So much to do, so many places to go! From indoor and outdoor, museums and railways! Everything is covered here in Mamma Knows East's 'family adventures' - take your time and have a browse through some of these fab options - you'll find heaps of inspiration plus a handy map, making it easier to uncover something new for you and the crew to enjoy.
Well, well. Mamma has found paradise. Garden PARADISE!
Alpacas and flowers. It isn't your usual combination but when you put them together in the one place, you have a great little adventure on your hands.
Third Sunday of the month - let's go ride the chugga chugga choo-choo!
If you want to get up close and personal with some beautiful birds - this place is it!
Everything is awesome! This is definitely worth a visit if there is a LEGO lover in your life; they will feel like they have stepped into their wildest dream!
Any day of the week! There is a new game that is being played in Mamma's family and it is called Geocaching.
Teaching children where food comes from is one of the great things we get to do as parents and what better way to see how 450 variety of fruit grows than on the back of a tractor at Rayners Orchard.
You would never believe that your are minutes from the city while you sit and smell the eucalyptus, enjoy a coffee and watch the world float on by at Studley Park Boathouse.
The Yarra Valley Railway is the home to a classic 1950s single carriage train that is working its way back to Yarra Glen.
The West might have the lions and tigers. The City might have the bears. But - Oh My! - The East might just have the best - our own native stars at Healesville Sanctuary
Mamma has fallen back in love with these little red treats after visiting the massive orchard out in Wandin.
When you think of the Big Top do you get that sense of intrigue and a little thrill of anticipation at the sometimes death defying acts, the MAGIC and the FUN of all things CIRCUS? Mamma sure does! And the Silvers Circus experience does not disappoint. You will ooohhh and ahhhhh. You will laugh, cheer and clap. And you will most definitely be 'wowed'.
Nothing screams a local eastie adventure like a ride on the world famous Puffing Billy.
A farm with a playground, feeding trail, nursery, pony rides AND a train!
Puffing Billy is not the only train that loves to ride the tracks at Emerald Lake!
Witches, fairies, trolls and the most eccentric and mysical characters you ever did meet!
What better way to check out the scenery of a beautiful garden than on the back of a LITTLE RED TRAIN!
There are two courses at Maroondah Golf Park - indoor and outdoor meaning you can potentially putt-putt rail hail or shine.
What better way to enjoy a beautiful spring day than slopping on the sunscreen and slapping on a hat and waltzing amongst the berries at Blue Hills Berries and Cherries UPick!
Pack the kids in the car, load up the snacks, add in an extra buddy to take a photo and head DOWNHILL the the lake - Sherbrooke's magic spot
Our buddies from the Isle of Sodor make their way to join the gang at Puffing Billy twice a year and the experience is so delightful!
Set on the side of the hill here are some of the most stunning and exclusive gardens in the Dandenong Ranges.
There is something a little special about this collection of nurseries in Braeside. It is guarded by DINOSAURS.
I guess you don't have to go all the way to Ballarat for some pioneer history lessons.
This community space in Eltham is an amazing place to take the fam and learn about farm life, our local wildlife and our much loved farm buddies.
Whenever you feel like taking a stroll down memory lane whilst providing a day of family adventure, go no further than the Caribbean Gardens.
Amazing views, a dozen different games and places to explore and full cafe facilities makes this family friendly venue one of the most treasured places to visit in Healesville.
A farm experience for the whole family right here in the 'burbs.
Can you speak in rhinoceros, Mamma says, "Of courserous, can't you?". You and the crew will be able to chit chat with all the animals in this fantastic checklist of our favourite places for an animal adventures across Melbourne and beyond.
If you're keen to stretch your art and culture legs but not sure your kids are ready for a gallery then Mamma says pack your picnic rug and go exploring in the Sculpture Gardens in the stunning grounds of the Heide Museum of Modern Art.
When you stand in the middle of this little farm, it is hard to believe exactly where you are in relation to the centre of the city
Montsalvat - a treasure trove of nooks and crannies and awe inspiring buildings to explore.
The little trains rule the town every FOURTH Sunday at the Mooroolbark and District Miniature Railway.
This amazing set up of steam, electric, petrol and diesel locomotives run EVERY Sunday and are brilliant - and affordable - family entrainment.
Whether it's your first time coming here or your million time, you'll never get bored of this amazing zoo.
What better way to learn about caring for sick animals then than through play.
Head for the hills - and take in the views. SkyHigh of Mount Dandenong has to have the best vantage point of all of the East.
Bob has travelled the world from Himalayan Temples to Mosques and the Cambodian Jungle (and everywhere in between) and the treehouse is influenced by these lifelong travels. The woodwork as absolutely beautiful and the house is rich in textures, colours and spirit.
The Yarra Ranges has a pretty interesting history. The Regional Museum is the place to go for all of the history buffs out there!