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: Regatta Beach Playground, Cnr Sanctuary Lakes Blvd North and North Shore Dve, Point Cook

A beach is already a giant sandpit of fun but when you combine it with a playground then the fun is doubled! Regatta Beach Playground is a gorgeous man-made beach playground, located lakeside inside the Sanctuary Lakes resort and housing estate. The playground setting is quiet and serene, with a gentle cool breeze and bird life […]

Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain – Giveaway!

Horrible Histories is a British sketch comedy television series, part of the children’s history franchise of the same name based on the books written by Terry Deary.  Dreary himself has a background in theatre and has helped write and produce the TV shows.  It’s aired here on ABC Me and is very well loved and viewed. The special one-hour theatre production of Horrible Histories […]

HOT: Small Graces, 57 Byron St, Footscray

Footscray CBD has a new retail and shopping precinct across from the former Little Saigon market. One of the new tenants is Small Graces, a bright and cosy cafe by chef/owner and Footscray local Diego. Small Graces‘s menu focuses on seasonal and wholesome food, with a few Colombian flourishes harking to Diego’s heritage. The kitchen uses […]

HOT: Brother Hen, 154 Pascoe Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds

Brother Hen is a gorgeous family-friendly cafe in Moonee Ponds which is also the home to a few chooks. The front room is cosy and warm, with wood panelling and the rumble of the tram providing window entertainment. If you’re there with kids then you’ll probably want to head out to the back courtyard, which […]

HOT: Frontier Park, Frontier Avenue, Rockbank

  Woodlea housing estate in Rockbank is continuing its development of amazing playgrounds with the addition of Frontier Park. The park is designed with the state of art infrastructure and has three big tree houses. These tree houses are connected by rope bridges with three long twisting tunnel slides swooshing down to the rainbow-coloured soft […]

HOT: Funtopia, 98 Hampstead Rd, Maribyrnong

Funtopia in Maribyrnong, close to Highpoint, is an amazing play centre for kids with two different ‘worlds’ to choose from – playground world and the climbing world. It’s the newest venture for the folks behind TunzaFun Xtreme (in Knox and other locations) and we were invited for a sneak peek before the official opening.  Both […]

HOT: Clip ‘n’ Climb, Warehouse 2, 145 Maddox Rd, Williamstown

Kids climbing the walls? Then get out of the house and get them climbing ACTUAL walls at Clip n Climb Williamstown. Clip n Climb Williamstown is an indoor rock climbing centre with 19 climbing challenges including the daring Leap of Faith. Kids as young as 3 years can climb but it’s more suitable for kids 4+ […]

The HOT List: Top Family-friendly events at West Projections 2017

From Friday 11 August to Sunday 27 August 2017 West Projections Festival is back to light up Footscray’s streets and surrounds through art. It’s a fantastic free community event that gives visitors an opportunity to explore the inner west’s creative spaces, business and public places in a different way. The focus for West Projections festival 2017 […]

HOT: Wild Nights at Werribee Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South

  One of our regular winter school holiday outings is during the annual Wild Nights at Werribee Zoo, when the zoo is open after dark for a series of special events. This year the event is on for 7 nights from 9-15 July 2017. While the old favourites are there every year (marshmallow toasting!) each year there’s […]

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