The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden - Melbourne - Review

Updated Nov 2018. We visited the gardens in October for the Spring into Nature event at the Gardens.

Spring is now in full swing which can only mean one thing, warmer weather for little ones to go outdoors and explore! And the reopening of the Ian Potter Foundation's Children's Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne!!

The Children's Garden will reopen on Father's Day Sunday 2nd of September 2018 which will delight little ones and their carers. There are lots of places for little ones to explore and relax throughout the garden so don't forget a picnic and some spots of water play so don’t forget change of clothes.

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At the entrance you can find a beautiful tree, a Magic Pudding sculpture (pictured in background) and a lavender maze (pictured right).

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There is also a walkway to the main garden's grass area where lots of little ones like to sit down for a snack and relax.

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To the left of the grass area is a large sandpit area which is our favourite spot. We spend a fair amount of time there when we visit. Your little ones no doubt will love it too so don't forget to bring a bucket and spade. 

The kids like running from the sandpit across the little bridge towards the elephant statue. We either explore the wetland area (which is a shallow pond with little fish in) or make our way to the Bamboo forest (behind the elephant statue), walk up the stairs to the little platform to get a view from above the garden.

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We then walk along the rill which is a gentle waterway that runs through the garden. In Summer, a water feature is turned on which sprays water out for little ones to play with. Which then leads to a little hide and seek area where little ones can take some shade. There is also an area which can be rented for parties and you can also access the garden's veggie garden around there too.

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We love walking around the vegetable garden in spring and summer, there are some areas for little ones to dig and play in the dirt too.

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The garden is not open every day so do check the opening times on the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden website before you head out! Here’s a great map of the garden below.

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Tips:

  • Come prepared with sunscreen, snacks, water, change of clothes, bucket & spade, few bandaids and a picnic rug.

  • There is Jardin Tan café nearby where you can also pickup drinks and food from too as well as toilets near the Information Centre.

  • Closest entry is via Gate F along Birdwood Avenue after the Observatory on the left (view map here).

  • There is paying parking along the avenue.

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Melbourne Spring School Holidays Guide 2016

Well term 3 went fast! We have put together a great list of events, activities and programs for these Spring school holidays (Sat 17th Sep - Sun 2nd Oct) to keep you and the kids busy!

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ACMI - SChool Holiday Program (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Kids movies and a number of movie, animation, minecraft, codign and lego workshops for kids. More info here.

ArtPlay - 'Play' (7th Sep - 30th Oct). Kids can listen to calming music while giving bulbous sculptures a gentle nudge. Our review of Play last year and more info here.

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Arts Centre Melbourne - Snugglepot & Cuddlepie (17th to 25th Sep). Celebrate the 100th anniversary of May Gibb’s first book Gumnut Babies with the beautiful theatre production of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Checkout Kate's review of the preview event here.

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ArtVo - Interactive Art. Children and their parents can experience art in a whole new way and practice their photography and selfie skills in over 10 gallery zones! Kel's review here.

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Chinese Museum - Moon Festival Stories and Crafts Workshop (19th Sep). Kids can participate in traditions and learn paper craft skills and hear great Chinese legends of the moon. More info here.

Collingwood Children's Farm - Family Day (2nd Oct). The next Family Day will be on the last day of the school holidays. Little ones will love a day on the farm, cuddling guinea pics, brushing the cow, helping milk the cow, go on tractor rides and walk around the farm. Bring the gumboots! Read Kate's review of Family Day here.

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Dandenong Festival of Lights - (ends 9th Oct). See 500 beautiful and unique silk lanterns. The kids will love checking out all the different lanterns and the entertainment. Cute penguins, pandas galore, zodiac signs, dinosaurs, tigers, Australian animals and more! Read Kate's review & tips here.

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Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre - Circus Oz TWENTYSIXTEEN (28 - 29th Sep). Darebin Arts is bringing the circus to Preston with Circus Oz's latest show. More info here.

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Foxtel Footy Festival (30th sep - 3rd Oct). The Foxtel Footy Festival celebrates the best Melbourne has to offer in food, music, movies, and of course, footy. Free for fans and a kids zone. More info here.

