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Winter. It could signal months of boredom and snuffly noses or, we could choose to view winter through a glass half full... of hot chocolate!

Winter is a great excuse to enjoy the delights of comfort food, snuggles, cuddles and long stories by the fireplace (or under some soft woolly blankets!). It's also a great reason to head into Family Life Home. We've captured the essence of all things
winter and his month we proudly introduce our themed creative cooking classes for mini Masterchefs, dazzling magic shows and story time to keep imaginations soaring and regular art work shops that will produce an avalanche of snowflakes and much

Family Life's recent Autumn/Winter Bugs fashion parade showed us all how to brighten up winter as we warmed up to a stunning array of colours and designs that are sure to make outdoors much more fun. Personally, I'm enjoying the fact that I don't have to apply sunscreen every three hours to my squirming posse who have all decided they prefer beanies to summer hats. Hooray - for now...

So instead of spending your holidays rushing into long queues to catch a glimpse of the latest 3D shows, get your gumboots on and wander down into Family Life Home & Cafe while taking time to splash in some puddles along the way. Warm little belly's with treats from our cafe and relax into a lazy play date with your little treasures in our play space, absorbing every divine moment that childhood has to offer. Now, pass that hot chocolate please!!

Aimee K


Melbourne 4 Kids

Melbourne for kids MELBOURNE FOR KIDS is an online Kids Activity Guide for parents with children that live in Melbourne and for families that are planning to visit Melbourne. At the Melbourne for Kids website you will find a great range of different activities to enjoy with your family. We aim to help parents to get inspired and be creative in finding things to do to entertain their kids. As well as this we also have a great interactive section where parents can give opinions and comments about kids activities. Share with us your local knowledge about nearby parks, playgrounds or any other activities near your house that you have participated in. We would love to hear from you!

To submit your activity idea at the Melbourne for Kids website visit

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We hope you enjoy the site!


Planning with Kids

NICOLE AVERY is a mother of five children ranging from 11 years to a one year old. On her blog she shares processes, plans and strategies that she has developed throughout her years of parenting which have helped make daily family life easier. Nicole can show you how to streamline the repetitive tasks in family life, so you can have more time for fun the parts like playing, getting out and about or just quietly enjoying each others company.

Each month Nicole highlights a top 10 list of kids activities in Melbourne, focusing on low cost or free activities that families can enjoy. As she has three children at school you will also find school holiday activities and tips for supporting your child's education and development. To make the family dinner time easier and less stressful, Planning With Kids offers a free weekly menu planner. The planner allows you to choose from a collection of family friendly recipes to create your family's menu plan for the week and then print out the shopping list that you will need for these meals. This simple tool helps sort out the "what's for dinner" question and the supermarket shopping at the same time! Planning With Kids will help you to put some organisation into the happy chaos that is a family with young children.

For more information visit:


Speed Babysitting

dividerSPEED BABYSITTING is a unique service, introducing parents and babysitters to each other in a safe and relaxed environment.We introduce you to a whole bunch of babysitters in one spot at one time. Within two hours you will have talked to several potential candidates, got a first impression and had time to catch up and chat a little bit longer.

The babysitters have been pre-interviewed and we do our best to match your babysitting requirements with the babysitters attending the event. At the end of the night you will walk away with a Speed Babysitting Resume Booklet, with all the resumes of the attending babysitters. You can then decide which ones you liked the best and contact them if you wish for further interviews, reference checks etc or to simply start them babysitting!

For more information and to book your place for an event go to:


My Super Single Mum

dividerMY SUPER SINGLE MUM is the first collaboration between author Bronny Fallens and illustrator Muntsa Vicente. Bronny (based in Melbourne, Australia) and Muntsa (based in Barcelona, Spain) are an excellent example of how the web breaks down barriers bringing creative people together. My Family with my Super Single Mum the first installment. Bronny a single mum herself was inspired to write a children's book series about alternate family situations when she discovered a lack of books in this arena. 'There are books out there' Bronny says 'but they are educational rather than communicating that it's okay and normal to be in a family that isn't mum, dad and 2.5 kids'.

My Super Single Mum presents a family of two: mother and daughter enjoying their day-to-day life. Written in a simple verse style (appealing to children and with beautiful illustrations by Muntsa) the story conveys the message that it doesn’t matter the makeup of your family, as long as you are happy and loved. We invite you to share the story with your family and friends. The book is perfect for children of all family types and ideal as a bed time story. Targeted at kids from ages 0 up to 7, the book is already attracting attention and hopes to go global Harry Potter style!

