Keep your budding artists, intrepid explorers and mini zookeepers busy with these toddler-friendly activities. We promise you’ll have some fun on these adventures too.

Driving in?

With more than 70,000 car spaces in the city, you’re never far from Melbourne’s best events. Book ahead at key parking providers to get the best deal.

Go wild at the Melbourne Zoo

Walk with the animals and discover over 250 species from across the world at Melbourne Zoo. The best bit? Kids can visit for free on weekends, public holidays and school holidays (remember to book ahead). Don't miss the free giraffe keeper talk at 11.30am daily. The kids will be pumped to see these massive, powerful creatures and learn about their habitats.

A meerkat sitting on its hind legs on a rock.
Melbourne Zoo

Play at Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery

Designed especially for babies and kids up to five years of age, the Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum is a great place for curious tots to learn, climb and discover. There’s a huge outdoor area where they can play in the sandpit, forage for fossils and explore the garden. Inside they can dance in the ‘camouflage disco’ or clamber through nooks, crannies and sensory experiences. Museum entry is free for kids under 16 and booking is recommended. 

A brightly coloured indoor playground.
Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery

Explore parks and playgrounds

Got some energetic little legs in your house that need to let off some steam? The City of Melbourne is full of pretty parks and adventure-packed playgrounds. Located near ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr playground is a family favourite with tube slides, swinging hammocks, balance beams, and rock and rope climbing. Pack a picnic and leave the busy city behind in the tranquil Treasury Gardens. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife too! Over in Fitzroy Gardens, the kids can gaze in wonder at the magical carved Fairies' Tree and pint-sized model Tudor village. 

A walkway at a children's playground covered with paintings.
Birrarung Marr playground

Dine at the best family-friendly restaurants

There's plenty of space for your precious cargo and all members of your family at these Melbourne restaurants. La Camera is close to city essentials like the sports precinct and Eureka Skydeck. It’s located within Southgate, which is fully accessible to prams and wheelchairs via lift. Urban Alley has pub-meets-loft vibes, with eco-friendly credentials. And if you’re keen to drive in, there’s ample parking including accessible spots at The District Docklands. Better yet, the first 90 minutes are free! 

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