Looking for places to go to beat the heat?

If you’re stuck for ideas check out my list of the best places to go with kids in a Melbourne heatwave!

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1. Hit the beach

 

Eastern Beach Reserve, 95 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

Melbourne is blessed with shallow, gentle and safe bay beaches. Our favourites include Altona Beach, Ricketts Point and Carrum Beach, all of which are great destinations because of proximity to playgrounds and cafes.

Further afield check out Frankston Beach, Eastern Beach Geelong, Lorne and the beaches of the Mornington Peninsula.

Click here to check the water quality and cleanliness of every beach in Melbourne.

 

2. Outdoor pool

 

North Melbourne Recreation Centre pool, 1 Macaulay Rd, North Melbourne

My favourite outdoor pool for kids is North Melbourne and its only open in summer.

I’m not a huge of indoor pools when it’s hot but if you want to get away from the sun then Glen Eira has an awesome pirate ship facility, my kids love the frog slide at our local Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre and Aquapulse has some awesome water slides.

Here’s a list of all the public swimming pools in Melbourne.

3. Free water play

 

Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, cnr Ballato Rd and Botanic Drive Cranbourne

Melbourne and surrounds has loads of free water play playgrounds. Our favourites include Royal Park, Riverwalk Water Play Park, Ron Barassi Snr Park, the Children’s Garden at Royal Botanic Gardens and Australian Garden.

Click here for a full list of free water play in Melbourne.

 

4. Paid water play

hippo beach werribee zoo

Lion Gorge at Melbourne Zoo, Hippo Beach at Werribee Zoo and Badger Creek at Healesville Sanctuary all have great water play areas. For older kids try Adventure Park in Geelong and Funfields Whittlesea.

This summer there’s also Splashland, a pop up water slide playground at Mornington and Caulfield Racecourse and Aqua Fun Park an inflatable water obstacle course in Bangholme.

 

5. Visit the library

Play Pod State Library of Victoria

State Library Victoria is the oldest public library in Australia and the kids play area Play Pod is free and has a rotating literary theme.

Local libraries are a free resource of cool entertainment. Notable local libraries with great spaces for kids include Library at the Dock in Docklands, Kathleen Syme Library in Carlton and East Melbourne library.

Click here for the best libraries in Melbourne for kids.

 

6. See a movie

VJunior at Village Cinemas Southland is a cinema designed by and for kids, with a play zone before the film, a slide, dim lighting, quieter sound and a more relaxed atmosphere.

During school terms cinemas offer babes-in-arms sessions where you can watch the latest new releases with your baby. Hoyts, Palace, Village and independent cinemas such as the Sun Theatre all have babes-in-arms sessions.

Hoyts cinema at Victoria Gardens has an enclosed ‘crying room’ in one of their main cinemas. Call ahead to find out what film is playing in the cinema.

See movies on the world’s second-largest IMAX screen in Carlton and you can drop into Melbourne Museum afterwards.

ACMI hold regular screenings of children’s films as part of their Kids Flicks series.

 

7. Visit an art gallery

NGV car wash

The National Gallery of Victoria always has an incredible children’s gallery installation. Currently it’s Atelier: Viktor & Rolf for Kids and the installation/water mister that looks like a car wash!

Artplay is a City of Melbourne children’s art and creative studio. They have paid workshops but also free drop in events and exhibitions.

8. Head to the museum

Melbourne Museum Children's Gallery

Melbourne Museum children’s gallery provide hours of entertainment both indoors and outdoors.

Scienceworks has a fantastic gated play area upstairs Nitty Gritty City as well as many interactive temporary and permanent exhibits, including the planetarium.

At Australian Centre for the Moving Image check out the free interactive Screen Worlds exhibition.

 

9. Go to the zoo

Keeper Kids Melbourne Zoo

In addition to water play Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary all have indoor play areas and under cover exhibits such as the reptile house or penguin area.

Finding Dory & Friends: The Experience, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, cnr Flinders St and King St, Melbourne

The Melbourne Aquarium is all indoors and air-conditioned.

 

10. Indoor play centres

There are loads of play centres to choose from and many offer air conditioning. My favourite air conditioned play centres include Latitude, Play Central and PlanetKids.

 

11. Go ice-skating

Enjoy trying the ice-skating rink at O’Brien Group Arena in Docklands.

 

12. We all scream for ice cream

Miinot gelato

In summer, ice cream seems to be a separate food group for our family! Here’s a list of the best ice cream and gelat0 in Melbourne. Bon appetit!


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