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:
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"I get asked all the time where is the best indoor play centre’s 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 haven’t started the BIG world of play centre’s. It’s 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.
If you live in the East then I’m jealous as this is a great venue with loads of activities for little ones and a great café! Check out their weekly events list on facebook as they also have story time weekly.
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 don’t need to wait for the monthly Little Kids’ Day in which can often be very busy and perhaps overwhelming for the little ones.
If you haven’t 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 it’s designed for small children. There’s an indoor and outdoor space and lots of things to climb, touch, see and hear for crawlers, walkers and older siblings.
Not everyone may be lucky enough to live in the Peninsula but every family must put it on the to do list. If you’re 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 – I guarantee you won’t 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!
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 I’ve seen crawlers enjoying this play centre also! It has a variety of activities and a lovely café 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.
Famous for two things – 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, chef’s 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.