Diamond Valley Railway - Eltham - Melbourne - Review

Miniature trains were a big hit for our family when we visited a miniature railway in Sydney recently so we were super excited to hear that Kate and her little ones were heading to Diamond Valley Railway to experience this very popular miniature railway and enjoy the train rides! What a great place for a day out! Thanks Kate for the review and stunning pics. To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her Instagram account @kateflatman.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

All aboard! Whether you have a little train enthusiast or are just looking for a fun day out, the whole family will have a ‘toot’ of a time on the Diamond Valley Railway.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Known to locals as the Eltham Miniature Railway, the Diamond Valley Railway is one of the most travelled miniature railways in Australia.  This popular attraction - run completely by volunteers - has been operating since 1961 and has long cemented itself as one of the best and most affordable activities for families in Melbourne.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Open every Sunday 11am-5pm, families can ride the steam, petrol, diesel or electric powered locomotives for only $3 per person. The 15 minute ride - along just over 2km of track - is set in the natural Eltham bushland and takes passengers past several station platforms, carriage sheds, workshops, guard towers and signal boxes,  over and under bridges and through crossings and two short tunnels.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

With several trains running to demand continuously throughout the day, there is plenty of opportunity for little people to watch from the platforms or bridges and wave to other trains and passengers passing by.  This also helps reduce waiting times too, with more trains put on during extra busy times.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Make a day of your visit to Diamond Valley Railway and check out one of the nearby playgrounds.  Located opposite the railway, The Eastern Eltham Copper Butterfly Reserve (also known as Eltham Lower Park Accessible Play Space) is the larger of the two playgrounds and ticks all the boxes for an awesome adventure! Featuring BBQ’s, shaded picnic areas, swings and flying fox, sand pit and water play plus tactile panels with Braille and Auslan symbols throughout the site and sculptures.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

If you’re looking for something a little different to do with the family and keen on taking a short drive out to Eltham, we highly recommend visiting the Diamond Valley Railway for a ‘chuffing’ good time! Toot toot!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Diamond Valley Railway is located at Eltham Lower Park in Eltham.

  • The railway is every Sunday 11am - 5pm and selected public holidays.

  • The ticket office opens approximately 15 minutes before the advertised start time and closes 10 minutes before the advertised closing time. 

  • It’s just $3 each for a ride on the Diamond Valley Railway. Children under two ride FREE! Cash sales only.

  • Free car parking is available but can be a challenge when busy. If possible, drop an adult off to buy tickets and join the queue while the other driver finds a park.

  • Make sure that you listen to the advice given when disembarking from the train.  You don’t want anyone to end up on the tracks!

  • Bring a picnic to enjoy in one of the nearby playgrounds or purchase a sausage from the sausage sizzle stand run by the local Rotary Club. There is generally an ice cream and coffee van on site too. 

  • Prams are not permitted on the platforms but pram parking is available near the ticket office. 

  • Public toilets with change facilities are located adjacent to the railway closest to the Eastern Eltham Copper Butterfly Reserve. 

  • Special trains and picnic sites may be hired for the exclusive use of groups, birthday parties etc.

  • Keep an eye on the Diamond Valley Railway website and Facebook page for information regarding their two, very popular annual events; the Community Night Run (with the railway running continuously for twelve hours all the way from 11am to 11pm) and the Teddy Bears Picnic which is held over the Queens Birthday weekend. 

Busy City Kids visited the Diamond Valley Railway at their own expense for entry fees, rides and all. Our opinions & feedback are always genuine & truthful. 

For more information on the Diamond Valley Railway, head to their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Fairfield Park Boathouse Boating - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones are always on the lookout for fun new adventures around Melbourne and their latest adventure at Fairfield Park Boathouse took them boating across the Yarra River on a hand-made Thames-replica rowing skiff - how wonderful! After a nice trip down the river, the kids enjoyed feeding ducks, riding giraffes and fire trucks rides, eating scones & jam and a milkshake and looking out to the river. What a lovely day out. To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her Insta page @kateflatman x Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Located just seven kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, Fairfield Boathouse is a picturesque, riverside spot offering traditional English boats and an historic tearooms in a stunning, inner-city bush setting.

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Whether it’s kayaking, canoeing or a simple row boat, there are plenty of boating options for you to explore the Yarra River.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Designed by a shipwright from Portsmouth, United Kingdom the hand-built, Thames-replica rowing skiffs are the only ones in the Southern Hemisphere and seat a maximum of five people - perfect for families.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The poppets loved putting on their life jackets (required for all little people under 14 years old) and choosing a skiff from the row of boats tied up on the platoon.  After we all navigated climbing aboard (I am sure I personally provided ample entertainment to the people watching from the café deck!), we enjoyed a 30 minute trip up stream, paddling along with the ducks and taking in the sights of the surrounding Yarra Bend Park, including a cheeky stickybeak at the houses along the banks!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Children, big and small, will love having a turn on the old fashioned rides. Hop on Pharlap or the resident giraffe and zebra or ride in a bright red fire truck.  At only 40c a ride why not try them all…?! On busy weekends they sometimes even roll out a fairy floss machine too!

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Cap off your adventure with a visit to the Fairfield Boathouse's historic tearoom, where you can reward yourself with a traditional Devonshire Tea or maybe a cold milkshake.  You can even purchase a bag of duck food to feed the hungry ducks! 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Fairfield Park Boathouse is located at Fairfield Park Drive, Fairfield.

  • They are open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday & Sunday and public holidays 8.30am to 6pm.

  • Boating open from 8:30 am to close of business.

  • Boating hire cost and duration vary (30 mins or 1 hour or more) and a full list of prices can be found here.

  • They also do functions and meetings at various times.

  • Bring some change for duck food (which is available at entry desk) and for rides at only 40c.

