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Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
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Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg

When the cold weather sets in and it’s too wet to visit the park then Latitude in Heidelberg has got you covered for all your indoor play needs. It’s a fantastic and huge indoor space filled with a variety of activities to get you climbing, bouncing and flying through the air!

For the older kids the main feature here is the 100+ interconnected trampolines, a state of the art climbing zone which includes rock climbing walls, two bouldering walls, a dual Perspex climbing wall and the famous Latitude pink stepping poles – which are only for the brave! Just looking at them made me nervous! There’s also a dodgeball and basketball arena with trampoline floors allowing kids to jump like Jordan and slam dunk like a pro!

For the younger kids aged 18 months – 5 years, there’s the awesome Kids Zone. This area is separate from the main floor and gated to keep the little ones in. There’s three sections, the first is a large playground equipment area which has slides, tunnels, ball pits, an obstacle course, ride-ons and a soft floor. Up a short set of stairs there’s the mini trampoline park which consists of trampolines joined together with padded mats and running up a wall. Finally next to this is a foam pit with mini rock walls for the adventurous climber. This is such a fun area and you’ll see parents jumping in and joining their kids on the trampolines and in the foam pit!

There’s food and drinks available at the cafe upstairs which also has tables and chairs overlooking the whole park, plus there’s a few tables in the Kids Zone. My tip is to order your food and then bring your buzzer down with you, so you don’t waste valuable playing time sitting around waiting for your order. It gets really busy on the weekends and public holidays, especially when it’s raining, so either come early or later in the day or be prepared for madness and chaos! Sessions can be booked online to avoid the queues and you’ll also need a pair of Latitude socks which can be purchased for $2. During the week you don’t need to book to visit the Kids Zone and you can stay as long as you like, it’s a great way to spend a morning or afternoon!

 

 

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What’s on in the North this week:

Storytime at The Little Bookroom (Thurs 27 April). There will be songs, stories and rhymes for toddlers, preschoolers and babies. There will also be a Brio train table for the little ones to play with.

Free outdoor movie – Zootopia (Fri 28 April). Epping Hub will be hosting a community market from 4pm with kids activities and food stands. Movie starts at 6pm. Bring your own chair or rug.

Chilli and spice weekend – Food Truck Park Preston (Fri 28 April – Sun 30 April). Showcasing the best in hot street food fare. The spiciest and most flavour packed food trucks in Melbourne will be here all weekend!

Saturday morning music concert for kids (Sat 29 April). A morning music concert for preschool and primary aged kids and their families, held at the Collingwood Town Hall Ballroom.

Coburg farmer’s market (Sat 29 April). Held at the Coburg North Primary School, there is always a great supply of fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, nuts & oils, meats, eggs, bread, cheeses, cakes, pies, sweet treats, wine and cider.

Fairfield farmer’s market (Sat 29 April). Held at the Fairfield Primary School. Stallholders include growers of free range pork, beef, lamb, goat, chickens, eggs, fresh fruit and vegies, milk straight from the farm, handmade cheeses, honey, olive oil, nuts and seedlings. Plus coffee, a BBQ brekkie, pastries, fresh juices and lots more.

Messy Play Day (Sun 30 April). The Hohnes Road Playhouse will be hosting a messy play day where children can discover, play and get messy! Wear old clothes and bring a change for when you’re done.

Glenroy Festival (Sun 30 April). Held at Bridget Shortell Reserve, celebrate the community of Glenroy with an afternoon of music, dance, activities for the kids and delicious food stalls.

Vegan Vegout at Welcome to Thornbury (Wed 3 May). There will be a selection of vegetarian and vegan food, plus the best pierogi in town!

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Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
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Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
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Turner Reserve, Thornbury

This fabulous little playground is off Smith Street in Thornbury. By far the most popular feature is the large round sandpit, which has a huge variety of toys that have been left there (presumably by other parents) for visitors to play with. What a nice surprise! My kids absolutely loved playing with the diggers, trucks, shovels, buckets and various containers. There’s plenty of toys and lots of space for kids to get stuck in and sandy!

The main play structure is quite rustic and looks like it’s made out of thick tree branches… very cool! There’s two slides, climbing points, a tunnel, balance bridge and a climbing wall. To the side there’s a smaller little cubby house and some tree stumps for balancing and jumping.

