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Family Things To Do In Melbourne

1. Go Ice Skating At Docklands
2. 
Get Tricky At ArtVo Art Gallery
3. 
Visit Collingwood Children's Farm
4. Picnic At The Royal Botanic Gardens
5. Explore Melbourne Zoo
6. Visit Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
7. Witness Amazing Views From The Skydeck
8. 
Get Thrilled At Luna Park
9. Shop & Eat At The Queen Victoria Market
10. 
Spend A Day At St. Kilda’s

The city of Melbourne is the perfect destination to explore Australia’s rich history and modern culture. You'll have the best time with multiple family things to do in Melbourne, from visiting the ArtVo gallery and Collingwood Children’s Farm to catching picturesque city views from the Skydeck. Apart from all the fun activities to do during the day, there are many places to visit in Melbourne with family at night. From holding regular events and exhibitions to serving lip-smacking street food and classy fine-dining cuisine, the capital city of Victoria has got it all.

With so many opportunities to explore, you’ll never run out of things to do in Melbourne with family. Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne is also known to host several exhibitions and shows, throughout the year, that tourists can enjoy for free. There are also parks, museums, and zoos, among other places to visit in Melbourne with family.

Here are some of the best things to do in Melbourne with family:



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Go Ice Skating At Docklands

For those of you looking for some fun things to do in Melbourne with family, it’s time to head over to O’Brien Icehouse in the Docklands.The Icehouse boasts two full-size ice rinks that allow visitors to enjoy ice skating throughout the year.
Whether you’re a pro skater or a fresher, everyone can enjoy a fun ice-skating session at the Icehouse. It is a great activity for families to indulge in as a team.

Location: O’Brien Icehouse, Ground/105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia

Timings: 
9 AM to 3:45 PM (Monday & Wednesday),
9 AM to 10 PM (Tuesday),
9 AM to 3:30 PM & 7 PM to 10:30 PM (Thursday)
9 AM to 11 PM (Friday & Saturday)
9 AM to 9:30 PM (Sunday)

Price AUD:
$65-$85 per family 

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Get Tricky At ArtVo Art Gallery

A visit to the ArtVo Art Gallery is one of the best family things to do in Melbourne. ArtVo is Australia’s first ‘trick-art’ gallery that was opened in 2016 where people of all ages can enjoy a fun-filled experience.

Kids and adults can take pictures with the giant art murals in this self-guided gallery. Discover different zones that are uniquely designed to give you and your family the best time. Enjoy a range of optical illusions, pipelines to surf in, and loads of selfies with all the art inside the gallery.  

Location: 26 Star Cres, Level 1, Docklands Vic 3008

Timing: 10 AM to 4 PM (Monday-Friday), 10 AM to 6 PM (Saturday-Sunday)

Price AUD:
$60-$90 per family

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03

Visit Collingwood Children's Farm

Collingwood Children’s Farm is a must-visit if you’re looking for family things to do in Melbourne. The farm aids and supports local children who have suffered adversity with diverse programs. It is an excellent way to contribute to society since the entry fees help in funding these programs and conserving the farmland.

The Farm gives kids and adults a chance to be a part of community life and motivates them to have a deeper connection with the nature around them.

Location:
18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia

Timing: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Price AUD: $15 (Adults), $7 (Kids)

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Picnic At The Royal Botanic Gardens

A fun picnic day at the Royal Botanic Gardens is easily among the best things to do in Melbourne with family. Part of Melbourne’s culture and history for more than 170 years, the Gardens sprawls across over 90 acres of land. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening picnic in the garden and admire over 8000 species of plants.

Entry for the general public is free to the Gardens and there are various activities for kids and adults to enjoy. You can also find shopping and dining options in the garden during your visit.

Location: Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne

Timing: 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM
05

Explore Melbourne Zoo

Located in the Royal Park, Parkville, the Melbourne Zoo is a great family outing option. Meet and learn about Australian animals while contributing to preserve the local wildlife. The zoo is run by a non-profit organization and all the proceeds go towards funding animal welfare.

It is also a great way to encourage kids to care for and learn about animals. Families with kids are sure to have a wonderful time during their visit and there’s no charge for kids’ entry during weekends.

Location: Elliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia

Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM

Price AUD: $100-$140 for family 

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Visit Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Discover the Southern Ocean marine life at the Seal Life Melbourne Aquarium. The Sea Life Aquarium is home to some of the most unique sea creatures such as King and Gentoo penguins and is an amazing place if you’re searching for family things to do in Melbourne.