  • They also have a sister venue in St Kilda at West Beach Bathers Pavilion.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to experience boating at Fairfield Park Boathouse for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on Fairfield Park Boathouse, head to their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Family Saturdays - Red Spice Road - Melbourne - Review 

Kate and her little foodies headed to Red Spice Road last Saturday to test out their NEW offering - Family Saturdays. I loved eating out at Red Spice Road when we lived in Melbourne, that was pre-kids so this new family friendly dining experience makes me definitely want to go next time we head to Melbourne. I can just see my husband and I enjoying the delicious food while the kids enjoy theirs and the entertainment. The best idea! Thanks Kate for the review and thank you Red Spice Road for inviting us. To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her Insta account @kateflatman. xo Catherine

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If you're a parent and a foodie like me, you are always keen to find Melbourne cafés and restaurants where you can indulge your foodie longings while also catering for your little people. For over 10 years, Red Spice Road has been serving up outstanding Asian fusion and its newly launched Family Day Saturdays is already proving to be a strong contender as one of the city’s most family friendly dining experiences.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

From the moment that you step inside Red Spice Road, you will feel transported away from Melbourne and into the heart of Asia.  Whether you are seated at a long and striking banquet style table or in the gorgeous Lantern Room (featuring the largest lantern in Australia!) you will instantly be a part of the buzzing and energetic dining environment.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

On Saturday’s, Red Spice Road is dedicated to children. While the bartender and I sat back and enjoyed a glass of wine and amazing dishes from the Lunch Express menu - including the signature chilli caramel-glazed pork belly, the poppets selected meals from their own special children’s menu before participating in colouring in, board games + face painting and balloon twisting from Jesstar Play Magik.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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When you combine that with multiple highchairs, plenty of space for prams and baby change facilities, Red Spice Road has really thought of all the extra touches that make family outings that little bit more manageable.  We cannot wait to go back!

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Jess from Jesstar Play Magik was an ABSOLUTE HIT with the children; she was fun, playful and happily fulfilling ALL the face painting and balloon requests that the little ones had!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Red Spice Road is located at 27 McKillop Street in Melbourne.

  • Open 7 days a week. Lunch is from 12pm - 3pm and Dinner: 5pm - Late.

  • To book, call Reservations on (03) 9603 1601.

  • Red Spice Road has partnered with Secure Parking to bring diners a fantastic discounted rate of $8.00, on weekend (& evening) parking at their car park located at 300 Flinders Street. Use the code REDSPICEROAD when booking online.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to experience Family Saturdays at Red Spice Road Melbourne for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food was funded by the venue however travel and parking was self funded.

For more information on Red Spice Road, head to their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Australian Reptile Park - Somersby - Sydney - Review

What’s better than having a birthday on New Year’s eve? Heading to the Australian Reptile Park of course! We surprised reptile and dinosaur lover little Mister on his birthday with a visit at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby last year and made an amazing day of it! So much to do, it was incredible.

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During the school holidays, the Australian Reptile Park has various activities, feeding times, talks etc. For the summer school holidays, the park had dinosaurs around various parts of the park, dino dig for fossils, interactive dino walks, dino dance party, dino reptile show, roving reptiles and turtles as well as the usual alligator & crocodile feeding shows and more. Checkout their website before you head out to make sure you make the shows and special activities.

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After the kids had a chat with the reptile keeper, we headed to the Lost World of Reptiles where we found an array of different reptiles from around the world.

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Little Miss was fascinated with iguanas while little Mister with cobras and anacondas.

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The Egypt themed room was filled with baby crocodiles around the large statue which the kids loved to spot.

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The Spider World was a cool area to see our arachnid friends and see a giant spider in action as well as comic related info and some fun spider-themed games along the way.

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We then headed outside to say hello to Elvis in the crocodile swamp. There are various feeding times during the day for Elvis.

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The kids then checked out the playground briefly before heading to the Komodo Dragons palace. If you wanted to make the trip a day trip, bring some snacks, a picnic or bbq and set things up at various uncovered and covered picnic areas or sit at various benches around the park.

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The kids did limited dino digging for fossils on the day as the dig pit was filled with friendly kangaroos so the kids were more than happy to give them a pat and cuddle.

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After some cuddles, we ventured across the nature walk where we saw wallabies, cassowaries, dingos, koalas, lace monitors, wombats, birds, a walk-in owl flight, parrots, night animals, tassie devils, tortoises and more.

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Do no miss the alligators along the nature path too and make sure you attend one of the alligator feeding time - it was fascinating to see these creatures and see the large female alligator which rules the alligators basking area. The alligator keepers are truly amazing to be working with such creatures. The Australian Reptile Park is the first zoo in Australia to import the alligators species and breed them. Alligators are found in the swamps and bayous of the south eastern US, and are currently under threat due to wetland clearance and polluted drains.

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After a fantastic alligator feeding, we headed to meet some roving dinosaurs and break some dino dance moves at a dino dance party. Both great summer holiday treats for visitors.

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Before heading home, we fed some kangaroos with some feed from reception and checked out the gift shop of course! We had such an amazing time at the Australian Reptile Park and we will have to visit again soon if not make it a yearly ritual for little Mister’s birthday!

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Our tips:

  • The Australian Reptile Park is located at 69 Pacific Highway in Somersby.

  • Open 9am-5pm everyday of the year, 7 days a week, except Christmas Day.

  • Adults $39, Child (3-15 years) $21, Senior +60 $29, Family Pass (2 adults, 2 child) $105, Single (1 adult, 2 child) $75 or Extra child on family pass $15. Yearly memberships are also available.

  • Checkout their daily schedules or school holiday schedules before you go to make the special activities, talks and feeding times.

  • Bring water bottles, snacks or lunch or a picnic with you (there is a small café with some food there too).

  • There are picnic areas as well as picnic tables in the park.

  • Bring hats and sunscreen on warm days.

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Busy City Kids were invited to the Australian Reptile Park for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

For more information on the Australian Reptile Park, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Myuna Farm - Doveton - Melbourne - Review

The Myuna Farm in Doveton is a gorgeous little community farm managed by the council of City of Casey. Families can visit the working farm and get hands-on contact with a variety of animals and learn about farming processes, farm animals as well as various sustainability activities. Melbourne contributor @littlemonkeys.melb visited the Myuna Farm recently and was very kind to share some great pics and their thoughts on their visit.

