Kids

Kids events, family friendly and activities for children in Melbourne

Our highlights of Martí Guixé's Fake Food Park
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
Kids

Cool places to buy kids' clothes

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

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Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day

This family friendly day of Roald Dahl-themed activities is sure to be a highlight of the Melbourne Writers Festival

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Chooks in Dinner Suits
Kids

Chooks in Dinner Suits

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

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What's on for kids in Melbourne

Activities for kids in Melbourne

The best 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
Kids

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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Cute and cuddly activities in Melbourne
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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Rainy day activities in Melbourne
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
Kids

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

The best kid-friendly cafés in Melbourne
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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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The best kid-friendly pubs in Melbourne
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
Kids

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
Kids

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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Bev Killick: Killick Bev
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Bev Killick: Killick Bev

Seeing Bev Killick perform her stand-up is an experience. As she recounts stories of her past (anything from stories of life as the opening act of Puppetry of the Penis to being a 'crummy mummy') in her no-holds-barred style, you realise that there's no limit to how far she'll go to deliver increasingly outrageous, side-splittingly hilarious comedy. In her 15-year career, Killick has developed a formidable reputation as an incredibly relatable, self-effacing and bold comic. In addition to her on-stage antics, Killick has also featured on Kath and Kim as well as numerous comedy and panel shows. She'll be performing her new show, Killick Bev for just two nights at Melbourne Fringe, so book now.

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Jurassic World: The Exhibition

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

UPDATE: It's your last chance to book tickets to the Melbourne Museum's incredible Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Whether you're a grown-up dino fan (who isn't?) or you're looking for a September school holiday highlight, make sure you visit the website and grab your passport to Isla Nublar now. There is a moment as you’re walking through the lush prehistoric forests of Jurassic World where you come across a huge, hollowed-out log. You step inside, and suddenly you hear a strange rumbling noise. Light filters through cracks in the log and, just for a moment, you see something moving. Was that scaly reptilian skin? A claw? An eye? Then, it dawns on you: the fences have been breached, and something big is out there. “It should feel like it would be able to eat you, or nuzzle up to you if it’s a friendlier dinosaur!” says Philip Millar, laughing. Millar is the associate creative director of Creature Technology, the Melbourne-based company behind the animatronic dinosaurs that will star in the Melbourne Museum’s blockbuster exhibition. His puppeteering expertise makes him a core member of the Creature Technology crew, who are widely considered to be at the forefront of naturalistic animatronics. Their credits include the Walking with Dinosaurs and How to Train Your Dragon arena spectaculars and the titular role in 2013’s musical version of King Kong. They have teamed up with Universal Pictures, Museum Victoria and US design group Imagine Exhibitions Inc to place highly realist

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Sunday Shake
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Sunday Shake

There’s no better way to farewell the weekend than parting with a Sunday sesh. And if there’s one place to kick on for Sunday Funday, especially when springtime hits, it’s at Bimbo’s Sunday Shake. Starting in September, every Sunday from 10am, Bimbo’s opens its doors for Fitzroy’s ultimate daytime party. With DJs playing on the rooftop courtyard as well as downstairs below the aeroplane, there’s sure to be a tune that you can boogy down to. DJs will be rotating monthly and this September will welcome Cee Cee Babcock, Natalie Turner, Hoops, J Schollo, Jamie Vale, Luke Vecchio, Morning Maxwell, Mose, Ezra Harvey, Cassettes for Kids, Awesome Wales, Jack Love and Matt Radovich. As per usual $4 gourmet pizzas will be on offer as well as drinks galore – we’re talking beer, wine and of course, Bimbo’s special flavour-infused vodkas. Oh, and come hungry because a new breakfast menu will also be on offer, starting September 4. So whether you’re looking for a morning party to continue the antics from Saturday night or you’re looking for a place to relax and catch up with friends, Bimbo’s has got your Sunday sorted.

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