You can enjoy a range of interactive activities inside the zoo and familiarize yourself with the native marine life of Australia. Walk through long ocean tunnels and witness the vast and beautiful sea creatures such as jellyfish, ray fish, sharks, seahorses, and more swimming all around you.

Location: King St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Timing: 10 AM to 5 PM (Monday-Friday), 9:30 AM to 5 PM (Saturday-Sunday)

Price AUD: $47 (Adults), $32 (Kids)

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Witness Amazing Views From The Skydeck

One of the most adventurous family things to do in Melbourne is to witness the city from 300 meters above the ground. The Skydeck is the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing sight in Melbourne. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the beautiful Melbourne city from the observation deck and soak in the surrounding vistas.

You can also enjoy a delicious meal and refreshing drinks from Bar 88 situated inside the Skydeck while enjoying the beautiful city view with your family.

Location: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

Timing:12 PM to 10 PM

Price AUD: $28 (Adults), $18 (Kids)

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Book Now: Eureka Skydeck
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Get Thrilled At Luna Park

Luna Park has got some fun family things to do in Melbourne for people of all ages. It is considered one of Melbourne’s most iconic parks and is part of its history. The amusement park is more than 100 years old and was opened in 1912.

With numerous rides and attractions, you and your family are promised to take back some unforgettable moments. There’s a separate zone for toddlers to have fun safely, along with family rides for the whole bunch to have a gala time together.

Location: 18, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, VIC 3182

Timings: 11 AM to 7 PM

Price AUD: $40-$50

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Shop & Eat At The Queen Victoria Market

Shop and support over 600 small businesses at Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. Dearly known as ‘Queen Vic’ or ‘Vic Market’ by the locals, Queen Victoria Market is always buzzing with delicious street food and live music.

The market authority has implemented special measures to ensure the practice of sustainability amongst vendors and visitors. So shop your heart out at Queen Victoria Market with your family and experience the local culture at one of the most popular market areas in Melbourne.

Location: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Timing: 6 AM to 3 PM (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday), 9 AM to 4 PM (Sunday)

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Spend A Day At St. Kilda’s

Visit St. Kilda’s, the inner southern suburb of Victoria which is a 10-minute drive from Melbourne's city center. A summer day by the beach in St. Kilda is surely among the best family things to do in Melbourne.

Acland Street in St.Kilda is widely known for amazing cafes and bakeries where families can enjoy delightful meals. Enjoy a long walk by the beach or take a dip in the cool water by the beach as you marvel at the picturesque bay view with your dear ones.

Location:
St. Kilda, Melbourne

People Also Ask About Melbourne

  1. Which are the best things to do in Melbourne with family?

    1. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
    2. Luna Park
    3. Melbourne Zoo
    4. Collingwood Children’s Farm
    5. Ice Skating At O’Brien Icehouse
  2. Which are the best places to visit in Melbourne with family?

    1. The Skydeck
    2. Queen Victoria Market
    3. Royal Botanic Gardens
    4. ArtVo Art Gallery
  3. What is the best time to visit Melbourne?

    The best time to visit Melbourne is from September to November and March to May. The spring and autumn are shoulder seasons in Australia, and you will also find cheaper airfares. You will also find discounted rates for many popular tourist activities since there is a comparatively lesser tourist crowd during these months.

  4. What is Melbourne famous for?

    The city of Melbourne is best known for being the ‘Most Liveable City In The World’ and for its lively culture. It is known to host many major sporting events including Grand Prix, cricket leagues, and the Australian Open, among others. With its vibrant street art, local markets, high-end designer stores, rich art and history, and various other tourist attractions, Melbourne is a buzzing city that has got something for everyone.
  5. How many days are enough for exploring Melbourne?

    While there’s always something new you can explore daily in Melbourne, you need a minimum of 5 days to hit all the popular tourist sites. There are many family things to do in Melbourne as it is always packed with entertainment opportunities such as sports events, art shows, and live music events. If you’re only visiting Melbourne during your Australia trip, 5 to 7 days are sufficient to enjoy the city’s vibe.
  6. How to reach Melbourne?

    1. By Air: You can take a direct flight to the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) which is an international airport. The airport is well-connected with direct flights to most major cities of the world.

    2. By Train: If you’re traveling to Melbourne from another Australian city, you can find many intercity trains from the Franklin Street Station. The Franklin Street Station is a major train station in Melbourne boasting gorgeous architecture.

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