Splat - 3D Drawing Tool - Busy Tech Kids - Review

Little Miss and I recently tested out Splat, a 3D Drawing Tool designed by Australian Designers Nuts n Bolts Design and sponsored by Engineers Australia. Splat in old English means to split up and it refers to the centre line of the Splat's design, that splits the product into the left and right side. You can design 4 basic shapes with the tool and design anything you like! The tool is great for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) projects at home or at school and is perfect for developing creativity and visual problem solving skills and is easy to use for all ages.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

After a few reads and demonstrations from the website, little Miss and I started ‘Splatting’ and made different shapes with the tool. It was fairly easy for little Miss to use the tool and make whatever shape she wanted, she was even inspired to draw a rocket from the shape of the Splat!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

She followed a few examples and managed to do a triangle on top of her cube. So much concentration in this photo as she tried really hard to problem solve the issue of creating a triangle.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

After adding a few circles on the square and her triangle, little Miss loved colouring her shape in.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

I on the other hand tried a few different things, I am not the most creative person however I managed to test the tool and see what different shapes I could make with it. Now to get little Mister started on Splat, he did have a go but his drawings need some work.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

You can access Splat 3D Drawing tutorials on their website (mentioned below). The beauty about Splat is that it’s designed and made in Australia. You can buy your Splat tool for as little as $4.99 on their website and it comes in either red or yellow.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

For more information or to buy Splat 3D, checkout their website.

Busy City Kids asked to test this product to add to our Busy Tech Kids review page and to encourage the use of STEM/STEAM products. This post is in no way sponsored. Products were provided however our opinions are our own and we only endorse businesses or/and products we believe in. Read more in our Disclosure Policy here.

For more Busy Tech Kids reviews of apps, products and more, head to our Busy Tech Kids page.

Collaroy Beach Playground - Collaroy - Sydney - Review

The Collaroy Beach playground is a true favourite for Northern Beaches families. Its location is perfect as it is close to the beach, rock pools and cafés so head there early to secure a park.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We love this playground as it covers all ages, children can hop on the shark/dolphin bouncer, go on a swing, go down several slides, venture around the playground, go on merry go round (which was being repaired on our visit), climb on the large structure, do some water play in summer and more.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

It has bouncy floors near the slides and a little bridge that little Mister loved to walk across. The main areas are shaded except for the one close to the beach however the little grocery shop under the main blue slide is nice and shaded. We spent most of our time in that section.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Bigger kids will love the large climbing structure which has all sorts of options and little ones will love the beach themed sculptures and little water play spot (in summer when it’s turned on).

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We love that this popular playground is so close to the beach, rock pools and some great cafés, all thumbs up, get ready for a great day out.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Collaroy Beach Playground is located off Pittwater Road in Collaroy.

Our packing list for this playground and nearby beach:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Helmet

  • Scooter/Bike

  • Beach gear if you're thinking of heading to the beach (towels, swimmers, change of clothes, etc)

This playground has:

  • Public toilets near the playground in the Collaroy Surf Life Saving Club

  • Full fence around the playground and is great with shading in lots of spots

  • Picnic area

  • Parking next to the playground ticket or northern beaches council permit

  • Seating, tables and benches

  • Beach, rockpools, cafés and shops nearby

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.

Auburn Japanese Garden - Auburn - Sydney - Review

Last month, I took a trip to Auburn and visited the Auburn Japanese Garden part of the Auburn Botanic Gardens the day before the Cherry Blossom Festival. Update 14 Sep 2018: the main cherry blossoms have come to an end for this year however there will be flowering peaches and apples displaying blossoms over the next month throughout the gardens.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Japanese Garden consists of a traditional rock garden, a traditional Torii gate at the entrance and another rock entrance to the lake.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The cherry blossoms did not disappoint and many visitors on the day were in love with them, I may have taken 50+ photos of them and the bees wondering through the blossoms ha!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

