Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea - Langham Melbourne - Review

Head to The Langham Melbourne these holidays for the gorgeous Disney Junior Minnie Mouse themed High Tea. Kate and her little ones attended the media preview of this special High Tea this week where Minnie Mouse was on hand to celebrate.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea will be on these holidays weekdays from Monday 16th September to Friday 4th October 2019. From polka-dot shortbread cookies to Honey Joy flowers, the special menu features a pink polka-dot theme inspired by Minnie, the favourite fashionista. Kids will love the savoury and sweet dishes which will come with a cold or hot drink.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The children’s menu savoury dishes include Ham and cheese finger sandwich, Fairy bread, Sausage rolls and Crumbed chicken goujons. Desserts include Minnie Mouse polka-dot shortbread cookie, Honey Joy flower, Chocolate-raspberry soft cookie sandwich and Vanilla ice cream cupcake.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

There will be no additional entertainment/activities supplied however The Langham Melbourne encourages kids to come dressed up in their favourite Disney or Minnie Mouse themed outfit and enjoy!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea costs are $59 per child with a glass of cordial or hot chocolate + one take home Minnie Bow-tique Why Hello Cell Phone toy, colouring activity sheets and a Little Langham Passport with a sticker for every children high tea occasion at The Langham, Melbourne. Price per adult is also $59 for Wedgwood High Tea with espresso coffee, leaf tea and a glass of sparkling wine. Children must be accompanied by a full-paying adult/s.

To find out more information about the Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea at Langham Melbourne, head to their website.

Little Sparks - Scienceworks - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones had a very interesting morning yesterday when they headed to Scienceworks to checkout the Little Sparks workshop which runs once a month for children 3 to 5. Thank you Kate for this great review. xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

From birth, children are curious.  We can build on that natural curiosity by developing their interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The Little Sparks workshops at Scienceworks explore different STEM topics in a play-based learning setting.   With different themes throughout the year, each 50 minute session is suitable for children aged 3-5 years and combines stories, songs and hands-on STEM challenges.

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Our session ‘Mapping Our Place’ explored maps; what they are, how to use them and how they help us figure out our place in the world.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Led by Scienceworks educator Owen, the children were given a map of Melbourne and stickers to highlight some of their favourite places.  The poppets were very excited to find our suburb on the map and very quickly both maps were filled with stickers representing important places - a fire truck for Eastern Hill Fire Station, a football at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, dogs along the bike track next to Collingwood Children’s Farm and a cat at their grandparents’ house.  

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The second half of the workshop saw the children using the Scienceworks Visitor Map to navigate their way outside of the Stem Lab to find Dot (the adorable main character in the Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together exhibition, who was named after Dr. Dorothy Hill, the first female fellow of the Australian Academy of Science) who was lost and needed help.  Following Dot’s clues we eventually found her outside near the Amphitheatre where she was waiting to have a selfie taken with the little explorers.   

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Little Sparks workshops run once a month, with each date having two times to choose from, morning or afternoon.  Children aged under 3 are welcome to attend the workshop with their participating older sibling and parent/carer. Parents/carers are expected to participate in the workshop with a a maximum of two children per parent/carer recommended.

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For more information on Little Sparks, head to their website.

Wild Nights - Werribee Zoo - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones headed to Wild Nights last Sunday and had an amazing time! Don’t miss out on a great evening packed with lots of activities and fun at the Werribee Zoo. Thank you to Zoos Victoria for inviting us and for Kate for her great review and pics. Xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For eight nights only, zoo-lovers can visit Werribee Open Range Zoo after dark as it lights up with all the action of Wild Nights! Plus this year, for the first time, see the amazing life-size animatronic dinosaurs at Zoorassic: Dinos After Dark!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

This was our first experience of Wild Nights, and most definitely will not be our last. The poppets loved exploring the African Trail by torchlight and seeing what animals they could spot along the way. The event program is full of awesome activities that the whole family will enjoy.

Here are our highlights.


Zoorasic: Dinos After Dark

Explore the Werribee River Trail like never before as you come face-to-face with life-size dinosaurs that will be brought to life for Dinos After Dark with dazzling lights, animatronics and an extraordinary soundscape.

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Fire Performers

Be captivated by dazzling fire performers as they wow audiences just inside the main entry gate using a variety of different objects in their high energy, theatrical show.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Lantern Parade

Between 7.00-8.00pm, make your way over towards the Safari Station to see the gorgeous Eastern Barred Bandicoot lantern parade. Children can also decorate their own paper lantern to place over torches from home to join the parade. Be sure to check out the Secret Garden close by too.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Glow Zone


Head over to the Africa Village to get your face painted with special glow in the dark paint before joining in the circus fun in the Glow Zone.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Marshmallow Toasting

As the temperatures drops, keep warm up around a flickering camp fire and toast yummy, gooey marshmallows. There are two marshmallow camp fires for your toasting pleasure - one near the Hippo Play Trail and the other near the Cheetah BBQ area. We highly recommend a hot chocolate or cup of mulled wine too!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Bandicoot Hideout

Head into the Bandicoot Hideout to introduce yourself to the critically-endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot and learn about the conservation work that’s bringing this native animal back from the brink of extinction.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Seeing the Jurassic creatures after dark definitely added to this already spectacular event and the best part, all proceeds from Wild Nights contribute to Zoos Victoria’s fight against wildlife extinction. Highly recommended for the whole family.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Tip - Remember to dress for all weather conditions (especially gumboots if it’s wet as the dinosaur trail can get quite muddy) and bring your own torch to help navigate around the zoo in the dark.

