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: Caulfield Park, Corner Hawthorn and Balaclava Roads, Caulfield North

Caulfield Park is regular hangout for many south-east Melbourne families as there’s so much to do there! There are three playgrounds as well as ponds with ducks and geese, sports ovals, a cricket ground, conservatory, croquet and bowls lawns, basketballs courts, tennis courts and an aviary. The largest playground in Caulfield Park is the Eastern playground, […]

HOT: The Big Freeze, Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, Cnr Brechin Drive & Princes Highway

The Big Freeze is a family-friendly Melbourne winter festival set up under the Big Top at Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre from 1 July – 9 July. The Big Freeze features an affordable snow play experience plus heaps of other wintery activities that will keep the kids amused while sheltered under cover. This year there’s […]

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, […]

The Wind in the Willows at Gasworks Arts Park – Giveaway!

Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale ‘The Wind in the Willows‘ has been transformed into a new interactive one-man theatrical adaptation for families. It’s playing at Gasworks Arts Park, a vibrant arts precinct in Albert Park, for one date only – Tuesday 11 July. Written by award-winning writer, Maxine Mellor, the adaptation follows Shaka Cook (from Jasper […]

The Big Freeze Winter Festival 2017 – Giveaway!

After a huge first year, The Big Freeze is returning these July school holidays and heading under the Big Top at Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre from 1 July – 9 July. The festival it aims to provide an affordable snow play experience for families and kids can play in the snow, ride brand new snow […]

HOT: Urban Projuice, 315 Montague St, Albert Park

Hidden in a gorgeous Victorian terrace house in Albert Park you’ll find a wholefoods vegetarian cafe and juice bar called Urban Projuice. While the elevated front entrance may not shout ‘kid-friendly’ once you get up the stairs you’ll discover a few features which make this one of my favourite pit stops in Albert Park. Sit […]

HOT: St Kilda Adventure Playground, Neptune St, St Kilda

Adventure playgrounds started in postwar Denmark after public officials noticed that children were playing in bombed and excavated sites. From there the idea of ‘adventure playgrounds’ proliferated in Europe, with over 100 ever-changing, junkyard play areas full of creative inspiration. St Kilda Adventure playground is one of only five staffed adventure playgrounds in Melbourne (the […]

HOT: Habitots, 217-239 Montague St, South Melbourne

Children’s store and creative art space Habitots closed its Albert Park store in March. However, it is continuing its art and music classes at party venue Apples and Jam in South Melbourne. We are invited to try out one of the art classes in the new space. We really enjoy the unstructured creative play in a […]

HOT: Vjunior, Village Cinemas Westfield Southland, 1239 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham

Vjunior is Australia’s first kid’s cinema experience and it’s located at Westfield Southland’s Village Cinema and Westfield Fountain Gate (from 30 June 2017). Thirty minutes before movie screenings at Vjunior kids can play with Hot Wheels activity tables… ….a Mega Blocks wall… ….Scrabble wall… and colouring in. A selection of kid’s artworks are projected onto the […]

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