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Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
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Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn

This awesome playground is designed in the theme of the local Golden Sun Moth. The play area is divided into two sections, one for kids aged 1-4 years and the other for kids aged 5 years and older. Without a doubt, the star of the playspace is the main structure which has been created in the shape of a Golden Sun Moth… it’s so cool!!! Kids can climb up the moth legs, slide down its tail, climb into its rope belly or hang out in it’s head! Fun!

There are two structures suitable for younger kids and they feature climbing points, a wooden bridge, a slide and wide walkways. Great for exploring! Scattered around the accessible play area are a variety of activities such as a spinning rope pod, two huge rope pyramids – which are quite high, a spinner, a circular disc spinner, swings, rockers, a spinning cup, a huge nest swing and a cool flying fox.

There’s seating scattered around the play area which are great for impromptu snacks. Plus there’s an undercover picnic area with BBQ’s, tables and seats right next to a big grassy area, public toilets and water fountains. You could easily spend a whole day here! My kids are already asking when can we return?!

Details:
Address: 327 Grand Boulevard, Craigieburn

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Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo
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Keeper Kids – Melbourne Zoo

Wow Keeper Kids at the Melbourne Zoo is so much fun!! If you’re looking for a fun indoor activity during winter then look no further! The indoor playspace is located directly in front of the entrance (inside the zoo), and is a purpose built space where kids can immerse themselves in role-play and exploration. My two kids absolutely loved it and didn’t want to leave!

The circular space features a large wooden tree with seating around it’s trunk… perfect for weary parents. Set up around the space are various play areas which allow kids to experience life in a zoo. There’s the ‘Works’ area, where kids can try their hand at plumbing, carpentry and zoo design. A ‘Veterinary’ area where kids can look after sick animals. A ‘Research Station’ where kids can dress up as researchers and learn how conservation projects are planned and carried out. Plus a ‘Horticulture’ section which offers garden-focused fun, including potting up plants. There is a large selection of great dress-ups and props to enhance the experience, including binoculars, stethoscopes, and a variety of plush toy animals. So much fun!

The space also has a viewing window into a research/preparation/vet area and kids can see real keepers at work. Plus you can also see directly into the Squirrel Monkey exhibit – away from the crowds. There’s so much to see and do that you might not even make it to the real animals outside! One visit definitley won’t be enough! It’s great if you have a membership, you can just come and go as many times as you like and not feel guilty about not seeing any animals. Don’t forget that kids are free every weekend, Victorian Government school holidays and public holidays!

Details:
Address: Elliott Ave, Parkville
Open: 9am – 4pm every day of the year

 

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The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
The Train Yard, Heidelberg
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The Train Yard, Heidelberg

We loved The Train Yard on Burgundy Street in Heidelberg! It’s a casual, local eatery with really friendly, accommodating and efficient staff. There are three sections to dine in: alfresco seats at the front, the main inside dining area and an outdoor terrace/beer garden at the back. As it was a sunny winter afternoon we chose the outside terrace and it was perfect. If you get the table next to the outdoor smoker you’ll be even warmer!

We ordered from the breakfast/lunch menu and the food arrived pretty quickly, which is always a plus with hungry kids! We tried the bacon and eggs, the Train Yard salad with fried chicken plus a citrus cured salmon with beetroot; the food was both delicious and filling. There’s a small kids menu which will keep the little ones happy, and when we mentioned the kids would be sharing their meals the staff were more than happy to bring out extra plates for them… no questions asked.

We loved the free colouring in packs the kids received after ordering – perfect for keeping them occupied. And the kids REALLY loved the free marshmallows from the wait staff!! We will definitely be back if we are in the area again, especially to try some of their in-house smoked BBQ meats. It’s the perfect spot to refuel after a few hours at the nearby Possum Hollow playground.

Details:
Address: 184 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg.

 

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Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
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Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg

Possum Hollow is a fun little playground in Heidelberg. It’s situated among the parklands where walking trails and the Yarra River wind through. The surrounding environment is beautifully integrated into the play area with lots of tall trees, grass and native plants.

The playground is spread over a large space with most activities suitable for younger kids. There’s the usual slides and swings, a climbing wall with ropes for kids to pull themselves up with, a wooden bridge, a roundabout and a rock wall. In the middle there is a spider web rope structure which is low to the ground – so there’s no need to worry about falls!

Further along is a cool open space underneath huge gum trees with cement tiles arranged into small paths. My kids loved jumping on them, counting and reciting the shapes and colours. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes the simplest things can keep kids attention for the longest?! There’s also a couple of open framed cubby houses nearby… perfect for imaginary forts and castles. Towards the back, behind the native shrubs, you’ll find a cool double flying fox and a basketball court which would suit older kids.