For more information on Wild Nights, head to their website.

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Interaxcity Children's Museum - Melbourne - Review

Kate’s little ones recently visited the Interaxcity Children's Museum and enjoyed playing at this cute mini city. Kids will enjoy pretend playing being a mail person, being a florist, a flight attendant, a mechanic, a doctor, a dentist, a cook and more! Thanks Kate for the great review and pics and thank you to Interaxcity Children's Museum for inviting us. To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her Insta. xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Set amidst a scaled-down, indoor ‘mini-city’, Interaxcity Children’s Museum is a place where kids are the community heroes. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Designed to foster creativity, curiosity and learning through imaginative play, Interaxity Children’ s Museum is the only children’s museum in Melbourne.  Owner Melissa Blumenthall discovered children's museum while travelling with her family in the USA and knew instantly that it was something that she wanted to create here for all Melburnians.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids


Unlike a regular museum, a children’s museum is a space where kids are allowed and encouraged to touch and engage with all the exhibits. 

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At Interaxcity, each 90 minute session allows children to use their imagination as they take on whatever role they wish against the backdrop of a mini-city. 

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They may wish to sort mail in post office, arrange and wrap flowers in the florist, conduct an examination in the medical centre, cook and serve food in the restaurant, be a flight attendant or pilot in the airport (which features a genuine set of Qantas economy seats from a Boeing 737), help build on the construction site, repair cars in the service station and go shopping in the supermarket. It’s learning at its most fun!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The museum has been cleverly designed with activities for toddlers to middle primary aged children.  Little ones can choose to simply interact with the hands-on exhibits or complete tasks based on their developmental abilities by following the handy prompts on the wall - which have been especially designed in conjunction with early childhood educators. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

With four sessions every day plus parties and private events, Interaxity Children’s Museum is the ultimate learning-through-play environment: with a big emphasis on imagination, interaction and fun. Highly recommended.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

For more information on Interaxcity Children's Museum, head to their website.

Brickman Cities - Scienceworks - Melbourne - Review

Kate’s little ones loved their trip to Scienceworks this morning for the latest Brickman Cities LEGO® exhibition. They observed and admired some of the world’s greatest cities and built their own creations. Find out what they got up to in more details below. Thanks for the great review Kate @kateflatman xo catherine

Following the recent success of Channel Nine’s blockbuster reality show LEGO® Masters Australia, there is no denying the significant boost in the popularity of the much-loved Danish construction toys.

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Curated and built by Ryan McNaught, (the official judge on the LEGO® Masters series and the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere) Brickman Cities at Scienceworks is an intimate, immersive exhibition that invites visitors to imagine the cities of the future.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The experience is powered by one of the most famous cities in the world - LEGO® City. Brickman and his team have devoted an entire wall of the show to showcasing the history of LEGO® City, with City Fire Stations on display from decades ago and over a million LEGO® City bricks for visitors to spark their creativity and build the LEGO® City of tomorrow.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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The centrepiece of Brickman Cities is a 3m x 4m, 1:600 scale model of Lower Manhattan, New York built entirely from white LEGO® bricks.  Every thirty minutes a 3D story is projected on the display taking visitors from the days of the First People’s villages amongst the swamps of the River Delta right up until the present day.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Around Manhattan, you can travel to four great cities of the world; London, Tokyo, Dubai and Sydney. Each city is represented with three huge skyscrapers as well as different stages of their history that show visitors how each city has evolved and grown. Each city has hundreds of thousands of LEGO® bricks to help you build what you think that city will look like in the future.  Perhaps we will see robot garbage trucks in Tokyo or underground houses in London..? Imagine it and get building!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For little ones, there is also a LEGO® DUPLO mosaic wall to build with as well.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

This incredible exhibition is Brickman’s fourth LEGO® brick experience and although smaller than other exhibitions, it certainly is immersive - with a large focus put on learning and play rather than large scale sculptures.  Highly recommended for children, families and all LEGO® lovers.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Tip - Each session to the Brickman Cities lasts 60 minutes (although we were lucky to visit on a quiet weekday morning when session times were not strictly adhered to) and I would definitely recommend allowing at least 45-60 minutes to explore the experience.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Brickman Cities ends October 6th 2019. For more information and to book, head here.

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, a dual presentation of the terracotta warriors and one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists Cai Guo-Qiang is now on display until the 13th October 2019 at NGV International.

Thanks to our Photographers Tina Giorgio Photography for attending the media preview and for taking these stunning shots, to find out more about Tina Giorgio Photography, head to their website.

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Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Exclusive to Melbourne and presenting nearly 170 works, the exhibition will offer a new perspective on Chinese culture, past and present and features 8 life-size Qin Emperor’s terracotta warriors discovered in 1974. 

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

More than 160 exquisite ancient treasures of Chinese historic art and design, drawn by the NGV from leading museums and archaeological sites from across Shaanxi province is also on display. These include priceless gold, jade and bronze artefacts that date from the Western Zhou through to the Han dynasties (1046 BC – 220AD)

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

The parallel exhibition of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape created especially for this NGV exhibition include the monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds. The birds create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing of the sacred Mount Li, the site of the ancient tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuangvand his warriors. So impressive!

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Drawing on Cai’s understanding of ancient Chinese culture and his belief that a dialogue with tradition and history can invigorate contemporary art, he has also created a porcelain sculpture of peonies, Transience I (Peony), placed at the centre of a 360-degree gunpowder painting, Transience II (Peony), both of which were created in Melbourne.

