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Published December 6th 2011
Hold on to your hats, I have some events to do with your kids that are going to have them adoring you. Some are not for the shallow pockets, but to be fair, there's some here that should be accessible for all budgets.
Forget the merry go round - these are for the seriously cool parents (not just for the kids to enjoy either).
Whether you live in Melbourne or are travelling with kids, it is a fantastic city to explore with kids. There's always something fun to do see and experience together. Many theatre shows, circuses and events roll through Melbourne regularly.
My kids have thoroughly enjoyed The Lion King, Wicked, Art Days at the Art Centre, Angelina Ballerina and many more.
1. Get spooked:
Try the Haunted Melbourne tour. If your kids get a giggle from being scared silly, then this may be just the ticket The tour is a walk beginning at 8.30 pm Thursdays and Saturdays at The Haunted Bookshop, 15 McKillop Street, Melbourne CBD, for 2 hours. (Check website for changes).
You will be guided down creepy laneways, through doorways and enter a world you may not have seen before to abandoned abodes of the dead. But are they dead? (Click here for the Weekend Notes review).
If there's 3 or more of you - these flights can be as low as $133pp. Board the chopper for a trip over Melbourne, Port Melbourne, St Kilda Beach Coastline followed by a tight turn over Luna Park then Melbourne's CBD. Bring your camera for this lovely scenic experience. Click here for further details.
4. Get high:
Balloon flight over the city or Yarra Valley. Imagine getting up really early in the morning, climbing into a wicker basket and silently lifting up into the skies - wow - any child (or adult) would love this
Melbourne Flight $350pp, Melbourne Flight with Champagne breakfast $375pp, Child Rate $270pp, Child Rate with Breakfast $285pp (Child Age 6-12 yrs only).Click here for further details.
5. Sea plane flight over Geelong
What child doesn't love the seaside and imagine their delight at lifting off over it in a seaplane over Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.
You will enjoy the scenic views of the coast, the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles - all in style and comfort of a seaplane.Click here for further details.
6. Ride, Explore, Discover: Royal Melbourne Show Remember when you were a kid? Dad's arms heaving with too many showbags, faces sticky from fairy floss, legs swinging under the chair lift. It all still happens along with the rides, animals and displays at the Royal Melbourne Show in September/October each year. Click here for further details.
7. Freeze your socks off:
Rug up as you enter this winter wonderland. Everything is carved from ice, even the cups, my kids delighted in 'eating' their glasses after they had finished. (Click here for the Weekend Notes review and click here for further details.
8. Get Nostalgic: Drive in movies Don't we all have some memories of the drive in late night shows; sleeping in the back of the car or rugged up in deckchairs, popcorn and ice creams delivered to your window - how fun.
Once the kids fall asleep, you can pay another $5 and stay for the next show too.
The Edge in Melbourne Suspended almost 300 metres above Melbourne, The Edge is a glass cube which projects 3 metres out from the building, with you inside it. Click here for further details.
10. Run, climb, stick:
We've all seen those amazing movies and Youtube videos where people appear to defy gravity and stick to the walls they climb, but did you know, Melbourne is home to a Parkour training centre. Utilising a philosophy and method incorporating movement within any environment coupled with speed and efficiency.
The idea behind the teaching is to overcome all physical and mental obstacles in your path by using your body and mind to run, climb, jump and vault. Pretty spectacular to watch too. Click here for further details.
With or without kids, I hope you have a terrific time and let me know if you make it to the rank of "Awesome, coolest parent ever"