Top Paddock

Vi

The lower end of Church Road continues to see a growth in foot traffic. It's no surprise, when in the last few years it has become saturated with some quality food establishments; one of them being Top Paddock. It's a cafe that appears stylish enough to discourage you from rolling out of bed and making a beeline for brunch without taming that bed hair first, and yet exudes an effortless cool that ...

Sesame Street Presents Elmo's World Tour

EricaL

Elmo and his crew are set to return to Australia this spring as Sesame Street Presents Elmo's World Tour kicks off at the Alexander Theatre in Clayton on Thursday 2 October. In a performance bought to Australia by Life Like Touring and Sesame Workshop (non-profit educational organisation behind Sesame Street) the colourful gang will entertain toddlers and pre-schoolers throughout the country in t ...

Chiba...Ahoy!

@ieatmelbourne

Nestled behind the bustling foot traffic of Puckle Street, Chiba has established its dominance in the Moonee Ponds food scene. Even after moving to a bigger premises a few doors down from its original location on Hall Street, demand is high for this suburban delight and reservations are essential in order to avoid disappointment. Whether it’s a dinner date for two or a get together for a larger ...

The Grain Store

monsadventure

I don't often eat brunch - ironic for a foodie of Melbourne right? But I often plan food around my other weekend activities, thus I don't often venture to the city on weekends. The Grain Store has been on my radar for a while and I finally made it down thanks to a voucher that I won from Livlicious.Often some places treat you differently when you have a voucher, but the service here was swift and ...

Docklands Shades of Winter Photo Competition

Jo Ferguson

This winter, Destination Docklands is hosting a photography competition throughout the months of July and August. It’s called ‘Shades of Winter’ and they are looking for photos taken in and around Docklands during these months. The subject matter can be anything you like. It could be of your kids having fun outdoors, people wining and dining, Docklands scenic parklands or harbour, local mar ...

Lake Wendouree

monsadventure

In the midst of the cute, rural town of Ballarat, you'll find a peaceful lake known as Lake Wendouree. The town really has that small town, country feel, but away from the historic buildings lies a more active side of town. Around the lake, you'll find families out for walks and many cyclists out and about. There are several cafes around the area, capitalising on the views of the lake. It was es ...

A hidden cafe called Little Rogue

luvmidnite

Little Rogue cafe lies in an alley between Swanston Street and Little Lonsdale Street, A small cosy cafe that was quite an experience for me. Being a student , a cup of coffee in the morning always help me get through my day and Little Rouge did just that. Walking into the cafe gave a sense of cozyness within its relatively small space.Proceeded to order a Magic, which cost $4. I guess that is the ...

Learn to Live Comedy Gala

monsadventure

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival may be over, but for many of the comedians, the show goes on. And what better way to continue providing laughs, than for charity. This spectacular line-up of comedians, from Adam Hills to Ronny Chieng, will be performing to raise money for Learn to Live.Learn to Live has a goal to help less fortunate areas gain access to clean water and health care. ...

Docklands Fireworks Boat Cruises

monsadventure

Most people are probably aware that during July and August, the city of Melbourne holds fireworks every Friday at Docklands. To contrast the gloomy weather and draw you and your family out of your home, it's a great idea. You can drop by Docklands and enjoy a great view, but even better you can take a boat cruise and make it more of an exciting occasion. Boat cruises are offered by Pleasure Boa ...

Cheeky Chinos

EricaL

I stumbled upon Cheeky Chinos by luck.  As my young family meandered through Chadstone Shopping Centre on Mother's Day we questioned why we couldn't find a children's play area.  Chadstone Shopping Centre, is, afterall, the largest shopping mall in the Southern Hemisphere, surely there must be small indoor playground for the little ones to stretch their legs?  Google on my andr ...

NICA Circus Showcase

EricaL

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) situated in Melbourne’s trend-setting suburb Prahran offers the only Bachelor of Circus Arts degree found in the country.  Each year, graduate NICA students perform their highly tuned skills to a public audience in their annual Circus Showcase. Circus student artists present an eclectic mix of skills matched with their physical strength with performa ...

Circus Oz

EricaL

Roll up, roll up, the circus is in town!  Birrarung Marr once again plays host to Australia's very own international big-top smash Circus Oz, returning to Melbourne after a successful tour across America to Montreal.  But Wait.. There's More, a brand new world premier show for Circus Oz opened on 18 June and continues to run until 13 July, performing under a heated big top to escape Melbourne's ...

Melbourne's Baddest Burger (& Why It's Actually Amazingly Good)

CHUG | Melbourne

Back in high school it was always a wonder what made the bad boys so popular; how was it that they slacked off in class and still managed to get the girls? And how on earth did they ever manage to make sweatbands look fashionable?While these are mysteries of the universe that may never be answered, but we are able to tell you what makes Badboys in Melbourne so dam sexy. Badboys is a teeny-ti ...

Melbourne Frock Swap

EricaL

In January 2014, two sisters, Rachael and Nicole, got together to organise a charity focussed second hand clothing market, raising money for a struggling small local craft business.  Their fashion bazaar proved to be great fun as sellers purged fashion from their wardrobes, and buyers went home with new fashion pieces for a bargain price.  Due to the success of the market, Rachael and Nicole sou ...

Haunted Bookshop Tour

monsadventure

Lately I've been surprised to find out about the many walking tours that Melbourne offers. Even more interesting was the idea of a ghost walking tour.I've experienced other ghost tours but they are usually based in one spot, thus I was interested to experience the Melbourne CBD with a different view and background.As we entered the laneway of our meeting spot at the Haunted Bookshop, we saw quite ...

Million Paws Walk

monsadventure

On Sunday 18th May, you and your pup can take a stand against animal cruelty simply by participating in the Million Paws Walk 2014 organised by the RSPCA. The event will be held in multiple locations across Australia. Victorian locations include Albert Park, Mornington Peninsula, Whittlesea and more. For a full list of locations, click here. What better way to show your support than by taking you ...

ACMI Family Day: Vikings and Dragons

EricaL

Entertainment hubs in Victoria's capital city provide a wealth of activities to keep children busy over each school holiday period, and the forthcoming winter break holds no exception.  Youngsters prepare to re-embrace the enchanting mythical world of Berk, the Viking township seen in widely acclaimed fantasy film blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon produced by DreamWorks Animation, as the much ...

The Guilty Moose

Vi

The Guilty Moose is a great cafe located in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Segmented into 3 rooms, it features a semi-exposed brick interior, instilling a warm, homely atmosphere. A painted branch points you in the direction of the back courtyard which must be perfect during the warmer weather. Glass cabinets to the left of the entrance display a range of sweets to tickle your fancy bef ...

David Bowie Is Exhibition at ACMI

EricaL

The wait is over, the incredible David Bowie is exhibition has opened to pop culture fans at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).The widely acclaimed exhibition, celebrating the phenomenal 50 year career of one of the most influential artists of our time arrives in Melbourne directly from London's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), as part of the Victorian Government's Melbourne W ...

Make a Halloween Bunting

woollycardigan

Create a Halloween Bunting (approx. a 2 hour project)Items you will need are: fabric scraps in different colours (orange, black and white for Halloween), bias binding (or black ribbon), scissors, pinking shears (apparently they're only $10 at IKEA which is cheap), cardboard from a cereal box, and pins.Creating bunting is a great way to decorate your home to celebrate any occasion! Its also a ...