With the advent of Spring School Holidays beating down our doorsteps and up our snuffly noses and eyes (thanks for nothing, pollen), if you are in Melbourne, here are 10 things you can do to keep your kids occupied and you, sane.
- Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery because it’s not the School Holidays until your kids have had at least one enormous sugar rush, subsequent sugar crash and blubbering meltdown somewhere inappropriate. At least here there are open fields where you can let your kids burn off all the sweetened angst. [Yarra Glen]
- Street-art tours. Melbourne is a massive Choose-your-own-Adventure gallery of urban art. I have a Pinterest board full of street art you can go check out called, most surprisingly, Melbourne Street Art but Walking Maps has a decent self-guided walking tour you can do as well. Some of it can be a bit confronting, so recommend age 10 years+. [CBD and surrounds]
- Scary and Weird stories at the Old Melbourne Gaol. Ages 6+. I recently had a heated disagreement with a good mate that Doctor Who was a “family show” (I respectfully disagreed, citing the Weeping Angels as irrefutable evidence) but there’s much to be said for a spooky story. This is coming from a person who watched The Amytiville Horror when she was 10, though, so I’m perhaps not the best benchmark when it comes to scary shit. [CBD fringe]
- Melbourne Zoo. An obvious choice but it’s brilliant. Just don’t mistake your kids for a cute chimpanzee cause they can actually smell worse than your own kids. Hard to believe, but trust me on this. [Parkville]
- Ceres Environmental Park has a new sandpit, a tree house, a yurt, chooks (shudder) and an amazing organic cafe. On a nice day there is seriously no better place to be in Melbourne. A rural oasis 6 kms from the city. [Brunswick East]
- Kid friendly cafes. The Pinterest board Melbourne Foodie Mamas (which I contribute to) has a stack of kid-friendly cafes in all corners of Melbourne. There’s nothing like inhaling caffeine to the tune of empathetic wait staff to feel like a member of the human race. [various]
- Electric Puppet at Fed Square. Interactive puppet project for kids. It’s free. Hoorah! [CBD]
- School Holidays at the Arts Centre. The Arts Centre is offering a range of performances and workshops this school holidays (prices and ages variable). I’m totally booking Scout into Instant Rock Star. I may need some guidance to step away from the microphone myself, though. It may involve my being bribed with candy. [CBD fringe]
- Bounce Inc. OK, so you might be a little late to book for these school holidays, this is a heads-up for next school holidays. Book. Book months in advance. But do it. ’cause it’s the flippin’ BOMB. [Glen Iris]
- …and the September holidays couldn’t be complete without some Footy Finals Fever. The MCG’s National Sports Museum has some terrific activities from Monday 21st to Friday 25th September including Premiership Badge Making, quiz shows and colour-in activities. Then on Saturday, if you are my daughter, you can watch one of your five teams win the Grand Final [East Melbourne]
And if all else fails, hide. It will give your kids at least an hour of fun looking for you.
My Pinterest Board – Kid’s Melbourne Activities has some more inspiration!
Disclaimer: This post is entirely unsponsored except for the linked post to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery at which I was a guest.