Things to do in Melbourne
Looking for things to do in Melbourne with your kids? Find hot deals, attractions, events and activities, including the best school holiday programs near you.
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Rabbit Hole Play Centre
Enter the Rabbit Hole to discover an adventure wonderland, where creativity and imagination are defined through modern adventure play.
The Best School Holidays Ever With Code Camp - Melbourne & VIC
Discover fun school holiday and after-school activities in Melbourne and Victoria that empower to design, code and create!
Etiquette Classes For Young People In Melbourne
Learn table etiquette, good manners and social etiquette with these interactive etiquette lessons online, tailored for kids and teens (6 to 17 years).
Allsportz School Holiday Sports Programs And Activities
Allsportz offers a wide range of sports and activities that suit every child. The fun sports holiday programs are designed to inspire kids of all ages
Creative Holidays & Young Writers Collective Workshops
Check out our Creative Holidays and Young Writers Collective workshops for children in Melbourne, perfect for developing writing skills and creativity
School Workshops And Science Parties In Melbourne
From science parties to school workshops & excursions, kids from 5 to 12 years old will enjoy our fun and incredible science experiences in Melbourne!
Kodarit Online Coding Classes For Kids
Kodarit offers online coding classes for kids, that are fun, challenging and diverse. We believe that coding is for everyone!
Play Tennis on a Grand Slam Court and Sports Lovers Tour
City sightseeing for tennis fans. Visit Australia's favourite sporting venues and experience the thrill of playing tennis on the world famous courts.
Melbourne Port & Docklands 1 hour Sightseeing Cruise
Discover the beauty of Melbourne's famous Yarra River while learning about its fascinating pioneering history - a sightseeing tour from a new perspective.
Melbourne River Gardens 1 hour Sightseeing Cruise
Enjoy a scenic river cruise meandering past the beautiful Melbourne Botanic Gardens and Herring Island with the scenic backdrop of Melbourne's city skyline.
Melbourne City 2 hour Sightseeing Cruise
This combined Yarra River cruise in Melbourne includes River Gardens, The Port & the Docklands allowing you to see all of Melbourne's river attractions.
Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour
Explore, experience and embrace the magic that is the Great Ocean Road on our sunset tour!
Penguin Parade Afternoon Wildlife Tour
Enjoy a close encounter with incredible wildlife during this Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour from Melbourne.
Melbourne Aquarium Shark Dive Xtreme
Dive with sharks and stingrays inside Melbourne Aquarium's 2.2 million litre Oceanarium. SCUBA dive equipment and entry to Melbourne Aquarium are included.
Melbourne Skydeck Entry Tickets
Buy Melbourne Skydeck tickets and prepare to reach for the sky; nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for these inspiring views of Melbourne.
Melbourne Unlimited Attraction Pass
Your choice of entry to Melbourne’s top attractions with a 3 or 5 day pass. FREE entry to over 25 attractions in Melbourne and surrounds.
iVenture Card Melbourne Flexi Attraction Pass
This great value pass includes entry to 3, 5 or 7 of Melbourne's best attractions, sightseeing tours, cruises and much more!
Brighton Beach Boxes and Ricketts Point Helicopter Flight
For those on a budget or if your time is limited, this is the quickest way to have a look at the Melbourne coastline and the CBD in the distance.
Melbourne City And Bayside Helicopter Flight
This flight is truly the tour that has the lot: from boats, beaches, cities and mountains these all play out right before your eyes.
Altona Homestead Ghost Evening Tour
Visit one of Australia's original homesteads only 25 minutes drive from Melbourne - one that has a long reputation for hauntings! Book your spot on a tour!
Point Cook Homestead Ghost Tour
The magnificent yet eerie Point Cook Homestead near Melbourne is brimming with supernatural activity - you won't be able to go it alone!
Old Melbourne Ghost Tour
Journey back to Old Melbourne on this ghost tour and see some of the most famous ghosts that still haunt the halls of its buildings.
Melbourne Laneways, Arcades & City Half Day Tour
With a multitude of things to see and do in Melbourne this guided tour is a great way to start by scratching the surface of what Melbourne has to offer!
Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour with Yarra River Cruise
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Melbourne's major attractions followed by a one hour cruise on the Yarra River!
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Entry Tickets
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is one of Melbourne's top attractions with over 10,000 animals on display.
Eynesbury Homestead Dinner and Ghost Tour
Visit this history-steeped homestead outside Melbourne where the mystery and history of the old blue-stone Eynesbury Homestead make for a great ghost tour!
Melbourne Neighbours Tour
On this 3 hour tour from Melbourne, come and see the famous Ramsay Street, and go behind the scenes including the new Erinsborough Depot and much more.
Phillip Island Nature and Wildlife Tour
View all of Phillip Island's famed wildlife offerings - with the Penguin Parade and Koala Conservation Park - as well natural highlights on this tour.
Phillip Island Penguins Day Tour
See all the essentials that Phillip Island has to offer on this great value day tour including Penguin Parade, Wildlife Sanctuary & more!
Puffing Billy and Dandenongs Half Day Tour
This tour takes you to some of the most beautiful rainforest in Victoria as you visit the Blue Dandenongs and take a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train.
Puffing Billy and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour
Take a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train through the Dandenongs then explore Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary on this full day tour from Melbourne.
Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula Day Tour
See the stunning Mornington Peninsula and choose a morning activity to make the most of your visit to this spectacular region.
Wilsons Promontory Tour from Melbourne
Come and visit Wilsons Promontory, Australia's best kept secret. Located at the southern most point of Australia, Wilsons Promontory is a wildlife haven.
Pentridge Prison Ghost Tour Coburg
This who's-who of the criminal underworld serves as the perfect setting for a ghost tour from Melbourne with the likes of Ned Kelly, Chopper Reef and more!
Moonlit Sanctuary Tickets
Buy your tickets to this charming wildlife conservation park on the Mornington Peninsula - the Moonlit Sanctuary - here & see all the rare Aussie animals!
15 Minute Uluru Helicopter Flights
Witness spectacular Uluru / Ayers Rock from the air with this 15 minute helicopter flight itinerary aiming to showcase its spectacular colour and size!
25 Minute Uluru and Kata Tjuta Helicopter Flight
Get a double dose of unforgettable landmarks on this outback scenic helicopter flight that includes views of both Uluru / Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta!
Full Day Lake Mountains Snow Tour from Melbourne
The closest snow resort to Melbourne, you can enjoy the snow, explore waterfalls and visit a Chocolaterie all in the same day.
Reverse Great Ocean Road Tour
See all the wonders of the magical Great Ocean Road without fighting the crowds on this "reverse" tour that takes the standard route backwards.
Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Penguins 2 Day Tour
Get a double-dose of Australian sightseeing with this combined tour that includes 1 day exploring the Great Ocean Road, and another on Phillip Island.
Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park 2 Day Tour
Witness two of Victoria's amazing natural wonders - the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park - on this great value combined 2 day tour.
Grampians Day Tour from Melbourne
Spend a day out in the magnificent Grampians with this convenient Grampians Day Tour from Melbourne! Book your tickets now!
Melbourne Walking Tour - Lanes and Arcades
Stroll through the beautiful lanes and arcades of Melbourne on a tour full of both charm and sightseeing and discover local designers & specialty retailers.
Melbourne Indoor Go Karting
Race around an indoor go-karting track with these 15 to 45-minute racing sessions located in Melbourne. Book your session online today and get racing!
Melbourne City to Williamstown 2 hour Return Cruise
Enjoy a scenic 2-hour cruise on the Yarra River with this City to Williamstown return journey. Book your spot for this great cruise online here.
15 Minute Kings Canyon Helicopter Flight
Join this 15 minute helicopter flight of the Kings Canyon & Domes of the Lost City to view sections of the canyon that cannot be seen from land! Book here!
36 Minute Uluru and Kata Tjuta Helicopter Flight
This 36 minute scenic helicopter flight combines amazing aerial views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta into one flight! Book your scenic flight here!
