Culture Mamas

EricaL

In life before little children, you may have been known to frequent galleries, art exhibitions and live shows or perhaps join tour groups all over Melbourne. If the thought of attempting any sort of cultural activity with pre-schoolers in tow may seem a lonesome and tricky affair, think again. Escaping dulls-ville with your little people need not be as difficult as it first seems thanks to two ar ...

Picknics Cafe

monsadventure

If you are after a casual bite in Rye, not far from the beach, then Picknics Cafe is a suitable spot. Being around the Mornington Peninsula, I've always enjoyed the Rye beach and walking along the pier. Before this though, we had to find somewhere to accomplish the job of filling up our empty bellies. There are plenty of shops and cafes along the Nepean Highway strip in Rye, so it's always a hard ...

The Antipodean Steampunk Show

EricaL

Discover the alternative world of Steampunk, in a dynamic exhibition set to captivate the public from 30 June.  Opening at The National Trust of Victoria's headquarters, The Antipodean Steampunk Show explores one of the largest growing sub-cultures in the world, with a fascinating mix of past, future and fantasy. It comes as no surprise that followers of Steampunk's journey are growing in number, ...

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

EricaL

  In a world exclusive, Melbourne's Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) hosts DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, a visual journey from sketch to screen. This is ACMI's largest ever exhibition and DreamWorks'  first, featuring over 400 items seen in much loved movie animations including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, The Prince of Egypt, The Croods and Mr ...

Industry Beans

Vi

Industry Beans differs from the ‘average’ Melbournian cafe in that it neither is just a cafe, or just a warehouse, but it is a proud hybrid and the decor makes it work. On arrival one can immediately see the shaded outdoor seating area with tables for small groups. The area is defined by its ebony frame, minimalism that contrasts with the juxtaposing tones of its surrounds. Meanwhile communal ...

Medibank Icehouse

Vi

There are different sports for different terrains. Running, jumping and twirling on land could be a breeze for you but can you do the same on ice? Medibank Icehouse offers skaters, from first timers to seasoned professionals the benefit of two Olympic sized ice rinks to skate till their heart's content. For first time skaters, the Icehouse offers free 15-minutes lessons that teaches you the basics ...

Unleash Creative

EricaL

Unleash Creative, a series of innovative craft events held in capital cities around Australia, commenced its colourful journey in Collingwood, Melbourne last weekend. Described as a ‘travelling creative event’  Unleash Creative invites four creative mentors, experts in their artistic field, to teach their specialised craft to groups of eager folk wishing to learn a new craft skill and take ho ...

Fukuryu Ramen

Vi

Fukuryu Ramen is the latest hotspot to be slurping up bowls of mouth-watering noodle and broth in Melbourne. Despite opening three weeks ago, patrons, streaming in for a taste, stream out with positive reviews, singing praises of their experience. Located in Chinatown, one can be forgiven for having doubtful thoughts as they descend down the laneway and up the concrete stairwell, looking almost li ...

Very Special Kids - Fashion Sale

EricaL

Non-profit organisation Very Special Kids organise exclusive discount fashion sales each year, raising much needed funds for an important cause.  Taking place at Malvern Town Hall, on the corner of Glenferrie Road and High Street, Malvern, the Very Special Kids Fashion Sale offers huge savings on designer fashion pieces. Each annual event attracts a huge number of shoppers snapping up a fashion ...

Collingwood Children's Farm

KirtanaB

Situated a mere 4km from the CBD, Collingwood Children’s Farm is tucked away behind Abbottsford Convent by the Yarra River. A picturesque little farm, filled with rolling hills, green fields and eucalypt trees as a beautiful backdrop. It’s hard to believe a piece of Australian countryside could be preserved in the heart of urbanised Melbourne. Although a small farm in size with your standard s ...

H&M at the GPO

Jo Ferguson

H&M is one of the new retail giants to recently open in Melbourne. The modern, trendy new store takes up three levels and has made its home in Melbourne’s historic GPO building on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets in the city.   Being the flagship Australian store, previously H&M clothes were only available to us via their online store. This was itself a roaring success in Aust ...

Robert Burns Hotel

monsadventure

Sometimes the unexpected adventures provide you with gems. I always enjoy that Melbourne offers so many eateries, that if plans fail for some odd reason, there are a million backups surrounding you.This occurred when a downpour of rain interrupted our plans of heading to the Johnston St Latin Fiesta - instead we Urbanspooned surrounding restaurants to satisfy our paella cravings and we found a goo ...

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 ...

Hanging Rock

KirtanaB

Hanging rock, located a few kilometres north of Mount Macedon is a collection of rocks created from the distinctive eruption of thick lava. Hanging rock contains  ‘’the hanging rock’’ itself, which is a boulder suspended between other boulders.  The highest point on Hanging rock is 718 metres from sea level and views of the surrounding flat plain and farmland, and ...

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 ...

Apple Espresso Cafe

EricaL

Located near Mt Eliza and Mornington, on the corner of Moorooduc Highway and Wooralla Drive, nestled in between Tully's Produce Store and Diacos Nursery, you will find a family friendly cafe that all the locals rave about. The Apple Espresso, owned and managed by a warm and friendly Italian family, is filled with character and charm.  Inside the cafe, you will find large timber tables, decorate ...

Environmental Film Festival Melbourne

monsadventure

The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne celebrates its fifth year at Kino Cinemas, Collins Place from 4-12th September. This year the festival will have four patrons: lifetime environmentalist Bob Brown, Greens MP Adam Bandt, director of Counteract Nicola Paris and author Julian Cribb. Read more on them here: http://www.effm.org.au/patrons/ The festival aims to showcase international and local ...

Yarra Valley Archery Park

monsadventure

Yarra Valley usually means wineries, mountainous views and river hikes but there's a little surprise that will provide a completely different experience in a small town called Launching Place.And what a suitable name when we were there to visit Yarra Valley Archery Park. You might get confused by its location so make sure you know the address before you leave the house and have a non-pho ...

The Rocky Horror Show Returns to Melbourne

EricaL

Melburnian's get to do the Time Warp once again, as the magnificent Rocky Horror Show has returned to Victoria's capital city after a 15 year break.  The world's most successful rock n' roll musical commenced its 2014 Australian tour in January, captivating crowds in Brisbane, followed by Perth, Adelaide and now Melbourne, in an unforgettable show comparable to no other. Cast of The Rocky Horror ...

Fort Nepean

monsadventure

Previously, I wrote about a nice trip and bike ride at Point Nepean National Park. This was more about the journey to the very tip of Mornington Peninsula, whereas now I will tell you about what else is waiting for you at the end! Last time, we didn't have the same enthusiasm to explore the end as we were more excited to reach the end and admire the scenery, then ride back. This time, we took a sh ...