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Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Kids can pat and cuddle baby farm animals such as rabbits, goats, guinea pigs, sheep every day at the Animal Display Centre. Kids can also chat to resident Joey the talking cockatoo and other birds in the aviary. Visitors can get up close to Australian native animals such as kangaroos, cockatoos and emus as well as visit the reptile displays for all things creepy crawly, such as snakes, turtles and lizards.

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Visitors can also walk the feed trails around the paddocks and feed lots of different farm animals.

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Young children will love riding ponies too.

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Families will love to sit back and enjoy the farm train as it goes past the animals and landscapes, down to the wetlands. An easy way to visit the colony of flying foxes at the wetlands a kilometre down the farm. Visitors can also talk a walk through the wetland's boardwalks and view the native wildlife that share the natural environment.

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Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Or spend the afternoon getting lost in the farm maze and exploring the playground and gardens.

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Melbourne contributor @littlemonkeys.melb, her daughter and friends really loved their visit at the Myuna Farm and cannot wait to go back! A fantastic day out.

Our info:

  • Myuna Farm is located at 182 Kidds Road in Doveton.

  • Myuna is open 10:00am to 4:00pm, 7 days a week except Christmas day.

  • Admission is: Single: $8.50 (concession: $7), Family of 4 (maximum): $30 (concession: $23), Children under 12 months : Free, Annual family membership: $130 or Annual family membership for Casey residents: $110.

  • Train rides are $3 each. Pony rides are $3 each.

  • You can also host a birthday party or special event at the farm, there’s also regular events and school programs that run at the farm too.

  • Bring snacks or a picnic to enjoy during your visit or enjoy a wide range of good farm tucker, hot and cold drinks and ice creams at the Farm Cafe.

  • There are also free barbeques onsite and visitors are encouraged to bring along a delicious meal as there are no outside food restrictions.

  • Bring sunscreen and hat.

  • The farm is wheelchair accessible.

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For more information on Myuna Farm, head to their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

The Tramshed Café and Playground - Narrabeen - Sydney - Review

In June last year, the Tramshed Café opened its doors and the playground next to it was finished just on-time for visitors to enjoy both spaces with family and friends! It took us a while to get there but we visited this great setup late last year and loved it!

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The fully fenced playground consists of a main castle-like structure with slides and areas to wonder, different sets of swings, a free play area with dragon eggs, little shops for kids to be pretend shoppers, little trampolines and more.

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The little shops were a hit with little Miss and her brother as well as the swings and little trampolines.

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After some play, we headed to the Tramshed Café for some coffee and food. The kids loved eating in the tram. Food and drinks can be consumed in the tram however council restrictions mean these need to be in take-away containers. Good news though, most of the packaging is compostable. You can also sit inside the café.

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We enjoyed our coffees, bacon & egg roll, kids french toast (two for mum ha!), kids cheese toasty and kids egg & toast. The kids enjoyed some colouring while waiting for the food too.

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This playground is located at 1395a Pittwater Road in Narrabeen.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Castle structure

  • Slides

  • Swings

  • Little Shops

  • Trampolines

  • Nature Play setup

  • Park Benches

  • Tramshed Café nearby

  • Toilets near the carpark

  • Free Parking along the street or in the nearby parking lot however parking is VERY limited and time restrictions apply

Our trip to the Tramshed Café and Playground was self funded and not sponsored. Our opinions are genuine as always.

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For more information on The Tramshed Café which is next to the playground and open 7am to 5pm daily, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society - West Ryde - Sydney - Review

Kids love watching trains pass by but there’s nothing better than riding trains, miniature trains especially! Last month, Little Miss and her brother were super excited when I told them we would be visiting the Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society in West Ryde and riding little trains!

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The Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society came about in 1948 and is run by a great bunch of volunteers. The society is located behind the West Ryde Shopping Centre in Sydney and is open on the THIRD Saturday afternoon of each month from 1.30 pm to around 4.30 pm.

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The society has three miniature railways where visitor can ride on trains hauled by working miniature steam locomotives.

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It’s a great spot for children's birthday parties or small group afternoon gatherings and a great spot to watch live steam trains go by while having a snack or an ice cream from the kiosk.

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The kids loved the experience and trying the different miniature railways and different trains, going over & under bridges and waving at other train riders. Such a priceless experience.

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It was such a great experience, the kids and I loved getting on-board these little trains and watching them go pass, we will have to come back with friends and family for sure!

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Our tips:

  • Open on the THIRD Saturday afternoon of each month from 1.30pm.

  • Located at Cnr Anthony Rd & Betts St, West Ryde, NSW 2114 (next to West Ryde Marketplace Carpark).

  • It is compulsory for train passengers to wear fully enclosed footwear as it reduces injuries, so don’t forget!

  • Crowd numbers can vary so it’s possible that you could wait for train rides for up to 30 minutes.

  • Entry is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Rides are $2 each for all ages. CASH ONLY.

  • There is also a kiosk onsite which sells drinks, ice cream, cakes, chips, etc. CASH ONLY.

  • There are toilets onsite and the society is accessible to prams. There is limited street parking available so come a bit early.


Busy City Kids visited the 
Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society at their own expense for entry fees, rides and all. Our opinions & feedback are always genuine & truthful. 

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Heide Museum of Modern Art - Melbourne - Review

The Heide Museum of Modern Art has always been a great place for us to visit as a family since little Miss was born. Whether you’re a fan of modern art or not, you’ll still enjoy walking the grounds, checking out the sculptures and gardens, taking part in school holiday activities, weekly children’s programs or enjoy catching up with friends for picnic or grabbing a coffee at Café Heide.

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We popped into Heide last October and enjoyed everything the museum and grounds had to offer.

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We kept the kids busy with the free Sculpture Park Detective Trail which lets them explore Heide's sculpture park with fun Sculpture Park activities all while walking the grounds. The form, pin board and pen can be picked up at reception desk. There’s also a Sculpture Sounds Activity for the kids too and exhibition tailored activity trails too. Grab some snacks and a picnic and relax on the lawns and enjoy the space with friends and family.