After admiring the cherry blossoms, I made my way to the main garden where a Guzei traditional red Japanese bridge stands but was stopped in my tracks by a beautiful peacock wondering the gardens with a couple of others.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The main feature of the garden is the center lake. As there are no fencing around the lake, extra care is to be taken when taking children. I went solo that day but can imagine my youngest son was trying hard to give me heart attacks but I saw many children there that day, families enjoying the garden together and walking on steps on the water.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

It is not a very large garden but nonetheless a well designed and maintained garden that families and friends can enjoy. I did find myself sitting by the water and taking in the relaxing atmosphere.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Auburn Japanese Garden is a must visit if you enjoy the cherry blossom but do check-in with the garden before you go to make sure the blossoms are still blooming.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Auburn Japanese Garden is located at 98 Chiswick Road in Auburn.

Our tips:

  • The Japanese Garden is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm

  • There are toilets located outside the garden

  • There is free parking onsite however it is very limited at times

  • Entry to the garden is generally $4 during Cherry Blossom time but at times entry is free

  • There are picnic spots outside the garden with playgrounds

  • Bring your camera of course

  • Bring some snacks, water and a picnic if you want to make this a day experience as there is no café onside and not a great deal around either

For more information about the Auburn Japanese Garden in Auburn, 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.


Rock House Climbing - Brookvale - Sydney - Review

Little Miss was recently invited to a birthday party at Rock House Climbing in Brookvale and was very happy to join her friends, an instructor and the father of her birthday friend to start the climbing lesson as soon as possible and eager for me to leave as a result ha!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids 3 years+ can participate at Rock House Climbing. The instructor lets the kids know about their harness, safety instructions, what they will do and the plan for the party and breaks.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids will do a series of climbs whether it be a wall climb or climbing up a ladder all while being assisted by an instructor. Once the climbing session is complete, kids can head upstairs for a self catered or pizza party and enjoy birthday celebrations and cake.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Miss had lots of fun and wants us to throw her a Rock House birthday party next year! Checkout their website below for more information and pricing.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were NOT invited to conduct a review at Rock House Climbing however we thought we would share our experience at this birthday party venue to provide ideas for parents for their child's birthday.

For more information on Rock House Climbing, 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.

Foley Reserve - Kew - Melbourne - Review

The new Foley Reserve replacement certainly ticks many boxes for residents. It looks superb, has a helicopter, a tram, slides, swings, a basket swing, a bike/scooter track with traffic signs and lots of picnic and seating spots. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kids can go up the nature stone steps to get to the embarkment slide, climb into the refurbished helicopter from Alexandra Gardens and then slide down the other side.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

We love the little tram and kids will love it too and they will love the new structure with slide for older kids, monkey bars, track ride, fireman's pole, rope climbs with a ‘Foley Café’ shop front with all ability access. There's also a new basket swing for all ability and a relocated kangaroo rocker as well as new planting and timber logs to encourage nature play.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Bring the scooters or bikes as the kids will love the little bike path with play traffic signs and a recharge station. Bring some snacks or a picnic and enjoy this great setting. Shade trees have been installed for the future so in the meantime slip-slop-slap.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

This playground is located at 15-23 Foley Street in Kew.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Bike/Scooter
  • Helmets

This playground has:

  • No toilets
  • No shade
  • No fence
  • Street parking
  • Picnic & bbq area
  • Seating, tables and benches

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

Safari Park - Werribee - Melbourne - Review

The Safari Park playground in Werribee recently opened and is a hit with the locals. Inspired by the nearby Werribee Open Range Zoo, this playground by house developers PEET Cornerstone is one of two large parks which will feature on this new estate being built. Kel from @melbourneminor visited the park on the weekend and shared these great pics! Thanks Kel xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

This playground is wild with its safari theme colours and safari animals. Kids can swing off a large basket swing held by a giraffe, sit on top of a rhino or bounce in a rhino or climb through a hippo. Enjoy the colourful and musical spots or play in the wooden house structure with climbing and sliding sections.

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

The playground also features a caged merry go round, two swings for different children's age and a climbing tunnel in the main structure. Everything is nice and new and safe with soft floor throughout the playground. The only miss is that the playground has no fence, no toilets and no shade so come prepared. There is a creek bed built-in however it is not for water play.