The whole playground is fenced in and it would be a lovely spot to have a party as you don’t have to worry about kids running outside. There’s picnic tables, BBQ facilities, drinking taps and public toilets. If the kids get tired of the playground you could also check out the nature trail just outside. It’s an entertaining play area set within a beautiful natural bush environment.

Details:
Address: Beverley Road, Heidelberg

 

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Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
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Harmony Park, Coburg

Harmony Park in Coburg… how cool is this place?! I’ve heard lots of people talk about it and I’m glad we finally made it there… what a fabulous space for kids! It’s an all abilities playground that features many interesting elements for both young and older kids.

The main tower structure features a rock climbing wall, a slide, a fort and a tunnel. There’s a separate balancing and monkey bar section, a rope climbing pyramid, swings and a smaller wooden structure with climbing points, a bridge, and an interactive floor. Further along, you’ll find a green soft landing area beneath the trees which have these cute noise-making tyres… my little one was intrigued by the different sounds coming out of them! A shaded sand pit area features a train, a digger, and a cool manual wind up conveyor belt. The kids loved loading it up with sand and spinning the wheel! Surrounding the sand pit area there are more swings, a see-saw, a boat and some interactive musical instruments.

There’s so much to keep the little ones entertained with here! I suggest packing some lunch and finding a table under the shaded picnic area. There’s also a BBQ, drinking taps, public toilets and even free wifi! Older kids will enjoy the skate park or the basketball court – remember to bring your board and ball!

Details:
Address: 187-195 Gaffney St, Coburg

 

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Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
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Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir

Edwardes Lake Park is well known and a favorite among the locals. On weekends, and especially when the weather is warm, it’s absolutely jam-packed with families enjoying picnics and BBQ’s. When my kids were very young I found the playground too busy and full of boisterous older kids. Often the equipment would be heaving with children. Now that my kids are a little bit older and robust I thought I’d take a look again… and wow what a surprise! The park has been extended and upgraded to include a lot more equipment which is suitable for older kids, leaving the fenced area for the younger toddlers. It’s great!

At the main entrance you’ll find an old steam train which the kids can climb and pretend to drive. My kids have to visit the train every time we come here! The fenced playground has a lot of things to occupy the younger kids, including a sandpit, rotating net structure, a family sized see-saw/bouncer, a nest swing, normal swings, interactive noise makers, a nature inspired play area and a climbing structure. Outside the fenced area are a huge metal slide, another nest swing, more normal swings, a flying fox and a rope climbing pyramid.

In the unlikely event the kids get tired of the playground you can take a walk around the lake on the designated footpath, there are lots of birds to see! Note that there are no fences around the lake so keep an eye on your kids if they are runners! With BBQ facilities, toilets and drinking fountains you could easily spend the whole day here!

Details:
Address:
Edwardes St & Griffiths St, Reservoir

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Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
Sartoria Melbourne, Preston
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Sartoria Melbourne, Preston

Sartoria is a wonderfully warm and inviting cafe situated in Preston. Housed in an ex-dressmaking, bridal and evening wear factory, the space has been transformed into a light-filled eatery that still has dressmaking and sewing as an underlying theme. I particularly loved the tables which had old cast iron sewing machine legs and the menus which were created to look like a sewing pattern – so quirky!

There’s lots of space to sit, you can choose from the large communal table at the front, to the various sized tables in the main section or if the weather is sunny perhaps out the front. We chose to sit inside and on a Saturday morning the place was bustling and loud… perfect for kids! No need to feel self-conscious here! In fact, there were several families eating, many with prams and high chairs. They even have these cool wooden booster seats that attach to the normal cafe chairs for kids who are still just that little bit too short to reach the table… perfect for our little miss!

The menu consists of all day breakfast, lunch options such as burgers, salad, pasta and beef ribs as well as a selection of paninis, wraps, and bites. There are a couple of options for kids such as hotcakes and a half serve of eggs but I saw plenty of other things on the menu that kids would happily eat – such as the crumpets, toast or a ham and cheese toastie. We tried the usual bacon and eggs as well as ‘The Seamstress’ – which was a delicious hash brown cooked in a waffle iron, poached eggs, beetroot, onion, green pea, Meredith goats curd and dill – so delicious! The kids had the children’s serve of bacon and eggs which were the perfect portion size as well as a toasted ham and cheese croissant from the cabinet. I was hoping to try the french toast but alas they had run out… I will be back! Coffee is by Where’s Marcel plus they have a variety of single origins rotating. The kids loved their milkshakes which were presented in mini mason jars with screw on lids. The perfect size and no spills!

Service was prompt and friendly despite the busy weekend rush. I would definitely recommend this as a great family friendly cafe!