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There are many sculptures around the ground but our favourite sculptures would have to be the cows. Kids love the cows so much, they are great fun to hide behind and for a pic too.

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The beautiful vegetable garden which was once used by couple John and Sunday Reed isn’t used as a kitchen garden anymore but is still interesting to walk around to see what’s grown seasonally.

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There you have it, a great way to get the kids busy out of the house while enjoying some art. There are great exhibitions inside the museum to explore too, so checkout the Heide website for the latest exhibitions info.

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Our tips:

  • Heide Museum and grounds are open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except for public holidays.

  • Heide is located at 7 Templestowe Rd in Bulleen.

  • Bring sunscreen and a hat.

  • Bring snacks and a picnic to enjoy the grounds with family and friends or enjoy a coffee and a meal at Café Heide.

  • Book the popular Kids Programs in advance as they sell out fast and checkout current exhibitions if they tickle your fancy.

  • Guided Tours and a Museum App are also available to help you enjoy the museum to the maximum.

  • There are toilets located next to Café Heide with a change table from memory.

  • Parking is free at the top and bottom of Heide.

For more information on Heide Museum of Modern Art, checkout their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Music & Movement Classes - We Rock The Spectrum - Review

Late last year, Kate’s little ones loved their session at the We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym Headquarters in Preston (see their review here), so when they found out the centre was offering Music & Movement Classes, they couldn’t wait to review a session! Thanks for the review Kate xo Catherine

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

After the huge success of the opening of their first Australian sensory gym in Preston, We Rock The Spectrum have recently launched classes and therapy groups to provide an opportunity for children to explore and experience different practices in a safe and supportive environment.

Musician and teacher, Jackie Bornstein facilities their fun-filled Music & Movement classes where children of all abilities are guided to participate in exciting musical activities that gently promote emotional regulation and social, communication and motor skills development.  Plus each class includes 30-60 additional minutes of open play for FREE.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

With numbers limited to 10 participants, each of Jackie’s classes will see children engaged in vocal fun, dancing, percussion and rhythm with the use of instruments, soft play materials, games and sensory items.

Each week Jackie will introduce a ‘musical tip’ for parents/carers to use with their child at home.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Parents and carers are invited to engaged in classes, supporting and sharing musical experiences with their child.  If at any time little people need to take some time out or leave the room, that’s absolutely fine. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our visit saw the poppets banging on drums, singing new songs (as well as a few oldies), shaking and stomping with musical instruments and waving and running under the brightly coloured parachute.  By far their favourite activity was playing with the silk scarves. They loved the peek-a-boo games, swooshing them from side to side, hiding them under various body parts and turning them into popping popcorn. So much fun!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Classes are conducted on Fridays and Saturdays with three classes available for different age groups (1-3 years, 3-5 years and Primary School). All classes are suitable for verbal and non-verbal children.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

We Rock The Spectrum are currently offering FREE trial classes before you commit to a full term and you can join a class at any time during the term.

Keep a look out on their Facebook page for Teen Only sessions, School Holiday programs and Parent Night Out evenings. Plus, with new locations across Australia (including Geelong and Sydney) coming soon, We Rock The Spectrum, is working hard on bringing inclusive, sensory-safe play to your community.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Looking for a fun-filled and sensory beneficial place to host a birthday party? We Rock The Spectrum offer exclusive use of the entire venue or private use of just the party room. Their party packages have an incredible amount of inclusions and you can choose between self catering or from one of their great value catering packages.  

Whether you attend a class or therapy session, celebrate a birthday or just come in for a quiet play, We Rock The Spectrum provides families with a place of acceptance, where all little people can be themselves and benefit from expert play equipment and staff, in a fun and safe environment.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to experience the Music & Movement Classes at We Rock The Spectrum for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, head to their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Rose Seidler House - Wahroonga - Sydney - Review

Visiting an architectural designed house in Wahroonga might not be the first thing you have in mind to do with kids on the weekend but if you enjoy art, design and 1950s furniture and showing the kids around a well designed house, you will be in for a treat with the Rose Seidler’s House. Designed by Harry Seidler for his parents Rose and Max and completed in 1950, this house was the most talked about house in Sydney at the time and you can see why.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Harry graduated from Harvard in 1946, an enthusiastic and committed modernist. That same year his parents and brother migrated to Australia, he however remained in New York, until his mother enticed him to Australia with the offer of designing and building her a house. He arrived in Sydney in 1948, intending to remain only until his parents’ house was completed, but the architectural success that followed persuaded him to stay.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

All rooms in the house except for the main bedroom, have panoramic views of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The floor plan flows really well as the house is divided into two distinct zones, the living and sleeping areas linked by a transitional zone of a central playroom, stairs and sundeck that can be used to extend either public or private areas, depending on the occasion. The designed kitchen might look dated however it was pure luxury in the 1950s.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The house was donated by Harry Seidler in 1988 to Historic Houses Trust and was reinstated with 1950s original colour scheme and stays in great condition today. We just love the original 1950s furniture and the simple yet tasteful design and furnishings. Seidler had a great eye for design and making sure that the property had the right features, furniture, spacious aspect and sufficient storage while keeping his simplistic approach in design.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The house has a series of flexible dividers instead of walls to allow spaces to be reconfigured into different areas. The modern sliding doors that slide right back into the window’s cavity is a genius yet modern idea that is common in today’s houses but was not back in the 1950s. Trying to find a builder to build this intricate house post second world war and finding the required material was no feet for Harry but he managed to do so after some difficult years.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Our info & tips:

  • Open Sundays only 10am to 4pm

  • Entry Adult $12, Concession $8, Family (2 adults 2 kids, 1 adult 3 kids) $30, Members Free, Under 5 yo Free

  • Closed Christmas Day

  • 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, NSW 2076

  • No toilets onsite that we could remember

  • Please be mindful with little ones of the balcony, stairs and be mindful not to touch furniture