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Overall, we like the new Safari Park in Werribee. A nicely themed playground with lots to do!

This playground is located at on Black Forest Road in Wyndham Vale.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Plan ahead re toilets as there are no toilets

This playground has:

  • NO toilets
  • NO shade
  • NO fence
  • Creek bed built-in but not for play
  • Park Benches
  • Free Parking onsite

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

Corbett Playground and Manly Vale Community Garden - Sydney - Review

The Corbett Playground in Manly Vale is a cute little community playground sharing space with the Manly Vale Community Garden.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Young children and families can enjoy this cute little space which is fully fenced and shaded by deciduous trees. It has a nice size climbing structure, a little boat in a stone creek, a mound with a dual slide and an observation spot, a large basket swing and two twirlers in one spot.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

It also has small spots of grass, a little house which can be sat in or climbed over, a see saw, a bouncer, a soft caterpillar on the soft asphalt, interphones and mushrooms for sitting or climbing over.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Manly Vale Community Garden share the area and members of the community garden come on Sundays to plant and mingle with friends and talk about their produce.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Mister loved this playground as everything was very easily accessible and perfect for his age. We will sure to be back soon.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

This playground is located at 4 Innes Rd in Manly Vale.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Ball

This playground has:

  • Park Benches
  • Community Garden
  • Gazebo
  • Toilets in the community center we believe
  • Free Parking along the street or in the community center nearby however parking is VERY limited

    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.

Stomping Ground - Brookvale - Sydney - Review

A few weekends ago, little Miss was invited to a friend's birthday party at Stomping Ground in Brookvale. This indoor play centre is great for little ones under 5 during the week and kids between 6 and 12 years old on weekends for birthday parties and school holidays.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can burnout some energy celebrating their friend's birthday party by playing upstairs on the interactive magic floor, Foosball and Air Hockey tables while they wait for their party to start and head downstairs with supervisors and jump, climb and compete in the inflatables and finish off with a virtual reality session, have a snack and celebrate with the birthday cake.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Miss loved going through the inflatable obstacles and going down the large slides, climbing the inflatable mountain, competing warrior style and knocking friends over in gladiator knock out and more and loved doing virtual reality too. 

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The setup is great as parents of children attending the birthday party can drop off their child and be confident that they will have fun and be in safe hands with the supervisors at the centre. Parties run on Saturday and Sunday for 2 hours. For more details, head to the centre's website (link below).

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Stomping Ground are also open Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm during school terms for little ones under 5 to enjoy soft play. They also host Little Stomper birthday parties and special events from 1pm. Looking forward to reviewing the under 5s session soon. I know little Mister would love it!

 Photo credit: Stomping Ground

Photo credit: Stomping Ground

Busy City Kids were NOT invited to conduct a review at Stomping Ground however we thought we would share our experience at this indoor playground for parents with little ones under 5 and parents of kids over 5 for birthday party venue ideas. 

For more information on Stomping Ground, 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.

Collingwood Children's Farm - Melbourne - Review

Spring is here and little goats are ready for little ones' pats at Collingwood Children's Farm. How gorgeous are these pics from Kate!  

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

We thought we would take the opportunity to show how great the Collingwood Children's Farm is for little ones! Below are some pics from the archives that Kate took when her and her little ones visited the farm last. For her review of Family Day at the Farm, head to her review here.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Little ones and their carers will love visiting the Collingwood Children's Farm, we loved visiting when we lived in Melbourne and cannot wait to visit again. At the farm, kids can enjoy wondering around the paddocks checking out the farm animals (horses, cows, goats, chickens, pigs, guinea pigs, geese and more!), giving cuddles to guinea pigs, touching other farm animals or milking a cow.  