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape is on now at the NGV International in Melbourne until the 13th October 2019.

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

For more information, head to the NGV website.

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Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY - Scienceworks - Melbourne - Info

Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY is coming to Melbourne this June at Scienceworks! 

We loved Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY when it came to Sydney earlier this year, the kids loved the impressive builds and building their own Lego masterpiece. We spent almost two hours at the event and enjoyed our time there. Now it’s time for Melbourne to enjoy it! So head to Scienceworks this June with your LEGO fans!

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Created by the LEGO® Masters judge, Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught. The experience has been exclusively curated and built by McNaught and his expert team and opens at Scienceworks Melbourne on Saturday 15 June and runs through until August 4. 

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Showcasing five of the world’s most iconic cities at different time periods in history, visitors can trace each city’s evolution all the way from 1000AD to today in a fun, educational and immersive way.

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY

Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

At the centre of this new interactive experience is a 3m x 4m scale model of Lower Manhattan, built entirely in white LEGO® pieces with 3D stories of New York projected directly onto them. Using cutting-edge technology of UHD 4K projectors, visitors are taken on a journey from the First People’s villages right through to present day.

More than 1,900 hours and 1 million LEGO® bricks were needed to build Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY.  Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught and the creative team spent a further 250 hours developing sophisticated 3D projections to bring the hero city of New York to life.

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Budding builders itching to get their hands on some LEGO® bricks can do so in the interactive master build zone home to half a million LEGO® bricks where they can build their vision of a LEGO® CITY of tomorrow.  Brickman Cities also features a brand-new collaboration with LEGO® CITY, an entire wall showcasing the history of LEGO® CITY, including CITY Fire Stations from decades ago.

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

McNaught hopes the interactive experience will encourage visitors to learn and play whilst also enjoying large scale sculptures. “Brickman Cities brings to life the rich histories of the world’s greatest cities like never before and I hope visitors will find it both informative and fun.  I can’t wait to see young LEGO® enthusiasts take what they have learnt and use their imagination to create their own LEGO® CITY of tomorrow,” says McNaught. 

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

For more information and to book, head here.

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Arts Centre Melbourne 2019 Families Winter/Spring program - Info

Families are invited to experience an array of engaging and ambitious theatrical adventures and interactive experiences from Australia and beyond as part of the Arts Centre Melbourne 2019 Families Winter/Spring program this June through to November 2019. This season presents entertaining, inclusive and culturally diverse works spanning dance, music, puppetry and theatre. 

Young people and their families can enjoy an interstellar adventure designed for children with disabilities, an international dance work inspired by a computer game, an intercultural b*boy battle, hip hop fairy-tale, graphic novel brought to life, quirky puppetry and an indigenous history lesson with a twist.

Checkout this great video below for a visual of this year’s 2019 Families Winter/Spring program great line up.

 

In June, WA’s Sensorium Theatre will present the intergalactic adventure Whoosh! (29 June), an immersive and highly-tailored multi-sensory performance suitable for all children, including those with multiple and complex needs and those on the autism spectrum.

Woosh - Arts Centre Melbourne

Woosh - Arts Centre Melbourne

During the winter school holidays, little ones aged 2-7 are invited to experience Beep (9-13 July), a heart-warming robot tale from Windmill Theatre Company. The work, from the makers of Grug and Grug and the Rainbow, features gentle story-telling, music and puppetry.

Beep - Arts Centre Melbourne

Beep - Arts Centre Melbourne

For older children and young adults there will be a chance to experience a story told through dance, born from a meeting of cultures, when Nick Power’s Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុងតូច (10-13 July) is performed in Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre Rehearsal Room. Budding hip-hop fans can get up close to a high energy b*boy battle in the tale of cultural ownership told through the language of dance.

Between Tiny Cities - Arts Centre Melbourne

Between Tiny Cities - Arts Centre Melbourne

Musical theatre is explored throughout the season, engaging young audiences in important conversations. Shaun Tan’s award-winning book The Red Tree (3-4 August) will be brought to life on stage in a unique musical theatre performance that tackles a young girl’s journey from fear towards hope.

The Red Tree - Arts Centre Melbourne

The Red Tree - Arts Centre Melbourne

Then performer Candy Bowers will wow audiences in One the Bear (8-10 August), a fairy-tale for the hip-hop generation, jam-packed with infectious beats, endless rhymes and humour.

One the Bear - Arts Centre Melbourne

One the Bear - Arts Centre Melbourne

From hilarious to heart-warming, ingenious works of puppetry are presented throughout the season. Indigenous history is explored through Nathan Maynard’s new work, A Not So Traditional Story (7-8 September) a hilarious and unique tale of adventure highlighting the importance of culture, identity and friendship.

Not so traditional story - Arts Centre Melbourne

Not so traditional story - Arts Centre Melbourne

Dead Puppet Society bring the hyper-coloured world of Tim Sharp’s Laser Beak Man (19-21 September) to life. Nominated for four Helpmann Awards, it features live music from Sam Cromack of Ball Park Music.

Laser Beak Man - Arts Centre Melbourne

Laser Beak Man - Arts Centre Melbourne

In spring school holidays, children who love to move and shake will be given the chance to jump into TETRIS (25-28 September), a colourful, participatory work by renowned dance company Arch 8 from the Netherlands.

Tetris - Arts Centre Melbourne

Tetris - Arts Centre Melbourne

This will be followed by a stage adaptation of the much-loved book Spot (13-17 November), Eric Hill’s beloved puppy who is on a new adventure to visit his Dad on the farm and meet farm animals.