Ian Potter Children's Garden - Visit the garden and attend special Snugglepot & Cuddlepie event (20th - 22nd Sep).  Lots of space to run around, play in the little waterway, sandpit, veggie garden and explore! Listen to a special May Gibbs' story and create your own magical gumnut to take home. Read our review of the Garden and info regarding the special event here.

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IMAX - Take the kids for some 3D Movie fun these holidays. The Secret Life of Pets 3D, A Beautiful Planet 3D and Prehistoric Planet 3D. On at various dates and times. More info here.
Immigration Museum - A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). If you could pick one picture to represent your family immigration story, what would it be? Craft an image that represents your immigration story and include it in our family album that will be on display for our visitors. Flick through other family pictures to discover the similarities and differences between your stories. All Ages. Free with entry. More info here.
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Melbourne Fringe (15th Sep - 2nd Oct). Lots of kids shows and activities including Bellbird by Polygot Theatre. Various dates and times. More info here.
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Melbourne Fringe - Big Tops and Tiny Tots Circus Show (17th - 25th Sep). A circus adventure for 3-6 year olds. Roll up! Roll up! Run away to the circus with this fun and physical show by Solid State Circus performer Luth Wolff. With hula hoops, unicycle, magic and plate spinning, Luth takes kids on a madcap circus adventure, with plenty of help from the audience! More info here.
Melbourne Fringe - The Boy who was born with a Moustache (17th - 25th Sep). What happens when you don’t quite fit? When you simply don’t look like everybody else? This kooky tale for kids speaks of facing up to adversity and turning your supposed foibles into your finest attribute! Monica Trapaga (from Playschool) and her family bring quirky circus, comedy and storytelling together to tell the tale of the Boy Who Was Born with a moustache. More info here.
Melbourne Library Service - School Holiday Program (19th - 29th Sep). Kids can enjoy a great range of activities at various libraries. Crafternoon, magic act, puzzles puppets workshops, Westide circus workshops, silly stompers, Bubble Stompers and Australian Animal Show and more. All FREE! More info here.
Melbourne Museum - Devonian Seas - Virtual Reality Experience (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Dive into the Devonian seas and view prehistoric life in an ancient, underwater world created by the Melbourne based Zero One animation studio. More info here.
Melbourne Museum - Carboniferous Critters (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). In the Carboniferous period (359 – 299 million years ago), Arthropods (invertebrates with exoskeletons) dominated the land and the air and the high oxygen levels helped them to evolve to gigantic proportions. Join the Melbourne Museum in the Museum foyer and make your own Meganeura, a massive dragonfly, one of the most iconic giants of the Carboniferous era. More info here.
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Melbourne Museum - Jurassic World: The Exhibition (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life… right before your eyes. Must close October 2nd. Read Kel's review and tips here.
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Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary (17th Sep - 2nd Oct) - Teddy Vet Checks at Zoos Victoria. Teddies are precious and they deserve lots of love, care and special attention, just like the wildlife. During the Spring school holidays, kids are invited to meet the Zoos' special Teddy Check Teams and find out about the care Zoo animals receive too! The complimentary Teddy Vet Checks will be offered every day of the spring school holidays from 11am to 3pm at Healesville Sanctuary's Australian Wildlife Health Centre, Keeper Kids at Melbourne Zoo, and Ranger Kids at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Plush wombats, giraffe, and gorillas will be welcome too! Free entry for kids and for teddies for kids under 16 these holidays. More info here.

Read our review of Teddy Vet Checks' preview event here.

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Polly Woodside - Pirate Day (2nd Oct). Bring along your scallywags and get onboard of the Polly Woodside tall ship for a day of adventures. Treasure hunt, pirate games, arts and crafts and more! Join the Polly crew for a tour of the ship and discover what life was like on a tall ship sailing the seven seas. More info here.
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Royal Melbourne Show - Melbourne Showgrounds (17th - 27th Sep). Kids will love the show with lots of farm animals, activities and shows on during the day, meets & greets, rides and parents and carers can enjoy great food too! As well as sheep, poultry and beef judging and on display and lots lots more! We had a small taste of this year's show at a preview event, checkout Kel's review here. Checkout our review & tips on how to make the most of the show from last year here. Free for under 5's.

