36 Fun Things To Do in Melbourne with Kids in 2024

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Looking for fun things to do in Melbourne with kids? This city is incredibly family-friendly so you’ll have a great time here!

Melbourne is known for its live music scene, its amazing restaurants and its nightlife.

But you don’t have to leave the kids at home to enjoy this city. There are TONNES of things to do in Melbourne with kids. And parents will probably end up enjoying most, if not all, of them as well. So it’s a win-win.

I’m not a parent myself, so I consulted a few experts (aka, my friends with little ones) for their thoughts on entertaining kids in Melbourne. Here’s what you’ll love doing, looking at and even eating while you’re visiting Melbourne with kids.

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1. Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens

Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens? Think of it as nature’s sprawling playground. While you might be tempted to lounge and admire the trees, your little ones might have other plans. Even if they’re not budding botanists just yet, there’s plenty to keep them entertained.

Enter the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden – a kiddo’s dream come true. Perfect for those mini adventurers who believe dirt is the new black. They can channel their inner Indiana Jones in the Ruin Garden, navigate through plant tunnels or pretend they’re on Junior MasterChef in the kitchen garden.

Check out the Royal Botanic Gardens for some fun kids activities in Melbourne

Visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens

  • Website
  • Cost: Free
  • Opening hours: 7.30am to 7.30pm, daily; Children’s Garden is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm (daily during school holidays)

2. Spend the day at Luna Park 

Luna Park: Where kids come for the rides and stay for the… well, more rides.

And for the adults? It’s a trip down memory lane sprinkled with a dash of “Why did I eat that fairy floss before the roller coaster?” nostalgia.

The iconic (and slightly scary) clown face greets you, while inside it’s a carnival of delights, from thrilling rides to those that are a tad more leisurely (read: less scream-inducing).

I recently took my nieces here and they had the best adrenaline and sugar-fuelled time!

Luna Park is one of the most fun things to do in Melbourne with kids - even adults will have fun!
Courtesy of Visit Victoria

Visiting Luna Park

  • Book tickets online
  • Cost: Family passes $170 with unlimited rides
  • Opening hours: Open every weekend, daily during school holidays, public holidays except Christmas day; opening hours vary throughout the year so check the website

3. Solve riddles on a Family Mystery Picnic

Got a mini Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew in the family? The Family Mystery Picnic is their jam. It’s not just about munching on sandwiches – it’s about earning them. Crack the clues, hop from shop to shop, and assemble a picnic feast.

Once you’ve gathered your edible treasures, it’s time to kick back and enjoy them in a surprise spot.

Check out my Mystery Picnic Melbourne review for more details. And while I’ve yet to tackle this with kiddos in tow, my friends who double as parents give it two thumbs up for inquisitive youngsters.

Booking a Family Mystery Picnic

4. Unleash mini Picassos at ArtPlay 

ArtPlay is where your kiddo’s inner Van Gogh meets finger painting. While it’s designed for children up to 13, you might be tempted to join in too.

At ArtPlay, you’ll find a range of fun, creative workshops aimed at children. Your kids will learn to express themselves and burn up a lot of energy at the same time. There are regular events aimed at kids as well as exhibits that will let them get up close and personal with the artwork. 

Expert tip: Classes here are hotter than a summer’s day in Melbourne, so book well in advance!

It’s located on the banks of the Yarra River near Federation Square, so it’s easily accessible no matter where you’re staying in Melbourne

Visiting ArtPlay

  • Website
  • Cost: Free and paid activities (check out what Melbourne activities for kids are coming up next online here)
  • Opening hours: Varies, depending on the workshops scheduled

5. Cycle the Yarra River

If your kids have energy levels that could power Melbourne, cycling along the Yarra River is your answer. Rent a bike and explore the city on two wheels, all while burning up that energy.

There’s a shared bicycle and pedestrian path stretching from the CBD along the Yarra River. Pedal past the Royal Botanic Gardens, along the Yarra River and take in Melbourne’s iconic skyline. Enjoy the views of Federation Square, Eureka Tower and Southbank all from your bike! Along this scenic ride you’ll find plenty of places to stop for a break.

