10 activities to do in Melbourne with the kids

Melbourne Aquarium

Opening Hours: 9.30 am – 6 pm everyday

Address: King Street Melbourne Phone: 1800026576

Website: www.melbourneaquarium.com.au

Family tickets are available $99 for the day (2 adults and 2 children.)

$69 day (1 adult and 2 children.)

Your children will be delighted with the Bay of Rays, Mangroves and Rockpools where they can get their hands wet, the coral caves, Art Aquarium to draw whilst viewing the beautiful brightly covered fish swimming around them and much more.

If you are interested, there are Experiences you can book to get up close and a bit more personal, such as the Shark Dive Xtreme, Penguin Passport, Behind the Scenes + Glass Bottom Boat, Ocean Rangers and Aquarist Programs.

 

The Werribee open range zoo

The zoo is located 35km west of Melbourne city centre. Open 7 days 9-5pm. 

Phone contact number 03 9731 9600. 

Website www.zoo.org.au

The 200-hectare property is home to some of Africa’s iconic animals. There is also wildlife from the grasslands of Asia, North America and Australia. The animals are given an opportunity to behave as they would in their natural environment as they have the space to roam the beautiful big grassy paddocks they call home.

You will be able to enjoy a free safari tour around lots of different grassland animals.

The Werribee Zoo has one of the largest gorilla exhibits in the world, and you will get to experience watching the Silverback and his two sons behaving as they would in the wild.

There are wetlands where you can see Hippos in action and spot all of the Aussie icons with the Australian Journey including all the favourites.

After your adventures seeing all the animals and wildlife located at the wide spacious zoo you will surely be hungry, the best place for a great feed is at the Meerkat Bistro with a menu offering for everybody’s taste and budget as well as fussy eaters just looking for a snack. The bistro has unique views of the African animals at play, sit inside and watch the cheeky meerkats entertain or you can sit out on the sunny deck with views of the Gorilla Island.

 

Melbourne Star

Open hours: 11 am – 10 pm daily

Address: 101 Waterfront way Docklands

Website: www.melbournestar.com (it is cheaper to book online.)

The Melbourne star is Australia’s largest viewing wheel, it has big spacious viewing pods and goes up to 40 storiems high and you will be able to see as far as 40 kilometres away.

The experience lasts for 30 minutes and you can create your own family tickets online and also save 10% by booking while you’re on there. If you are interested in seeing Melbourne from the wheel during day and night, you can also save up to 30% on your tickets by booking the day and the night tickets at the same time.

 

Luna Park

Open Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 11 am-8 pm Friday and Saturday 11 am – 11 pm

Address: 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda

Phone: 03 9525 5033

Website:www.lunapark.com.au

Luna Park is one of Melbourne’s oldest destinations for a family fun filled day. Celebrating 100 years in 2012 this historic venue continues to grow with a generous mix of heritage attractions as well as the new thrill seeking rides that are available.

The favourite and most famous of the parks rides is the old iconic Scenic Railway Coaster, the large wooden coaster takes the passengers around the outside of the park taking in the beautiful views of Port Phillip Bay as well as giving you the delight of the roller coasters dips and turns.

Luna Park offers an array of attractions for all ages including mini roller coasters, mirror mazes, ghost trains, carousel and thrill seeking Coney island drop and pharaohs curse.

 

Queen Victoria Market

Open Hours: Tue and Thur 6 am-2 pm, Fri 6 am -5 pm, Sat 6 am-3 pm, Sun 9 am -4 pm

Address: Corner of Elisabeth & Victoria Streets.

Phone 03 9320 5822   Website: www.qvm.com.au

The Queen Victoria Market has been operating for more than a century, and is one of Melbourne’s most historic landmarks that operates over two city blocks.

The Deli Hall has a range of produce available including, dips, pates, terrines, cured and preserved meats and a very extensive show case of local and imported cheeses.

There is also a range of chicken and game meats as well as some sweet tooth cakes and pastries and chocolates.

Fruit & Veg are located in A&B sheds and the H&I sheds, there is a wide range of Australian and Asian produce all under one roof. Lots of produce means lots of competition and competitive prices.

