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Things to do in Melbourne with the kids

Are you thinking about what to do with the kids this weekend or over school holidays? There are some great Melbounre suggestions below.

Hey… why not tell us about your favourite activities? Feel free to contribute your ideas and we will include them in our list.

  • A Compass Trail is an adventure for kids of all ages to experience how Captain Cook navigated the world. Sat 30 Jun 2012 to Sun 15 Jul 2012 Captain Cooks Cottage, Fitzroy Gardens Wellington Parade East Melbourne
  • Be the rockstar and director in this fun and easy music video workshop.
    Instant Rockstar lets kids unleash their inner pop diva and guitar hero. Create a hit song using lots of cool music samples, then use the track to make a music video. Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Road Melbourne 04/07/2012 to 06/07/2012 Wednesday: 10:30am – 1pm Friday: 10:30am – 1pm
  • Ride on Puffing Billy the historic steam train through the stunning Dandenong Ranges.
  • Visit Healesville Wildlife Park, they have over 200 species of Australian Wildlife in their native habitat.
  • Go to Werribee Wildlife Park and join the Wildlife Safari Tour where you will see rhinos, giraffes, zebra and eland.
  • Explore the Botanic Gardens; it has a special Children’s Garden, an Ornamental Lake, Rainforest Walk and a Water Conservation Garden.
  • Get lost in The Enchanted Seat Maze, there are three formal mazes including one especially designed for children with tree fairies and a lock ness monster.
  • Let the kids milk a cow at Collingwood Children’s farm, you will also see donkeys, horses, goats, sheep, pigs geese and ducks.
  • Take a ride on the Tram to Fitzroy, South Yarra, St Kilda, Carlton, and Richmond or around the city loop.
  • Have a picnic on the banks of the bustling Yarra River; there are lots of lovely spots near the Botanic Gardens.
  • Visit Queen Victoria Market on a Sunday, it has an outdoor cafe, children’s rides and activities.
  • Hire at boat from the Studley Park Boathouse, paddle around and listen out for the bellbirds.


  1. Leigh says:

    The upcoming Roola Boola festival has some fun arty activities for kids this school holidays in Melbourne – I’ve picked the top 5 highlihgts over at my blog.“

  2. Steve says:

    Hi All,
    We’ve been to both Colingwood and Chesterfield Childrens Farm. Our little lad (17 months) seemed to enjoy Chesterfield – mainly I think due to more being interactive with the baby animals and the chooks running around. A lot of Collingwood seemed to be behind fences and in my view quite costly to get in.

  3. Luke Evans says:

    Hi All, Myuna Farm, situated in Dandenong, is a great place for kids, especially younger children. There is a huge playground, pony rides, animal nursery, BBQ areas, train rides. I take my daughter at least once a month.

  4. Tyson says:

    Why not create something lasting with your child for a day ! create feature film vignettes with your child as the star! Share the films with your friends or keep it for something special. A great way to keep memories forever and make something for the day!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Hi Peter, just sent you an email with a suggestion to include the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel in Docklands! Great family fun and free for kids under 5. Hope that it makes the list 🙂