Best Things to do in Melbourne with Kids 2021 | Family Holiday Guide
Looking for things to do on your Melbourne family holiday? Melbourne, the Victoria in Australia, is also considered by many, the capital for culture, sport, and art. We are so lucky to be spoiled with things to do in Melbourne with kids that your family will never get bored.
As we live in Melbourne, you will find plenty of Melbourne attraction reviews on this site in general. Our Melbourne activities for kids post has lots of fun kids activities for locals. However, in this guide we have put together our favourite must do family activities for those visiting Melbourne with kids on your family holiday so you have plenty of options to choose from all in one place.
Visiting Melbourne with Kids
Melbourne is surrounded by breathtaking beaches, and sparks a cultural vibe. This cosmopolitan city is known for Its food, shopping, museums and art galleries, hidden laneways and markets, and not to mention the various sports venues.
All over Melbourne you will find little hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Whether you pack your days visiting Melbourne attractions, or just spend your days exploring the little streets and laneways, Melbourne is a city that will leave an unforgettable impression.
With anything you could want to see or do so close to the city, it makes Melbourne a fantastic place to visit for any traveller.
It’s no wonder that this amazing city is the most livable city in the world.
Whether you are visiting Melbourne from interstate or overseas on a family holiday, or you are visitnthere are plenty of family friendly things to do in Melbourne with kids.
There are a range of attractions for every budget, and we have listed plenty of free things to do as well as those with a fee.
So, whether you want to get up close to some native wildlife, explore a national park, learn about Melbourne’s history, or head to the coast, this list of things to do in Melbourne with kids should keep you busy during your stay.
The Ultimate List of Things to do in Melbourne with Kids
Find below our list of the best things to do in Melbourne with kids. If you are visiting during Melbourne school holidays, make sure to check out our School holiday activities Melbourne guide which is updated each term with the most current events around the city.
Things to do in Melbourne with Kids – Inner City
A list of things to do in Melbourne with kids close to the city centre, within a short bus or tram ride away.
1. Royal Botanic Gardens Ian Potter Children’s Garden
Close to the centre of Melbourne, and located in the Royal Botanic Gardens is the Ian Potter Children’s Garden which gives kids the perfect opportunity to explore. There is a water feature, a bamboo forest, a plant tunnel, a kitchen garden and more. Take some lunch and have a picnic, it is a gorgeous area to explore.
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Address: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
2. Sealife Aquarium
If you are looking for a fun morning to spend in Melbourne with kids, you can’t go passed the Sea Life Melbourne aquarium. Get up close to some of the most magnificent marine animals and wonder on an interactive underwater adventure discovering the wonders of the underwater world.
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Address: King Street corner, Flinders St, Melbourne
3. ArtVo Trick Art Gallery
ArtVo is unlike any kind of gallery you have ever seen and it is the perfect way to introduce your kids to art. Unlike other museums, you can touch and interact with hundreds of 3D artworks immersing yourselves completely. One of the best things to do with kids in Melbourne for those looking outside the box.
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Address: District Docklands, Shop NCF, 07 Level/1 26 Star Cres
4. Melbourne Museum & Carlton Gardens
The Melbourne Museum has a range of different expeditions suitable for all ages and makes the perfect day out for the whole family. Explore prehistoric times and learn about dinosaurs, explore the world of biology and science, or visit the children’s gallery perfect for little ones. There are plenty of events all year round especially during school holidays. Head out for a walk through the Carlton Gardens afterwards and if you are up for it, a meal out in the famous Lygon Street in Little Italy.
Address: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton
5. Melbourne Zoo
The Melbourne Zoo is another popular things to do in Melbourne with kids. Stroll through a world of wildlife including a range of Australian native animals and birds. Watch the keepers feed the animals, or check out the animal encounters and get up close to some of the most beautiful animals in the world.
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Address: Elliott Ave, Parkville
6. Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
See Melbourne from above riding the Melbourne Star, one of Melbourne’s iconic tourist destinations. Located at the popular District Docklands the Melbourne star is a popular family activity and a must on every traveller’s bucket list.
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Address: The District Docklands, 101 Waterfront Way
7. Eureka Skydeck
One of the main attractions in Melbourne is the famous Eureka Skydeck. Take a 38 second ride to rise 285 metres above ground, the fastest elevator trip in the Southern Hemisphere. Discover the unparalleled 360 degree views of Melbourne and if you dare, step to the Edge!
Address: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006
8. Free City Circle Tram
Head out for a ride on one of Melbourne’s iconic trams. The free city circle tram takes you past a range of landmarks and attractions, but it is a fun thing to do in Melbourne with kids on it’s own! Get on and off as you please.
9. Old Melbourne Gaol
A visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol will give you an interactive experience while learning about some of Victoria’s history. Kids (and parents) can explore the gaol and experience the interactive watch house where you get “arrested and locked up”. Inside you can learn about the lives of some of Melbourne’s most notorious prisoners including the most famous bush ranger Ned Kelly.