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Scienceworks - Test Lab (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Make your own mini pinball machine, build a wind-powered Whirligig machine or join the Thing-amajig challenge! Test Lab is a new, pop-up, maker’s space for older children aged 10-15 years at Scienceworks, it’s a space to tinker with things and build cool stuff! More info here.
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Scienceworks - Re-Inventing the Wheel (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Help Scienceworks celebrate the launch of our brand new exhibition Freewheeling with a spring holiday program exploring the science of movement! What wheels do you work with? How do you make them turn? In this live 20-minute science show we’ll widen your world-view of that ancient and wondrous invention – the wheel! All Ages. More info here.
Scienceworks - Get into Gear (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Why are wheels always circles? Can we have different-shaped wheels? How do gears help us change speed? Test out and build models to examine the inner workings of this most essential technology. All Ages. More info here.
Scienceworks - Virtual Goalie (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). The Virtual Goalie interactive returns very soon to the Sportsworks exhibition at Scienceworks! We look forward to showing you the new active 3D technology featured in the exhibit. Thanks to the participation of Football Federation Victoria’s best young soccer players, the new Virtual Goalie will be a must-see experience for our visitors. All ages. More info here.

State Library of Victoria Play Pod - Mr Chicken arriva a Roma (17th Sep - 30th Nov). Checkout the Play Pod's new theme and have fun with Mr Chicken Italian style! Hop on your Vespa and ride around Rome with Mr Chicken! Inspired by Australian Children's Laureate Leigh Hobbs' newest book Mr Chicken arriva a Roma, explore the wonders of ancient Rome, create giant bowls of spaghetti and take your tourist snaps! Checkout Kate's review of the last Play Pod theme and activities here.

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Tesselaar Tulip Festival - Childrens Week (8th Sep - 4th Oct). Set on 25 acres in the magical Dandenong ranges, families can wander the gardens and enjoy an action packed program full of live entertainment and activities to keep the kids busy and parents happy! Kids entry is FREE. Children’s Week program highlights include Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Hoot and Hootabelle’s Owl Playdate and The Mik Maks (shows at various dates & times). Yummy food for the kids (and parents!), along with a petting zoo, didgeridoo workshops, Fairy Monica storytelling, face painting, train rides, craft workshops and much more. More info here.
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Fancy a city visit? Checkout our TOP 5 Activities in the city with the kids here.

And checkout our popular pages - Daily Spots - Playgrounds and Parents Rooms.

Pop-up Park, Highpoint Shopping Centre

We were lucky to have a sneak peek at the Highpoint Shopping Centre Pop-up Park this morning. The Pop-Up park was inspired by the Yarraville Pop-up Park and is a collaboration between design firm Aspect Studios and Highpoint Shopping Centre.

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The result of this great collaboration is this chillout area where children and their carers can relax and enjoy a picnic, read a book, play some table tennis in the space or play with some soft play equipment (when scheduled).

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The event shown this morning was Imagination Playground and will be the first event in the space. It is a free creative loose parts play experience for children aged 3 to 12 years old. Children and adults will be invited to unleash their creativity and imagination with the help of specialised Play Rangers from the Women’s Circus. The play equipment consists of enormous foam blocks which can be shaped into fortresses, cityscapes, etc. the options are endless!

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Imagination Playground will take place this Friday 11th Dec from 10:30am to 11:30am, Wednesday 16th Dec from 10:30am to 11:30am, Friday 18th Dec from 10:30am to 11:30am, Wednesday 23rd Dec from 10:30am to 11:30am and Wednesday 30th Dec from 10:30am to 11:30am.

