The Best Things To Do With Babies And Toddlers 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!
1. MoPA: Museum of Play and Art
MoPA is a carefully designed play-based learning environment for young children to engage in creative exhibits and interactive art experiences. MoPA operates three 'Free Play' sessions a day including unrestricted access to the Museum so babies and toddlers can go wild exploring the vibrant space.
Designed for ages 1 - 7 years old, 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 daily | 9.30am - 4.30pm
Cost: Adults $10; Children $14; Infants under 12-months FREE; Family Pass $44; Memberships From $39. All art supplies are included in ticket prices. Tickets are limited and bookings are essential.
2. 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.
Babies and toddlers 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.
Please note: Tactile play-based learning objects and the climbing net have been temporarily removed from the Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery.
Where: The Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton
When: Open daily | 10am – 5pm
Cost: Included with museum entry - Adults $15, Children FREE. Bookings are recommended – just choose a session when booking museum entry tickets.
3. Collingwood Children's Farm
Super-popular with the inner-Melbourne set, the Collingwood Children's Farm lets babies and toddlers 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! While regular activities have been suspended to allow for effective social distancing, there are lots of fun self-guided games and activities to help you enjoy your day at the Farm. There is also a farm café on site.
Where: 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
When: Open daily | 9:30am - 3pm
Cost: Adults $12, Children $5. Under 2s FREE. Bookings are essential.
4. Melbourne Zoo
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.
For the ultimate stress-free day out, you can also pre-order new food hampers and picnic lunch boxes, however, they need to be ordered at least five days prior! Comfy shoes are a must, as is the pram for babies and toddlers – there is a decent amount of walking to be done on this outing!
Where: Elliott Ave, Parkville
When: Open daily | 9am – 5pm
Cost: Adults $38. Children $19 on weekdays, FREE on weekends and school and public holidays. Under 3s FREE. Bookings are essential.
5. 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 so it is an ideal play space for babies and toddlers, 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.
Where: Alongside the Yarra River, next to Federation Square
When: Open daily
6. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Overflowing with amazing colours, sights and sounds, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is definitely a hot spot to add to your list of activities with babies and toddlers. Right on Southbank, it’s easy to get to and makes for many hours of enjoyable entertainment for kids. Again, bring the pram to give those tired little legs a break as there is plenty of walking to be done here!
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 and 13 Interactive Zones including the Touch & Feel Discovery Rockpools and Rainforest Adventure. There is also the Penguin Playground, the Ocean Invaders exhibition, an Interactive Wonder Wall and a Mermaid Garden.
Where: King St & Flinders St, Melbourne
When: Open daily | 10am - 5pm (last entry 4:00pm)
Cost: General admission purchased online. Adults - $36.80; Children - $25.60; Under 3s FREE. Bookings are essential.
7. Fairy Park
Fairy Park is guaranteed to put your babies and toddlers 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 is no time limit on your stay so you have all day to explore. There are some hilly areas within the grounds, so a baby carrier might be a little easier than a pram for this one.
Where: 2388 Ballan Rd, Anakie
When: Open Friday to Sunday | 10am - 4pm.
Cost: Adults $22, Children $12, Under 2s FREE. Bookings are recommended.
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