It’s no secret I love Melbourne. I was born in Prahran (for locals, on Punt Road!) and apart from a two-year stint in London, I have lived here my whole life. The only other city I would ever live in would be New York, but that ain’t happening any time soon, so Melbourne it is.
So I thought it was time to feature our wonderful city and some of my fave places to go.
National Gallery of Victoria
If you follow us on social media, you’ll know how much we love the NGV. Hanging out there is one of our fave ways to spend the day. From the minute you arrive, the cascading waterfall window draws you in. Ava loves it and on every visit, we stand with our hands on the window and giggle as the water splashes our face and feet.
The gallery has a fantastic line up of exhibitions on for kids which are always free. Earlier this year we ended up seeing the Romance Was Born For Kids exhibition twice, because we loved it so much. We can’t wait to see the Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei exhibit which started this week, the kids program called Studio Cats is supposed to be brilliant.
The regular collection features so many of the greats, like Picasso, Francis Bacon, and Matisse and more modern artists such as Warhol and Australia’s own Bill Henson.
The Great Hall is always a lovely spot for a rest between seeing exhibitions, the stained glass windows on the ceiling are just gorgeous. And we often take a packed lunch and sit outside in the garden, followed by a sweet treat in the cafe before we head home.
Oh and for those of you design lovers, the shop is a fab place to pick up some really interesting presents. We bought Ava’s Dad an Edward Hopper calendar for his birthday and I got Ava a super cool Pantone sticker book (the best!).
We always seem to spend hours on end at the Museum. The large scale nature of the exhibits are really impressive and it’s fun to walk underneath the dinosaur skeletons looming overhead.
There’s so much to see, discover and learn about animals, plants, rocks, fossils, astronomy, history, Aboriginal culture and more.
The outdoor kids zone is full of fun old school activities like quoits, walking on bucket stilts, skipping rope and (my fave) hula hoops.
Ava loves to sit at the colouring station and create with all the pages of exotic animals. And of course, we have a treat at the cafe before the day is out.
The space outside the museum is also a lovely spot on a sunny day. Located next to the iconic Royal Exhibition Building, we often sit and bask in the sun before heading home.
Melbourne Recital Centre
I don’t get to visit very often but when I do, I always love it. Last weekend we took Ava to see a production of The Snowman, it was her first time there. The short film (based on the classic children’s book) showed on the big screen, whilst an ensemble orchestrated the music and a narrator told the story.
From across the road, I showed Ava the amazing building design and she was really taken with the ‘honeycomb’ shapes. And inside there is so much to look at. From the the clever architectural design, the incredible tapestry upstairs, the vibrant colours and textures throughout, to the impressive tiles in the bathroom (love!).
As we went into the theatre to find our seats, I could see Ava’s eyes open wide with wonder. It’s an incredible space for an adult to experience, let alone a five year old. The performance was just lovely and just the right amount of time for the small folks.
We planned to get there early to see a young primary school group perform in the foyer before the performance. What a bonus, they were amazing! They played xylophones of all shapes and sizes and it sounded brilliant. Their last song was ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson and it was so great. They had a CD for sale, which of course Ava asked for, and we played all the way home.