As a special offer Bronny & Muntsa have 1 book to give away. To go in the draw to win, simply answer the question 'Who wrote My Super Single Mum' and email the answer to The book retails for $15 or you can buy a PDF version (enviro friendly) for $5.

To purchase your copy today visit or


My Super Single Mum

SINGLE PARENTING SUCCESSFULLY is a Melbourne initiative that provides services for single parents in the area of family law-mentoring programs, parent education, parental success coaching, dispute resolution and social networking.

In excess of 50 Social events are coordinated each month for Parents and Children to attend. The organised events provide an immediate social network for Single Parents and the opportunity for their children to be involved in a social community with other Single Parent Families. (The feedback we get is Single Dads who only have their kids every other weekend love the opportunity to meet other Single Dads and their kids whilst attending pre organised Social events.

Single parenting Successfully has proudly helped many parents and children and advocates that single parenting can be done with dignity and self respect, and that it can be a fulfilling and rewarding role that is positive for both parent and child.

For further information please visit:


My Super Single Mum


Michele's photography is about capturing the moment in real life. Bringing out personalities and the unique essence of her subjects with her camera. Michele is available for all occasions and loves photographing babies, families, seniors, children, pets any events or functions. Her professional approach combined with a unique ability to adapt to every situation makes her the perfect choice for corporate photographic shoots. Away from the formality of a studio you'll be delighted at how relaxed and natural the experience will feel, Michele’s professional photography at very affordable prices.

Be the first to email us at for your chance to win a photo sessionwith Michelle (Mondays between 10am – 11am, conditions apply) – Good luck!!


Twisted Junior Apprentice (a division of twisted.tastes) a way of sharing cooking with the kids.  They learn lifelong skills whilst showing kids the love of food.  They create their own dishes, which has lasting fond memories.  They offer school holiday and weekend programs as well as being invited into people’s home to stage kids private cooking parties for up to 20. They bring everything to you, sometimes even the kitchen sink, and the kids simply love and enjoy the class or party.

This is their second year of classes and they are proud to be hosted by Family Life Home and Cafe these school holidays.



Mini Treasure Kids has three fab new labels—Mini Treasures for babies, Miss Treasures for girls and MT for boys. With its new season about to hit the stores you’ll soon discover that these stylish and charming labels offer something different for all babies and children.

Mini Treasure Kids delivers a range of stunning fabrics and superb construction. The colours, prints and styles have a sense of familiarity yet are distinct and individual at the same time.Miss Treasures for girls is elegant and chic; the dresses are intricately sewn with attention to detail and the winter range is loaded with gorgeous fabrics. For boys, MT delivers smart shirts, cute prints gorgeous stripe knits and stylish trousers.

Mini Treasure Kids is inspired by the lack of choices for that special occasion. If your little one is attending a wedding, christening or special occasion then this range is perfect!

To view the collection visit


Olive's friend Pop is a collection of vintage-inspired, original clothing for little girls, also known as 'nostalgic playwear'. Their creations are inspired by proper little-girls' clothes of our grandmothers' generation, Post WWII, and from a time when little girls looked like little girls. Whilst their collection is special it isn’t just 'special occasion' wear. Instead, everything they make is made to be played in and grubbed up. Little modern takes on vintage designs, produced in beautiful, but wearable and durable fabrics, for today's little ladies. A bit like modern-day heirlooms.

To view the collection visit:

divider Happily ever after

avaHAPPILY EVER AFTER story time tackles dinosaurs, flutters with fairies and explores candy castles as our guest reader embarks on adventures with classic childrens authors. Reading, craft sessions and activities ignite imagination and bring stories to life with take home-treasures to delight.

Happily Ever After - Childrens Story Time
Every MONDAY 10am - 11am
Entry Price - free

Please visit our website or phone: 9529 6899 for further information and ticketing to this event it is essential to book for all events as tickets are limited

Weekly Art

Paint PallettOur CREATIVE WORKSHOPS with renown artist Helen Pollard have been a huge success. Your little Picasso's can develop their arty side with exciting projects in a fun and stimulating environment. Drawing painting, sculpture and hand craft fun (with no clean up afterwards!).

Children's Creative workshops with Artist Helen Pollard.
Every WEDNESDAY 10am -11am.

Please visit our website or phone: 9529 6899 for further information and ticketing to this event it is essential to book for all events as tickets are limited


Hocus Pocus

Please visit our website or phone: 9529 6899 for further information and ticketing to this event it is essential to book for all events as tickets are limited


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