With views of the water in one direction, and Buluk Park in the other, Library at The Dock occupies a prime spot on the peaceful waterfront in Docklands.
This still-new building has so much to offer for families and kids: there’s an interactive floor in the children’s play area, a turfed open space for table tennis and tai chi, gaming facilities, 3D printing and a multimedia gallery space.
Storytelling also features strongly at Library on The Dock. The dial-a-story telephone will tell you a story on demand and if you visit on certain Fridays you’ll hear stories told in Chinese (5 Feb and 11 March) and Hindi (19 Feb, 4 and 18 March). You might even get to meet Ritu, bilingual storyteller and one of the stars of our current poster campaign.
Library at The Dock could easily keep you and your kids busy all day, but if you’re looking for other activities you won’t have to go far.
Try an old favourite as you’ve never seen it before as fluorescent murals and mood lighting turn a round of mini golf into a glow-in-the-dark extravaganza at the Family Fun Centre’s Black Light Mini Golf.
Wander among a carpet of art at Monument Park on NewQuay Promenade and see city icons reimagined as colourful concrete sculptures. From there it’s just a short walk around Victoria Harbour to the famous Cow Up A Tree on Harbour Esplanade.
If you want to see it all from above then take a stroll through the shops and restaurants of Harbour Town to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and experience Docklands from a bird’s-eye view.
While you’re here…
If all that activity has left you parched, pause for a drink and a bite to eat in one of the many bars and restaurants found in Docklands.
On a hot day, make a stop at Limonetto for an ever-changing range of gelato and sorbet. You can’t miss the cone-shaped building on the side of NewQuay Promenade.
Or if it’s time for something a little more substantial then Berth offers spectacular city and water views as well as all-day food service and a special menu just for kids.
Everybody knows fish and chips are the perfect food for eating by the water. If you’re partial to a spot of batter make sure to stop by Fish Bar, a gourmet fish ‘n’ chippery perched right on the water’s edge.
Please drink responsibly.