HOT: Highpoint Pop Up Park, Level 1 entrance, Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120-200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong

This summer enjoy a whole different shopping centre experience at the Highpoint Pop Up Park. Landscape architecture and urban design firm Aspect Studios has transformed the Level 1 concrete forecourt leading into Hoyts Cinemas into a colourful place of respite and play. It features sensational foam equipment by Imagination Playground, a ping pong table, a Movenpick ice cream van and coffee […]

HOT: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman, Sydney

  Taronga Zoo is possibly Australia’s most beautiful zoo and a highlight of any trip to Sydney with children (though I saw plenty of tourists visiting without kids too) There is so much to see that you should allocate a whole day to explore or start at 9:30am for a solid morning if you have […]

HOT: Little Creatures, 323 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn

Little Creatures is a small indoor play centre in Balwyn that focuses on imaginative play areas that replicate the real world. While it’s quite small entry is only $8 and it contained enough toys, books and equipment to keep my kids interested for around 2 hours. Little Creatures is basically like someone’s large lounge room, […]

HOT: Crocodile Park, corner of Citybay Drive and Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook

Crocodile Park at Point Cook is part of a new residential development called Saltwater Coast. The playground, barbecue area, boardwalk and cafe is one of sixteen parkland areas in the development and is set amongst some beautiful glistening wetlands. The playground uses a cheerful blue and white nautical colour scheme and the equipment is bedded into a mixture of […]

HOT: Ron Barassi Snr Park, 509-529 Docklands Drive, Docklands

Ron Barassi Snr Park in Docklands is named after Ronald Barassi Senior (who inspired AFL’s father-son rule) and includes a fantastic playground, sports field, pavilion and a walking circuit.   For families our pick is the playground with views of the Melbourne Star and Docklands skyscraper, sitting underneath the Citylink freeway and the Bolte Bridge. You’ll be able […]

HOT: Play Central, 35-27 Crockford St, Port Melbourne

Play Central indoor play centre in Port Melbourne is worth a trip across town. It’s well spread out, decease clean, help bathed in natural light, troche air-conditioned and contains enough toys and games to keep kids entertained for a couple of hours. The play centre is on busy Crockford Street Port Melbourne, which means if possible it’s […]

HOT: Fitzroy Gardens, 230-298 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne

Finding a big, safe place for kids to run around in Melbourne’s CBD can be challenging. That’s why one of our favourite CBD fringe destinations is Fitzroy Gardens in East Melbourne. Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most historic and beautiful gardens. The magnificent tree-lined avenues and extensive lawns provide ample opportunity for running and […]

The HOT List: Family Friendly Ballarat – Top 10 Places to Go With Kids

Ballarat is one of Victoria’s major regional centres in the centre of the Goldfields region. The 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne means its doable in a day but with so many things to do and places to eat it’s worthwhile enjoying a longer stay. Here are our family-friendly tips for a weekend away to Ballarat. STAY: […]

HOT: Harmony Garden, Point Park, 1 Point Park Crescent, Yarra’s Edge, Docklands

Yarra’s Edge is a residential development in Docklands on the north-facing banks of the Yarra. Point Park is the green centrepiece of the precinct, an environmentally sustainable parkland featuring rain gardens and water storage cells cleverly concealed within the design. Inside Point Park is an excellent playground called Harmony Garden built by the site’s developers Mirvac in collaboration […]

HOT: Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway, Cnr Belmore Rd and Elgar Rd, Mont Albert North

Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway is a must-do for little (and big) train fans! It’s cheap, old-fashioned fun, with lots to amuse toddlers nearby so you can make it a half-day adventure. The miniature railway is a hobby club that is staffed by volunteers, all of whom are very friendly. Every third Sunday of the month the railway is […]

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