Things to do with a Bugaboo
All of which sounds great in theory, but can be hindered by a baby on board. You might be used to lugging your pram around at home, but it’s hardly the easiest thing to pack on an interstate weekender or for a long plane ride.
Our friends at Bugaboo are used to helping families get more mobile with their nifty prams, so who better to aid our travelling families? We’ve set up a Bugaboo Bee 3 for complimentary hire at The Olsen, The Cullen and The Blackman, so our guests don’t have to pay for all that excess baggage.
Now you’re all mobile and ready to go explore the town with your little one, chances are you’ll want an itinerary. Here’s our local area suggestions for big and little kids to enjoy...
Just across the road from us you’ll find Prahran Market, a treasure trove of sights, smells and tastes to be enjoyed. Pick up fresh produce and flowers or enjoy a treat on the go, Market Lane Coffee will take care of the adults and Mister NiceGuy have cupcakes the little ones can enjoy, without sugar, nuts or fructose for you to worry about. There’s also a rotating list of free kid activities, such as face-painting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
If you want to spend an afternoon in a sprawling green park, Fawkner Park is a short walk down Commercial Road and has plenty of room to stretch out with a picnic or pound the pavement with a walk through the park – at 41 hectares, there’s plenty of room to move. If you’re heading there earlier in the day take a pit stop at Tall Timber for coffee and a home-baked treat.
There’s plenty of treasures to be found along Greville Street, just a stone’s throw from our digs. Third Drawer Down is the perfect place to stop up on homewares that aren’t just for adults to enjoy, and Magnation has required reading for all age groups. If all that browsing has you hungry, Ladro has a kids menu that goes well beyond a bowl of chips.
For an easy afternoon walk, take a stroll along the Yarra River as it winds towards the city. With views towards and back from Melbourne it’s a peaceful way to take in the surroundings and easy enough to manoeuvre with a pram. Just five minutes up from our digs, we suggest a morning walk to get you up and moving, or a sunset stroll to wind down.
Just over the river there’s a plethora of family-friendly dining options. Local favourite Top Paddock has plenty of outdoor dining space for brunch in the sunshine, or over the road Baby serves up hearty Italian fare that caters to adventurous and fussy eaters alike.
Be inspired by the past at Como Historic House, just up the road from The Olsen. With extensive landscaped gardens and a mansion filled with antique treasures, it’s a museum in itself. The other drawcard? Onsite restaurant The Stables of Como has delicious brunch and lunch options aplenty; think homemade sweets, breakfast classics and an excellent Devonshire tea.
An easy stroll from our above, the Ian Potter Children's Garden at The Royal Botanic Gardens is a must-do on a sunny afternoon. Tucked away from the rest of the gardens it’s home to lots of different areas to explore including a Kitchen Garden and Bamboo Forest. It’s also close by to Jardin Tan, which serves up modern Vietnamese and cafe offerings to cater to hungry families. Just the thing to keep everyone happy.
You might be surprised by the amount of activities that cater to kids at NGV International. At the moment the gallery plays host to Romance Was Born and their dizzying sartorial stylings; kids can make their own masks and explore the technicolour RWB universe in it’s special pop-up gallery.
A local treasure, the St Kilda Adventure Playground sprawls across play areas for little ones up to bigger kids with a community feel and a focus on interactive play. The metal half-pipe, pirate ship, trampolines and trees specially for climbing are highlights, but it’s easy to spend a morning in this leafy haven.
With a great collection of free exhibits such as the permanent ‘Screen Worlds’, ACMI has plenty of things to see and do on a rainy day. Take a walk through the development of our film and TV landscape or check out what’s showing at the ACMI cinema – with a dedicated ‘Kids Flicks’ program, there’s something on almost every day of the week.
Pick up a Bugaboo Bee3 for complimentary use when you stay at The Olsen, The Cullen or The Blackman. To explore further afield, the Bugaboo Bee3 can be packed into on our our eco-friendly Smart Cars for a family daytrip. Speak to our Guest Experience desk to book.