HOT: Kids Under Cover's 2013 Cubby House Challenge, Melbourne International & Flower Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton


HOT: Kids Under Cover's 2013 Cubby House Challenge, Melbourne International & Flower Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton

HOT: Kids Under Cover's 2013 Cubby House Challenge, Melbourne International & Flower Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton

I think playing in cubby houses is a game universally enjoyed by children and even some adults! Most grown-ups still retain fun memories of building cubby houses under dining tables, in trees and on bunk beds – but the ones I saw at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show are in a whole other league!

HOT: Kids Under Cover's 2013 Cubby House Challenge, Melbourne International & Flower Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton

HOT: Kids Under Cover's 2013 Cubby House Challenge, Melbourne International & Flower Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton

Five cubbies designed by leading architects and designers are being displayed and auctioned off at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show this weekend as part of the 2013 Cubby House Challenge.

HOT: Kids Under Cover's 2013 Cubby House Challenge, Melbourne International & Flower Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton

HOT: Kids Under Cover's 2013 Cubby House Challenge, Melbourne International & Flower Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton

The five designer cubbies include drool-worthy details such as a rectractable roof, mezzanine levels, chalkboard walls, miniature fireplaces and rope ladders. Not sure if any of the miniature (Eames) furniture is included but I want to move in!

SONY DSCHOT: Kids Under Cover's 2013 Cubby House Challenge, Melbourne International & Flower Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton

The cubbies are on display (and available for exploring if you’re small enough to climb inside) for the duration of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (Wednesday 20  March to Sunday 24 March) and will be auctioned off on Sunday 24 March at 3pm. You can make an online bid for any of the five cubbies or purchase a raffle ticket to win another amazing cubby house designed by Better Homes and Garden valued at $10,000! The money raised from the auction and the sale of raffle tickets will go towards Kids Under Cover, a charity that supports homeless and at-risk youth.

HOT: Kids Under Cover's 2013 Cubby House Challenge, Melbourne International & Flower Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton

I’ve bought my raffle tickets and am crossing my fingers – I have nowhere to actually put a cubby house but we’ll deal with that problem if by chance I win!

HOT: Kids Under Cover's 2013 Cubby House Challenge, Melbourne International & Flower Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton

Kids Under Cover 2013 Cubby House ChallengeMelbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton

Wednesday 20 March to Sunday 24 March 9am – 5pm

Tickets $25 adult, $19 concession, $10 children 6-16 years, free for children under 5, $55 family 2 adults 2 children