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How to do Melbourne in 48 hours with kids

Planning a weekend in Melbourne? Great food, inspiring art, brilliant science and, of course, sport – these are the things that make Melbourne such great fun for families.

Grab a coffee, book a cheap flight and start daydreaming – here’s how you can do Melbourne in just 48 hours.


Morning: Get arty
Start your adventure on an imaginative note at ArtPlay – a creative arts studio in the city for kids (babies through to 12-year-olds) and their families. Then head to Artvo in Docklands, an enticing art gallery where kids (and adults) are encouraged to touch and interact with the artworks, photographing themselves and becoming part of the art.

Lunch: kid friendly eats
Head to the Docklands waterfront Cargo Restaurant for casual, hearty modern Australian fare. The kids will love the pizzas, burgers, tacos and salads. Grown ups can try a selection of beers on tap – including spiced rum dark larger. No booking is required for groups of ten or less. Just pop in and chow down.

Afternoon: Golf with a twist
Check in to Glow Golf at Docklands for a super fun game of putt-putt.  UV lighting has transformed traditional mini golf into a fun and unusual glow-in-the-dark-experience, featuring 18 holes of fun, in air-conditioned and indoor comfort.

Evening: Dumpling delights
Leave the Docklands behind and take the kids to town for an Asian-inspired adventure at Tim Ho Wan on Bourke Street, the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurant. If there’s a queue the staff give you a form you can fill out while waiting, so little people won’t have to wait long for their food once seated.


Morning: Inspiring science
When Scienceworks opened in 1992, the idea was to create a place for young people to play with science. Kids will love the hands-on exhibits and being able to push, pull, spin and bang things around. Scienceworks (which is located in the suburb of Spotswood) also features the Melbourne Planetarium, the Lightning Room and the historic Pumping Station.

Lunch: Chill out in the park
The lush green Riverside Park offers a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Grab some takeaway (or come prepared with your own pre-made sandwiches) and picnic in the park overlooking the Yarra River.

Afternoon: Go wild at the zoo
The Melbourne Zoo – four kilometres from the city centre – is home to more than 320 species of wildlife. Take your time meeting as many cute critters as you can. Kids will love the zoo’s Close-up Encounters.

Evening: Pub grub
Finish your weekend on a high note with dinner at Chelsea Heights Hotel. Here, the adults can unwind with a drink while the kids explore the huge indoor playground and arcade games. The family bistro menu has plenty of choices (including kids’ meals) to suit all tastes.

And then sadly, it’s time to go home.

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