Here are some of our favourite activities and special attractions that are not just great for kids but make a good day for parents as well.
Many Kids activities Melbourne are fun, cheap and easy to get to. Weekends with the kids can be a lot of fun in Melbourne. There are also many things to do for a special day or afternoon out.
The whole place is generally alive with happy kids, with plenty of things to do and explore. You can bring a picnic rug and stay in paradise for the best part of a day.
With a bit of planning you can book the kids into a weekend activity at the ArtPlay creativity centre. They can get involved in creative workshops such as painting, printmaking, music and drama, but this is not free.
You can take the train to Flinders Street station and cycle along the Yarra. Or you can start virtually anywhere and link up with any of the numerous Melbourne bike paths along the creeks.
We love taking our bikes up Merri Creek from Clifton Hill. This is a beautiful scenic ride. You can also walk along the creek and feel like being in the county. It is great for playing in nature.
Another fantastic Melbourne bike path with beach atmosphere, is along the beach from St Kilda to Brighton, Sandringham and beyond. On these popular trails you are also never far from a café. What more would you want for a pleasant day out?
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This is an eco village where you can chill out at the pond, look for tadpoles, explore how electricity is made and water is pumped with wind power. You can also watch the chooks and wander through the orchards and gardens, and yes, end up at the café with a home style healthy menu.
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There are also a variety of other things to do in Melbourne that are free.
It is situated along the Yarra in Abbottsford, just 4 km from the city. It is surrounded by organic garden patches, horse paddocks and some huge oak trees. It is a great place for a picnic, or you can chill out at the Farm Café that is open on weekends.
Every first Sunday of the month, except in winter, is Family Day with free pony and hay rides, a BBQ and activities. And every second Saturday of the month the Childrens farm holds a Farmers market, offering farm fresh and organic seasonal fruit, vegetables, herbs and delicatessen.
It has been built by a community of hobbyists and model engineers, who love nothing better than to operate the railway for our enjoyment and pleasure.
The track is about 2km long, a fair bit for a miniature train. It is located in the Eltham Lower Park close to the Diamond Creek, from which it gets its name. It has been operating for a very small fee since 1960, every Sunday and main public holiday, from 11am to 5pm.
It has a 650 meters long track, taking you through the formal gardens and arches, over creek trestle bridges, back to the "Como Gardens" station. There is also a Museum Automobilia, holding a number of odd cars, many of them early historic pioneering vehicles.
At Sportsworks they can race Kathie Freeman, or have a wheelchair race, and test their skills in hand-eye coordination exercises. In the Muck Bunker, they can find out how to keep our stormwater clean.
You may be lucky to catch an entertaining performance in the amphitheater. You can get to Scienceworks, apart from the usual ways, with one of the Yarra Cruises , which stops there on the way to Williamstown.
It is another hands-on exhibit where kids can explore life and navigation at sea, maritime language and the Melbourne docks. Every first Sunday of the month is Pirate Day. A new kids activities Melbourne spot!
The RAAF museum in Point Cook is where little aspiring pilots have a great time. Our son has loved going back there as he studies to old and newer planes, how they fly, and he loves the air shows. There are a fair few air force and war exhibits, demonstrating the pain and glory of the Australia Air Force, and giving you an idea of our military involvement the wars of the last century.
The airs shows are interesting, with an opportunity to ask question of the pilot of the small aircraft. He does some loops and tricks in the air. The museum has one of the largest plane collections in Australia. They have limited opening times, so check their website before heading out there.
There are three zoos in and around Melbourne, the Royal Melbourne Zoo, the Healesville Sancturary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
You can become a member, which gives you free entry to each of them, as often as you like. You can't go wrong going to the zoo while the kids are small, and when they are bigger, they still enjoy it once a year or so.
The zoos make for a great day out, picnic or cafe lunch, and are each kids activities Melbourne favourites.
The Royal Melbourne Zoo is located in Royal Park and only 15 minutes from the city. It is the zoo we often pop into and a nice place to hang out instead of the park (if you have a membership).
It is an engaging zoo, with an ambient atmosphere. You get to see the animals in their habitats: tigers, elephants, penguins. Our favourite is the butterfly hall, a tropical hall that is alive with thousands of butterflies that land on your hand if you are patient.
You get up close to grazing Giraffes, White Rhinos, Bison and Zebra.
There are also great displays of hippos, lion and other African cats as well as an attractive Australian animal area.
You can also see Dingoes and bird shows where you get eagles swoop over your heads, showing off their hunting skills in an outdoor amphitheatre.
It is Australia's only Southern Ocean Aquarium, which means that there are species that you cannot admire elsewhere. It is one of the failsave kids activities Melbourne!
Kids love the arctic penguins in action and can get among sharks, giant stingrays and sea turtles without getting wet. The aquarium is home to seahorses, sea dragons and over 10,000 other ocean creatures.
You can get unlimited passes or individual rides, and you can also enter the ground without payment, which makes it an attractive family solution.
They also have various rides and attractions, such as Dodgem Cars, Giant Slide, The Grand Carousel, The Tea Cup Ride, Jurassic Adventure Bungee Trampoline. Each of these can also be used with unlimited or individual ride coupons.
It is located on the Bellarine Peninsula, between Geelong and Queenscliff, only 1 hour from the Westgate Bridge.
It winds its way over trestle bridges and through fern tree gullies. There is a playground on at the middle stop, Emerald Lake Park, where you can also go bushwalking, swimming or just relax in the peaceful country setting.
There are many other tours and daytrips, most of them great outings for kids.
Do you have a favourite family day trip? Any particular place you love going to? Any special experiences? Why not leave your comment at the bottom of the page?
This maze park is down to earth, beautiful and unpretentious, a slice of heaven in the Yarra Valley. There are three mazes, mini golf, Frisbee golf, picnic areas and tea room.
You feel like being at home, not in a tourist attraction. And while the kids are having fun, you can really chill out there. It is signposted from the main roads around Healesville, about 1 hour northeast of Melbourne.
There is also the native Sculpture Park, all set in European-styled landscapes, as well as a Tube Slide Ride and a 3D Indoor Maze. This maze is a bit more tourist orientated.
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