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Ice Skating @ O’Brien Group Arena, Docklands

ice-skating

Thanks to Frozen, my 3.5-year-old has been dying to ice skate. Of course, she had no idea how hard it was going to be. And I don't think my husband was quite prepared for the challenge of taking her either! We went to the O'Brien Group Areana at Docklands on Tight Tuesday where tickets were all $11 each (wiith skate hire usually…

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Toddler Outings: Play Central, Port Melbourne

PC3

At 37-53 Crockford Street in Port Melbourne is a really nice play centre called Play Central. Entry is $15 for above 4s, $10 for 1-3, free for under 1s, and $2.50 for adults. There is also a membership option.  This is the main play area above. There is a ball pit, trampoline and air cannons on the ground level. Thankfully Miss…

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Winter Activities @ Docklands

Fireworks

I love living in Melbourne city because there are always so many family-friendly events and places to take the kids to! Case in point: There are always lots of good things to do in Docklands during winter! Fireworks In July and August, Docklands puts on a 10-minute firework display every Friday at 7.30pm. There is some entertainment on before and after as…

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The Big Freeze Festival, Cranbourne

Anna and Elsa

In the beginning of July, my husband took Miss A to The Big Freeze Festival at Cranbourne Racecourse with some friends. There were lots of different activities for the kids- snow pits, slides, all kinds of workshops, arts and crafts etc. It was an indoor event. There was also a reenactment of Frozen with Elsa and Anna which Miss A…

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Winter Solstice Bonfire @ Collingwood Children’s Farm

Bonfire

For the last decade and a half, Collingwood Children's Farm has been celebrating the shortest day of the year (the winter solstice) with a huge bonfire in the evening. It is a fun little family event. Before the lighting of the bonfire there were other activities on- children's storytime, lanterns, fire twirlers, drummers etc…as well as food and drinks stalls. We parked ourselves next…

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Toddler Outings: Melbourne Museum

Children's Gallery

One of my 3-year-old’s favourite places to visit is the Melbourne Museum. Apparently it’s going to be refurbished in the near future, but as it is it’s pretty entertaining for the little ones. Miss A loves the dinosaur fossils (in the Science and Life Gallery), the Mind and Body Gallery (anything to do with the digestive system and pooping is…

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Toddler Outings: Inflatable World, Maribyrnong/Footscray

Inflatable World, Maribyrnong

Last year we took Miss A to Inflatable World at Oakleigh. It was very crowded and noisy and she really didn't handle the chaos very well at 2+ years of age. This year we headed to a different direction and took her to Inflatable World at Maribyrnong. Prices have increased slightly as of 2016. At this branch, 5s and over are $15, 4s…

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Toddler Outings: Ron Barassi Snr Park, Docklands

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There is a new park/playground named after Ron Barassi Snr that just opened last month (October 2015) at the Harbour Town side of Docklands. It's located at the end of Docklands Drive, past the Harbour Town Shopping Centre. The playground kind of feels like it's in the middle of nowhere. You have to go past the shopping area, past the last tram…

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Toddler Outings: Inflatable World, Oakleigh

Inflatable World 1

During weekends and school holidays, the Oakleigh Indoor Sports centre (4 Railway Road, Oakleigh VIC) turns into a crazy crazy place called Inflatable World. Inflatable castles, slides, gladiator rings, and all kinds of things to bounce, climb and jump off…It is absolute paradise for sugar-high kids. It also means the noise level is a 10/10 and the parent headache potential is 11/10. Because…

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