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    Default Quick advice about visiting Melbourne

    Okies dokie,

    My little boy just turned 1 on Friday (yay) and my husband decided today (Sunday) that we are all going to go to Melbourne on Tuesday. HOWEVER he is going to Melbourne on business and just thought it would be nice if I went too because I have never been before and I've always liked the idea of visiting Melbourne, he's been before and knows his way around and has seen everything he wants to.
    SO my question is, what is there to do for my son and I???? We are there until Thrusday, I'm not a huge art fan so I will be skipping galleries and museums. I have every intention of hitting Queen Victoria markets, doing a walk by docklands and Southbank.

    I will have a stroller.


    Thank you for any ideas.

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    Ooh I love Melbourne

    The Aquarium is really good. The Melbourne museum is great too, not 'arty', lots of cool & interesting exhibits and they have a kids part with stuff for littlies.

    The Botanic Gardens has a fabulous Children's garden with heaps of stuff for kids to explore too.

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    The zoo is good if there isn't one where you live.

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    A few ideas:

    Vic Market
    Brunswick St
    Aquarium
    Botanical gardens
    St Kilda or Williamstown beaches

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    The museum is actually quite good and the kids area is really nice. There is also a nice playground adjacent but he might not be quite old enough.
    The Aquarium is good (love the penguins) and the Melbourne Zoo is great for kids.

    I didn't love the markets but have only been once - went on our first Melbourne trip and just never went back on subsequent visits, just didn't click for me.

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    What about science works, Luna park, ice rink and Polly woodship
    Melbourne had HEAPS to do!

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    My son was 7 mon ths and we took him to the aquarium he loved it and has a thing.for.penguins now

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    Default Re: Quick advice about visiting Melbourne

    Check out the Myer Christmas windows
    Collingwood Children's Farm and Abbotsford Convent- shame you're not going over a weekend, the convent has great Sunday markets.
    The Queen Vic markets aren't that great, mostly touristy rubbish with a few bargains tossed in.
    Chapel st for shopping, South Yarra end for your more designer stuff, Windsor end for more vintage stuff.

    Other than that, just exploring all the little laneways in town, particularly those between Bourke and Flinders streets.

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    There is loads of Christmas stuff to wander around and look at. We spent today looking at the decorations at Crown Casino, Myer Windows, Santas Cave at DJ's, Christmas Square (on Swanson St, next to the Town Hall), Gingerbread House @ Town Hall. There is a great playground at Birrarung Marr (on Yarra, just behind Fed Sq), it is better for bigger kids, but there are swings, slides, sand pit etc. Best thing is its all free and you can easily pass a morning, afternoon or whole day just wandering and enjoying the vibe.

    I'd also recommend a look at some of Melbourne's great Lane Ways. Block Place/Block Arcade is gorgeous (check out the tiled floor). you can stop at Haighs and buy yourself some delicious chocolate, then pick a coffee shop and sit down for half an hour (hopefully bubs sleeps in his pram). Degraves Street is also great to stop for a bite to eat or a coffee.

    Enjoy your time in Melbourne.

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    Default Quick advice about visiting Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Yolandac31 View Post
    What about science works, Luna park, ice rink and Polly woodship
    Melbourne had HEAPS to do!
    I agree these are all great fun, but probably not for a 1yr old.

    I would say the Aquarium or Zoo.

    There is a good 'little animal' farm in Collingwood, great for young bubs as its pretty small and cheap.


 

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