Top 10 Things To Do With Kids In Melbourne


Melbourne is a fantastic destination with shopping, attractions, destinations and culture, but sometimes you just want something to do in the afternoon without breaking the bank. Here’s our favourite things to do in Melbourne for free.


Feed the giraffes at the Melbourne Zoo!

  1. Melbourne Zoo: The Zoo is a great day out for the whole family and is well organised into ‘themed’ loops. Our favourite is the South-East Asia loop which includes Asian Elephants, Bengal Tiger, a Butterfly House and Orangutans


  1. Scienceworks: The science focused museum in Williamstown is a highly interactive space which encourages experimentation and creativity. You can test your reflexes, speed and strength against Australian Olympic champions such as Cathy Freeman, plus create virtual futuristic cars as well as see into the future of science, environment and human development.


  1. Sea Life Aquarium: The Melbourne Aquarium is home to a dazzling array of marine life and includes a stunning walk through gallery where you’re surrounded by dozens of species of fish and even sharks and feeding time is a real highlight. The journey finishes in the Antarctic gallery which has King and Gentoo Penguins and a dive tank where you can see the incredible speed and grace of penguins underwater.


  1. Luna Park: Located in St Kilda, Luna Park has been a mainstay of children’s adventure and entertainment since 1912. With all the fun of a traditional amusement park with rides, games and the famous rollercoaster.  It’s free to enter the park and take everything in, but you pay to play.


  1. Melbourne Museum: The museum recently refurbished the children’s gallery which is now a fully interactive and brilliant space for kids to play and explore.  Add every child’s favourite dinosaur exhibits among many other interesting and engaging galleries, it’s the perfect destination for a wet day.


  1. Collingwood Childrens Farm: A fully working farm with a good restaurant and café on site, kids can engage in feeding the animals, get into the paddocks to pet the goats and sheep and on market days there’s tractor and pony rides and lots of things to keep your kids entertained.


  1. Birrarung Marr & Artplay: A great playdround on the banks of the Yarra by Federation Square, the real draw is ArtPlay where children are really encouraged to explore and discover their creativity.  Many workshops do require a booking, but frequent and fun free workshops are held all year round.


  1. Harbourtown Docklands: There’s a lot on offer here for families, including the Melbourne Star, blacklight mini golf, rides and places to eat. It’s full of factory outlet shops so it’s a great place to find a bargain too.  Harbourtown shines during school holidays where they run great free programs for kids including arts & crafts, free performances for childrens favourites and all manner of things.


  1. Polly Woodside: Polly is Melbourne’s beautifully restored tall ship.  Built in 1885 and now the center of Melbourne’s Southbank precinct, there are crew calls daily, where kids are encouraged to get involved.  Highlights are the Pirate Sundays where children get to dress up, scrub the decks and engage in arts & crafts.


  1. Clip n Climb: At Clip ‘N Climb climbing is open to anyone, any age.  Visually exciting the arena immediately challenges you to fun up! There’s 37 climbing challenges PLUS 2 extra, amp it up experiences – the Leap of Faith and Vertical Drop Slide.  A great day for the whole family and challenges to suit all ages and abilities