Looking for places to go to beat the heat?
If you’re stuck for ideas, check out my list of the 13 best places to go with kids in a Melbourne heatwave!
Things to do in a Melbourne heat wave
1. Hit the beach
Melbourne is blessed with shallow, gentle and safe bay beaches. Here are the best beaches in Melbourne for kids.
2. Outdoor pool
Melbourne has lots of outdoor pools if you know where to look, and many of them are only open in the warmer weather so make the most of them.
3. Free water play
Melbourne and surroundings have loads of free water play playgrounds where you can cool down.
Click here for the ultimate list of free water play in Melbourne
4. Paid water play
For older kids try Adventure Park in Geelong, Gumbuya World and Funfields Whittlesea.
5. Visit the library
Libraries are a free resource of cool entertainment. The State Library of Victoria is the most central and has an amazing Children’s Quarter with toys, games and of course books to browse (but not borrow).
Click here for the best libraries in Melbourne for kids
6. See a movie
VJunior at Village Cinemas Southland and VJunior at Village Cinemas Sunshine are cinemas 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, and independent cinemas such as the Sun Theatre all have babes-in-arms sessions.
7. Visit an art gallery
Artplay is a City of Melbourne children’s art and creative studio. They have paid workshops but also free drop-in events and exhibitions.
Heide Museum of Modern Art often have child-friendly exhibitions and they run regular creative workshops for kids during term time.
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8. Head to the museum
Melbourne Museum children’s gallery provides hours of entertainment both indoors and outdoors.
9. Go to the zoo
10. Indoor play centres
There are loads of play centres to choose from and many offer air conditioning.
Click here for the best indoor play centres in Melbourne
11. Go ice-skating
12. Bowling and arcade games
13. 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 gelato in Melbourne. Bon appetite!
15. Get the High Score at Fortress, Melbourne
Fortress Melbourne is the largest ultimate game entertainment venue in Australia and spans over two gigantic levels inside Emporium Melbourne.
It holds 160 premium Alienware PCs, two licensed bars, private party spaces, a huge themed basement Tavern restaurant with VIP video game booths and board game areas, and much more.
The venue offers broad appeal to adults and kids and it’s a great place for kids to play games to their heart’s content.
Fortress Melbourne, 23 Caledonian Lane, Melbourne, +61 3 9606 8800
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