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Best Places for Active Toddlers in Melbourne

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Melbourne's best places for toddlers; a list by Belinda Small of Small Ideas

When asking Melburnian Instagrammers to contribute towards the best places to go and things to do with kids in our beloved Melbs, Belinda from Small Ideas went one step further.

Belinda offers her suggestions for the best places to go in Melbourne, with active toddlers. With Belinda running Melbourne's very own family discount membership program for kid friendly venues, she is in the know!

Without further ado, here are Belinda's suggestions for the best places to go in Melbourne for active toddlers:

Belinda Small, Small Ideas

"I get asked all the time where is the best indoor play centreís or activities to take an early walker and toddler between ages 14 months and 3 years."

"The answer is there are heaps of places around Melbourne but these are our top picks and why," says Belinda.

Little Creature, Balwyn

This is the perfect start if you havenít started the BIG world of play centreís. Itís tiny but cosy with a variety of different areas like little grocery store, small slide, arts, trucks, costumes and weekly dancy or story time appropriate for toddlers and babies.

Little Creature, Balwyn

Web: little-creatures.com.au

Little Cinos, Lilydale

If you live in the East then Iím jealous as this is a great venue with loads of activities for little ones and a great cafť! Check out their weekly events list on facebook as they also have story time weekly.

Little Cinos, Lilydale

Web: facebook.com/LittleCinos

Scienceworks, Newport

Since the creation of Ground Up Scienceworks is the perfect place for children under the age of 5. It ticks all the boxes for crawlers, early walker and toddlers and is open every day so you donít need to wait for the monthly Little Kidsí Day in which can often be very busy and perhaps overwhelming for the little ones.

Ground Up, Scienceworks

Web: museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks

Melbourne Museum, Carlton

If you havenít visited the Melbourne Museum since highschool (like me) you will be so surprised about how much fun is to be had with your family here. There is a new section called The Pauline Gandel and itís designed for small children. Thereís an indoor and outdoor space and lots of things to climb, touch, see and hear for crawlers, walkers and older siblings.

Melbourne Museum

Web: museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum

The Hungry Peacock, Tyabb

Not everyone may be lucky enough to live in the Peninsula but every family must put it on the to do list. If youíre visiting The Big Goose, Dinasour World, Moonlit Sanctuary or one of the mazes be sure to make The Hungry Peacock your pit stop for breakfast, or lunch Ė I guarantee you wonít be disappointed. It is ALL about the kids here with so much for them to do mum and dad simply put their feet up and probably wont want to leave!

The Hungry Peacock

Web: www.thehungrypeacock.com.au

Planet Kids, Southbank

The cleanest, most spacious play centre thatís suitable for babies, toddlers and young kids. It has different rooms and caters for different ages.

The coffee is BRILLIANT and I highly recommend this if itís your first playcentre visit.

Planet Kids

Web: planetshakers.com/playcentre

Play Shed, Thomastown

To all the northern parents this is the play centre to START. My child went when he just started to walk at 12 months but Iíve seen crawlers enjoying this play centre also! It has a variety of activities and a lovely cafť serving nutritious food, but the reason to try this one is you will feel that they are safe with no super large slides or areas for concern.

Play Shed, Thomastown

Web: www.playshedcafe.com.au

Play Central, Port Melbourne

Famous for two things Ė their dodgem car rides obviously only for the older children and their imaginative play area which is for toddlers only. This is one of the first I have ever seen and it has a great Grocery Store zone, construction zone for soft building, chefís cooking zone and more. If you have older children also then this play centre is able to cater for both, whilst the others above are generally only for the younger ones.

Play Central, Port Melbourne

Web: www.playcentral.com.au

Wanting to visit any one of the above places for active toddlers in Melbourne? Make sure you grab your Small Ideas Melbourne Membership and save $$ on entry!

Visit: smallideas.com.au to sign up!

Heading Interstate with your toddlers? If you're considering a visit to Brisbane, check out the following one-stop directory, organised by location for things to do with toddlers in Brisbane.

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