7 Ways to Get Your Child Interested in Spending More Time Outdoors

  • All Ages

Melbourne is a city that offers the perfect mix of outdoor and indoor fun for all. Whether you're looking for some great hiking trails or just want to go out and enjoy the sunshine, Melbourne has it all. We've got everything from coastlines with white sand beaches, mountain ranges and even outback destinations.

 With technology becoming more and more prevalent in our lives, it's important to get our kids outdoors more. Here are 7 ways that you can get your child interested in spending more time outside. 

1. Visit a National Park

There are more than 30 national parks within an hour's drive of Melbourne—making it the perfect opportunity to explore different landscapes and ecosystems with your child. Make a day of it and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the great outdoors. A great example of this would be the Dandenong Ranges National Park which is only a 45-minute drive from Melbourne CBD.

2. Go on a Nature Walk

There are many easy walking tracks around Melbourne that are perfect for exploring with young children. This is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while also teaching your child about the different plants and animals that live in our city. The Yarra Trail is a popular walking track that goes from the city all the way to the outer suburbs.

3. Visit a Theme Park

Gumbaya World
Make a splash at one of Melbourne's best outdoor destinations, Gumbaya World! 

If your child loves excitement, then a visit to an amusement/water park like Gumbaya World in Melbourne might be just what they need to get them outdoors more. These parks offer a great way to spend a day outside while also enjoying some of the fun activities on offer!

4. Go Camping

Camping is a great way to spend time together as a family and bond with nature. There are many camping sites located around Melbourne, so you're sure to find one that suits your needs. Most campsites have basic facilities such as toilets and BBQs, so you won't need to worry about bringing too much gear with you, although bringing your own equipment will make things more interesting if you're up for the challenge!

5. Attend a Sports Event

Melbourne is home to many different sporting teams, so why not take your child to a game? This is a great way to get them outdoors and involved in physical activity. AFL, NRL, A-League, Cricket, you name it! There's bound to be a game on that your child will enjoy.

6. Go to the Beach

Brighton Beach Melbourne
Nothing encourages kids to spend time outside like a day at the beach! Sand, surf, sun—what more could they need? 

Melbourne is lucky to have some great beaches that are perfect for a day trip. Whether you want to go for a swim, build sandcastles or just relax in the sun, there's a beach for everyone. Some of our favourites include Brighton Beach, St Kilda Beach and the Mornington Peninsula.

7. Go Bike Riding

Melbourne is a great city for bike riding, with many dedicated bike tracks and trails. This is a great way to explore the city and get some exercise at the same time. This Bicycles Network read has some great picks of where to head for a family-friendly ride. 

If you are tired of your child being glued to the television, computer or video games, it’s time for some fresh air. Melbourne is a great place to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer. There is something for everyone to enjoy, so use these 7 ways to get your child interested in being outdoors more!

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