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Other events also taking place in the Pop-Up Park space these holidays:

  • Book.Bike.Swap which is a free pop-up book swapping activity for children aged 0 to 10 years old which will be hosted by Tot:HotorNot on Sat 19th Dec, Sun 20th Dec, Tue 5th Jan and Wed 6th Jan 2016 from 10:30am to 1:30pm.
     
  • PORTable Summer Program which a series of fun free holiday workshops for children aged 6 to 12 years old which will be hosted by Footscray Community Arts Centre in late January 2016. (Details to be confirmed)

The Pop-Up Park is located at Level 1, Hoyts Entrance near the Pancake Parlour.

Gingerbread Village by EPICURE

The Gingerbread Village by Epicure is back at Melbourne Town Hall this year for little ones to visit until Christmas Eve. Epicure’s award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Deniz Karaca and his talented team have spent months bringing his Gingerbread Village vision to life. 

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The village comprises of 500 kilograms of gingerbread, 360 kilograms of royal icing, 150 kilograms of marzipan and around 800 miniature Christmas trees for the festive backdrop.

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New additions to this year's village are the F1 Grand Prix and what appears to be St Kilda Beach with boats, mermaids and all!

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Our favourite parts of the village this year was the moving carrousel, the beach and the Zoo with those cute little penguins! Little Miss didn't want to leave without her own gingerbread on the way out of course!

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The Gingerbread Village by Epicure is now open till Saturday 24th of December at Melbourne Town Hall.

Open times between the 1st to the 10th of December are 10am to 6pm and 10 am to 8:30 pm from the 11th of December till the 24th of December.

This is a FREE event however entry is by nominal gold coin donation where all proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Australia foundation. For more info, go to their website or their Facebook page.

> For more Christmas events' ideas, head to our bumper list.

John Wardle Architects Structure at the NGV International

A beautiful structure was unveiled at the NGV International last week, right in time for Spring and Summer! The structure by John Wardle Architects is part of the Summer Architecture Commissions which is a new initiative by the Department of Contemporary Design & Architecture, offering opportunities to emerging and established architects to present their designs to a broader audience at the NGV International.

We were invited at the unveiling of this beautiful structure which was inspired by the Sidney Myer Music Bowl here in Melbourne. 

The nine metre-high pink pavilion will be perfect for hosting kids' activities, picnics, live music, performances, workshops and more! It is perfect for relaxing after a great day of visiting the NGV International and NGV Fed Square. Grab a coffee and a snack from the NGV café or bring your own and the little ones can run around the garden and climb on the popular children's climbing structure nearby.

I can see little Miss and I relaxing here this summer taking in all the beautiful colours of the structure!

Checkout these great kid friendly exhibitions currently at the NGV International and NGV Fed Square when you visit the John Wardle structure. Both sites will be open daily from 10am to 5pm from Monday 5th October.

The John Wardle Architects structure is located on the ground level of the NGV International in the Grollo Equiset Garden, it will stand until May 2016. For more info, jump on the NGV's website.

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Spring School Holidays Ideas

Here's our list of Spring School Holidays events, activities and programs - we will add more as we find them :) ..

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'Play' at the Incinerator Gallery - Moonee Ponds

2016 edit: 'Play' is coming to ArtPlay from Wednesday 7th of September to Sunday 30th of October 2016. It is a FREE event, suitable for kids aged 3 to 12 years old and will be open at various times. Checkout Artplay's dedicated page for more details.

Play is a small exhibition currently at the Incinerator Gallery located in Moonee Ponds. 

Narinda Cook encourages play in this exhibition through the act of making and interacting with art, taking inspiration from philosopher Rudolf Steiner, children's art and craft materials and a rainbow colour palette.

The large colourful forms respond to a gentle nudge by rocking back and forth. You can also listen to some gentle music using the headphones provided.

Little Miss was a bit unsure at first but was happy to nudge the large shapes after I showed her how to. It's a cute yet colourful exhibition that little ones and little bubs will find interesting to walk around or just nudge slowly whilst listening to soothing music.