Penguin Encounter at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Go behind the scenes at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium for an exclusive Penguin Encounter with King and Gentoo Penguins!
Great Ocean Road Reverse Tour
Sit back and relax as you tour Australia’s most scenic drive, the Great Ocean Road, visiting the 12 Apostles and the Great Otway National Park.
Penguin Parade and Koala Highlights
This Phillip Island day tour from Melbourne includes a guided ranger walk in a Koala Reserve and entry to the incredible Penguin Parade.
1 Day Blue Mountains & 3 Sisters Sunset Tour
Book this Blue Mountains Day Tour from Sydney to see the Blue Mountains and Three Sisters without the crowds at sunset.
Mornington Peninsula and Hot Springs Day Tour from Melbourne
Hike the rugged coastline of Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, take in the views at Arthurs Seat and then relax with a soak in the Peninsula Hot Springs.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre + SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Combo
Enjoy the best of Melbourne with entry to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre PLUS entry to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.
Melbourne Bayside Scenic Helicopter Flight
Admire Melbourne’s bayside beaches and famous landmark from up above during a scenic 20 minute helicopter flight.
Mornington and Bellarine Peninsula's Sightseeing Tour including Sailing Cruise and Lunch
Get back to nature with a visit to an Indigenous Culture Centre, stunning lookouts and food and craft beer experiences in Bellarine & Mornington Peninsula.
French Island and Phillip Island Sightseeing and Wildlife Tour including Lunch
Wildlife encounters and natural wonders await on this day tour to French Island and Penguin Island from Melbourne.
Mornington Peninsula Sightseeing Tour including Sailing Cruise and Lunch
Travel to all the local hotspots in the Mornington Peninsula including London Bridge, Arthurs Seat Gondola Ride, St Andrews Brewery plus a lunch cruise.
Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs, Bathing Boxes and Arthurs Seat Gondola Tour
Relaxation, sophistication and a touch of sightseeing on this tour to the Peninsula Hot Springs, Arthurs Seat and Mt Martha Bathing Boxes.
Geelong Hot Air Ballooning
Experience a magical sunrise floating above Port Phillip Bay & The Bellarine Peninsula with a 5 star champagne and grazing board.
Melbourne Hot Air Ballooning
Wake up to a beautiful day in Melbourne while afloat in the skies during a 60 minute hot air balloon flight over the bay with views of the city.
Melbourne City Sights Kayak Tour
Kayak on the Yarra River through the heart of Melbourne taking in the city sights during a 1.5 hour guided tour.
Melbourne City Moonlight Kayak Tour
Explore Melbourne city by moonlight during a 2.5 hour kayak at sunset with a special on water dining experience and fireball display at Southbank.
Shrine of Remembrance Tour
Discover the moving stories and ANZAC values of Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance War Memorial.
Puffing Billy Belgrave to Gembrook Return Tickets
Discover a piece of tranquillity riding through the Dandenong Ranges on Melbourne's Puffing Billy heritage steam train journey.
ArtVo Melbourne Tickets
Touch the art, strike a pose and become a part of the with over 80 mind boggling 3D artworks at ArtVo Melbourne.
Wilson Promontory Day Trip and Hike
The best coastal views and mountain vistas are waiting to be discovered on this Wilson Promontory guided hiking day tour from Melbourne.
Peninsula Hot Springs Express
The ultimate day of relaxation is within reach with return transfers from Melbourne and entry to the Peninsula Hot Springs in the Mornington Peninsula.
Melbourne Cricket Ground Tour and Australian Sports Museum Entry
This combo includes a guided tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and a ticket to the Australian Sports Museum.
Melbourne Virtual Reality Escape Room
Time travel has now been made possible thanks to this Virtual Room in Melbourne that allows you to enjoy a multiplayer gaming experience in 3D.
Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary and Penguins Day Tour
Three iconic Melbourne experiences in one day!
Learn to Surf Lesson
Book this beginner surf lesson online here to learn how to surf at Australia’s first dedicated surf park in Melbourne. Weekday lessons available.