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

You can combine a visit to the Farm on Saturdays which is when Farmers' market is on where delicious food from local producers as well as fruit & vegetables and meat are sold on the day however there are no cuddles with animals in the morning. Extra activities are often organised on weekends and school holidays.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kids will love patting a horse, milking a cow and wondering through this beautiful farm. Great for a day out with friends and family. The Farm Café as well as the Abbotsford Convent Café next door also offer great coffee and food. 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • The Collingwood Children's Farm is open Monday to Sunday 9:15 am to 4:30 pm
  • Entry is $5 full/$3 concession for a Child, $10 full/$5 concession for an Adult, Family (two adults & up to four children) $20 full/$10 concession. An annual membership is also available at reception
  • Activities happen every day no bookings or fees. Cow Milking at 10.15am & 4pm, Guinea Pig cuddles 10.30am-11am, 12.30pm-1pm and 3.15pm-3.45pm
  • Family Day on each month where cuddle times vary but there are no cuddles on Market day in the morning
  • Extra activities are often organised on weekends and school holidays
  • At busy times, for the animals welfare, free access to paddocks may be closed to visitors
  • Last entry to the farm is at 3.30pm
  • Parking is available close to the Farm at St Heliers Street. Proceeds go to Abbotsford Convent Foundation and the Collingwood Children's Farm
  • Pop into the Farm's café for some great food and drinks
  • Pop into the Abbotsford Convent Foundation for some great food and drinks

The Collingwood Children's Farm is located at 18 St Heliers St in Abbotsford.

For more information on Collingwood Children's 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.

Caterpillar Lane Playground - Harbourside - Sydney - Review

The Harbourside Shopping Centre at the Heart of Darling Harbour recently opened its first interactive playground, Caterpillar Lane. Over 40 metres long, Caterpillar Lane comes complete with interactive digital panels, climbing towers, slides, light, projection games, as well as a special soft play area for children four years and under. 

Busy City Kids were invited to review this playground however we have not been able to make it to as yet since its opening. We hope to visit soon, in the meantime, here's some pics and text from Harbourside. Thanks guys for sharing this great indoor playground!

 Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

Located on Level 2, this unique play area is for little ones between the ages of 1-8, and has been separated into three sections - starting at a friendly giant caterpillar head overlooking Level 1. The head of the caterpillar, for children between 4-8 years old, is a soft play structure across multiple levels filled with gross motor play events, including integrative gadget panels of Cat & Mouse and Walk Around Zoo; a spider bungee; jumbo slide; triangle deck climb; along with lots of space for little legs to run amuck.

 Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

The body of caterpillar is a colourful arch focusing on interactive games projected onto the floor. Four interactive touch screens are placed around the base of the caterpillar providing endless hours of fun for children between 1-8 years old.

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Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

The tail of the caterpillar is for ages 1-4 years, complete with six interactive gadget panels, including classics Tic, Tac, Toe, Cat & Mouse and Mix & Match; a safari play car; a butterfly play slide; triangle deck; spider bungee and more.

 Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

 Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

 Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

 Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

This new children's interactive playground is over 40m long so it includes lots of wriggle room for your little ones. It has soft play areas, climbing towers, slides, as well as interactive panels and light projection games. Best bit, entry is FREE!!  

 Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

 Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

Caterpillar Lane is located on Level 2 of Harbourside Shopping Center above the main Food Court. 

Our packing list for this bike park & nearby playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • BYO KeepCup to grab a coffee from cafés nearby

This playground has:

  • Public toilets in the shopping center
  • Underground center parking
  • Food Court nearby
  • Shops nearby
  • Seating nearby
For more information on Caterpillar Lane, head to the Harbourside 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.

North Steyne Beachfront Playgrounds - Manly - Sydney - Review

This week, we shared our review of the Manly Lagoon playground located near North Steyne Beachfront in Manly (our review here).  We love the Manly Lagoon playground and heading off to Manly beach afterwards for a walk, a play in the sand, walk near the water, ride scooters & bikes along and play along the other small playgrounds along North Steyne. There are showers along the North Steyne to wash off sandy feet or have a rinse.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Coming from the end of the strip where Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club is (there are toilets there), you can find a small playground with a double swing, small merry go round, a see saw and a climbing structure. There is no fence around this playground so be aware of little ones near the car park which is right there and the road.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The second small playground which is past the Manly Surf School (which has toilets) has a large basket type swing, a climbing structure with slide, a merry go round, some wall play stations and an all ability swing. There is a partial fence for this playground on the car park and road end however little ones can still escape. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little ones will love these two playgrounds and combined with the Manly Lagoon playground and a walk or a ride along the North Steyne, kids will sleep well afterwards!

