Month: July 2016

City of Greater Dandenong Top 5.

City of Greater Dandenong Top 5.

The City of Greater Dandenong is a cultural rich area in the South East of Melbourne and the perfect place to explore for a day to discover amazing food, people and immerse yourself in other cultures. I used to work in this area and loved […]

Wheelchair travel, Sri Lanka.

Wheelchair travel, Sri Lanka.

We knew when we looked into exploring Sri Lanka that wheelchair access was going to be hard, really hard. After coming off a trip to Tokyo where travel was easy we threw ourselves into the island of Sri Lanka for a challenge, a big challenge […]

Family friendly City of Frankston.

Family friendly City of Frankston.

Showcasing some of the best beaches and open spaces along Port Phillip Bay the City of Frankston is a great place for families. Whether you are a local, visitor or tourist this area has some of best family focussed experiences you will find. With great parks, playgrounds, places to stay and eat, the gateway to the Peninsula should be on your list!


1. Ballam Park Playground.

Currently undergoing some renovations this is a great area for all ages. With play equipment, BBQ’s, athletics track and football oval. One playground is fully fenced and includes equipment for all abilities. If you want to learn more about the area the Ballam Park historical homestead just next door is perfect. Open on Sundays. More info here.

2. Jubillee Park.

This is is great for the Under 5’s and the newest kid on the block. Woody loves the little in ground trampoline. Read a great review here. Lisa and Helen from “Mama Loves to share” showcase this great playspace.

3. Frankston Foreshore Park

Right on the beach with lots of parking this spot is great all year round. It has the addition of a wheelchair swing ( with the key at the information centre just at the pier) BBBQ’s and toilets on site.

4. Frankston Botanical Gardens.

5. McClelland Scultpure Park.

Our top pick! Perfect place for families to enjoy wandering the wide open space and taking in the art all around. You can read more here.


  • For a great roundup of more parks in Sandhurst head here.

Indoor Play

1.Gravity Zone

Indoor trampolining fun for the whole family! The little leapers session runs 10-4 each weekday for $10 a child. Check out our review here.

Gravity zone
Gravity zone


Aquatic centre open all year round. Great water play area and pools.

3. Crocs.

Indoor play centre with good coffee! Lots of activities happen along side the usual play centre with fun disco nights and craft activities. Check their page for updates.

4. Frankston Arts Centre.

We love seeing a variety of shows at this venue and they are always really helpful with wheelchair access and using a companion card. You can book over the phone or drop in at the ticket office. Head here to get up to date listings on what to see!

5. Library Storytime.

Perfect for under 5’s a great session to engage in reading, singing and craft. Check here for times and venues. They also run a lego playtime on a Wednesday perfect for school aged kids.



1.Spanish Bar, Seaford.( just down from Seaford train station)

This gets our top vote as our favourite place to eat. Adriano the owner is just lovely and has brought something to Seaford that was really needed. Live music on Thursday nights, late openings, tapas and outdoor eating. For bookings head here.

2. Stacks Pancakes (Karingal Hub.)

Super friendly staff, kids menus/cutlery/cups/drawing. Perfect to combine with the cinema next door.


3. Cake Cottage ( Wells st Frankston)

Freak shakes and donuts. Need we say more? plus cake making classes.

4. Cosy and Tasty ( Nepean Hwy, Frankston)

Best dumplings!

5. Stereo Espresso ( Beach st, Frankston)

Great coffee and gourmet toasted sandwiches. This is Coopers pick! More info here.


  1. Seaford Farmers Market. 3rd Sunday 8-1
  2. Seaford Handmade Market. 3rd Sunday 9-2
  3. Frankston Market each Sunday 8-1
  4. Wells street market each Thursday. 9-2
  5. Karingal 2nd Saturday 8-1

Special events coming up.

Sandsculpting Australia each Summer.

( Boxing day to Anzac Day) Read our review here.

Waterfront festival. Jan 14/15 2017

Ventana festival Feb-March 2017

Festival of the lights. 26 Nov 5-10pm 2016

Party in the Park. April 2017. 10-2


Extra secrets.

We love exploring the little laneways and finding new street art that is being created thanks to the brilliant Melbournesmurals.

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Kananook creeek is a great spot to meet the locals! and feed the ducks.

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Over Summer the beaches are just beautiful for swimming and great for waking anytime of year. Click here to learn all about how wheelchair accessible the beaches across the city of Frankton area.

Beach adventures with the Hippocampe

Frankston City is situated on the eastern shores of Port Phillip Bay approximately 40 kilometres south of Melbourne. The municipality covers an area of about 131 square kilometres from Seaford Wetlands in the north, to Mount Eliza in the south, and the Western Port Highway in the east. The western boundary of the city is made up of about 10 kilometres of beautiful coastline, and clean foreshore and beaches along Port Phillip Bay. 