Scattered around the tan bark you’ll also find the standard swings (1 baby) and a large nest swing, plus a small roundabout, a dual rocker and a climbing structure made out of three tree stumps. A footpath running through the park is dotted with a white line and is a perfect road for the little ones on their trikes or balance bikes.

There’s plenty of grass to set up a picnic rug and depending on the time of day the large trees provide some shade. A gas BBQ, picnic tables and a water fountain ensure you can spend a few hours at this park. Unfortunately I didn’t see any public toilets.

We’ll definitely be returning here, especially for the sandpit!

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What’s on in the North this week:

Good Friday Open Studio (Fri 14 April). The Larwill Studio in Parkville is hosting a Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital next door. There will be a petting zoo, ball pit, arts & crafts table, face painting and an egg counting competition (the winner goes home with a David Larwill print!).

 Zaatar’s Good Friday Appeal Day (Fri 14 April). Zaatar in Coburg will be hosting it’s second charity day in support of the Royal Children’s Hospital, Good Friday Appeal. Activities include face painting, a jumping castle, carnival games, live music and a raffle.

Chocolate Food Truck Festival (Sat April 15) Celebrate Easter with chocolate ice-cream, waffles, churros, shakes, donuts and cupcakes at the Food Truck Park in Preston.

Funfields Easter Hunt (Sat April 15). Who doesn’t like a good old fashioned hunt? Funfields is hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt for all to enjoy. There will be multiple mini egg hunts throughout the day for different age groups and 50,000 (!!!) Cadbury Chocolate easter eggs given away. Kids will also be able to meet the Easter Bunny and Frankie. To get among the action you must be a paying guest or a Season Pass holder. Hop to it!

Coburg Farmer’s Market (Sat April 15). Held at the Coburg North Primary School, there is always a great supply of fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, nuts & oils, meats, eggs, bread, cheeses, cakes, pies, sweet treats, wine and cider.

Baby friendly Beauty and the Beast (Wed 19 April). IMAX is having a baby-friendly movie screening. The session is customised for babies and youngsters with adjusted lighting and a softened volume to ensure a comfortable cinema experience for all. It will be a relaxed, social environment for parents and carers to unwind with little ones and enjoy a family outing!

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What’s on: Friday 7 April – Thursday 13 April

What’s on in the north this week:

Storytime: Celebrating Slow Down World with Tai Snaith (Fri 7 April). There will be stories, songs, rhymes and a book signing.

Preston Market Greek Day (Fri 7 April). Celebrate all things Greek with dancing, entertainment and food.

Northland Easter Egg scavenger hunt (Fri 7 April). Nothing says Easter like a scavenger hunt! Get the kids excited to find yummy treats! Children can collect a map of the centre from the Easter table located in front of Pandora, which will reveal all the locations of hidden treasure. Feel free to join in at any time!

Carlton Farmers Market (Sat 8 April). Held at Carlton Primary School, there will be a variety of local food including meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, cheese and bread.

Collingwood Children’s Farm, Farmers Market (Sat 8 April – 2nd Sat of each month). Held at the inner city farm, the market includes a huge variety of stalls selling meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, cheese, bread, wine, coffee, cakes and honey among others. After your shop you can take the kids to visit the animals!

Inside the Brick Diamond Creek 2017 (Sat 8 & Sun 9 April). Inside the brick will be bringing it’s interactive play and Lego model expo to the YMCA in Diamond Creek. Meet master builders, build custom race tracks, participate in an architecture challenge, visit the build zone to make your own masterpiece, check out the junior builder section with Duplo and Edu-bricks and purchase from an array of sets and merchandise. A must for Lego lovers!!

South East Asia Festival (Sat 8 & Sun 9 April). As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and held in Carlton, celebrate the cultural and culinary heritage of communities from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam through food, dance and music. There will be kids activities!

Kids Art in the Park (Sun 9 April). Plenty Valley Arts is hosting an afternoon of free art activities in the surrounds of the beautiful Hawkstowe Picnic Area. Kids can get creative with painting, print-making, pottery and craft while adults can enjoy something from the barbecue or a Devonshire Tea from the Mill Park Garden Club.

