HOT: Children’s Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is a fantastic free destination for Melbourne families. We are so lucky to have this wonderful sensory space that’s suitable for kids of all ages and physical abilities to play in, learn from and enjoy. The Children’s Garden features plants, water, structures and pathways that reflect […]

HOT: Buckingham Reserve playground, Buckingham Crescent, Sunshine West

Updated February 2017 Buckingham Reserve in Sunshine West is one of the best adventure playgrounds in Melbourne’s West. The playground is part of a larger project to improve Buckingham Reserve with creek-side trails, observation decks, picnic areas, parking and active recreational facilities. The enormous shiny rocket ship is the highlight of the playground, and the […]

HOT: Shorten Reserve playground, cnr Market St and Essex St, West Footscray

Baby 2.0 has inherited his father’s bolter genes which means I’m on an everlasting hunt for a playground with a fence. You’d be surprised how few and far between a good fenced playground can be in Melbourne! One of our local gated playgrounds is at Shorten Reserve, next to the oval for the West Footscray […]

The HOT List: Top 18 Places to Go with Kids in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is probably the most popular day trip for Melburnians but with so many things to do and places to eat (and drink!) it’s worthwhile enjoying a longer stay. Here are my tips on where to stay, eat, play and visit in the Yarra Valley, with the main focus  on Yarra Glen and […]

NOT: Hedgend Maze, 163 Albert Rd, Healesville

  Hedgend Maze in Healesville is a family-friendly paid attraction in the Yarra Valley which, price based on our experience, discount unfortunately did not deliver much for the entry fee. We tried it out because we had an Entertainment Book 2 for 1 voucher and our kids were free – so for the four of […]

HOT: Yarraville Gardens, Cnr Hyde St and Somerville Road, Yarraville

   On sunny days Yarraville Gardens is the place to be for many inner west families. The playground is a bit dated but still awesome, with lots of colourful play equipment for littlies right through to bigger kids. There’s a couple of slides, a swing set including liberty swing, billboard puzzles and musical instruments to […]

HOT: Village Kids, Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Rd , Werribee South

Village Kids is a new outdoor play space opening at Werribee Open Range Zoo this Saturday 20 September – and we got a sneak preview of the space today! The playground is adjacent to the indoor play space Ranger Kids (similar to the excellent Keeper Kids at Melbourne Zoo) and has a native bushland setting […]

HOT: Yarra Glen Adventure Playground, McKenzie Reserve, cnr Anzac Ave and Bell St, Yarra Glen

If you’re heading to the Yarra Valley, Yarra Glen or Healesville, then make sure you stop off at the amazing Yarra Glen Adventure Playground at McKenzie Reserve. This huge playground will knock your socks off! The playground was built after the 2009 bushfires with the assistance of donations from Victorian, national and international organisations. For […]

HOT: Keeper Kids indoor play space, Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville

       Updated May 2016 Melbourne Zoo is a traditional zoo set up with lots of storybook animals to see including tigers, giraffes and orangutan. While the kids both enjoy looking at the animals they REALLY love Keeper Kids. In fact, we will often visit Keeper Kids for an hour or so and skip the rest of the zoo, especially […]

HOT: Kew Nursery and Cafe, 2 Gladstone St, Kew

Now that we are right into Spring it’s time to get inspired with your garden and to get outside with your kids – and Kew Nursery and Cafe will help you with both those aims. As the name suggests, it’s a nursery nestled in the residential streets of Kew. It’s quite small but has the range […]

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