These two playgrounds are located along North Steyne in Manly.

Our packing list for this bike park & playgrounds:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Helmet
  • Scooter
  • Bike

    These playgrounds have:
  • Public toilets at Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club and Manly Surf School
  • Street parking along North Steyne
  • Seating, tables and benches
  • Large swing, play structures with swing, climbing structures and more

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.

Monkey Bar Playground - Rhodes - Sydney - Review

The Monkey Bar Playground in Rhodes popped up mid last year and has been very busy ever since! Whenever we visit Rhodes Shopping Centre, we cannot leave without having a play in the Monkey Bar and the best thing it's FREE - yay!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Monkey Bar has an area for little monkeys aged 1 to 3 years where they can go through a little maze and then escape and venture down the little slide, play with wall play stations, hop in the little car and checkout some games on the ipads.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Older kids who are 4 to 10 years of age will love climbing up in the 6m high monkey tower through all the obstacles, go down the slides, lookout and go through to the other side of the tower to go down.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

As you can imagine, this playground is very popular especially during weekends, school holidays and even at times during the day so little ones will need to be patient and wait their turn (easier said then done I know! hah!)

This playground is located on the ground floor of Rhodes Waterside Shopping Center located at 1 Rider Boulevard in Rhodes.

Our packing list for this bike park & nearby playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • BYO KeepCup to grab a coffee from cafés near the Monkey Bar playground

This playground has:

  • Public toilets around the center
  • Underground center parking with free parking for first few hours
  • Food Court nearby
  • Shops nearby
  • Seating nearby
  • Soft play area for little ones 1-3 years and monkey bar climbing structure bigger kids 4 to 10 years
For more information on Rhodes Waterside, 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.

The Little Village Play Café - Croydon South - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones popped in at The Little Village Play Café last week and enjoyed a morning of play, food and some quiet time. A great option for little ones and their carers. Thanks Kate for the great pics and review x Catherine. To follow Kate's adventures with her little ones, head to her Insta page. 

The Little Village Play Café is a relaxed space that is perfect for local parents & carers of preschool aged children to come and enjoy a hot coffee and bite to eat, while their little ones play in a safe, fun and stimulating environment.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

New owner Karen (who is a mumma of four + grandmother to EIGHT!) recently took over the business in June and with the help of daughter, Samantha have made a super cute ‘little village’ play area with Fire Station, Grocery Store, Hospital, Cake Shop and Boutique. 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Each offering children lots of toys and props for imaginative play + a selection of dress ups to help look the part too.  There is also an area deigned especially for crawlers to explore and a library filled with books and a circus tent for little ones wanting quiet time.

 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

While the children play, adults can sit back and relax in the café that ensures you can always see what your little explorer is doing. 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

From the café you can grab simple snacks (think toasties, fruit skewers and cupcakes) as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks. Note: no outside food is allowed except for baby food and formula.  

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Little Village Play Café also host birthday parties and run children's activities such a story time, craft and music classes during the week. They will soon be starting crafts every Tuesday & Thursday at 11:00am, baby chino Tuesday where kids get a free baby chino with every paid entry and Grandparents only pay $5 for grandchild entry Monday to Friday.

Our tips:

  • The Little Village Play Café is located at 33 The Mall in Croydon South
  • The Play Café is open from Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Private parties are held on weekends
  • The café seating area is small so call ahead or contact them via Facebook to book a table
  • Play entry is FREE for kids under 12 months, $6.50 for kids 12 months+ and $15 for 3 or more kids (applies to siblings only)
  • No food is allowed in the play area
  • Shoes must stay on
  • Children should be supervised by parents & carers and taken to the toilets
  • Make sure you book a table ahead of time as it is a very popular spot for parents & little ones
  • Toilets and Change table available
  • Plenty of unrestricted parking close by
 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

For more information about the Little Village Play Café, head to their website.

