Melbourne is the perfect city to explore with the kids this Summer. With a perfect mix of outdoor green space, tall buildings, street art and history there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Melbourne doesn't have to be expensive either! We are sharing our top five free experiences to engage your family in the capital of Victoria.
1. National Gallery of Victoria
The Children’s area of the Gallery is free to enter and has some amazing exhibitions all year round. There is a huge outdoor area where you can wander through mist gardens or laze on a beanbag. This Summer they are hosting the Kids Summer festival from Jan 8th-14, 2018. Make sure you take the kids to see the huge headlight roof and all the amazing colours along with the famous waterfall wall at the front.
2. Street art
Melbourne showcases some of the best street art in the world. There are many streets and laneways to explore and the art is always changing. We suggest you start in Hosier lane just opposite Federation Square. Another favourite spot of ours is in Union Lane just near the Bourke Street Mall. Some days you can watch the artists at work and it makes for some great photographs.
3. City Circle Tram
When you think of Melbourne you think of its iconic trams. There is a free tram that takes the loop from the city to the Docklands and back in time. With old wooden seats the Heritage W class tram hails from 1923. It’s a great way to explore the city and get your bearings of what’s on offer.
4. Royal Botanical Gardens
This is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with the family while letting the kids run free. The Botanical Gardens have a special children’s garden that allows them to play in water and engage with nature. The gardens have many hidden areas to explore and we especially love the bamboo garden and rainforest area. Remember to bring a towel and the kids swimmers as it is the perfect place to cool off over Summer.
The banks of the Yarra River provide the perfect place for the kids to scoot along in the sunshine while watching the boats cruise by. There are lots of places to stop for lunch or an ice-cream and places to sit and just watch the world go by. BYO scooter and get moving!
Bron Leeks leads the adventurous team at Smiths Holiday Road where she shares her families adventures with a focus on wheelchair access and inclusion. Based in Melbourne, Australia and exploring far and wide.