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FREE kids activities in Melbourne




If the credit card has taken a pounding recently then it's the perfect reason for exploring Melbourne's FREE activities.

We have poked and prodded Melbourne to find some free activities. We are a bit biased but couldn't go past playgrounds as our top choice. We have reviews and photos of more than 3500 playgrounds in the Melbourne area. There are a variety of ways of finding a suitable playground including:
  • Browse the home page which includes links to some of the best playgrounds. Don't forget to use the "Next Page" link at the bottom to get to even more juicy pickings which we couldn't fit on the home page.
  • Select "Search by Suburb" on the home page and specify a suburb in order to find all playgrounds (and other activities) in that suburb.
  • Select "Play Grounds" on the left hand menu of the home page and browse through the list of playgrounds.
  • Type the name of a playground or street in the Search box on the home page and find a specific playground.
  • Use our Advanced Playground Search to find playgrounds with certain facilities e.g. shade, secure fencing, BBQ or shelter.
  • Use our customized Google map to view the location of each playground with colour-coded rating. It is possible to click on a location and the review of the playground will be displayed in a separate browser window. Melbourne Playgrounds Map.
Melbourne is also blessed with many free nature reserves within the Metropolitan area or a short trip away. Select "Nature" on the left hand menu for a information on more than 50 locations.

BMX Tracks and Skate Parks represent opportunities to have some fun and exercise without expense. Select "Skate & BMX" on the left hand menu to see reviews and photos of all BMX Tracks and Skate Parks in Melbourne.

Libraries are a great source of fun, educational (and free) activities. Most libraries hold Storytime sessions for children of different ages. Select "Mind" on the left hand menu to see a big selection of libraries offering Storytime sessions. Alternatively search by suburb for one in your local area.

Visit a market. There are a great variety of markets happening around Melbourne. See "Markets, Fetes and Fairs" on the left hand menu.

Some other free activities include:
Abbotsford Convent
Dromkeen Collection Art Gallery
Melbourne CBD Street Art
City Circle Tram
Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle Bus
RAAF Museum, Point Cook
Old Treasury Building, Melbourne
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden
National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda
William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mount Dandenong
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Screen Worlds area plus sometimes have free creative workshops)
Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Clarendon Street, East Melbourne
Victoria Police Museum
Docklands Public Art Walk
Melbourne Urban Graffiti Art in the lanes of the CBD
Yarra River Precinct Arts Walk
St Kilda Penguins
Suga at Royal Arcade
1000 steps Kokoda Track Memorial Walk
CERES Community Environment Park
Australian Center for Contemporary Art
Crown's Christmas Spectacular (Nov and Dec only)

Some other sources of ideas:
18 Free Things To See And Do In Melbourne (TravMonkey)
Free Things to Do in Melbourne (Australia Blog)
10 free things to do with kids in Geelong
Find a local festival
Bunnings D.I.Y Clinics for Kids
Check out what is happening at Federation Square.
The Arts Centre
Spend the day at the beach




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