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    I agree, avoid St Kilda if you can. CBD is central to everything and nice walks to south bank and through the city itself. Brunswick St is good for shopping and breakfast. I always love the Botanic gardens for a walk or picnic. There is a lovely childrens garden there too.
    Abbotsford convent has nice market days, good food and right next door to the Collingwood Childrens farm.
    There is a great website for things to do with kids in Melbourne. I'm not sure if I can give details here but PM me if you want details.
    Enjoy

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    Nobody's mentioned it yet but there is an awesome park in St Kilda called St Kilda Adventure park. They have chickens and trampolines and a flying fox. It's awesome!

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    We went to Melbourne recently. We drove from Adelaide as well!

    We stayed in an apartment in st kilda. It was 2 1/2 bedroom and pretty nice. Was kid friendly as well - no glass table tops! We went through a company called espresso apartments. We were a 2 minute walk to Acland st which is one of the main food strips in st kilda. The trams were almost outside our door, and was super easy to get around.
    Another place we stay are the Melbourne short stay apartments around Southbank. You are smack bang in the middle of town with these apartments. A walk to Southbank and crown casino, across the river is fed square and the cbd.

    Go to the aquarium.
    Collingwood farm is nice as well for kids to go to. In the middle of collingwood it is a community farm. They bring out the cow and the kids can try milking it etc.
    I have heard werribee open range zoo is great as well.
    We went to melb zoo last trip. Was good, but I felt we walked for ages with little to see. We could see the same at Adelaide zoo. The one thing I thought was superior at melb zoo was the lion enclosure. I'm sure you know the sad pathetic enclosure we have in Adelaide. This enclosure is fantastic. There are many lions and more than one male. They have room to move and we manage to hear a full on roar, which I have never heard in Adelaide.

    Puffing billy train is a great day trip through the dandenongs.

    Roccoco was yummy Italian in st kilda. Acland st have lots of yummy cake shops as well.

    National gallery of Victoria is great. They also have a really nice cafe with nice afternoon teas.

    If you are wanting to go out at night and hire a babysitter, we go through a company there, and have had great success with them. They are really reliable and I had no hesitations letting them look after our kids for a few nights.

    We like going to the fitz cafe on Brunswick st for breakfast whenever we go to melbs. It is always guaranteed yummy food. If you go on a Saturday, a few streets up there are the rose st markets which are lovely artist markets. There are different things at this market than your usual fare. It is a little tight though, so may be difficult with a pram.

    Google some parks as well. There are meant to be some lovely kids parks around Melbourne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosey View Post
    I agree, avoid St Kilda if you can. CBD is central to everything and nice walks to south bank and through the city itself. Brunswick St is good for shopping and breakfast. I always love the Botanic gardens for a walk or picnic. There is a lovely childrens garden there too.
    Abbotsford convent has nice market days, good food and right next door to the Collingwood Childrens farm.
    There is a great website for things to do with kids in Melbourne. I'm not sure if I can give details here but PM me if you want details.
    Enjoy
    Could you on me the website as well please? We come to Melbourne about once a year and it's good to try different things.

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    We also stopped of at a farm stay on the way home. Let me know if you are interested and I will find a we page on trip advisor for you. This was a real highlight of our trip. Depends on how old your kids are. We fed all the animals in the morning and there was lots to do. The owners were amazing.

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    @moosey feel free to share the website in the thread

    Op if the weather is hot and you don't want to go to the beach, the swimming centre in st kilda is great- build for the commonwealth games and lots of fun. Acland st has beautiful patisseries- you must try it! Go on the city circle tram- the kids will love it and it free! The sports museum at the mcg is good, as is old Melbourne gaol (but your kids may be a bit young to appreciate it?).
    Even just a nice walk down southbank in the evening would be fun- have a gelato, watch the street performers and hopefully see the flame towers light up.

    Enjoy- I love melbs

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    Thanks Nomsie,

    for or great kid friendly events and ideas go to littlemelbourne.com.au they know everything that's going on around town.
    For great kid friendly cafés go to heybambini.com.au

    I hope this helps

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    We drove from Adelaide to Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. We stayed in a cabin at the Melb big4 caravan park in Coburg. It was a very nice caravan park with a playground for the kids and a pool. The cabin was very nice too.

    We went to Melb Zoo and Werribee open range zoo and Werribee mansion. The kids enjoyed both zoos but preferred Werribee. I loved the Melbourne zoo because they have elephants and lots of little activities for the kids (meercat maze, turtle eggs to find) it was a lot of walking though. We ate in Lygon St, Carlton both nights we were there. We found the restaurants to be very pushy when trying to get you to eat at their restaurant. The food was very nice though.

    Enjoy your trip.

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    I can't thank you all enough for such incredible advice and wonderful ideas. We have a great little itinerary forming and the accommodation referrals are fantastic. Thank you!


 

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