For more information on the Rose Seidler House, head to the Sydney Living Museums' website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Blue Lotus Water Garden - Yarra Junction - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones headed to the luscious Blue Lotus Water Garden this weekend in Yarra Junction and were spoilt with this unique water garden filled with waterlilies and exotic lotus flowers. Kids can enjoy wondering around the garden by following a cute trail, playing in the kids garden, feeding fish, exploring greenhouses, trying lotus chips, listening to a story and face painting (on the weekend) and more! Make a day of it with the family. Thanks Kate for the gorgeous pics and review. x Catherine. To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her Instagram account.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

From December to April every year, the Blue Lotus Water Garden throws open its gates and shows off one of the world’s most spectacular seasonal floral displays.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Located in the Yarra Valley, Blue Lotus Water Garden is spread over 14 acres of lush landscaped grounds boasting thousands of beautiful waterlilies and exotic lotus flowers.  Originally operating as a cabbage farm until the late 1990s, owners Geoff and Yvonne Cochrane used the land to create an amazing water garden, which officially opened in 2006. Now, more than a decade later, the site features ornamental lakes, ponds, bridges, sculptures, fountains and even a waterfall, which are just waiting to be explored.


Here is a list of our highlights:

  • Flower Fairy & Kids Garden

Located on the shores of Silver Lotus Lagoon - near the giant mushrooms - you will find a fairy village, cubby houses, a rainbow slide, wishing well and the Fairy Queen’s magical throne. On weekends and public holidays the Flower Fairy Queen appears in the Fairy Garden between 12-2pm for story time and face painting. Check the website before you visit for Fairy Queen times and dates.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Goldfish Feeding 

At 2pm every day,  children can help feed the goldfish on the bridge near the Garden Kiosk at the Silver Lotus Lagoon. Be sure to keep a look out for the monster goldfish, which are up to 40cm in size.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Dragon Spotto

A fantastic interactive activity designed to get children interested in exploring the gardens and the wonders of nature.  Each child receives a sheet and pencil on arrival, the sheet contains clues to a dozen features, animals or plants found in the garden. Once the children have found 10 things on the sheet, they can return it to the ticket counter and exchange their pencil for a reward.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Dragon Trail

Children will love going on an adventure to meet the mystical Red Dragon. The journey takes you through the belly of the dragon as it winds around cascading ponds full of flowers and ends at the Fantasy Falls.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Giants of the Amazon

Located in the Tropical World complex you will find four specially designed greenhouses, two of which contain the largest waterlily species in the world.  The largest species on show is named the Victoria Longwood (hybrid) waterlily. This giant is distinguished by its massive leaves (lily pads), which can reach well over 2m in diameter. The leaves can get so large, it’s possible for a leaf to support the weight of a child or even a small adult. Wow!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Bridge Walk
    The best way to see Monet’s Lake (World of Waterlilies) is by walking through the middle of it. The walk is 300m, offers stunning views in all directions and features nine bridges, including the famous arched red bridge.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Lotus Root Chips

A trip to the Blue Lotus Water Garden would not be complete without sampling their homemade lotus root chips. The poppets were amazed by all the holes in the chips and they tasted so delicious that we had to order another cone.  Yum!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Blue Lotus Water Garden is perfectly located for a day trip from Melbourne and is a truly magical place to experience with your family.  Whether you just wander amongst the gardens and soak in the beauty of the grounds or if you want to enjoy the additional themed attractions, I highly recommend you making time to visit.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Don’t forget your camera!

  • Pick up a colourful umbrella from the entrance to protect you from the sun (or rain).  

  • Wear good walking shoes and ensure to take your hat and sunscreen.

  • Bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens or in one of the designated picnic areas.  There is also coin operated BBQs available. 

  • There are many family-friendly rotundas and seats around the gardens to stop for a snack, drink, rest or respite from the sun. 

  • The Lily Pond Cafe is a great spot to eat whilst overlooking the beautiful waterlily flowers.  Otherwise pick up an ice cream from the Garden Kiosk.  

  • Keep hydrated and drink water.  You can refill your water bottle at one of several drinking taps.

  • The gardens are mostly pram friendly with only a few slopes. 

  • There are baby change facilities located in the toilet block between the Garden Kiosk and Fairy Garden.  

  • Be sure to stay off garden beds and keep an eye on little ones at all times around the water + don’t let them pick the flowers or plants.

Busy City Kids were invited to experience the Blue Lotus Water Garden for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on Blue Lotus Water Garden, head to their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Osmo Detective Agency - Busy Tech Kids - Review

Get rid of weekend boredom with Osmo Detective Agency. This clever game will turn your little ones into true detectives and have them solve cases in no time! Equipped with eight maps of the world’s famous cities including Osmo Town and a magnifying glass, kids will learn about geography and landmarks around the world!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Miss took no time at all to load up the app, grab her magnifying glass and start searching for a missing cat around Osmo Town! Osmo's clever little red gadget uses the iPad’s camera to see what steps your child is taking in the game to provide feedback.

Little Miss looked through the town using her magnifying glass, searched for clues, checked out different buildings, listened to stories, watched little movies with total focus and concentration and enjoyed herself.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

She was so happy when she followed all the clues, solved the case and found the missing cat! She continued solving different cases through the different maps of the world. I loved showing her through the map of Paris and Beijing where I grew up and Sydney where we live now.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Mister also had a go and loved searching across the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He loved finding soccer balls, looking at the different buildings and checking out musicians. The kids loved reviewing Osmo Detective Agency! Such a fun and entertaining game where kids can discover and learn about different cities in the world and its famous buildings, sights and people. Curious kids will love it!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

For more information about Osmo Detective Agency, head to their website. Osmo Detective Agency is RRP $39 (Game only not included Osmo base).

Busy City Kids were asked to review Osmo Detective Agency which was gifted to us for the purpose of the review however no sponsored payment was provided. As always, our opinions and comments are our own and we only endorse businesses and products we believe in. Read more in my Disclosure Policy here.