Spot - Arts Centre Melbourne

Spot - Arts Centre Melbourne

There you have it, the amazing lineup of the Arts Centre Melbourne 2019 Families Winter/Spring program, grab your tickets soon!

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

A Family & Foodies Guide to the Mornington Peninsula - Melbourne

Kate loves taking her little ones on new adventures and wrote this gorgeous article of her time on the Mornington Peninsula this year. We love this piece of Victoria and cannot wait to visit all these interesting places too one day! Thank you Kate for this beautiful piece and photos. To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her Insta page. xo Catherine

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Located just over an hour drive south from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is one of our most favourite parts of Victoria.  With grandparents in Mornington, I spent many school holidays on the Peninsula and it’s been such a joy to share those special memories with the poppets + discover new things along the way too.

With its world class wineries, busy bayside villages, stunning coastline and gourmet delights, the Mornington Peninsula is perfect for families - and foodies!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

In early February we escaped the city for a three day weekend in Rye and didn't let the rain or cooler conditions stop us from exploring this fabulous region.

Here are our TOP 10 places to visit on the Mornington Peninsula on even the gloomiest of days.

1. Peninsula Hot Springs
With over 30 globally-inspired experiences Peninsula Hot Springs’ Bath House is a bathing wonderland for families and children to discover together.  Enjoy the designated family area as well as magical cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish Hamam steam room, underground saunas and massaging thermal mineral showers.

Read our full review here.

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

2. Rosebud Pier Adventure Playground

An amazing all-abilities playground with a variety of play equipment to keep children entertained from enclosed baby swings, tunnels and rope climbing walls, to net swings, a flying fox and three slides.  This is a perfect spot for a family BBQ or picnic overlooking the safe swimming beach and 300m long pier.  Just be mindful that in hot weather the metal slides can get too hot to use. Other great playgrounds to visit include the McCrae Foreshore Playground (also called the McCrae Lighthouse Playground), Rye Foreshore Playground and Sorrento Park. 

Read our full review of the Rosebud Playground here.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

McCrae Foreshore Playground

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3. Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

There’s nothing quite like the taste of freshly picked strawberries! 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. We highly recommend the fluffy scones served with house made strawberry jam and whipped cream from the Cafe.

Read our full review here.

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4. Main Ridge Dairy

A farmhouse cheese factory and goat dairy, offering a true paddock to plate experience. Enjoy a cheese tasting at the counter or spot on the deck for a cheese platter and a glass of local wine.  Children will love the lovely lawns to play on and they can even get up close to the goats in the paddocks too.  Inside you will find a simple children's play area with colouring sheets, books and toys.

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5. Pure Peninsula Honey

This charming farm shop has the most impressive range of honey and bee products you may ever see.  Enjoy free taste tests, see bees building honeycomb, collecting pollen and producing honey, browse the bee themed gift shop and read amazing bee facts. Be sure to buy a tub of the honey ice cream, it’s delicious.

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6. Johnny Ripe

From homemade sweet and savoury pies, to sausages rolls, meringues and buttery croissants - not forgetting their famous cronuts - Johnny Ripe is a small home-style bakery producing seriously tasty treats.  Order from the all day brunch menu or make a selection from the take-away counter and find a spot on the beautiful sheltered deck over looking the Red Hill Lavender Farm and the hills of Main Ridge.

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7. Red Gum BBQ

With a large, indoor play area, colouring sheets, change facilities, highchairs and plenty of space for little people to roam around, Red Gum BBQ is an awesome place to visit with the entire family.  Best of all their Aussie-smoked,  Southern American BBQ is simply the best we have ever eaten.  Bookings recommended. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitkids

8. Green Olive at Red Hill

Wind your way down the driveway through the olives trees and grapevines to this magnificent, family friendly, whole farm experience.  Offering a cafe, farm shop, kitchen garden, children's outdoor play area (complete with in-ground trampoline!), animals, farm stays and cooking classes.  Their extremely popular school holiday program gives children the opportunity to meet farm animals, plant seeds, learn about where food comes from, and get dirty in the garden. 

Read our full review here.

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9. Mock Red Hill

This family-owned and operated orchard has been producing high quality, bio-dynamic fresh fruit, apple juice, apple ciders and apple cider vinegar for the local region and beyond for many years.  Visit their unique cellar door space offering sensory tasting experiences within an original wooden cool store, then purchase apples to take home from the shop.

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10. Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie

Located in the charming seaside town of Flinders, the newest, petite-sized sibling of the Yarra Valley and the Great Ocean Road stores opened its doors late last year taking over the space formerly occupied by Mornington Peninsula Chocolates.  As well as serving up chocolate (up to 180 unique varieties!) and ice cream, it also features a brownie bar and continues to make truffles in flavours made popular by the site's previous owners.

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Busy City Kids was invited to experience some of the places mentioned above for the purpose of a review. Most were self-funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

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

Rosebud Foreshore Playground - Mornington Peninsula - Melbourne - Review

Put the kids climbing shoes on and head to Rosebud Foreshore Playground next time you visit the Mornington Peninsula.

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The playground is a multi level nature playground and is perfect for small and big kids with lots of swings, slides, a flying fox, lots of climbing with ropes, a tunnel and lots more.

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Kate took her little ones to the Rosebud Foreshore Playground recently and they really enjoyed their time there.

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Rosebud Foreshore Playground is located at Point Nepean Rd & Jetty Rd in Rosebud.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Accessible and street parking

  • Bike stations

  • Flying fox

  • Picnic areas with BBQ

  • Public toilets with disability access

  • Seating, picnic tables and benches with shelter

  • Slides, swings and climbing structures

For more playgrounds, go to our dedicated page

For more ideas on the Mornington Peninsula, checkout our Family & Foodies Guide.

