Toddler Thursdays at Werribee Open Range Zoo – Giveaway!

Toddler Thursdays is a new program at Werribee Open Range Zoo designed especially for young kids aged 1-5 years and their carers. It’s being held every Thursday over 9 weeks starting from Thursday 15 February to Thursday 29 March. The experience brings the African Village to life with visitors able to enjoy a range of interactive activities […]

HOT: Cuppa Turca, 244-288 High St, Northcote

Just when you think you’ve eaten at every ice cream/gelato in Melbourne, along comes one with a product so unusual that it’s a standout. Cuppa Turca in High Street Northcote that brings traditional Turkish ice cream (or dondurma) and ice cream showmanship to Melbourne. Dondurma is not a straightforward scoop in a cup-or-cone. The egg-free […]

HOT: Shrine Kids and Explorer Kits, The Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne

The Shrine of Remembrance is the National War Memorial of Victoria and it makes for an educational (and sobering) outing for families. Many Australian families have some connection to the armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has participated. So the Shrine a good place to bring family history, as well as national and […]

The HOT List: 8 Tips for a Day Trip to Portarlington with Port Phillip Ferries

Portarlington, a small seaside town on the Bellarine Peninsula, is now an easy and unique day trip for Melburnians and Melbourne-based tourists thanks to Port Phillip Ferries. Port Phillip Ferries operates a twice-daily catamaran ferry service from Melbourne Docklands to Portarlington and we are invited to take a return ferry trip and to spend a few hours exploring. […]

HOT: South Melbourne Night Market, Cecil and Coventry Streets, South Melbourne

South Melbourne Night Market is back bigger and better this summer with delectable food, kids activities and live entertainment every Thursday night on Cecil and Coventry Streets and within South Melbourne Market. Until Thursday 22 February, the usually daytime market swings open for selected evening trade on Thursday nights from 5:30-9:30pm. Most street-facing stallholders and […]

HOT: Pirate Ship Playground, Riverside Park, 118 The Boulevard, Aberfeldie

The popular pirate ship playground in Aberfeldie/Moonee Ponds is now open after an upgrade in January 2018. The playground is now almost double the size, with redesigned parking, a new tower slide and rope climbs suitable for older children, improved picnic areas with barbecues, a scooter path around the perimeter and new garden beds and lawn […]

HOT: Heart of Hall, 17 Hall St, Newport

Heart of Hall in Newport has transformed a drab employment agency into a stylish cooking school, cafe and foodstore for westside locals. I love the decor and colour scheme, with cobalt blue walls highlighting the white-and-wood Scandi chic aesthetic. The gold bar on the coffee bench is a glamorous finishing touch. Heart of Hall services […]

HOT: Queen Victoria Market Night Market, Cnr Queen St and Therry St, Melbourne

The Queen Victoria Night Market is celebrating its 20th birthday this year with lively night markets every Wednesday until 11th April 2018. Every year it gets more and more popular so if you’re going with kids my big tip is to get there early at 5pm to take advantage of easier parking, shorter lines and more […]

HOT: Leap Frog Park, Cnr of Saltwater Promenade and Point Cook Road, Point Cook

Leap Frog Park is a community playground within the housing development of Life, Point Cook. It celebrates the surrounding aquatic environment with a giant frog as its centrepiece. The fibreglass frog is by BigFish workshop in Footscray (who also built Mimi the Muttaburrasaurus at McNish Reserve) and it forms shaded bench seating. Leap Frog Park […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Beach Playgrounds in Melbourne

Make the most of summer with my favourite beach playgrounds in Melbourne. It doesn’t get better than sunshine, play equipment and then the beach – really just one giant sandpit!  Click here to check the daily water quality of Melbourne’s beaches. Logan Reserve + Altona Beach Stunning, serene and expansive, Altona Beach is my favourite […]

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