Today I am excited to bring you all a little list of some fun family things to do around my neck of the woods – Melbourne. I write a lot about Melbourne on this little blog of mine and am going to be bringing you some more “top 3” and “top 10” lists over the next few weeks so keep an eye out for those!
The one thing the I love to promote on TWH is that you don’t have to have lots of money to enjoy this amazing city! Looking back on my childhood, the things that I loved and remember the most were the things that didn’t cost much to do (picnics, playgrounds, library visits, playing cricket in the backyard and hunting for caterpillars on the spare block next to our house) that’s why my little list today includes family friendly AND wallet friendly ideas, because you don’t need to pay big bucks to have fun!
So I present to you, my lovely readers, my top 3 family friendly things to do in Melbourne that won’t break the bank!…
1 – Go for a good old fashioned picnic at the park
Some of my fondest childhood memories were spent at the park, when my sisters and I were younger we used to so look forward to a picnic at the park and could literally spend all day there without getting bored. Our mum used to take us to the library first where we would borrow 10 books each and then we would take our books and packed lunch to the park, if the play equipment wasn’t so great we had a big blanket set up with books and lunch to fall back on, I miss those days!
Some of my favourite parks in Melbourne are:
Carlton Gardens: This is such a great playground, it has toilets, it is suitable for toddlers, has sun shade, seats and car parking. It is in a central location and is right next door to the Melbourne Museum and the Imax theatre.
Princes Park in Carlton: This playground has public toilets, shaded areas, BBQs and picni tables. It has amples of play equipment for kiddies including sandpits, rockers, slides and swings, it has a fitness track for the big kids too!
St Kilda Adventure Playground: If your kiddies are getting sick of the same old play equipment and you’re looking for something completely different, then this is the place to go! The St Kilda Adventure Playground has climbing structures, ponds, trampolines, flying foxes and cubby houses (did someone say fun?!). I should also note that the St Kilda Adventure Playground is not open to the public 24/7, it is only open Monday-Friday 3.30pm-5.30pm, weekends 12pm-4.30pm and school holidays 12pm-4.30pm. You can find more info on open hours here.
For a much bigger list, head on over to the KidSpot site where the have a really great Melbourne playground directory!
2 – Go Animal Hunting!
Okay I know this one is a bit cliche but seriously, going to the Zoo or the wildlife park is so much fun! Especially the Melbourne Zoo, this place actually rocks (I love going there and I’m 23). It’s Australia’s oldest zoo with over 350 species of animals, you can easily spend the whole day here and it surprisingly isn’t too pricey! It’s quite the bargain on weekends and school holidays with kids under 16 free.
Here’s a picture of me feeding one of the Giraffes last year at the Melbourne Zoo! – Note that it does cost extra for these activities but it’s worth checking out for kids birthdays or presents! Giraffes are my all time favourite animal so it’s safe to say I loved it!
You can also try out the Werribee Open Range Zoo or Healesville Sanctuary. All three of these places make for a really fun family day out! For Melbournians, it’s worth considering becoming a Zoo Victoria Member, you can visit all three attractions as many times as you like within a year for only $93 for an adult with kids for free (told you it was a bargain!)
3 – Head on over to BOUNCEinc
BOUNCEinc is a bit like Movie World, kids never get sick of it… From what I have witnessed kids literally will and can bounce all day long! This place also runs amazing kids birthday parties that are really well organised and lots of fun!
BOUNCEinc isn’t too pricey, adult tickets are $16 for the first session and children’s tickets are $10.50 for the first session, otherwise you can buy a family pass for $55. Note that the prices then decreases on your 2nd and 3rd sessions which is a little strange! It is always best to book ahead here as this place can get really busy!
Possibly the best news for parents is that your child will literally be EXHAUSTED after a trip to BOUNCEinc so you can expect a nice quiet nights sleep after a bounce day out… thank me later!
Well there you have it, my top three family friendly ideas for Melbournians! If you are after some further reading you may be interested in reading my review on the Melbourne Aquarium, it was fun but definitely not wallet friendly!