The best activities for kids in Melbourne

Kids driving you nuts? Let them run wild at some of these kid-friendly places
Child playing at Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery
Photograph: Joel Checkley
By Time Out editors |
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Melbourne is a great place to be a kid. From inner-city animal farms to giant hedge mazes and trampoline parks, rugrats have plenty of activities to fend off boredom (and keep their parents sane). We've scoped out the best activities Melbourne has to offer kids of all ages, and even a few that will keep the whole family entertained. 

Once the under 18s are thoroughly worn out, 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.

Recommended: Fun school holiday activities for summer, autumn, winter and spring.

Things to do with kids in Melbourne

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Luna Park
Kids, Play spaces

Luna Park

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No childhood is complete without a walk through that famous giant mouth at Luna Park. From the moment you walk through you're exposed to a world full of carnival flair; older kids will love The Power Surge and Enterprise, while the family-friendly Silly Serpent and Arabian Merry are best for the little ones. But nothing beats the classic Scenic Railway Roller Coaster for a whirlwind adventure around the entire park. Classic carnival treats are on offer, and those with a more sophisticated pallet can enjoy gourmet pizzas, deli-style sandwiches and burgers at Café Luna. 

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Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery
Kids, Exhibitions

Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery

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Melbourne Museum's children's gallery is designed for very young children from babies to five-year-olds, setting a new standard in early childhood learning. Walk in the shoes of a palaeontologist at the Dinosaur Dig or dance the morning away at the Camouflage Disco, complete with a mirror wall, light projections and unique soundscapes. Tired tots can then rest their weary legs at the ‘nothing nook’ – a quiet space to recharge in between adventures. 

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Kids, Play spaces

Funfields

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Funfields, located in Whittlesea, opened in 1985 and has since become one of Melbourne's best-loved attractions. Your entry ticket gets you access to 22 rides, plus a water play area for kids and barbecue area. Little children are well catered for, with mini go karts, ferris wheels and carousels tailored just to them. From there, things get more adventurous: take the journey to the top of the hill and zoom back down the Alpine Toboggan Slide, feel that flutter in your stomach on the Blackbeard's Fury pirate ship and challenge your friends to a race on the go karts, for a start.  Make sure you bring your bathers, because the waterslides are always a highlight. 

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Collingwood Children's Farm
Kids

Collingwood Children's Farm

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Bringing the country to the city, the Collingwood Children’s Farm gives urban kids a chance to give farming life a go. You can milk the cows, feed the chooks, ride a pony or play with the baby lambs. A farmer’s market takes place every second Saturday of the month, where you can pick up fresh produce. The Farm Café serves up hearty meals with a paddock-to-plate policy: everything is made from scratch and ingredients are sourced locally. Check the website to make bookings for children's parties.

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ACMI Family Sundays
Kids, Active events

ACMI Family Sundays

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On the first Sunday of every month, ACMI will be hosting a day of free family and kid-friendly events and interactive activities for Family Sundays.  The event will have a different theme every month, and kids of all ages will be able to take part in fun activities from creating YouTube videos, singing Frozen songs in a round of karaoke, to painting a 3D masterpiece in virtual reality with Google's Tilt Brush tool. ACMI favourites including the Screen Worlds permanent exhibition and the Kids' Flicks program curated especially for kids will be on during Family Sunday days, so be sure to check out these popular ACMI fixtures.

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Museums

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

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Plunge head first into the aquatic world of Melbourne Aquarium. There are 12 themed zones filled with aquatic animals and plenty of educational and interactive exhibits for all ages, including a state-of-the-art Croc Lair, an interactive Rainforest Adventure and a Penguin Playground. 

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Climbers work their way up the various walls for climbing
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Kids, Playgrounds

Clip 'N' Climb

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Revolutionising the climbing experience, Clip 'N' Climb has exploded in popularity since its opening in March 2013. How is it different to other climbing experiences, you ask? Well, there are 33 different climbs, each with different themes and difficulties. You can also race your friends on the Speed Wall or use the challenge boards to tackle each wall in a different way.

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Animal Land Children's Farm
Kids

Animal Land Children's Farm

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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. Kids get to pat, feed and ride the animal residents with the entry price including pony and tractor rides, duck feeding, egg collecting and cow milking.

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Wonderland Fun Park
Kids

Wonderland Junior

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The highlight of any child's trip to the District Docklands is Wonderland Junior. The mini funpark has heaps of rides and attractions for all ages including old favourites like Dodgem Cars, the Mini Swing, the Carousel and the Tea Cups.

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Gumbuya World
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Kids, Active events

Gumbuya World

Gumbuya Park has had a $50 million facelift and rebranded as Gumbuya World – and there is a lot more fun to be had.  Gumbuya World comprises four discrete areas: Oasis Springs, Wildlife Trail, Oz Adventures and Outback Explorers. The Oasis Springs water park features fast slides with steep drops and exciting twists and turns. For a walk on the wilder side, there is the Wildlife Trail, with more than 50 animal species to see. Oz Adventure is a rides section for everyone, and Outback Explorers comprises rides for smaller visitors. Gumbuya World is open every single day except Christmas Day.

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Fairy Park
Kids

Fairy Park

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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 mechanical scenes featuring princes, dwarves, wolves, piggies and ogres, that come to life at the push of a button. Giant toadstools pave the way to the castle and back down to the playground, complete with stocks and dungeons. Created in 1959 by a German family, it’s still going strong. The only way you could improve on this is by introducing zombies. Please note: Fairy Park closes for a few weeks in winter each year.

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St Kilda Adventure Playground
Kids

St Kilda Adventure Playground

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

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Adventure Park Geelong The Tornado
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Attractions, Theme parks

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
Things to do

Enchanted Adventure Garden

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Like a fairy-tale book come to life, the Enchanted Adventure Garden is a magical bush land adorned with giant wood sculptures, wrought iron work, manicured hedges, breathtaking blooms and giant puzzles. Your tackers will want to leg it straight to the mazes, though. There's the Hedge Maze with its Japanese Garden, the Labyrinth Maze with giant topiary dragon, Children’s Maze with fairies, and every other unimaginable, garden-y delight. There are also tube slides and a lolly shop.

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A Maze'N Things
Things to do

A Maze'N Things

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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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Fitzroy Adventure Playground Cubbies Coal Flowers
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Kids, Playgrounds

Fitzroy Adventure Playground

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Known to locals as Cubbies, this playground is a haven for inner-city kids who don’t have access to a large backyard. A new playscape called Coal Flowers was recently unveiled and features five flower poles housing 25 solar panels. The flowers generate and harness electricity for Cubbies’ use and feed into the power grid. Not only that but the petals are also designed to provide shade for children using the playground throughout the year

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Adventure Park Geelong The Tornado
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Things to do

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Go for a bounce

Bounce Essendon
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Sport and fitness

The best trampoline parks in Melbourne

Unless you're game to jump out of an airplane, hitting up an indoor trampoline park is probably as close as you’ll ever get to flying. Take a leaf out of House of Pain’s book and ‘Jump Around’ at these indoor trampoline parks across Melbourne.

Or how about a climb?

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