Keeping the small ones entertained is a breeze as there are lots of things to do in Melbourne with kids – rain, hail or shine.
Many activities are free, or at least easy on the wallet.
Getting to places can be half the fun – kids love Melbourne’s trams and trains! And parents can relax, free from stressing about traffic and parking.
Keep in mind that Melbourne often has four seasons in one day. So check the weather forecast and load your day-pack accordingly.
Outdoor Things to Do In Melbourne with Kids
Entry to these three world-class zoos is FREE for under-16s on weekends, public holidays and Victorian school holidays. 0 -3 years are free every day.
Melbourne Zoo is 4 kilometres from the CBD. Must-see’s include the Orangutan Sanctuary, Trail of Elephants, and the walk-through Butterfly House.
Werribee Open Range Zoo is the next best thing to going on safari in Africa. There’s an awesome menagerie of animals, including hippos, giraffes, bison, gorillas and meerkats.
Healesville Sanctuary is out of the city, but well worth the trip to get up close to Australian animals in a natural setting.
St Kilda is a hot favourite for a swim, followed up with a walk along the foreshore, rides at Luna Park, and ice-creams in Acland Street. Head to St Kilda’s Catani Gardens or Botanic Gardens for a play and a picnic.
Albert Park Beach and Brighton Beach are also idyllic spots for swimming and playing in the sand.
Royal Botanic Gardens
This beautiful 36-hectare garden next to the CBD has lots of spaces for running around, games, and picnicking.
The Free City Circle Tram
Hop aboard a heritage tram for a fun and informative tour of the city and Docklands.
Rainy Day Things to Do in Melbourne With Kids
There’s heaps to do here, including ice-skating at the massive and very cool Medibank Icehouse, playing at Monkey Mania indoor play centre, and rides at Wonderland Fun Park.
The Shed Skatepark Cranbourne
Australia’s biggest and best indoor skate park offers extreme fun from 10am to 9pm daily, for ages 6 to 16. It’s just under an hour’s drive from the CBD, or an easy train ride.
Kids will be amazed by the eye-popping ‘worlds’ populated with sharks, crocodiles, penguins, and a myriad of other marine creatures.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
This is a good one for sporty kids who are a bit older. The MCG’s National Sports Museum is filled with wonderful memorabilia.
For upcoming things to do in Melbourne with kids, check out the Melbourne Event Finder.