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100 Things To Do In Melbourne With Kids

by Kayla Mackinnon
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Over 100 Things To Do In Melbourne With Kids.

(An A-Z Directory of Things To do in Melbourne With Kids)

Melbourne is a great family-friendly city. Most tourists attractions in Melbourne welcome people of all ages. There are hundreds of free playgrounds, a large number of indoor play centres and many museums to explore.

Here are 100 things to do in Melbourne with Kids.

1. Go on a Road Trip To A Maze’N Things Theme Park in Phillip Island

Address: 1805 Phillip Island Rd, Cowes VIC 3922

A Maze’N Things is home to a huge 2 km maze, a high ropes course, a mini-golf course, puzzles and optical illusions.

While there make sure you check out the magic exhibition with a lot of magic inspired illusions.

The venue has toilets, a cafe and a gift shop. There are also BBQ facilities and a playground that you can use without purchasing a ticket.

2. Spend An Afternoon At ACMI (Australian Centre for The Moving Image)

Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000


3. Take a Trip To Geelong and Splash Around At Adventure Park

1249 Bellarine Hwy, Wallington VIC 3222


4. See The Animals at The Animal Land Children’s Farm In Diggers Rest

200 Duncans Ln, Diggers Rest VIC 3427   

5. Ride The Waterslides and Go For a Swim at Aquapulse Hoppers Cr


80-82 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029

6. See How Many Fish You Can Spot at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Address: King St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Melbourne Aquarium is better known as Sea Life Melbourne, the aquarium lets your family discover an amazing underwater world. Have a glimpse of the best and most mesmerizing sea creatures with your family; huge sharks, penguins, massive crocodiles, and mysterious stingrays are on the list of animals you can find at the Melbourne Aquarium.

7. Get Creative at Art play

Birrarung Marr, Russell St Ext, Melbourne VIC 3000


8. Ride The Arthur’s Seat Eagle

Address1085 Arthurs Seat Rd, Arthurs Seat VIC 3936

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9. Have Fun With Photography and Optical Illusions at ArtVo

Address: Shop NCF, 07 Level/1 26 Star Cres, Docklands VIC 30084


10. See a Movie at The Astor Theatre

1 Chapel St, St Kilda VIC 3182

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11. See How High You Can Climb Up The Playground At Booran reserve

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12 Eat a Delicious Italian Dish, Dessert or Gelato at Brunetti

Carlton Location: 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053

Flinders Lane Location: 250 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Myer Melbourne: 314-336, Myer Melbourne 3, Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000


13. Visit Bundoora Park Children’s Farm

Address:1069 Plenty Road Bundoora, VIC, Australia 3083

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Image: Bundoora Park Farm Facebook Page

14. Explore The Library And See a Show at Bunjil Place

Address: Bunjil Place, Patrick NE Dr, Narre Warren VIC 3805

Image: bunjilplace.com.au

The Library at Fountain Gate has gotten a huge overhaul. It is now one of Melbourne’s best libraries.

Bunjil Place is a huge landmark located outside of Fountain Gate. You won’t miss it. The Bunjil place library is a huge 3 story library! The whole ground floor is a dedicated children’s area!

There is a gigantic collection of children’s books and lots of cozy bean bags and reading nooks. There is also a dedicated reading amphitheatre to read in.

Each week Bunjil Place also hosts Baby Rhyme time. It’s a free reading and singing session for babies under 12 months. See here for upcoming sessions.

There are also many shows to see at Bujil place. There are plenty of shows specifically for young kids. At the time of writing this article Bluey and Shrek, The Musical are currently showing at Bunjil Place. See here for current upcoming events.

15. Fall In Love With The Earth at CERES (Community Environment Park)

Address:Stewart St & Roberts St, Roberts St, Brunswick East VIC 3057


16. Visit Historic Chesterfield farm

Address: 1221 Ferntree Gully Rd, Scoresby

17. Explore The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden at The Royal Botanic Gardens

Address: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004

18. Eat Hotpot and Immerse Yourself In Chinese Culture in Chinatown

Address: Little Bourke Street Melbourne, Vic. The Gateway to Chinatown is located at 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Vic

19. Do a Circus Class at The Circus Spot

Address: 31 Essex St, Pascoe Vale VIC 3044

The Circus Spot offers circus classes for anyone over the age of 2. There are even classes for adults! Which is a great alternative and fun way to get fit.