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Play World Australia - Sydney - Info

Play World Australia is a brand new, large scale event designed by kids, for kids! Children will be encouraged to make-believe, imagine, play, touch, create, laugh & explore their world, their way at Play World. Play World is taking over the ICC in Darling Harbour these September school holidays, offering kids and their parents the best school holiday day out ever!

 Photo credit: Play World Australia

Photo credit: Play World Australia

Aimed at kids aged 4 to 12 years, Play World is a promise to kids, to create a high energy, engaging, interactive and most importantly, fun event experience unlike anything Australia has seen before.

From Star Wars Jedi training to slime DIY, coding workshops to car racing, and Nintendo Switch battles to ultimate Nerf Wars, Play World has something for every kid.

Hosted by the ‘super fun’ YouTuber and TV personality, Elly Awesome, the Main Stage will be graced with exciting special guests, cool ‘how to’ sessions and epic performances from some of Aussie kids’ favourite influencers and performers.

Play World’s Marketing Manager, Laura Blagys promises, “With leading children’s brands like Nintendo, Peppa Pig, Hasbro, Star Wars, Foxtel and Spotlight all on board, Play World will see the leaders in toy creation and kids entertainment pull off the most immersive children’s event Australia has ever seen.”

 Photo credit: Play World Australia

Photo credit: Play World Australia

Play World Australia will be held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney's Darling Harbour from the Saturday 29th September to the 30th of September from 9am to 5pm both days. Tickets range from Free entry for kids 3 and under, $19.95 for kids 4 to 12 years (or $30 at the door) and $24.95 for kids 13 and over including adults (or $35 at the door) so book ahead online.

On the same weekend, Oz Comic-Con is on too - back for another awesome event! This year's event will feature exciting multi-genre content from across the spectrum – appearances by film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors; gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions; creative workshops and master classes; and hard-to-find, exclusive merchandise from vendors. Oz Comic-Con proudly supports local Australian talent and businesses in many areas, providing a platform to showcase Australian creativity and endeavours. Tickets range from Child single day pass $20 (or $25 at the door) or Adult single day pass $35 (or $45 at the door) so book ahead online. Two day passes as well as a combined Play World and Oz Comic-Con ticket is available for purchase online before the events!

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For more information about Play World, head to their website. For more information about Oz Comic-Con, head to their website.

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Lollipop's Playland and Café Bentleigh East - Melbourne - Review

Lollipop's Playland and Café Bentleigh East is a great play centre in Melbourne's Bentleigh East where kids can be treated to a play while parents relax over a coffee with friends and family. Kids will have hours of fun in this centre climbing, sliding, jumping and spinning.

 Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

The Lollipop's Playland and Café centre is a great option for mothers/fathers groups, catching up for a coffee with friends and family while the kids have fun or perfect for a birthday party with dedicated party rooms or private hire available. Checkout the centre's website (at bottom of this page) for birthday party package and catering options.

 Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Melbourne contributor Pascale and her daughter over at @littlemonkeys.melb visited the centre some time ago and really enjoyed this safe play centre which has various areas to climb, slide down, jump, play as well as some rides in the middle of the play centre and dedicated toddler zones as shown in pics below.

 Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Lollipop's Playland and Café Bentleigh East is a great option for catching up with friends, having a birthday party or escaping the rainy days while the kids burn out some energy!

Our tips:

  • Lollipop's Playland and Café Bentleigh East is located at 234 East Boundary Rd, Bentleigh East
  • The centre is open Monday to Sunday 9am to 6pm
  • Entry prices for casual unlimited play on all activities are: Free for Kids under 12months, Free for adults, $10.90 for kids 12 to 36 months weekdays or $11.90 for weekends & school holidays or $12.90 for kids aged 3 and over weekdays or $13.90 weekends & school holidays
  • Bring socks for the little ones to use on the equipment
  • Ask for a unique security wristband for your child's safety on your visit
  • There is a café onsite with various drink & food options available
  • There are toilets onsite
 Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were NOT invited to conduct a review at Lollipop's Playland and Café in Bentleigh. Drinks, food, entrance fees and transport were self funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. 

