On a budget? 8 ways to spend the day with kids in Melbourne.

Published on October 28, 2015 12:05 pm, by

So many fun spots for families to visit in and around Melbourne.  Read on for our 8 top ways, either free or nearly free.

Head out to Point Cook for the day, visit Saltwater Reserve, there are BBQs, a kid’s playground, lots of tracks for the kids to ride around on their bikes.  Before or after the park swing by the RAAF Museum and check out some of the exhibitions.

The Werribee Water Park operates from October to April and provides plenty of fun.  There’s a playground beside the water park as well as BBQs available to make it easy to while away a hot sunny day at this park.

Spend the day at Albert Park starting with a play at Plum Garland Memorial Park, then across to Aughtie Drive Playground, for a big wooden fort and BBQs and benches undercover.  After something to eat take the kid’s wheels and go for a walk/jog around the lake.

On a rainy day head to Melbourne Museum in Carlton. There’s an admission price for adults but children under 16 are free.  There are lots of exhibitions to share with the kids, as well as some specifically aimed at children.

Check out ArtPlay located behind Federation Square.  Plan your trip, you will need to book.  Look at the website for activities on offer, they are either free or a reasonable price.  ArtPlay is targeted at babies to 12 years old offering a creative space for them and their families.

Head over to Williamstown and plan to spend some time in the beach and some in the playground.  If you’re there on a Sunday pop in to the museum which is open 2 – 5pm.  Take a self-guided walking tour through some of the history Williamstown has to offer – details available on the Williamstown Historical Museum site.

Visit Scienceworks and the Planetarium, free entry for the kids with an admission charge for adults.  Scienceworks is interactive and heaps of fun, with plenty of information, shows and tours to educate everybody along the way.   A great way to keep kids occupied on a yucky weather day.  Be aware some of the shows at the Planetarium do have a fee attached.

Spend a weekend day exploring the city with affordable tram transport.  Visit Queen Victoria Markets, Docklands and Federation Square taking advantage of the free tram and the decreased fares in zone 1 and 2.

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Jen is an experienced banking professional who loves wine, coffee, finding a bargain and of course her three beautiful children. Since Jen's first budget led her to buy a home at 20, Jen has passionately helped others to make better decisions with their money.

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