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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Welcome to Melbourne

Melbourne is brimming with family-friendly attractions and things to do, see, visit, eat, play, create and explore and our one stop website is the largest of its kind in Melbourne covering everything family-friendly from events, activities, kid-friendly cafes and eats, places to go, parks and playgrounds, day trips, classes, school holiday ideas, daily and weekend inspiration.

Our crew hopes to inspire your family to get out and about and exploring the gems of our City and beyond, be it NORTH, SOUTH, EAST or WEST or a road trip out of the City.

Whatever you decide to do with your little explorers in Melbourne, there are plenty of things to keep them occupied and very few of them are expensive. The only problem you may face, is keeping up with them!

If you're a visitor to Melbourne we hope you enjoy your stay and can't wait to see you again!

What are you waiting for? Melbourne's calling...

 

Where to give at Christmas

Blog holidays present to child

The holiday season is known to most of Victoria (Australia) as a time of celebration and reuniting with family and friends. But for those most in need it can be the most difficult time of year.  We believe in instilling a sense of community service in our children from early on in their lives. What better way to instil a spirit of giving in your family during a special time of year than helping out those who need it most. With these organisations you can give a little joy and create a sense of Christmas spirit (we've also included the Australian Defense Force because they need our support and they're away from their families at Christmas).

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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Chadstone Shopping Centre

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Everything IS awesome!

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SO FRENCHY SO CHIC

so frenchy so chic werribee park

GET READY TO WINE, DINE AND DANCE AGAIN WHEN SO FRENCHY SO CHIC RETURNS IN 2018 FOR ANOTHER SUMMER FESTIVAL OF PLEASURES. THE BELOVED PARTY, PICNIC AND CELEBRATION OF JOIE DE VIVRE SPREADS THE LOVE TO WERRIBEE PARK MELBOURNE WITH EVEN MORE MUSIC, FOOD AND FRIVOLITY – THE FRENCHY WAY OF COURSE.

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Play Pods play area at Chadstone Shopping Centre

 play pod play area chadstone

Just when you thought Chadstone couldn't get any better they go and make shopping with a toddler/kinder kid much more bearable with the addition of four Play Pods. The play pods are modern play areas to entertain your little one when you need to take a breather from shopping! You'll find them scattered on lower ground level from DAISO right through to ToysRUs and each play pod is complete with seating. The only downside is they'll all unfenced. On the upside, the Shingle Inn cafe is smack bang in the middle so it's a no brainer where to get your cuppa and bite to eat!

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Kid-friendly cafes

KereKere Green at Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne

kere kere fitzroy gardensThis isn't so much an emphasis on the cafe itself (though it's pretty good and family-friendly), rather, the outside welcoming space for the kids .

This is one of those special places where inside dining works, so does the outdoor fenced-in courtyard or the grassy patch outside complete with sandpit and water play.Beware though it's not the full in splash about in your swimmers type water play but a very shallow watering spot to dip your toes in on a hot summer's day. Combine it with a bite to eat and walk around Fitzroy Gardens then you've set up your day pretty nicely!

kere kere fitzroy gardens

This isn't so much an emphasis on the cafe itself (though it's pretty good and family-friendly), rather, the outside welcoming space for the kids.

This is one of those special places where inside dining works, so does the outdoor fenced-in courtyard or the grassy patch outside complete with sandpit and water play.Beware though it's not the full in splash about in your swimmers type water play but a very shallow watering spot to dip your toes in on a hot summer's day. Combine it with a bite to eat and walk around Fitzroy Gardens then you've set up your day pretty nicely!

KereKere popped up in the eco-designed visitors centre in Fitzroy Gardens in February 2015 and they tap into the KereKere ethos of "giving without expectation" by supporting a range of local causes and charities.

You can find a load more attraction for the whole family in Fitzroy Gardens including this great dragon playground.

little TIPS

  • bring a towel and bucket and spade
  • basket of toys inside the cafe
  • 2 hour or 4 hour parking available
  • highchair available

Where:

Fitzroy Gardens Visitors Centre, 230 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002

Hours:

Open Mon-Fri 6.30am-5pm; Sat-Sun 8am-5pm

www.kerekere.org

Right now we love...

Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman at ACMI

melbourne winter masterpiece wallace gromit aardman exhibition acmi heroFrom Wallace & Gromit to Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run and many more, Aardman’s claymation creations have been enchanting audiences for over four decades.

In our latest exhibition, take an extraordinary trip from sketches and models through to elaborate sets as these beloved characters take shape on screen. Highlighting over 350 objects from Aardman’s most amazing animations, celebrate the Oscar-winning studio’s unique artistic vision.

Playgrounds

The Village Green Playground, Brighton

Well, well, well, look what has got an upgrade? One of our favourite playgrounds in Brighton for little ones! What was once a tired playground is now a shiney new play area complete with mini bike and scooter path where the kids can burn off some energy!

Run across the little bridge and enter a colourful wooden play world complete with swings, slides, a climbing frame with tan bark landing, hidey hole and a see-saw. You get the added bonus here of a bike and scooter track that weaves in and out of the playground.

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