And remember, every pedal is a step closer to justifying all the amazing Melbourne food you’re probably eating.

Cycling along the Yarra River is one of the best things to do in Melbourne with kids
Courtesy of Visit Victoria

Hiring bikes in Melbourne

Blue Tongue Bikes has regular bikes and e-bikes, as well as kids’ bikes and tandems.

Note that helmets are compulsory in Australia.

6. Have a splash at St Kilda Beach 

What kid doesn’t love to hang out on the beach? St Kilda beach is just 20 minutes from the heart of the city. There are endless sandy runways for castle-building, conveniently close snack shacks for those “I’m hungry” moments and waves gentler than a lullaby.

Sure, Melbourne’s beaches might not rival Bondi, but that sunset? It’s like nature’s own fireworks display.

One of the fun things to do in Melbourne with family is spend a day at St Kilda Beach
Courtesy of Visit Victoria

Getting to St Kilda

From the CBD, take the #16 tram from Swanston Street, the #96 from Bourke Street or the #12 from Collins Street.

You’re heading out of the free tram zone when you go to St Kilda, so you will need to have a myki card for each person in your group. Kiddos under 4 travel free and don’t need a myki.

7. Enjoy some kid-friendly meals 

Melbourne is famous for its amazing food scene. The best part is that you don’t have to resign yourself to lousy fast food just because you’re here with the kids. One of the best family activities in Melbourne can be simply enjoying a meal together.

There are lots of restaurants and cafes that not only welcome kids but cater to them specifically. Some restaurants go above and beyond the usual fare found on kids’ menus (chicken nuggets, spaghetti bolognese). While the family is enjoying the atmosphere and the kids’ food, you can snack on more adult delicacies (and beverages). 

Some of the best child-friendly eating options in Melbourne are: 

  • Cowderoys Dairy for milky treats that even picky mouths will enjoy 
  • Republica for a meal on the beach before you see the penguins
  • Mr Wolf for pizza and a dedicated kids’ menu
  • Easey’s to thrill the kids with eating burgers inside an old train carriage on top of a building
  • Transport Public Bar, for a kid-friendly menu in a place the adults can relax with a drink
  • Emporium food court, for when everyone wants something different – you’ll find plenty of food options here from sushi to sandwiches to Italian
  • Koko Black for a chocolatey pick-me-up (I’m personally a fan of their rich, velvety hot chocolate)
  • Dumplings in Chinatown – take your pick from all the yummy restaurants

8. See the penguins at St Kilda Pier 

How many kids don’t like penguins? In fact, how many people – children and adults – don’t think that these flightless, waddling birds are absolutely adorable? 

You probably don’t think of penguins in a big city, but penguin watching is one of the most popular things to do in Melbourne with kids. 

Head down to St Kilda Pier just before sunset and you’ll be treated to the sight of a colony of penguins heading home after a long, hard day of fishing. It’s free and the kids will fall in love. (Check out more free things to do in Melbourne.)

Update: The penguin viewing area is currently closed while the St Kilda Pier is redeveloped.

9. Brainy fun at Scienceworks 

While Scienceworks is a little way from the Melbourne CBD, the range of interactive exhibits for kids makes the trip worthwhile. Scienceworks is the ultimate brain gym for kids.

Rainy day in Melbourne? No worries! Scienceworks is the indoor escape where learning meets fun.

For the tiny tots, there’s the “Little Kids’ Day In” – a blend of learning, storytelling and shows. And for the older explorers? A starry universe awaits at the Planetarium, while the Lightning Room Game Show is, well, electrifying!

Whatever their age, Scienceworks is bound to light up those curious neurons.

Visiting Scienceworks

  • Book tickets online
  • Cost: $15 for adults, free for kids up to 16; some exhibits like the Lightning Room and Planetarium have an additional entry fee (check out more cheap things to do in Melbourne)
  • Opening hours: Open daily, 10am-4.30pm, closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

10. Take tricky pictures at ArtVo 

Ever wished you could step into a painting? At ArtVo, you can! This isn’t just an art gallery, it’s an immersive, 3D experience.

