We want to play too! – Woodlea playground

We could see the tall tower from the highway calling us to play. As we got closer there were slides and flying foxes comfortably nestled among the beautifully landscaped playground. We could not get out of our cars any quicker!

This is one of the latest estates in Melbourne’s outer suburbs boasting a well-planned playground to entice home buyers to secure their own little piece of the world. The other space we enjoy visiting especially in the summer time is Werribee’s Riverwalk park.

What: Explore one of Melbourne’s latest playgrounds for some outdoor fun
Where: Just off Woodlea blvd in the Woodlea Estate west of Melbourne. An easy drive along the Western Highway turning right off the Leakes road exit.
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Features: Basketball ring, footy park, table tennis table, bbq’s, cafe (Go West Tuckshop and Eatery), flying foxes, slides, swings, exercise equipment, sand play, trampolines, tunnels and natural elements encouraging kids to use their imaginations
Age: Something for everyone. There are even two flying foxes, one of them has a seat with seatbelts to secure the younger ones
What to bring: Balls to play with the basketball ring, footy posts or table tennis table, a picnic or something for the bbq, a jacket during the winter months as it can get quite cold.
Fun Facts: There are currently only around five homes being occupied in the estate as this is published but land blocks have been selling so fast as each new stage opens, so we predict that this will quickly become a popular meeting place. The cafe next to the playground is run by a few business partners responsible for the restaurants Entrecote and Second Home in Melbourne and Eltham, no wonder our brunch and coffee was on point! A great partnership between the property developers and restaurant operators that if successful will be replicated in the later stages of the estate.Undercover BBQ and seating areaUs adults trying to get in on the swing actionSand play with pulleys, buckets and even a ride on digger, similar to the one at the Ron Barassi playground in the Docklands.Let the kids use their imagination to run around and enjoy the parkFresh and newAnd some exercise equipment for the adults!More sand play at the Woodlea land sales office

Bouncy holes surrounded by rubber surfacesThe letter of the day is…D for Daniel!

We ended up driving out here two days in a row that’s how much fun we had! – first day was with my mothers group and the next day Daniel wanted to take Daddy to show him the “big sandpit” and also to bring his bike and a basketball. I secretly wanted to come back to try the burger for lunch! It was amazing.

Here are some other playgrounds to visit if you want to spend some quality outdoor fun with the kids – Docklands, Yarraville, Werribee.

Have a great long weekend everyone -xx-

What are some of your favourite playgrounds?
Daniel would love to check them out!

Travel Thursdays – Geelong’s Waterfront playground

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Summer fun at Geelong Waterfront
1 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong

We’ve been blessed with such an awesome summer this year. Sunny days and warm, balmy nights with only a few days of cold, rainy weather, which is extremely good for Melbourne standards! We have been making the most of this summer by enjoying the great outdoors and taking Daniel to the beaches and water playgrounds, and the Geelong Waterfront has got to be one of our favourites! Another place we love is the Riverwalk Estate’s water park in Werribee!IMG_8368

We used to go to Geelong with the whole family (around 32 of us aunties, uncles and cousins!) to celebrate birthdays at the all-you-can-eat Smorgy’s on the pier. As a kid I loved the long drives in the car listening to our Dad’s music selection of Elton John, Bread and Dionne Warwick and the anticipation of arriving at a magical place where food was ready for the taking and us kids could indulge ourselves at the self serve pancake and dessert bar

With Smorgy’s no longer there and our tastes in restaurants having drastically changed, I hadn’t been to Geelong in a while. On our recent trip there to celebrate my niece’s second birthday, we discovered a whole new waterfront to the one we remembered and I cannot wait to go back!

We parked up the hill and as we got out of our car, the amazing view greeted us. There was so much to see and do and most of it free!

– outdoor pools
– ferris wheel
– a nice stroll along the pier
– swimming for both kids and adults with heaps of structures to jump off!
– cafes
– bbq and comfy grassy areas
– train rides
– ice cream trucks and more!

We went on a Sunday and there were lots of families enjoying the sun and sea but it wasn’t too crowded. I can only imagine how much more busy it would be if there was a festival or event. Luckily we were able to find street parking close to the beach and a tree to set up our picnic.

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Geelong Waterfront Eastern beach The Urban Ma
What are some of your favourite places to go during summer?

