Fun Kids Activities Melbourne – Intro
Melbourne makes a marvellous short holiday destination for families. There are dozens and dozens of fun things to do with the family within the city and then, of course, there are wonderful excursions like the Great Ocean Road Scenic Drive.
So, what are the best things to do in Melbourne with kids?
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Luna Park Melbourne
This historic amusement park opened on the shores of Port Philip Bay in 1912 and has been a popular seaside destination ever since. You’ll find the ferris wheel, a ghost train, a mirror maze, dodgems, a carousel and more.
The most famous of the 18 rides and attractions is the Scenic Railway Roller Coaster, which hurtles around the perimeter of the park. It is famous for being the oldest continually operating wooden roller coaster in the world.
Address: 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda Vic 3182
Play with science whilst learning at Scienceworks. Kids will love to explore all the exhibits and will find the electrifying shows in the Lightning Room very exciting. There’s also a Planetarium here. There are workshops, special exhibits and play for kids under five, plus activities especially for older children too.
Address: 2 Booker Street, Spotswood, Victoria 3015
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is part of the city’s rejuvenated Dockslands area: read more about Docklands here.
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has 21 glass cabins which soar almost 120 meters, that’s around 38 storeys high. The views over Melbourne are amazing, and you’ll hear commentary about all the places you are seeing during the 30 minute ‘flight.’
Address: 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands 3008
Bundoora and Collingwood Childrens Farms
Melbourne has two delightful urban farms where children can meet and pet all sorts of animals. Both farms also have cafes, which of course are very child-friendly. Learn how farms operate, how food is produced and about sustainable farming. You can also meet some Australian native wildlife and see the Heritage Village at Bundoora.
Addresses: Collingwood Childrens Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Bundoora Park Farm, 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora, VIC 3083
Amongst the bars and restaurant and shops of Southbank is the 297 metre high Skydeck. Visit the top for a unique sky high view over Melbourne, from the 88th floor. If you dare you can enter the Edge Experience, a glass cube which juts out from the Tower. Only for the brave.
Address: Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne 3006
Only 4km from the centre of town is Melbourne’s most popular family attraction. Melbourne Zoo is home to over 300 species of animal from around the world. There are interactive play spaces for children, a zoo keeper kids’ playspace, animals talks and the award winning Trail of the Elephants.
Children aged 0 – 3 years enter free and children aged 4 – 15 years are free every weekend and in school holidays.
Address: Elliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Meet Australia’s marine wildlife close up as you walk through the viewing tunnels at Melbourne Aquarium. There are sharks, rays and turtles, and a huge crocodile too. Meet the animals of the mangroves, see the seahorses, say hello to the penguins and visit the Coral Atoll.
Visitors can go on special behind the scenes tours, dive with sharks and even have a tour on a glass bottom boat.
Address: King St Melbourne VIC 3000
This museum, housed in the old Customs House explores immigration from many perspectives. There are stories of individual migrants who have made Victoria their home having left England, Germany, Africa and many other places. There are also stories of the larger communities of immigrants and of how those communities continue after immigration.
The bigger picture is also explored with themes of identity, of loss and of gain too. There are special events and activities for children plus guided and self-guided tours.
Address: 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Old Melbourne Gaol
Between 1842 and its closure in 1929, Old Melbourne Gaol housed and hung the most notorious criminals in Victoria. It is the place where the famous bushranger Ned Kelly was hung. The museum tells the rather gruesome side of the history of colonisation. Older children might enjoy the Ghost Tours or even the Hangman’s Tour.
Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne Vic 3000
Laneways and Artworks
The laneways running through Melbourne’s city centre have a vibrant and colourful series of cafes, music venues and restaurants to explore. Fun by day and by night, children will enjoy them most for their street art.
You’ll see vast murals, stencils and tags, a joy to photograph. Hosier and Rutledge Lanes are the epicentre of the art; Centre Place, AC/DC Lane and Hardware Lane are great for coffee and food. Tattersalls Lane is where to find Asian food.
Queen Victoria Market
Known as ‘Vic Market’ this is one of the largest markets in the Southern hemisphere and has a history as colourful as its stalls and produce. The market is open daily except for Mondays and Wednesdays. There is sometimes a night market on Wednesdays, check the website for details.
At the market you will find fresh produce, meat and fish, cheeses, delis, flowers, clothes, handbags, jewellery and arts and crafts. Do not miss the famous jam donuts from the American Doughnut Kitchen, a food truck that’s been going strong since 1950.
Address: 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
ArtPlay: Kids Creativity on the Yarra
Creative kids and those who love craft might like to plan ahead for a visit to ArtPlay. This imposing building sits on the banks of the Yarra, very close to Federation Square. ArtPlay offers over 300 workshops, performances and events annually, aimed at children aged from zero to 12 years old. You usually do need to book in ahead and most activities do have a small charge.
There’s also a big playground beside ArtPlay, great for running off some energy before or after some art and craft.
Address: Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square
Phone: 03 9658 7880
Check the ArtPlay Melbourne website here.
More Things To Do in Melbourne With Kids
Find more family activities in Melbourne on the Visit Melbourne website here
Read more about enjoying the outdoors and meeting Australian wildlife on the Visit Melbourne website here.
Melbourne Websites and Blogs For Families
If you are staying a bit longer or have kids who love to stay outdoors, check out
For the best of what’s on events and activities try
Essential Melbourne Smartphone Apps
The apps below are mainly free and available for iPhone/iPad and Android too
Melbourne Official Visitors Guide
Melbourne Bars and Pubs
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