The HOT List: Best Playgrounds with Shade in Melbourne

Summer’s here and it’s time to head outside – but a playground can be a hot place if there’s no shade. Here’s a list of the HOT playgrounds I’ve reviewed with shade sails or natural shade from trees or surrounding structures.   CBD/DOCKLANDS Artplay Playground, Birrarung Marr Harmony Garden, Docklands   NORTH/NORTH/EAST Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy […]

HOT: Seville Water Park, 20 Monbulk-Seville Rd, Seville

Seville Water Park is an awesome free water play area in the Yarra Valley that has been created from the former Seville Memorial Swimming Pool. The water park is set amongst parklands, with picnic tables, an extensive adventure playground, oval and netball courts. It sits just behind the strip of shops at Seville so you […]

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

Updated January 2017 Looking for teacher gifts that are a sure-fire hit? Do what we do –  take the kids to Cherryhill Orchards and pick a box of cherries for the staffroom! Every December we pick a sunny day and head out to the Yarra Valley to visit Cherryhill Orchards. It’s only 45 minutes from Melbourne and a fun […]

The HOT List: Top 13 Places to go in Sydney with Kids

Sydney is a world-class city that’s right on Melbourne’s doorstep – and hence a fantastic place to visit with kids, even if just for a few days. In fact, Lonely Planet considered it one of Australia’s Top 10 family-friendly destinations. If you have limited time here’s a short itinerary of where to stay, eat and […]

HOT: Highpoint Pop Up Park, Level 1 entrance, Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120-200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong

This summer enjoy a whole different shopping centre experience at the Highpoint Pop Up Park. Landscape architecture and urban design firm Aspect Studios has transformed the Level 1 concrete forecourt leading into Hoyts Cinemas into a colourful place of respite and play. It features sensational foam equipment by Imagination Playground, a ping pong table, a Movenpick ice cream van and coffee […]

HOT: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman, Sydney

  Taronga Zoo is possibly Australia’s most beautiful zoo and a highlight of any trip to Sydney with children (though I saw plenty of tourists visiting without kids too) There is so much to see that you should allocate a whole day to explore or start at 9:30am for a solid morning if you have […]

HOT: Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney

Australian Museum is Australia’s oldest museum, right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD opposite Hyde Park. If you’re in Sydney with young kids, then it’s a must do – mainly because of the excellent Kidspace for under 5s.   Australian Museum is housed inside a 19th century sandstone and to that extent it provides an […]

HOT: Little Creatures, 323 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn

Little Creatures is a small indoor play centre in Balwyn that focuses on imaginative play areas that replicate the real world. While it’s quite small entry is only $8 and it contained enough toys, books and equipment to keep my kids interested for around 2 hours. Little Creatures is basically like someone’s large lounge room, […]

HOT: Crocodile Park, corner of Citybay Drive and Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook

Crocodile Park at Point Cook is part of a new residential development called Saltwater Coast. The playground, barbecue area, boardwalk and cafe is one of sixteen parkland areas in the development and is set amongst some beautiful glistening wetlands. The playground uses a cheerful blue and white nautical colour scheme and the equipment is bedded into a mixture of […]

HOT: Ron Barassi Snr Park, 509-529 Docklands Drive, Docklands

Ron Barassi Snr Park in Docklands is named after Ronald Barassi Senior (who inspired AFL’s father-son rule) and includes a fantastic playground, sports field, pavilion and a walking circuit.   For families our pick is the playground with views of the Melbourne Star and Docklands skyscraper, sitting underneath the Citylink freeway and the Bolte Bridge. You’ll be able […]

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