Brace yourselves good people of Melbourne, winter is here. You and your children might use the cooler months as an opportunity to hibernate under your blankets and watch lots of family movies. That’s all well and good, but if you feel the four walls closing in, why not make the most of the city’s free and low cost indoor activities. There’s still plenty to do in Melbourne’s winter months.
Hello Melbourne Winter
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
The ACMI is a rather special museum in Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square. The unique space, which is mostly free to explore, attracts touring and local families for good reason. You can easily while away a morning at the ACMI, exploring Screen Worlds on the ground floor. Screen Worlds is a gallery space, which celebrates local and international digital culture. Take yourselves on a self-guided journey of discovery through the history of film, TV and gaming from inception to the current day. Your kids will love it here, not only because there are plenty of buttons to press, video games to play, and interactive extra’s to enjoy, but there’s plenty of space to run amok, too.
Temporary exhibitions pass through the ACMI, plus there’s a cinema screening art-house kid’s flicks and lessor known animations for very cheap ticket prices.
Mention the word dinosaur to your kids, and you'll be roaring out the door quicker than a velociraptor on the hunt. Melbourne Museum attracts thousands of visitors to explore its vast gallery space filled with Australian social history, culture, science, natural environment and pre-history. No weather forecast should dampen your visit to Melbourne Museum either, because most of the museum is inside; with the exception of the Rainforest Walk and outdoor kids play area.
With seven galleries to explore, and a very reasonable entry fee (also FREE for U16yrs), Melbourne Museum proves to be a cheap, fun and educational day out.
Rain, hail or shine, the NGV never fails to entertain families. Permanent fixtures include the iconic Water Wall entrance and the stunning stained-glass ceiling of the Grand Hall, projecting colourful rays of light down on the large space below.
In addition to the collection of over 70000 works in NGV's public art space, you and your kids will get the most out of NGVKids; an exhibition space designed for families to enjoy.
Melbourne's exclusive museum dedicated to science. A visit to Scienceworks always guarantees a fun day out for everyone in the family. Downstairs, after you've entered the museum, you've got a permanent and temporary exhibitions. The Alice in Wonderland display is a big hit, as is 'sportsworks' an area dedicated to physical science.
Upstairs you've got the Nitty Gritty Super City; geared toward kids age 3 to 8 years. Here you'll find a construction zone where little builders learn how levers and pulleys make hard work.
Scienceworks is also home to the planetarium. Enjoy a number of shows in the planetarium, which are at an extra cost, but worth the extra money.