checklist of the Top 35 Train Experiences in Melbourne for Kids.  Train Playgrounds in Melbourne Marie Wallace Bayswater Park Massive […]

HOT: Montrose Community Playground, Montrose Recreation Reserve, 950 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose

Montrose Community Playground is an imaginative community-built playground set amongst the leafy Dandenong Ranges. It’s located within Montrose Recreation Reserve which also contains sports ovals, sports pavilion, open space, bushland areas, tennis courts and netball courts. It’s well worth a special trip as it’s large enough to entertain little and big kids for hours and […]

HOT: Tim Neville Arboretum playground, 98-106 Dorset Rd, Ferntree Gully

Tim Neville Arboretum playground is a popular stop for families in Ferntree Gully, especially those with toddlers. The entire playground is surrounded by a sturdy fence with a child-proof gate and has a medieval/fairy tale theme. Inside you’ll find a distinctive Loch Ness Monster than you can climb…. ….cross the drawbridge on the ‘moat’ and there […]

HOT: Caulfield Park, Corner Hawthorn and Balaclava Roads, Caulfield North

Caulfield Park is regular hangout for many south-east Melbourne families as there’s so much to do there! There are three playgrounds as well as ponds with ducks and geese, sports ovals, a cricket ground, conservatory, croquet and bowls lawns, basketballs courts, tennis courts and an aviary. The largest playground in Caulfield Park is the Eastern playground, […]

HOT: The Big Freeze, Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, Cnr Brechin Drive & Princes Highway

The Big Freeze is a family-friendly Melbourne winter festival set up under the Big Top at Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre from 1 July – 9 July. The Big Freeze features an affordable snow play experience plus heaps of other wintery activities that will keep the kids amused while sheltered under cover. This year there’s […]

HOT: Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

If you’re looking for a perfect nature play + cafe combo that’s not too far from Melbourne…then Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens and The Piggery at Burnham Beeches in Sherbrooke is it. The gardens is one of the jewels of the Dandenong Ranges. It is particularly stunning in Autumn, with the changing colours of maples and beeches, […]

HOT: St Kilda Adventure Playground, Neptune St, St Kilda

Adventure playgrounds started in postwar Denmark after public officials noticed that children were playing in bombed and excavated sites. From there the idea of ‘adventure playgrounds’ proliferated in Europe, with over 100 ever-changing, junkyard play areas full of creative inspiration. St Kilda Adventure playground is one of only five staffed adventure playgrounds in Melbourne (the […]

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