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The Best Family Activities in Melbourne

Melbourne is synonymous with numerous experiences ranging from sports, fashion, culture and cuisine.

What you might not know is that the city holds a great number of wonders that can be enjoyed and shared by the whole family, young and old.

If Melbourne is the destination for your next adventure, you couldn’t base yourself at a better location than Stamford Plaza Melbourne hotel.

This Summer, treat your tiny travellers to the following family activities that are guaranteed to be discussed over the dinner table for many years to come!

There are so many excuses to escape to Melbourne this summer, with activities that will entertain, educate and surprise the whole family.

Book our Melbourne Escape Package and enjoy the spacious suites that make Stamford Plaza Melbourne hotel the perfect location for families of all sizes.

With 1, 2 and 3-bedroom suites and kitchen amenities available to our family guests, you’ll have all the comforts of home, with the luxuries of a 5-star hotel right in the heart of Melbourne.

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium 

Located only a 20-minute walk or a free tram away from Stamford Plaza Melbourne hotel are some of the brightest and scariest creatures in the deep blue sea. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is on the bucket-list of adults and children alike, with a number of enclosures to keep the kids glued to the glass for as long as you like. Watch the penguins waddle at Penguin Playground, or lose track of time watching the gliding rays at Bay of Rays. Each of these enclosures come with guided talks and immersive information hubs to whet the curiosity of your little ones’ active minds.

Melbourne Museum

Channel your inner Indiana Jones at Melbourne Museum. Balancing education with pure fun, the museum is home to beautiful artwork, wild science, live animals, and storytime for your weary little travellers. One of the more popular exhibits is the daily Wild exhibition where you can check out over 600 birds, reptiles and mammals from Australia and beyond. Looking for something more interactive? Why not do the Walk With Dinosaurs exhibit or head to the pond for the Eel Feeding, or any of the seasonal experiences that are available throughout the year. Whatever your interest as a family, the museum never disappoints, and is a short distance from the hotel. One of the reasons Stamford Plaza Melbourne hotel is the best all-suite hotel in the CBD is that our dedicated hotel team will always know what exhibits are on, and where you can seek the experience you are looking for.

Luna Park

That iconic smile welcoming you to Luna Park is a hard thing to forget, even if you don’t want to relive those exhilarating rides! Luna Park has something for children of all ages, and the St Kilda location will allow the family to check out the surrounding area before or after the theme park. With over 20 rides and attractions from carnival games and rollercoasters, to mirror mazes and dodge cars - you can count on the whole family sleeping soundly in the spacious suite that night. The best part about venturing south to St Kilda is that you can wander the St Kilda Beach boardwalk, or head to the water for a dip. If you save this trip for a Sunday, you can experience the famous Sunday Esplanade Market. There is no place better way to spend a Sunday than at St Kilda Beach sprawled on the sand with fish and chips.

Royal Botanic Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens 

Often compared to New York, Melbourne is also fortunate to have so many beautiful gardens and green spaces scattered around the city. Unwind at Royal Botanic Gardens in South Yarra, which is a short stroll from the Yarra Riverfront. This Summer, families are invited to Royal Botanic Gardens for The Wind in the Willows garden production by the Australian Shakespeare Company. Who says theatre has to be indoors? If you’re looking to stay closer to the hotel, make your way to Fitzroy Gardens in East Melbourne. Amongst this native and exotic flora, you can visit Cooks’ Cottage, an original cottage built in the 1700s that belonged to the parents of Captain James Cook. Kids are allowed to dress up in traditional Victorian clothing as they enter the cottage, which always makes for a great photograph.

Satisfy Your Sports Cravings 

There’s a reason why sports lovers descend on Melbourne year-round. It’s home to tennis, AFL and cricket, and all of these events heat up in summer with a full schedule of events. Hit the courts and watch a tennis match, or get a day pass so that you can take on the day at your own family pace. If you’d prefer to show your kids the iconic MCG, then you can witness the incredible AFL women’s teams battle it out, or take in a day of cricket in the sun. There are always fantastic sporting events at MCG, as well as the MCG guided tours which let you walk those hallowed grounds, feel the excitement of the change rooms and take a view from the exclusive member’s lounge.

Free Concerts at Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Melbournians always look forward to summer, as it allows them to get outside with a picnic blanket, and take in the free productions put on by Sidney Myer Music BowlThe Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Sidney Myer Music Bowl always draws a large crowd, so be sure to add this item to the agenda as it will entertain the whole family. Centrally located on the lawns of Kings Domain, this outdoor venue is a destination in itself, and it’s a stone throw from the Arts Centre and the famous Southbank entertainment precinct.

The Gruffalo Trail 


So much of Melbourne’s beauty is that it spreads far and wide, available to those who are willing to look. Rippon Lea Estate has attracted so many families over the years, offering an interactive and playful day, with the Gruffalo Trail spanning a staggering 14 acres. Families are encouraged to download the Gruffalo Trail app, so that they can spot the characters hiding on the estate through the augmented reality that is facilitated via this easy-to-use app. Unfamiliar with Gruffalo and friends? The Gruffalo was an instant hit in the United Kingdom and beyond and has become the centre of children’s plays and interactive activities. The story follows a mouse wandering through a European forest, and all the wonders it finds along the way.


1 Dec 2020 - 2 Dec 2023



The Best Family Activities in Melbourne

You couldn’t base yourself at a better location than Stamford Plaza Melbourne hotel. This Summer, treat your tiny travellers to the following family activities that are guaranteed to be discussed over the dinner table for many years to come!

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