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New Year’s Eve is always a good time to reflect on the past year and WOW what amazing fun we’ve had in Melbourne with kids in 2015.

To inspire you to get out and about with your family, here’s a list of my Top 10 HOT places for free play from my 2015 reviews – and best of all you can still visit these locations in 2016.

Bookmark it, save it, print it and tick off the list this year with your kids!

artplay inside out

  1. ArtPlay Inside Out, Birrarung Marr

Get creative and arty with weekly drop-in sessions in Melbourne’s best dedicated children’s arts space.

point park yarra's edge

  1. Point Park, Yarra’s Edge

Stunning waterfront views and musical play in Dockland’s only south bank playground.

library at the dock

  1. Library at the Dock, Docklands

Fantastic library on the water with large children’s section, playground with water play and on-site cafe.

crocodile park point cook

  1. Crocodile Park, Point Cook

Fabulous water play featuring a crocodile that spurts water!

Studio Cats: Andy Warhol | Ai Wei Wei for Kids, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

  1. Studio Cats Andy Warhol | Ai Wei Wei for Kids, NGV International

Make a selfie photobooth video, stack up Heinz cartons and watch cat videos in NGV’s dedicated children’s gallery. In fact, NGV is THE place to hang out this summer with loads of free activities – check out this list for the Top 10 things to do with kids.

riverwalk water park

  1. Riverwalk Water Park and Playground

Free water play with lots of spurting jets and a soft fall playground right next door.

royal park playground

  1. Royal Park Playground, Parkville

Huge playground with nature play, water play and a large hill to climb, right next to Royal Children’s Hospital.

Ron Barassi Snr Park

  1. Ron Barassi Snr Park, Docklands

Play with water, sand and some huge slides under the shadows of the Bolte Bridge.

Highpoint Pop Up Park

  1. Highpoint Pop Up Park

Throughout summer attend free play workshops with the foam blocks of Imagination Playground or bring a book to swap with my Book Swap Bike.

harpley estate playground

  1. Harpley Estate playground, Werribee

Vast new playground with soft fall, sand play and sculptures.

What was your favourite places for free fun in 2015?

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