To checkout our review of Osmo Creative Kit and Coding Awbie Game, head to our website. For more Busy Tech Kids reviews of apps, products and more, head to our Busy Tech Kids page.

Peninsula Hot Springs - Fingal - Mornington - Review

Kate and her little ones headed down the Mornington Peninsula a few weeks ago to spend some family time. Kate was invited by the Peninsula Hot Springs to indulge in a day of family friendly Bath House and the family did just that - indulge! Some gorgeous words and photos from Kate of her trip below are proof that everyone should pamper themselves with such experiences once in a while! To follow Kate’s adventures, head to their Instagram page @kateflatman.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Nestled among the coastal tea trees of Fingal, Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination on the Mornington Peninsula, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. With over 30 globally-inspired experiences Peninsula Hot Springs’ Bath House is a bathing wonderland for families and children to discover together. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Children will love bathing in the warmth of the hot springs water which has come from natural hot springs a staggering 637 metres below the ground!  With temperatures varying from 34-42 degrees celsius, there are plenty of options to suit all members of the family.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Stone pathways wind through the landscape and pave the way to each bathing area.  The poppets had fun in the designated family area which features super cute wooden buckets to soak in, baby bath shells and a large shallow pool.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

But the fun didn't end there! They loved exploring the cave pool, reflexology walk (featuring 10 different stones to massage your feet), Turkish Hamam steam room, underground saunas and the massaging thermal mineral showers.      

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Having recently undergone a major expansion - its first major development since 2005 - guests can experience the brand new open-air Bath House Amphitheatre which is home to seven new geothermal pools (fitted with underwater speakers) which are tucked into the hillside facing an expansive grassed area and stage, an ice cave, deep freeze, cold plunge pool, two large saunas and a new cafe.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

With plans for a three acre terraced garden (to be used primarily for growing vegetables and herbs to be used and sold onsite) as well as onsite rooms and lodges designed for short stays to week-long wellness retreats, Peninsula Hot Springs is committed to developing experiences to remain the ultimate wellness destination.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

A visit to Peninsula Hot Springs makes the perfect family day trip from Melbourne, or make it a whole weekend  like we did and enjoy everything on offer on the Mornington Peninsula.

Our tips:

  • Bookings are essential.  Use the online booking system to secure your spot in advance. 

  • Arrive before 10:00am for children to experience the famous hilltop pool offering 360 degree views overlooking rolling hills and coastal bushland.  After 10:00am everyday the bathing gully and hilltop pool are reserved for guests 16 years and older. 

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Pool staff are trained lifesavers and can offer assistance for bathing families when required.

  • Chat to your little ones before you arrive about how to behave.  We were sure to make it clear to the poppets that it wasn't a swimming pool and other people were there to relax. No jumping, splashing, running or loud noises!

  • We recommended allowing at least 3-4 hours to enjoy the Bath House, which includes time to have a snack or meal in the cafe or BYO picnic in the gardens.

  • Bring your own towels and robes from home or hire onsite (children’s robes not available).  We found hooded towels to be great for the poppets to wear between dips.  There are plenty of hooks located near the pools for hanging.

  • Family change areas are available near the main entrance and in the Wellness Centre.  

  • Lockers are available to hire but it is recommended that you leave valuables at home.  

  • Make sure you pack a drink bottle each to keep hydrated + sunscreen! We found a small beach bag to be handy & meant that we only had one thing to carry. If you don't want to  carry a water bottle, there are ample water taps around to drink from.

  • Want a tranquil bathing experience or spa treatment? The Spa Dreaming Centre is reserved for guests aged 16 years and over and is recommended for guests seeking a more serene experience. 

  • Don't forget your bathers! 

Busy City Kids were invited to experience the Peninsula Hot Springs for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel was self funded.

For more information on the Peninsula Hot Springs and Day Spa centre, checkout their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Barkly Gardens Playground - Richmond - Melbourne - Review

The Barkly Gardens playground located at Mary Street in Richmond is a gem. Little Mister, his sister and Kate’s little ones visited this playground on our most recent Melbourne trip in October last year. The playground consists of a main structure, swings, a bucket swing, a sandpit and play structures with slides for toddlers.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The main green climbing structure with giant green slide is a must try at this playground if your kids are older enough to climb on their own. Little Miss and Kate’s little ones loved climbing away this structure during our visit. It is quite intriguing and the climbing ropes make it a great challenge for them.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Mister loved the sandpit and climbing and sliding down little play structures. The sandpit was full of toys left by locals for little ones to enjoy which was a nice touch.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Last but not least, the kids loved swinging in the bucket swing overlooking the Barkly Gardens.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Barkly Gardens playground is located at Mary Street in Richmond.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Sandpit gear

This playground have:

  • Public toilets

  • Street parking on the street

  • Picnic areas

  • Seating, tables and benches

  • Some shade

For more Melbourne playgrounds, head to our dedicated page

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Murrumbeena Park Play Space - Murrumbeena - Melbourne - Review

The Murrumbeena Park Play Space located off Kangaroo Road in Murrumbeena is a great local spot complete with numerous slides, swings, play structures, bouncers and our favourite flying fox.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little ones will love the little kids section filled with swings, bouncers, a cute ladybug bouncer, a seesaw and a little nature spot in between the folage.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

There is a great play structure for bigger kids with numerous slides, climbing sides and more.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

There are also more swings and an accessible swing as well as a sphere climbing structure.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Miss, little Mister and their cousin loved the flying fox so much, we were there for ages having lots of fun!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Murrumbeena Park is off Kangaroo Road in Murrumbeena.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic (no shop nearby)

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground have:

  • Public toilets

  • Street parking on the street

  • Picnic areas

  • Seating, tables and benches

  • Some shaded spots

For more Melbourne playgrounds, head to our dedicated page

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Wannabees Hornsby - Sydney - Review

