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Top 9 Places to Go with Kids in Frankston

Looking to enjoy a great destination in Melbourne? Don’t miss out on all the amazing offerings of Frankston – a lively suburb that makes for a fantastic half or full-day destination for families. From exciting kid-friendly parks to exciting street art walking tours, this spot has it all!

To help you plan out the perfect family day at Frankston, here are some of my favourite places to see, play and eat in Frankston with kids.

Frankston Beach playground 6

Ever explored an outdoor street art gallery? With life-sized murals, augmented reality pieces and splashes of colour and imagination, Frankston’s street art really comes to life. 

Guided through the city’s streets and laneways, you’ll discover the iconic street art scene developing across the city during Frankston’s Street Art Walking tours. With more than 50 artworks on show, you’ll understand why Frankston won Australia’s best street art walking tour. 

Morning tours run every weekend, while their Twilight tours only run on Fridays.

Book a tour here to experience it yourself.

Frankston’s Street Art Walking tours, 60 Playne Street, Frankston, 1300 322 842, visit@frankston.vic.gov.au

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Things to do in Frankston

1. Frankston Beach

Frankston Beach is long, clean and shallow far out into Port Phillip Bay, making it a great location for family-friendly water play. The 500m long pier provides great views back to shore and makes a lovely counterpoint against all that soft sand and blue water!

Frankston Beach

The beach is the end of a 9km stretch of sand that starts at Carrum. The Frankston end includes the Frankston Life Saving Club, Frankston Yacht Club, and the intersection of Kananook Creek with its spectacular arched Landmark Bridge.

The beach is patrolled on the weekends and during the summer months.

Frankston Beach, Nepean Highway, Frankston


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2. Frankston Regional Playground

Part fairy tower and Dracula’s castle, this adventure playground on Frankston Beach’s foreshore is a spacious and imaginative play space. FULL REVIEW.

Frankston Regional Playground, Pier Promenade, Frankston

Frankston Regional Foreshore Playground, Frankston Waterfront Reserve, Pier Promenade, Frankston

3. Jubilee Park

Frankston’s newest park features artistic elements referencing the sand and the sea and a gorgeous look-and-find activity with native Australian animals and sea creatures. FULL REVIEW.

Jubilee Park, Hillcrest Rd, Frankston

Jubilee Park playground, Hillcrest Road, Frankston

4. Ballam Park

Double the fun with two regional playgrounds, skate park, parkour equipment, multi-use court and BBQ/picnic facilities. Full review.

Ballam Park, 260R Cranbourne Rd, Frankston

ballam Park

5. Frankston Library

Frankston Library
Frankston Library

The library’s decorated with gorgeous murals depicting scenes and characters from Alice in Wonderland.

Frankston Library
Frankston Library

Inside, snuggle up in the giant chair (which looks rather magical) in the children’s area, which also has some toys and of course books to enjoy.

Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street, Frankston

Frankston Library

6. Frankston Arts Centre

Above the Frankston Library is the Frankston Arts Centre, which regularly hosts children’s programming and school holiday activities. Just look for The Nutcrackers ballet leading you up the stairs.

Frankston Arts Centre, 27 – 37 Davey St, Frankston, 03 9784 1060

Frankston Library

Intriguing and curious artwork everywhere you look in this sculpture park inside 16 hectares of bush and landscaped gardens. FULL REVIEW.

McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin

McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin

WHERE TO EAT IN FRANKSTON 

If you’re at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, then the on-site McClelland cafe has pretty good food that’s reasonably priced. Mostly it’s the setting you’re paying for, so request a seat by the window. Note that lunch starts at 12pm. Pram access, high chairs, children’s menu and change facilities available. FULL REVIEW.

McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin

McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin

9. Eeny Meeny

Recommended to me by Frankston locals, this cafe in the centre of town has an eclectic vintage feel and a serene courtyard at the back complete with fishpond. Pram access, high chairs, disabled toilets available. FULL REVIEW.

Eeny Meeny, 96 Young St, Frankston

Eeny Meeny, 96 Young St, Frankston

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HOT Tips:

  • BBQs and picnic facilities available at playground and along foreshore;
  • beach showers/toilets and kiosk on foreshore;
  • paid parking at the foreshore carpark and in Frankston CBD.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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