For more information and to find a Lollipop's Playland and Café near you, head to their website.

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Powlett Reserve - East Melbourne - Melbourne - Review

The Powlett Reserve playground is one of Kate's little ones' favourite Melbourne playgrounds. Perfectly located two blocks away from the Eastern Hill Fire Station where weekly kid friendly Fire Safety Displays are performed (see our review here) and close to Square & Compass café.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Powlett Reserve playground has lots of areas for little ones to wonder, climb, go down fireman polls, have the choice of a number of different slides, play in the sandpit and more.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

They will love the different aspects of this playground and the various slides, the warped mirror, tic tac toe, the little bouncy horse, the spiral climb, the fireman pole, the list goes on!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Don't forget to also grab your bucket, spade and sand toys for a play in the sandpit before resting for a drink and a snack.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Powlett Reserve is a fantastic playground, you won't be disappointed. The playground only has partial fencing along part of the playground however it redirects kids to the center of the playground.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

This playground is located at 72-74 Grey Street in East Melbourne.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Sandpit gear
  • BYO coffee cup for café close by

This playground has:

  • Public toilets
  • Street parking on the street along the playground
  • Picnic areas
  • Seating, tables and benches
  • Some shade
  • Disabled access
  • Basketball half court
  • Partial fencing

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

Market Garden Playground - Willoughby - Sydney - Review

The Market Garden Playground in Willoughby is built on one of 6 gardens which were located between Eastern Valley Way and Alpha Road from 1880 to 1950.  The garden was farmed by a group of Chinese gardeners, who regularly carried vegetables in baskets around local streets to sell to residents. The garden continued until 1949 and was one of the last market gardens in Willoughby.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Market Garden Playground was recently completed in July and features a cute shaded sandpit with carved timber balance beams in the shape of carrots & beans as well as sandstone vegetable sculptures located around the playground by Mark Fallone which reference the horticultural history of the site.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Market Garden Playground also features a continuous rubber soft-fall surface which is great for little ones as well as a slide, a large dome climbing frame with some musical pannels, two swings and a 2 deep seats spinner. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Mister loved this playground especially the spinner and the sandpit with the timber carrot and beans balance beams. It also has a great little track for scooters and bikes. The playground is away from the main road hence why there is no fence however supervision is still required especially if you have a little runner like I do!

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The playground connects Flat Rock Gully (south) to Castlecrag (north-east) which is a shared path through the reserve which allows cyclists and pedestrians to travel between these areas. A new traffic light on Eastern Valley Way allows easy access to Warners Park. From Warners Park, a bush track links up to the Sailors Bay track providing further access to Castlecrag and beyond to other Willoughby bushland reserves.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

There is an exercice station in the middle of the grassy area where kids can have a go if they wish but please be mindful that there is no fence around the exercise station or playground near Eastern Valley Way so supervision is required. Little Mister worried me a few times! Plan accordingly as there are no cafés, shops or toilets around the playground.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

This playground is located at Mowbray Place in Willoughby.

Our packing list for this bike park & nearby playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Helmet
  • Scooter
  • Bike

This playground has:

  • No toilets
  • Picnic areas opposite park
  • Park Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Community Garden
  • Lawn Area
  • Exercise Station
  • Sandstone vegetable sculptures
  • Bubbler
  • Gazebo
  • Free Parking onsite at Kingsmeadow Close, Mowbray Place and Garden Place which are all adjacent to the park

    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.

