The Cubby House Challenge

2017 Cubby House Challenge

Expressions of interest will soon be open for our 2017 Cubby House Challenge. If you are an Architect or Builder and would like to get involved by building a cubby in next year’s event or if you are interested in coming on as a sponsor, then please contact our Event Manager on for more information.

2016 Cubby House Challenge

The Kids Under Cover Cubby House village was once again a strong drawcard for visitors to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

Five building and architectural teams built their dream cubbies for the 2016 Kids Under Cover Cubby House Challenge. The cubbies were judged by a panel of experts and then auctioned during a fundraising event on the opening night of the Show.

The creativity and thought which went into the designs was inspiring and spot-on, if the enthusiasm of the children exploring them was any indication.

Adult visitors were also excited by the innovations in the cubbies, with many commenting on the memories they triggered of their own childhoods.

This positive response was reflected in the lively bidding during the auction, which saw a record price of $17,200 offered for Porter Davis’s “The Relic”. This cubby was inspired by a shipwreck dive and has hidden elements to surprise and delight young explorers.

Altogether the cubby auction brought in $63,200 and was supplemented with a very generous community grant of $40,000 from Gandel Philanthropy.

The team from Matt Gibson Architecture + Design and Hartman Construction and Development took out the architectural award for their multi-functional cubby house “Pl-yground” which contained a ball pit, lavender embedded wall panels, a fireman’s pole and climbing nets.

Auctioneers from leading real estate agencies iSell, Hockingstuart Northcote, Woodards, RT Edgar, and Nelson Alexander took on the task of auctioning a cubby house each, which led to some vigorous but friendly competition.

Kids Under Cover CEO Jo Swift said she was very grateful to everyone who supported this event: builders and designers, auctioneers, judges, sponsors, bidders, volunteers and guests.

“The Cubby House Challenge goes from strength to strength and is our premier fundraising event. Proceeds will be directly invested into preventing youth homelessness, through our scholarship program as well as the building of studios to accommodate at-risk young people.

“As well as the entertainment value of the Cubby House Challenge, it also gives us a great opportunity to talk to people about the issue of youth homelessness and the preventative work we do to support at-risk families.”

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