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 […]

HOT: Crocs Playcentre Derrimut, Unit 3 & 4, 21 Elgar Road, Derrimut

Crocs Playcentre Derrimut is the newest addition to the Crocs franchise chain of indoor play centres all over Australia. Being relatively new the equipment is clean and the spacious location is not overrun on the rainy weekday we visit. The play centre is one large room with good sightlines to most areas. There’s only one […]

HOT: KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil, Flemington Racecourse, Flemington

Cirque du Soleil is back in Melbourne with KOOZA! This is old school Cirque du Soleil that focuses on the  two traditional circus crafts- acrobatics and clowning. The show begins with the Trickster arriving in a jack in the box (Kooza comes from the Sanskrit ‘Koza’ meaning box) delivered to the child like character of The Innocent. The […]

HOT: School holidays at SciencePlay Kids, MREAM Studios, 32 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone

SciencePlay Kids is a fantastically fun lab space at the MREAM art studios in Maidstone where kids can learn about and explore scientific concepts with Dr Lorien Parker, a scientist (and mother).  SciencePlay Kids started it in late November 2016 with toddler and preschooler classes and the response has been amazing so ‘Dr Loz’ is holding school holiday programs for older […]

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