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5 Things To Do With Children in Melbourne Under $25

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by Charelle (subscribe)
Freelance writer, science student and incurable smart aleck.
Published July 29th 2012
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5 Ways to Distract The Kids This Weekend

Trying to think up something new and exciting for the kids to do on a weekend can seem like a daunting task. You may have already taken them to the zoo or museum and loathe the idea of them sitting in front of the TV/computer or just wish to avoid the dreaded whines of 'I'm boooorrrreeed'? Here are just a few cheap, accessible ideas to try this weekend.

5. Miniature Railway

Melbourne has quite a few miniature railway societies operating on Sundays. For as little as $2 per ride, it's an inexpensive way to get the kids out of the house and doing something different. Either pack a picnic or even grab some hot chips to have in the park and you've got a few solid hours of entertainment. Cheap? I think so. Awesome and simple? Yes!
East: Marlboro Miniature Railway
Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway Society
West: Altona Miniature Railway
North: Diamond Valley Miniature Railway Eltham

4. Check out free art workshops and exhibitions at ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr

ArtPlay is an amazing space on Birrarung Marr dedicated to children's art and creative development. It often runs free workshops and exhibitions which can be immensely entertaining. And when they're done not only will they have something great to take home you can also let them burn any excess energy in the playground right out front. Too easy and best off all free.
Opening Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10am-4pm
Check out what is on here.

3. Climb onboard Polly Woodside
2A Clarendon Street, South Wharf

Polly Woodside is an interactive maritime gallery set aboard a late nineteenth century tall ship. It's noteworthy that the first Sunday of every month is 'Pirate Sunday' complete with treasure hunt and children are encouraged to dress accordingly. Sure to amuse even the rowdiest of kids.
Opening Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10am -4pm
Monday & Tuesdays CLOSED
For more info visit here.

2. Black Light Mini Golf - Docklands
Level 1, Shop 35 Star Crescent, Harbour Town Docklands

Defiantly one of the most unique mini golf experiences you're sure to find in Melbourne. Parking is cheap or take the free city circle tram and enjoy 18 holes of glow in the dark mini golf fun. Also available, is the coffin ride from 5pm on Saturdays for the more adventurous/morbidly inclined. Memorable and fun for all ages (give or take coffin ride.)
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 12pm -7pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-10:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
For pricing and more information click here.

1. Feed native Birds at Grants Picnic Grounds
Monbulk Road, Kallista

Escape the city itself and relax at Grants picnic grounds located in Sherbrooke. Not only is it a visually amazing part of the world the kids will also get the chance to hand feed native parrots. To do so you must purchase a token at Grants in Sherbrooke.

Combine that with either a classic picnic, use one of the public BBQs or grab something at the kiosk whilst getting your token. Besides the colourful array of birds there is also a number of walking tracks ranging from easy to hellish for those who would like to take a stroll through the Dandenong Ranges. Drive, take Puffing Billy or a bus from Croydon Railway Station on Lilydale line.

Grants on Sherbrooke Kiosk hours: Open 7 days per week from 9am til dusk.

Click here for more information.

These are just a few of activities that have gone over well with my discerning little lady. Feel free to share your own in the comments section.
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Why? Distract The Kids This Weekend
Where: In and around Melbourne
Cost: Under $25
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