HOT: Adventure Golf at Yarra Bend Golf, Yarra Bend Park, Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield

Yarra Bend Golf has a mini golf course ‘Yarra Bend Adventure Golf’ which is next to the putting greens and golf house. It’s a great activity for the school holidays. Lady AB was just old enough to use a mini golf club and understand the concept (thought not enough to know how to use a putter properly). We […]

HOT: Kids Acrobatics Class for under 5s, Team Adrenalin, 88 Gordon St, Maribyrnong

Kids Team Adrenalin is a gymnasium with acrobatic, for sale click boxing and (acrobatic and display) gymnastics classes for kids to adults in Maribyrnong/Footscray. Thanks to Mamma Knows West we discovered that on Friday mornings they run two acrobatics classes especially for kids under 5s. The Crawling Monkey 45 minute sessions are for 10 months […]

NOT: Spurling Reserve, Western Bulldogs precinct, 411 Barkly St, West Footscray

The playground at Spurling Reserve is better known as the Bulldogs’ playground or Whitten Oval playground because it’s at the entrance of the Western Bulldogs complex at Whitten Oval. The precinct includes a clubhouse, canteen and child care centre. The fact that the Spurling Reserve playground is owned and managed by the Western Bulldogs means that […]

HOT: Mappin Reserve playground, 294 Nicholson St, Seddon

Mappin Reserve  is a brightly coloured playground in Seddon. Given how close it is to a primary school and increasing numbers of young families in the area I’m surprised that it’s almost always deserted. All the better for us I guess, no rx as Mappin Reserve is one of our favourite neighbourhood playgrounds. The large playground […]

HOT: Piggery Cafe, Burnham Beeches, 1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

Updated September 2016 Shannon Bennett, chef-restaurateur and perennial entrepreneur, is developing heritage-listed Burnham Beeches into a a biodynamic farm and self-sufficient village in Sherbrooke in the Dandenongs. Phase 1 of the 22 hectare site is the Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery, the commercial bakery which supplies all of the bread and pastries for Bennett’s restaurants, […]

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 […]

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