Details:
Address: 115 Plenty Road, Preston

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Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
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Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West

Malahang Reserve in Heidelberg West is a fantastic park that has something for all ages. I’ve driven past it so many times and wanted to check it out… I’m glad we finally did! There’s is so much to do you could easily spend a few hours here.

Walk along the wooden pier to board the huge S.S. Malahang! It’s an awesome paddle steamer styled structure with a boarding ramp, slides, climbing entry points, lookout towers, tunnels and various interactive elements. My kids loved the very front of the boat which had seats, rotating pedals and a steering wheel. Who wouldn’t love to steer a boat! A smaller similarly themed boat sits nearby, for the younger kids, which was pretty cute too.

There’s lots of equipment spread out over the tan bark, ranging from the usual swings, stand on spinners, spinning cups, tyre swings, two toddler slides, a large nest swing, a see saw, double rope pyramid and springers.

For the older kids there’s a cool flying fox/zip line, a basketball court, a new skate park and a BMX dirt-track with small jumps. Seriously awesome… don’t forget to bring your skateboard, bikes and scooters!

The park is huge so there’s plenty of space for the kids to run around and to set up a picnic blanket. If you arrive early enough you could also score one of the tables with BBQ’s under the large sheltered area. Toilets and drinking fountains ensure you can be pretty comfortable for a few hours. We can’t wait to go back!

Details:
Address: Oriel Rd, Heidelberg West

 

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Miss Marmalade
Miss Marmalade
Miss Marmalade
Miss Marmalade
Miss Marmalade
Miss Marmalade
Miss Marmalade
Miss Marmalade
Miss Marmalade
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Miss Marmalade

Miss Marmalade is a cute little cafe located in the quiet suburban backstreets of Brunswick. It’s not a place I would have stumbled across but I’m certainly glad I made the effort to visit!

From the outside it looks like your typical cafe, there’s outdoor seating which would be glorious in the sunshine, and a small front room with booths by the small bay windows plus a few tables running down one wall. This didn’t look particularly kid friendly to me… however the secret is through the doorway and down the hallway. There’s a whole other back room with a fantastic little kids play area! My kids loved it and so did I, as I was able to have a relaxing coffee while they played nearby! A variety of toys, games, books and colouring in kept them totally entertained – in fact they didn’t want to leave!

We tried a Spanish omelette which was simple and filling, plus a serve of banana bread with marscapone and maple – delicious! Coffee is from Clark St Coffee Roasters while the little ones had kid sized chocolate milkshakes. Perfect for a quick afternoon snack!

There’s plenty of seating in the back room as well as space for prams. A kids menu, high chairs and change facilities ensure you will be perfectly comfortable here for a couple of hours. Perfect for catching up with friends or mothers groups!

Details:
Address: 126 Union St, Brunswick VIC 3056
Web: www.missmarmalade.com.au

 

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Little Henri – Thornbury
Little Henri – Thornbury
Little Henri – Thornbury
Little Henri – Thornbury
Little Henri – Thornbury
Little Henri – Thornbury
Little Henri – Thornbury
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Little Henri – Thornbury

Little Henri cafe is located on High Street in Thornbury. If you’re a local you’ll no doubt recognise the walking boy silhouette along the side wall. It’s been there for a while and I’ve wanted to try it for a long time – finally I dropped in for a quick lunch and coffee with a girlfriend and I was very glad I did!

The space is quite large and open with an industrial feel, there’s banquet seating on one side while larger tables and a communal bench fill the main room. You can also choose to sit outside in the large courtyard which has both covered and open air tables. It would be beautiful here on a warm and sunny day, alas the day we visited was quite cold so we took refuge inside. There’s plenty of room for prams to wheel in between the tables, and certainly in the late afternoon when I visited there was quite a few mums and bubs catching up over a coffee.

The service is prompt and courteous and the menu has a wide variety of breakfast and lunch offerings. From the usual eggs on toast, muesli, bagels and fruit to coconut pancakes, baguettes, piadinis, fried calamari, roasted pork belly, salads and a few desserts. There’s definitely something for everyone, and although there’s no specific kids menu I saw plenty of options for the kids to eat. I tried the chickpea, cauliflower & Persian feta salad which was a delicious and huge serving of warm quinoa, toasted nuts, seeds and spices studded with cauliflower and chickpeas and generously topped with crumbled Persian feta. So yum! They’re also open for dinner and I think this would be a lovely place for an informal date night. Coffee is supplied by Allpress and you can choose between Supremo or Single Origin – fabulous, I can’t wait to go back!

Details:
Address: 850 High Street, Thornbury 3071
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm, Sat & Sun: 8am-4pm
Pram friendly, high chairs available.

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