B. Lucky & Sons Melbourne Central
Purchase one hour of games at B Lucky & Sons Fun Lab. It’s fun for all ages and it’s available to book online here with locations across Australia.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq Melbourne
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq Melbourne is family-friendly fun for all ages with virtual reality thrill rides, bumper cars and more.
Phillip Island Wildlife and Brighton Beach Boxes Tour
Visit two Melbourne highlights in one day on this Phillip Island day tour! See the Brighton Beach Boxes and watch the famous penguin parade.
Great Ocean Road Scenic Tour
Experience the best of Victoria's Great Ocean Road with a group tour featuring all the highlights of this spectacular region.
Great Ocean Road Private Scenic Tour
Experience the best of Victoria's Great Ocean Road with a private car tour featuring all the highlights of this spectacular region.
Summer Sunset Cruise
Gain a new perspective on the city you love, from the deck of a Melbourne River Cruises vessel at sunset
Melbourne Skydeck Thrill Seeker
Make your visit to the Melbourne Skydeck extraordinary with entry to the observation deck, Edge Experience and Voyager Virtual Reality experience included.
Melbourne Skydeck Voyager Experience
Book tickets online here to visit the Melbourne Skydeck plus watch the stories of the city brought to life in the Voyager Theatre Virtual Reality pods.
Melbourne Skydeck Skydeck Adventurer
Enhance your visit to Melbourne Skydeck with this adventure package that includes entry tickets, the exciting Edge Experience and the Plank virtual reality.
Mustang Downforce - 8 Drive Laps - Melbourne
Motoring enthusiasts can be among the first to drive the NextGen Mustang on an exhilarating 8 laps with a professional in-car coach at Sandown Raceway.
The Mustang Podium - 20 Laps - Melbourne
Step up to the podium and drive the new generation, fully race-prepped Mustang over 20 laps with professional racing tuition at Sandown Raceway Melbourne.
Mustang G Force - 6 Laps - Melbourne
Get behind the wheel of the next generation Mustang for 6 hot laps of the iconic Sandown Raceway in Melbourne with in-car coaches by your side.
Mustang Edge - 4 Drive Laps - Melbourne
Jump in the next generation Mustang to enjoy driving four laps of the famous Sandown Raceway Circuit in Melbourne with a professional racing coach.
Mt Buller Day Trip with Transfers from Melbourne
Enjoy a winter wonderland on this Mt Buller day trip from Melbourne with return coach transport and 5 hours of free time to hit the slopes or go sightseeing
Wombat Bend Play Space
Wombat Bend is an inclusive playground for children of all ages and abilities.
Wheelchair Accessible Beach In Williamstown
One of the most accessible beaches in Australia and the closest accessible beach to Melbourne CBD.
Wheelchair Accessible Beach In Altona
One of the most accessible beaches in Australia just in 30 minutes drive west of Melbourne.
Wheelchair Accessible Beach In Mordialloc
One of the accessible beaches in Victoria just in 30 minutes drive south of Melbourne.
Wheelchair Accessible Beach In Mount Martha
One of the accessible beaches in Victoria just in 1.5 hours drive south of Melbourne.
Wheelchair Accessible Beach In St Kilda
Visit the St Kilda beach, the closest accessible beach to Melbourne CBD.
Wheelchair Accessible Beach In Port Melbourne
Visit the Port Melbourne beach, one of the closest accessible beaches to Melbourne CBD.
Cranbourne Botanic Garden Victoria
Cranbourne Botanical Gardens is a great Melbourne park for families! It has a great playground, picnic areas, free entry and a quiet lookout nearby.
Bald Hill Park & Playground
Enjoy fun kids activities at Bald Hill park and playground, just 30min drive from Melbourne city.
Lillydale Lake Park & Playground
One of the best family friendly parks with a kids playground, picnic and BBQ area, off leash dog park and more fun activities in Lilydale.
Victoria State Rose Garden
Don't miss one of the best, most stunning gardens Melbourne has to offer! Perfect for a family day trip & worth a road trip!
Werribee Park Mansion
Take a step back in time to the 19th century in this lavish mansion full of history and mystery!
