Our 2016 Favourites

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We kicked off the year in the best way possible- finding two pairs of 2016 glasses at the local op shop! In January we started playing Real Melbourne Monopoly, had fun in the NGV mist garden (this year it's a car wash but the mist remains), enjoyed the first of a few Instagram meets (fun for shutterbugs), played at the free Arts Centre entertainment Tangle (more planned this year), lots of beach trips and kite flying at Ron Barassi Snr Park.

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February meant checking out the madness of White Night (it will be held in Melbourne and Ballarat this year on separate nights), meeting the awesome Andy Griffiths at the Younger Sun Bookshop (check out the Younger Sun to keep track of book signing events), more hot air balloon spotting, painting at Cocktails and Canvas and starting our 100 books of Melbourne challenge.

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March was full of dinosaurs! Jurassic World has left Melbourne now but there are still plenty of dinosaurs at Melbourne Museum or you could go visit Mimi the Dinosaur Playground. We went plane spotting (not just for the ice cream), visited NGV, Scienceworks had a fantastic pop up event (Lego classes these holidays instead), West Footscray Community House celebrated Holi and there was that Easter bonnet made from succulents.

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April saw us take a road trip north to Swan Hill and back via the Brim Silo, we also took a ride on the free port tour, tried an archery lesson as part of the local councils get active campaign and went ice skating for Big Freeze. It was also a beautiful time of year to check out the autumn leaves.

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In May I bought our fabulous bike- Optimus Pram and we did plenty of cycling. There was also fun with giant bubbles, the tetrahedron kite, riding the ferry from Wyndham Harbour to Docklands, visiting the Arts Centre for a just for kids performance and, of course, Eurovision! This year I am planning on taking Mini to the Nova to watch it on the big screen.

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June was a chilly one! We put on the snow gear to visit the amazing Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill and were just as rugged up at Werribee Zoo's Wild Nights. Degas opened at NGV (the current exhibition is Hockney with Van Gogh coming in 2017), and we had some geeky fun at Comic-Con. Fed Square also had their annual light the winter event with a giant glowing bubble (you can catch it in White Night in 2017).

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July means Open House Weekend in Melbourne and there is so much to see! This year we went to the Sun Theatre and Snuff Puppets on day one and did a religious day on Sunday with a mosque, a church, a temple and a synagogue on our itinerary! (2017 open house properties yet to be announced). The Temple of the Heavenly Queen opened to the public and we went to visit the golden lady, we had some fun with Christmas in July and yes, we got swept up in the Pokemon Go craze. We also took a road trip up to Sydney via Cactus Country, Benalla and home via Tathra where you can stay in the most gorgeous retro caravan.

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August is Birthday bonanza month so there was plenty of cake! We also saw a whole lot of fireworks at Docklands (yet to be confirmed for 2017), had a jump at the new free jumping pillow, checked out the fully interactive ArtVo gallery in Docklands, headed to Dandenong for the Festival of Lights plus a visit to Luna Park to clatter around on the scenic railway.

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September was looking beautiful with blossom trees everywhere, also in full bloom were the tulips at Tesslaar Tulip Festival. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie took to the stage at the Arts Centre (lots more kid's shows coming in 2017, next is Room on the Broom), some more planes and beaches plus out West our area went completely Bulldogs mad when the team made the grand final! 

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October is Rav's birthday month so more cake and even a painted cake we found on a wall in Seddon. The Moving Garden opened at NGV (still on) and Rone held an amazing exhibition in an abandoned theatre that has since been demolished. We took a road trip to Phillip Island to visit the penguins and then straight into Halloween fun.

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In November we tried Kayaking down the Yarra, snorkeling at Altona and checked out the new Circus Oz show. Rav had a blast at the Science Play kid's science classes and we're looking forward to going again (regular classes for pre schoolers and holiday programs for Big kids).

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December was full of Christmas lights and Christmas fun but we managed to fit in a visit to Splahland and plenty of beach adventures too. Melbourne Museum opened their new kid's gallery and it's a must visit in 2017. 

Wow, what a year! Now let's make 2017 even better!

Happy New Year!

Kel in Melbs