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Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne
10. Art & Play at Federation Square
Directly across from Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station, Australia’s oldest train station and famous attraction, is the culture capital, Federation Square. There are often special events on during the year, and always something different to see and do. Art & Play is a place for kids of all ages can explore their creativity through art. It is also the only playground in Melbourne’s CBD.
Address: Federation Square, Birrarung Marr, Russell St Ext, Melbourne
11. Fitzroy Gardens
If you are looking for relaxing things to do in Melbourne with kids after a long day visiting attractions, the Fitzroy Gardens are the perfect place to chill out. Nestled amongst Melbourne’s busy streets, you can immerse yourself in the natural landscape and let the kids run around and explore. The kids will especially love the Ola Cohn’s Fairies Trees, which have gorgeous carvings on the stump of one of the original Red Gum trees which is over 300 years old!
Address: Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
12. Polly Woodside Tall Ship & Museum
Climb aboard Melbourne’s Tall Ship, Polly Woodside and discover what life was like sailing the seven seas years ago. This museum is perfect for families as it offers picnic facilities and has a range of activities for kids including Crew Calls, and Pirate Days for the kids.
Address: 21 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf VIC 3006
Things to do in Melbourne with Kids Outside the City
Below is a list of things to do in Melbourne with kids within a short bus, tram or train ride away.
13. Luna Park & St Kilda Beach
One of the most fun things to do in Melbourne with kids is a day at Luna Park which has been one of the city’s most iconic attractions for more than a hundred years. Lots of rides and activities for all ages so no chance to get bored. Luna Park is also located across from the famous St Kilda beach where you can grab a coffee or ice cream and have a walk along the sand.
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Address: 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
14. MCG AFL Football Game
If you are visiting Melbourne with kids during the footy season (March – September) why not head to the famous MCG, one of the largest stadiums in the world with a capacity of over 100,000 people. See the Australian football teams play and grab yourself one of the iconic meat pies.
Address: Brunton Ave, Richmond
15. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
If you have a LEGO lover, then the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is the perfect place to spend your morning or afternoon. Lots of LEGO themed activities and events for kids of all ages and conveniently located within Chadstone shopping centre so if you want, you can eat or shop afterwards.
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Address: Chadstone Shopping Centre – Level 2/1341 Dandenong Rd
16. Interaxcity Children’s Museum
The newest kids museum is a fun thing to do in Melbourne with kids as it is totally dedicated to children. Kids can explore freely playing the roles of different community heroes such as a pilot, a postman, a construction worker, and many more. Kids can touch and play with everything inside.
Read More: Interaxcity Children’s Museum
Address: 1A Cawkwell St, Malvern
17. Scienceworks & Melbourne Planetarium
If you are looking for things to do in Melbourne for kids that will get them engaged and stimulate their brains, Scienceworks is a great option. With lots of hands on activities and exhibits for children of all ages, Scienceworks will feed your child’s curiosity and answer many of their scientific questions. Kids and parents will also love the Melbourne Planetarium in the same building where you can journey into space on reclining chairs looking up at the dome shaped roof filled with stars.
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Address: 2 Booker St, Spotswood
18. Werribee Open Range Zoo
Just 30 minutes from the centre of Melbourne is the Werribee Open Range Safari Zoo which makes the perfect day out for the whole family. Take a safari bus tour to see a wide range of animals in the open savannah roaming freely. Then walk the Pula Reserve Trail and check out the hippo splash! There’s also a range of animal encounters including getting the chance to feed the giraffes. Located next to Werribee park, you can have some lunch or check out the Shadowfax winery afterwards.
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Address: K Rd, Werribee South
Kids as young as 3 years old can fly at the indoor skydiving experience in Melbourne. Get the feeling of falling through the sky at 200km per hour, without actually jumping out of an aeroplane. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Melbourne with kids if they love an adrenalin rush!
Read More: IFLY Indoor Skydiving
Address: 2 Burns St, Essendon Fields
20. Brighton Beach Boxes
If you are looking for things to do in Melbourne with kids during the warmer months, you should definitely visit one of the beautiful beaches along the bay. Brighton beach is about 15 minutes out of the city and is home to the famous colourful beach boxes lined up along the coast. Take a picnic, grab some fish ‘n chips, and then go for a swim.
Address: Esplanade, Brighton Beach
Things to do Near Melbourne with Kids for a Day Trip
21. Puffing Billy, Dandenong Ranges
Take a ride on Victoria’s most famous steam train through the stunning Dandenong Ranges. Just an hour East of Melbourne, Puffing is one of the best things to do near Melbourne for kids if you are looking for a day trip. Start at Belgrave and pass Menzies Creek, into the forests. Take a picnic and have lunch at Lakeside where there are various water activities and walks. Take a look at our post on Things to do in the Dandenong Ranges for more things to see in the area.
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Address: 1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave
22. Healesville Sanctuary
The home of Australian wildlife in the beautiful Yarra Valley, Healesville Sanctuary is a great place to take the kids when visiting Melbourne. About an hour and half East of the city, you are met with koalas, kangaroos, dingos, wombats, and emus and many woodland birds in a sanctuary that covers 30 hectares. Check our post on Things to do in the Yarra Valley for more things to see in the area.
