HOT: Paris to Provence Festival, Como House & Garden, Cnr Williams Road & Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra

Paris to Provence, Melbourne’s favourite festival celebrating all things French, is back in the bucolic surrounds of National Trust’s Como House this weekend. There’s market stalls, music, food and festivities and the festival gets bigger and better every year (this is its third year). Given the spacious surrounds it’s a great place to take the kids so […]

HOT: Hays Paddock playground, Lister St, Kew East

Updated April 2016 Hays Paddock Kew East is not too far from the city and is well-known for being one of the best playgrounds in Melbourne. The large gated area houses lots of play equipment for children of all ages and it is one of the few playgrounds which also caters for children with disabilities. There are four main […]

HOT: New Farm Park Playground, Brunswick St, New Farm, Brisbane

When you’re parents to an active toddler you quickly learn to scope out playgrounds wherever you go. And the most amazing playground we’ve visited so far is in New Farm Park, Brisbane. Yes the space is large and there’s loads of play equipment – swings, slides, climbing frames, rockers – but the best thing is […]

HOT: Monkey Mania Indoor Play Centre, Harbour Town at Waterfront City, Level 1 / 120 Studio Lane, Docklands

I recently received an invitation from LivingSocial to review the Monkey Mania Indoor Play Centre in Docklands. LivingSocial is a daily deals site and they recently had a deal to attend Monkey Mania for only $5 per child (normally $10.50 per child under 3 or $12.50 for older children). I’ve never been to a play centre so had […]

HOT: Prahran Market Kids Activities, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Turn tedious grocery shopping into a fun expedition with the family by heading to Prahran Market. Melbourne’s oldest market used to be my local market when I lived south of the river and it’s a great place to browse, try new foods and buy cheap bags of produce around closing time. The undercover market has […]

HOT: Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Tesselaar Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan

No longer can T and I jump on a cheap flight for a weekend in Amsterdam. So the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is our next best thing! Tesselaar Tulip Farm is located at Silvan in the Dandenongs, under an hour’s drive from Melbourne. From mid-September to mid-October every year the Tesselaar Tulip Festival blooms to celebrate the working farm’s tulips […]

HOT: Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Updated April 2016 I count my family very fortunate to live so close to Collingwood Childrens’ Farm. Other than perhaps Melbourne Zoo, I can’t think of any other places in inner city Melbourne where you can see the sort of animals that feature so much in children’s picture books. When Lady AB was a toddler […]

HOT: Melbourne Museum Membership

I’ve previously written about one of the best kid’s destinations in Melbourne before, the Melbourne Museum. Well, last week we joined as members of Museum Victoria, which gives us unlimited access to Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum and Royal Exhibition Building (tours only) for $70 per household for 12 months. We live within walking distance of Melbourne Museum and with the onset of […]

HOT: Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Observatory Precinct, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

Before NKOTB Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens used to be the location for after-work power walks, romantic dusk strolls and Moonlight Cinema. I didn’t even know that it had a Children’s Garden. Which means it’s working because this dedicated space for families contains most of the squealing kids, double prams and sprawling picnics in one place, […]

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