Fast 5: Gyms With Creche, Air Playground & Best Birthday Cakes

Fast 5 What’s On

What’s On This Week – CBD

  • ACMI Preschoolers (Fridays) – Fun for 3 to 5-year-olds to explore “Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature” with parent, grandparent, or carer. Connect art and science through movement and play, engaging young learners with mesmerizing artworks.
  • The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (Wednesday – Sunday) – A dedicated, fully fenced space for families featuring plants, water, structures, and pathways that reflect Melbourne’s changing seasons.
  • Wild City At ArtPlay (Sat 20 Jan – Sun 16 Jun) – Come and visit a mini city landscape that has been transformed into a wild, thriving, green metropolis – where humans and animals share their habitat.
  • Soft Play (Fridays) – Play with your child and make community connections in a safe and fun indoor environment (Thurs & Fridays).
  • Baby Bounce State Library (Mon & Wed) – Join in at the Children’s Quarter for a fun, interactive session designed for your little ones as they discover the joys of books, rhymes, & stories from Victorian & Australian authors.

What’s On This Week – North

  • Peppa’s Cinema Party (Fri 9 Feb – Sun 25 Feb) – Head to your local Hoyts cinema to watch, dance and groove at Peppa Pig’s Cinema Party, with 10 brand new episodes perfect for the family!
  • Dinos Alive (Daily until 29 Feb) – A dinosaur exhibition featuring life-size animated replicas in an immersive Jurassic venue. Walk alongside the massive creatures that roamed our world millions of years ago.
  • Keeper Kids Melbourne Zoo (Daily) – Educator-led daily activities that promote learning through storytelling, craft and play.
  • Tiny Tots, Camberwell (Tuesdays) – Fun session for toddlers to interact and develop early literacy and communication skills. Registration required.
  • Dinosaur Walk (Daily) – Check out the real dinosaur bones at Melbourne Museum’s permanent exhibition featuring ten dinosaur skeletons, three pterosaurs, and other select megafauna artefacts such as huge teeth!

What’s On This Week – South

  • LEGO 4-in-1 Build Legoland Melbourne (Mon 12 Feb -Sun 18 Feb) – Visit the Creative workshop to build this brick-tastic 4-in-1 set!
  • Young At Art (Tuesdays) – With the guidance of an experienced early childhood educator, participants work on a different hands-on creative activity every week, using materials from the take-home art materials box supplied each session.
  • Seek and Find Nature Cards (Daily) Set your young ones on an adventure exploring nature with Seek and Find Nature Cards to be used at Melbourne Gardens or download the cards and go exploring in your own neighbourhood.
  • Prahran Market Mini Marketeers (Tuesdays) – Enjoy free, guided activities teaching toddlers the fundamentals of eating well and putting the ‘yum’ in healthy food choices.
  • Nature Play ​(Tuesdays) – Come along to Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve for Nature Play, an outdoor, child-led playgroup session facilitated by a qualified ranger.

What’s On This Week – East

  • ECOSS Valley Market (Fridays) – Experience the vibrant Valley Markets, connecting local growers, artisans, and musicians in the heart of the Yarra Valley.
  • BUSY BODIES Chirnside Park (Tuesdays) – Join the fun each Tuesday during the school term for FREE activity sessions tailored for pre-school aged children.
  • Eastland (Daily) – Sign up to the free mini & me kids club at Eastland (for kids 4 and under) and receive exclusive offers, invites to free events and $5 valet parking!
  • Spirits of the Sky (Daily) – See the natural behaviours of a variety of native birds at Healesville Sanctuary which may include the Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black-breasted Buzzard, Barking Owl, magnificent parrots and more.
  • Sing Baby Sing (Thursdays) – An introduction to songs and rhymes for you and your baby at Hawthorn Library.

What’s On This Week – West

  • The Music Playground (Various days available) – Explore joy and connection through music-making with others. With singing, instrument exploration, musical games, rhymes and lullabies, children will grow their musical potential, by following the natural process of language acquisition.
  • Soft Stele: Monuments, Wyndham City Arts and Culture (Tue 13 Feb – Sun 3 Mar) – Join the indirect Object to help create a series of large, tactile illuminated pillars celebrating all our favourite things. Foods, activities, animals, friends, games, or places in our community.
  • Playnastics (Wed & Thurs) – Casual open play sessions using a selection of Preschool Gymnastics equipment and resources, as well as puzzles, blocks and more. ​Read our review here.
  • Toddler and Kids Art Classes (Various days available) – The Fun In Art’ provides art classes for toddlers and kids where they’re more about the fun of creation and less about the outcome of the artwork.
  • Clocktower Centre Children’s Space (Daily) – Parents and carers can sit back and relax with a coffee and a snack from the Clocktower Café while the kids explore the space, watch the trams go by or listen to their favourite book with the interactive Storytime Pod.

Fast 5 Ideas


Stunning Coastal Town Getaway

Head to this family favourite holiday spot along the Great Ocean Road


Hands-On Aerodynamics Fun For Kids

Engage, play, and learn with this interactive exhibition all about AIR


Plan A Picture-Perfect Picnic

Make your family picnic a success with this range of picnic rugs and blankets

TO DO #4

Head to The Gym With Kids In Tow

Here’s an awesome selection of Melbourne’s best gyms with creche facilities


Birthdays Are ‘Batter’ With Cake

Find your perfect cake smash fit from one of Melbourne’s best bakeries


Find The Perfect Gift At NNE Living

Whatever you’re looking for, NNE Living has it all this Valentine’s Day (and beyond)!

That way, everyone can experience that NNE jackpot feeling.

Last Chance Giveaway!

WIN a VIP Flex Entry Family Pass To Dinos Alive

See more than 80 realistic, life-size installations and moving replicas, including the massive T-rex, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, and many more.

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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