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Baby and Toddler Friendly Outings in Melbourne

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Published November 10th 2013
Getting out and about with your bub
Babies grow with amazing speed and while every stage has its lovely moments, one of the most memorable joys of parenthood (and grandparenthood) is sharing fun activities with the kids whilst they're little. Parks and playgrounds, mothers groups and visits to friends and family are all good however sometimes it's nice to try something different. Here are a few ideas for those times when you really want to get out of the house, have some fun with your baby and/or toddler and most of all, remind yourself why being a parent is definitely all it's cracked up to be.

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Art, Music and Culture

Heidi Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen has a range of both free and ticketed events for kids and their parents throughout the year. In particular the "Heidi Art Bubs" program has activities suited to parents with young children. For more information and future events see their program calendar.

Culture Mamas was started by two art-loving mothers to "nourish your mind with art and culture events where little ones are welcome." Pram-friendly art and sculpture tours, and a baby-friendly film event are some of their current offerings. See their website for more details.

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For a musical outing, have a look at PBS's Rock-A-Bye Baby Music Sessions which "provide a chance for families to share the experience of live music in a safe and clean environment. Noise is welcomed, crawling is encouraged and dancing is expected."

Animal Action

Werribee Open Range Zoo has some awesome activities for children five and under during the week with their "toddler weekdays". There's a kid-friendly safari tour across the savannah as well as singing, dancing and playtime with an African vibe at the African Village Dance Party.


Then there are of course the "cry-baby" (aka bambini, reel bubs, babes in arms, mums and bubs and spit the dummy) cinema sessions where you can take the kids and watch a movie in the company of other parents and carers who totally understand that babies cry and toddlers get restless. The Sun Theatre, Yarraville, has both day and evening sessions Hoyts, Palace Cinemas, Reading Cinemas and Village Cinemas also run sessions. It's a good idea to check with the cinema beforehand as some only run cry-baby sessions as a special or for specific periods of time.

And More

Scienceworks, Artplay, Melbourne Zoo and the Royal Botanic Gardens are also regular hosts of small-child-friendly activities.

Keep an eye out as well on the websites of your local library and council, they often have special events and activities for new mums and parents with young children.

Been to an awesome baby and toddler friendly activity recently? Leave a comment below we'd love to hear about it.
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