The HOT List: Top 12 Beaches in Melbourne for Kids

So Melbourne isn’t really a beach city – not like Sydney, not like the Gold Coast, not like Perth. But we’re still lucky to live close to a stretch of water that provides safe, calm and picturesque beaches. You won’t get much surf but they’re great for a paddle with the kids. Here’s a list […]

HOT: Community Bank Adventure Playground, Hadfield Park, Cnr Northern Highway and Queen Street, Wallan

This summer Victoria’s newest water play park Community Bank Adventure Playground opened at Hadfield Park Wallan. Unfortunately we pick a day to visit when the council are doing maintenance work on the splash park. Luckily the rest of the playground is pretty awesome too! The all-abilities playground is dominated by a five storey wooden climbing fort […]

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: Summer Pirate Playground, Harbour Town Melbourne, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

Ahoy me mateys! Pirates have run aground at Harbour Town Melbourne and you can join in free pirate playground activities and experiences at the shopping centre’s Summer Pirate Playground from 16 January – 26 February. At the Neverland Adventure Experience you can clash swords with Peter Pan in the foam pit… ….take a walk through Treasure […]

The HOT List: Top 12 Places to go with Kids in a Melbourne Heatwave

Looking for places to go to beat the heat? If you’re stuck for ideas check out my list of the best places to go with kids in a Melbourne heatwave! Save, print and read this post later! Click here to get the printable guide to beating a Melbourne heatwave.   1. Hit the beach   […]

The HOT List: Top 14 Places to go with Kids in Lorne

Lorne is a favourite getaway for Melbourne families,  especially in summer.  Journalist, food and travel blogger and mother-of-two Cara Waters (Gourmet Chick) is regular visitor to this coastal town with her family. Here she provides her Top 14 places to visit with kids in Lorne.   PLAY/VISIT:   Trampolines at Lorne Sea Baths Jumping on the […]

HOT: Peninsula Hot Springs, Springs Lane, Fingal, Mornington Peninsula

Peninsula Hot Springs is a natural hot springs and day spa centre in Fingal on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s the perfect place to relax and recover after the post-Christmas madness.  The general Bath House bathing area features over 20 open air natural thermal mineral pools set out over a hillside, each with a different theme […]

HOT: Splashland Inflatable Water Slide Park, Mornington Racecourse and Caulfield Racecourse

Splashland is the newest pop up attraction for the Melbourne summer – an inflatable water slide park for kids and their adults!  It is currently set up at Mornington Racecourse 27 December – 8 January and then Caulfield Racecourse from 11 January – 24 January. Think Inflatable World meets Slide the Park. It includes three big inflatable […]

HOT: Harleston Park, 40 Allison Rd, Elsternwick

Harleston Park in Elsternwick is a quiet, pretty park with a popular playground in its centre as well as surrounding picnic and barbecue facilities. The playground is a large colourful plastic structure, commonplace in many local playgrounds, but there are two distinguishing features which make it a drawcard.  Firstly, there’s a riverbed water play area with natural elements such […]

HOT: Halliday Park 310 Mitcham Road, Mitcham

Halliday Park in Mitcham is a popular playground for families in the East as it offers equipment for younger and older kids as well as picnic and barbecue facilities. The playground was originally based around plastic fantastic structure used by the toddlers but an upgrade in 2014 included a double flying fox and rope climbing […]

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