Melbourne - Top 3 Free Things to Do with Kids This Summer
Date Posted:2 January 2018
Royal Botanic Gardens (Children’s Garden)
For the perfect summer day out with kids, head to the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden in the Royal Botanic Gardens. A place where kids are encouraged to express themselves creatively by using their imagination and getting their hands dirty!
There’s lots of fun places to explore including the Ruin Garden, the Meeting Place (which has a water feature that sprays up out of the ground in summer!), a Wetland Area, Bamboo Forest, The Gorge, Plant Tunnel, Kitchen Garden (full of yummy vegetables!) and The Rill (a gentle waterway that runs through the Garden).
The garden has been designed to intrigue, teach and excite children from a very young age about the importance of conservation and the environment. It is scaled specifically for children to create a sense of ownership, care and responsibility for the environment. The Children’s Garden is accessible to anybody including wheelchair users, visitors with walking frames and parents with prams.
You can also download the ’50 Things for Kids to Do in the Royal Botanic Gardens’ to help inspire your visit by clicking here>>>
Street Art in Melbourne’s Lanes
Melbourne’s street art is internationally renowned and the quality and beauty in the city’s laneways is amazing. An afternoon spent wandering around the key locations is a great way to introduce kids to one of the world’s biggest (and free) open air art exhibitions, where they can touch the art and scream and shout and run around, without worrying about the usual gallery etiquette!
The City of Melbourne recognises the importance of street art in contributing to a vibrant urban culture and has produced a map of key street art locations so you can plan your day!
Download the street art location map by clicking here>>
Picnic and Free Music at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Located in the beautiful surrounds of the Kings Domain Gardens, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl is a hugely popular summertime venue hosting everything from Mumford & Sons and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to Florence and The Machine. It is also home to the Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve.
You can purchase tickets to the acts performing but because it’s an open amphitheatre, it’s possible to hear the performances clearly, even when you are outside the gates. So find a summer performance you like, pack a picnic basket and set yourself up for a great summer evening with some incredible live tunes.
For details of concerts during summer click here>>>