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15 Things to do in Melbourne with Kids

What to do in Melbourne with kids

It’s almost time for the school holidays in Melbourne and you know what that means: the kids are at home!

Get them out from behind the screens with one of these activities which are perfect for a great day out with kids in Melbourne.

So, what are the best things to do in Melbourne with kids?

Check out these fun kids activities in Melbourne

Luna Park

This historic amusement park opened on the shores of Port Philip Bay in 1912 and has been a popular seaside destination ever since.  You’ll find the ferris wheel, a ghost train, a mirror maze, dodgems, a carousel and more.

The most famous of the 18 rides and attractions at Luna Park is the Scenic Railway Roller Coaster, which hurtles around the perimeter of the park. It is famous for being the oldest continually operating wooden roller coaster in the world.

Address:  18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda Vic 3182

ScienceWorks

Play with science whilst learning at Scienceworks. Kids will love to explore all the exhibits and will find the electrifying shows in the Lightning Room very exciting. There’s also a Planetarium here. There are workshops, special exhibits and play for kids under five, plus activities especially for older children too.

Address: 2 Booker Street, Spotswood, Victoria 3015

Melbourne Star

With 21 glass cabins which soar almost 120 meters, that’s around 38 storeys high, the Melbourne Star is an incredible way to see Melbourne. The views over Melbourne are amazing, and you’ll hear commentary about all the places you are seeing during the 30-minute ‘flight.’

The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is part of the city’s rejuvenated Docklands area: read more about Docklands here.   

Address:  101 Waterfront Way,  Docklands 3008

Collingwood Children’s Farm

Melbourne has two urban farms where children can meet and pet all sorts of animals.  The closest to Melbourne’s city centre is Collingwood Children’s Farm.

Come for a leisurely stroll or a picnic in the paddock and watch the Farm community at work. Kids can learn about gardening, growing plants, harvesting, and help with the chooks. There’s also an opportunity to feed the animals, cuddle the resident guinea pigs, brush the cows, and go for a pony ride!

Both farms also have cafes, which of course are very child-friendly. Learn how farms operate, how food is produced and about sustainable farming. You can also meet some Australian native wildlife and see the Heritage Village at Bundoora.

Addresses: Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
OR Bundoora Park Farm, 1069 Plenty Road,  Bundoora, VIC   3083

Eureka Skydeck

Amongst the bars and restaurant and shops of Southbank is the 297 metre high Skydeck. Visit the top for a unique sky-high view over Melbourne, from the 88th floor. If you dare you can enter the Edge Experience, a glass cube which juts out from the Tower. Only for the brave.

Address:  Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne 3006

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Melbourne Zoo

Only 4km from the centre of town is Melbourne’s most popular family attraction. Melbourne Zoo is home to over 300 species of animal from around the world. There are interactive play spaces for children, a zookeeper kids’ playspace, animals talks and the award-winning Trail of the Elephants.

Children aged 0 – 3 years enter free and children aged 4 – 15 years are free every weekend and in school holidays.

Address: Elliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Meet Australia’s marine wildlife close up as you walk through the viewing tunnels at Melbourne Aquarium. There are sharks, rays and turtles, and a huge crocodile too.  Meet the animals of the mangroves, see the seahorses, say hello to the penguins and visit the Coral Atoll.

Visitors can go on special behind the scenes tours, dive with sharks and even have a tour on a glass bottom boat.

Address: King St Melbourne VIC 3000

Queen Victoria Market

Known as ‘Vic Market’ this is one of the largest markets in the Southern hemisphere and has a history as colourful as its stalls and produce.  The market is open daily except for Mondays and Wednesdays. There is sometimes a night market on Wednesdays, check the website for details.

At the market you will find fresh produce, meat and fish, cheeses, delis, flowers, clothes, handbags, jewellery and arts and crafts. Do not miss the famous jam donuts from the American Doughnut Kitchen, a food truck that’s been going strong since 1950.

Address:  513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Old Melbourne Goal

Between 1842 and its closure in 1929, Old Melbourne Gaol housed and hung the most notorious criminals in Victoria. It is the place where the famous bushranger Ned Kelly was hung.  The museum tells the rather gruesome side of the history of colonisation. Older children might enjoy the Ghost Tours or even the Hangman’s Tour.

Address:  377 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Melbournes Laneways and Street Art

The laneways running through Melbourne’s city centre have a vibrant and colourful series of cafes, music venues and restaurants to explore. Fun by day and by night, children will enjoy them most for their street art.

You’ll see vast murals, stencils and tags, a joy to photograph. Hosier and Rutledge Lanes are the epicentre of the art; Centre Place, AC/DC Lane and Hardware Lane are great for coffee and food. Tattersalls Lane is where to find Asian food.

ArtPlay: Kids Creativity on the Yarra

Creative kids and those who love craft might like to plan ahead for a visit to ArtPlay. This imposing building sits on the banks of the Yarra, very close to Federation Square. ArtPlay offers over 300 workshops, performances and events annually, aimed at children aged from zero to 12 years old. You usually do need to book in ahead and most activities do have a small charge.

There’s also a big playground beside ArtPlay, great for running off some energy before or after some art and craft.

Address: Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square

The Langham Children’s Afternoon Tea

Treat yourself and your little ones to an afternoon not soon to be forgotten! Set within their Melba Restaurant, enjoy treats made especially for little hands and curious minds!

Themes range from Barbie to Sing, Jurassic World to Peppa Pig and everything in between. If a school holiday theme isn’t running, they offer a Little Prince and Little Princess afternoon tea which can be enjoyed year-round!

So pop in and enjoy a mix of exquisite mix of street and savoury treats that will have everyone excited to see what’s next!

Address: 1 Southgate Ave, Melbourne VIC 3000

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The Ian Potter Children’s Garden

Discover the perfect place for kids who love being outdoors and getting their hands dirty. The Ian Potter Children’s Garden is full of spaces to explore and features super-fun water features that spray up out of the ground in summer.

There’s also a Kitchen Garden which is full of yummy vegetables to discuss, and a tranquil waterway that runs through the Garden, perfect for kids of all ages to paddle in. Best of all, entry is free.

Address: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004

LEGOland Discovery Centre

The ultimate place to bring LEGO lovers of all ages – but ideal for children aged 3-10 – LEGOland Discover Centre Melbourne is the perfect place to explore a world of creativity and colour.

This unique indoor attraction, based on the popular LEGO brick, includes two LEGO rides, five themed LEGO build and play zones, build classes from the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Master Model Builder, a 4D cinema, and of course, the popular MINILAND exhibit found in every LEGOLAND Park and attraction.

Want to experience LEGOland without your little one? They also have regular Adult Nights which are specially curated for those aged 18+!

Address: Chadstone Shopping Centre, Level 2 (near Hoyts Cinema), Chadstone VIC 3148

Phillip Island Day Trip

Phillip Island is the ultimate day trip in Melbourne for both kids and adults alike. Experience a memorable seaside day trip full of family attractions, friendly wildlife and sheltered bays perfect for a spot of beach cricket and a paddle!

One of my favourite family experiences in Melbourne is the Penguin Parade. Each night watch as the Little penguins come ashore in groups.

If you want to see more animals, take a whale-watching cruise during migration between May to October. Or head to The Nobbies outcrop is the viewing site for Seal Rocks, home to a large colony of Australian fur seals. There’s also plenty of wild wallabies and a Koala Conservation centre to get to these famous Aussies.

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