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

Every summer we pick a sunny day and head out to the Yarra Valley to visit Cherryhill Orchards to pick the freshest, plumpest cherries for our friends and family. Cherryhill Orchards is located in a fruit growing region in the Yarra Valley which is only 45 minutes from Melbourne. It is Australia’s largest U-pick cherry orchard and on busy weekends they’re […]

HOT: Bailey Reserve, 200 East Boundary Road, Bentleigh East

Bailey Reserve is a large sports reserve with a playground, Glen Eira Skate Park and Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC). The playground has a really interesting climbing at its centre (which is semi-shaded) and a separate toddler play area that’s under shade sails. The centrepiece is a combination of ship, submarine and space […]

HOT: Play Pods, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone

Shopping centres are transforming themselves into appealing destinations for families and Chadstone Shopping Centre is no exception. On the Lower Ground Floor, between Kmart and Toys R Us, you will find a series of four timber play pod areas. They are designed to provide young children (mostly under 5s) with a chance to play, imagine […]

HOT: Bunjil Place, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren

Bunjil Place is a stunning new community hub and entertainment precinct in Narre Warren. It aims to be accessible art, cultural and community precinct for residents of the City of Casey and Melbourne’s south-east. As you travel down the Princes Freeway you can’t miss the huge curved walls and roof and it is located in […]

HOT: Brooklyn Reserve, Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn

Brooklyn, a small suburb wedged between Tottenham and Altona North, is reputed to have the worse air quality in Melbourne (if not Victoria) thanks to the industry surrounding its residential streets. The silver lining is that the neighbourhood park in Brooklyn Reserve has recently received an upgrade to its playground thanks to a $200,000 air […]

HOT: Kiddyrock children’s music classes, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville

I am a huge advocate for music education as part of every childhood and Kiddyrock makes learning and making music fun! The music and art collective run weekly programs for preschoolers as well as making music, writing songs, playing games and hosting fun dance parties. Baby 2.0 and I were invited to our local Kiddyrock […]

HOT: Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East

Santa’s Magical Kingdom  has become a fixture on the Christmas wish list for Melbourne families and we were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night. Now in its fifth year, the event is as close as imaginable to the Christmas dreams of childhood and stories… …from the free-falling “snow” to visits from the […]

HOT: The Strawberry Forest, 391 The Avenue of Honour, Bacchus Marsh

The Strawberry Forest is a small family-run u-pick strawberry farm in Bacchus Marsh. It’s the only farm located on the right of the picturesque Avenue of Honour leading into the small town from Melbourne. The Strawberry Forest is unique because it’s the only fruit-picking farm around Melbourne where the strawberries are grown vertically. So no bending […]

HOT: Princes Gardens, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran

Princes Gardens Prahran is a green oasis just off busy Chapel Street and it has lots of features that make it a great place to hang out with kids for the day. The skate park at Princes Gardens is one of the most notable skate parks in Melbourne and thus it is very popular on […]

HOT: Lance Reichstein Playground, Braybrook Park, Churchill Ave, Braybrook

The Lance Reichstein Playground at Braybrook Park was a huge all-weather adventure playground built to look like a plane that vandals burnt down in 2015. Fortunately, it’s recently been reopened with another aeroplane-themed playground, this time with extra features!   It’s a big space, with multiple pieces of equipment suitable for different ages. The central plane […]

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