SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is one of my go-to indoor places when the weather’s wild – hot, cold, wet. The aquarium got updated in 2015 and constantly adds new features to make it a more appealing attraction for families.
The layout of the exhibits means a bit of travelling between floors which is easily negotiated with a pram using the lift and ramps.
My favourite part is getting up close to the penguins and watching as they waddle and swim, plus seeing the cute penguin chicks snuggling into their parents. At 11:30am and 3:30pm daily you get to watch the keepers feed the penguins.
To take a break from the fish check out the Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4D cinema. What is 4D cinema? Not only do you wear the kooky paper glasses, other special events occur including smoke, vibrating chairs and gusts of air. The movie goes for 10 minutes and is recommended for 4+ years, though Baby 2.0 (3yo) is still ok.
Outside the cinema in an interactive touch screen game and a wall of ice for sensory play.
The Art Aquarium is an exhibit where kids are encouraged to colour in and decorate fish. You then scan your creation and watch it come to life on the big screen. The Art Aquarium has the potential to be a great feature but unfortunately, the scanner is not working on our visit (or at least the bunch of parents who were there with us couldn’t work out how to use it).
While many of the tanks are higher than toddler level throughout the exhibits there are special nooks where only kids can fit. Lady AB and Baby 2.0 particularly enjoy running in and out of the toddler-sized tunnels to watch the fish from below.
There are opportunities to get hands-on in some of the tanks and you get to pick up and touch some of the sea creatures.
The fish feeding experience is low-tech but actually quite fun for toddlers because you are feeding the fish living in the massive tank. The kids love dropping the pellets into the water and watching the fish rise up to feed.
Finally, entry to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium doesn’t have to be expensive if you take advantage of various offers and discounts available. BUY discount tickets to SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium.
You can also buy a membership if you’re planning to visit regularly. It’s one of the best memberships for Melbourne families.
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- Book online to save 10% off the ticket price or buy an Entertainment Book for a 2 for 1 voucher;
- Under 4s are free;
- The ‘Melbourne Big Ticket’ offers entry to both Sea Life Melbourne and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre for $45 per person (visits to take place within 90 days).
- Pram friendly with ramps and stairs;
- Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4D cinema is billed at being suitable for kids 4+ years;
- Cafe on site, though I prefer eating at The Grain Store instead or BYO food;
- parents room with change facilities available;
- best access during the weekday is via public transport;
- on weekends book cheaper parking at Wilson Parking or Secure Parking.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, cnr Flinders St and King St, Melbourne
Monday – Friday
10:00am – 5:30pm (last entry 4:30pm)
Weekends, School Holidays and Public Holidays
9:30am – 6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm)
The ‘Melbourne Big Ticket’ offers entry to both Sea Life Melbourne and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre for $45 per person (visits to take place within 90 days).
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