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

Ramp Kids Sessions at Rampfest - Melbourne - Review

If your little ones need to improve their scooter or bike skills, checkout Rampfest in Braybrook. Kate’s little dare devils grabbed their helmets and scooters and headed to Rampfest recently to test out the Ramp Kids sessions. What a clever program for kids to improve their scooter skills and confidence. Thanks Kate for the great pics and review. Follow Kate via her Insta page. xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

What did we do before scooters? Fast, compact and fun, they’re now a wildly popular mode of transport for adults and kids alike – and for preschoolers they are a dream toy, allowing energetic little ones to travel with the speed and independence they crave.  My two absolutely love their scooters and I love them too as they are the perfect tool for developing their balance, coordination and motor skills while giving them a taste of independence. 

Rampfest Indoor Skate Park, located in Melbourne's inner west suburb of Braybrook has been offering riders, skaters and ‘scooter’ers' a top-quality skate park - and plenty of expertise to go along with it - since 2008.  As one of Australia’s largest indoor skate parks, Rampfest has now helped 1000's of kids get started on their first bike, scooter or skateboard.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Every Saturday and Sunday morning from 9am, Rampfest offers a special one hour session for children under 10 years of age.  Designed for younger riders to enjoy the skate park before it officially opens at 10am, each Ramp Kids session is fully supervised by one of the Rampfest coaches, and parents are welcome to jump on the course and give their kids a hand as well.  After 10am, you're welcome to hang out longer if you like too or join a coaching clinic.

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With over 1000 square metres of skate park, the poppets absolutely loved scootering around, up and over the plywood ramps during the Ramp Kids session and although they are quite competent and constantly scaring me with ‘tricks’, they had no previous skate park experience. Thankfully Rampfest runs a range of coaching programs, so we didn't hesitate in signing them up for a beginners lesson.

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Held every Saturday morning from 10.30am - 12pm (2x 45min groups), the Saturday Beginner Coaching Sessions focus on skate park safety and etiquette, basil skills and techniques, use of skate park obstacles and giving riders the confidence to use the skate park independently. 

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Our pro rider coach, Reece was extremely patient with the group of (mostly) scooter riders, who ranged in age from 4-9 years old with varying levels of competency. 

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At the end of the session, the poppets definitely had solid base of skills that they can now use at any skate park and a desire to progress faster to more advanced skills.

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If you have a budding rider, are looking for an activity to burn off some energy (especially on rainy days) or want to try something different during the school holidays, grab a scooter, bike or skateboard and head to Rampfest.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Check the website for up-to-date information about session times, special events and school holiday programs.

  • Ask about their membership options if you plan to visit often or consider enrolling your little one in an eight week term Ramp School program. 

  • Scooters and helmets are available to hire every day, starting from $5 per session. FYI folding scooters are not permitted.

  • Rampfest is a great venue for children’s birthday parties or group bookings.  They have several different packages to choose from including exclusive private hire.

  • There is a limited menu available at the onsite canteen; pies, sausage rolls and hot dogs + drinks, tea and coffee. No food is permitted inside the skate park but you can make use of the outdoor tables for a BYO picnic.

  • When riding it is really important to follow the rules of the park, that goes for adults watching too.  Be sure to keep an eye on your little ones at all times.

  • Rampfest offers a great range of scooters, bikes, accessories, safety equipment, streetwear and apparel.  If you buy a complete bike, scooter or skateboard you receive a free coaching clinic.

Busy City Kids were invited to experience Ramp Kids Sessions at Rampfest in Braybrook for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on Rampfest and their programs, 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.

Green Olive School Holiday Program at Red Hill - Melbourne - Review

Escape the city and head to Green Olive at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, you won’t regret visiting this gorgeous place and the children will love it too! Kate took her little ones yesterday to experience one of their school holiday program activities and loved their time there. Thanks Kate for the gorgeous photos and review. To follow Kate’s adventures, head to their Insta page. Xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Whether you are a park parent, an arts & crafts parent, a working parent or an out & about parent, chances are that you need to plan at least one activity during the school holidays to keep little ones busy.

I’m definitely the organised, out & about parent and with an abundance of school holiday programs and activities on offer in Melbourne and surrounds, the choices really are limitless.

Whilst visiting Green Olive at Red Hill during a long weekend on the peninsula in February, I came across an advertisement for their School Holiday Program and knew straight away that it would be a perfect activity for the poppets.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Located just one hour from Melbourne in Main Ridge, Green Olive at Red Hill is a family owned and operated business encouraging children to enjoy and learn from the surroundings of a real working farm.  Their Farm Kids school holiday program gives children the opportunity to meet farm animals, learn about where food comes from, get creative in the kitchen and plants seeds while spending time outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

After much discussion and deliberation over which activity they wanted to participate in, the poppets chose the Kids Chicken Workshop from the appealing program - and what a good choice they made!  All three of us had such a fun time visiting and feeding the resident Isa brown chooks (who are guarded very closely by Pisa, the Maremma Sheepdog) and collecting freshly laid eggs from the chicken nesting trailer.  The excitement on their faces when they found an egg was just magical! 

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While the chefs were busy in the kitchen making and flipping the super cute chick-shaped pancakes, the children decorated plastic easter eggs which then had cotton wool, water and sprout seeds placed inside. We cannot wait to see them once they grow! 

