As Australia's second city, Melbourne is filled with attractions and activities for kids of all ages. Whether you're looking for something to do at weekends or during school holidays, Melbourne has a wealth of fun and educational activities for the whole family to explore. Here are just six ideas for great days out in Melbourne.
Perfect for both thrill seekers and nature enthusiasts, the Trees Adventure experience offers family fun and excitement high in the canopy, gliding from tree to tree on a succession of ropes and swings. There are different courses available for all ages, with kids as young as four able to join in only a couple of metres above ground, while the older and more adventurous can tackle obstacle courses rising to twenty metres high. Sessions last for two hours including full training and safety instruction.
The Polly Woodside is an antique three-masted sailing ship with a long and fascinating history. She travelled over 1.5m miles during her working life, and now in retirement has plenty of tales to share. Visitors can enjoy galleries of scenes from years spent transporting coal and wheat between England and South America, fun and educational live theatre productions, and even swashbuckling pirate days to get the children involved with a sense of adventure. The site is ideal for a full day out, with a scenic wharf and picnic facilities, and special party packages are available for birthdays and other celebrations.
Melbourne Luna Park
The Luna Park's motto is 'Just for Fun', which is very apt for this varied adventure and theme park. Featuring a variety of rides for all ages, from a traditional scary Ghost Train to hair-raising roller coasters, there's plenty to keep the whole family occupied. Luna Park offers all the fun and excitement of the carnival, from classic heritage rides to modern show-stoppers. With a wide range of food available from fairground classic treats to gourmet pizza, it's easy to make a day of it.
Melbourne Zoo offers a world of wildlife in the heart of the city, with animals ranging from the tropical to the polar. All the zoo favourites from lions to elephants are here, living in habitats as close to nature as possible, and the Close Encounters project gives you the chance to get thrillingly close to many of the residents. The zoo also features regular events including 'Meet the Keeper' days and live music evenings, and places a special emphasis on education about the values of conservation and wildlife preservation.
Australia is known worldwide as a melting pot of cultures and history, and nowhere explores this theme better than the Immigration Museum. Featuring the real life stories of people who have moved to Australia from all over the world, the exhibits gives a unique and at times moving account of the rich shared heritage of the country. The museum combines interactive fun with strong educational values, at levels to hold the interest of kids of all ages.
Moore Educational Centre
The Moore Educational centre makes science, engineering and technology come to life through the use of Lego. With workshops and exhibits suitable for kids from ages four to thirteen, children are encouraged to 'learn by making'. The activities range from building relatively simple fairy tale towers for younger visitors, to more complicated projects which explore the ideas of solar power and sustainability. As well as organised events, the centre includes areas for free play along with dining facilities and an extensive range of Lego products in the centre's gift shop. Although the emphasis is on learning, there's no shortage of fun available and this is a must visit for any and all Lego fans!
There are more than enough activities for kids in Melbourne to keep any family busy throughout the year, but finding the time can be a challenge. Gain back free time you would have otherwise spent on household chores by booking a cleaner with Helpling.