Meander through Melbourne for two magical days with your family. Art, yummy food, science and the great outdoors combine to make an awesome weekend away.
Start your adventure on an imaginative note at ArtPlay – a creative arts studio in the city for kids (babies through to 12-year-olds) and their families. Then, continue on with the artistic theme with a trip to Artvo in Docklands, an enticing art gallery where kids (and adults) are encouraged to touch and interact with the artworks, photographing themselves and becoming part of the art.
Stick around Docklands for lunch and head to waterfront Cargo Restaurant for casual, hearty modern Australian fare. The menu is diverse and spans everything from pizzas and burgers to tacos and salads.
Head to Family Fun Centres Black Light Mini Golf (also in Docklands) for an adventure the kids will talk about for days to come. The first of its kind in Australia, UV lighting has transformed traditional mini golf into a fun and unusual glow-in-the-dark-experience, featuring 18 holes of fun, in air-conditioned and indoor comfort.
Leave the Docklands behind and take the kids to town for an Asian-inspired adventure at Tim Ho Wan on Bourke Street, the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurant. If there’s a queue the staff give you a form you can fill out while waiting, so little people won’t have to wait long for their food once seated.
When Scienceworks opened in 1992, the idea was to create a place for young people to play with science. Kids will love the hands-on exhibits and being able to push, pull, spin and bang things around. Scienceworks (which is located in the suburb of Spotswood) also features the Melbourne Planetarium, the Lightning Room and the historic Pumping Station.
The lush green Riverside Park is located close by, away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Grab some takeaway (or come prepared with your own pre-made sandwiches) and picnic in the park overlooking the Yarra River.
The Melbourne Zoo – located 4 kilometres from the city centre – is home to over 320 species of wildlife from around the world, so take your time this afternoon meeting as many of the cute critters as you can. Kids will love the zoo’s Close-up Encounters, that bring them face-to-face with some of our most popular personalities.
Finish your weekend on a high note with dinner at Chelsea Heights Hotel. Here, the adults can unwind with a drink while the kids explore the huge indoor playground and arcade games. The family bistro menu has plenty of choices (including kids’ meals) to suit all tastes.
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