The iconic Federation Square was primarily designed as a hub to celebrate Australia's centenary of federation back in 2001, and since then "fed square" has evolved into a meeting hub, with two kid friendly destinations in Melbourne, and with a couple more close by.
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is a kid friendly destination when you really look and begin to appreciate. Although ACMI is home to many popular exhibitions, there is a kids corner on the ground floor where interactivity, innovations and creativities come alive in the screen centre. The junior film buffs will enjoy this simple space. Otherwise ACMI is home to many and varied kids events from kids exhibits to films. It is all a matter of keeping in touch with both the ACMI and Federation Square websites.
An interactive experience is enjoyed here
Once your child/children have had enough of screen area, walk up the stairs and there is a shop that sells all things kids friendly. Good quality toys of course. A convenient place to buy many and varied children's books. If you have a son, or maybe even a couple of sons, they will love the Batman accessories here, from plush toys to colouring books to name.
Some of the Batman accessories
Of course, Melbourne is also well renowned for its cafe culture, and although there are an abundance of places that are kid friendly in and around the city, as well as at nearby Southbank, the experience would not be complete without spending a bit of time at ACMI's on site cafe, Cafe Tacuba. A busy hub, yet ever so kid friendly, despite the majority of the menu being rather spicy. The majority of the time, it is okay for kids to colour in and play here. A perfect way to end the ACMI experience.
Other kid friendly items for sale
Many people tend to associate ACMI with films and science. On Sunday's and during the school holiday periods, ACMI is home to the Kids' Flicks program. Such films on show include Walt Disney's classic, Dumbo as well as The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and ET to name. 3D screenings are also available. ACMI members pay slightly less. Even though the prices will rise in June 2013, seeing a movie from $5-$7 is still a good deal.