12 Fun Attractions in Melbourne for Kids to Learn

By ivan matsumoto  |  Posted: September 28, 2017

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    It’s been a fact that learning is most effective when we have fun. There are a lot of Fun Activities for Kids  to explore but what if you want to entertain your kids and at the same time guarantee that they’ll learn something for the day? 

    Turn your typical city tour into an opportunity for learning. Whether it’s your first time in the city or not, there is an abundance of available knowledge waiting to be discovered by your little ones.

    Melbourne can absolutely tickle your toddler’s senses, the science scholars, junior athletes, future firemen and marine life lovers in them. Read further to start planning your kids’ next learning adventure!

    Melbourne Maritime Museum

    Melbourne Maritime Museum Educational activities for kids

    Your little pirate will certainly enjoy this museum as they have the chance to join Pirate Sundays that’s hosted at the Polly Woodside Tall Ship where they can dress up, explore the upper and lower decks of the ship and join the activities with their co-pirates. In case you want to celebrate their birthday in the pirate ship, this is perfect as they are open for venue rentals.

    National Sports Museum

    National Sports Museum Educational activities for kids

    Nobody goes home bored inside this museum. They have Game On! which is an interactive gallery where goal-kicking skills, speed and other abilities can be tested against other elite athletes. Everyone will be able to know more about different athletes.

    Melbourne Museum

    Melbourne Museum Educational activities for kids

    The Melbourne Museum can cover a wide age range of children. It houses Pauleen Gandel Children’s Gallery which is best for babies to 5 year olds involving them in open-ended play, multi-sensory learning explorations. This will be a good place for the adults to relax a little because this section is child-proof. The older kids can enjoy the rest of the museum and discover more about native animals, dinosaur fossils and rainforests.


    Science Works Educational activities for kids

    Lighting room in Scienceworks giving a demonstration on electricity, 2005.

    Who doesn’t love Planetarium shows? But how about a Lightning Room show too? They definitely have something for kids and kids at heart. Enjoy different wonders of Science in this full-packed museum.

    Fire Services Museum

    Fire Services Museum Educational activities for kids

    Opened in 1979 and now completely run by volunteers each with unique stories. This museum houses Australia’s largest collection of fire brigade memorabilia. There are vintage fire vehicles, helmets, uniforms and also firefighting demonstrations throughout the year.

    SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

    SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Educational activities for kids

    This is a favorite Melbourne attraction for children of all ages. Marine life lovers will absolutely find this a treat. Not only does it showcase marine life in different habitats such as coral caves, mangroves, rock pools and penguin playground but it also provides expert talks and opportunities to feed some of the sea creatures.

    Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne

    Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne Educational activities for kids

    A day of unlimited building is how your learning adventure will be. You can challenge yourself and your child in building the tallest towers without breaking from the earthquake table.  Toddlers can also let their imagination loose at the Duplo Farm. Need to step up their creative juices? There are Lego Creative workshops which showcases different ways to create pretty much anything.

    Old Melbourne Gaol

    Old Melbourne Gaol Educational activities for kids

    The Old Melbourne Gaol is a heritage landmark which previously housed criminals, mentally-ill and homeless citizens. This tour is for children 5 to 12 years old. It is a quite interesting visit to learn about the journey of a prisoner inside including young inmates. It is definitely an eye-opener to find out about how the design of the buildings were intended to reform prisoners.  In case you’re also looking for a unique venue, this place is also open for private parties.


    ArtVo Educational activities for kids

    They say that one should take as much photographs as you can especially when travelling as a family. The memories are best captured through the lens of camera so that we can all revisit them one day. In ArtVo, that is exactly what’s going to happen. Endless photo opportunities await. There are 11 “trick art” gallery zones in ArtVo from Jungle Safari, World Tour, Enchanted Garden to Aussie Pride. The whole family’s creativity will be tested in making the images be as realistic as possible.

    Melbourne Zoo

    Melbourne Zoo Educational activities for kids

    After showing those books and cards with photos of the animals at home, it’s about time to let your children see them come to life. Melbourne Zoo has over 300 different species from around the world. Their animal vocabulary will definitely step up after your trip. And most likely, they’ll ask you for more visits to see their favorite animals up close. The whole family gets to bond and learn altogether at the Melbourne Zoo.

    Werribee Open Range Zoo

    Werribee Open Range Zoo Educational activities for kids

    If you want to take your children’s animal viewing a notch higher, this open range zoo has an experience program where your family can have a close encounter with zebras, giraffes, lions, meerkat, hippos, rhinos, etc. They also have a family friendly off road safari that will surely make this trip memorable. They are able to see, smell and hear everything around those animals. A complete sensory experience for the little wild ones.

    Healesville Sanctuary

    Healesville Sanctuary Educational activities for kids

    Are you looking forward to see Koalas or interact with other native Australian wildlife? Healesville Sanctuary is a must visit for its daily bird show, a peek into the Australian Wildlife health center that treats over 1,500 sick and injured animals and even a platypus interactive show. Your future vets will also have a chance to dress up in scrubs and investigate on how they can help those animals in need.


    So why not start taking notes now and block off your calendars for your child’s next learning journey. A word of caution though: Expect after the trip that they will definitely talk about those dinosaurs’ fossils, be extra excited about firetrucks and tell you more about marine life and wild animals in the next days, weeks or months even! Now wouldn’t that be great, right?

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