Cubbyhouse Canteen - Armadale - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones recently visited the Cubbyhouse Canteen Café recently and had a wonderful time having lunch, coffee and snacks at the Cubbyhouse Canteen all while enjoying the playground close by.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Run by sisters Narelle and Bec Thompson, this cute eatery ticks all the boxes with kid friendly catering, seating and high chairs, delicious food and treats, great coffee and a playground!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kate and her husband enjoyed two delicious Henny Penny Chicken and Really Rye Thanksgiving toasted sandwiches while the poppets enjoyed a Lunch Bento Box with a sandwich, fruit kebab, cupcake and toy.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The poppets enjoyed a very cute babycino as well as delicious gingerbread cookies! The Cubbyhouse Canteen has an amazing range of homemade cakes, biscuits and slices.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Cubbyhouse Canteen and joined playground are perfect for catching up with family and friends, mothers or fathers group, birthday parties and more. The Cubbyhouse Canteen can also host birthday parties and provide catering.

Kate happen to visit Cubbyhouse Canteen one weekend and took the photos below of a birthday party house at the Cubbyhouse Canteen. Catering was by Cubbyhouse Canteen. Cake by One by One Cakes.

 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 playground is great for kids under 5 with a larger playground located across the park. Kids will enjoy playing in the playground. This little playground is fully fenced however the gate closest to the street can easily be opened by taller toddlers something to be mindful of.

 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

The Cubbyhouse Canteen is a great spot for families and is open Wednesdays to Sundays 8am to 5pm.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to the Cubbyhouse Canteen for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. 

The Cubbyhouse Canteen café and playground are located at 43A Union Street in Armadale. 

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats

This café and playground have:

  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • High Chairs
  • Blankets
  • Outdoor Heater
  • Accessible and street parking on the street nearby
  • Seating, tables and benches
  • Slide, climbing structure and springer for kids under 4 and a bigger playground on the other side of the park
For more information on Cubbyhouse Canteen, head to their Facebook page.

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Jurassic Creatures in St Kilda - Melbourne - Info

Jurassic Creatures is coming back to Melbourne and its home in St Kilda will house over 30+ dinosaurs that will captivate young and old alike. Children will be able to explore a prehistoric world full of life like moving dinosaurs and be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before their eyes and come alive.

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Apart from this amazing animatronics show, children will be able to become a Paleontologist for the day. Children will be provided with their expert digger outfit, and chip away at their very own fossil. Plus there will be many more dinosaur activities to take part in including dinosaur sand painting, dinosaur 3D Jig-saw Land,
fossil displays, dinosaur inflatable activity lands, dinosaur eggs to have photos in, walking dinosaurs and so much more.

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Kel from Melbourne Minor visited Jurassic Creatures a few years back for Busy City Kids, head here for her review of the last event.

Jurassic Creatures will include:
• A spectacular dinosaur exhibition with realistic animatronics
• An Interactive Fossil digging area
• Dinosaur Sand painting
• 3D Jigsaw Land
• Dinosaur Inflatable Activity Lands
• Plus so many other dinosaur activities for the whole family

Jurassic Creatures will be open from Saturday 15th of September to Sunday 14th of October. Tickets are as follows: Adult $31.56, Children (2-12 years) $31.56, Kids Under 2 Free. Family pass (2 adults & 2 kids or 1 adult & 3 kids) $99.44. Two daily session 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Each session runs for 3 hours. Location is at St Kilda Triangle (adjacent Palais Theatre). 

For more information on Jurassic Creatures or to book tickets, head to their website.

Checkout our social media channels Facebook and Instagram for an upcoming Jurassic Creatures giveaway.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Arts Centre Melbourne - Info

and - pop! - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar!

One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will emerge off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family at the Arts Centre Melbourne this November - December.

 Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This enchanting show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s timeless stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mr Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

 Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The show is a timeless classic for all generations and this gorgeous show is coming to the Arts Centre Melbourne!

 Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Performances at the Arts Centre Melbourne will be held from Wed 28th November to Sunday 2nd December 2018 during the following sessions.

Wednesday 28 Nov 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
Thursday 29 Nov 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM
Friday 30 Nov 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
Saturday 1 Dec 10:00 AM*, 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM^
Sunday 2 Dec 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
* Relaxed Performance
^ Auslan Interpreted Performance

Tickets range from $27 - $39. Running time for the show is 50 minutes (no interval). Location: Playhouse

For more information on the Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Arts Centre Melbourne or to book tickets, head to their website.
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