Bug and Reptile encounters (Mon 10 April – Wed 12 April). A fun and interactive, hands-on workshop designed to introduce children to a range of Australian wildlife. Kids will be able to safely touch live Australian reptiles and insects in a supervised and safe environment. There are two sessions – a reptile session and a bug session!

Preston Market Animal Farm (Wed 12 – Thurs 13). After you’ve done your market shopping, bring the kids down to meet, cuddle and feed baby farm animals.

Lady Bower Kitchen
Lady Bower Kitchen
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Lady Bower Kitchen

Lady Bower Kitchen is well known among the Reservoir locals and I’ve been meaning to try it out for ages. Finally I managed to drop in for a quick breakfast the other morning and I’m glad I did! This small and charming cafe is situated on Marchant Avenue, just off Broadway and is a nice spot to spend a morning.

We visited mid week around 10am and it was pretty quiet, although I’ve heard that weekends get pretty busy. The space is warm and inviting with a couple of nooks near the window or larger tables in the main room. There’s enough space for a pram which is a bonus and almost a must for this area.

The staff were very friendly and promptly took our coffee and milkshake order before returning to see what we would like to eat. My little lady had a chocolate shake and I loved that they had a kids version in take away coffee cups with a straw – no spills! They have Five Senses coffee and a nice variety of all day brunch, sandwiches, salads and cakes, plus a kids menu which had favourites such as a ham and cheese toastie, crumpets, waffles and eggs. I decided to try the roasted mushrooms with gorgonzola, poached free range egg and a rocket and pine nut salad. It was perfectly cooked, fresh and delicious. My little one had scrambled eggs on toast and it was a generous size for kids. I can’t wait to go back to try some of the other items on their menu!

Details:
Address: 1A Marchant Ave, Reservoir VIC
Opening hours: Mon-Wed: 7:30am–4:00pm, Thur-Fri: 7:30am–10:00pm, Sat-Sun: 8:00am–4:00pm
Pram friendly, highchairs available, kids menu.

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A.G. Davis Park

This great park is located off Wood Street in Preston. It’s set a little bit back from the road, so you don’t have to worry too much about kids running off.

The playground has lots of different equipment to keep the kids interested including  two large towers with climbing points, slides, monkey bars, balance bars, a fireman pole, a bridge, tunnel and large threaded beads. Other play features include a see saw, climbing rope pyramid and an old school, clown faced, rotating swing for two. The kids loved this one as they could both be on it at the same time!

A large sandpit area has a fixed table with a bowl and scoop in the middle for mixing, pouring and making mud pies. While another awesome feature is the ‘boat’ that’s been constructed on a raised deck around a tree. It’s a fantastic shaded role play structure – perfect for swashbuckling pirates!

The rest of the park features a basketball ring and court, two picnic tables under shade and other tables which are scattered around a BBQ. A drinking fountain and public toilets make this a great park to spend a day in. My kids didn’t want to leave!

Details:
Address: Wood Street, Preston

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G.E. Robinson Park

G.E. Robinson Park is located in Reservoir on the corner of High Street and Garden Street. The park itself is quite large, grassy and well shaded by lots of trees. The playground equipment unfortunately has no shade, so remember to wear a hat and sunscreen.

The equipment features two structures, one for the older kids and another one for the younger kids. There’s plenty of climbing features, two slides and two swings (1 baby). A couple of spring bouncers are popular with the little ones, and what looks like a yellow metal ladder that’s been folded into a wave provides younger kids with the opportunity to climb and not fall very far. The coolest feature however would have to be the egg cubby which has bench seating within it.

The park also has three tennis courts and the toilets are available when the tennis club is in use. There’s picnic tables, a drinking fountain and plenty of bench seating scattered around. I find this playground a nice place to stop off after a trip to the nearby Reservoir shops.

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What’s on in the north this week:

Member Zoovie night – Sing (Sat 1 April). Melbourne Zoo is hosting a member exclusive Zoovie night. There will be music, entertainment and a unique children’s activity centre. Arrive from 5.30pm to set up your picnic blanket, or visit some of the animals before the movie starts at sunset.

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Fabulous Fauna at the Melbourne Museum. (Sat 1 April – Mon 17 April). Explore animal habitats, diversity and evolution through a series of hands on activities. Create, construct and classify an animal and display it in a natural habitat or museum setting. Then, take a fresh look at the Wild and Forest galleries on a fun song bird tour.

