The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is one of Melbourne's best spots for art and culture. While you might not think of an art museum as the ideal place to take a baby, when you see the Great Hall, you will understand why this is top city spot for crawling babies.
The Great Hall is the heart of the gallery, often used for functions and events after hours. During the day, let your little people explore the glandular space while you relax on a floor cushion and take in the amazing stained glass ceiling.
On a clear day, you can take your babies out to AstroTurf in the outdoor space immediately outside the Grand Hall. There's floor cushions to lounge around on while your babies explore.
Play Pod at the State Library
The State Library of Victoria is a beautiful building to visit. There's even more reason to enjoy Melbourne's central library of the state with your babies, because there's an undercover courtyard dedicated to children, called the Play Pod. The area is designed for children to enjoy age related books and craft activities, and there's plenty of space for your crawlers to explore.
Where: The Courtyard, State Library of Victoria
When: 10am–4pm daily.
Nature Boy Cafe in Murrumbeena
Has a fenced courtyard with fake grass and toys and tables to eat at. Heaters for winter and yummy food, too. It's the talk of the South East!
Where: 486 Neerim Rd, Murrumbeena VIC 3163
Phone: (03) 9563 0482
Mon - Fri 7:30am–4:30pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4:30pm
Bear & Cub Cafe in Seaford
There's a new-ish cafe in Melbourne's South East called Bear & Cub that has a playpen IN the cafe! Enjoy a coffee and something healthy to eat while your babies play.
The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens
The Children's Garden is an interactive educational environment in which children of all ages, backgrounds, physical abilities and cultures can play, explore and discover the natural world.
Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004
Phone: (03) 9252 2429
Harcrest Community Gardens in Wantirna South
"A kind of playground that toddlers can master at their own pace and crawlers have a ball without having to negotiate much prickly soft fall" Mama Knows East.
Birdy Num Nums in Carlton
A child-friendly cafe with a courtyard and sandpit, serving inventive cafe fare.
Address: 745 Nicholson St, Carlton North VIC 3054
Opening hours: Mon - Sun 8am - 4pm
Local Playgroups and Toy Libraries
It is suggested to look up your local community's playgroup and toy library. Such places offer great spaces for babies to crawl and explore.
Storytime / Baby Rhyme at the local library
Libraries all over Melbourne offer storytime for pre-schoolers to enjoy. Such activities are free, and babies are encouraged to attend. Look up your local library's weekly schedule and find out when storytime takes place at your local hub.
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