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There's no excuse for dressing your kid like a dork, irrespective of budget
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The best playgrounds in Melbourne
Oh, adventure playground, you were awesome (ignoring skinned knees, a few broken bones and a chipped tooth). Thankfully, OHS standards have improved somewhat since we swapped Cherry Bar for the monkey bar, but it doesn't mean that it's still not great fun to get outdoors and revisit being five. Or you could, you know, take the kids. Once you're done, refuel at one of Melbourne's best kid-friendly cafés or family-friendly pubs.
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.
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The best kid-friendly pubs in Melbourne
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The best playgrounds in Melbourne
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Hold on to your safari hats, Melbourne – we’re in for a wild musical ride. Melbourne Zoo Twilights summer concert series has been announced, and this year's line-up will no doubt see thousands flock to the zoo for a night of live music under the stars. This year's line-up is truly spectacular. The opening weekend will see Peter Garrett and The Alter Egos take to the stage along with Ball Park Music and The Jungle Giants. If Aussie rock is your thing, then don’t miss the chance to see the recently reformed Killing Heidi, as well as ABBA tribute band Björn Again and george. The Living End and The Rubens have already sold out tickets to their first gigs, but second shows have been announced for both artists. On the international front, American singer-songwriter Kurt Vile is sure to be a highlight, as well as LA-based indie rock band Warpaint. Hailing from Canada is much-loved indie pop duo Tegan and Sara, plus the inimitable singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright. To cap off the killer line-up, veteran ska outfit The Specials will bring the season to a close with their funky sound. Get in quick and buy your tickets soon if you don't want to miss seeing your favourite bands live at the zoo. Topping the line-up, of course, are the Zoo's wild residents. All proceeds from the Zoo Twilights summer concert series will be going back towards the zoo's conservation work, including their work to save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from extinction. No Zoo Twilights night is complete wit
Long lunches at Fratelli Fresh
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