Parks & Playgrounds in Melbourne
Botanical Gardens – The Royal Botanical Gardens are a wonder of beautiful plants and exotic gardens. Amongst all this nature the RBG are a brilliant spot for a picnic. The vast open spaces of lush green lawns, rolling towards pretty lakes full of life beccon you to take shade under the large trees, lay down your rug and enjoy the sounds and beautiful vista of the park.
ArtPlay Playground, Birrarung Marr - This is a great playground with lots of colorful equipment for the kids to climb on and explore. Lots of tables for parents to relax or unload the picnic on to and a good bikepath nearby. A winner.
Alma Park East Adventure Playground, St Kilda - This is a great playground for kids 5yrs+ with a tree house, flying fox plus lots of adventurous equipment. BBQ and picnic facilities on site make it a good choice for a parkside children's party.
Kid Friendly Restaurants in Melbourne
Radio Mexico - A more recent addition to the flurry of Latin American restaurants opening in Melbourne, Radio Mexico is good quality Mexican, great price and a really fun atmosphere. The one unfortunate thing is that it follows the popular Melbourne trend of not taking bookings. It's the perfect place to dine with the kids but get there early. It opens at 4pm and kids don’t like to wait!!
11-13 Carlisle St, St Kilda 3182 (03) 9534 9990 www.radiomexico.com.au
Mr Wolf – Mr Wolf also in St Kilda is brilliant to bring the kids. They have a kids menu at really reasonable prices, great fruit drinks for the kids and coloured pencils and paper arrive to the kids as soon as you sit down. The service is friendly and efficient so no-one is left waiting and with an early sitting there are plenty of families dining so you don’t feel out of place. Mum and Dad will love it too – the pizzas are delicious and the salads are fresh and tasty.
9-15 Inkerman St, St Kilda 3182 (03) 9534 0255 www.mrwolf.com.au
Jock’s Ice-Cream and Sorbets – my friends have been raving about this place! And its true the ice-cream is to die for. The honeycomb chunks in the hokey pokey are massive. The ice-cream is fresh. smooth and so delicious. The serves are very generous which is always a nice surprise. There are some unusual flavours that are very popular too: Obamarama (peanut butter and jelly!), Summer pudding with berry ripples….the list goes on. The whole family will be back!
83 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park 3206 (03) 9686 3838
Donut Van – South Melbourne Markets – the best donuts in Melbourne – the kids big and small will delight in the warm soft dough oozing with jam…yummy!
Keeping the Kid’s Entertained in Melbourne
Bounce – http://bounceinc.com.au
The latest kids craze in Melbourne – Bounce! Bounce is a massive indoor trampoline world. Over 100 interconnected trampolines where you can jump high and land safe.. Check it out.
Trees Adventure - http://www.treesadventure.com.au
Challenging, adventurous and so much fun fly through the tree tops of Glen Harrow heritage forest on a vast array of flying foxes and obstacle courses. There are courses to suit the most adventurous and also those who fear heights. A wonderful day can be spent in the trees and you leave invigorated and exhilarated!
Collingwood Children’s Farm - http://www.farm.org.au
A wonderful way to bring the kids to the farm. The Collingwood Children’s Farm is a farm in the city. There are lots of farm animals for the kids to meet. You can feed the chickens or milk the cows, you can take a ride on a pony or a tractor and when you get hungry you can grab a bite to eat at the café or have a sausage sizzle.
Black Light Mini Golf – http://www.glowgolf.com.au
This is glow in the dark mini golf. Its 18 holes of Black light mini golf and if you wear white or something fluorescent you are sure to put other putters off! You can putt your way around Australia’s famous icons glowing in the dark as you putt around the 18 holes of fun.
Luna Park - http://www.lunapark.com.au
On St Kilda’s foreshore behind the the big smiling face is the ultimate fun destination for kids! Full of exciting rides and attractions there is something here to entertain the whole family.
Melbourne Zoo - http://zoo.org.au/melbourne
This year Melbourne Zoo is celebrating it’s 150 year anniversary at Royal Park. Here at Melbourne Zoo you can meet over 300 different species from around the world. enjoy the interactive exhibits designed especially for the kids or take in any of the amazing animal exhibits on show. Whether you want to see the Elephants swinging their trunks, the Tigers tearing apart their dinner or the Orang-utans swinging through the trees you will love it all. My favouritr is the butterfly enclosure- where hundreds of native butterflies to Australia fly around the glasshouse – beautiful.
Ice House – Ice Skating - http://www.icehouse.com.au
Icehouse ice skating rink located in the heart of the Docklands provides loads of fun and exercise for the kids. There are skates available for kids as young as 3. You can have a lesson, or go to one of the family Happy Hours over the weekend where you can all find your feet together and get a free lesson from one of the Skate Ambassadors.
Side Tracked - http://www.sidetracked.com.au
Go Karting at Sidetracked is an activity that the kids will be begging you to go back to. A great venue for a fun outing on the weekend and a great place to host a kid’s birthday party. There is a go kart circuit, car and speed to suit all levels of ability and ages.
Kids Space - http://www.kidspace.com.au
The perfect indoor play centre for a rainy day or a day when you just need to burn off some of that kid energy and re-fire your own. Sit down with a latte and watch as the kids run, jump, slide, twist and turn their way up and down and up and down over and over again. There are areas which challenge and excite the older primary aged kids whilst a fun soft play area is available for the toddlers sectioned off from the bigger kids. A great way for the kids to burn off some steam!
GESAC - http://www.gesac.com.au
This new sports and aquatic centre has just recently opened. The water slides take you in and out of the building as you slide down towards ‘splashdown’ into the pool. There’s a Ship Wreck – a raft slide you can ride down with a friend, and a Pirate Plunge an exhilarating and dash into the water. And loads of space to splash and swim about.
There is an interactive water playground – Pirate’s Cove -which the younger kids will love. It’s easy to spend an afternoon here watching the kids enjoy the water play.
The Daily Kitchen is the café at GESAC where you can sit and have a fresh bite to eat, drink a coffee or grab a quick snack for in between slides!!
Melbourne Museum - http://museumvictoria.com.au
The Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens is a wonderful place for children to learn and explore. The museum is host to 8 galleries including one just for children. There is an IMAX cinema here where you can view amazing documentaries in 3D – or the latest flick. There is also a play area for the kids adjacent to the café so once the kids have filled their minds, tired their legs and asked you a million questions – it's a nice space to refresh with a coffee or a bite to eat and watch the kids in the play area.
Scienceworks – http://museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks
Scienceworks is a hands-on, interactive experience where science and technology challenge the mind and where exciting activities keep little bodies busy. You can run against Kathy Freeman, test your goalkeeping skills or measure your fitness. Kids love interacting in the Sportsworks exhibit.
There’s always a new and exciting exhibit up-coming and as Scienceworks is free it's a destination that both the kids and the parents wil return again and again to!
Melbourne Aquarium - http://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au
The Melbourne Aquarium is not a cheap outing for the family, however if looking for an activity to keep the kids entertained on any day – the Melbourne Aquarium will certainly do it. Wondering through the aquarium atriums whilst sharks, sting rays and sea creatures swim over you and beside you keeps the child in any of us entertained. Watching the divers in the tanks feed the sharks and sea creatures is impressive and being able to touch and feed the fish yourself is a real thrill.