6 Must-Do Family Activities In Melbourne


Planning a family trip to Melbourne? Looking for experiences you can enjoy with the kids? You’ll find a wide variety of things to do in Melbourne with your family, from animal encounters and cooking classes to some memorable sightseeing opportunities. RedBalloon is here to help you find some of the best activities, perfect for families of all ages and stages. Read on to learn more about these fantastic experiences.

Pasta making class - for 2

1. Get the kids in the kitchen with a family cooking class

Not only is spending time in the kitchen with kids lots of fun, but it also offers them a great opportunity to gain some handy cooking skills and learn more about the world around them. Choose a family cooking class if you’re searching for an experience that’s hands-on, educational and something a little out of the ordinary. Decide on a cuisine as a family or surprise the kids with a cooking class featuring their favourite foods. With all equipment and ingredients provided, all that’ll be left to do is to get cooking and tuck into all the delicious dishes you make.

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Treetop adventure park

2. Try something new together

Whether you live locally or are visiting the Victorian capital for a weekend, school holidays or a longer stay, you’ll find countless exciting and unique things to do in Melbourne with the family in tow. Water lovers will jump at the opportunity to learn to surf (six years and up) or to spend the day stand-up paddle boarding (12 years and up). Those up for a challenge will revel in a rock climbing and abseiling session (10 years and up), while a hot air balloon flight (seven years and up) is one experience your little ones are sure to remember for years to come. For something a little more laidback yet just as memorable, why not book a family photography session? Get dressed up, have fun getting the perfect shot and take home some photographs you can treasure forever.

haunted melbourne walking tour

3. Discover some of Melbourne’s top attractions

As Australia’s second-largest city, it should come as no surprise that Melbourne is home to its fair share of attractions. Whether you’re visiting with tiny tots, tweens or teens, you’ll find plenty of family things to do in Melbourne together. Head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for a tour of one of the country’s most iconic sporting grounds, or perhaps get in touch with the city’s cultural side with a tour of its intriguing laneways. For an activity that’ll have the whole family enthralled, be sure to stop by the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, where you’ll find all manner of sea creatures, great and small.

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Private helicopter flight over Melbourne

4. See the city’s sights

Melbourne is a beautiful city with countless sights to discover. If you’re searching for family things to do in Melbourne that’ll delight all ages, why not set out on a spot of sightseeing? Top of the list would have to be the Melbourne Skydeck, offering 360-degree views of the city, its suburbs and beyond. Ride the elevator to the 88th floor in under 40 seconds, have fun spotting popular landmarks, or simply take some time to soak up the view. While the Melbourne Skydeck offers stunning views during the day, it also allows you to see a different side of the city after dark, making this a great family thing to do in Melbourne at night too. For other great ways to see Melbourne with the kids, you might opt for a kayaking tour or a scenic cruise. Both offer a different perspective of the city and a great way to spend quality time together.

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family high tea

5. Celebrate a special occasion with a high tea experience

From milestone birthdays and anniversaries to those special ‘just because’ moments, a high tea experience is one of many great things to do in Melbourne with the family. Introduce the kids to some of the finer things in life, from savoury canapes and tea sandwiches to classic pastries, scones and more, treat yourself to a glass of bubbly and enjoy an excuse to dine in style. You might choose to head to the Hotel Windsor for a classic high tea or, for something a little different, opt for a high tea cruise along the Yarra River.

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6. Meet some furry friends

If you’re on the lookout for crowd-pleasing experiences and things to do in Melbourne today with family, you can’t go wrong with spending time with some new furry friends. Melbourne is home to various zoos, animal parks and sanctuaries, making it easy to encounter all sorts of animals, from rhinos, giraffes and zebras to koalas, kangaroos and wombats. Head to Werribee Open Range Zoo for a guided safari or come face to face with a variety of native species at the Maru Koala Park or the Moonlight Sanctuary

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