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Address: Glen Eadie Ave, Healesville
23. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Gelateria
For those with a sweet tooth, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is a fantastic place to visit with kids. Set on 40 acres of stunning scenery, you are greeted with the sweet smeall of cocoa as soon as you enter the building. It makes a nice stopover on the way home from Healesville Sanctuary.
Read More: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Gelateria
Address: 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen
24. Phillip Island Penguin Parade
If you have the time, your kids will love the Penguin Parade in Phillip Island. It is definitely one of the most popular things to do in Melbourne with kids if you don’t mind the travel. Experience the magic of watching the penguins return to shore at sunset.
You can visit for a day trip if you have a car, or prepared to do a tour. It is a good 2 and half hours from Melbourne so if you can stay overnight it is well worth it. There are so many other things to do in the area. Check out our post on Things to do in Phillip Island with kids.
Read More: Phillip Island with Kids
Address: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands VIC 3922
25. Sovereign Hill
Step back in time to the Goldrush days in Ballarat at Sovereign Hill, Melbourne’s most amazing outdoor museum and a great day trip if you are looking for things to do in Melbourne with kids. Just a couple of hours from the centre of Melbourne, Sovereign Hill brings to life the excitement of the gold rush in the 1850’s and provides a full day of family entertainment and a unique historical Australian experience. If you are visiting Melbourne in July, make sure to check out their Winter Wonderlights event, Christmas in July.
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Address: Bradshaw St, Golden Point
27. Kryal Castle
If you are visiting Sovereign Hill, make sure to pop over and see Kryal Castle, a medieval castle and adventure park where myths, legends, and fairy tales come alive. It can be done as a day trip, along with Sovereign Hill, as it is quite close, or you can actually stay in the castle overnight which is an amazing experience.
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Address: 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek
28. King Lake Forest Adventures
If you are looking for adventurous things to do in Melbourne with kids, then King Lake Forest Adventures is your answer. They offer outdoor climbing in the tree tops of the gorgeous Yarra Valley, as well as a treetop course for kids. You can also hire mountain bikes and check out their wallaby discovery centre. Check out our post on Things to do in King Lake for more ideas in the area.
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Address: 1419 Whittlesea-Yea Rd, Kinglake West
29. Otway Fly
Explore the world’s highest treetop walk 25 metres above the rainforest. The Otway Fly makes a great day trip if you are looking for things to do in Melbourne with kids. Hire a car and take a road trip down the Great Ocean Road stopping along the breathtaking coastline, and then head into the Otway Ranges. With so much to do in the area, you could even stay for the night or if you have the time, a few days. Our top spot to stay in the area for those visiting Melbourne with kids is Bimbi Park where you can sleep under the koalas!
Read More: Things to do in Apollo Bay
Address: 360 Phillips Track Beech Forest, Weeaproinah
30. Peninsula Hot Springs
Want to relax and get away from the city? Hidden among a bushland setting along the South coast of Melbourne are the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs. There are 30 experiences, a day spa and various wellness retreats, and best of all children are welcome so you can spend the day out as a family in this stunning setting away from the hustle and bustle. See more things to do in the area in our post on Things to do Mornington Peninsula.
Read More: Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs
Address: 140 Springs Ln, Fingal
More Kids Activities in Melbourne
If you are a local and have landed here, or you have an extended period in Melbourne, make sure you check out our Melbourne Activities for Kids guide with more activities. Also check out these posts for more fun.
- Best Farms in Melbourne
- Best Indoor Climbing in Melbourne
- Best Waterfalls near Melbourne
- Best Beaches in Melbourne
Best time to visit Melbourne with Kids
Melbourne is a great city to visit all year round and there are many advantages to each season.
Summer (Dec-Feb) is a fantastic time to visit, especially if you want to head to coast and visit Melbourne’s beautiful beaches. It is also considered peak time, so prices are generally higher. Just be very careful with the kids during this time as some days can be very warm. Be suns mart, make sure to keep their hats on and use sun cream.
Autumn (March-May) is a beautiful time to go on walks and hikes, or visit the national parks when the trees are losing their coloured leaves. The weather is cooling down and quite comfortable to explore the city.
Winter (June-Aug) is generally cold, but you do get some sunny days. You can also visit the snow in an hour and a half from the city. The advantage of visiting Melbourne in Winter is that you will find cheaper accommodation.
Spring (Sept-Nov) is a gorgeous time for a family trip to Melbourne with kids as the days are generally sunny, the gardens are in full bloom, and there are plenty of child friendly events. It is also the perfect time to visit the waterfalls just after Winter and plenty of rainfall.
Note about Melbourne’s seasons: This amazing city is famous for having four seasons in a day, so whenever you are visiting, make sure to bring some sun cream, and keep an umbrella handy just in case!
Melbourne Family Trip
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