There are classes in Acrobatics, tumbling, trapeze, Aerial silks, Aerial hoop and general circus skills classes to participate in.

2o.Take a Tour of The CBD on The City Circle Tram

Melbourne CBD

Image: Yarra Trams

The City Circle Tram is a free tourist tram. It’s a great way to see all of the main tourist attractions in the Melbourne CBD and is also a convenient and free way to get around.

The tram offers audio commentary as it travels around some Melbourne attractions such as The State Library, Melbourne Museum, Federation Square, Sea Life Aquarium, Melbourne Central and more. The tram runs every 20 minutes between 10 am and 6 pm Sunday to Wednesday and from 10 am and 9 pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

21. See How High You Can Climb at Clip ‘n Climb Berwick

Address: 39-51 Intrepid St, Berwick VIC 3806

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22. Milk a Cow and Visit The Animals At Collingwood children’s farm

Address: 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

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23. Have Fun With Sensory Play at Craftercise

52A Hawker St, Airport West VIC 3042

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24. Feel Like a Grown-Up at Dream City

Address: DFO South Wharf, Shop 114/115, Level/1 20 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006


25. Ride The Diamond Valley Miniature Railway Eltham

Lower Eltham Park, Eltham, 570 Main Rd, Eltham VIC 3095

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26. Have Some Family Fun at The Enchanted Adventure Garden

Address: 55 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat VIC 3936

27. Cycle around Essendon Traffic School

Address: 43A Lawson St, Essendon VIC 3040


28. Bask In the Views At Eureka Skydeck

Address: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006


29. Explore Melbourne’s laneways

Melbourne CBD. See our Melbourne laneway guide.

100 things to do in melbourne with laneway restaurants and cafes3o. On a Day Trip To Fairy park

Address: 2388 Geelong-Ballan Rd, Anakie VIC 3213


31. See What’s on at Federation square

Address: Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

32. Play at Cubbies, Fitzroy Adventure Playground

Address: 167 Condell St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

33. Go For A Treat and Try a Freakshake

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Melbourne has a great cafe culture and some of the best food in the world. The latest cafe food trend in Melbourne are freakshakes.  Freakshakes are more than a milkshake. They are an entire dessert. They’re so big in fact they could be shared between two people. Some of the best cafes and restaurants to get freakshakes include Sweet Espresso  Sugar Buns and Common Galaxia . 

34. Cool Off On a Hot Day At Funfields in Whittlesea

Address: 2365 Plenty Rd, Whittlesea VIC 3757


35. Play At Funtopia

2 Locations. Address586 Frankston – Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs VIC 3201 and  3/98 -108 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone VIC 3012

36.Play at Galactic circus in Crown Casino

 Address:  8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006100 things to do in melbourne with kids galactic circus crown casino arcade

37. Window Shop (Or Actually Shop) at Geppetto’s Workshop

Sassafras Location: 371 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras VIC 3787

Olinda Location: 25 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda VIC 3788

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Photo: Gepetto’s Workshop, Facebook

38. Test Your Golfing Skills at Glowgolf

Address: Shop 35 Star Cres, Docklands VIC 3008


39. Burn Off Some Energy At Go climb Coburg

Address: LINCOLN MILLS HOMEMAKER CENTRE, 64-74 Gaffney St, Coburg VIC 3058

40. Take a Road Trip Down The Great Ocean Road and See The 12 Apostles

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If you travel by car non-stop from Melbourne to The 12 Apostles it will take you a little under 3 hours. But if you take the scenic route along The Great Ocean Road and stop at all the sights along the way you could spend a whole day heading up there.

There are so many great attractions and sights along The Great Ocean Road that you shouldn’t miss.

