What to Do with Kids in Melbourne over the Long Weekend 2018

Apart from the obvious - eat hot cross buns til you can't move, hide chocolate Easter eggs all over the house - there is actuall a ton of stuff to do with the family across Melbourne to celebrate the Easter long weekend.

These are just a few:

Melbourne Easter Show

Yes there's a fun easter egg hunt at this fantastic family day out, but there's also Freestyle motorcross, an Aqua Adventure Zone, sand sculptures, reptile kingdom, showbags, monster trucks, circus play, fun kids presenters, live music, face painting, animal farm, carnival zone, and even visits from Abby and Elmo (straight from Sesame Street!) and Paw Patrol.

If you like to go big, this is the outing for you!

What you need to know

  • When: 30 March - 2 April 2018
  • Where: Cranbourne Turf Club, Grant Street, Cranbourne, 3977
  • Opening Hours: 10am - 9pm daily
  • For tickets: The easter egg hunt has several session daily based on age groups . Tickets are $10 per child, and to book your tickets, visit Eventbrite. Tickets for the amusement rides will be available from the central ticket booth on event days or via eventbrite presale. Each ride entry will be for a specific number of tokens starting from one token.
  • For more info: melbourneeastershow.com.au
Image Credit: Ripponlea Estate

Easter Fun Day at Ripponlea Estate

Stately homes more your thing? Rippon Lea Estate has wonderful festivities on offer for the kids, from the traditional Easter egg hunt in their magnificent grounds, to meeting the actual Easter Bunny! Along for the ride is his sidekick for the day, Ripplea Bear.

There will be craft, activities and outdoor games, and the Mansion will be open for all to explore, and this year's Easter Egg Hunt (for hildren aged two to twelve) will involve finding and recording the location of hidden Easter eggs, then returning to Easter Fun Day HQ to be rewarded with a prize of scrumptious chocolate eggs!

What you need to know

  • When: 10am - 4pmSunday April 1
  • Where: 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick Victoria 
  • For tickets: General Admission: Adult $15 / Concession $12 / Child $9 (children under 3 FREE) / Family $45 (2 Adults & 2 Children). Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online here.
  • For more info: ripponleaestate.com.au
Image Credit: Celebrate Easter

Celebrate Easter at Fed Square

Celebrate Easter is on again this year, where three churches from different denominations come together to host this free event at Federation Square, right in the heart of Melbs.

There will be great speakers and great music, with songs sung and the words spoken highlighting the good news of the gospel, so join in and have some fun!

What you need to know

  • When: Good Friday, March 30th from 1pm to 2pm.
  • Where: Federation Square, Melbourne
  • Cost: Free
  • For more info: www.celebrateeaster.com.au
Image credit: Visit Victoria

Easter Art Market Woodend

Woodend Art Group's Easter Art Market showcases quality works at market prices, and will be an unusual and cool day out over the Easter weekend. Framed and unframed paintings, sculpture, wood work, pottery, felting, photographs, are all available, and entry is via gold coin donation, making it a budget-friendly outing!

While you're in beautiful Woodend, you can take in the spectacular autumn colours, have a meal at one of the wonderful eateries, or even make a weekend of it with a cosy fire-lit cottage stay.

What you need to know

  • When: March 30 - April 2, 2018
  • Where: Woodend Railway Station Gallery, Woodend, 
  • For more info: visitvictoria.com
Image Credit: Stamford Plaza Melbourne Facebook

Mad Hatter's High Tea

You’re invited to the Mad Hatter’s High Tea this Easter at Stamford Plaza Melbourne, where you can Jjoin Alice, the March Hare and the Mad Hatter for an afternoon of tea and indulgent buffet featuring fluffy homemade scones, savoury bites and sandwiches, delightful desserts, and more!

Do come dressed in your ‘maddest’ outfit – best dressed will be awarded with a prize! It will be a great way to get into the spirit of things alongside a spectacular array of goodies, including:  ‘Mad March hare’ - Mini lamb pies, Spiced chicken curry puff, ‘The Duchess’ – Chicken mayo brioche, Buttermilk scones and white chocolate chip treacle scones with berry marmalade, Magical marshmallow with a spoonful of popping candy, Chocolate brownie pots, White Rabbit cupcakes, and of course, ‘Eat Me’ cookies!

What you need to know

  • When: Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and April 1, 2018. Session one at noon - 2pm, session two is at 3pm - 5pm.
  • Where: 111  Little Collins Street, Melbourne
  • For tickets: Head online, $65 per person inclusive of a glass of sparkling wine / $85 with a glass of Mumm Champagne. $35 per child (5 - 12 years old) inclusive of a fruity mocktail
  • For more info: stamford.com.au
Image Credit: Wittingslow Carnivals Facebook

Rye Kids Festival

Rye Kids beach Festival is a fun festival held over the Easter Holiday period for toddlers to teens, the local community and visitors to the peninsula.

For five days the festival will offer a program full of circus workshops, stage performances, roving acts and magic shows. Also with carnival rides it provides lots of entertainment for children and families.

Easter bunny will visit with an egg hunt on Easter Sunday, so don't forget your buckets!

What you need to know

  • When:  - From 12 noon, Carnival rides: 12 - 9pm and entertainment program noon - 4pm.
  • Where: Point Nepean Road  Rye
  • For tickets: Entry is free, you can purchase ride tickets at the event.
  • For more info: wittingslowamusements.com.au

Main image credit: Melbourne Easter Show Facebook