HOT: Little Sparks, Scienceworks, 2 Booker Ave, Spotswood

Little Sparks is Scienceworks’ new monthly program of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) workshops designed for preschoolers aged 3-5 years. It’s rare to find workshops about STEM education in early childhood so we are lucky to buy the last available tickets for a Little Sparks session. There are maximum 15 children in each workshop. The […]

HOT: The Cell by Brook Andrew, The Substation, 1 Market St, Newport

There’s a jumping castle (of sorts) at The Substation Newport! Australian contemporary artist Brook Andrew is known for playfully reinterpreting colonial and modern history. His work includes video, sculpture, photography and installations.  The Substation is presenting the Melbourne premiere of Andrew’s major installation ‘The Cell‘. Wiradjuri patterns decorate the immersive inflatable installation and visitors dress up in a […]

HOT: Duchess of Spotswood, 87 Hudsons Road Spotswood

Almost six years ago Duchess of Spotswood was on the vanguard of the regeneration of Spotswood. A cafe so well-regarded that foodies would even cross the Westgate (gasp) to eat there. It’s now got new owners and while it lacks the same finesse as before some of the dishes that made the original so famous are […]

HOT: Sunshine Social, 64 Glengala Rd, Sunshine West

Sunshine Social transforms an old service station into a hip restaurant and bar inspired by old-school charcoal chicken shops. During balmy weather, the outdoor beer garden is the place to hang out. There are lots of picnic tables bedecked with jaunty yellow umbrellas and room for kids to roam under the eaves of the servo where […]

Scienceworks 25th Birthday Party – Giveaway!

Head to Scienceworks on Saturday 29 April 6-10pm for the Scienceworks 25th Birthday Party! The family-friendly event is a chance to experience Scienceworks after dark and to celebrate the museum’s iconic exhibitions and unique experiences. There will also be a free silent disco tour and low cost extras like Lightning Room and Planetarium shows, plus food and drinks available on the […]

HOT: The Backyard, 19 Mason St, Newport

The Backyard is a family-friendly cafe in Newport that delivers what it says on the sign – a huge backyard that rivals my modest courtyard at home. The astroturf space is THE place to hang out if you have kids. There’s a long chalkboard wall, lots of toys, space to run and every table looks […]

HOT: Horn OK Please, West Footscray Festival of Colours, 539 Barkly St, West Footscray

Next Sunday 26 March join Small Scapes and I on the streets of West Footscray for the West Footscray Festival of Colours! The festival is a community street party celebrating the food, dance and colours of West Footscray with some Indian colour-throwing in the mix! There will be fabulous food, music and dance, face painting, jumping castles, craft […]

HOT: Baby Sensory Classes, Melbourne

It’s hard to think of things to do with little babies. They do a lot of feeding, sleeping, crying and  I do feel bad sometimes for my six month old that the biggest excitement of the day is lying on his play mat. This is where Baby Sensory classes fit in. They’re a new thing […]

Women of the World (WOW) Festival 2017, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray

Happy International Women’s Day! The Women of the World (WOW) Festival is coming to Melbourne for the first time on Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March. Footscray Community Arts Centre will come alive for the three-day festival celebrating women and exploring the remaining challenges to gender equality. WOW – Women of the World has been identified […]

The HOT List: Top 15 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2017 Events for Kids

I look forward to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival every year as it’s an opportunity to share, learn and eat with Melbourne’s community of committed foodies and my family! Here are my picks for the bestMelbourne Food and Wine Festival 2017 events for kids and families. This year’s festival runs from Friday 31 March to […]

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