Victoria Park & Playground
Victoria Park in Kew is great for families with kids with a playground, dog park and picnic and BBQ facilities.
Seaford North Reserve & Playground
Visit this awesome playground near Frankston with a giant flying fox and much more for the kids to enjoy!
McClelland Sculpture Park And Gallery
McClelland Sculpture Park is the perfect family-friendly & dog-friendly park for a relaxing walk with your kids and to enjoy quirky outdoor sculptures
After School, 10-Week Cooking Course
We run a wide range of after school lessons Monday to Friday during term-time for school age and teenage children.
Kids Cook An Italian Family Feast
At Relish Mama we believe with all our might that every child should be given the opportunity to learn to cook. Cooking is a valuable life skill
Kids – Cooking Around The World
Come on a journey around the world and cook up a feast!
Collingwood Toy Library
At Collingwood toy library, Melbourne families will find an awesome selection of 5000 toys, including 1000 board games perfect for school holidays.
StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops
Creative Writing workshops for kids of all ages and abilities at multiple locations throughout the school holidays.
Mackie Rd Neighbourhood House
Join a playgroup, kids art class, weekly homework club session, or a school holiday program in Melbourne's suburb of Mulgrave.
Kids Arts & Wellness Workshops
Learn resilience through an interactive live book reading and wellness & art kids workshop from The Mushkins and Save The Children.
For The Love Of Science Holiday Programs
Get curious these school holidays with fun science programs for preschool and primary school kids!
Dance Classes & School Holiday Programs
Get creative and creative with fun dance classes for kids aged 5 to 13 during the term and school holidays.
Fun science play space for families with kids of all ages and abilities in Melbourne.
Play at Mornington Park – a delightful seaside playground with a wooden ship, swings & more. A perfect family picnic spot with BBQs.
Montague Park & Playground
Montague Park has something fun for the whole family: a kids playground, a basketball court, a soccer field and even a small library!
Nettleton Park is the perfect place for a family outing. With plenty of open space to run around and play, this playground has something for everyone
Talbot Park is a perfect place for a fun day out with the family. Enjoy a BBQ lunch up on the gazebo while kids play on the accessible playground.
Electra Reserve is the perfect place to relax and have some fun with your family! This beautiful play space has something for kids of all ages.
Electra Reserve Playground
Electra Reserve Playground is a fun family-friendly place. It suits kids of all ages and offers a walking track and an off-leash area for dogs.
Watson Park Playground
With two main timber play structures and a range of activities to choose from, Watson Park Playground is ideal for kids of all ages.
Westerfolds Park is the perfect place for a family day out and a fantastic local play area for kids of all ages with heaps of play equipment.
Enjoy Fordham Gardens' open lawn areas, a small pond, and a lovely rose garden. It's great for social gatherings, kicking the footy or walking the dog
Kangaroo Viewing Trail
If you're looking for an immersive kangaroo-viewing experience, Kangaroo Viewing Trail at Cardinia Reservoir is a must-visit place with the family!
St Kilda Botanical Gardens
A haven of serenity in the heart of the city, St Kilda Botanical Gardens is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Melbourne
Garden Avenue Reserve & Playground
If you're looking for a fun and family-friendly garden to take your little ones to have fun on a playground, Garden Avenue Reserve is the perfect spot
Ray Bastin Reserve, Skate Park & Playground
Ray Bastin Reserve is a family-friendly park and is the perfect place for your family and your little space lovers to explore their imaginations.
Hays Paddock Playground
Hays Paddock Playground is the perfect spot for the whole family. This is one of the best playgrounds in Melbourne that offers plenty of fun!
Jells Park Playscape
The all-abilities playground at Jells Park is perfect for kids of all ages and abilities! Enjoy hours of entertainment at this accessible play space.
Picnic Area And Picnic Shelter At Jells Park
Come and spend a day in the great outdoors at Jells Park's Picnic Areas. This gorgeous park has something for everyone - for all ages and abilities.
