abbotsford convent, abbotsford

How incredibly lucky we are to have a piece of our city's history available for all to visit. The grounds of the Abbotsford Convent are almost from another world and certainly not of this time. The space is open to the public to explore, to grab a bite to eat from one of the three eateries or to join in on a class in one of the many art spaces. Mamma and the gang used the Visitor App to help explain where we were and learn a little of the history behind the walls. However, it was the big open space in the courtyards, the little hidden toyshop and the magnificent GOLD building that inspired us most. 

The space is mostly accessible for prams (although the cobblestones make it a bumpy ride) but you won't be able to get everywhere. For grabbing a snack, Mamma's pick for a quick bite with lots of ready made deliciousness, is the Convent Bakery. 

Mamma's special mentions: There is always a buzz of activity at the Convent with kids classes running throughout the week and school holiday programs. Keep up to date with all the going ons HERE … PLUS

Convent Kids presents: Sapling School
24 & 25 May, 9.30am & 11.30am
$5 per person (adult or child), $15 family pass (four people)
Tailored for children aged 3 – 5 years
Join an outdoor expedition for curious kids and their adults led by play specialist Catherine Sewell and gardener Matthew Henry. Through singing, storytelling and hands-on activities, kids will learn about the seasons, ecosystems, organic gardening and the custodians of the land and water where the classes take place — the Wurundjeri people.

Oh, Mamma almost forgot - The Farm! Collingwood Children's Farm is right next door and a must do for the kids of Melbourne. 

Regular Markets:

the nitty gritty

7 days, 7.30am – 10pm daily (open all public holidays)

Free although donations are collected in box near entry

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