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Children’s Activities in Melbourne

The Collingwood Children’s Farm

Situated on 16 acres of land, just 4 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne, the Children’s Farm is a magic place for children and adults alike.  Open every day of the year from 9 to 5 PM with daily activities and lots of animals – horses, cows, ducks, pigs, chickens – just to name a few.

Farmer’s Market 2nd Saturday of every month

Cost:  Family $16 / Adult $8 / Child $4

The Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria, from our natural environment to our culture and history.

Located in the Carlton Gardens, opposite the historic Royal Exhibition Buildings, the award-winning Melbourne Museum houses a permanent collection in eight galleries, including one just for children.

Highlights include a complete skeleton of a blue whale, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a living rainforest, the racehorse Phar Lap and an IMAX theatre on site. Major international exhibitions are presented in the Touring Hall.

A visit to Melbourne Museum offers rich and often surprising insights into life in Victoria.

Adult admission $10, concession and children free (special exhibitions are ticketed separately and are extra)

 Bunjilaka, Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum

Bunjilaka is a space for indigenous and non-indigenous people to learn about Victoria’s Koorie (south eastern Aboriginal) people. Presentations include artworks, artifacts, stories and performances.

Open daily 10am – 5pm.  Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Adult admission $10, concession and children free (special exhibitions are ticketed separately and are extra)

 

Children’s Playground at The Melbourne Museum

Rathdowne Street, Carlton – Right next door to the Melbourne Museum and the Imax theatre in Carlton Gardens.  Street parking is available. There is also a parking station beneath the Museum.

There are 3 play areas at this park as well as a basketball court and plenty of room to move.

While there is some soft-fall on one of these playgrounds the others are covered with bark and some fine gravel in low traffic areas.  From standard swings to slides and cubby-house type areas this park has something for all children.

The three areas could be broken down into toddlers, swings and an adventure playground. The adventure play area even has some buttons on the floor that when stomped on ring series of bells.

The area is not fenced so you’ll need to be mindful of your kids are at all times.  Rathdowne Street and Nicholson Street border this park and both are busy roads so parents must stay alert.

Free entry

 

The IMAX Theatre

IMAX is the world’s largest cinema format, with a screen up to eight stories high. Films, from documentaries to latest release movies, can be experienced in 2D or 3D.

Pricing varies per movie

Scienceworks & Melbourne Planetarium

 

Scienceworks makes learning about science and technology a fun, interactive adventure.  Located in Spotswood, five kilometres from the Melbourne Central Business District, the museum presents science and technology in unexpected and involving ways.

Hands-on participation is positively encouraged and visitors can take part in live demonstrations, shows, guided tours and special activities. There is also a programme of changing exhibitions.  Scienceworks is a great place to challenge curious minds and keep active bodies busy.

The Melbourne Planetarium creates hyper-real, digital simulations of outer space in awe-inspiring astronomical shows. Sessions are information-rich and will take visitors to the stars and beyond

Open daily 10am – 4:30pm.  Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Adults $10, Concessions and Children free entry (additional charges may apply for special exhibitions)

The Melbourne Planetarium and Lightning Room shows each incur an additional charges  of $6 Adults, $5 concessions and $4.50 child (3 – 16 years).

Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium are located at 2 Booker St, Spotswood,Victoria

 

National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG)


The National Sports Museum incorporates:

  • Faster, Higher, Stronger (Olympics)
  • The People’s Ground (MCG)
  • Spirit of Sport (Sport Australia Hall of Fame)
  • Backyard to Baggy Green (Cricket)
  • Australia’s Game (Australian Rules Football)
  • Multi-Sports Exhibition
  • Game On (Interactive Gallery)
  • MCC Museum
  • Exhibitions Gallery 
  • National Sports Museum Cinema Sport 

 

Game On at the National Sports Museum!

A new, bigger and better interactive hall and a sports cinema are now open at the National Sports Museum.

Game On is a new ‘hands, feet and bottoms-on’ area within the museum.

It’s an extension of the original interactive gallery, but this time offering a larger range of sporting activities from cricket, football, bike racing, soccer and archery as well as a newspaper “sports-desk” interactive, multi-media screens and a comprehensive list of sporting world records.

There is also a new netball interactive, designed to inspire young players with images of Australian netball players from the 2008 International Test Series.

Visitors enter into the area via a portion of the running track from the 2006 Commonwealth Games and into a world of action – they can test their own goal kicking skills against AFL players, run out Adam Gilchrist on a virtual cricket pitch, test their hand-eye co-ordination and kick, throw, shoot, ride, race and run to their heart’s content.

It’s the perfect place for kids (of all ages) to let off steam!

A family pass to the National Sports Museum is $50 and $60 with the MCG Tour

Artplay

Artplay is a specially designed centre where children, primary school groups and families can be creative alongside professional artists and play in an exciting outdoor space.

Weekday workshops for schools.

Primary School Classes are invited to book in for morning and afternoon workshops at ArtPlay on weekdays.  Family fun on weekends and holidays with weekend and holiday workshops for families and children aged 12 years or under.

For all the latest program information, visit Artplay on the web or phone 9664 7900 or email artplay@melbourne.vic.gov.au

 

The Melbourne Zoo

Be filled with awe and wonder as you explore the award-winning Melbourne Zoo. With more than 300 species of animals from all over the world, you won’t believe that you’re only 4km from the central business district.