Warrandyte Riverside Market (Sat 1 Apr). Head down to the Riverbank for the Market. There will be a jumping castle, a hug variety of stalls and food.

Open Farm Day (Sun 2 April). Take the kids to visit working farms and meet local farmers. There will be 18 farms and local producers from Nillumbik, Whittlesea and the Kinglake Ranges opening their gates to showcase farming on the fringe. With a diverse range of farms to visit you can explore fruit and veggie farms, animal farms, orchards and vineyards!

Kids go wild (Mon 3 April – Fri 7 April & M0n 10 April – Fri 14 April). Held at the Melbourne Zoo and designed especially for primary school students*, this full day program will take you on a journey to see some of the amazing animals at the Melbourne Zoo. Bookings essential.

Finding Dory FREE movie screening at Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Carlton (5 April)

Firekeeper’s Autumn Bush Days (Wed 5 April – Tues 18 April). As part of Nature Play Week, and running during the school holidays, children can explore the Darebin parklands through a series of nature connection sessions. Wander through the trees, learn new games, practice their sneaking skills to get a closer look at animals and discover more about the plants, birds and creatures that share the city with us.

Melbourne burger invitational 2017 (Thur 6 April). As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Welcome to Thornbury is hosting some the best burger slingers in the business! $16 gets you entry and a burger of your choice – sounds fab!

Movies at Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre – Cars 2. (Thurs 6 April). The centre will be showing Cars 2 on the big screen.

Rock A Bye Baby (Thurs 6 April). PBS 106.7FM is presenting a Rock-A-Bye Baby session with the ancient African rhythms and melodies of The Senegambian Jazz Band at the Fitzroy Town Hall. It is a no-frills, daytime show for families of all ages and your chance to see a real band without fear of sugary drinks or costumed characters. Noise is welcome, crawling in expected and dancing is a must!

 

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Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
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Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery

We went to the new Pauline Gandel children’s gallery within the Melbourne Museum and it was fantastic! I already knew a little bit about it from the photos I’ve seen online, but I was blown away by how good it was for the little ones. It truly exceeded my expectations!

The gallery is aimed at children from babies to 5 year olds and it is an amazing space for them to explore, play and learn. There is all manner of objects, colours, textures, animals, sounds, buttons, puzzles and books for them to discover. With a combination of hands-on exploration and discovery, open-ended play-based learning, immersive environments and unique objects your little ones will be intrigued, amazed and surprised… I certainly was!

The beginning of the gallery space features a walk through mini subway station. As you make your way through, the tiles change colour and pulse with light, the kids loved running through this! A mini train greets you at the end and you find you have entered a children’s wonderland filled with an array of interactive walls, pods, booths and tables. My kids loved touching the illustrated wall to watch it light up with cute animations. It was very hypnotic and cool. Moving through to the larger open space we were greeted with a mini disco to the left and two large giraffes on the right – standing watch over a large climbing structure and a myriad of interactive stations. There were lots of kids running around, screaming, jumping, pulling ropes, dancing and thoroughly enjoying themselves. What a sight! There was so much to see and do my little ones didn’t know where to look or start! Take a look at my photos as words can not explain how much there is to see and do!

Once you have finished exploring inside make your way to the garden. Here kids can explore nature, discover hiding mice and lizards (fake ones!), pretend to be paleontologists and discover fossils in the large sandpit, have fun with the water feature or touch and discover the large variety of rocks and plants. It’s a beautiful nature inspired space. There’s lots of benches for weary parents to sit and relax on too!

The gallery has two cafes, so you can refuel without leaving the building. We ate at the Museum Market Cafe and there were lots of healthy options such as sandwiches, salads, fruit salad, yoghurt, homemade pastries, plus cute cardboard dinosaur lunch boxes for the kids which had a sandwich and a biscuit in it. They offer free water, high chairs and a microwave to heat up bottles etc. Toilets have change tables and nursing facilities plus there’s lots of room for prams – although these were parked just outside the main gallery play area.

It’s very easy to spend quite a few hours here, my advice it to try and get there earlier as it starts to get very crowded later in the day. Check out the gallery for all the pics!

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