Kett Street Reserve And Playground Nunawading
This lovely small playground is perfect for kids during a peaceful walk with your family along Koonung Creek Trail.
Slater Reserve Playground Nunawading
Slater Reserve Playground is a lovely place for the whole family. With shaded seating, drinking water and plenty of parking, this is the place to go!
Bluebell Park And Playground
Bluebell Park and Playground is a beautiful spot in Surrey Hills, perfect for spending some time with your little ones and the whole family.
Eastern Reserve Playground And Dog Park
Eastern Reserve Playground & Dog Park is the perfect place to take your kids and furry friends and has everything you need for a fun day out.
Hyde Park And Playground
Hyde Park Playground is a lovely play space in the park with plenty of play equipment & open areas for the whole family & your furry friend to enjoy.
Local History Park Burwood
Local History Park is a lovely local park to bring your kids down for about an hour spent exploring and take your dog for a walk enjoying the area.
Wurundjeri Walk, Blackburn South
Wurundjeri Walk is a well-maintained Melbourne accessible park that features a lake, playground, benches and plenty of walking paths to explore.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Looking for free things to do in Melbourne CBD? The Royal Botanical Gardens is the best free activity for the whole family and an accessible park.
Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens is one of the most beautiful parks in Melbourne, perfect for a BBQ and picnic, or take your dog for a walk or kids to blow off steam!
Williamstown Botanic Gardens
Williamstown Botanical Gardens is one of the beautiful gardens in Victoria and is a great place to spend time with the kids, your family and your dog.
Maranoa Gardens Balwyn
The Maranoa Botanic Gardens is a perfect spot for a day out with the whole family, with great picnic areas, public toilets and a playground next door.
Melton Botanic Garden
Looking for a beautiful garden in Melbourne? With plenty of native plants & a lovely lake walk, Melton Botanic Garden is definitely the spot to be!
Wilson Botanic Park & Playground Berwick
Wilson Botanic Park and Playground in Berwick is a great place to spend a day with the whole family. This dog-friendly park is perfect for all ages!
Best things to do in Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia, is one of the greatest cities in the world. Whether you're looking for places in Melbourne to visit with your family, Melbourne's beautiful places, attractions for family and cool places to go in and nearby Melbourne, we've got you covered!
Some of Melbourne's best things to do with family and kids:
- Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
- Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
- Queen Victoria Market foodie tour
- Spend a day at Melbourne Zoo
- Visit Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building
- Explore Flinders St Station and Fed Square Melbourne
- Spend a day at Werribee Open Range Zoo
- Explore St Kilda
- Visit Fitzroy Gardens East Melbourne
- Explore famous Melbourne street art
- Take a Yarra River cruise or explore the Yarra Trail
- Yarra Valley Things to do
- Phillip Island Things to do
- Mornington Peninsula things to do for families.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens are right in the city centre. Being so accessible, these beautiful botanic gardens make for a great picnic, to let off steam or a family walk! The botanic gardens offer peace and greenery to Melbourne's city centre with over 8500 plant species that will capture anyone's eye!
Royal Botanic Gardens are one of the popular Melbourne scenic places and one of the best city places to visit for tourists and locals alike and are very popular amongst families with toddlers and older kids due to Ian Potter Centre at The Children's Garden at Royal Botanic Gardens that offers super fun things for kids.
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium in the city centre is a must-see for all ages! You can explore the world's aquatic environments, from tropical reefs to arctic waters. For starters, you'll be able to explore King and Gentoo Penguins, sea dragons, luminous jellyfish and discover over 10,000 animals on display.
There are also other animals like sharks, so spending some time in the shark tunnel at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is highly recommended. You can sit or lie on the floor and watch the prehistoric giants drifting overhead. You can even book a party space at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium!
Queen Victoria Market foodie tour
Queen Victoria Market is one of Melbourne's popular places in the city centre and is home to delicious foods and delicatessens. You'll find excellent cheeses, olives and smoked meats there. The building is a gorgeous example of Victorian architecture.
