|The kids may not yet be ready for skydiving or bungee jumping but there are plenty of exciting and adventurous kids activities in Melbourne which will get the heart rate pumping and the adrenaline racing of any child. Massive slides, vertical slides, water slides, rock climbing walls, skating, adventure tree courses, foam pits, flying foxes, laser skirmishes, circus tricks and go-karts are all on the adventure agenda.
One of our favourite places to get the adrenaline pouring through the body is Kids Space Play Centre in Hallam. The range of slides includes 7 metre high twister slides and a 6 metre high vertical drop. We've all lost a bit of skin on our elbows going down these slides.
Another Play Centre with exciting slides is Bigslide Indoor Sports Playground & Café in Knoxfield (the name says it all). For those who are vertically inclined Playzone in Noble Park, Kids Space in Cheltenham, Ace Space in Chirnside Park and Wonderland Indoor Children's Playcentre in Hoppers Crossing have a vertical slide (about 6 metres high).
If you are want an exciting slide with a difference then hang onto a bar above the 6.5 metre Look Out! Vertical Slide at A Maze'N Things on Phillip Island and let go. Whoosh.
Some playgrounds have steep and exciting slides. Check out our article on the The BEST Playground Slides in Melbourne for some ideas. You can even escape down a huge tunnel slide from an airport control tower. There are plenty of other opportunities for a sloooosh of excitement.
During the warmer months of the year, the following mathematical equation always applies:
water + slide = excitement
Some of the biggest, baddest and meanest water slides can be found at Adventure Park Geelong in Wallington and Funfields in Whittlesea.
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Check out our article Comparison of Aquatic Centres in Melbourne and Geelong to find all the Aquatic Centres with water slides. Some places worth mentioning where the kids can slay the water slide dragon are Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC) in Bentleigh East (two water slides), Knox LeisureWorks in Boronia (80m indoor water slide), Casey Recreation & Aquatic Centre (RACE) in Cranbourne (two water slides), Pines Forest Swimming Centre in Frankston North (Giant Water Slide), WaterMarc Banyule in Greensborough (two water slides), Noble Park Aquatic Centre (Giant water slide) and Oak Park Aquatic Centre in Pascoe Vale (Giant water slide).
You are 15 metres up a wall, your arms are aching, it's a LONG way down to the ground and the only way to the top is to use some small climbing holds. That is downright scary. Try a test of nerves at an indoor rock climbing centre. Clip 'N Climb in Richmond has 33 climbing challenges plus two extra, amp it up experiences - the Leap of Faith and Vertical Drop Slide. Other indoor roof climbing places with an array of walls and holds are the Hard Rock Climbing Centres in Nunawading and CBD, Bayside Rock Indoor Climbing in Carrum Downs and Cliffhanger Climbing Gym in Altona North. You can also climb for free at the Burnley Bouldering Wall which has three different climbing walls of increasing difficulty under shelter. There are plenty of exciting climbing locations listed in our article Climbing Centres in Melbourne.
How difficult can it be skooting across an area with boots and four small wheels attached underneath? Very difficult actually and a visit for a spot of roller skating is sure to be exciting. Try roller skating and roller blading at Laverton Skate Centre, Roller City Bayswater, Caribbean Rollerama in Scoresby, Skaterz in Eltham or Skateworld Mordialloc.
The heart is sure to beat faster when you are high above the ground traversing across a range of obstacles strung up high in the trees. You could try Tree Surfing Australia at Arthurs Seat. There are a variety of bridges and high-wire obstacles which link to platforms in the trees at an elevation that varies between 5-12m. Extended zip-lines (or flying foxes) feature throughout the course and these run from the elevated tree-top platforms, fly through 50m of tree-top canopy and end safely at ground-level landing pads. Trees Adventure comprises five tree-top obstacle and flying fox courses that weave through the canopy of Glen Harrow heritage gardens. Be warned - you may be too occupied to totally enjoy the heritage gardens far below.
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We dare you to go out on The Edge at Eureka Skydeck. It's a a glass cube which projects 3 metres out from the building - with you in it - suspended almost 300 metres above the ground!
Whether doing elegant turns like Torvill and Dean, speeding around in circles like Steven Bradbury or just doing your darndest to stay upright, ice skating can provide lots of excitement. Slip, slither or glide at O'Brien Group Arena in the Docklands or Olympic Ice Skating Centre in Oakleigh South.
Bounce along to a centre with such an expanse of trampolines that it would make a kangaroo envious. Check out Gravity Zone in Seaford, Bounce Inc in Malvern with over 100 interconnected trampolines, Jump Factory in Rowville or Latitude Melbourne in Heidelberg West. Trampoline Centres have sprouted up like mushrooms and so check out our Guide to Indoor Trampoline Centres in Melbourne to find one near you.
Imagine moving through a dark world with obstacles, mazes and tunnels and ramps. Then add the complication that people are trying to shoot you with a laser gun. If this scenario appeals then Laser Skirmish may be your source of excitement.
Crawl along (preferably wearing battle fatigues and covered in camouflage paint) to Active Laser Skirmish in Langwarrin (outdoors), M9 Laser Skirmish in Clayton, Crown, Forest Hill, Highpoint and Watergardens (indoors), or Tech Assault Laser Tag in Thornbury (indoors). If there is still some fight left in you, try out Fun City Darkzone Entertainment Complex in Sunshine North which has darkzone laser wars as well as virtual reality, bungee run, sticky wall and go karts, Galactic Circus at Southbank which has indoor laser skirmish or Sidetracked Entertainment Centre in Oakleigh South which has LaserForce and go karts
Do you love zooming down a flying fox? You need to check out our article The BEST Playground Flying foxes in Melbourne to find the location of some zip line magic.
Tearing into a corner on a kart trying to pass someone on the inside is exciting. Go along for some hectic laps at Ace Karts in Sunshine, Go Kart Sport Racing in Moorabbin, Le Mans Go Karts in Dandenong South or Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Go Kart Track,
Ever fancied flying through the air with the greatest of ease? You don't need to run away and join the circus to realise your dream when there are plenty of places in Melbourne to learn circus elements such as trapeze. Leap over (keeping an eye open for the big elephant and contortionist near the door) to Flying Trapeze Centre in Blackburn, Circus 4 Everyone in Richmond, Kinder Circus in Fitzroy, Little Devils Circus in Moorabbin or Westside Circus in Fitzroy.
Children and teens (aged 5-17) can take a wild ride in a unique and fun dual-control buggy with an instructor at Wild Buggy in Heatherton. You can expect wild jumps, mad hills, water obstacles, 55 degree walls, rocks and logs.
Doing an aerial trick on your skateboard or BMX bike into a foam pit is just so cool. Check out indoor skate and BMX parks for plenty of action and fun at The Shed in Cranbourne East or The Bunker Indoor Skate Park in Braeside.
There is no excuse for lack of excitement in a kid's life but be aware that there may be age or height restrictions for many of these activities.