The General Merchandise, Victoria street shops and Elizabeth Street shops all offer not only some beautiful historic shops that you can walk through and admire they also have a variety of clothes, flowers and plants, lifestyle products as well as boutique items with an array of beautifully roasting coffee in the roasting café.

Soak up the atmosphere of the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere and experience all the aromas and fresh produce.

 

Putt & Glow Mini Golf

Wangaratta is home to the putt & glow mini golf course. It’s located on the corner of Ovens and Reid streets in Wangaratta. This would be a great stop if the children have had enough of driving and you are looking for something different to do that you normally would not think to do. It has 18 holes and glows brightly with all the different themes and scenes for you to enjoy as you all putt along around the centre.

Their website is www.puttandglow.com.au  and their contact number is 03 5722 2266 they are open every day in the school holidays from 10 am but you would have to check all other times for availability of open hours.

 

Waves (Wodonga Aquatic Venue & Exercise Space)

Located in Wodonga on 8 mactier Avenue phone number is 02 6056 2066 and their website is www.waves@ymca.org.au Weekdays they are open at 6 am – 7 pm weekends are 7 am -7 pm.

 An outdoor aquatic centre that is visited annually at least 80,000 times. It has a 50m x 25m heated pool a toddler’s pool and a splash park with interactive play equipment.

The perfect thing to do with your family if you’re travelling on a hot day through Albury Wodonga and need to cool off. The kids will be kept busy at the wet play area and you can relax in the shade or take a dip yourself then enjoy a refreshment and keep cool. Entry is a steel at $14 per family

 

Beechworth Honey Experience

Address: 31 Ford Street Beechworth VIC Phone: 03 5728 1433

Free interpretative honey experience tour which will educate you on Bees and how they work so hard to make all that wonderful honey. They are open 7 days per week from 9am to 5.30pm. Located in Beechworth in the beautiful high country of Victoria, Beechworth will showcase all their honey products that they have created with years of experience and passion. Once the tour has finished you will be able to relax and have a coffee or sample some honey ice cream with some honey biscuits. They have a big glass fronted bee hive that will keep the kids entertained trying to find the Queen Bee. They also have a second centre called the Beechworth Honey Discovery just down the road that has a complimentary food and drink tasting hall. This is open daily also from 9am – 5.30pm.

 

Murray River Canoe Hire

Murray River Canoe Hire is based in Albury Wodonga at 301 Mcauley st.

Phone number: 0417691339

There are a fleet of different sorts of kayaks so you and your family can be comfortable whilst floating down the Murray. They do half day and also full day hires, They run trips on Saturdays and Sundays at 9,11,1 and 3pm or if you are there during the week you can call their mobile to book a trip during the time you are there. The pricing for half day is $30 per adult and $20 for children under 16.

Their website murrayrivercanoehire.com.au has a lot of information on what sorts of Canoes/kayaks they hire and also some great information on safety and weather reports so you have the best possible day on the water enjoying the beautiful Murray River.

 

Belvoir Park Playground

This is the perfect place for you and your family to pull up and have a picnic. Take a well-earned rest from driving and enjoy the beautiful park that is set amongst established trees with a lake view.

There is a little boardwalk walking track around the lake as well as slides, rope ladders, swings and a climbing pyramid.

BBQ facilities are also available with lots of sheltered areas for you to have some shade and enjoy a picnic.

 

Waves (Wodonga Aquatic Venue & Exercise Space)

Located in Wodonga on 8 mactier Avenue phone number is 02 6056 2066 and their website is www.waves@ymca.org.au Weekdays they are open at 6am – 7pm weekends are 7am -7pm.

 An outdoor aquatic centre that is visited annually at least 80,000 times. It has a 50m x 25m heated pool a toddler’s pool and a splash park with interactive play equipment.

The perfect thing to do with your family if you’re travelling on a hot day through Albury Wodonga and need to cool off. The kids will be kept busy at the wet play area and you can relax in the shade or take a dip yourself then enjoy a refreshment and keep cool. Entry is a steel at $14 per family