We loved reviewing Wannabees Frenchs Forest so much last November that we wanted to checkout Wannabees’ second centre in Hornsby too. The Wannabees Hornsby centre is a newer version of the Frenchs Forest centre which is jam packed with many rooms to explore like a supermarket, vet, grocery shop, radio and news room, hairdresser, fire station, a dance floor, the list goes on!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The kids loved everything about this new centre and especially the grocery shop, hospital and post office. It’s easy to spend hours there visiting all the different rooms. Some rooms are opened at different times so make sure you checkout the schedule.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The vet centre is also a favourite with my kids, they love taking care of sick pets and giving them a bath. Little Mister particularly liked the babies’ room which includes soft play equipment.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can take part in reading the news, interact in different movie screens, take their turn in the radio station, get their hair ready, dress up in the dressing room for a dance off on the dance floor.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Miss and her brother also loved pretending to cook and serve up food to us at the pizza café and taking their turn to hose fires down at the fire station practice spot.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

There’s also a medical centre and nursery room as well as a post office where kids can pickup letters and parcel to deliver around the centre. Lookout for letterboxes in front of each shop.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

There’s also two party rooms and a restaurant onsite.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We really enjoyed visiting Wannabees Hornsby late last year, it’s a cute centre for birthday parties, catchups or a simple play. Kids will be occupied for hours exploring all the rooms!

Our tips:

  • Wannabees Hornsby is located at Shop 2042/236 Pacific Hwy (inside Westfield Hornsby opposite Fernwood Gym).

  • Open Monday to Friday (9:30 am - 2:00 pm), Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

  • Adults $5, Children Weekend & school hols: $15 (1-2 yrs) or $20 (Ages 3-10). Otherwise $15 for all ages weekdays during school term. Kids under 12 months free.

  • Head to Wannabees Hornsby during the week or early to avoid the crowds.

  • Scheduled activities are on every weekday morning between 10am and 1pm to keep everyone entertained.

  • On weekends fashion parades are run, disco dance on our concert stage, Tv Studio and the popular “fire fighting” several times during both morning and afternoon.

  • Also open for birthday parties, school excursions or vacation care and café onsite.

Busy City Kids were invited to Wannabees Hornsby for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

For more information on Wannabees Hornsby, head to their website.

To checkout our review of Wannabees Frenchs Forest, head to our review here.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Emu Plains Market - Balnarring - Mornington Peninsula - Review

Kate and her family loved visiting the Emu Plains Market with their little ones in early January this year. What a fantastic market, lots of fun for parents and kids and the food looks so delicious, do come to the Emu Plains Market on an empty stomach! Thanks Kate for the cute pics and review. To follow Kate and her little adventure seekers, head to their Instagram page @kateflatman.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Beneath the sun dappled stringy bark canopy, the Emu Plains Market transforms the natural bush setting into a snaking trail of colourful market stalls welcoming people to the unique atmosphere.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Created in 2012 by passionate locals Joel & Vanessa Johnson, the Emu Plains Market has become one of the Mornington Peninsula's favourite outdoor destinations. Each month between October and April they create a feast of art, food, design and culture set within the picturesque Emu Plains Reserve in Balnarring.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

We were fortunate to visit on a balmy summer’s night in January and enjoyed the first of the very special Twilight Markets.  With a diverse array of over 200 talented stallholders including clothing, homewares, cut flowers & plants, art, beauty & wellbeing, jewellery, craft, farm fresh local produce, gourmet food and live music, there really was something for everyone.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Of course there was also LOTS for the poppets to get excited about too including a jumping castle, face-painting, cupcake decorating and a wonderful playground in the heart of the market.  

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Emu Plains Market really is the perfect family activity.  Pack your picnic rug, an empty stomach and kick back and relax while soaking up all the sights and sounds of the incredible festival-like atmosphere created #underthestringybarks.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

    • Parking is available onsite for $4 with the money raised helping the community projects of the Western Port Rotary Group and the Emu Plains Reserve committee for the upkeep of the gorgeous grounds.  

    • Bring cash as most stalls do not offer EFTPOS facilities.  There is an ATM onsite for your convenience.

    • Although the gorgeous stringy barks offer a lot of shade, there are still parts of the market in the full sun (including the playground) so pack a hat and sunscreen.  

    • Don't forget your reusable shopping bags and a cool pack for transporting produce home.

    • Looking for another market to visit? Little Beauty In The Park is a stunning new event from the creators of Emu Plains Market.  Typically run on the 4th Saturday of the month from October to April each year in Frankston, Little Beauty In The Park features over 100 of Melbourne’s best marketers and creators hand picked for their uniqueness, creativity and ethos.  

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more information on the Emu Plains Market, head to their website.

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Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm - Mornington Peninsula - Review

Kate and her little ones headed down the Mornington Peninsula last weekend for some special family time and took the opportunity to visit the Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm to enjoy strawberry picking and to taste their delicious strawberry ice cream and gorgeous local produce. Thanks Kate for the cute pics and review. To follow Kate and her little adventure seekers, head to their Instagram page @kateflatman.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

There’s nothing quite like the taste of freshly picked strawberries. It’s hard to describe the juiciness and flavour – you definitely won’t get it from any supermarket! And there’s no better day out with the family than hunting through the fields at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm to find the perfect strawberry.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For generations, Sunny Ridge has been one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most iconic and loved attractions.  Set amongst scenic bushland and rolling hills on Victoria’s Hinterland property in Main Ridge, Sunny Ridge is now the largest strawberry farm in Australia.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

From November to April (U-Pick Season) visitors can purchase a punnet for strawberry picking at the farm shop and follow staff instructions on how to pick the best strawberries and location of the days’ picking field.  With so many strawberries available on our visit, we took our time trying to find the biggest and juiciest ones!  

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Once our punnets were full & the poppets had played on the red tractor next to the fields, we headed back inside to the cafe for morning tea.  The bartender & I couldn't resist ordering a serve of freshly baked scones served with Sunny Ridge’s famous strawberry jam and a helping of double thick cream.  Yum! Despite the cool weather, the ice cream cabinet was far to tempting for little people! Macy even let me have a lick of her choice - the award winning strawberry ice cream.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

With fully tummies, we couldn’t leave without buying some farm-made jam, local produce and a few strawberry-themed gifts to take home. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Strawberry picking at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm is fun for all ages and a perfect family activity to do in-between visiting the local wineries or food emporium on the Mornington Peninsula.

