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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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Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk
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Heide Museum of Modern Art – Artbubs sculpture walk

The Heide Museum of Modern Art is located in Bulleen. Originally it was a dairy farm, however the site was converted into a contemporary gallery in the mid 1950’s. Since then it has evolved into the home and exhibition space for many contemporary Australian artists. When walking up to the gallery meeting point you are greeted by the striking architecture, which is in stark contrast to the surrounding native gardens and trees. We are so fortunate to have such a renowned and contemporary gallery in the north!

Heide hosts a variety of programs for children and we attended the latest installment of Artbubs. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how good the program was! We met at 10am near the entrance to Cafe Heide where our guides checked our names off and take our coffee order, then we were off to the sculpture garden. Luckily for us the weather was fantastic however the program wouldn’t have been as successful if it was cold and wet – keep that in mind when booking.

First we had story time on a large rug, the guides were enthusiastic, inclusive and fun. After our story we walked around the gardens and viewed several sculptures. The guides gave us a short run down about each artwork and encouraged the children to touch each piece and to talk about the shapes, positions, colours and materials used. It was all presented in a child friendly manner and I thought it was a fantastic way to introduce kids to the concept of art.

After our tour we headed to the education room where a large table was set up with craft materials for the children to make their own sculptures. This part of the program allowed for exploration of materials and ideas, and it was just plain fun! My little one could have stayed all day! Throughout the craft session our coffees arrived and the kids had babychinos with marshmallows, what a treat! Following this there were toasted ham and cheese sandwiches and fruit platters – all food was provided by Cafe Heide.

The session runs for 1.5 hours and I thought it was a fantastic way to spend the morning. I will definitely be attending other sessions. Keep an eye on their website as it’s constantly being updated. Currently they also have some school holiday programs which look great! Oh and the cost of the program also includes entry to the gallery, so once you finish your session you can take a walk through and check out the latest exhibition. Fabulous!

Details:
Address: 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen
Phone: 03 9850 1500
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday and public holidays, 10am-5pm

 

 

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Storytime at Readings bookshop
Storytime at Readings bookshop
Storytime at Readings bookshop
Storytime at Readings bookshop
Storytime at Readings bookshop
Storytime at Readings bookshop
Storytime at Readings bookshop
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Storytime at Readings bookshop

I love reading and I have to say one of my favourite bookshops is Readings. Before I moved to the north I attended their St Kilda bookclub which was fantastic! (Sadly I haven’t found one around my area yet. Any suggestions?)

Readings Bookshop has a free weekly children’s story time session running at various stores. For us in the north we have sessions being offered at the Carlton and Doncaster stores. We visited the Doncaster store and they have a cute little corner at the back with rows of children’s books surrounding a green circular rug.

I’m trying to pass on my passion for reading to my children and so far they love it. The storytime sessions would be a great way to encourage them to read and to also introduce them to new authors and stories.

Sessions run for half an hour and is suitable for children aged 2-5 years old. There’s no need to book.

Details:
Readings Kids
315 Lygon Street, Carlton
10am – 10.30am, Fridays

Readings Doncaster
Ground level, Westfield Doncaster, 619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
10am – 10.30am, Fridays

 

Note: This post is my own opinion, it is not a paid post nor am I affiliated with Readings.

Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
Coburg Farmers’ Market
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Coburg Farmers’ Market

The Coburg Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 8am – 1pm at Coburg North Primary School. There are a variety of market stalls which set up their produce around a central playground. It’s a fabulous way to keep the kids entertained while you peruse the many stalls from growers around Victoria. From seasonal fruits and vegetables to meats, eggs, breads, sweets, pies, juices, coffee, waffles, cider and local honey there is something for everyone. The stall holders are constantly rotating so there is always a variety of goods each week. There’s a wonderful local community feel and the day we visited had a solo singer playing on a guitar. Such a nice way to spend a Saturday morning with the kids!

Remember to bring your own bags as the market is plastic bag free!

Details:
When:
Every Saturday
Where: Coburg North Primary School, 180 O’Hea Street, Coburg
Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm
Cost: Gold coin donation supports school projects

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