Thursday, August 7, 2008

Places for a toddler to visit in Melbourne

Collingwood Children's farm is open every day from 9am to 5pm.
Entry price is $16 for a family or $8 per adult, $4 for a child with free entry for children under 2.
You can see the cows being milked at 10am and 4pm.
The farm is only 4km from the CBD but you'd never know it! There is a community garden and lots of space to run around. There's even a river! Some of the animals roam freely and the children can meet guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, horses, cows, goats, pigs, geese, peacocks, cats, bees and worms (in their worm farm house).
There's a cafe to stop for a nice coffee and snack and a farmer's market on the second Saturday of each month.
We took Missy Moo for a visit and she was sooooo excited! She especially loved the cows - of all things! She laughed and laughed at them.....! She was not at all impressed by the guinea pigs but loved the horses - one was even called Annie.
Visiting the farm is a great opportunity a talk about different animals and how they live and it's always nice to get some family time in the fresh air.
If you are looking at going on a day when the market is on be prepared and in a zen frame of mind ready for parking nightmares near the entrance....... Better still - catch public transport.

From the farm's website: The Farm is located at the end of St Heliers St in Abbotsford, 44G5 in the Melways


VIA CAR - We are located at the end of St. Heliers St, Abbotsford. The easiest way to get here is to go via Johnston St then onto Clarke St.
(See MELWAYS Ref 44 G5)

VIA TRAIN - Catch the Epping or Hurstbridge line train and get off at Victoria Park train station. Then it’s a 5-10 minute walk east along Johnston St.

VIA BUS - Catch the Garden City/Bulleen Bus 200, 201 and 207 which leave from the City in Lonsdale St, and runs along Johnston St. Get off at Clarke St. (Just ask the driver if they are going in the Kew Junction direction).

For more info visit their website.