The January school holidays are well underway, what are you gong to to do entertain the tribe? There's plenty to do to keep the kids busy this summer such as workshops, classes, play centres, museum visits and that sort of thing.
However, if you'd rather not spend any money, the summer school holidays is an easy time to take advantage of Melbourne's many family-friendly free activities.
Here's a list of 5 free activities for Melbourne kids to enjoy this summer:
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Explore NGV Triennial at The National Gallery of Victoria
We Make Carpets NGV Kids Exhibition
The National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road has opened Triennial; a free exhibition that features the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries.
The exhibition is so immense that it stretches across all four levels of NGV International, the gardens and cafe included. Take your time and cover the exhibition over multiple visits, particularly if you're visiting with children.
You must not miss the NGV Kids Gallery, which has been transformed into a wonderful, colourful tactile exhibit, designed by Dutch art collective 'We Make Carpets'. Children are encouraged to craft their 'tapestries' on the walls and the floor using pool noodles, ropes, felt & wooden shapes.
Play in the Playground and Water Park at Booran Reserve
Glen Eira City's newest playground caters for all ages and it is huge! The $10 million dollar makeover boasts water play, nature play, sand play and of course, general play; swings, slides, roundabouts, trampolines, climbing walls, tunnels and more.
Where: Cnr Booran Road and Glenhuntly Road, Glenhuntly
Discover Screen Worlds at ACMI
Screen Worlds is the ACMI's permanent exhibition celebrating film, television and digital culture. Keep the kids busy for hours here, particularly with so many videogames to play for free. If you want to splash out, the Magic of Aardman: Wallace & Gromit and Friends is well worth a visit, only till the end of January.
The summer holidays gives Melburnians the best weather so why not hit the beach with the kids. Anyone who says Melbourne doesn't have great beaches, obviously needs to head south.
Beaches local to the city include Williamstown, Altona & St Kilda, but if you head south you'll hit: Brighton Beach with a backdrop of glorious beach boxes, Half Moon Bay; a shallow and sheltered beach near Black Rock, or further down the coast you'll hit a wide open stretch of beach between Edithvale and Seaford.
Picnic at McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery
McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery
If you're looking for a place to take your children for a run around, and a beautiful spot to immerse yourselves in serenity, head to the McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery in Langwarrin.
Pack a picnic and take some seeds to feed the ducks!
One of the world’s most famous stories is being brought to life this summer by Playhouse Pantomimes! Join them on a magical journey through a mystical world in their mesmerising current production of 'Alice in Wonderland.'
Dining out with the kids is not always easy, but it can be even harder trying to find family-friendly options when you are vegetarian, vegan, paleo or gluten free. If you can relate to this, make Plant Based Mum your go-to blog.