A mum of three, engineer, scientist, educator, and all around dabbler, I'm far better at finding interesting things to do than I am at doing housework.
Published May 20th 2012
It's a rainy day, but the kids are bursting out of their skins with energy. Staying home doesn't look like a good idea, but it's too wet to play outside. What to do? The good news is that Melbourne has loads of activities that will keep the kids, and you, entertained and active even on the wettest day.
Go for a swim. It may seem an odd thing to do on a cold and rainy day, but indoor pools are always warm no matter the weather outside. Many, such as Monash Aquatic Centre have fun extras such as wave pools, or indoor splash playgrounds. The new Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre has five waterslides, providing fun for children of all ages.
Climb a wall. Why let the kids climb your walls, when they can have more fun climbing someone else's? Melbourne has a number of indoor rock-climbing centres, most of which allow children over the age of 5 to climb. For the youngest climbers an adult will need to help out, but older children can partner each other after a short training session. (Bookings may be required for safety training). Hardrock climbing gym.
Go skating. Melbourne is home to a number of roller skating rinks. Pay for your admission, hire some skates (or bring your own) and let the fun begin. Most rinks offer sessions multiple times each day, with a smooth skating surface and popular music to skate to. Skate games are also offered to add some variety to the fun. Carribean Rollerama in Scoresby has several sessions on weekends where parents skate free, so why not join in too?
Jump in a puddle For a cheap and traditional wet weather activity, break out the raincoats, gumboots and umbrellas. Kids love jumping in puddles, so why not go to the nearest park and enjoy the novelty of being allowed to play in the rain? Make sure you're not too far from home so that after all that splashing you can get dry and warm up!