The HOT List: Best Free Fun in Melbourne with Kids 2015

New Year’s Eve is always a good time to reflect on the past year and WOW what amazing fun we’ve had in Melbourne with kids in 2015. To inspire you to get out and about with your family, here’s a list of my Top 10 HOT places for free play from my 2015 reviews – […]

The HOT List: Child-friendly visit to Carrum and Frankston

Melbourne does not immediately strike you as a beach city but once the temperature soars lots of people flock to the bay for a paddle and some pretty lovely sight-seeing. This summer we drove just 45 minutes out of town to visit to Carrum and Frankston, a perfect half-day trip for little people with lots of […]

HOT: Carrum Beach Playground, 15 Old Post Office Lane, Carrum Beach Foreshore, Carrum

Carrum Beach is reputed to be one of Melbourne’s best beaches and it’s a particularly family-friendly destination thanks to the excellent Carrum Foreshore playground. The equipment has a nautical theme, with a cave-like maze housing sea creatures, a central lighthouse complete with telescope for looking across the bay, a rocking Wave Rider boat, a miniature wooden […]

The HOT List: Best Playgrounds with Shade in Melbourne

Summer’s here and it’s time to head outside – but a playground can be a hot place if there’s no shade. Here’s a list of the HOT playgrounds I’ve reviewed with shade sails or natural shade from trees or surrounding structures.   CBD/DOCKLANDS Artplay Playground, Birrarung Marr Harmony Garden, Docklands   NORTH/NORTH/EAST Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy […]

HOT: Seville Water Park, 20 Monbulk-Seville Rd, Seville

Seville Water Park is an awesome free water play area in the Yarra Valley that has been created from the former Seville Memorial Swimming Pool. The water park is set amongst parklands, with picnic tables, an extensive adventure playground, oval and netball courts. It sits just behind the strip of shops at Seville so you […]

HOT: Pick Your Own Cherries, Cherryhill Orchards, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

Updated January 2017 Looking for teacher gifts that are a sure-fire hit? Do what we do –  take the kids to Cherryhill Orchards and pick a box of cherries for the staffroom! Every December we pick a sunny day and head out to the Yarra Valley to visit Cherryhill Orchards. It’s only 45 minutes from Melbourne and a fun […]

The HOT List: Top 13 Places to go in Sydney with Kids

Sydney is a world-class city that’s right on Melbourne’s doorstep – and hence a fantastic place to visit with kids, even if just for a few days. In fact, Lonely Planet considered it one of Australia’s Top 10 family-friendly destinations. If you have limited time here’s a short itinerary of where to stay, eat and […]

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, […]

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