You'll find many artisanal crafts made by local creatives there. Queen Victoria Market has become one of the Melbourne famous places for tourists and locals alike due to its range of fresh produce, meat, dairy products, small goods, souvenirs, all at affordable prices!
So if you're looking for a great variety of delicious foods, then Queen Victoria Market will have what you need! Keep in mind, though, that it's closed Monday and Wednesday.
Spend a day at Melbourne Zoo
So the next time you need to entertain your kids all day long or find the best things to do in winter, spend your day at Melbourne Zoo! Melbourne Zoo is right outside Melbourne city centre and offers a great variety of animals on display.
Walkthrough Trail Of The Elephants, Leopard Lodge and other Melbourne Zoo animals and exhibits while getting fabulous photos with zoo inhabitants. It's serious fun for the whole family! What more could anyone ask from their day out with the kids?
There’s always something happening at the zoo whether the Zoo Twilights concerts throughout summer, keeper talks or high teas at the zoo. You can even book in for a Roar And Snore, a Melbourne Zoo sleepover to camp in the historic elephant exhibition.
Visit Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building
Melbourne Museum is a great place to take kids not just to learn and discover but take a stroll at the beautiful Carlton Gardens. Being one of the top attractions in Melbourne, Melbourne Museum sparks creativity and curiosity in visitors with its great exhibitions of natural history, culture, art gallery spaces to name just some.
The museum also offers interactive exhibits about Indigenous culture, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal. Bunjilaka was developed to empower Aboriginal people to explain their cultural legacy to people with different heritage - Indigenous and non-Indigenous. So you and your kids have a great opportunity to learn rich history via art, storytelling rituals and artworks.
Being on the UNESCO World Heritage Register, the Carlton Gardens complex includes Melbourne Museum, the Royal Exhibition Building and IMAX cinema. You can easily walk there from Melbourne's CBD. Take the whole family out to enjoy a stroll in the beautiful Carlton Gardens observing a diversity of Australian and international flora, great architecture and fountains!
So if you're looking for things to do on Sunday or a rainy day, the Museum and the Carlton Gardens are the best places to visit.
Explore Flinders St Station and Fed Square Melbourne
Flinders Street Station is one of the most famous buildings in Australia and is a cultural symbol of Melbourne. Flinders Street Station building was built back in 1910. Flinders Street Station building is also listed on the Victorian heritage register - which means you can be sure that this beautiful building won't ever change anytime soon.
Federation Square Melbourne, another cultural symbol, with a unique and fascinating architectural design is just across the road from the Flinders Street Station. When you're on Federation Square, don't forget to visit the Australian Centre of the Moving Image which displays gorgeous aboriginal art and is home to the Ian Potter Centre art gallery.
If you're peckish, enjoy great food at the cafes at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image building and on Fed Square, the Flinders St Station shopping area or at the Federation Square restaurants.
What to do at Werribee Open Range Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo is a fantastic safari-style zoo that allows you to get very close to many exotic animals. The Werribee Zoo is one of the best Melbourne nearby places to visit, 32 kilometres south-west of Melbourne, Victoria.
Being a part of Zoos Victoria which includes Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo is famous for its various events, so it's great for both kids and parents alike!
What to do in St Kilda
The National Gallery of Victoria, the modernist building on St Kilda Road, is known nationally and internationally for its modern art exhibits ranging from classics to contemporary talents and aboriginal art. The National Gallery of Victoria is also one of Australia's most popular art galleries.
The National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Rd showed works by Van Gogh, Dior, Dali, MoMA, French Impressionists, and the free NGV Triennial, which returned to The National Gallery in 2020 with Quantum Memories, Marine Mutants, Tomoaki Suzuki Sculptures and more!
The National Gallery of Victoria is one of the best Melbourne indoor attractions for kids and adults alike!
One of Melbourne's fun places and the most famous landmark in St Kilda is Luna Park, Australia's oldest amusement park. You can enjoy Luna Park original rides, including Scenic Railway, which opened up back in 1912, and the Luna Park iconic merry-go-round opened in 1913. St Kilda is a bohemian suburb in south Melbourne that offers eclectic culture, fun things to do and scenic places.
