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The best kid-friendly pubs in Melbourne

Need an ale but don’t need the macho pub ’tude? Hit a family friendly tavern

Photograph: Northcote Social Club

When searching for the best pubs to bring the littlies, we had a few criteria in mind: whether or not the pub has children's entertainment, the quality of the kids' menu and space for prams and high chairs, for a start. We were pleased to find that Melbourne is full of family friendly watering holes; these are our favourites. For more insight into the city's best kids' activities, browse our best activities for kids and our top toy stores.

Good pubs for families in Melbourne

Chelsea Heights Hotel

If your little one is a superstar in the making, every Friday night is karaoke for kids between 6 and 8.30pm. There are also kids entertainers every Friday and Saturday, and free kids meals every Wednesday nights. Join up to Club 4 Kids, and receive prizes and special birthday offers.

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Chelsea Heights

Croxton Park Hotel

The Croxton Park Hotel boasts an indoor playground the little ones can keep busy with, as well as a kids entertainer every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday lunch. There’s quite an extensive kids menu and every meal comes with the all-time-classic frog in the pond.

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Thornbury

Matthew Flinders Hotel

Taking children’s pub entertainment to the next level, the Matthew Flinders has a video game arcade for big kids, which has everything from race-car driving to air hockey, as well as an indoor bowling alley. For the younger ones, there’s a big indoor playground. What’s more, kids eat free every Wednesday night.

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Chadstone

Moreland Hotel

Downtown Brunswick is a pub that has both an indoor playground and a stack of PlayStations for the older kids. Every Sunday at 12pm, kids entertainer Andy will get the little ones laughing and running around. Also make sure to join up to the Kids Club so you can be offered giveaways and promotions throughout the year.

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Brunswick

Northcote Social Club

This is the pub where hipster babies go to be seen. There’s a whole lot of room for prams and high chairs so you don’t have to be awkwardly banging into things. With a great kids menu that’s somewhat healthier than standard pub food, staff will also provide a free kids activity bag upon asking, full of colouring books and crayons.

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Northcote

Shoppingtown Hotel

Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch is the time for kids entertainment in the Jungle Room, which includes magicians, dancers and face painters. There’s a big indoor playground and a few PlayStations for the older ones, and all kids eat free Monday and Tuesday nights.

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Doncaster

Templestowe Hotel

There’s a huge playground, as well as an area with books, painting, colouring in and movies on play if the kids want to chill out. Friday and Saturday nights have face painting between 6.30 and 8.30pm, and a clown comes to run amuck on Sundays at lunchtime. As for food, there is a kids buffet, so making a decision on what to order is forever resolved.

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Templestowe Lower

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