Using public transport with kids might be hair raising, but it doesn't have to be. In fact, a simple bus ride can make the kids day, if you don't have a lot of money to actually go somewhere.
Explain to the kids the rules of public transport - no yelling, no bothering other passengers and no feet on seats. Make them aware of the rules and the penalties that will apply if they are broken.
Get them excited for the trip by explaining how the bus or train works, what you can see out the window and where you'll be going.
Make sure you're on time. Missing a bus or train can be frustrating, so look up timetables the day before.
Hop on the bus with the kids, show them how to touch on with their Myki cards and how to touch off but don't hold up other passengers.
Find a good spot to sit and tell the kids that's their spot and they must stay in for the duration of the trip. Look out the window, give them a list of things to look out for and get them to tick it off once they found it.
Get them to read what the next stop is, both buses and trains have this written up somewhere,
See where your local bus or train goes near, stop at a park, lake or cafe and enjoy it.