With over 11 themed zones, it’s a world where art comes to life. From quirky snaps to mind-bending illusions, it’s a photo op at every corner and one of the best things to do in Melbourne with kids. Even the most jaded child will find it amusing to take the strangest pictures possible.

My eldest niece and I had such a fun time creating these photos below!

Visiting ArtVo

  • Cost: Adults $30, kids 5-15 years $20, kids 0-4 years free; family packages also available; skip the queue and buy tickets online here
  • Opening hours: Weekdays 10am to 4pm, weekends 10am to 6pm

11. Spend a morning at Southbank 

Ever had those vacation vibes where you just want to stroll, sip, snack and soak in the local scene? That’s exactly what you’ll be able to do at Southbank, which is why it’s one of the best things to do in Melbourne with kids. 

Located south of the Yarra River, Southbank is full of cafes and culture. As you wander along, you’ll be able to stop and listen to buskers and street performers and have a cool drink overlooking the water at a cool café. Basically, Southbank is the ideal destination for a lazy afternoon with kids. 

12. Get sporty at the Australian Sports Museum 

Think you can visit Melbourne and sidestep its sports frenzy? Think again!

Inside the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (the MCG) is the Australian Sports Museum. Boasting Australia’s grandest collection of sports treasures and some snazzy 3D holograms of AFL legends, it’s a playground for both young and old.

The best bit? Almost everything is hands-on! So, kiddos can kick, throw and play their way through epic sports moments.

While you’re there, why not take a tour of the MCG?

Sports fanatics will love checking out the Australian Sports Museum in Melbourne, one of the Melbourne activities for kids that will delight all ages
Courtesy of Visit Victoria

Visiting the Australian Sports Museum

  • Website
  • Cost: Adults $33, child 5-15 years $15, kids under 5 free; family packages available; book tickets online here
  • Opening hours: Australian Sports Museum open daily 10am to 5pm; MCG tours also daily but depend on events

13. Have a bounce

For an hour of sheer kid-style adrenalin, take the family to one of the trampoline parks that are springing up around the city. Some of them are huge and offer not only rooms full of trampolines, but other activities like rock climbing, obstacle courses and indoor play centres for very young children. 

Some of the best trampoline parks in Melbourne are: 

I’ve taken my eldest niece here before and I had to drag her away!

Kids play inside a colourful indoor trampoline and bounce centre in Melbourne. These centres are one of the best Melbourne kids activities.

14. Build at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

LEGO’s popularity has exploded throughout the world in the last few years, so you might enjoy the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre as much as your kids do. 

Located in Chadstone in Melbourne, there’s a 4D cinema, build-and-play zones, and an indoor playground and rides. While you’re there, you can see a miniature replica of Melbourne at MINILAND. This is one of the fun things to do in Melbourne with toddlers, but also older kids.

LEGOLAND in Melbourne is a huge hit with kids

Visiting LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

  • Website
  • Cost: Buy tickets online to save, adults and kids $28.80, kids under 2 free; family packages available; adults must be accompanied by a child to enter; buy tickets online here in advance 
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm; Saturday and Sunday: 9.30am to 5.30pm

15. Learn at the Melbourne Museum 

Mention “museum” to some kids and you might get some dramatic eye rolls. But the Melbourne Museum is here to flip the script! One of the best things to do in Melbourne with kids, this isn’t your typical “shush and stare” museum. Plus, there’s free entry for all the young explorers.

Got tiny tots? The Children’s Gallery is their kingdom, crafted especially for those under five.

And for the older adventurers? They’ll love the giant fossils on the Dinosaur Walk, the creepy crawlies in Bugs Alive!, and the bright stones in the 600 Million Years exhibit.

Fancy a movie? There’s the IMAX theatre. Or perhaps a forest stroll without leaving the city? Yep, they’ve got that too!

One of the best family activities in Melbourne is visiting the Melbourne Museum, which has exhibits for all ages
Courtesy Visit Victoria

Visiting Melbourne Museum

  • Website
  • Cost: Adults $15, kids up to 16 free; book tickets online
  • Opening hours: Open daily from 9am to 5pm, closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

16. Lights, camera, ACMI!

Do your kids love watching movies? Well, roll out the red carpet and head to ACMI. Here, they’ll dive deep into the world of films, television and pop culture. They’ll be having so much fun they won’t even realise they’re learning.

