HOT: Visiting Bright with Kids

Bright is a really popular family destination in the summer holidays – there’s food, wine, cycling, swimming and playgrounds which will keep every member of the family content. Here’s our guide to a family-friendly short stay in Bright thanks to Tourism North East. Where to Stay: Alegria (Elm Court, Bright). Alpine Valley Getaways have 52 […]

HOT: Tumbalong Park Playground, Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour, Sydney

I have been to Sydney many, many times and it’s amazing to still discover new sights in the city now that I have young kids. Sydneysiders may diss the touristy blandness of Darling Harbour but if you’ve got children then there is no better place to hang out in the CBD thanks to the exceptional […]

NOT: Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour, Sydney

When you line up the Chinese Garden against the awesome free playground that’s Tumbalong Park it’s hard to give it a HOT.  It’s pleasant enough but not really that exciting and you have to pay $6 per adult and $3 per child over 4 years to enter. Lady AB enjoyed the Chinese Garden though so maybe it should get a ‘lukewarm’ […]

HOT: Studley Park Boathouse Cafe, Boathouse Rd, Kew

Features: pram access (though you’ll need help up the stairs); change table; high chairs; kids menu; standard menu suitable for kids; play areas – boats, parklands, nearby playground. Studley Park is one of the few places in Melbourne where you can row-row-row-your-boat…and enjoy fish and chips afterwards. As the weather starts warming up you can […]

HOT: Carlton Gardens Playgrounds, Rathdowne Street, Carlton

One of the biggest playgrounds in the City of Melbourne is right near one of our favourite kid-friendly Melbourne sites – the Melbourne Museum. The Carlton Gardens playground is also handy for the World Heritage listed tourist attraction Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens (and the CBD) making it a great place to stop […]

HOT: Artplay Playground, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Artplay playground at Birrarung Marr is one of our favourite CBD pitstops, mainly because of its convenient location right by Federation Square and Artplay (two of our most frequented destinations in the city). Artplay playground is also the place that school groups tend to stop on their city outings so my first tip is to try and […]

HOT: Heide Art Bubs, The Sometimes Chaotic World of Mike Brown, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen

One of our favourite family-friendly cultural activities is to visit the Heide Museum of Modern Art. It’s just a short drive down the Eastern Freeway, the grounds are gorgeous and the sculpture garden provides great interaction for kids, the exhibitions are always interesting and accessible plus there’s a fabulous kid-friendly cafe. If you have under 5s […]

HOT: That’s The Sound the Street Makes and Traffic Light Buttons, Footscray

We recently borrowed ‘That’s the Sound the Street Makes’ by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane, an educational story about how to be a responsible and safe pedestrian produced by VicRoads. It’s not overly moralistic and actually quite fun and you can even download different street sounds and an interactive app to accompany the story. Incidentally, ever […]

HOT: Curtain Square Playground, cnr Rathdowne St and Newry St, Carlton North

Prepare to deck yourself out in yummy mummy gear or jogging lycra if you’re going to fit in at Curtain Square! This elegant park, and the spacious playground within it, is a real community hub for the affluent young families of North Carlton. It’s the best green space for kids in the area – even […]

HOT: The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

The Farm Cafe is a charming cafe adjoining Collingwood Children’s Farm which serves wholesome food to lots of happy families and farm-goers. The wooden tables and rickety little stools lend a rustic feel to the cafe, in keeping with its situation in sight of the vegetable patches and chicken coops. The seating is in nooks […]

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