Six free things to do with kids in Melbourne

Calling tiny tots, groovy grandparents and proud parents – here’s six free Melbourne activities to enjoy with the whole family.

Melbourne Museum – for the history buffs

Kids can get up and close with a whale skeleton, Phar Lap and explore a living rainforest all under the one roof. For babies to 5-year-olds, the fun continues in the Children’s Gallery. This hand-on exhibition, encourages kids to excavate fossils in the dinosaur dig and discover plants in the greenhouse garden. Melbourne Museum is open year round (excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday) and entry is free for kids under 16 years old.

A child and a woman looking a dinosaur bones

Visitors looking at dinosaur displays

Melbourne Zoo – the animal lovers

Melbourne Zoo is the perfect place to keep the whole family entertained. Have your very own safari adventure with the big cats, elephants and monkeys in the lush African rainforest. See the penguins and seals show off their slippery moves in the underwater coves. Open every day of the year, children under 16 years of age receive free entry on weekends, school holidays and public holidays. Make sure you also head to one of the many daily keeper talks – they’re also free.

3 meerkats huddled together on a rock

A family of meerkats at Melbourne Zoo

ACMI Screen Worlds

Explore over 100 years of moving image history at ACMI‘s Screen Worlds exhibition from cinema, television to video games and multimedia. Discover computer games with amazing graphics and puzzles, Cate Blanchett’s Oscar trophy and imitate Neo from the The Matrix in the ‘time slice’ room.. There’s also a range of computer games from various decades to play and priceless film and television memorabilia.

Autumn Discovery tour

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover more about  Melbourne’s vibrant Royal Botanic Gardens in the Autumn Discovery Tour. Led by an experienced, knowledgeable guide, discover the natural flora and fauna in Melbourne as you peruse rolling landscapes, towering trees and glittering lakes.

Green grass and autumn leaves in the overhanging tree

Head to the Royal Victoria Gardens for their free Autumn Discovery Tour

East Melbourne Library – show your lego love

The library has the Lego – you bring the skills. Kids can join the Lego Squad at East Melbourne Library on Thursday afternoons (during school terms) and create book trailers, stop motion films, puzzles or whatever they want – lego has no limit! For children aged 7-10 on Thursday 2 November from 4pm.

A lego construction build with tiny coloured building blocks.

Join the Lego Squad at East Melbourne Library