Right in Fed Square, ACMI has a range of ever-changing 3D films and exhibits that explore the digital age we’re living in. It’s fun for the kids with thought-provoking content for the adults, too. So, if you’re hunting for things to do in Melbourne with family, ACMI will score rave reviews from all ages.

ACMI is home to one of the most interactive things to do for kids in Melbourne - this television and gaming museum will keep everyone entertained
Courtesy Visit Victoria

Visiting ACMI

  • Website
  • Cost: Free – although some exhibits and cinema sessions have a cost, check the website for details 
  • Opening hours: Daily 10am to 5pm

17. All aboard Puffing Billy

Ready for a nostalgic trip down memory lane? Or, well, train tracks? Puffing Billy is calling!

You’ll need your own car or need to navigate Melbourne’s public transport, but this iconic steam train adventure is a must-do for families visiting Melbourne.

Starting out from Belgrave, east of Melbourne, this century-old locomotive chugs through the breathtaking Dandenong Ranges. Along the journey, you’ll be surrounded by lush ferns and towering Mountain Ash trees.

Make it a day trip from Melbourne and wander through the cute towns of Olinda and Sassafras, hike in the Dandenong Ranges National Park or indulge in high tea.

Riding Puffing Billy is one of the best things to do in Melbourne with kids
Visit Victoria

Visiting Puffing Billy

  • Cost: Prices vary depending on the route, starting at $20.50 for children up to 15, $41 for adults and $102.50 for families
  • Opening hours: Puffing Billy operates daily (except Christmas Day), check the timetable for details
  • Book tickets online

18. Be wowed by the fireballs at Crown

Wandering along Southbank and surprised to see the night sky light up with fire? Your kids might think it’s a dragon, but it’s actually the Crown Gas Brigades.

Every evening, these 8 towers out the front of Crown Casino shoot massive fireballs into the sky, leaving spectators in awe (and maybe a little toasty).

A word of warning: they’re LOUD. So, if your little ones are jumpy, or if you’re like me and get startled by a sneeze, you might want to brace yourself.

Keep an eye out for the giant fireballs at Crown Casino every night
Courtesy Visit Victoria

Watching the Gas Brigades

The Gas Brigades evening show is on the hour until midnight (Sunday to Thursday) and 1am (Friday and Saturday)

Starting times vary throughout the year:

  • From 1 December – first show at 9pm
  • From 1 March – first show at 8pm
  • From 1 April – first show at 6pm
  • From 1 October – first show at 8pm

Note that the show doesn’t happen on days of Total Fire Ban

19. Look for fairies

Melbourne is often described as magical, and another fun thing to do in Melbourne with kids is to visit the Fairies Tree at the Fitzroy Gardens.

This whimsical tree is a must-see for children and adults alike. Carved in the early 1930s by artist Ola Cohn, it features intricate designs of fairies, gnomes and other woodland creatures.

Beyond the Fairies Tree, Fitzroy Gardens has plenty of other activities for families. There’s a playground for the kids, a conservatory for plant lovers and even a miniature Tudor village. It’s also a great place for a picnic with the kids.

Expert tip: Not a lot of people know about the outdoor adventure challenge in the Fitzroy Gardens. Keep kids busy by grabbing a map from the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre (open daily 10am to 4pm). They’ll have to hunt around the gardens to answer 12 questions. There’s also a bingo-style game for younger kids.

Fitzroy Gardens is conveniently located at the top end of Melbourne, easily accessible by public transport or on foot, depending on where you’re coming from. It’s a great place to spend a nice day outside with your kids, and who knows – they might even learn a thing or two about nature and conservation along the way.

20. Hang out at the NGV

Got artsy kids or budding Picassos? NGV Kids is their creative playground! From activity sheets that accompany exhibitions to engaging family events, there’s always something to spark their imagination. And if they’re craving more when they get home, the NGV website is full of videos, games and online activities to keep the creativity flowing.

