Bring your magnifying glass
Take your wild thing to Melbourne Gardens and go hunting for plants and mini beasts. Collect a colourful Seek & Find Nature Cards from the Visitor’s Centre and be sure to explore the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden too.
Melbourne Gardens Visitor’s Centre, 9am-5pm, Birdwood Ave
Be smart about art
The NGV’s free exhibitions are great for those with short attention spans. Name all the different colours at Spectrum (until 29 August), recharge in the roof garden and travel back through time with the International Art collection.
NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Go with the flow
Have a swashbuckling adventure on this 1.8km Yarra River loop walk. Starting at the Melbourne Aquarium, chase the seagulls across Batman Park, skip over Spencer St footbridge, play pirates at Polly Woodside and sail across the Seafarers Bridge. Crank the handle of Russell Anderson’s sci-fi sculpture for a miniature view of Melbourne.
Yarra River Promenade
Light up your night
Warm up with the blazing spectacle of the gas brigades at Southbank. Winter is the perfect time to see the fireballs because the sun sets earlier and the kiddiwinks don’t have to stay up too late. The gas brigades erupt on the hour every hour between 6pm and midnight.
Southbank Promenade, between Spencer St Bridge and King Street Bridge
Change the world
Be creative. Speak up. Think differently. An eclectic exhibition featuring posters, textiles, sculptures, photos and videos, We Change the World challenges young and old to consider how arts and design can contribute to a positive future. Until 19 September.
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square
Join tick tock
Little faces light up when the giant fob watch at Melbourne Central opens on the hour with native birds rocking to the overtures of Waltzing Matilda. Check out the 50m Coop’s Shot Tower and the Shot Tower Museum on Level 2.
Shot Tower Square, Level 1, Melbourne Central, Swanston St
Hunt for a bunyip
Go on a quest for mythical creatures and legendary figures outside State Library Victoria. The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek, St George and the Dragon and Joan of Arc keep company with Sir Redmond Barry and many other bronze statues.
State Library Victoria, 328 Swanston Street
Book a nook
By hook or by crook it’s time to read a book. The Pauline Gandel Children's Quarter at State Library Victoria is a super-duper space for toddlers to tweens. Select a book from the library’s vast collection and retreat to a nook. School-holiday activities are listed online.
Pauline Gandel Children's Quarter, 10am-6pm, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Swing into Docklands
Take the No. 70 tram along Collins St to this cute inner-city playground. Charge around the swings, slide, sculptures and grassy area. Docklands is a gateway to family-friendly activities, including ArtVo gallery, Melbourne Star and Glow Golf.
Docklands Park playground, Victoria Harbour
Roar with dinosaurs
Catch a No. 11 or a 48 tram to Library at the Dock for a dinosaur hunt. Research shows a child’s obsession with dinosaurs (or any topic) is great for their cognitive development. Collect a sheet from reception and hunt at your own pace.
Library at the Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
Run like the wind
There’s history, mystery and plenty of space to run around at Flagstaff Gardens. Find the Burial Hill memorial where pioneers were once buried, zip around the playground, behold the magnificent Morton Bay Figs and go possum-spotting on the way to the Queen Victoria Night Market.
Flagstaff Gardens, 309-311 William St, West Melbourne
Dance at the market
Queen Victoria Market is open every Wednesday evening until 25 August. Wander around and enjoy the live music and roving entertainers. Warm up in front of a fit pit or browse the stalls and sample the street food. Until 25 August.
Queen Victoria Market, corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets
Away with the fairies
Fire up the imagination at Fitzroy Gardens, with a visit to Ola Cohn's Fairies Tree and a horsey ride around the miniature Tudor village. There’s a playground and lots of hidden garden paths to follow. If the weather is fine, have a picnic.
Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
Join the protest
Got a tween or teenager flexing their right not to clean their room? This exhibition will open their eyes to more significant protests, such as those against convict settlement in the 1840s and conscription in the 1960s.
Protest Melbourne - Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
Take your footy
Even when there’s no game, a walk to the MCG can be entertaining. Birrarung Marr has a playground, there’s an Indigenous soundscape as you walk over William Barak bridge, the 10 statues along the Avenue of Legends inspire greatness and the scar trees outside the MCG reflect Melbourne’s history. Finish off with kick-to-kick on the grass.
Flinders Street to Jolimont Walk
Plan and book now
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For bookings and enquiries, please contact Reservations on (03) 9944 8888 or book online.