The HOT List: Top 10 Playgrounds in Melbourne for Older Kids

Today’s HOT List represents the 6+ years of playground adventures with my kids and is a compilation of the best playgrounds for older kids. Challenging climbing equipment, tall slides, natural elements and water play are all on the wish list! You’ll find the full list over at Planning With Kids, one of my favourite parenting […]

HOT: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast

Broadwater Parklands is a fantastic redevelopment of Southport’s previously dowdy foreshore with a range of sites and facilities, many of them free. It’s one of the best places to take kids on the Gold Coast. Our favourite part is the Rockpools, a semi-fenced water play area featuring water jets, fountains, a waterfall and sculptural pieces […]

HOT: Seville Playground, 20-28 Monbulk-Seville Rd, Seville

Seville Water Park is a favourite stop for us when visiting the Yarra Valley and it’s recently been expanded to become an even better destination thanks to the Seville Regional Play Space. The Seville playground adjoins the Seville Water Park and is a ‘dry’ play space with lots of fun equipment if it’s too cold […]

HOT: Maritime Cove Community Park, Perc White Reserve, Cnr The Blvd and Todd Rd, Port Melbourne

The Maritime Cove Community Park and playground is an large marine-themed playground in Port Melbourne at the end of Perc White Reserve near Sandridge Beach. The playground showcases the area’s maritime and waterside history and reuses old maritime equipment. You’ll find a repurposed channel markers making excellent forts…. …steel buoys to climb and sit on… …plus […]

HOT: Peter Scullin Reserve, Cnr Centreway and Beach Rd, Mordialloc

Peter Scullin Reserve Mordialloc is popular community park between family friendly Mordialloc Beach and the Mordialloc shopping strip. The playground is good for kids of all ages and I see school groups and kindergartens using the space. Baby 2.0’s favourite ride is the pommel bouncer. It only fits 2 children at a time so there can […]

HOT: Golden Sun Moth playground, 327 Grand Boulevard, Cragieburn

Golden Sun Moth playground in Cragieburn is a fantastic playground for adventurous climbing kids and it is one of Melbourne’s best playgrounds in the north. The playground is split into two areas – one for 1-4 years and one for 5+ years. The park and area for 5+ years is dominated by a huge structure […]

The HOT List: Top 12 Beaches in Melbourne for Kids

So Melbourne isn’t really a beach city – not like Sydney, not like the Gold Coast, not like Perth. But we’re still lucky to live close to a stretch of water that provides safe, calm and picturesque beaches. You won’t get much surf but they’re great for a paddle with the kids. Here’s a list […]

The HOT List: Top 15 Tips for visiting Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest Disneyland in the world and as such it is a great first introduction to the magic of Disneyland for young kids. It’s easily accessible via public transport, the crowds aren’t as big (compared to Tokyo Disneyland for instance) and you can knock it off in one day if you […]

HOT: Community Bank Adventure Playground, Hadfield Park, Cnr Northern Highway and Queen Street, Wallan

This summer Victoria’s newest water play park Community Bank Adventure Playground opened at Hadfield Park Wallan. Unfortunately we pick a day to visit when the council are doing maintenance work on the splash park. Luckily the rest of the playground is pretty awesome too! The all-abilities playground is dominated by a five storey wooden climbing fort […]

HOT: Crocs Playcentre Derrimut, Unit 3 & 4, 21 Elgar Road, Derrimut

Crocs Playcentre Derrimut is the newest addition to the Crocs franchise chain of indoor play centres all over Australia. Being relatively new the equipment is clean and the spacious location is not overrun on the rainy weekday we visit. The play centre is one large room with good sightlines to most areas. There’s only one […]

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