During the school holidays, the NGV hosts workshops and activities tailored for kids and teens. Whether it’s fashion design, printmaking, coding or even 3D printing, there’s a fresh experience every holiday season.

And the great thing is that exploring the NGV won’t cost you a cent. (And if you’re on the hunt for more budget-friendly things to do in Melbourne, I’ve got lots of ideas!)

NGV has great activities for kids to do in Melbourne - especially during the school holidays, like this fun giant pink creature to take photos with!
Image: Visit Victoria


  • Website
  • Cost: Free entry, some paid exhibitions
  • Location: 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
  • Hours: Open daily, 10am-5pm

21. Get your skates on

Got some energetic kiddos? Time to chill out (literally!) at O’Brien Icehouse in the Docklands. Whether they’re seasoned skaters or just finding their icy feet, this place is a frosty favourite for families.

First-timers? No worries! O’Brien Icehouse has skating aids to give the little ones (and maybe some grown-ups) a helping hand. For the pros, there’s ample space to twirl, whirl and dazzle. Want something different? There’s also ice hockey, figure skating lessons or you can even try your hand at curling.

Feeling chilly? Warm up with a hot brew or a bite at the on-site café, all while watching your kids become ice maestros.

Expert tip: Swing by on a Tuesday night for discounts. And remember, online tickets = savings.

O’Brien Icehouse

  • Cost: From $17 (kids under 8) – Tuesday nights are significantly cheaper for adults, book tickets online here
  • Location: 105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands
  • Hours: Open daily from 9am, closing times vary

22. Play mini golf

Ready to putt your way to glory? Check out Melbourne’s mini-golf scene.

At Glow Golf in the Docklands, embark on a neon-lit cosmic journey. Navigate through glowing aliens, shimmering planets and neon obstacles. It’s like mini-golfing in outer space!

For a pop-culture-packed experience, Holey Moley in the CBD is your go-to. Swing through courses inspired by Game of Thrones, The Simpsons and even Stranger Things.

Need to know: Kids can play at Glow Golf anytime, but at Holey Moley, it’s under-18s only till 5pm due to liquor licensing laws.

23. See some farm animals

Who said you need to leave the city to meet farm animals? Just a stone’s throw from the city, Collingwood Children’s Farm is a green oasis. Spread over 7 hectares, this farm is a kiddo’s dream. Cows, goats, sheep and even ducks are waiting to say hello!

Let your kids learn about farm life: feed the animals, tuck them in for the night or join in on seasonal activities like sheep shearing and egg collecting. It’s a “moo-vellous” (oh dear) way to connect with nature without leaving the city. Check their website for the latest events and activities while you’re visiting.

Collingwood Children’s Farm info

  • Website
  • Address: 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
  • Opening hours: Open daily between 9.30am and 4.30pm (last entry 4.00pm)
  • Cost: Adults $17, kids 2-17 $8, kids under 2 free

24. Check out street art

Melbourne’s streets are a literal outdoor canvas. Known globally for our dynamic street art, Melbourne is like an open-air gallery that never closes (and it’s free!). While adults might be busy getting that perfect Insta shot, kids can dive into this colourful world too.

The beauty of Melbourne’s street art? It’s ever-evolving. New masterpieces emerge and old ones get a fresh coat. While you’re exploring, it’s also a chance to chat with your kids about social issues, history and the art of expression. And maybe a little lesson on the difference between art and vandalism…

Hosier Lane is the street art superstar, right in the heart of the CBD. AC/DC Lane – named after the Aussie band – is full of music-inspired murals and stencils. Whether you’re art enthusiasts or curious wanderers, Melbourne’s street art is a vibrant journey you shouldn’t miss.

Melbourne street art tours

If you’d prefer to take a tour, there are some great ones on offer. I recommend this kid-friendly Melbourne Street Art tour which is led by street artists.

25. Ride the City Circle tram

Want a fun, free ride around Melbourne’s iconic spots? Hop on the City Circle tram and explore Melbourne with your kids. This vintage beauty loops around the CBD, showcasing Melbourne landmarks like the Melbourne Aquarium, the Princess Theatre and the State Library of Victoria. With onboard commentary, it’s a moving history lesson on wheels.