41. Slide Down Water Slides at The New and Improved Gumbuya world

Address: LINCOLN MILLS HOMEMAKER CENTRE, 64-74 Gaffney St, Coburg VIC 3058

42. Go For a Surf or a Swim at URBNSURF Melbourne

Address: 309 Melrose Dr, Tullamarine VIC 3045

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43. Learn About Native Wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary

Address: Glen Eadie Ave, Healesville VIC 3777

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Healesville Sanctuary is located one hour from Melbourne in the beautiful Yarra Valley.

This is the zoo to go to when you want to see native Australian animals.

Healesville Sanctuary is passionate about fighting extinction and is a great place to educate your kids on our native wildlife.  The zoo is a sanctuary that is known for its conservation of native Australian animals, such as wallabies, wombats, koalas, platypuses, Tasmanian devils and more.

A visit to Healesville can be a great educational and fun outing for your kids to learn about native Australian wildlife and animal conservation.

For a fun experience, the zoo offers encounters with kangaroos, echidnas and koalas. If you would like a behind the scenes tour of how the animals are fed on a daily basis you can even take a sanctuary food tour.

44. Play Mini Golf Holey Moley

4 Locations Crown Melbourne, Melbourne CBD, Frankston and Ringwood.

45. Go To Melbourne “Coolest” Bar — IceBar Melbourne

Address: The Atrium Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000

Yes, Kids can go to the IceBar. They are even given a free mocktail on arrival. Entry into the IceBar comes with complimentary snow gear so there’s no need to bring your own. I mean who wants to drag snow gear all the way out to the city to go out. Plus I’m sure a lot of people in Melbourne don’t own snow gear since it does not snow in Melbourne. The IceBar stays -10 degrees celsius all year round so that snow gear is a must.

Pricing: Children are allowed into the IceBar between 11 AM and 7 PM and tickets are $19. There’s also a family pass available for $99 (2 adults and 2 children). Adult tickets vary depending on drink options. See here for a full range of ticket options.

46. Go Indoor Skydiving at iFly Melbourne

Address: 2 Burns St, Essendon Fields VIC 3041

47. See a 3D Movie or Educational 3D Show at Imax

Address: Melbourne Museum Precinct, Rathdowne St, Carlton VIC 3053

48. Explore Melbourne’s History of Settlement at The Immigration museum

Address: 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

49. Visit Pop Culture Superstore Minotaur

Address: 264 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

50. Get Your Imagination Going at Interaxcity Children’s Museum

Address:  1A Cawkwell St, Malvern VIC 3144

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51.Hop aboard Pollywoodside

Address: 21 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf VIC 3006

52.Have a Cup of Tea and a Cake at Lady lavenders Tea Room

Address: 3085 Princes Hwy, Bunyip VIC 3815

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53. Ride All The Rides at Luna Park 

18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182 Australia

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Luna Park has been a Melbourne icon for over 100 years! The rides at Luna Park are generally tame and most rides are family-friendly.

See if your kids are brave enough to ride the Scenic Railway. Don’t be fooled by its size it’s a very mild rollercoaster.

From the top of The Scenic Railway, you’ll have a great view over Port Phillip Bay and the Melbourne skyline. If you go at night you can even enjoy 6,000 lights at night from the Luna Park Carousel.

54. Visit The 3-Storey Library- Library at The Dock

Address: 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008


55. Spend an Afternoon At Legoland Discovery Centre

Level 2/ 1341 Dandenong Rd., Chadstone VIC 3148, Australia

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The Legoland Discovery Centre has 13 exhibits including a miniature Melbourne made entirely of lego. See how many Melbourne landmarks your kids can point out such as Luna Park, Eureka Tower and Flinders Street Station.

The Discovery Centre also has a 4D cinema with simulated rain, snow, and wind. Each movie is 20-minutes long and there are 5 movies to choose from.

There is also an indoor playground, and 2 rides for your kids to enjoy. Once your kids have burned all of their energy there’s a cafe to recharge their imaginations.