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Once the pancakes were cooked and the egg shells sprouts carefully put away to take home, the poppets got to sit down and enjoy the yummy pancakes with homemade strawberry jam, the most perfect end to an egg-cellent morning. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

If you're looking for a unique, wholesome, fun activity for the kids to do during the school holidays, we highly recommend exploring the program of events at Green Olive at Red Hill - I know a certain someone who is waiting eagerly for the winter holiday activities to be released!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Tip - Be sure to allow time after your session for a play in the outdoor play area.  Kids will love bouncing on the in-ground trampoline and climbing on the tall rope structure while you sit back and enjoy a cuppa and a piece of cake, some tapas or even a glass of wine from the estate vineyard.    

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Busy City Kids were invited to experience the Kids Chicken Workshop at Green Olive for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on Green Olive at Red Hill, head to their website.

For more ideas on the Mornington Peninsula, checkout our Family & Foodies Guide.

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

Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids - NGV - Melbourne - Review

Kids can get hands-on and creative at the latest kids installation at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) - Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids. Kate’s little ones enjoyed their time at the NGV last week making cute llamas and virtual sculptures.

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Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids opened 5th April 2019 in conjunction with the artist’s main exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor. Kids can construct animal sculptures by using custom-designed paper templates and working with intersecting shapes and folding techniques. Kids can also take part in a multimedia game where they can design virtual public artworks across Melbourne.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Alexander Calder was captivated with movement and animals even as a child; at age 11 he gifted his parents with sculptures he had made of a dog and a duck. Taking direction from this fascination, Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids presents children with the opportunity to construct their own unique creatures.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Just as Calder designed outdoor sculptures on a grand scale, children will also be able to create public artworks in a specially designed multimedia game. Equipped with a virtual toolbox of shapes and colours, children will enrich Melbourne by designing public sculptures at popular Melbourne sites St Kilda Beach, Royal Botanical Gardens or NGV International.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

While Alexander Calder is well known for his suspended mobiles that move, he also made sculptures without moving parts which sat firmly on the ground. His friend Jean Arp created a new game called the sculptures ‘stabiles’ which stood as high as fifteen metres. You can create your own ‘stabile’ and hear some music during your visit which was popular when Calder was busy making art.

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Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids is on from Friday 5th of April to Sunday 4th Aug 2019. Open 10am–5pm daily. Entry to the Kids installation is FREE however the main Alexander Calder exhibition is ticketed.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more information on Alexander Calder, head here. For more information on Alexander Calder for Kids, head here

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

Neon Playground - Zoos Victoria - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones had an amazing night on the opening night of Melbourne Zoo’s Neon Playground after dark experience last week.  

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They were spoilt with night lights, projections, art installations, interactive performances, food and drinks and more - including a Graeme Base Waterhole performance.

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Neon Playground is a new event celebrating wildlife conservation with a showcase of some of the best local light and visual artists and designers. 

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Checkout tips on how to make the most of your night, download the event program, and map on the Zoos Victoria’s Website.

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Neon Playground is on now until Saturday 27th April 2019 5:30pm-9:30pm. All proceeds will go to the critically endangered Southern Corroboree Frogs. Adult $39.00, Child (4-15 years) $19.00, Child under 4 FREE Adult Member $35.10 and Child Member $17.10.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to experience Neon Playground for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on Neon Playground, head to the Zoos Victoria's website.

GoBoat Melbourne - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little pirates boarded a GoBoat Melbourne boat last week and had the best time on the water exploring Melbourne along the Yarra River. What an amazing experience! Thank you Kate and family for sharing these pics and great review. To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her Instagram page @kateflatman. xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

GoBoat, which started in Copenhagen in 2014 and now runs in multiple locations including Sweden, London and Canberra, launched in Melbourne last January, offering a new way to see our beautiful city, and a unique experience suitable for the whole family.

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Thanks to Go Boat Melbourne you can now book your own private cruise and explore Melbourne - and the best part,  YOU captain the boat! The nominated skipper doesn't require a boat licence but they do need to be 18 years old to sail the boat. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Founded on a sustainable outdoor experience, GoBoat boats are a state-of-the-art, Scandinavian designed vessel made from recycled plastics and fibreglass. With a maximum capacity of eight people (including the captain), each boat is powered by a super quiet electric motor and has a wooden picnic table + plenty of storage for bags.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Departing from Water Plaza Wharf, Docklands, guests choose between three different sailing adventures: one hour, two hours or three hours*.  We chose the two hour experience which had us sailing under the Bolte Bridge up the Yarra River to Princess Bridge and back.  Along the way we sailed past many famous landmarks, including South Wharf, Sealife Melbourne Aquarium, Southgate, Pony Fish Island and Flinders Station Station.  The poppets loved pointing out the landmarks they recognised, as well as waving to the other boats going past and the people along the river bank.  Watching a red helicopter land on the helipad opposite Crown Casino was definitely a highlight of our trip!

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Take advantage of the large table in the middle of the boat that makes it super easy to enjoy snacks and drinks.  Either pack a picnic from home, pick up something on the way from one of the nearby businesses or order directly through GoBoat. Alcohol is permitted on board but restrictions do apply.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

There is plenty of photo opportunities whilst on board and if you would like an instant memento of your ride, you can hire a polaroid camera with 10 polaroid prints from the office. Plus you can purchase sailor and pirate hats at the office too, or BYO from home. Our little pirate loved scaring other sailors with her tall sword!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

A detailed course map , life jackets and safety gear are all provided (children under 12 years old must wear a life jacket at all times while on the boat).  Don't forget to pack for the elements; sunscreen, hat and water.  Bottled drinks are available to purchase from the office plus they also have bathrooms onsite to use before and after your trip.  