Play is on at the Incinerator Gallery from now until the 27th of September in the Atrium - FREE entry. More info at: http://www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/experience-moonee-valley/arts-and-culture/incinerator-gallery/exhibitions.aspx

Bunyips and Dragons - NGV Australia

'Bunyips and Dragons' is a beautiful new exhibition at the Ian Potter: NGV Australia Federation Square which was recently opened on Saturday 25th of July. 

This free exhibition features 80 original illustrations that showcase the wonderful visual imagination of Australian illustrators over the past 40 years. Works on display include Ron Brooks’s The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek, Peter Pavey’s One Dragon’s Dream, Graeme Base’s The Eleventh Hour, Bob Graham's Greetings from Sandy Beach and much much more! 

Parents, carers and children will enjoy the beautiful illustrations on display as well as videos interviewing the illustrators and showcasing live illustrations. The exhibit also features a reading corner supported by the Story Box Library which features iPads loaded with engaging online Australian stories read out by Australian actors.

At the end of the exhibition, little ones get to choose whether they are a dog or cat person, illustrate away, take their masterpiece home or display it. Little Miss was inspired by the great illustrations and tried her hand at illustrating with 'Maggie the Dog'. 

The 'Bunyips and Dragons - Australian Children's Book Illustrations' free exhibition is on until Sunday 4th of October at the Ian Potter: NGV Australia Federation Square and is located at the NGV Studio, Ground level. Note: This gallery is closed on Mondays. More info on the NGV website.

'Open House: Tromarama for Kids' at the NGV - Our Review!

'Open House: Tromarama for Kids' opened last Saturday 23rd of May at the NGV and we loved it!! Perfect timing by the NGV for those winter days coming up! 'The Tromarama team built a house inside the NGV Gallery and everyone is invited to play. Inspired by ordinary homes, this one is a little extraordinary'. We definitely agree with that statement! 

Love the entrance's pendant lighting

Love the entrance's pendant lighting

When you arrive at the exhibition, the house is covered in different wooden panels and televisions showing fun videos. Little Miss' favourite video is of a little girl playing with her cat. Once you walk across the giant doormat, you are invited to enter the house through the bathroom where even a toilet sink and toilet have been installed! 

The bathroom tub has been setup with toys that children can use to make their stop-motion videos. The next room is a bedroom with walls covered in pillows, a comfy bed and lots of different stop-motion setups for little ones to use to make their own video. Little Miss started making her own video pretty much straight away and used a little hippo as a prop. Little ones have to move the prop slowly whilst taking pictures of each move and then play the video with different soundtracks etc. You can then share your video by sending it to your email.

Little Miss got quickly addicted to making her little stop-motion videos

Little Miss got quickly addicted to making her little stop-motion videos

The next room after the bedroom is the garden which is colourful and has lots of fun and interactive setups. Little ones can record their voice at different spots in the garden and listen back for a surprise. There is also a pond, a floral mural and a barking dog in his kennel!

Record your voice and listen back for a surprise in the garden room

Record your voice and listen back for a surprise in the garden room

You are then invited to break some moves on the dining room dance floor. Little Miss was so obsessed making her little stop-motion videos that we had to bypass the dance floor and kitchen and go straight back to the bathroom where she made a few more! Her dad also enjoyed making a few funny ones so it was fun for the whole family in the end.

Dining room ceiling

Dining room ceiling

Little Miss was definitely hooked by the time we left Open House: Tromarama! This last pic below is of little Miss making her dinosaur stop-motion video. So much fun! Thanks Tromarama and the NGV!

'Open House: Tromarama for Kids' is now open on the ground level of the NGV International - St Kilda Rd. Entry is free and the exhibition is open until Sunday 18th of October 2015 except on Tuesdays when the gallery is closed except Public Holidays. More info on the NGV website

CERES Community Environment Park

CERES Community Environment Park in Brunswick East is a not for profit educational organisation located on 4 hectares of rehabilitated landfill. 

On a nice day, you can wander the grounds with your little ones, have a look at the community gardens, the chickens, the café, the organic market and the nursery.

There are lots of beautiful chickens near the little pond. (Beware as the pond is not fenced). You can go closer to the area where the chickens are by walking down a set of stairs or coming from the back of the gardens. Little Miss and I loved the chickens there as well as those near the café.

