There are many things you can do in Melbourne even if you are planning to travel with kids. With parks, museums to aquariums and zoos in every corner, your kids will never be bored (regardless of their age) and will be filled with excitement in Melbourne. You too can enjoy these attractions because they are well suited for adults as well. So, we have made a list of 10 kid-friendly attractions in Melbourne for you to visit on your next trip here! Also, don’t forget to check out the amazing deals of Cathay Pacific before you start booking your flights.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in Melbourne to visit with your kids. Located in central Melbourne, this aquarium provides a home to more than 2000 marine creatures. The aquarium is divided into 4 levels, you will be able to see sharks, manta rays, jellyfish penguins and other creatures. You will also get a chance to interact with starfish, and even shark eggs! However, the highlighting marine creatures are grey nurse sharks and sea dragons.
Located in the Carlton Gardens of Melbourne, the Melbourne Museum is one of the best places that your kid can learn a bit of history of the city. The museum was opened in 2000 and today, the main highlight is the Science and Life Gallery with its ‘Dinosaur Walk’, which your kids will love as you can walk among the gigantic dinosaur fossils. Don’t forget to check out the live specimens of insects and bugs in the ‘Bugs Alive’, and the skeleton of the large pygmy blue well that is suspended from the ceiling. For smaller kids, there is the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery, which allows them to play with dinosaur fossils.
Melbourne Zoo is the place for all those animal-loving kids. It is easily accessible from the Melbourne city centre and you are required to book your tickets online even if you are a member. The Melbourne Zoo was established in 1862, so it is the oldest zoo in Australia. Since there are many attractions within the zoo itself, exploring everything within a single day is not possible with kids because they will get tired after a while. Today, it provides a home to more than 300 species of animals and this includes Sumatran tigers, elephants, kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, red pandas, giraffes, zebras and much more.
Collingwood Children’s Farm.
Located near the Yarra River, the Collingwood’s Children’s Farm is one of the best places in Melbourne to teach your kids about farm animals. They have cows, chicken, pigs and even sheep. You can let your kids touch them and even feed them. There are many activities for you to try, for example, the visitors are allowed to milk the cows every day at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, and also bottle-feed the young or collect eggs from chicken.
Just as the name suggests, Scienceworks is a world full of science and technology. This is a great place to visit with kids who have curious minds or with ones who aspire to become scientists and technologists! Scienceworks was established in 1992, it offers you all kinds of activities starting from the planetarium to the Lightning Room which consists of an electrifying theatre. Your kids can ask about any doubts they have about how the things or the machines work here, the staff will be happy to answer all their questions.
ACMI Screen Worlds.
ACMI Screen Worlds or the Australian Centre of the Moving Image is the most visited museum of its kind in the world! Now if you are wondering what kind of a museum it is, it is dedicated to the history and the development of moving images. In other words, the ACMI Screen Worlds tells you the story of how films, television, video games and virtual reality came into the world. You can see old game sets here, TVs and even old tv shows that were telecasted in Australia decades ago.
ArtVo Trick Art Museum.
Located just a 5-minute walk from the city centre of Melbourne at Docklands, the ArtVo Trick Art Museum is something that should not be missed here, even if you are not travelling with kids. The whole museum is a thrilling and interesting experience. What you see here is interactive 3D art spread over 11 themed zones and these artworks will give you a lot of photographic opportunities. Unlike the other museums, the art can be touched by its visitors! There are more than 1000 artworks here than you can get on to a photo with you. But make sure to get the correct angle to get that perfect click.
This is more suitable for older kids and adults. The Immigration Museum is in the Old Customs House and displays the history of the people who immigrated to Australia over time. The main highlights are the Tribute Garden which honours the immigrants from over 80 countries and the Immigrant Discovery Center which allows its visitors to search whether they come from the immigrants.
Altona Miniature Railways.
This is such a fun activity to do with your kids in Melbourne. It is not open daily, only on every 3rd Sunday of the month as it is run by a club of volunteers who are in love with trains. These little trains are vibrant and the seating is comfortable. You don’t have to be afraid to try it out even with a small kid because the trains run slowly for 15 minutes.
Acland Street Cake Shops.
It is exactly like how it sounds, a street with cake shops. Acland Street is located just behind Luna Park and will be absolute heaven for your kids who have a sweet tooth! It is packed with all kinds of delicacies starting from the local ones to the European ones. There are many cake shops to choose from, you can try the Monarch Cakes, Acland Cakes and Europa Cake Shop.