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 an outdoor play space at Werribee Open Range Zoo which is adjacent to the indoor play space Ranger Kids (similar to the excellent Keeper Kids at Melbourne Zoo). It has a native bushland setting interspersed with African elements such as bright tribal masks. The main structure is a metal and tin fort with […]

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

       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 if the […]

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 […]

HOT: Cherry Lake, Millers Rd, Altona

When people say Altona I think of the Altona Refinery and Julia Gillard – but what I’ve discovered is that Altona is a gem for families in the west of Melbourne and surprisingly easy to access from other sides of the city. In Altona we’ve discovered a beautiful foreshore with glorious city views, the Altona […]

HOT: Chinese Playgroup, Kensington Neighbourhood House, 89 McCracken Street, Kensington

I am trying to teach my kids to be bilingual so I am constantly on the lookout for Chinese, particularly Cantonese, playgroups and other resources. The kids don’t get much exposure to Cantonese in their everyday lives. Only I speak to them in Chinese as I’m not able to read Chinese books to them and […]

HOT: Maribyrnong Park playground, The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds

Maribyrnong Park is a large reserve that borders the Maribyrnong River that’s popular for families because of the all abilities playground adjoined by The Boathouse cafe. The wooden adventure playground has a nautical theme suitable for its surroundings and is divided into two sections. At the top of the slope is a large structure with […]

HOT: Hot Chocolate Festival, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen

Updated August 2016 Winter is the perfect time to indulge and throughout August the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery‘s Hot Chocolate Festival are serving 31 limited edition flavours of hot chocolates. Every week there are 8 flavours on rotation and I was invited to try their week 1 menu consisting of a mix of traditional to unexpected flavours. All the hot chocolates […]

What’s on in Melbourne for families and under 5s – Friday 1 August to Thursday 7 August

Get out and about in the first week of August with these special activities and events. (Photo from our recent trip to Scienceworks, nurse one of the events this week) CBD / Docklands Docklands Winter Fireworks (Fri 4 Jul – Tue 29 Aug) – Happening every Friday night at 7pm during July and August. There’s […]

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