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The best activities for kids in Melbourne

These Melbourne attractions will put big smiles on little faces

Penguin captured on livestream
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By Time Out editors |

Many performances, museums and venues have been closed and cancelled due to coronavirus so we've come up with a list of fun things to do with kids while you're self quarantining or physically distancing.

Check out more ideas below on our list of the best things to do right now with your kids.

Things to do at home with kids in Melbourne

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Download free kids audiobooks from Audible

Audible, the audiobook platform, has just made hundreds of audiobook titles available for free during the Covid-19 pandemic. Yes, free! The platform decided to release numerous titles to the general public in order to help those stuck at home in self-isolation, or students staying home from school or university.  The majority of the audiobooks available are for younger readers, including Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter books.

Penguin captured on livestream
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Watch Melbourne Zoo's livestreams of penguins, lions and baby snow leopards

Melbourne’s zoos have decided to live stream their animals so you won’t miss out on a second of all that cute creature fun.  Zoos Victoria has set up live streams at some zoo enclosures, including the adorable snow leopard cubs. You can also watch over the Zoo’s friendly penguins, lazy lions and wandering giraffes, including recent arrival Kilintun. Head over to the Zoo’s website to watch them live now.

People exploring a gallery at Melbourne Museum filled with taxidermy animals
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Go on a virtual tour around Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks

You might not be able to physically visit museums in Melbourne anymore, but as of today, you can visit them virtually. Museums Victoria has launched Museum at Home; an initiative that allows you to engage and explore Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum online. Go behind the scenes, take virtual tours (hosted by hilarious kidult comedy team the Listies), learn about STEM and more. There will be plenty of educational content made available, too.

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Stream one of these great kids' shows

It’s true that kids will watch anything so long as there’s colour and movement, but every parent knows the difference between a show they’d happily let their child watch all day (ah, Bluey! So much warm humour and good parenting!) and one that makes you want to stab your own eyes out with a teething rusk (don't get us started on Thomas the Tank Engine. Just don't). So with that in mind, the parents among the Time Out family did a straw poll and came up with this top ten.

A man and a woman looking at paintings in the NGV's salon room
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Take a virtual tour of the NGV’s Kaws exhibition

Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can still engage with the NGV virtually from the comfort of your home. The NGV announced today that virtual tours, ebooks, online galleries and children’s activities will be available online, in addition to the gallery’s already hefty online collection (it features 75,000 works, 90 per cent of which are available online). Visitors who missed out on seeing Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines and Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness are in luck.

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