NOT: Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour, Sydney

When you line up the Chinese Garden against the awesome free playground that’s Tumbalong Park it’s hard to give it a HOT.  It’s pleasant enough but not really that exciting and you have to pay $6 per adult and $3 per child over 4 years to enter. Lady AB enjoyed the Chinese Garden though so maybe it should get a ‘lukewarm’ […]

HOT: Studley Park Boathouse Cafe, Boathouse Rd, Kew

Features: pram access (though you’ll need help up the stairs); change table; high chairs; kids menu; standard menu suitable for kids; play areas – boats, parklands, nearby playground. Studley Park is one of the few places in Melbourne where you can row-row-row-your-boat…and enjoy fish and chips afterwards. As the weather starts warming up you can […]

HOT: Carlton Gardens Playgrounds, Rathdowne Street, Carlton

One of the biggest playgrounds in the City of Melbourne is right near one of our favourite kid-friendly Melbourne sites – the Melbourne Museum. The Carlton Gardens playground is also handy for the World Heritage listed tourist attraction Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens (and the CBD) making it a great place to stop […]

HOT: Artplay Playground, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Artplay playground at Birrarung Marr is one of our favourite CBD pitstops, mainly because of its convenient location right by Federation Square and Artplay (two of our most frequented destinations in the city). Artplay playground is also the place that school groups tend to stop on their city outings so my first tip is to try and […]

HOT: Curtain Square Playground, cnr Rathdowne St and Newry St, Carlton North

Prepare to deck yourself out in yummy mummy gear or jogging lycra if you’re going to fit in at Curtain Square! This elegant park, and the spacious playground within it, is a real community hub for the affluent young families of North Carlton. It’s the best green space for kids in the area – even […]

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

The Farm Cafe is a charming cafe adjoining Collingwood Children’s Farm which serves wholesome food to lots of happy families and farm-goers. The wooden tables and rickety little stools lend a rustic feel to the cafe, in keeping with its situation in sight of the vegetable patches and chicken coops. The seating is in nooks […]

HOT: Plum Garland Memorial Playground, Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park

Updated February 2017 The Plum Garland Memorial Playground in Albert Park is a fantastic example of how a playground can be integrated well with its surroundings. In this case, the beachfront of Albert Park / South Melbourne creeps into the playground, making it a sandy spectacular delight. This is a playground where shoes off are definitely […]

HOT: Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic, Werribee Park, K Road, Werribee

The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic is an eagerly anticipated annual event for Melbourne families. Tickets for the 2017 sold out in a day, so if you were lucky enough to score some read on! Every Good Friday the beautiful gardens of historic Werribee Mansion host the biggest Easter egg hunt in Australia along with a […]

HOT: Howard Dawson Reserve, 324-366 Burke Rd, Glen Iris

If you don’t have kids, or even toddlers, it’s likely that a playground would have to be very impressive indeed before it caught your attention. Before Lady AB could walk we had a reasonable idea where the green spaces were in our community – a nice place for a BBQ with friends once every couple […]

HOT: Central Gardens playground, 32 Henry St, Hawthorn

Central Gardens in Hawthorn is otherwise known as the ‘Rocket Park’ because the first thing you notice is the tall rocket climbing frame gracing the small playground. It’s a charming play area which has the usual selection of equipment – swings, slides, a seesaw and climbing structures – as well as more unusual items like the […]

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