Can you hear that?

The sound of silence?

Isn’t it divine!

The children are back at school (well most of them) and although there’s a tinge of sadness that the summer holidays with all those picnics and playdates are over, that sense of a new year finally beginning and a little time to yourself is equally as compelling.

If your holidays have left you in need of a little Tender Loving Care, let us remind you of the absolute necessity of a self-care day  (or is that a Totally Lush Celebration day?).  A little replenishment of the body, mind and soul is the only thing you need to schedule today!

Lush out at a day spa, bliss out with a massage, get glowy again with a facial!  

At Miss Josie’s Beauty Parlour or Natskin Day Spa Retreat  you can restore the ‘give-back’ balance and feel human again!

Take in an art trail – there’s only so much finger-painting you can take, right?

Contemplate colour, appreciate lines, embrace texture – on the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Art Trail, galleries feature an ever-changing array of  local and international exhibiting artists, and the pleasure of a slow, uninterrupted wander among the canvas. The Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester exhibition ‘Through Love’ at TarraWarra cannot be missed and if you get in quick, you can even book the ‘Meet the Artist’ session on 2 March and meet Patricia in person.

And if complete alone time isn’t quite your experience at the moment, there are many kid-friendly, pram-wide places to meet your mums’ posse for lunch. We know it’s impossible to go past a playground without a squeal (that’s the kids not you!), so here are some great options for ‘eat and play’ days that will ensure you feel treated and the kids are ‘well run’ after lunch.

Lunch at Zonzo Estate for a touch of the Italian good life.

Grown up pizza that is to die for, a wine list that satisfies every palate (start and end with a rose or pinot noir) and lots of appetising ‘tasters’ that will broaden your kids culinary horizons. Chill at Zonzo Estate on the green expansive lawns while the kids run and run (there’s only 230 acres!) and maybe spot the occasional helicopter! 

Eat, Play, Nap in Yarra Glen

Yarra Valley Grand Hotel has a great kid’s menu and two onsite playgrounds but you can also keep the kids in check with the promise of a trip to the amazing Yarra Glen Adventure Playground afterwards. Lots of fun climbing activities for pre-school legs, and plenty of shade for an afternoon rest – get the mums to take it in turns to kid-spot while you have a nap!  

Yarra Glen adventure playground  

Touch and play outside

You don’t have to tell the kids ‘don’t touch’ at the sensory garden at the  Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly National Rhododendron Gardens) in Olinda. Plants can be admired, touched, smelled, heard and even tasted.  And there are more than 270,000 colourful blooms to wander among and enjoy in this free entry garden. The onsite Café Vireya caters to every possible whim – from cheese toastie to icecream treat, to a kids warm chocolate!

Time to be you. 

You deserve this. 

You got this!