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12 Free and Low Cost Things for Grandparents To Do with the Kids in Melbourne

by EricaL (follow)
Places to go in Melbourne with free or discounted entry for seniors

Melbourne is filled with things to do, however, some activities are not cheap. Expensive activities are tricky for some grandparents who are looking for things to do with the grandkids.

What to do in Melbourne with grandkids in tow

The good news is, Melbourne is filled with free and low cost activities too, some of which offer discounts or free entries for seniors. The following twelve places and activities listed below are great examples:

A visit to the State Library of Victoria with a play in the Play Pod; the library's dedicated children's area.

Immerse in the serenity and beautiful green landscapes filled with rare plants in the historic Royal Botanic Gardens. There's also no fee to enter and explore the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden; open 10am - sunset Wednesday to Sundays.

Take the kids for a scoot along Southbank and people watch! Stop by Trampoline Gelato for a treat on route.


Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, the war memorial located in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road. The views from here back to the city are incredible and this is a great place to discuss significant events that have affected generations both past and present.

Wander through the beautiful Carlton Gardens on the grounds of the Royal Exhibition Hall before heading to the Melbourne Museum (see below).

VIC Seniors Card holders enjoy free entry to all three Melbourne Victoria Museums; Melbourne Museum, the Immigration Museum and Scienceworks. This makes for a very cheap and educational day out for both grandparents and kids.

Screenworlds is currently closed for reburbishment, however the cinemas at ACMI are still open. Children's movies are screened here during school holidays and tickets are very reasonably priced.

Explore Federation Square in the heart of the city. There's always something happening here and often events are free.

All kids love trams, right? Take a ride on the free city circle tram and explore Melbourne's "grid" in old-fashioned style.

Concession tickets for Eureka Skydeck 88 are significantly cheaper than adult passes.

Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary offer discounted rates to Seniors Card holders. Visit Zoos Victoria website for info.

Some of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)'s exhibitions are ticketed, however it is free to enter. The gardens & NGV Kids ever changing gallery space never incur entry fees.

Did your favourite Melbourne venue or activity make the list? If not, where else would you suggest grandparents take the kids on a day out in the big smoke?

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