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Bring the family along for this vacation — Melbourne is full things to do with kids. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ top picks for kid-friendly Melbourne must-sees:
1. Visit four-legged friends at the Collingwood Children’s Farm. Nestled in the green meadows overlooking the Yarra River, this scenic farm allows children the chance to interact with animals of all kinds and participate in the chores of country life. Kids jump at the chance to bottle-feed baby lambs, search for fresh eggs, milk cows and ride ponies. Check the schedule for special activities like hay rides and bonfires. The farm is open in all weather, every day of the year.
2. Learn about Aboriginal cultures at the Melbourne Museum. For something that will interest parents and children, head to Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a permanent exhibit on Aboriginal cultures at the Melbourne Museum. Walk the Milarri Garden Trail, an outdoor area filled with indigenous plants, and learn about their traditional uses for Aboriginal Australians. Throughout the rest of the exhibit, children learn about Aboriginal history and cultures as they exist today. Be sure to check out other displays for children — like Sam the koala — while at the Melbourne Museum.
3. Get the adrenaline pumping at Luna Park. This campy amusement park dating back to 1912 is a treasured Melbourne institution. Enter through the mouth of the iconic Mr. Moon to enjoy the Scenic Railway ride or take a spin on the park’s Magical Carousel. For those seeking greater thrills, newer attractions like wild kamikaze-style ride Pharaoh’s Curse should do the trick. To complete the experience, treat the kids to some “fairy floss,” the Australian term for cotton candy.
4. Wander through the Children’s Garden at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. This magical spot in the city’s stunning botanic gardens is devoted entirely to little ones, with a wetland area, bamboo forest, plant tunnel, gorge and ruin garden. The Kitchen Garden, filled with edible plants, occasionally holds interactive storytelling events ending with food plucked from its plot. Kids are encouraged to touch, dig, hide, and explore.
5. Nurture the artist within at ArtPlay and the National Gallery. Creative Melbourne is filled with great opportunities for budding artists. Located in a converted railway building in Birrarung Marr, ArtPlay offers a vast range of art workshops for children, in addition shadow plays, storytelling, drumming and more. The National Gallery of Victoria also provides art workshops for children along with kid-friendly scavenger hunts and gallery tours.