Kids

Kids events, family friendly and activities for children in Melbourne

Kids

Our highlights of Martí Guixé's Fake Food Park

This exhibition for kids has a pointed message for adults about processed food

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Cool places to buy kids' clothes

There's no excuse for dressing your kid like a dork, irrespective of budget

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Chooks in Dinner Suits

Museum Victoria publishes a beautiful and clever kids' picture book about penguin conservation

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Shopping

Where to buy child-friendly soaps

These brightly coloured, lollie-scented soaps will win over even the most reluctant of bathers

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What's on for kids in Melbourne

Activities for kids in Melbourne

Kids

The best activities for kids in Melbourne

There's plenty to entertain pint-sized punters in Melbourne. Rain, hail or shine, our guide will keep your crew out of trouble for an 'arvo. And if everyone's super good, maybe you could treat them with a spin through one of Melbourne's cutest toy shops or fuel up post-play at one of Melbourne's kid-friendly cafés.

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Cheap Melbourne activities for kids

You don't need to take out a mortgage to entertain the kids in Melbourne. There are plenty of free and inexpensive activities to delight young 'uns. While you're at it, check out our suggestions and get a few ideas tucked up your sleeve for rainy days as well as a handful for when the weather is glorious.

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Attractions

Cute and cuddly activities in Melbourne

Pushing a kid out of the way (gently) to cuddle a guinea pig or new lamb at the Collingwood Children's is one of life's great joys and the concept of sleeping out at the zoo is almost too exciting for words (replete with lions roaring all night). When you're done walking on the wildside, check out our round up of activities for big kids and the sporting bucket list to further indulge your inner kid.

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Things to do

Rainy day activities in Melbourne

You could sit around and complain that we don't have weather like Sydney – but that would be to deny all the fun that can be had indoors and undercover in Melbourne (plus all those comforting hot chocolates that you're totally entitled to drink). If you're determined to stay indoors, perhaps a good read from one of Melbourne's best bookshops is in order?

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The best toy stores in Melbourne

You can get disposable, plastic action figures anywhere, but you can't deny that there's something just that little bit more special about a well-made toy that will last well beyond Christmas or the little tyke's birthday. Get the gifts at these specialty toy stores, then take the kids for a spin around Melbourne's best kid-friendly cafés. Strapped for cash? Check out our guide to cheap kids' activities in Melbourne.

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Fun places for families in Melbourne

Restaurants

The best kid-friendly cafés in Melbourne

Having kids might mean that your sleep patterns change, but it doesn't mean that your tastebuds will

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Bars

The best kid-friendly pubs in Melbourne

Melbourne is full of family-friendly watering holes; these are our favourites

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The best playgrounds in Melbourne

We regressed an intern back to childhood to review Melbourne's best playgrounds

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The best adventure parks and playgrounds in Victoria

For when you fancy getting out of town for the weekend with the kids in tow

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The best men's accessory shops in Melbourne

The modern man’s accessory and grooming arsenal can take many forms. Some keep it simple with a bit of pomade and a decent pair of sneakers, while others may have a whole cupboard full of lotions and tonics as well as belts, shoes and bags in matching leathers at the ready. The quantity and combination of grooming and sartorial accessories is up to you; here are some of the best places to buy them.

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The Grand Tour: Cities Shaped by Art

Learn the essentials of art history with ACCA's chosen team of experts with a refreshing complimentary cocktail in hand. Just as Melbourne's arts culture has shaped the city, the same goes for many of the world's biggest metropolitan cities. ACCA has picked out a group of 'tour guides' for the Grand Tour lecture series to take you through the world's best galleries, arts events, and architecture, as well as visit the writers, thinkers, and artists that have shaped each city. This month, take a journey to New York City, where art professor Dr Chris McAuliffe will guide you through the colourful creative scene of one of the world's great cultural centres. Now based in Melbourne, McAuliffe was once a resident of New York's East Village, where he accumulated vast knowledge on the galleries, architectural highlights and urban geography of the region. Today, McAuliffe is a professor of art at the Australian National University's School of Art.  As always, guests will be treated to a complimentary themed cocktail to ease you through your travels. This time, the Melbourne Gin Company will create a New York-inspired cocktail – a mini MGC Martini. The bar is open from 5pm, and the talk will run from 6-7pm. More Grand Tours... Join curator Rebecca Coates for an art history tour of Brazil's São Paulo (Aug 15), a tour of Yekaterinburg in Russia with artist Lisa Radford (Sep 12) and finish up with an jaunt through LA with ACCA curator Annika Kristensen (Oct 24). Tickets include a fre

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