HOT: Bulla Hill Railway, Bulla Recreation Reserve, 15 Green St, Bulla

    Bulla Hill Railway is a fun and cheap day out for little train and dinosaur fans, with enough to amuse amuse toddlers and preschoolers for a half-day adventure. The miniature railway is operated by the Tullamarine Live Steam Society, a volunteer hobby club, and they run steam and diesel locomotive rides for the public […]

The HOT List: Family Friendly Warrnambool – Top 14 Places to Go with Kids

Warrnambool is Victoria’s largest coastal city (outside Port Phillip Bay), situated about 250km west of Melbourne. It’s traditionally a summer destination as visitors combine it with a road trip along the famous Great Ocean Road.  We recently visited Warrnambool in winter and discovered that there’s still lots to do, especially during the winter school holidays […]

HOT: Casey Fields playground, 160 Berwick – Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East

Casey Fields playground is part of a huge 76 hectare site for outdoor sport in Cranbourne East and it is touted as one of Melbourne’s best playgrounds. I have to say, check I agree! We enjoyed all aspects of the adventure playground and Baby 2.0 fought me hard when we had to leave about 2 […]

HOT: Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé for Kids, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé for Kids is NGV’s latest children’s gallery exhibition and the colourful, hands-on installation is guaranteed to make you hungry! Catalan designer Martí Guixé is known as the ‘father of food design’ and Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé for Kids is his first major Australian exhibition. The children’s gallery has been […]

HOT: Ruffey Lake Park, 99 Victoria St, Doncaster

99 Victoria St, Doncaster” width=”970″ height=”728″ /> Ruffey Lake Park is a 68 hectare expanse of green spanning Doncaster and Templestowe in Melbourne’s east and it features not just one but THREE playgrounds. The best playground is accessed from the Eastern border of Ruffey Lake Park, from the unofficial main entrance on Victoria Street. Look […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Indoor Places to Go with Kids in Melbourne

Melbourne is famous for experiencing four seasons in one day – and often that means rain, especially in winter. If you’re stuck for ideas as to what to do with kids on a cold or rainy day, check out my list of Top 10 indoor places to go and things to do with kids in […]

HOT: Garden City Reserve ‘Portasaurus’ playground, 47 Beacon Rd, Port Melbourne

Garden City Reserve is a charming well-landscaped park in the back streets of Port Melbourne and it is home to the ‘Portosaurus’ playground. The beady-eyed dinosaur pokes its head out from the tan bark, tongue lolling and spikes prickling. But it‘s not menacing – it’s all for play! Elements of the Portosaurus are transformed into […]

The HOT List: Top 9 Places to go with Kids in Gisborne and Macedon

Gisborne and Macedon are two of the smaller towns in the Macedon Ranges and both towns are a great place for a combined day trip or half-day trip as they are less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Here are my tips on where to play, eat and visit in Gisborne and Macedon with kids. PLAY Macedon Ranges Adventure […]

HOT: Megasaurus Dinosaur Playground, Newington Drive, Cranbourne East

The Megasaurus playground is one play space that little dinosaur lovers won’t be able to resist! The unique dinosaur-themed playground is located at Livingstone, a housing estate at Cranbourne East and has been nominated as one of Australia’s best playgrounds. The bespoke equipment has been designed with distinctive dinosaur shapes in mind and uses metal […]

The HOT List: Top 40 of Australia’s Best Playgrounds

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects holds an Australia’s Best Playground competition which recognises the work of landscape architects who have designed amazing public play spaces. Here are the 40 best playgrounds in Australia (as submitted by ALIA members)  – put them on your bucket list! There were 45 submissions but I’ve omitted five of the entries as they are […]

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