56. Learn About History, Science and Culture at Melbourne Museum

Address: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053

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57. Visit The Melbourne Zoo

Address: Elliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052

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Melbourne zoo has over 300 species of animals including birds, mammals and reptiles.

Melbourne zoo also has animal experiences and guided tours if you want to see the animals up-close. There are experiences available with elephants, kangaroos, gorillas, tigers, giraffes, seals, orangutans and more.

If you’re up to it you can even spend a night at the zoo. With Melbourne Zoo’s Roar and Snore.

58.Visit The Environmentally Friendly State Of The Art Melton Library

Address: 31 McKenzie St, Melton, Vic
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59. Visit Montsalvat

Address: 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham VIC 3095

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Read our review on Montsalvat Eltham here.

61. Get Up Close To Australian Animals at Moonlit Sanctuary WIldlife Conservation Park

Address: 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale VIC 3912


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62. Visit The Museum of Play and Art (MoPA)

Address: 51 McKillop St, Geelong VIC 3220

63. Play at My puzzle house

Address: 5 Embrey Ct, Pakenham VIC 3810


64. See an Exhibit at The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

Address: 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006

65. Visit The National Sports Museum at The MCG

Address: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Ave, Melbourne VIC 3000

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66. Go Ice Skating at O’brien Ice House

Address: Ground/105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands VIC 3008

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67. Visit The Historic Old Melbourne Gaol

Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000

68. See the Colony of Little Fairy Penguins At St Kilda Pier

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That’s right, you don’t need to travel all the way to Phillip Island to see penguins in their natural environment. Some adults that have lived in Melbourne their whole lives don’t even know that there is a penguin colony in St Kilda.  Just before the sunsets, you can see the cute little penguins coming ashore! Adorable.

69. Eat Everything at The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

Address: 930 Phillip Island Rd, Newhaven VIC 3925

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Great for sweet tooths. Panny’s World of Chocolate at Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is a must-visit.

You can go on a self-guided chocolate factory tour and view the Chocolate Statue of David and the world’s biggest chocolate waterfall! 400 kilos of chocolate flows from the waterfall every 3 minutes. If you ever had dreams of going to WIlly Wonka’s Chocolate Factory this is probably the closest you’ll get.

When you purchase a ticket for a self-guided tour you will get a bar of complimentary Belgian chocolate. Your ticket for entry is also edible!

After working up an appetite wandering around the chocolate factory you can eat your heart out in the cafe. If you’re not a chocolate lover don’t worry. The menu has savoury options making it a great place to have lunch.

And before leaving don’t forget to stop by the chocolate shop so you have some chocolate to take with you.

70. See The Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Address: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands VIC 3922

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You can’t say you have been to Phillip Island without watching the penguin parade. The Phillip Island Penguin Parade is one of Victoria’s biggest attractions. Also, there’s no denying that the penguins are super cute. The penguins on Phillip Island are the smallest species of Penguins on earth. Each night on Summerlands Beach the penguins return to their nesting grounds. There are several ways to view the penguins. See here for viewing options and penguin experiences.


71. Ride Puffing Billy

Address: 1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave VIC 3160

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72. Wonder Around The Queen Victoria Market

Address: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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73. Play at Rabbit Hole Play Centre

Address: 13/227 Ballarat Rd, Braybrook VIC 3019

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74. Go Fruit Picking at Naturipe Fruits, Bacchus Marsh

Address: 638 Bacchus Marsh Rd, Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340

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75. Jump, Climb and Play at Rush HQ

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76. Learn About Science at Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood

Address: 2 Booker St, Spotswood VIC 3015

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Scienceworks allows children to learn through play. Teach your kid about the human body by letting them play in a playground of giant organs, or let them get some exercise in the sports section of the museum.

In the sports section, you can race against a simulated Cathy Freeman to test how fast your kids are. It’s a great way to trick your kids into burning off some energy.

If your kids can sit down without getting restless you can take them to a show in the planetarium or watch a lighting show to help teach your kids how lightning is created.