Our tips:

    • Sunny Ridge strawberry season typically runs from November through to April. However, picking availability is based on a number of circumstances including weather conditions or farm machinery requirements. Strawberry picking can also be closed due to popularity, meaning that Sunny Ridge can be ‘picked out’.  It’s very much first come, first served - so check social media updates before you visit & arrive early in the morning.

    • The only rule for picking: you must be able to close your punnet lid otherwise additional strawberries will be charged.

    • Don't forget your camera to capture the moment your little people spot the big juicy strawberries ready to pick.

    • Sunny Ridge is relatively pram friendly; access to the strawberry fields is located down a small flight of stairs. Staff are available to assist with prams if required.  Access to the strawberry picking from a pram is limited due to the row width.

    • Don't forget to pack you hat and sunscreen as well as a water bottle - especially if visiting during summer as there is very limited shade available in the fields.  FYI - disposable booties are available to cover your shoes if the fields are muddy.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to pick gorgeous strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food, travel and parking were self funded.

For more information on the Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, head to their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage - Art Gallery of NSW - Sydney - Review

The Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage opened mid October last year at the Art Gallery of NSW. Works of art from well known European Modern Masters Monet, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and Gauguin from the 19th and 20th century are featured along with equally well known Russian Contemporary artists Kandinsky and Malevich. The exhibition has brought 65 paintings straight from St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Art Gallery of NSW invites families and carers to enjoy the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage exhibition together with a cute kids’ trail which covers 7 pieces of art which encourages children to draw portraits, landscapes, an abstract picture and think about writing a poem.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Significant works in the exhibition include Monet’s Poppy field c1890; Cézanne’s Great pine near Aix 1895/97; Picasso’s Table in a Cafe 1912; Gauguin’s Month of Mary 1899; Matisse’s Nymph and Satyr 1908; Kandinsky’s Landscape near Dünaberg 1913 and Malevich’s Black Square c.1932, all of which are from the Hermitage’s illustrious modern collection.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids are invited to look out for kids’ labels next to some of the art throughout the exhibition as they summarise the art piece and painters for children to understand.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Masters of modern art from the Hermitage also tells the story of the Russian collectors Sergey Shchukin and Ivan Morozov, both wealthy businessmen who first championed the ground-breaking works of the French modern masters, and brought their work together with great passion. Shchukin frequently opened his home to the public to showcase his French art collection and this played a significant role in shaping the birth of the Russian avant-garde. A special room in the exhibition showcases stories of Shchukin for the public to watch.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We particularly loved pieces from Pablo Picasso and Henri Manguin and Andre Derain and Matisse.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

As well as works from Paul Signac, Gauguin and especially Kandinsky and Malewich.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We enjoyed the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage exhibition. It is great for school age kids who have an interest in art, the European modern masters and who enjoy spending time at the galleries. They will enjoy the cool kids trail too. Checkout the Art Gallery of NSW’s website before you head out to time your visit with the kids activities they organise.

Master of Modern Art from the Hermitage is on now at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until Sunday 3rd of March 2019. For more information on Masters of modern art from the Hermitage, head to the Art Gallery's website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Pixar Putt - Federation Square - Melbourne - Review

Kate took her little ones and their cousin to Pixar Putt this week to test out the NEW Pixar Putt experience. We are big fans of Pixar movies and I must say the course looks fantastic! Checkout Kate’s review below and head to her Instagram page to follow their adventures.

Australia’s newest pop-up mini golf experience, Pixar Putt, has landed in Melbourne.  Inspired by the beloved stories, characters and icons from some of Disney-Pixar’s most iconic films including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Inside Out and Coco, Pixar Putt is guaranteed to take guests to infinity… and beyond!  

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Located on the River Terrace at Federation Square, guests can choose to play the full 18 holes or go for the express nine-hole option. Allow approximately 30-40 minutes for nine holes with a group of four & 1 hour - 1.5 hours for 18 holes. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Pixar Putt is for everyone. The course is quirky, fun and a challenge for adults as well as kids.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

It’s evident that the design team have really worked close with Pixar animation to really bring the heart and soul of each of these films into a mini-golf-hole.  From dodging seagulls down a wooden pier from Finding Nemo and using strings of Miguel’s guitar from Coco to hitting up a ramp towards the bulls-eye of an archery target from Brave there is sure to be many favourite holes.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

We all loved the 18th hole the best - inspired by the movie UP.  Players have to putt into a house, then operate a winch that flies the house to the top of Paradise Falls before releasing the balls onto the green below.  SUPER cute! 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

There is plenty of photo opportunities throughout the course + Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody from Toy Story at the entrance.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Golf clubs, golf balls, score cards and pencils are all provided. It is an outdoor event, so make sure you bring sunscreen, hat and comfortable shoes!  Play will go ahead during hot weather and rain, so don't forget to take your wet weather gear.  FYI tickets to any sessions where you deem it too hot or too wet for your team to play will be valid for the next seven days. Flexi tickets are also available.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kate recommends booking a 10am or early tee off before the course gets too busy + most of the course is in the shade in the morning too.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Pram parking is available on site and the closest toilets and baby change facilities are located in The Square, next to Time Out and in The Atrium, near the Deakin Edge.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our info:

  • Pixar Putt is on at Federation Square on River Terrace.

  • This event is on from 4th of January to 3rd of February, daily from 10 am.

  • Prices are as follows: Adult - (18 Holes): $39.90, Child - (18 Holes): $29.90, Family (2A/2C) or (1A/3C) - (18 Holes): $119.60 or Adult - (9 Holes): $24.90, Child - (9 Holes): $19.90 and Family (2A/2C) or (1A/3C) - (9 Holes): $79.50.

Busy City Kids were invited to Pixar Putt for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food, travel and parking were self funded.

For more information about Pixar Putt at Federation Square, head to their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.