The trams themselves are restored W-class carriages, giving you and the kids a nostalgic journey back in time.

One of the vintage W-class City Circle trams in front of Parliament House - this is a great way to entertain kids in Melbourne!

26. Take a cruise on the river

The Yarra River is the heart of Melbourne, and there are few things more relaxing or enjoyable than taking a leisurely boat ride down the Yarra. It’s an experience that kids will love.

There are a number of operators offering river cruises, ranging from short sightseeing tours to longer dinner cruises. Some of the most popular cruises take in the city’s iconic landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Federation Square.

Your kids will get a chance to see Melbourne from a different angle and appreciate its natural beauty. Your onboard guide will most likely share interesting facts and stories about the city’s development, making it just like a floating classroom for your kids.

A Yarra River cruise is a great way to see the city from a different angle

Book a river cruise

You can head to Fed Square to book a seat on a Yarra River cruise or book ahead online:

  • This river cruise has three different routes to choose from; cruises last 1-2 hours

27. Head up 300 metres for amazing views

Got some brave kids? Head to the Melbourne Skydeck, perched on the Eureka Tower’s 88th floor. That’s a whopping 297 metres above ground! The elevator ride itself is a thrill, zooming you up in under 40 seconds.

At the top, there are 360-degree views, and on clear days, you can see up to 80 kilometres away. At nighttime in Melbourne, watch the city transform into a twinkling wonderland.

Got really brave kids? Check out the Edge, a glass cube that protrudes 3 metres out from the building and suspends you almost 300m above ground. It’s a thrilling way to take in the incredible views of Melbourne!

For kids who aren't afraid of heights, zooming up to the top of Melbouren Skydeck is a great way to see the city from above

Information about visiting Melbourne Skydeck

28. Learn about history at the Old Melbourne Gaol

If your family loves history, consider a trip to the Old Melbourne Gaol. This once-upon-a-time prison, now a museum, showcases Melbourne’s intriguing history.

For over 70 years, this gaol was home to some of Australia’s most notorious outlaws, including the legendary Ned Kelly. The kids will be captivated by the eerie vibes and stories that come alive around the gaol.

Take a guided tour, peek into prison cells, stand at the gallows and even sit in the governor’s chair and imagine what it would have been like to be in charge of such a tough institution.

Given the sometimes-scary content at this spooky Melbourne museum, there are age restrictions, so check these before booking.

Image: Tourism Australia

Information about visiting the Old Melbourne Gaol

29. Play some games in an ice bar

If you’re looking for a unique and fun experience to enjoy with your kids while in Melbourne, consider visiting IceBar Melbourne.

Yes, it may be a bar with ice-cold temperatures (a great way to escape the heat of summer in Melbourne!), but there are also games and activities to keep your kids entertained for the hour or so that you’ll be inside. Along with Connect 4 and air hockey, there’s an ice throne that makes for a great photo opportunity.

While the kids play, the adults can sip on icy cocktails or mocktails served in glasses made of ice, adding to the Arctic experience.

And don’t worry about the cold. They’ve got you covered (literally) with warm coats and gloves!

When I was here, there were families with young kids and everyone was having a great time.

Expert tip: I found the music quite loud in here, so that’s something to keep in mind for kids.

Information about IceBar Melbourne

  • Address: Atrium, Federation Square
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Book online

30. Watch a movie at IMAX

For a fun and educational activity to do with your kids in Melbourne, I highly recommend checking out IMAX Melbourne.

With its massive screen and state-of-the-art sound system, the IMAX experience immerses you in the movie like no other theatre can. From wildlife adventures to galaxies far away, there’s a flick for every fancy.

No need to settle for a regular movie theatre when you can take your family to IMAX!

Information about IMAX Melbourne

  • Website
  • Address: Melbourne Museum, Rathdowne St, Carlton Gardens
  • Hours: Varying times, check the website for film schedule

31. Enjoy High Tea

Fancy a posh afternoon with the kiddos? High tea in Melbourne is the answer! Nibble on delicate pastries, finger sandwiches and decadent cakes and pretend you’re royalty.

