A week into the autumn school holidays, are your ears ringing with the sound of the dreaded phrase ‘I’m bored!’? An outing in the city might just keep the kids quiet – for a day at least.
With free tickets for children under ten, the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is a great way to get door to door service when you’re exploring the city so that you can pack the most into your day. Try all or part of this trip to entertain those little tackers…
Stop 1 – Arts Precinct
Start at National Gallery of Victoria for the Andy Warhol | Ai Wei Wei exhibition and show the kids the parallels between these two significant artists. NGV do a clever job of tailoring their programs to kids and this exhibition is no exception. There’s a large-scale installation especially for children, with interactive activities and photo-booths.
Stop 3 – Sports Precinct
Next stop, head to the National Sports Museum at the MCG. They have a range of hands-on, interactive activities for the school holidays, with many celebrating this Olympic year, from dress ups to goal-kicking games. Or take a tour of the MCG and discover the history of this Melbourne icon.
You can also get off the Shuttle at Stop 3 for Cooks’ Cottage. The Easter Adventure, an interactive treasure hunt for children aged 5 to 11, runs until 10 April.
Stop 4 – Chinatown
If you’ve think you’ve got time for an extra stop, get off at Chinatown and take you pick of the many yum cha, dumpling and ramen restaurants to fill the belly.
Stop 5 – Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol
Stop 5 on the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle will drop you conveniently between Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol, so take your pick on where to head next.
Built in the mid-1800s, Old Melbourne Gaol is great for slightly older kids. Learn about where many of Australia’s most infamous criminal characters spent time, including bushranger Ned Kelly and gangster Squizzy Taylor.
Over at Melbourne Museum dinosaur fans can catch Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Based on the blockbuster film, it immerses audiences of all ages in scenes from the movie, while creating interactive experiences drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA.
Stop 12 – Eureka Skydeck
Round out the day with an ice cream on Southgate and a visit to Eureka Skydeck. Take in the view of the city and let the kids enjoy the Crayola Kids Zone filled with colouring-in activities and the Easter-themed bunny-ear making from 11am to 3.30pm daily.
The shuttle can then take you back to where you began the day or you can hop off at Flinders Street Station. And the best bit is that your shuttle ticket is valid for two days, so you can always come back the following day to cover anything you missed!
Pack more into your day onboard the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle.