Matilda the Musical: Roald Dahl, Tim Minchin take grown-ups back to childhood

John Shand Stunning child performers supplied the finest moments in a show that has burp jokes for kids and will rolls back the years for the grown ups.

Australian Legoland Discovery Centre to open at Chadstone mall

Legoland discovery centres are designed to appeal to three-to-10-year-olds.

Carolyn Cummins Melbourne's Chadtsone shopping centre is set to be the home for Australia's first big Lego attraction.

Dad creates epic 50 metre drinking straw for daughter's birthday


Livia Gamble A Belgium dad decided to create a gift for his daughter she isn't likely to forget in a hurry.

When playdates cause conflict and resentment among parents

When playdates go bad.

Linda Moon While playdates can foster connection and support, they can also be a hotbed of parental politics.

Summer sport puts pressure on winter grounds

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Michael Koziol The sound of ball on willow has announced the start of countless summers – but there's a growing trend for summer sports to be played all year around.

Boy catches first fish, names it "Free" and girl cries over "chopping animal-people"

Girl hysterically cries because she doesn't want to eat

Clare Sibthorpe There's charm and beauty in the purity of a child achieving something for the first time, whether it be a significant milestone such as their first few steps, or a smaller accomplishment like catching their first fish.

Kids who spend more time in nature become happier adults, Planet Ark reports

Perhaps a snow-cation is in order?

Loren Smith Simply looking at nature activates the brain's dopamine reward system, triggering feelings of wellness.


Are our school playgrounds being wrapped in cotton wool?

For fear of injury and lack of space, playgrounds are becoming unimaginative and uninspiring.

Brendon Hyndman New research has found that fears of playground accidents such as falls has led to considerable changes in school playgrounds, reflecting a climate of over-policing and surplus rules and regulations.

Why being locked in a room with your children has never been so much fun

Escape Hunt: Solve the crime to escape the room.

Letitia Rowlands Fancy being locked in a room with your children these school holidays? I admit, it is an idea which doesn't sound overly appealing at first.

Alice Zaslavsky shares her tips for cooking with kids

Alice Zaslavsky's enthusiasm for food attracts little helpers.

Alice Zaslavsky Former teacher, author, one-time MasterChef Australia contestant and host of Channel Nine's kids' show Kitchen Whiz, Alice Zaslavsky shares her tips for inspiring kids in the kitchen.


I have the right to protect my child from your unleashed dog


Carolyn Swindell If your dog runs towards my child and I've got even a shred of doubt about its intentions, I'm going to take action.

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April: Family-friendly movie reviews

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Stay for an end-credits snippet nodding to one of many sequels.

Rob Lowing We review the films your kids and teens will be begging you to see this month and let you in on all the family-friendly details you need to know in advance.

2015 autumn school holiday guide


Livia Gamble Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state.

The Melbourne 2015 Easter holiday guide for kids

The Listies perform during the Easter school holidays.

From the Comedy Festival to zoos and gardens, Melbourne is buzzing this Easter with great holiday events and activities for children.


Melborne music theatre boot camp gives shy kids a confidence boost

Confidence building: Music theatre boot camp for Melbourne kids.

Dilvin Yasa The benefits of sending kids to a week-long performing arts group are greater than you think.

The summer holidays are over – but we shouldn’t stop playing

Fun-filled days: taking time to find the play in your day.

Cathy Hope The summer holidays are well and truly over. The magic of Christmas is back in its box. Sales of champagne have plunged. The customary dribble back to work across the stretch of January, and now early February, is near complete. Kids are back at school.

10 cutest Vine videos of kids


Here's ten of our favourite Vine videos that are sure to make you smile.

How family-friendly is Wet’n’Wild?


Linda Moon In my four hours at the park I witnessed several undesirable incidents that shattered my view of Wet‘n’Wild as a family-friendly experience.

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Vacuum salesman gives child with autism birthday wish

Dylan with representatives from Kirby.

Mary Ward Some little boys are obsessed with dinosaurs, others are into football, but, since he was two years old, Dylan Green has loved for vacuums.

How Disney Collector became the most profitable channel on YouTube

DC Toys Collector in action.

Mary Ward Yes, you did read that correctly.

A US dad turns his living room into a ball pit


Livia Gamble To the delight of his children Roman Atwood transformed the first level of their house into a giant ball pit.

Australia Day menu ideas


Celebrate our extensive cultural diversity here in Australia with some of these recipes from Essential Kids for your Australia Day party or BBQ with friends and family.

Florida city may ban anyone without kids from playgrounds


Susannah Bryan If you want to hang out in one US city's parks, soon you may need to bring a kid along.


Are summer holidays for down time or down to it?

Relaxed but still reading: experts say students should have a summer break from learning and assessment but reading should be continued.

Julia Proctor For some students, the long school holidays are a time to do little thinking and a lot of playing but some parents worry their academic achievement will slide.


Lego exhibition in Sydney Museum shows how world's great buildings stack up


Elissa Blake Towers of Tomorrow, a collection of landmark buildings from Asia and Australia realised in Lego offers viewers a unique opportunity to compare buildings that have changed the way we think about architecture and invent some of their own.

Festive activities to do with the kids in the lead up to Christmas


Shaza Barbar We've got a list of festive things to do with the kids as they impatiently wait for Christmas Day.

2014 summer school holiday guide


Livia Gamble Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these 2014-2015 summer school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state.

When I grow up ...

Is your child a budding fireman?

Dilvin Yasa Does your child dream of becoming a vet, archaeologist or world-famous chef? Sign them up for these career-orientated workshops and experiences these school holidays and you can give them a glimpse into their possible future.


GOMA art installation spot on for kids

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 05:  Children laying dots randomly all over  Yayoi Kusama's The obliteration room at GOMA.

Natalie Bochenski Kids are going spotty for art these holidays at the GOMA.


Why I won't be buying my daughter a 'Frozen' costume

Why you should let your kids create their own Elsa costume.

Millicent Bainbridge Is your urge to supply things ‘ready-made’ spoiling your daughter’s imagination?

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