HOT: Essendon Traffic School, Corner Albion and Lawson Streets, Essendon

Essendon Traffic School is a miniature city set out for children to practice riding their bikes and to learn road rules. It’s open every Saturday morning and every day during school holidays. It’s a popular, low-cost way to spend a couple of hours. The layout is very simple. There’s a 4-way intersection with traffic lights, […]

HOT: The Big Freeze, Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, Cnr Brechin Drive & Princes Highway

The Big Freeze is a family-friendly Melbourne winter festival set up under the Big Top at Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre from 1 July – 9 July. The Big Freeze features an affordable snow play experience plus heaps of other wintery activities that will keep the kids amused while sheltered under cover. This year there’s […]

HOT: Lego City Play Zone, Harbour Town Melbourne, 440 Docklands Dr, Docklands

The LEGO City Play Zone is open for every day of the school holidays Monday 3 July to Sunday 16 July at Harbour Town Docklands. If you’re looking for something free and fun to do with the kids then check it out. I was invited to get a sneak peek of the activities and can […]

HOT: Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

If you’re looking for a perfect nature play + cafe combo that’s not too far from Melbourne…then Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens and The Piggery at Burnham Beeches in Sherbrooke is it. The gardens is one of the jewels of the Dandenong Ranges. It is particularly stunning in Autumn, with the changing colours of maples and beeches, […]

HOT: Bayview Park, Alamanda Boulevard, Point Cook

Argh me hearties! The Bayview Park pirate ship playground in Point Cook has risen from the ashes after an arson attack in 2014. The playground has been rebuilt as it was, meaning that one of Melbourne’s most-thrill seeking slides has been reinstalled along with extensive climbing equipment both on top of the hill and at […]

HOT: Aquativity, South Bank, Brisbane

Aquativity is the water play park at Brisbane’s South Bank and it’s a must-do for any visit to Brisbane. Luckily Brisbane experiences balmy weather for most of the year which means you can enjoy Aquativity in almost any season (though admittedly my kids are much hardier than me about cold water!). Integrated into the large pool […]

HOT: Clip n Climb, 144 Murphy St, Richmond

If the kids are going stir crazy indoors and climbing the walls then get them climbing ACTUAL walls at Clip n Climb in Richmond. Clip n Climb is an indoor rock climbing centre with 37 climbing challenges plus two extra, more daring, activities called the Leap of Faith and Vertical Drop. Clip n Climb is […]

HOT: Riverside Green playground, South Bank, Brisbane

Riverside Green is a large adventure playground in Brisbane’s South Bank and it’s a cracker if your kids are confident climbers. The vibrant pink, green and blue colour scheme is inspired by South Bank’s ‘Grand Arbour’ of blooming bougainvillea and the play area is split up into four play environments. The ‘adventure zone’ contains the […]

HOT: 9Fest at The Dream Factory, 90 Maribyrnong St, Footscray

The Dream Factory in Footscray is Melbourne’s first space dedicated to design, technology, social impact and community-building activities. The former site of Lonely Planet along the Maribyrnong River is now a creative hub for Melbourne’s west, thanks to Inspire9. Inspire9 are celebrating the official opening of Inspire9 Footscray at The Dream Factory with a month-long […]

HOT: St Kilda Adventure Playground, Neptune St, St Kilda

Adventure playgrounds started in postwar Denmark after public officials noticed that children were playing in bombed and excavated sites. From there the idea of ‘adventure playgrounds’ proliferated in Europe, with over 100 ever-changing, junkyard play areas full of creative inspiration. St Kilda Adventure playground is one of only five staffed adventure playgrounds in Melbourne (the […]

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