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!
1. Hit the beach
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.
2. Outdoor pool
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.
3. Free water play
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.
4. Paid water play
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.
5. Visit the library
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.
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.
ACMI hold regular screenings of children’s films as part of their Kids Flicks series.
7. Visit an art gallery
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 provide hours of entertainment both indoors and outdoors.
9. Go to the zoo
The Melbourne Aquarium is all indoors and air-conditioned.
10. Indoor play centres
11. Go ice-skating
Enjoy trying the ice-skating rink at O’Brien Group Arena in Docklands.
12. We all scream for ice cream
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!