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Rainy Day Activities for Kids

The dams are filling up and Melbourne's weather has had a few wet turns. This has prompted a few Melbourne Playgrounds users to enquire about wet weather options. When the weather turns nasty we can offer a myriad of activities including:

  • Put on the wet weather gear and head over to the Indoor menu "under To Do" for indoor activities including Ten Pin Bowling.
  • Visit an Aquatic Centre (it is just as wet inside as outside and might even be warmer in the pool)
  • Release some energy at an Indoor Play Centre. We have a complete listing of all Play Centres in Melbourne.
  • Release even more energy at a Trampoline Centre. We also have information on all trampoline centres in Melbourne.
  • Conquer your fears at a Climbing Centre. Melbourne has a huge range of different climbing options including free climbing walls under a freeway in Burnley.
  • Grab some toys from a Toy Library (after paying for them of course)
  • Scienceworks is a super destination for kids with a lot of interactive exhibits. It includes the Lightning Room and Planetarium.
  • Head to IMAX Melbourne Museum for a massive sized movie or head to a local cinema for a standard sized movie.
  • Be surrounded by water at the Melbourne Aquarium rather than soaked in it.
  • Head to the local library for a free Storytime Session. Some libraries offer Storytime in languages other than English.
  • Paint a ceramic piece at All Fired Up Ceramic Cafe and find out how to pronounce Van Gogh.
  • Get the kids on the computer playing some educational games from our Internet Activities selection
  • The Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square has a fun and interesting permanent free exhibition, "Screen Worlds", which has plenty of interactive elements.
  • Etihad Stadium Tour (let's hope the roof is closed)
  • Do you dream of a dry space surrounded by fluffy pussy cats? If so, head to the Cat Cafe in central Melbourne.
  • Provided the fire hoses aren't turned on, the Fire Services Museum in East Melbourne will be a dry place to see the largest collection of fire brigade memorabilia in Australia.
  • Rain doesn't have to mean you have to keep your BMX or skateboard in the garage. There are some brilliant indoor parks such as The Shed Indoor Skatepark in Cranbourne East, Scooterz Indoor Ramp Park in Hoppers Crossing, Rampfest Indoor Skatepark in Braybrook, Ring Of Fire Indoor Skatepark in Braybrook, The Bunker Indoor Skatepark in Braeside and Rampit Indoor Skatepark in Bayswater.
  • The kids seem to fight a bit when they are stuck inside. Why not let them fight it out for real at a laser tag skirmish. Put on the battle camouflage and head to a Laser Tag battleground at a range of locations across Melbourne.
  • Where did you come from? Find out at the Immigration Museum in central Melbourne.
  • Have fun with little blocks at the LEGO Educational Centre in the Docklands.
  • Take a ghost tour of a haunted historic building such as Pentridge Prison, Altona Homestead or Point Cook Homestead with Lantern Ghost Tours. The rain will add to the spooky atmosphere. You'll be dry but very scared.
  • Get out the flared pants and head to a roller skating or roller blading rink such as Caribbean Rollerama in Scoresby.
  • You don't need to be a book worm to enjoy the State Library of Victoria in central Melbourne.
  • Everyone in the family will be entertained at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton which has a big variety of permanent and temporary exhibits including some especially for kids.
  • Take a tour of Parliament House in central Melbourne. After recent repairs there should be no more drips from the roof and you will be perfectly dry.
  • The National Gallery of Victoria in St Kilda Road has an extensive collection of art including spaces and activities for kids. The nearby Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Federation Square has an interesting collection of Australian art. Culture vultures will be dry and happy, especially since both museums have free entrance to permanent exhibitions.
  • The National Sports Museum located at the MCG has some interesting exhibitions for sports fan and you can test your skills in a range of sports - maybe even water polo.
  • Hardened golfers ignore the rain but more precious mini golfers can seek out indoor or covered courses from our reviews of Mini Golf Courses.
  • Experience what life behind bars was like for some of our most notorious villains, including Ned Kelly, at the Old Melbourne Gaol.
  • Get acquainted with the darker side of Victorian history at the Victoria Police Museum. To miss it would be a crime especially since entrance is only a gold coin donation!
