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: 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 […]

HOT: Resource Rescue, 1/42 Burgess Rd, Bayswater North

Resource Rescue is a big warehouse in Bayswater North filled with all sort of recycled arts and craft supplies so you can create your own masterpieces. It’s a particularly useful resource for teachers, kindergartens and child care centres but crafty individuals are also welcome to visit. Resource Rescue reclaim rejects, seconds and factory offcuts in order […]

HOT: Emerald Lake Model Railway, Emerald Lake Park, Emerald Lake Road, Emerald

Emerald Lake Model Railway is a kitsch attraction inside Emerald Lake. If you have little train fans it’s a must-do. It’s the largest running model railway in the Southern Hemisphere! The model railway is a family-run business and is pretty low-key in its operation. Pay the entry fee ($7 adults, $4 children), go behind the […]

HOT: Tim Neville Arboretum playground, 98-106 Dorset Rd, Ferntree Gully

Tim Neville Arboretum playground is a popular stop for families in Ferntree Gully, especially those with toddlers. The entire playground is surrounded by a sturdy fence with a child-proof gate and has a medieval/fairy tale theme. Inside you’ll find a distinctive Loch Ness Monster than you can climb…. ….cross the drawbridge on the ‘moat’ and there […]

HOT: Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

If you’re looking for a perfect nature play + cafe combo that’s not too far from Melbourne…then Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens and The Piggery at Burnham Beeches in Sherbrooke is it. The gardens is one of the jewels of the Dandenong Ranges. It is particularly stunning in Autumn, with the changing colours of maples and beeches, […]

HOT: Hutch & Co, 251 Main Street, Lilydale

Lilydale may be the end of the train line but you can still find a hub of inner city cafe cool at Hutch & Co. The owners also run Little Hugh in Nunawading. Hutch & Co is located on Lilydale’s main street, a highlight amongst the unremarkable strip shops. In the 1800s the spot was […]

HOT: Clip n Climb, 144 Murphy St, Richmond

If the kids are going stir crazy indoors and climbing the walls then get them climbing ACTUAL walls at Clip n Climb in Richmond. Clip n Climb is an indoor rock climbing centre with 37 climbing challenges plus two extra, more daring, activities called the Leap of Faith and Vertical Drop. Clip n Climb is […]

HOT: Montsalvat 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham

Montsalvat is a European-style artist colony in Eltham which was established in the 30s and is still a thriving arts community today. The parkland features unique European-style buildings set among bushland, numerous galleries and a cafe.  The Boulevard at Montsalvat is the on-site cafe and a separate enterprise that you can enter without paying the […]

HOT: Mister Fox, Ringwood Golf Club, 352 Canterbury Road, Ringwood

Mister Fox is the resident cafe at the Ringwood Golf Club which means it boasts glorious views of the green from its wall to ceiling windows. Inside the cafe is decor is hipster chic in the burbs and the menu also reflects Melbourne’s cafe standards at suburban prices. For instance, a very pretty granola stacked […]

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