Top Things to Do With Kids in Melbourne

Family trips to Melbourne never cease to be enjoyable with all the wonderful activities on offer for kids. Whether they prefer to have an educational, entertaining or relaxing time, there's something fun for every child to do. 

Take your kids on an adventure and soar above the city on the Melbourne Star, or brave a trip to the top of the Eureka Skydeck for an amazing viewing experience. There's a wild day out to be had at Luna Park, which is teeming with exciting rides and attractions. Head to O'Brien Group Arena if you want an active day of ice skating in a winter wonderland. For a quieter family outing, Fitzroy Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens both offer fresh air and beautiful surroundings, with plenty of places for kids to play.

Animal lovers will be in paradise, with lions, reptiles, koalas and other cool characters on display at Melbourne Zoo and Ballarat Wildlife Park.  For those who prefer the creatures under the sea, SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium will not disappoint. Inquisitive minds will be right at home at Scienceworks, where you can be a scientist for a day or view a spectacular show at the planetarium, and the Melbourne Museum is the perfect place for curious youngsters to play and learn. 

Melbourne's history comes alive at Sovereign Hill, where youngsters will love panning for gold in an authentic Gold Rush town. With so many amazing attractions kids will love, Melbourne is the perfect destination for a family holiday.  

Melbourne Museum

Located in the Carlton Gardens, Melbourne Museum is the largest museum complex in the southern hemisphere and draws on the latest technology and interpretation methods to give visitors a memorable insight into the nation's flora, fauna, culture and way of life.

Luna Park

From the moment you step inside Mr Moon’s giant mouth, you are exposed to a world full of carnival flair, from the rides that send you sky-high, to historical carousel rides. Melbourne’s Luna Park has been the face of fun in St Kilda for generations.

O'Brien Group Arena

O'Brien Group Arena is the biggest ice sports and entertainment facility in the Southern Hemisphere and is centrally located in the vibrant Harbour Town precinct in Docklands. It offers all day public skating, 364 days a year. With activities and programs for everyone from beginners to pros, it is fun seven days a week.

Melbourne Star

Melbourne Star invites visitors to experience Melbourne in a whole new way. Located in the city’s waterfront precinct of Docklands, the Star provides a unique introduction to the city, with all its colour, culture and eccentricities.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Home to thousands of aquatic animals, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is an entertaining and educational experience with 12 amazing zones of discovery, including interactive animal encounters and iconic state of the art displays. Visitors can witness daily dive feeds, or even dive with the sharks in the 2.2 million-lit


Scienceworks has developed a distinct identity as a museum with a difference. Encouraging visitors to pull it, push it, spin it, bang it, its highly interactive approach to learning means visitors leave the museum having had a fun, safe and enriching experience.

Melbourne Zoo

Set on 22 hectares close to the heart of the city, the Melbourne Zoo has more than 320 wildlife species from Australia and around the world. The Australian Bush exhibit showcases Australia's wildlife.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Tucked away near Melbourne's Yarra River, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne have more than 12,000 different species of plants covering 38 hectares.

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Enjoy an interactive experience with some of Australia’s most unique wildlife at Ballarat Wildlife Park. Visitors can hand feed over 80 free-roaming kangaroos and emus, pat koalas and wombats, see Tasmanian devils and crocodiles and view the spectacular reptile house.

Eureka Skydeck

Awe-inspiring views are on offer at Eureka Skydeck from the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere at Melbourne’s iconic Eureka Tower. Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to Level 88 in under 40 seconds.

Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill, an internationally acclaimed tourist attraction, brings to life the colour and excitement of Australia’s 1850s gold rush.

Fitzroy Gardens

This major Melbourne attraction is named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy (1796-1858), Governor-General of the Australian colonies from 1851 to 1855. Highlights include The Conservatory, home to amazing floral displays, Cooks' Cottage, The Fairies Tree and The Tudor Village.