  • Some places are a smorgasbord of dry indoor activities. Some good examples are: Sidetracked Entertainment Centre in Oakleigh South which has Go Karts, Laser Tag, highway 66 tenpin bowling, mini golf, pool tables and amusements and 234 Fun Galore in Braybrook which has go-karts, dodgem cars, laser tag, mini golf, mini bowling, sumo wrestling, pool tables, arcade machines, fuseball, indoor skate park and coin and video games.
  • Be playfully artistic at Artplay in Birrarung Marr.
  • Either stay inside and knit a big woolly jumper or make a visit to the National Wool Museum in Geelong.
  • The Geelong Maritime Museum which contains displays, ranging from model ships to deep sea diving bells, is housed in the stable of the (dry) Osborne House which was built in 1857.
  • Ice Skating at the OBrien Group Arena in the Docklands where it might be cold but at least it is dry.
  • The Old Treasury Building in central Melbourne hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era. By doing some investigation, the kids can earn a gold license - not bad considering there is free entry.
  • Go plane spotting from a nice dry car at Operations Road Viewing Area or Sunbury Road Viewing Area
  • Don't let the rain spoil the views from Eureka Skydeck 88 and The Edge in Southbank. I'm sure The Edge is just as scary in the rain as in the sun.
  • Take a ride on the free City Circle Tram and enjoy the city highlights without getting off.
  • Splat, splat, splat ... Splatball is junior paintball which uses the same game styles and themed fields as adult paintball, just with lower powered equipment and smaller paintballs. World Series Splatball in Oakleigh has a battlefield ready for splatting.
  • Intencity amusement centres at Epping, Southland, Jam Factory or Sunshine are full of electronic games.
  • Head to an indoor go kart track such as Go Kart Sport Racing at Moorabbin for lots of fast thrills.
  • Enjoy the thrills and spills of slot car racing with your family at King Willys Slot Car Raceway in in Williamstown, Race Party Boutique Slot Car Racing in Hawthorn East or Mr Slotcar in Hallam.
  • Watch the chocolatiers at work and order something yummy at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Don't forget the free samples!
  • The Melbourne Tram Museum in Hawthorn is packed full of vintage trams. Calling all budding tram drivers from the rain.
  • Fun City Darkzone Entertainment Complex in Sunshine
  • Prepare to battle the zombies at Zero Latency in North Melbourne which is warehouse scale, free-roaming, multiplayer Virtual Reality. The zombie apocalypse doesn't get any more real than this.
  • Chocolate and water don't mix, so head inside and explore the chocolate creations in the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory.
  • Bounce along to Inflatable World at a range of locations across Melbourne such as Bundoora, Doncaster East, Mornington, Oakleigh, Tullamarine and Wantirna South. The only water you'll see here are from the water taps to rehydrate after all that jumping over obstacles filled with air.
  • Ever dreamed of racing a Formula 1 car? Maybe do a drive at Motionators F1 Simulators in the Docklands to see if you are the next Daniel Ricciardo.
  • Battle with bow and arrows at Archery Attack in Reservoir which is a hybrid between a game of dodgeball and the sport of archery.
  • Some of the best and most interesting markets are under cover including Queen Victoria Market, Prahran Market and South Melbourne Market. Prahran and South Melbourne markets have regular kids events such as face painting, music and dance classes.
  • Get all shook up at the 4D Dynamic Cinema in the Melbourne CBD where special effects are synchronized with contents of films. We can't guarantee that you won't get a little water splashed your way as part of the special effects though.
  • Make fun creative projects such as toolboxes, toy trucks and planter boxes at a free Bunnings Kids D.I.Y Workshop in various locations.
  • Flight Experience in central Melbourne provides a flight simulation experience. The cockpit is nice and dry even though you might be trying to land a plane into Hong Kong in a thunderstorm.
  • Escape the rain in an Escape Room where a group of people go into a room and try and escape within a certain time by solving a series of puzzles.
  • One of the best things to do when it is wet is to eat and drink. Find a restaurant, café or hotel with a indoor playground which will keep the kids well and truly entertained while you eat and drink ...

Web Links

Link Summary of Play Centres in Melbourne and Geelong

Link Indoor Trampoline Centres in Melbourne

Link Comparison of Aquatic Centres in Melbourne and Geelong

Link Climbing Centres in Melbourne

Link List of Escape Rooms in Melbourne

Link List of Mini Golf courses in Melbourne and Victoria

Link Laser Tag / Skirmish Locations in Melbourne

Link The Best Museums for Families and Kids in Melbourne

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