Free Weekend Activities for Families

Mar 24 2017

Free Weekend Activities for Families

Melbourne is a beautiful city that offers a lot of free things to do with kids all ages and families.
Here are some ideas, I hope you enjoy it!

Bushwalking for all ages

Bushwalking is an educational and fun family activity. There are tracks more challenging  for teenagers and older kids but also easier tracks for toddlers and young children. Mums can also take their toddlers or babies in a pram for a bushwalk at the Botanical Gardens or other major parks around Melbourne.


  • Inner Melbourne Parks:
    •  Emerald Lake Park is free to enter, has playgrounds, walking tracks, picnic and bbq areas. If you want to visit the train museum it costs around $5 and to rent a paddle boat about $15. There are other things you can do too.
    • The You Yangs Regional Park is a fantastic park with two mountain biking areas with exciting trails catering for riders of all ages and abilities.  The park is also popular for its magnificent views, birdlife and for bushwalks and picnics.
    • Brimbank Park offer ideal settings for picnics, walks along the extensive network of trails, fishing, canoeing and bird watching, all set within peaceful parklands surrounded by prolific birdlife.
    • Coburg Lake Reserve is a popular park offering a great variety of activities including picnicking, playgrounds, barbecue facilities, walking and bike paths and nature play all set in a beautiful heritage setting overlooking Coburg Lake.
  • Botanic gardens:
    • At the Melbourne location no bikes are allowed but there is a nice area called The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden.  The Children’s Garden is an interactive educational environment in which children of all ages can play, explore and discover the natural world. They also offer special events and workshops but have a break in winter for regular maintenance. Download the To do Checklist from the park before you go!
    • The Cranbourne location bikes are allowed. There are picnic areas, 10 or 20 minutes bushwalks, more intense walks with lookout, water play area. It is great fun for the family!
  • Water reservoirs:
    • Yan Yean Reservoir Park offers visitors peaceful picnic areas, a variety of walking tracks and breathtaking views of Melbourne’s oldest water storage. Visit the extensive wetlands and watch the abundant birdlife that lives and feeds in this area.
    • Sugarloaf Reservoir Park is great for a picnic or a stroll near the reservoir shores, offering wonderful views across the water.  Some of the more popular things to do at Sugarloaf is fishing, walking and picnicking.
  • National Parks:
    • Visit the William Ricketts Sanctuary at Mount Dandenong. It has four acres, 92 ceramic sculptures, near the top of Mt Dandenong. Look for the mystical sculptures half hidden among the ferns along the pathways as you walk though it!

Bike riding

Get fit with your family and enjoy the nature! Little kids can go on a child sit and the ones who can pedal can join the ride!


Walk along the Yarra River

  • Get a train ride to the city and go for a walk along the Yarra River. It is great fun for all ages! Along the river at the CBD are playgrounds and beautiful places to sit for a picnic. Follow the Main Yarra Trail.
  • You can also walk along the Yarra River in Warrandyte! The river town has great cafes for a nice lunch or a pub and along the river you can feed ducks, wet your feet or even go for a swim! There is also one big playgorund next to the river.
    Dogs are allowed to go in the water!

Have some fun at the beach

If it is not summer or not hot enough for a swim you can still go to the beach and let the kids play with sand, play cricket, footy or have a picnic! Make sure you check what the beach rules are before you go!

Festival & Markets

Is it a hot day?

  • Look at these Water Play areas around Melbourne
  • Refresh at Olinda Falls. A wondeful place to go for a swim, do a picnic, enjoy the nature and that is not too far!

Looking for something different?

Indoor family activities



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