Things To Do in Melbourne With Kids: The Best Kids Activities

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?

Iconic Luna Park in Melbourne.   Photo credit: Roberto Seba

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

Luna Park website  


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

Scienceworks website here

Melbourne Star

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

Melbourne Star website 

Bundoora and Collingwood Children’s 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 Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Bundoora Park Farm, 1069 Plenty Road,  Bundoora, VIC   3083

Collingwood Children’s Farm website  

Bundoora Park Farm website

The Botanic Gardens Childrens Garden is another lovely outdoors space to explore.  Photo credit: Roberto Seba

Eureka Skydeck

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

Eureka Skydeck website  

Melbourne Zoo

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

Melbourne Zoo website here

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

Melbourne Aquarium website here   

Immigration Museum

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

Immigration Museum website 

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

Old Melbourne Gaol website here  

Roberto Seba | 2014

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.

Meltours offers tours of the laneways with passionate locals  

Melbourne Editorial – Roberto Seba

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

Queen Victoria Market website  

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

Melbourne Playground  

For the best of what’s on events and activities try

Little Melbourne  

Mee Too: Melbourne With Kids  

Visiting The Great Ocean Road

Planning a visit to the Great Ocean Road? Do hop over to check out the delightful website The Great Ocean Road Collective.

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

Vic Heritage

Train Trapper


Melbourne Airport

NB If you are driving from Sydney to Melbourne you might like this post:

Albury: Things To Do With Kids and Where To Stay

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