HOT: Central Gardens playground, 32 Henry St, Hawthorn

Central Gardens in Hawthorn is otherwise known as the ‘Rocket Park’ because the first thing you notice is the tall rocket climbing frame gracing the small playground. It’s a charming play area which has the usual selection of equipment – swings, slides, a seesaw and climbing structures – as well as more unusual items like the […]

HOT: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Icecreamery, 35 Old Healesville Rd (cnr Melba Highway), Yarra Glen

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Icrecreamery is a family-friendly destination in the heart of Yarra Glen. The property’s main attraction is a stylish, shaded building housing a chocolate factory, shop and cafe. The cafe spans indoor (air conditioned) and outdoor areas with views overlooking the rolling environs of the valley. Inside there are free chocolate tastings and of course chocolate shopping, […]

HOT: Terrific Toddler Tuesdays, Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee

Werribee Open Range Zoo is a kid-friendly mini-African safari only 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD and a great day out for the family. I get a bit depressed looking at caged animals so seeing them in (gated) open fields is much more appealing to me. The zoo has storybook African animals such as lions, zebras, […]

HOT: Wombat Bend Play Space, Finns Reserve, Duncan Street, Lower Templestowe

Wombat Bend isn’t one of the best playgrounds we’ve visited in terms of play equipment, but it is a large fenced play area built around a charming bushland setting and a great location for a kid’s birthday party or picnic (as we witnessed on our visit). It’s the kind of place where kids can roam and […]

HOT: Paris to Provence Festival, Como House & Garden, Cnr Williams Road & Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra

Paris to Provence, Melbourne’s favourite festival celebrating all things French, is back in the bucolic surrounds of National Trust’s Como House this weekend. There’s market stalls, music, food and festivities and the festival gets bigger and better every year (this is its third year). Given the spacious surrounds it’s a great place to take the kids so […]

HOT: Hays Paddock playground, Lister St, Kew East

Updated April 2016 Hays Paddock Kew East is not too far from the city and is well-known for being one of the best playgrounds in Melbourne. The large gated area houses lots of play equipment for children of all ages and it is one of the few playgrounds which also caters for children with disabilities. There are four main […]

HOT: New Farm Park Playground, Brunswick St, New Farm, Brisbane

When you’re parents to an active toddler you quickly learn to scope out playgrounds wherever you go. And the most amazing playground we’ve visited so far is in New Farm Park, Brisbane. Yes the space is large and there’s loads of play equipment – swings, slides, climbing frames, rockers – but the best thing is […]

HOT: Monkey Mania Indoor Play Centre, Harbour Town at Waterfront City, Level 1 / 120 Studio Lane, Docklands

I recently received an invitation from LivingSocial to review the Monkey Mania Indoor Play Centre in Docklands. LivingSocial is a daily deals site and they recently had a deal to attend Monkey Mania for only $5 per child (normally $10.50 per child under 3 or $12.50 for older children). I’ve never been to a play centre so had […]

HOT: Prahran Market Kids Activities, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Turn tedious grocery shopping into a fun expedition with the family by heading to Prahran Market. Melbourne’s oldest market used to be my local market when I lived south of the river and it’s a great place to browse, try new foods and buy cheap bags of produce around closing time. The undercover market has […]

HOT: Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Tesselaar Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan

No longer can T and I jump on a cheap flight for a weekend in Amsterdam. So the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is our next best thing! Tesselaar Tulip Farm is located at Silvan in the Dandenongs, under an hour’s drive from Melbourne. From mid-September to mid-October every year the Tesselaar Tulip Festival blooms to celebrate the working farm’s tulips […]

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