Saturday Style – Matchy matchy with my little man

The Urban Ma and Mr D Styling Daniel Pumpkin Patch

Saturday Style – Matchy-matchy with my little man

It was a last minute decision to go along with the family to Buxton Trout Farm and with a long drive and day ahead of us, Mr D and I got dressed into our comfy new stripey tees! Armed with suncreen, caps and sunnies we had a great day out and loved running around playing with our cousins.

We wore:

– Custom made Rewind cap
– Vertical striped boyfriend tee from Miss Shop
– Leggings from Bonds
– Denim shirt (around waist) from Forever 21
– Nike trainers

– Cap from Target
– Vertical striped long sleeved top from Pumpkin Patch
– Red bottoms also from Pumpkin Patch
– Converse kids

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Beechworth Bakery
316 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

On the way home from the trout farm we stopped by Beechworth Bakery in Healesville for a light dinner – we were so full from all the fresh fish we ate!

They were closing up and we were lucky to get there just in time to order some pies, coffee and cakes. I ordered a beesting, a Beechworth pie and some peppermint tea. The pie was ok but the beesting was delish! I took one home for the sick hubby as a treat 🙂

The cafe was spacious and even had an outdoor area around the back with some picnic tables and benches. There were couches inside next to a couple of fireplaces and high chairs available for those needing them. I’d like to visit the original one in Beechworth that was established in 1984.

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Travel Thursdays – 5 things we enjoyed at the Buxton trout farm

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Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm
2118 Maroondah Hwy, Buxton VIC

Ahhh the first signs of spring..birds chirping, the sound of lawn mowers and the smell of freshly cut grass in the morning, pink and white flowers blooming from the fruit trees, and of course the first of those warm days – such a contrast to the chilly winter months we’ve had of late.

Sunday was gorgeous, one of those first perfect days of spring where the sun and its warmth envelopes you and instantly makes you feel happy. So with a last minute call from one of the family, we found ourselves headed on a long drive all the way to the other side of town to make the most of the beautiful outdoors.

Melbourne day trips Buxton trout farm The Urban MaIMG_6927Lots of different ponds with with either trout or salmon for you to catch!

5 things we enjoyed at the Buxton trout farm:

1) Catching lots of fish!
2) Fishes were cleaned and we even bought some more to take home to the rest of the family that couldn’t come
3) A nice big sheltered area with picnic tables and BBQs free for use
4) Lots of ponds as well as open spaces to laze around in the sun! There are chairs and benches around the ponds but don’t forget to bring a picnic blanket and some games for fun – we saw a family happily playing badminton and Mr D was enthralled watching them…wish we bought a footy or something hehe! Next time!
5) Friendly helpful staff and great value for money 🙂

  • BBQ area Buxton School Holiday ideas The Urban MaKids fishing at the Buxton Trout Farm The Urban MaThe cousins had loads of fun catching lunch for all the aunties and uncles
    IMG_6947A large clean and open BBQ area with plenty of tables and benches.
    Buxton staff The Urban Ma blogFriendly staff greeted us as soon as we walked in. Rods, bait and pellets were provided for fishing as well as buckets and nets. You can even get your fish cleaned, they’re so fast!
    Fresh local produce for sale Buxton Melbourne things to doFresh local produce on sale from homemade relishes and jams to smoked trout and salmon and other seafood.Fishing at Buxton
    Preparing the trout for bbqMy aunty was so prepared complete with salt, lemon and butter to cook our catch with and foil. She even had rice, and some yummy Filipino salsa for the fish complete with plastic plates, cutlery, drinks and coffee!
    Trout farm Melbourne The Urban MaTita Lit bbq-ing our catchFilipino style lunch The Urban MaSo delicious – fresh trout BBQ’d with a squeeze of lemon, and some salt & butter. Bonus chopped up tomatoes, onion and salted egg as a side with some fish sauce or bagoong (shrimp paste). I was so full!
    Fishing with his uncles Buxton The Urban MaMr D overseeing all the uncles, aunties and cousins while they fish.
    Family trip to BuxtonAll smiles because they caught a huge one – 2.5kgs of trout!
    Family time with cousins BuxtonI think Mr D felt a little sorry for the fishies…he didn’t eat any of it for lunch!

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    Filipinos love photos and eating and hanging out! The more the merrier 🙂
    IMG_6960A family-friendly day out for all!