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Last but certainly not least, be sure to say hello to Gigi the Bernese Mountain Dog - GoBoat Melbourne’s Official Ambassador - who hangs out in the office and greets sailors, both big and small with sloppy kisses and cuddles. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

* Take advantage of Go Boat’s April Offer: Book one hour and get the second hour for FREE. That's a saving of $80.  Valid Monday - Wednesday only. Book online and use code: free2hour at checkout.

Busy City Kids were invited to experience GoBoat Melbourne for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on GoBoat Melbourne, head to their website.

Sovereign Hill - Easter School Holiday: Lost Trades Workshops - Melbourne - Review

These holidays, head to Sovereign Hill for a big day out and put the kids to work! Kate and her little team headed to Sovereign Hill this weekend to enjoy Sovereign Hill’s latest offerings and explored the working life of the goldfields, checked out the latest playground onsite and the latest multi sensory AURA show. Thanks for the fab review and pics Kate. xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Sovereign Hill comes alive these Easter holidays (Saturday 6th April - Monday 22nd April) as visitors explore the working life of the goldfields.  Relive history and discover lost trades with a range of exclusive workshops and FREE events that will transport you back to the busy goldfields of Ballarat. 

As several of the Lost Trade Workshops had height or age restrictions that prevented our four year old poppets from participating, we also took part in many activities from Sovereign Hill’s extensive daily program - including the all new sound and light evening show AURA.  Here are our highlights.

LOST TRADE WORKSHOPS

  • Try Your Hand

Learn traditional ‘hands-on’ skills such as rag rug making and cross-stitching inside the Horse Bazaar. And the best part? When you’re finished you get to take your handiwork home!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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  • Small Animal Grooming

Little ones will love meeting Sovereign Hill’s adorable miniature donkeys, horses and twin baby goats. The poppets loved helping to groom and feed the resident goats on our visit as well as making coconut feeding toys for them to play with. 

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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

  • Make Your Own Rope

Try making rope using traditional methods. Then see if you can turn your rope into quoits and challenge the local champions to a game.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Beauty & The Beast 

Held in the beautiful Victoria Theatre this hilarious performance of one of the best-loved fairy tales of all time is riotous fun for the whole family.  We all adored this show which has lots of silliness, a good dose of slapstick and even the odd pirate and witch. Be sure to arrive at the theatre at least 10 minutes before the commencement of the show to secure a seat.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

DAILY PROGRAM

  • Candle Dipping

Pop into William Hewett’s Yarrowee Soap and Candle Works at the top of Main Street where little ones can make a colourful dipped candle to take home.  The poppets were fascinated by the process of dipping their candles only four times in three pots of coloured wax to create FIVE different colours. They will make perfect Easter gifts for the grandparents in the UK.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Coach Rides

Climb aboard the horse drawn coach for a ride around the property. This activity is an additional cost and we recommended arriving early to purchase tickets as there can be a wait during busier times. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Sweet Making Demonstration   

No trip to Sovereign Hill is complete without a visit to Brown’s Confectionery.  It was fantastic watching the confectioners use original equipment and processes to make their famous boiled lollies. However, the real highlight was getting to taste the freshly made raspberry drops, yum!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Red Coat Soldiers 

Parading through Main Street at 1.30pm every day, the Red Coat Soldiers are always a crowd favourite.  Lead by the drummer beating his drum, the soldiers march into the centre of town and show visitors how soldiers in the 1850s practiced firing their rifles.  Please note that although the Corporal will tell the audience members to put their fingers in their ears, the noise is still very loud and may be unsuitable for small children or babies.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Play Space 

Opening in October 2018, this new, interactive adventure land is full of unique equipment, including a gold rush-themed two storey-high sailing ship, jetty and row boat.  The play space also includes a full-size coach with carved horses, a poppet head with a large slide, a rock-climbing wall and a mining tunnel with an ore truck.  The poppets absolutely loved climbing, sliding and exploring this playground - it really is such a perfect addition to Sovereign Hill. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

AURA - SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW

Running nightly, AURA is Sovereign Hill’s new sound and light show that takes visitors on a spectacular journey though time and space to experience the story of gold and its power to change everything.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Set over 64 acres, this new multi-million dollar show takes over from its predecessor, Blood on the Southern Cross - which had been running for over 20 years!.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The 90 minute show begins with a 3D movie screening in a small theatre in the basement of the main entrance building where we explore space and literally feel the vibrations of stars exploding in front of our eyes.  From this moment, the stage is set for a truly magnificent evening.  When the screening ends, we board vehicles that take us deep into the Sovereign Hill property and arrive at a covered outdoor viewing platform to delve into the Dreamtime. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Wadawurrung creation story unfolds before us told through state-of-the-art projections on a magnificent lake, featuring stunning images of birds, land and flowers that look so lifelike the poppets ask if the eagle will fly over their heads.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our last location is an adjacent indoor theatre where the screen opens to reveal a detailed historical set making us feel right in the centre of the action.  We watch as the land is transformed by the gold rush, gunfights and protests erupt under the night sky and the chaos of the Eureka Rebillion comes to life as we witness creation and discovery of the world’s most precious metal.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Conceived by Andrew Walsh AM and his Accolade Event Management team, who delivered events that include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the first four years of White Night, together with Sovereign Hill’s own historical experts, AURA was two years in the making and is a tribute to the creativity of teams involved. Highly recommended for the whole family.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

A few quick tips before you go:

  • Several of the Lost Trade Workshops need to be booked in advance.  Visit the Sovereign Hill website to book online prior to your visit.

