Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria is a great place to visit if you're looking for something free to do and have a lot of time. With two different buildings - one for national artists and one for international - you will certainly find yourself occupied for a few hours.
For those with younger kids with shorter attention spans who most likely won't want to walk through room after room of paintings, the National Gallery of Victoria often have exhibitions on for kids (and adults!) who like to be more hands on with things. Just check out their website for current and upcoming events.
The Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium is a great place for people of all ages. Whilst a visit to the aquarium isn't cheap (around $40 per person over the age of 16), it certainly is rewarding. Being able to walk around and see the amazing exhibits on whilst simultaneously learning about the animals is a terrific way to keep kids' brains active even during the holidays.
The Eureka Skydeck is one the greatest and most terrifying attractions in Melbourne. Being 285 metres above sea level and having an elevator that will take you to the top in less than 40 seconds, a visit to the Skydeck is not for the faint-hearted - but once you're up there, all fear washes away.
A gift shop is located at the top where you'll find lots of novelty items and postcards. For an extra cost, you can also go out on "The Edge" which is a glass cube that projects 3 metres from the building - and once it gets there, the floor becomes clear so you can see straight down.
If you think you and your family are brave enough to go, this is definitely an experience you'll never forget!
The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens is Melbourne's oldest zoo and is home to more than 320 species of animals from Australia and world wide. A visit to the zoo will entitle a lot of walking and being in the sun, so make sure that you've got quite a while to explore everything, and that everyone is well covered up without being too warm.
There is multiple places to eat and drink throughout the zoo so that you can take a break in the middle of seeing so many different animals. Children aged 4-15 are free on weekends and school holidays, so if you've got a lot of young kids you need to occupy these holidays, the zoo is a great place that won't put you out of pocket!
The Melbourne Museum is another great way to keep children's minds active and learning throughout the holidays. Filled with skeletons of some of the world's most amazing creatures, information on evolution, and various galleries covering topics such as the human body and mind, you will most certainly leave a little smarter than when you arrived.
More permanent exhibitions include specimens of different animals that have been preserved, exhibitions on Aboriginal culture and, of course, the mounted hide of Phar Lap.
Tickets prices are a very low $14 for adults and absolutely nothing for children and concession, so there's no excuse not to visit these holidays!
So many amazing things to take the kids to. I do hope parents are able to get some time off work to enjoy it as well. At any rate, there's no excuse to waste the weekends with so much on offer. I wonder how many kids and parents will brave 'The Edge' at Eureka Sky Deck?