We had the pram that day but because of the uneven grounds and rocks around the gardens, it made things a little difficult.

There are also lots of Isa brown laying hens located next to the organic café and market stall for little ones to peek at. The open café is kid friendly with diggers for children to play with lots of room for prams. 

If you are into organic produce, there are organic fruit & vegetables available for purchase at the little market.

Checkout the nursery nearby if you are interested in bringing some seedlings or plants home to plant with your little ones.

CERES is open all week and entry is FREE. For more information and opening times, go to their website.

Express Yourself: Romance was Born for Kids at the NGV International

The NGV never ceases to amaze us! There is always something to do for little Miss rain or shine! We just love how we can pop into the city for a bit of shopping and drop into the NGV International or NGV Fed Square and have a great morning/afternoon and most of all, kids play for FREE!

The latest interactive exhibition on offer is filled with fashion, art works, interactive play and a little treat to take home. 

Little Miss enjoyed the bright colours from the first room as you enter, a drawing on the iPads followed by a jump in the interactive digital billabong pool and to finish off, a gemstone sticker session making a necklace. All round a beautiful space for both parents and children.

Express Yourself: Romance was Born for Kids is on until 12th April 2015 at NGV International St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. (Click on images below to view in full size)

Mambo: 30 years of shelf-indulgence at the NGV Fed Square

'Mambo: 30 years of shelf indulgence' is a colourful exhibition currently at the Ian Potter: NGV Australia at Fed Square. This retrospective exhibition showcases the Australian iconic clothing label and features the largest collection of Mambo works ever assembled.

This exhibition is more for adults than little ones but little Miss didn't mind the cute teddy and some of the funny pictures.

Mambo: 30 years of shelf-indulgence is on at the Ian Potter: NGV Australia at Fed Square (closed mondays), NGV Studio, free and on until Sunday 22nd February 2015.  (Click on images below to view in full size)


Emily Floyd: The Dawn at the NGV Fed Square

'The Dawn' by Emily Floyd is a great exhibition currently at the NGV Fed Square which represents a survey of selected works from Floyd's fifteen year career. 

Children are invited with two kids friendly installations: 'Small Press' and 'Word Farm'. 'Small Press invites children to create their manifesto using stamps, typewriters, photocopiers and papers. 'Word Farm' is a tactile installation of individual sculptural letters for children to arrange and play with. 

Little Miss enjoyed this colourful exhibition but loved typing away at the typewriter and stamping her little manifesto the most!

Emily Floyd: The Dawn is currently on at the Ian Potter: NGV Australia at Fed Square (closed mondays), level 3, free and on until Sunday 1st March 2015.  (Click on images below to view in full size)

'Itsukushima Reflection model' by Takahiro Iwasaki at the NGV International

Admire the 'Itsukushima Reflection model' by Takahiro Iwasaki at the NGV International and see this beautiful free standing structure which was setup onsite. Takahiro Iwasaki is a young emerging contemporary artist from Japan. He exhibited similar work in 2012 at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

Little Miss hasn't seen this beautiful model and I might keep her away from it just in case she decides to grab it haha!

'Itsukushima Reflection model' is currently at the NGV International, level 1, Asian Collection, free and on until Monday 6th April 2015 (Click on images below to view in full size)

'The Island Bird' by Ernesto Neto at the NGV International

Checkout 'The Island Bird' by Ernesto Neto at the NGV International next time you are in town. Little ones will love climbing and playing in this interesting structure. Ernesto Neto is a contemporary visual artist from Brazil who is renowned for his large scale installations & sculptures that visitors can touch, poke and walk on or through.

Little Miss was a bit scared to climb onto the structure at first but with the help of her father and holding onto the net she became more confident and walked through by herself and loved it. The structure feels weird to step on but it is a very interesting concept that one can appreciate, children especially.

'The Island Bird' is currently on
 at the NGV International, 3rd floor, contemporary section, free and on until Sun 19th April 2015. (Click on images below to view in full size)