From free exhibitions to teen parties, festivals, arts and crafts. Rain, hail or shine, here’s our guide to the most entertaining activities for teens and kids in Melbourne. 

Free cinema exhibitions at ACMI 

Head to ACMI and experience the eight-channel video installation that is Memo Akten. Be immersed in AI musings of octopus-like digital beings that draw you in. While you’re at ACMI, swing by The Story of the Moving Image and get hands-on at this fun cinema showcase, with animation and sound effects to play with. Follow our guide for more more free museum exhibitions.

Dark room filled with screens of colourful SeaLife and an octopus.
ACMI: Memo Akten

Free program for young creatives  

For the aspiring creatives in the family, Signal is a must-try. The program offers young people aged 14 – 25 the opportunity to create art alongside professionals. Sign up and paint community murals, use digital programs to create unique pieces, try jewellery making and more.  

Science Gallery 

Melbourne's one and only Science Gallery is home to some of the most unusual art installations in town. Think live jellyfish and a machete-wielding houseplant. Explore the growing friction between natural and artificial at Not Natural. The new exhibition explores the line between technology, synthetic biology and more. 

Two people walking into big brick building with 'Science Gallery' sign outside.
Science Gallery

Shoot hoops at Emporium

Test out your new gear from Rebel Sport's Emporium store on the rooftop basketball court. Simply head up the stairs of the flagship store inside Emporium and be met with the Steph Curry inspired courts. The space includes interactive digital games and stunning city views.

Cheap ice-skating at O’Brien Icehouse 

Looking for a rainy-day activity for all your mates? O’Brien Icehouse has got you covered. Get down on cheap Tuesday’s and concession card holders can skate for just $17.50. Whether you’re a beginner or an ice-skating pro, the Olympic-sized rink offers an epic day of fun.  

Three women skating on ice rink laughing with each other.
O'Brien Icehouse

 Coin Booth Karaoke 

Get down to Kono Coin Karaoke and belt out your favorite tune in the disco-lit coin-operated singing booths. With a song library of artists like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Olivia Rodrigo and a bunch of Kpop. Perfect for groups up to five per booth or practice you lines solo. Languages include English, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. 

Indoor sporting activities 

Trade the rocky mountains for an epic indoor climbing experience at Hardrock Climbing. If it’s your first time have no fear, climbers are taught everything they need to know by friendly instructors. There’s over 100 routes to try out, starting from beginner levels all the way up to expert. Work up an appetite and pop into Melbourne Central for a cheap lunch. 

Four people climbing indoor rock climbing wall in harnesses.
Hardrock Climbing

Print pics on film at cute photobooths 

Forget snapping some pics just for the gram, pop into one of Melbourne’s public photobooths and snap some for the mems instead. The old school photobooth on Flinders Street is open 24-hours. Pop in a coin, step inside, take a seat and wait for the cue before you strike a pose. Or head to Life4Cut Chinatown and enjoy the Korean inspired props and funky interactive booths.  

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