77. Go On a Seal Watching Cruise in Phillip Island

Address: 11 The Esplanade, Cowes VIC 392100 things to do in melbourne with kids seal watching cruise phillip island


The coasts surrounding Phillip Island are home to some spectacular wildlife. You can take a seal, dolphin or whale cruise off the coast of Phillip Island. On a seal-watching cruise, an average of 5000 seals can be seen, so you’re guaranteed a great experience. On a Dolphin and Whale watching cruise, there is an 80% chance of a whale or dolphin sighting but you will be guaranteed to at least see seals on the cruise. Regardless it’s still a great experience and most cruise packages come with lunch, dinner or morning tea.

Note that wildlife cruises are seasonal so bookings are essential. There are various ticket options. See here for more info and ticket prices.     

78. See Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at The Princess Theatre

Address: 163 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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79.Appreciate The Wildlife At Serendip Sanctuary, Lara

Address: 100 Windermere Rd, Lara VIC 3212

80. Go Rollerskating at Sk8house

Address: Unit 3/2 Amayla Cres, Carrum Downs VIC 3201

81. Try All The Food and Explore The Shops At South Melbourne Market

Address: 322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205

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82. Play for Free at St Kilda Adventure Playground

Address: Neptune St, St Kilda VIC 3182


83.  Explore The Beautiful State Library Victoria

Address: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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84. Go Shopping at Melbourne’s Own Harry Potter Inspired Store. The Store of Requirement

Address: 6 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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85. Wonder Around The Summer Night Market

Address: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000

86. Fall in Love With Reading at The Little  Bookroom

Address: 220 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068

87. Go Shopping at The Lost Forests Toy Store 

Address: Ground floor, SC The District Docklands, G21/7 Wharf St, Docklands VIC 3008

88. Shop Til You Drop at Treetop Toy Shop

Address: 353 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056


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89. See a Movie at V Junior Cinemas, Sunshine

Address: 80 Harvester Rd, Sunshine VIC 3020

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90. Play a Virtual Reality Game at Zero Latency

Address: 22-32 Steel St, North Melbourne VIC 3051


91. Attend Weerama Festival, Werribee

Address: Watton Street Werribee

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92. Wonder around The Werribee Mansion

Address: Main Dr, Werribee South VIC 3030

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93. Go on a Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Address: K Rd, Werribee South VIC 3030

Werribee Zoo is located around 30 minutes from the CBD but it is worth a visit. Werribee Zoo does have things that Melbourne Zoo does not have so don’t give it a miss.

What makes Werribee Zoo unique is the Safari Bus. Your kids will feel like they’re on an African safari. The safari bus allows you to see African animals up close and instead of behind a cage or fence. The Safari bus is included in the price of admission so a visit to Werribee Zoo is definitely worth it.

As well as the Safari bus, Werribee Zoo also has animal encounters and a slumber safari. The slumber safari allows you to spend two days at the zoo immersing yourself in the zoo and participating in unique animal encounters,

94. Attend White Night Melbourne

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95. Get Cozy With Some Warm Food At The Winter night Market

Address: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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96.Stay at The Wizards Suite at The Windsor hotel

Address: 111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000

97. Play at The Newly Renovated Wyndham Park, Werribee

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Wyndham Park has had a 13 million dollar upgrade. It is one of the best parks in Melbourne!

Wyndham Park is home to 2 playgrounds: Nature Park Playground and Wyndham Park Playground. There are 2 outdoor gyms for the adults with plenty of workout equipment to use.

The park is also home to an oval, bike tracks, BBQ facilities and picnic areas. There are also toilets and water fountains. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon and have a picnic or a BBQ.

98. Eat Everything at The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Address: 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775

99. Play at Rainbow Town Glen Waverley

Address: 49-55 Myrtle St, Glen Waverley VIC 3150


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100. Climb The 1000 Steps of The Kokoda Track Memorial  Trail (or Try To)

Address: Dandenong Ranges National Park, Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Ferny Creek VIC 3786

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There you go! Those are our top 100 things to do in Melbourne with Kids. What are your favourite things to do in Melbourne with kids?


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