HOT: Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East

Santa’s Magical Kingdom  has become a fixture on the Christmas wish list for Melbourne families and we were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night. Now in its fifth year, the event is as close as imaginable to the Christmas dreams of childhood and stories… …from the free-falling “snow” to visits from the […]

HOT: Local Folk, 43 Epsom Rd, Kensington

Local Folk is a cosy family-friendly cafe in Kensington and as its name suggests it’s a place for local residents looking for coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch. The cafe is split over two levels, with the sunny upper level more suitable for families. Haul the pram up a few stairs and you’ll find a little […]

HOT: Messy Me, 5th Brunswick Scout Hall, 213A Weston St, East Brunswick

Messy Me offers unstructured messy play classes for under 5s in Hoppers Crossing, Brunswick and Hadfield.   For an hour you and your child can enjoy a relaxed creative and sensory play experience especially designed for kids aged 18 months to 5 years. Every session has different theme and the eight activities change, but every […]

The HOT List: Christmas in Melbourne 2017 – Top 33 Free Christmas events and activities

City of Melbourne always hosts a crackerload of Christmas events, activities and markets (pun intended) so here’s a list of 33 free Christmas events and attractions in 2017 in date order. Save time and read this post later! Click here to get a pdf of Christmas in Melbourne 2017 guide. 1. Santa’s Post Box Write a […]

HOT: Let’s Move with Mozart Baby, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

As new parents we tend to stick to a new thing when we find it works for us so we excitedly return to ArtPlay for Let’s Move with Mozart, Baby! Baby Explorer is going through a leap around the time of this session so it’s comforting to know that ArtPlay‘s location on Birrarung Marr makes […]

HOT: Myer Christmas Windows 2017, Myer Bourke Street,

The Myer Christmas windows 2017 return for their 62nd year! It’s another animated display of an original Christmas story – with a technological twist for the 21st century. This year’s windows are based on ‘The completely and utterly, absolutely perfect Christmas’ written and illustrated by H C Floren. It’s an original story of Elf and his […]

HOT: Circus Oz Stacks On!, Melba Spiegeltent, 50 Perry St, Collingwood

Circus Oz are presenting a new show called Stacks On! for a short season inside their very own Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood. The show has been developed primarily as a school show and ties in with the respectful relationships curriculum. But they are also opening sales to general public and have two Saturday shows. I was […]

HOT: Mess Matters, Factory 4, 3 Exley Drive Moorabbin

Do your kids love messy play but you hate mess? Then book in to visit Mess Matters which offers term-based and casual classes for art, craft and messy play in Moorabbin. Mess Matters is about providing a creative and sensory play experience for toddlers and preschoolers. During each 45 minute session kids have fun playing with […]

HOT: Beam Me Up Baby, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

For our first outing for TOT: HOT OR NOT, Baby Explorer and I jump on a tram to visit ArtPlay for Beam Me Up, Baby! presented by Emma Salzano. In the foyer we are greeted by Emma and Benji who point out the family-friendly facilities and ample pram parking before opening the session with a Welcome to […]

HOT: Lance Reichstein Playground, Braybrook Park, Churchill Ave, Braybrook

The Lance Reichstein Playground at Braybrook Park was a huge all-weather adventure playground built to look like a plane that vandals burnt down in 2015. Fortunately, it’s recently been reopened with another aeroplane-themed playground, this time with extra features!   It’s a big space, with multiple pieces of equipment suitable for different ages. The central plane […]

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