Melbourne is a playground for the young and young at heart, with plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained for days. If you’re planning your next holiday with the kids, you’ll want to check out some of these top things to do in Melbourne for a fun-filled family holiday.
Stop monkeying around and head to the Melbourne Zoo! Visit the Orang-utans in their treetop home, play zookeeper in the Keeper Kids playspace, learn about animals such as lions and meerkats at the daily talks or get up close and personal with the zoo’s five Asian elephants in their garden home.
Melbourne Museum isn’t just for big kids! Children up to age five will have a blast at the Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery, located within the Melbourne Museum. Dig for dinosaur fossils, discover different plants in the garden, or get your groove on at the ‘camouflage disco’!
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
The underwater world awaits at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium! From playful penguins to smooth stingrays, there’s so much marine life to discover. With daily talks and feeds, glass-bottom boat rides, a 4-D Ice Age cinema experience and more, this is one of the top Melbourne attractions and a must-do when visiting Melbourne with the kids.
Located approximately 20 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Scienceworks is the ideal place for those wanting to be future scientists. Walk on the moon in a virtual reality experience, practice your coding skills in a weekend workshop or visit the quieter baby zone and let your imagination soar!
St Kilda and Luna Park Melbourne
St Kilda is one of Melbourne’s most popular suburbs to visit and perfect for a great day out with the family. Stroll along the beautiful beach and pier, grab a souvenir from the St Kilda Markets, take a dip in the historic St Kilda Sea Baths, catch a show at the Palais Theatre or dine at one of the many restaurants and cafes. If that’s not enough, head to Luna Park Melbourne, with thrilling rides, exciting carnival games, a carousel, choo choo train and more!
Eureka Tower/Eureka Skydeck
Look up, wayyy up, and you’ll spot the Eureka Skydeck, located 297 metres above Southbank in the Eureka Tower. This is the best place for panoramic views of Melbourne city and the surrounding regions. Step onto The Edge, a transparent glass cube which slides out from the tower, or spot iconic landmarks such as the MCG from the viewfinders dotted around the skydeck.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
For a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city, take the family to the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden is perfect for budding botanists, or you can hop on the Garden Explorer for a guided tour of the 38-hectares of beautiful gardens.
Wonderland Junior and the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Located in the Docklands district, Wonderland Junior is a fun park for little and big kids alike. Board the Circus Train for an animal adventure, spin around on the mini swing ride or grab some fairy floss or a snow cone from the sweet treats shop. Also located in the Docklands precinct is the iconic Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Soar high above the city in a spacious cabin for 360-degree views of the city and beyond.
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