Six of the Best Things to do with Toddlers and Babies in Melbourne
- Mums & Bubs
Young kids have huge imaginations and more energy than they know what to do with. So, when you find yourself visiting Melbourne with the family, or perhaps just with an empty weekend, check out this list of six of the best things to do with toddlers and babies in and around Melbourne. Each of these suits a younger audience perfectly – and are guaranteed to help them burn some toddler power!
MoPA: Museum of Play and Art
MoPA is a carefully designed play-based learning environment for young children from one year old to engage in creative exhibits and interactive art experiences. Their 'Free Play' sessions include unrestricted access to the Museum so kids can go wild exploring the vibrant space. There is no time limit on your stay so you can play all day!
It is equipped with a range of family-friendly facilities including a healthy cafe, feeding and change rooms, pram parking and low-sensory spaces.
Where: 51 McKillop Street, Geelong
When: Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm.
Cost: Adults $10; Children $14; Infants under 12-months FREE; Family Pass $44; Memberships From $39. Bookings essential.
The Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery
At the Melbourne Museum, the Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery is well worth a visit if you are in and around the city centre with little ones under the age of five. With specially crafted features that facilitate active and tactile play, this is a place for kids to lose themselves in imagination and learning.
Kids can dance, crawl, run, explore - and best of all, they can socialise with other kids of a similar age. For colour, creativity and education this is a one-stop-shop and a great option during the winter months.
When: Open daily 10am – 5pm
Where: The Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson St, Carlton
Cost: Included with museum entry - Adults $15, Children FREE
Collingwood Childrens’ Farm
Super-popular with the inner-Melbourne set, the Collingwood Children's Farm lets little ones get up close to a host of fluffy, feathery and furry friends. For over 30 years, the Collingwood Children’s Farm has been opening its gates to people as a way for the community to experience a taste of country life – even milk a cow! Nestled next to the Yarra River, the farm is home to horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, cats, geese – even earthworms and bees.
Pack the gumboots and wear old clothes to this one, and be sure to check out the farmers’ market (every second Saturday of the month) and the café on site.
Please Note: There will be NO pony ride sessions on Family Days in August and September when the horses have a break.
When: Open daily 9:15am - 4:45pm
Where: 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Cost: Adults $12, Children $7
What tot doesn’t go bananas for monkeys, giraffes and elephants? Exactly! So, pack your bag for the day and get on over to Victoria’s world-renowned Melbourne Zoo. With over 300 species for little ones to get up close to, there is a full day of excitement to be had here. Highlights include an orangutan sanctuary, a spectacular butterfly house and an elephant trail. There are plenty of interactive displays and tonnes of stimulating sights and sounds to thrill even the youngest of kids.
Comfy shoes are a must, as is the pram for your youngest – there is a decent amount of walking to be done on this outing!
When: Open 9am – 5pm every day of the year
Where: Elliott Ave, Parkville
Cost: Adults $38. Children $19 on weekdays, FREE on weekends and school and public holidays. Under 3s FREE.
Birrarung Marr Playground
This is a favourite city-based playground with a BIG personality. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Federation Square, Birrarung Marr Playground is designed for kids as young as infants and is a very special spot that celebrates creativity, learning, play and FUN. There are sandpits, climbing walls, swings and plenty of other interactive equipment that will ensure you see smiles on those little dials.
When: Open daily
Where: Alongside the Yarra River, next to Federation Square.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Full to the brim with amazing colours, sights and sounds, this is definitely a hot spot to add to your list of Melbourne activities with littlies. Situated in central Melbourne, right on Southbank, it’s very easy to get to, and makes for many hours of easy, enjoyable entertainment for kids.
Not only are there abundant fish and sea creatures to gaze at, but there are also entertaining (not to mention educational) presentations throughout the day on such topics as penguins, crocs – even shipwrecks for your little buccaneers to enjoy.
Again, bring the pram to give those tired little legs a break as there is plenty of walking to be done here. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is open from 9:30 – 6pm daily.
When: Open daily. Monday - Friday 10am - 50pm (last entry 4:00pm); Weekends, School Holidays and Public Holidays 10am - 5:30pm (last entry 4:30pm)
Where: King St & Flinders St, Melbourne
Tickets: Online tickets from $37.40 for adults and $44 for children. Under 3s FREE.
Fairy Park is guaranteed to put your kids right inside their favourite fairy tale. This park is an absolute gem and a magical place that kids seem to never forget. With over 33 spectacular features, kids can visit all of their favourite characters at Fairy Park: The Big Bag Wolf, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and so many more. There is also a train museum and a seriously cool adventure playground known as Camelot.
This is perfectly suited to toddlers who are neck-deep in fantasy and fairy tales, but it’s also a great one to bring bub with plenty of colourful sights and sounds to enjoy.
There are some hilly areas within the grounds, so a baby carrier might be a little easier than a pram for this one.
When: Open Friday - Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Where: 2388 Ballan Rd, Anakie
Cost: Adults $22, Children $12, Under 2s FREE
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