Looking for places to go to beat the heat?
If you’re stuck for ideas check out my list of the 12 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.
Click here for the best family-friendly beaches in Melbourne.
Click here to check the water quality and cleanliness of every beach in Melbourne.
2. Outdoor pool
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
Melbourne and surrounds have 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
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 Melton 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.
ACMI hold regular screenings of children’s films as part of their Kids Flicks series.
7. Visit an art gallery
8. Head to the museum
Melbourne Museum children’s gallery provides hours of entertainment both indoors and outdoors.
Scienceworks has a dedicated children’s STEM area mainly for under 5s called Ground Up, a permanent exhibition for teens Beyond Perception plus many interactive temporary and permanent exhibits, including the planetarium.
9. Go to the zoo
The Melbourne Aquarium is all indoors and air-conditioned.
10. Indoor play centres
Click here for the best indoor play centres in Melbourne
11. Go ice-skating
Enjoy trying the ice-skating rink at O’Brien Group Arena in Docklands.
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 gelat0 in Melbourne. Bon appetit!
Where do you like to go to beat the heat?