HOT: Essendon Traffic School, Corner Albion and Lawson Streets, Essendon

Essendon Traffic School is a miniature city set out for children to practice riding their bikes and to learn road rules. It’s open every Saturday morning and every day during school holidays. It’s a popular, low-cost way to spend a couple of hours. The layout is very simple. There’s a 4-way intersection with traffic lights, […]

HOT: Bayview Park, Alamanda Boulevard, Point Cook

Argh me hearties! The Bayview Park pirate ship playground in Point Cook has risen from the ashes after an arson attack in 2014. The playground has been rebuilt as it was, meaning that one of Melbourne’s most-thrill seeking slides has been reinstalled along with extensive climbing equipment both on top of the hill and at […]

HOT: 9Fest at The Dream Factory, 90 Maribyrnong St, Footscray

The Dream Factory in Footscray is Melbourne’s first space dedicated to design, technology, social impact and community-building activities. The former site of Lonely Planet along the Maribyrnong River is now a creative hub for Melbourne’s west, thanks to Inspire9. Inspire9 are celebrating the official opening of Inspire9 Footscray at The Dream Factory with a month-long […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Playgrounds in Melbourne for Older Kids

Today’s HOT List represents the 6+ years of playground adventures with my kids and is a compilation of the best playgrounds for older kids. Challenging climbing equipment, tall slides, natural elements and water play are all on the wish list! You’ll find the full list over at Planning With Kids, one of my favourite parenting […]

HOT: Crocs Playcentre Derrimut, Unit 3 & 4, 21 Elgar Road, Derrimut

Crocs Playcentre Derrimut is the newest addition to the Crocs franchise chain of indoor play centres all over Australia. Being relatively new the equipment is clean and the spacious location is not overrun on the rainy weekday we visit. The play centre is one large room with good sightlines to most areas. There’s only one […]

HOT: Atherstone Playground (Bridge Road Regional Playspace), Bridge Road, Melton South

Atherstone is a new housing estate in Melton, in Melbourne’s outer north-west and one of the major developments of the new town centre is an awesome, fully fenced adventure playground – the Bridge Road Regional Playspace. The playground is huge and contains equipment that suits babies right up to older kids. Some of the equipment […]

HOT: AquaPulse, 80-82 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing

AquaPulse Hoppers Crossing is a huge indoor aquatic and leisure centre with enough slipping, sliding and swimming to keep the kids entertained for hours.  We were invited by Experience Wyndham to visit Aquapulse in the middle of winter – which turns out to be a great time to go! It’s all indoors, undercover and heated […]

HOT: Bulla Hill Railway, Bulla Recreation Reserve, 15 Green St, Bulla

    Bulla Hill Railway is a fun and cheap day out for little train and dinosaur fans, with enough to amuse amuse toddlers and preschoolers for a half-day adventure. The miniature railway is operated by the Tullamarine Live Steam Society, a volunteer hobby club, and they run steam and diesel locomotive rides for the public […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Indoor Places to Go with Kids in Melbourne

Melbourne is famous for experiencing four seasons in one day – and often that means rain, especially in winter. If you’re stuck for ideas as to what to do with kids on a cold or rainy day, check out my list of Top 10 indoor places to go and things to do with kids in […]

The HOT List: Top 40 of Australia’s Best Playgrounds

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects holds an Australia’s Best Playground competition which recognises the work of landscape architects who have designed amazing public play spaces. Here are the 40 best playgrounds in Australia (as submitted by ALIA members)  – put them on your bucket list! There were 45 submissions but I’ve omitted five of the entries as they are […]

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