Best Things To Do This Spring in Melbourne for Families and Kids

  • All Ages

Spring has officially sprung! What a time to be alive in Melbourne—the sun regains its strength, the blossom is out in force, and suddenly it's not impossible to be outside for more than five minutes.

If, like us, you have a spring in your step at the prospect of warmer climes and spending more time outdoors, check out the best spring activities for families in Melbourne.

Best Things To Do With KidsThis Spring

1. Have a Picnic in the Park

Melbourne Picnic in the Park
Soak up the city in a chilled, easy way with a springtime picnic in the park. 

Caught between the icy winds of winter and the eyeball-shrivelling white-hot heat of summer, Melbourne's springtime is the actual best time to get out and enjoy one of our extraordinarily beautiful parks for the day.

Our top picks include the likes of lesser-known gems like Queens Park at Moonee Ponds and Wattle Park at Burwood, all the way through to the epic Royal Botanic Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens. 

2. Go on a Bushwalk

Bushwalking Melbourne
There are so many ways to get out in nature in Melbourne, and a bushwalk is one of our favourites!

Whether you're after a super-short stroll with a pram or longer, more challenging trails for older kids, spring is the perfect time to enjoy one of Melbourne's glorious bushwalking options. Check out a riot of colour in these stunning natural environments, soak up the sun that's warm but not too hot and enjoy some birdwatching after the cold of winter at the best bushwalks to take kids on in and around Melbourne.

If you prefer a shorter stroll, why not tackle these bike-friendly paths and get the kids to take their wheels?

3. See the Yarra from the Water

Yarra Cruises
Enjoy the Yarra from the Yarra with one of these memorable boat cruises.

What's nicer than a gentle float down a beautiful river in the beautiful sunshine? Not much, actually! There are so many ways to enjoy the gorgeous Yarra River, but this one has to be our favourite. 

Check out any one of these tour and cruise folk to get you out on the water stat: City River Cruises, the Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat or Melbourne River Cruises. Many of them have meal options and drinks packages (got you covered, parents), and each promise to be a cruisey (pun intended, obviously!) way to while away a spring afternoon in the city.

4. Visit Luna Park

Luna Park Melbourne
Adrenalin-fuelled fun awaits at the iconic Luna Park Melbourne.

A real-deal heritage icon of the city, Luna Park is the ultimate family destination—with a generous mix of heritage-listed attractions and brand-new thrill rides to satisfy all thrill seekers. Luna Park offers a range of attractions for all ages from mini roller coasters such as Speedy Beetle to nail-biting thrill rides such as Supernova and Power Surge, and of course, there is the old faithful of the Great Scenic Railway and the Moon Balloons!

A day at Luna Park is a signature way to spend a day in Melbourne, and for good reason—so check it out this spring before the sticky summer heat sets in.

5. Check Out Collingwood Children's Farm

Collingwood Children's Farm
There's so much to see and do at Collingwood Children's Farm come springtime!

Spring is the ultimate time to check out the ultra-popular and family-friendly Collingwood Children's Farm. See all the new growth happening in the heart of the city across the farm, including pearl-white almond blossoms, and the birth of baby animals. 

Collingwood Children's Farm is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature; you can enjoy a leisurely stroll while engaging with the animals and farming community, spend time cuddling the goats or guinea pigs, meet the farmers and learn about the animals or find a peaceful green spot to just sit and enjoy a picnic. The Farm Cafe also serves breakfast, lunch and an array of drool-worthy sweet treats, so enjoy!

6. It's Royal Melbourne Show Time!

Royal Melbourne Show
The pinnacle of family-friendly fun awaits at the Royal Melbourne Show this spring.

Running from 21 September to 1 October 2023, the Royal Melbourne Show is back and better than ever! Get some old-fashioned fun happening this spring at the Melbourne Showgrounds with all the rides, animals, food and show bags you could wish for, and then some. The line-up of acts this year means non-stop entertainment for all ages, with fun family favourites including Bluey Live Interactive Experience and CoComelon Dance-Along.

Children 14 and under go free this year, and you can save 25% on rides if you purchase your tickets online. See you there!

7. Check out URBNSURF Surf Park

No beach, no problem! Enjoy some time in the surf at URBNBSURF Surf Park.

Enjoy some time in the waves whether you live near a beach or not at URBNSURF Surf Park—Melbourne's ultimate all-immersive surf experience and the first dedicated surf park in Australia.

The park produces up to 1,000 ocean-perfect waves per hour, ranging from gentle half-metre swells to barrelling two-metre waves, with the intensity able to be adapted to suit the experience of any surfer, and kids can "free surf" or take part in structured lessons.  Whether you're a family of keen surfers or not, it promises to be a day of fun-filled activity!

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