Cheap Melbourne: Kids

Treating the young ‘uns to a fun day out doesn’t need to break the bank

Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

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 the little ones.

While you're at it, check out our suggestions for all the best kids' events this week, plus 25 things to do for under $25 in Melbourne.

Cheap kids activities in Melbourne

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Melbourne Zoo

Admission is free for kids on weekends and the school holidays – so what’s stopping you from hanging out with the orang-utans, elephants, butterflies, lions and reptiles?

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St Kilda Adventure Playground

This huge playground features a flying fox, trampolines, a wooden maze, giant ship and a castle. There’s a barbecue area so bring a picnic and make a day of it.

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Artplay

This community space by the Yarra runs free or cheap workshops designed to encourage creativity in children. Sessions range from music composition to painting to comic book-making.

Artplay is taking a break over the New Year and will reopen January 13 2018. 

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Stompers at City Library

At this fun story time session, toddlers aged 18 months to three years get involved in bringing books to life with songs, music and games. Stompers runs sessions across libraries throughout the city – visit the City of Melbourne website for the full list.

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Scienceworks

Kids enter for free at Spotswood’s interactive children’s museum, designed to instil a lifelong fascination for science and technology. It’s well worth paying extra for a mind-expanding planetarium show.

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Instant Rockstar

Got a young guitar prodigy or electronic producer on your hands? Arts Centre Melbourne runs regular workshops which see children aged eight to 12 years composing their own songs using sound samples, then recording a music video. The event runs several times a year so visit the Arts Centre website to find out when the next session is. 

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Or sit them down with a hot chocolate

More thrifty thrills in Melbourne

Cheap things to do in Melbourne

No money? No problem! We've pinched our pennies to bring you the ultimate guide on how to eat, drink and have a great time in Melbourne on a budget.

By: Time Out editors

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