  • Pre-booking for AURA are essential.  

  • Parental discretion is required for AURA as the show includes loud sound effects and dramatic pyrotechnics. 

  • The weather in Ballarat tends to be a bit cooler than Melbourne so wear and pack a few different layers (especially if attending the night show) + gumboots if it’s wet. Flat shoes are also recommended.

  • There are several restaurants and eateries onsite. We always enjoy the - award winning - hot pies and sausage rolls from the Hope Bakery.  Pre-show dinner packages are also available before AURA (bookings essential).  

  • Take advantage of the two day visit offer for the price of a single day’s entry. Sovereign Hill and Ballarat have excellent accommodation options suitable for families.

Busy City Kids were invited to experience Sovereign Hill’s There’s work to be done School Holiday program for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on Sovereign Hill's School Holiday Program 'There's work to be done', head to this page. For more information on the Aura show, head to this page.

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

Zoorassic - Werribee Zoo - Melbourne - Review

These school holidays and until the 14th of July 2019, kids can walk with dinosaurs at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Follow the Werribee River Trail to find 12 life-size dinosaurs including the Tyrannosaurs rex, Stegosaurus and more! Kate took her little dino lovers to Werribee Zoo to checkout this great school holiday activity and had an amazing day there! Thanks Kate for the great photos x Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Dinosaur fans will love the realistic creatures brought to life through animatronics! Zoo rangers will be observing behaviours, taking notes and helping you interpret the unique movements and sounds of these prehistoric creatures!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

How amazing is this life-size T-Rex in contrast to Kate’s little one!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

There’s plenty of dinosaurs around the Werribee Zoo to choose a favourite or two! For extra dino fun, don’t miss the fossil digs that take place each day in the Dino Ranger research tent.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Zoorassic at Werribee Zoo is on from the 6th of April to the 14th of July 2019 from 9.00am to 4.30pm daily.

Dinopark at Melbourne Zoo is also on from the 6th of April to the 14th of July 2019 from 9.30am to 3.00pm daily. Be amazed this autumn as the dinosaurs take over Melbourne Zoo’s historic Carousel Park. The Zoo has teamed up with the creators at Erth Visual & Physical Inc to present Dino Park; a unique walk-through experience where you will see these prehistoric creatures come to life.

And don’t miss Megabeasts at Healesville Sanctuary also from 6th of April to the 14th of July 2019 from 9am to 5pm. A megafauna experience straight out of the ice age! Giant animals, called megafauna, once roamed the landscapes of Asia, Africa, Europe and North America more than 10,000 years ago. Don’t forget to visit the Nature Play Space area too if you’re visiting the Healesville Sanctuary. The Nature Play Space is nestled in the centre of the sanctuary with the new Pavilion Café and Reptile House just next door, our review here.

The experiences are included with Zoo entry. Kids under 16 visit FREE on weekends and school holidays. Members visit free every day.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were not invited to experience Zoorassic at Werribee Zoo for the purpose of a review as it was a special Zoo Members sneak peak. Kate is a member of Zoos Victoria. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on Zoorassic and other Dinosaur events taking place at Zoos Victoria's three Zoos these holidays, head to their website.

Monkey Mania - Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood - Melbourne - Review

Indoor playgrounds are always a great option for rainy or warm days. Kate and her little ones checked out Monkey Mania in Eastland last week and had a great morning running around and playing. Thanks for the review Kate. To checkout Kate’s adventures, head to her Instagram page. xo Catherine

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Located inside Myer Eastland on Level 3, Monkey Mania is a super fun play centre that is sure to keep little people happy and entertained for hours.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The spacious indoor place space has a large multi-level soft play structure with several slides, Imagination Playground’s big blue foam blocks, plenty of things to climb and an awesome ball arena. Children will love firing balls from the cannons and activating the central cannon to launch multiple balls up into the sky.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

But the fun doesn’t end there! Monkey Mania also has an inflatable jumping castle, three kinetic sand tables, miniature electric train, brick house to build (and smash down), themed party zones and a fenced off toddler area for little ones aged three and under.

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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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The poppets spent the entire two hours of our visit running around, happily playing and exploring and with the added benefit of a cafe on site (adult entry price includes a coffee, tea, soft drink can or bottle of water), convenient, free parking (for up to three hours) and air conditioning/heating, Monkey Mania really does have it all.

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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

Our tips:

  • Monkey Mania Eastland is located inside Myer Eastland on Level 3.

  • The centre is open Monday to Sunday at various times and holiday trading hours.

  • Members and non-members pricing are available.

  • Socks must be worn on all play equipment. No bare feet, no shoes. Adults too. Socks are also available for purchase if you forget to bring your own.

  • Check out the Monkey Mania membership program if you plan on visiting several times a year with your tribe. Benefits include: $2 off every child's entry fee, 10% off food and beverages purchased in-store and access to Toddler Tuesdays ($6 entry for 0-5 year olds every Tuesday during the school term). 

  • No outside food or beverages are permitted with the exception of baby food and children’s drink bottles.  The onsite café offers a wide variety of food and drink options.

  • Closest parking is via the West 3 or West 5 car parks from Ringwood Street.

  • Monkey Mania is very pram friendly with ample space to park your pram if necessary too.  There is also a designated parents room with baby-change and feeding areas, located adjacent to the toilets and toddler area.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

For more information on Monkey Mania at Eastland, 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.

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

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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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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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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

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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.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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.