Activities for kids in Melbourne
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Fun places for families in Melbourne
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Open Sessions at the Australian Open
The Australian Open is underway and whether or not you're a tennis fan, you'll want to head down to Melbourne Park and check out all the action on offer. In addition to tennis stars battling it out on court for grand slam glory, the Open Sessions will see top-notch Australian and international musicians ripping it up on the Australian Open Live Stage. The series of gigs is on throughout the tournament: expect the likes of The Living End (Jan 19), Jimmy Eat World (Jan 20), Peking Duk (Sat 21), DMA's (Jan 22) and so many more. You can also catch all the tennis action on the big screens, so don’t worry; you won’t miss a serve. Sounds pretty ace if you ask us. The gigs are free if you've already bought a ticket to that day's tennis. Ground passes start at $25 for adults, and $5 for kids, and get you access to all that's on offer at the Australian Open.
Crown Live on the Riverwalk
The Riverwalk on Southbank will become a bustling street fair for ten days this summer, with food stalls, pop-up bars and big screen where you can watch all the tennis action. The esplanade along the Yarra will transform into your ultimate summer party playground. Stock up on snacks from the likes of The Merrywell (think mini Wagyu beef burgers and Yankee dogs), Gradi (big slices of pizza), Gochi (they'll be doing fresh sushi and sashimi) and Movenpick (ice cream, of course). Best part is, entry to Crown Live is completely free. You can also grab a refreshing drink from pop-up bars from Chandon and Kirin. Pimm’s Summer Garden will also have fruity cocktail jugs and outdoor games. So round up some mates and head to Crown Live for a perfect afternoon by the river.
Chinese New Year at The Valley
The Valley will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a night of colourful Chinese entertainment and racing. There will be 12 different food trucks on site, all peddling Asian delights from satay skewers to dumplings and baos to duck pancakes. There will also be plenty of traditional Chinese entertainment including dragon dancers, fire breathers, fireworks and giveaways. Hong Kong pop sensation Det Dik will be bringing his high-energy hits to life on stage, while Mandarin race caller Jamie Pi will be calling the feature race on the night. Best of all entry to the night is free, so get your family and friends together and head to the Valley for a night of racing fun.