Chugga-chugga choo choo! – Altona Miniature Trains

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Planes, trains and automobiles. Mr Two absolutely loves everything and anything that is fast, or has wheels or simply goes! So on a lazy Sunday, a third Sunday of the month to be exact, we took him to see some miniature trains for the first time!

He absolutely loved it.

We took him to the Altona Miniature Railway to enjoy the sunshine last month before winter set in. We arrived there after 3pm (it closes at 4pm) and as soon as we had parked, Mr Two was raring to go! He met up with his friends, and us parents loved seeing the kids enjoy the trains. We enjoyed it too!

A lovely breeze, excited passengers and happy, friendly operators filled our afternoon with rides along the railway and toots and whistles as we passed the other mini trains and their passengers. I’d have never had been to this place if it wasn’t for Mr Two – I’m so grateful that he gets us experiencing loads of different things and watching his face light up in the meantime is just pure bliss.

Making memories 🙂

Altona Miniature RailwayThe above two pics are from the Altona Miniature Railway’s Facebook page which you can find here.

As soon as I told one of my workmates the following week where we had been he got excited and told us there were a few more hobby miniature train places to visit like the Altona one! His next recommendation was to check out Diamond Valley so that’s on our to do list since Mr Two has constantly been wondering, “When are we going to the mini trains again?”.

I can’t wait to take him and this time bring his cousins and the grand and great grandparents along for some family fun outdoors.

Where have you been making memories lately!?

Next up…planes!


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All smiles and a tick of approval from our little ones!

What: Altona Miniature Railway – hobby club

Where: 1 Blenheim Road, Altona North

When: Every 3rd Sunday of the month from 11am – 4pm

Cost: $2.50 per ride, 11 rides for $25, All day ride pass per person $17.50.

The Details: There are toilets and two bbqs onsite so you can have a picnic while watching the trains go by. You can also book for private parties on their website!

All information is correct at time of publishing.


Santa’s Magical Kingdom 2014

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We were so excited to take Mr D to Santa’s Magical Kingdom last night – to see him smile after not feeling well all week was the best! Mr D decorated his own little gingerbread man, he watched the circus acts while eating nuggets and chips, he flew down the giant slide and had fun exploring all the activities under the huge tent while merry Christmas carols played.

This year Santa’s Magical Kingdom has set up camp at the Caulfield Racecourse and sessions run from Thursday to Sunday up until December 23 (you can book your tickets here).

Enjoy an interactive, walk through adventure that incorporates everything that you and your family love about Christmas. 

As you will probably be able to tell from the pics below, we all had an enchanting time!

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Santa's Magical Kingdom kid-friendlyConquered the giant slide, decorated his dessert before eating it, Lego building and fun on the merry-go-roundChristmas gingerbread man Santa's Magical Kingdom Melbourne eventsBeautifully decorated areas under the magical tent
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Scared and excited at the same time, Mr D conquered the giant slide!
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Gingerbread man ChristmasWe all enjoyed the gingerbread man decorating. Finished up by eating it with coffee from the foodstall!
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ferris wheel ride
Before going home we enjoyed the night time view up high on the ferris wheel
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Fun for all the family! Congrats to the winner of the Urban Ma blog Santa’s Magical Kingdom ticket giveaway! Check the “Giveaways” tab for more prizes.

What’s your favorite staycation destination? This is one of ours…

Kyneton The Urban MaKyneton Bushland Resort For over three decades our family has been enjoying staycations at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. Now with our little bubbas, a new generation has started enjoying the family tradition of staying at these self contained cabins surrounded by gum trees, kangaroos and all inclusive activities keeping us outdoors and active.

Mini golf
Bike rides
BBQ areas and more

As a child I always remember papa playing tennis and us kids with family friends and relatives riding our hired bikes from one activity to the other. For a treat we’d go into Kyneton’s town centre for some sweets at the local bakeries. Now we love checking out all the cafes and cute little boutiques on Piper street. Definitely a family friendly place to visit and can’t wait for many more decades of outdoor fun!

Where are your favourite family staycations? You know, those places that are a home away from home and not too far away!
I’d love some suggestions on other great places to visit.

The Urban Ma BBQ time at KynetonIMG_0198 IMG_0203 Cozy houseLazing around in our comfy cabin

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