Stroll amid the lush tropical surrounds of the Asian and African Rainforests and be amazed by the rich wildlife that plays an important role in education, research and conservation.

The Melbourne Zoo houses Australian wildlife as well as wildlife from all over the world.

Open 9am – 5pm daily

Cost:  Adults $26.10 Children $12.90 Families $59.50

 

The Weribee Open Range Zoo

Why travel thousands of kilometers when a taste of African adventure is at your doorstep. Only 30 minutes from Melbourne, Werribee Open Range Zoo is full of amazing animals living in a wide, open savannah. Discover grazing rhinos, giraffes and zebras, see cheeky monkeys and cheetahs at play and get close to a pride of lions. You can even meet a family of hippos in the new Kubu River Hippos Experience.

Open 9am – 5pm daily

Cost:  Adults $26.10 Children $12.90 Families $59.50

 

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary is one of Australia’s most recognised attractions, showcasing more than 200 species of Australian wildlife, only one hour from Melbourne.  The sanctuary concentrates on breeding programs and the rehabilitation of injured animals.

The sanctuary is the perfect plast to get closer to Australia’s wildlife.  There are a number of up close experiences featuring kangaroos, koalas and dingos.  There is also a wonderful show featuring Australia’s birds of prey.  Check on the progress of animals being cared for at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre.  This is Australian flora and fauna at its best!

Open 9am – 5pm daily

Cost:  Adults $26.10 Children $12.90  Family $59.50

 The Melbourne Aquarium

Jam packed with adventure for people of all ages, take an awesome journey over four thrilling levels and experience a multitude of amazing aquatic animals.  See billabongs, rock pools, mangroves and coral atolls before diving into Australia’s Biggest Fishbowl, where huge Grey Nurse and Seven Gill sharks await!  Along the way, stop for a bite to eat at one of our quality cafes or have your photo taken in the massive shark jaws.

The Melbourne Aquarium is located at Corner of King & Flinders Streets

Open 930am – 6pm daily

Cost:  Adults $34.90 Children $21.50 Family $92 or $65

 

Clip and Climb

Clip Up… Climb Up… Fun Up!

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At Clip ‘N Climb climbing is open to anyone, any age.

Visually exciting the arena immediately challenges you to fun up!

There’s 33 climbing challenges PLUS 2 extra, amp it up experiences – the Leap of Faith and Vertical Drop Slide.

See how many ways you can climb – race yourself or your mates on the Speed Walls, bounce off the Inflatable, master the Dark Tower and take The Stairway to Heaven.

Every climb is equipped with the trublu autobelay making it safe and easy to climb free of a belay buddy.

Had enough? Made it to the top? Want to go up again? Just jump off, glide down, and start your next climb.

And, for safety’s sake – children 12 years and under require their harness to be checked by an adult before each climb.

Location:  144 Murphy Street, Richmond, Melbourne

Tel: 03 9421 6600

Open:funup@clipnclimbmelbourne.com.au

TUE – THU 10am – 7pm
FRI 10am – 8pm
SAT 9am – 8pm
SUN 9am – 7pm
School holidays
MON – THURS 9am – 9pm
FRI – SUN 9am – 10pm

 

 

Gravity Zone – Launch Yourself!
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Featuring over 150 trampolines and 3000sq metres of gravity-defying mayhem, Gravity Zone is an Indoor Trampoline Centre like no other.

Gravity Zone offers activities for all ages from little leapers through to extreme sports fanatics. There are numerous Gravity Zone’s to come down and try depending on your skill level including:

  • Pro Zone – High performance trampolines
  • Free Zone – Free trampoline jumping
  • Mini Jump Zone – Dedicated area for preschool littlies
  • Slam Zone – Basketball trampolining
  • Dodge Zone – Dodgeball games
  • Foam Zone – Fun foam pits
  • Kids Zone – Playground area

Gravity Zone is ultra-safe for kids little or big, with luxurious padding and foam ensuring a soft, bouncy landing no matter how extreme your trampoline moves may get. Wet weekends or school holidays – Gravity Zone is an adrenaline-pumping, safe way for everyone to burn their excess energy away. We offer:

  • Adrenaline-charged ‘jumper’ sessions
  • Group Jumping Sessions
  • Fully-catered party and celebration events (dietary requirement capable)
  • Corporate team building activities with a difference
  • A Fuel Zone Café overlooking the entire layout which enables adults to relax with a GREAT coffee and a delicious meal and jumpers to replenish their energy. No Food or drink is to be brought into the venue.

Come and join us to Defy Gravity

1300 GRZone or (1300 479 663)

25 Oliphant Way, Seaford
VIC 3198

Easy Access from Eastlink,
Peninsula Link and
Frankston Freeways

 

 

The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens

The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is a magical place to discover the world of plants. Come and dig, build, imagine, create, hide…come and explore!

The Children’s Garden is located at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Observatory Precinct, Birdwood Avenue, SouthYarra 3141

Cost:  Free

The Children’s Garden closes for two months at the end of school holidays in July. 

 

Plant Craft Cottage at the Royal Botanic Gardens

During school holidays children’s craft workshops are held at the Plant Craft Cottage.  Reservations are a must please call 03 9650 3235 for bookings!

 

 

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