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The best activities for kids in Melbourne

Kids driving you nuts? Let them run wild at some of these kid-friendly places

Photograph: Craig Silitoe

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.

Things to do with kids in Melbourne

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Luna Park

For almost 100 years, Luna Park has provided Melburians with much amusement – even before jumping on the first ride. Older kids will love eyeball popping super thrill rides like the Pharoah’s Curse and Metropolis, while the more family-friendly Silly Serpent and Red Baron are best for the little ones.

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St Kilda
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Animal Land Children's Farm

Animal Land gives city slicker kids a real hands-on farming experience. Expect the usual suspects: cows, sheep, goats, pigs and ducks, plus a few surprise additions thrown in.

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Diggers Rest
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Wonderland Fun Park

The highlight of an otherwise sleepy Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Wonderland Fun Park at Docklands has heaps of rides and attractions for all ages including old favourites like Dodgem Cars, The Wacky Worm Roller Coaster, The Grand Carousel and The Drop Zone.

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Docklands
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Fairy Park

The one school excursion that all Victorian primary school kids look forward to. This theme park is a collection of castles, cottages and caves with over 22 animated hand crafted scenes that come to life at the push of a button.

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Anakie
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St Kilda Adventure Playground

Hidden away off Neptune Street, this huge playground features a flying fox, trampolines, a wooden maze, giant ship and a castle. There’s a BBQ area so bring a picnic and make a day of it.

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St Kilda
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Adventure Park

Adventure Park is the place to go when you want some waterside fun. There are plenty of waterslides, kids rides or family activities such as go-karting or mini-golf. Up for a scare? Try the Wild West Canyon, where the water slide takes you through a dark tunnel and you perform two, 360 degrees spins. Feel like chilling out? Get onto the Lazy River where you simply sit back in an inflatable ring and idly float down the tropical themed river.

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Enchanted Adventure Garden

The Maize Maze is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Navigate the twists, turns, false trails and dead-ends or just head straight for the Amazing Lolly Shop – lots of fun to be had there too.

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Arthurs Seat
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A Maze'N Things

Phillip Island is home to a lot of amazing things, including the adventure park that is aptly named A Maze’N Things. Full of family fun, there is maxi-golf, mazes and playgrounds. Puzzle Island is where you want to head if you’re up for getting lost in the mirror maze or taking a spin in the rotating room. The Illusion Rooms are designed to confuse you, where you can be shrunk, lose gravity and even disappear.

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Cowes
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Galactic Circus

Australia’s biggest indoor amusement facility, Galactic Circus offers the latest in high-tech attractions, motion rides, and interactive games.

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Southbank

On a budget? Try these activities

Cheap things to do with kids

If you've exhausted all your faithful options, try these cheap ideas to keep the kids entertained in Melbourne.

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By: Time Out editors

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