Best Places to Hang out With Babies and Toddlers in This Melbourne Winter

  • Mums & Bubs
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When the weather outside is frightful, but you need to get that boisterous toddler out of your four walls for just a little while, why not head to one of these spots for a change of scenery? They're warm, baby-friendly, and best of all will cure that cabin fever!

Play Pod, State Library of Victoria

The fantastic indoor Play Pod at the State Library of Victoria is packed with interactive activities for little ones to read, create and play, all inspired by your own backyard. Make and plant your own flowers, dress up as a gardener to water your vegies, add a leaf to the cardboard tree or snuggle up with one of their storytelling kits.

Stay updated on their timetable of events here.

  • Where: The courtyard, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne
  • Opening hours: 10am - 4pm daily

Image Credit: State Library of Victoria

Image Credit: Play Central

Play Central, Port Melbourne

For one of the best baby-friendly indoor play places in Melbourne, head to Play Central. They have themed enrichment rooms for the younger crowd that provides both active play and imagination-based play activities for fun and development in a safe, bright and friendly environment. They also have great food and St Ali coffee (excellent if you've had a particularly sleepless night!).

  • Where: 37 - 53 Crockford St, Port Melbourne
  • Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 3.30pm, weekends 8.30am - 6pm
Image Credit: Little Village Play Cafe Facebook

Little Village Play Cafe, Croydon

If you're desperate for a cup of something good, check out the Little Village Play Cafe in Croydon, a cafe with a super child-friendly tiny village for kids to play, including "shops" and dress ups. Plenty of trains, teddy bears, dolls and things to keep the tiny ones occupied.

We welcome parents, mothers groups and play groups are all welcome in the warm and friendly café. Keep an eye out for their time table or notifications on Facebook as they also run children’s activities such as library readings, craft corner and more fun activities.

  • Where: 33 The Mall, Croydon South
  • Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 3.30pm
Image Credit: Footscray Community Arts Centre

Footscray Community Arts Centre

If it's structred activities you are looking for, Footscray Community Arts Centre has heaps of casual classes you can drop in on (no term commitment required). Choose from activities like music, art, and circus club - check out their timetables here.

  • Where: 45 Moreland St, Footscray
  • Opening Hours: Various. For the workshops, check the website.
Image Credit: Melbourne Museum Facebook

Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery

The Melbourne Museum in Carlton has recently refurbished their children's gallery and turned it into an absolute wonderland for babies and kids under 5. They have increased seating near the café, included a kitchenette and dedicated baby change area and updated the games and equipment.

The redeveloped Gallery features a dinosaur dig to excavate fossils, a discovery garden, museum objects and an immersive ‘camouflage disco’ where children can turn into spotty and stripy animals. Plenty of soft ground for babies to crawl, and baby-sized blocks and chairs to pull themselves up on. It's also a great play space when you are bringing older children too as there's plenty for all ages.

  • Where: Melbourne Museum, Nicholson St, Carlton
  • Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm daily
Image Credit: Event Cinemas

Baby-Friendly Movie Theatres

And when you need a bit of escapism, why not take bub to the babes-in-arms sessions at your local cinema? You could head to Village Cinemas, Palace Cinemas, Event Cinemas, or Reading Cinemas, who all hold baby-friendly viewings.