Melbourne has several high tea hotspots like The Langham, Hopetoun Tea Rooms, The Hotel Windsor and The Tea Room at the NGV. Some even host themed high teas synced with kids’ theatre shows. So, put on your best attire and indulge in this timeless tradition.

Some of the many delicious treats included in a High Tea in Melbourne

32. See Little Penguins at Phillip Island

If there’s a must-do family-friendly activity in Melbourne, it’s catching the Little Penguins at Phillip Island. Sure, it’s a bit of a drive from the city, but watching the world’s tiniest penguins waddle onto the shore at sunset is pure magic.

Run by the Phillip Island Nature Park, the Phillip Island Penguin Parade experience isn’t just about the “aww” factor. It’s a chance to teach your kids about conservation and the importance of safeguarding our feathery friends.

Remember, no flash photos during the parade – let’s keep it safe and comfy for the penguins!

Three Little Penguins on Phillip Island - one of the best kids activities in Melbourne

Information about the Phillip Island Penguin Parade

  • Website
  • Opening hours: Open daily, Penguin Parade Visitor Centre open from 4pm
  • You will need a car to get to Phillip Island (90 minutes’ drive) to see the nightly Penguin Parade
  • You can also book a tour with a driver

33. Pretend to be a pirate

Anchored at the South Wharf precinct is the historic Polly Woodside. Built in the 1800s in Ireland, this ship transforms into a pirate haven every third Sunday of each month.

Kids can don their pirate hats, scrub the decks, swing on ropes, hunt for treasure and even sport a temporary pirate tattoo. If your little one dreams of the swashbuckling life, this is their golden ticket.

Can’t make it on a Pirate Day? There are tours of Polly Woodside on the first Sunday of the month.

Some adult pirates aboard the Polly Woodside
Image: National Trust of Victoria

Information about the Polly Woodside

  • Website
  • Address: 21 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
  • Opening hours: Open Day – first Sunday of each month; Pirate Day – third Sunday of each month
  • Cost: Open Day – child (3-15 years) $9.50, adults $16; Pirate Day – child $15, adults $25

34. Become a Parks Victoria Junior Ranger

The Parks Victoria Junior Rangers program is one of the most enriching and interactive experiences for children in Melbourne.

From rock pool explorations to night walks and animal discoveries, it’s a deep dive into Mother Nature’s wonders. Tailored for 6 to 12-year-olds, it’s a blend of fun and learning.

Sign up to the mailing list for upcoming events.

35. Join the circus

If your kids have ever dreamed of joining the circus, the National Institute of Circus Acts can turn that dream into reality.

Here, they’ll not only master juggling and acrobatics but also boost their confidence and make friends.

There are classes for kids 5 and up and teens. Even parents can jump into the ring!

Classes run in terms, and there are also special holiday programs as well.

Information about NICA circus classes

  • Website
  • Address: 39-59 Green Street, Prahran

36. Get crafty

Got a budding designer? Let them express their style at one of Haus of Dizzy’s jewellery-making workshops.

Haus of Dizzy is an Indigenous-owned jewellery company that runs regular jewellery-making workshops. Under the watchful eye of Wiradjuri designer and “Queen of Bling” Kristy Dickinson, your kids can learn how to make bracelets or necklaces at a “Snack and Bling” event.

Workshops are for kids aged 6 and up. There are limited spaces and they sell out quickly so keep an eye out for the next workshop.

Melbourne kids activities: Final thoughts

If you were wondering what to do in Melbourne with kids, with this list in hand, you’re now all set. Keeping the family occupied while you’re in Melbourne is easy because there are sooo many things to do with kids in Melbourne.

The only challenge? Convincing the kids it’s time to head home after all the fun!

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I’m Rebecca, a Melbourne local excited to show you the best of Melbourne. I've visited more than 40 countries and have a Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management. After living abroad for 8 years, I’m back home in Melbourne, rediscovering this city that I love and have missed. My aim is to help you find the best things to do in Melbourne.

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