HOT: North Melbourne Recreation Centre pool, 1 Macaulay Rd, North Melbourne

North Melbourne Recreation Centre has one of Melbourne’s best outdoor pools and a small water play area popular with families. It’s also the home of the North Melbourne Football Club, Fencing Australia, a stadium and gymnasium. The swimming area has four pools of varying depths in an open plan, lagoon layout. This is great as […]

HOT: The Secret Garden at Boyd, Boyd Community Hub, 207 City Road, Southbank

The Secret Garden at Boyd is a unique play space for families and young children which I have created together with Footscray-based sound artist Cat Lew for Boyd Community Hub in Southbank. From Monday 11 January to Friday 29 January, the Boyd playgroup room has been transformed into a gentle garden playscape for babies and toddlers […]

HOT: Woodend Children’s Park, 12 Nicholson St, Woodend

Woodend Children’s Park is a vast playground and recreation area in Woodend, a small town in the Macedon Ranges less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne.   You can visit the playground plus the township in half a day though Woodend is also a popular place for mini-breaks for Melburnians due to its proximity to […]

HOT: Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, cnr Ballato Rd and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne

  Melbourne is lucky enough to enjoy not just one, but two Royal Botanic Gardens. The one in South Yarra is a popular destination for families but I urge you to also visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. Cranbourne Gardens contains one of Victoria’s most previous areas of native bushland. At its heart is […]

The HOT List: Best Cheap Fun in Melbourne with Kids 2015

Having fun with your kids doesn’t have to be expensive! To inspire you to get out and about this coming year, here’s a list of my Top 10 HOT cheap places to play this year (under $20 a head), all of which you can still visit in 2016. Bookmark it, save it, print it and tick […]

The HOT List: Best Free Fun in Melbourne with Kids 2015

New Year’s Eve is always a good time to reflect on the past year and WOW what amazing fun we’ve had in Melbourne with kids in 2015. To inspire you to get out and about with your family, here’s a list of my Top 10 HOT places for free play from my 2015 reviews – […]

The HOT List: Child-friendly visit to Carrum and Frankston

Melbourne does not immediately strike you as a beach city but once the temperature soars lots of people flock to the bay for a paddle and some pretty lovely sight-seeing. This summer we drove just 45 minutes out of town to visit to Carrum and Frankston, a perfect half-day trip for little people with lots of […]

HOT: Carrum Beach Playground, 15 Old Post Office Lane, Carrum Beach Foreshore, Carrum

Carrum Beach is reputed to be one of Melbourne’s best beaches and it’s a particularly family-friendly destination thanks to the excellent Carrum Foreshore playground. The equipment has a nautical theme, with a cave-like maze housing sea creatures, a central lighthouse complete with telescope for looking across the bay, a rocking Wave Rider boat, a miniature wooden […]

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 […]

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