Frankston City is strategically placed as the regional capital for the Mornington Peninsula and the nearby south east growth corridor of Melbourne. Currently, Frankston City provides regional shopping, education, health, community service, financial, recreation and leisure and entertainment facilities for a population catchment far greater than its municipal boundaries. Frankston City is more than just the suburb of Frankston. It comprises the suburbs of Frankston central, Carrum Downs, Frankston North, Frankston South, Langwarrin, Seaford, Karingal, Sandhurst and Skye.  @Visitfrankston

Play, explore, eat and learn

Once you have explored this area why not explore the Morninginton Peninsula!

For some great adventures head over to Miss Morni Penni who will share with you art adventures hidden in Frankston.

We would love to hear of your favourite place to play, eat or learn so leave us a comment below!

Top 5 Sri Lanka with kids

Top 5 Sri Lanka with kids

Our Sri Lanka Top 5! Even just writing this title I am thinking it’s going to be impossible to narrow down our 5 best experiences across this amazing country. We spent three weeks exploring the centre and East of SriLanka as a family of 5. […]

Finding gold in Ballarat.

Finding gold in Ballarat.

Ballarat is an easy 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne. It is most well known for it’s Victorian gold rush history.  We spent an amazing 24 hours exploring Ballarat in the hope of finding gold but we found much more than that! We discovered the best […]

Jetwing SriLanka

Jetwing SriLanka

Located less than a twenty minute drive from Bandaranaike Airport‎ airport, Jetwing Sea in Negombo on the west coast of SriLanka is the perfect spot to ease into your travel adventures or the icing on the cake at the end of your journey.

We stayed here after our 3 week adventure across this beautiful island and it was the perfect luxury experience before our flight home to Australia.


Where to stay in SriLanka with kids.

Where to stay in SriLanka with kids.

We spent three weeks in SriLanka as a family of 5 ( our kids 11,7,4) staying in a variety of 7 accommodations across the country. We stayed beachside on the West, in the cultural triangle, East coast beaches and in the capital Colombo. Here is […]

Getting Around SriLanka with kids

Getting Around SriLanka with kids

The train rattles along the track then comes to a halt. It starts to reverse back past the rice paddies we just saw and stops. Traffic line up at the boom gates dotted with coloured tuk tuks. People jump out and food sellers jump in. […]

Exploring SriLanka with the Leap & Hop Travel Book.

Exploring SriLanka with the Leap & Hop Travel Book.

The world is their classroom and I believe kids learn so much while exploring new countries. We spent three weeks exploring the country of SriLanka and our Leap&Hop interactive travel journal came with us each and every day. It is in fact more than a journal. It is a great learning and education tool that allows kids to write, draw, colour, design and engage in activities specific to the new country  or city they are exploring.

SriLanka with kids

Pepper our just turned 8 year old really enjoyed the journal as it contained a big variety of activities and learning tools. It had just the right mix of information aimed at a kid level while extending her learning about this wonderful country.

She could start using it just before we left to show what happens at the airport, what she would pack and what she would expect from a new adventure. It got her thinking about what lay ahead.

SriLanka with kids

When we arrived she had already been practising SriLankan greetings so she could say “hello” and “thankyou” right away. Our taxi driver from the airport helped her with her pronunciation and she received many many smiles along the way as she communicated with new friends.

The journal has many practical learning tools making it fun to learn about a different currency, what the money looks like and comparing the costs of items in the new place compared to at home. The bonus of this was that this was also a task her classroom teacher had set her!

She was able to do the word search and colouring activities while at dinner, on the bus, on the train  which kept her occupied and engaged.

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She used her travel book to learn more about the special spices of SriLanka when we visited the Spice Garden just out from Dambulla.

SriLanka with kids

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She used the journal in Dambulla as she explored the Buddhist cave rock matching up the pictures in her book with the real life ones.

SriLanka with kids

While exploring the ancient city of Polonnaruwa she searched for elephant carvings hidden on the old ruins and could engage with our guide about this ancient city. He even offered her a job!

SriLanka with kids

Srilanka with kids

The information is written in engaging and easy to understand language and Pepper could complete the pages on her own with little adult support. It is colourful, has beautiful illustrations and is easy to follow. She enjoyed learning about a different culture and many different religions while in SriLanka and she will be able to remember it all when looking back on her special Leap&Hop journal.

SriLanka with kids


Leap & Hop Travel books are available to buy here and they currently include books from Bali, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, New York, Paris and Hong Kong. Here is a list of all their stockists.

You can also follow their adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

Isabelle Demenge, the Author

Isabelle Demenge is a native of Paris who moved to New York City to start a family. She has lived many lives: mother of three boys, banking & finance lawyer in a major international firm, world traveler, amateur photographer and writer. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Paris II, she is now based in Hong Kong where she enjoys family trips, photography, and travel writing.
Facing the difficulties of traveling with small children in Cambodia, she decided to write for her kids the book that she was looking for. Having passed her kids’ crash-test, she decided to develop a series of children’s travel books.

We were thrilled to road test this travel book for SriLanka and were gifted this book for our adventures. As always all opinions are our own.

Exploring SriLanka with Leap and Hop Travel books.