HOT: The House of Mirrors, Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Festival is bringing the House of Mirrors to Melbourne after successful seasons at Dark Mofo, Sydney Festival and Bendigo Easter Festival. House of Mirrors is an interactive maze-like sculpture that gives you the opportunity to lose yourself – literally and figuratively. It’s a stunning construction of steel and mirrored glass by Melbourne artists Christian […]

HOT: Tesselaar Tulip Festival, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan

For our family spring also heralds our annual visit to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. This year the event runs from Thursday 14 September until Sunday 15 October 2017. The tulips have bloomed later than usual due to the unusually cold start to spring. The festival season has also been extended beyond Tuesday 10 October to Sunday […]

HOT: Blossom Festival, Cherryhill Orchards, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

Spring has sprung and the cherry trees are in full blossom! So Cherryhill Orchards is celebrating with a four-day Blossom Festival that includes live music, giant yard games, helicopter rides for only $50 per person and food trucks. The setting is really gorgeous as Cherryhill Orchards is set amongst the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley and the blossoms range from […]

HOT: Footy Festival, Yarra Park MCG, Marathon Way, East Melbourne

The whole family can get into the spirit of grand final week by visiting the FREE Footy Festival at Yarra Park outside the MCG. The event showcases Melbourne’s food, music and footy with lots of free activities to keep the kids amused for a good half-day. The Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site is open […]

HOT: Dinosaur Time Machine, Wonderland Spiegeltent, 699 La Trobe St, Docklands

Dinosaur Time Machine is an award-winning children’s theatre show that gives dinosaur lovers a fun and educational experience combining science with circus, puppetry and narrative. It arrives as part of Melbourne Fringe in the relaxed environment of the Wonderland Spiegeltent. Kids are invited to sit on the floor while the adults sit around the semi-circle […]

HOT: Horrible Harriet Live on Stage, Melbourne

Horrible Harriet is a character from a series of children’s books by Australian Children’s Laureate and author/illustrator Leigh Hobbs. The humorous tale of a wicked, wild and wonderful girl has now been adapted for theatre by CDP Kids Productions and is touring nationally, landing in Melbourne these September school holidays.  I bought tickets to the performance […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Tips for Visiting the Royal Melbourne Show 2017

Every year Lady AB and I have a tradition of visiting the Royal Melbourne Show (23 September – 3 October 2017) and I look forward to our annual outing, with its mix of entertainment, agriculture, attractions and food. This year I pluck up the courage to also take Baby 2.0 – so here are 10 tips for tackling […]

HOT: The Footy District, Harbour Town Melbourne, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

Footy Finals Fever has hit Melbourne and Harbour Town and the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel are hosting The Footy District school holiday program in Docklands. Every day between 12-4pm  kids can test their footy skills in the AFL super game zone. All activities are free and include interactive inflatable goals, training drills, a handball target […]

HOT: Beci Orpin Spring Studio, Eastland, 171-175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood

    Sponsored by Eastland For every day of the September school holidays at Eastland, kids will be entertained by Beci Orpin (Melbourne author and crafter) and her guest teachers for FREE arts and craft workshops as part of the Beci Orpin Spring Studio. The workshops are inspired by all things spring, outdoors and nature to […]

The HOT List: Top 14 Spring Festivals in Melbourne for Families

Melbourne is Australia’s festival city any time of year, but the festival season really starts to ramp up for Spring! Here are the top 14 Spring festivals in September, October and November for families in Melbourne, in date order. 1. Sustainable September South Melbourne Market celebrates its 150th year with Sustainable September, a month-long festival […]

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