The Cubby House Challenge

2017 Cubby House Challenge

The largest and most high-profile fundraising activity on the Kids Under Cover calendar, the 9th Cubby House Challenge is set to take place again in March 2017!

Kids Under Cover is the official charity partner of the 2017 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

With an aim to raise much-needed funds, whilst increasing our profile within the wider community, the Cubby House Challenge provides the perfect platform for supporter and community engagement in the lead up to the event and onsite at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is the largest horticulture event in the Southern Hemisphere with over 100,000 visitors through the gates over the five show days. The Kids Under Cover Cubby House Village is a major draw card for visitors who flock to see some of the best cubbies in Australia.

The leading build and architectural teams take on the challenge to build Australia’s best cubby.  Cubbies are judged by a panel of experts with all teams vying for the  title of ‘Australia’s Best Cubby’.  The cubbies are then auctioned with the highest selling cubby going for over $17,000 in 2016.

When is it?

Wednesday 29 March – Sunday 2 April 2017

2017 design & build teams announced – read the press release

The top five successful architectural and building teams who will fight for the title of Australia’s Best Cubby as part of the Cubby House Challenge at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in March 2017 have been announced!

After receiving a record level of interest from firms from across Australia, Kids Under Cover have selected the final five:

    • FMSA Architecture in collaboration with Upstream Studio and Aurecon
    • Grimshaw architecture, the Melbourne branch of the international architecture agency, in partnership with Warrick Home Builders
    • Playce, a Melbourne playspace design and landscape architectural consultants partnering with Agency of Sculpture
    • Porter Davis, Melbourne house designers and homebuilders
    • One of Australia’s largest construction experts, Probuild

Each of the five teams will design cubbies they would have loved to play in as children, and in some cases, have consulted children in the creation of their designs. The firms are now set with the task of finalising their designs, and building the cubby houses to be ready for display, judgment and auction in March 2017.

2017 judging panel

2017 also sees the introduction of a panel of top-notch experts to judge the Cubby House Challenge. Inaugural judge Peter Maddison, host of Lifestyle Channel’s Grand Designs Australia is now joined by Joe Snell, architect and judge on Channel 7’s House Rules; interior designer Fiona Lynch; Lucy Feagins, editor of The Design Files; and Alice Stolz, National Managing Editor of Domain.

Sponsor the event

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2017 Cubby House Challenge, then please complete the following form and our Event Manager will email you through a copy of our Sponsorship Prospectus.

Receive a Sponsorship Prospectus



Each year we require over 150 volunteers to make this a successful fundraiser for Kids Under Cover. If you would like the opportunity to volunteer for us at the 2017 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, then complete the below form.

Please note: All volunteers will need to complete either a Police Check or a Working with Children’s Check before volunteering with Kids Under Cover. Click here to complete your check.

Register to Volunteer


If you have any questions about the event, then please contact our Event Manager on for more information.


2016 Cubby House Challenge
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