When November rolls around and restrictions ease, we’ll all be making plans to reconnect with family and friends. Browse our fun ways to meet up in the city, then get booking. To join indoor activities, you’ll need to be double vaccinated.

Zipline with your bestie

The rumours are true: there's an epic pop-up zipline coming to the Yarra this December. Brave BFFs can fly side-by-side on this 9-metre high adventure. Strap in and sail from Fed Square, over the river and into Alexandra Gardens. Tickets go on sale 1 November!

Holey Moley mini golf

Share lockdown stories while having a hit of mini-golf at Holey Moley. Tap your way through 27 pop culture–themed holes, from Van Gogh’s bedroom to The Simpsons’ couch. Mingle with wine and snacks from the Caddyshack Bar, then belt out tunes in the karaoke room. Bookings are open online.

People playing indoor mini-golf under coloured lights.
Holey Moley

Play shuffle board in a multi-level party palace 

Get the gang together for a spirited round of shuffleboard at Ballers Clubhouse. Who will have the mix of luck and skill to hit the target? Table tennis, darts, encounters with aliens – Ballers Clubhouse has ’em and more. Make a date with your BFFs and book online now.

Go for a picnic – on a boat

Pack a portable feast and dine on the Yarra with GoBoat or On a Boat. The electric boats are easy to pilot, and you don’t need a licence to drive one. Your vessel will have room for eight mateys and your dog. Be your own captain when you book with GoBoat or have the option to be skippered with On a Boat.

Melbourne cityscape with boats floating on the Yarra River in the foreground.
Take lunch to the Yarra during these summer days

Geek out over bottomless board games

Roll the dice with your teammates at Fortress Melbourne. There are 80 board games in their library, from Azul to Uno, Monopoly to Scrabble. Book a table in the fantasy-themed tavern. Add the bottomless package for unlimited board game play, loaded fries and pizza.

Tilt and flip in an amusement arcade

Call up your pals to play classic arcade games at B Lucky & Sons or Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq. How do life-sized Mario Kart and Space Invaders sound? Add bubble-cup pops when you book in at B Lucky, or a circus sour cocktail and popcorn if you book a Cirque Electriq session.

People driving bumper cars in a room surrounded by circular mirrors.
Cirque Elecriq

Have a self-care group session

To meditate in five-star comfort, check into the Cocoon Room with your soul mates. Get comfy with cups of tea in the Mindfulness Lounge. Then snuggle into your velour cocoons for an audio-guided meditation or nature bliss-out. Make an appointment by emailing hello@thecocoonroom.com.au.

Learn to ice skate

Whether you’re experts or beginners, skating with your crew is always fun at O’Brien Icehouse. Remember to wear warm socks, gloves and a beanie. Keep an eye on their Instagram page for ticket release dates. Continue the frosty theme with drinks at IceBar. Snow gear and a cocktail are included when you book.

Indoor ice rink with people ice skating.
O’Brien Icehouse

Shout it out loud at karaoke bars

At Heroes karaoke bar, you and your friends can all have a go at warbling like Bowie. Depending on your shyness level, reserve a private room for up to 15 guests or break into song in the open-mic space. Order a silver, gold or diamond food and drinks package when you book.

Reacquaint yourselves with the city

It’s been months since we wandered Melbourne’s laneways. Take a tour with Hidden Secrets to fall in love all over again. Their small-group private walk is for two to six people. Or drop into three secret drinking dens on a Hidden Bars tour. Visit their Facebook page to check when bookings reopen.

Swap reality for virtual reality

Don your VR headsets to fight off zombies at VR World or Zero Latency VR. Eight wannabe-warriors can battle it out in a free-roam VR experience at Zero Latency, with bookings open now. At VR World, make a booking for up to four players to join an escape room adventure, or up to eight to play laser tag.

Remember - things are a little different right now. Contact individual venues for more information on their post-lockdown offers. Stay up to date on the reopening roadmap and check restrictions from the Victorian Government before making plans.

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