Head down Jacka Boulevard to St Kilda Pier to see little penguins there all year round, with the best time to view them in summer after sunset.
Fitzroy Gardens East Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens with their natural landscape and historic sites are worth a stroll. There’s something for kids and adults - the miniature Tudor Village, Playground and Fairy Tree are perfect for kids, the original Captain Cook Cottage that was brought from Yorkshire and more!
Don't forget to visit The Conservatory. It exhibits five floral displays annually blooming all year round with a mix of hydrangeas, fuchsias, begonias, cyclamens and calceolaria. You won't be disappointed with Fitzroy Gardens as they are surely one of Melbourne's best places to visit.
Explore famous Melbourne street art
Melbourne's amazing street art is a huge draw for locals and tourists alike! The City Council approves designated Melbourne locations where street artists can paint street art without restrictions. The high quality and regular repaints make the street art spots attractive places for street art lovers.
Check out some of the famous Melbourne street art spots by exploring lanes throughout the Central Business District, including the AC/DC, Hosier Lane and Croft Alley, which are the awesome Melbourne sightseeing places.
Melbourne's amazing street art offers a great Instagram opportunity! To get the photo at the best Melbourne street art spots, we recommend waking up and getting there early.
Take a Yarra River cruise or explore the Yarra Trail
How would you like to take a cruise down the beautiful Yarra River to see Melbourne's interesting places? Yarra River separates Melbourne city centre from Melbourne and allows one to get a grasp of Melbourne's stunning views.
There are many options for cruises that suit families with kids, so it's easy enough to pick one based on your needs or budget! You can also go on kayak tours where you can explore all about this part of Melbourne.
You can also green up your life on a weekend by walking or cycling along the river! There are heaps of ways to approach this 20-km trail, which winds from West Gate Bridge all the way through the Melbourne suburb of Templestowe. Allow enough time for stops when doing so because you'll want to explore what each Melbourne nice place offers before continuing onwards towards Collingwood Children’s Farm and Abbotsford Convent, which itself is one of Melbourne's attractive places.
So why not take a Yarra River cruise or explore the Yarra Trail and the Melbourne attractions CBD to see most of the Melbourne city places to visit on weekends or on school holidays?
Yarra Valley things to do
Yarra Valley is a must-see for families! There are so many things to do and places worth visiting in this area near Melbourne. It usually takes less than an hour's drive from Melbourne's city centre.
Some of our favourites are the Warburton Rainforest Gallery, Lillydale Lake Park and Playground where there's an accessible playground that'll keep them entertained all day long, beautiful Maroondah Reservoir Park, a stunning flower garden - Blue Lotus Water Garden In Yarra Junction and more!
Phillip Island things to do
Enjoy visiting Phillip Island and the famous Penguins Parade! Phillip Island is a popular destination and is about a 2-hour drive from Melbourne that will take you to a wildlife wonderland!
There are plenty of relaxing places and things to do near Melbourne Victoria for families and kids including a chocolate factory, Ventnor Beach and playground, Erehwon Point Reserve and playground, San Remo Playground at the Park, Cowes Beach, Swan Lake Trail for birdwatching, parks filled with native animals and the famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade in the evening!
Don't miss out on letting off the steam at the nature parks and playgrounds there and seeing the little penguins when they come back after spending hours out hunting food waddling up the beach to their homes.
Mornington Peninsula things to do for families
The Mornington Peninsula is a beautiful coastal region of Victoria, just a 1.5-hour drive south of Melbourne Central Business District. With beautiful beaches and Mornington Peninsula National Park and Cape Schanck walks, the area will keep the whole family busy during a day trip!
A stop at Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs and spa make a great substitute when on a long weekend or school holidays here. The Arthurs Seat provides a thrilling lift to enjoy the scenic coastline while Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens invite you to walk through their beautiful gardens.
On the way to the Mornington Peninsula, don’t miss a stop at either McClelland Sculpture Park, Cranbourne Botanic Gardens or Ray Bastin Reserve. These family-friendly parks are the perfect place for the kids to explore their imaginations.
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