HOT: Summer Pirate Playground, Harbour Town Melbourne, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

Ahoy me mateys! Pirates have run aground at Harbour Town Melbourne and you can join in free pirate playground activities and experiences at the shopping centre’s Summer Pirate Playground from 16 January – 26 February. At the Neverland Adventure Experience you can clash swords with Peter Pan in the foam pit… ….take a walk through Treasure […]

The HOT List: Top 12 Places to go with Kids in a Melbourne Heatwave

Looking for places to go to beat the heat? If you’re stuck for ideas check out my list of the best places to go with kids in a Melbourne heatwave! 1. Hit the beach   Melbourne is blessed with shallow, gentle and safe bay beaches. Our favourites include Altona Beach, Ricketts Point and Carrum Beach, […]

The HOT List: Top 14 Places to go with Kids in Lorne

Lorne is a favourite getaway for Melbourne families,  especially in summer.  Journalist, food and travel blogger and mother-of-two Cara Waters (Gourmet Chick) is regular visitor to this coastal town with her family. Here she provides her Top 14 places to visit with kids in Lorne.   PLAY/VISIT:   Trampolines at Lorne Sea Baths Jumping on the […]

HOT: Peninsula Hot Springs, Springs Lane, Fingal, Mornington Peninsula

Peninsula Hot Springs is a natural hot springs and day spa centre in Fingal on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s the perfect place to relax and recover after the post-Christmas madness.  The general Bath House bathing area features over 20 open air natural thermal mineral pools set out over a hillside, each with a different theme […]

HOT: Splashland Inflatable Water Slide Park, Mornington Racecourse and Caulfield Racecourse

Splashland is the newest pop up attraction for the Melbourne summer – an inflatable water slide park for kids and their adults!  It is currently set up at Mornington Racecourse 27 December – 8 January and then Caulfield Racecourse from 11 January – 24 January. Think Inflatable World meets Slide the Park. It includes three big inflatable […]

HOT: Harleston Park, 40 Allison Rd, Elsternwick

Harleston Park in Elsternwick is a quiet, pretty park with a popular playground in its centre as well as surrounding picnic and barbecue facilities. The playground is a large colourful plastic structure, commonplace in many local playgrounds, but there are two distinguishing features which make it a drawcard.  Firstly, there’s a riverbed water play area with natural elements such […]

HOT: Halliday Park 310 Mitcham Road, Mitcham

Halliday Park in Mitcham is a popular playground for families in the East as it offers equipment for younger and older kids as well as picnic and barbecue facilities. The playground was originally based around plastic fantastic structure used by the toddlers but an upgrade in 2014 included a double flying fox and rope climbing […]

HOT: Children’s playground, Box Hill Central Shopping Centre, 1 Main Street, Box Hill

Box Hill Central shopping centre has undergone a major redevelopment and in the new North precinct they have created a cool indoor play space for kids with a space theme. We were invited to see it first hand and were there for almost 2 hours! Little astronauts will love the rocket ship (that lights up) with […]

HOT: Gingerbread Village by EPICURE, Melbourne Town Hall, cnr Little Collins & Swanston Streets, Melbourne

Day 1 of the TOT Christmas Activity Advent Calendar is the Gingerbread Village by EPICURE! This popular display is open at Melbourne Town Hall from Thursday 1 December to Saturday 24 December and it’s an event not to be missed. The village takes EPICURE’s Executive Pastry Chef Deniz Karaca plus three chefs working full time for three months to build. […]

HOT: Skinners Adventure Playground, 211 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne

Updated February 2017 Skinners Adventure Playground South Melbourne is a free communal backyard and hidden oasis of junkyard creative play. It is one of only five staffed adventure playgrounds in Melbourne (the others are in St Kilda, Fitzroy, Prahran and Kensington). Skinners Adventure Playground is mainly for the children living in the nearby public housing estates but is open […]

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