Top Things To Do: Melbourne’s Favourite Attractions
Just a few days ago, Melbourne was named “The World’s Most Liveable City” for the fifth year in a row. For us Melbournites that was no surprise – we think our city is pretty great. So with school holidays around the corner, parents will be searching for ways to entertain kids of all ages. And Melbourne has it all.
Here’s our list of top things to do this September. Whether you are Melbourne residents seeking out some weekend fun or choosing Melbourne as your destination for a family vacation this school holidays, there’ll be something to keep a smile on everyone’s dial.
Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders has some great packages. Check out our Family Getaway Package and Weekend Special for amazing rates on accommodation. Don’t forget, at Holiday Inn Kids Stay & Eat Free!
Now, let’s jump on one of Melbourne’s trams and check out some of our city’s best attractions.
Medibank Ice House, Docklands
Located in the Docklands precinct, Medibank Icehouse is Melbourne’s winter playground with two Olympic-size ice rinks for recreational ice-skating and competitive ice sports.
The venue hosts a range of public events including family skating, plus an ice disco with music and technicolour lights. Those that have never skated before can even take free ice skating lessons. All the equipment you need is available for hire, including free wrist and knee guards for beginners.
Medibank Icehouse is also home to a range of ice sports, such as ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and curling. The centre runs lessons and holiday programs for kids interested in taking up ice sports. But for those that would prefer to sit on the sidelines and spectate, the ice rink is home to local competitive ice sporting talent.
Catch the famous Glow Show every Saturday from 7pm.
Melbourne Zoo – Kids Go Wild
Melbourne is home to Australia’ oldest zoo. Originally modelled on London Zoological Gardens, Melbourne Zoo opened in 1862. Today it has more than 320 animal species from around the World. Some of the public’s most popular animal exhibits include the Orang-utan Sanctuary, Butterfly House, Lion Gorge, and Australian Bush.
Just 4 kilometres north of the city centre, getting to Melbourne Zoo is easy. There is plenty of public parking at the zoo, or you can leave the car at home and take a train or tram. For a full day of fun, the Capital City Trail is perfect for families that enjoy a relaxing bike ride to the zoo.
This school holidays, art meets wildlife in a special program where Baboons, Koalas, Orang-utans, Gorillas, Meerkats, Tigers, Penguins and Lions show off their creative side. Kids will be able to add a finishing touch to paintings by Orang-utans and the indoor play space will be alive with storytelling, as well as arts and craft activities, for the kids.
Did you know that Melbourne Zoo isn’t just about animals on display for peoples’ viewing pleasure? Zoo Victoria has an extensive conservation program that invests in animal health and welfare, zoo infrastructure, education, environmental sustainability and veterinary science. Every dollar goes to a good cause. Children under 16 years receive free entry during Victorian Government school holidays.
Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Just a short stroll from Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders, the city’s underwater playground, Melbourne Sealife Aquarium is a thrill for the whole family. The centre is one of a kind and features a range of aquatic exhibits representing the Southern Ocean and Antarctic.
Features at Melbourne Aquarium include interactive animal encounters, educational talks and animal feeds. There’s even a glass bottom boat tour. Sharks, seals, stingrays and salt-water crocs continue to be some of the most popular attractions, but Sealife is bounteous with twelve zones of amazing sea creatures to discover.
Throughout the September school holidays, Captain Barnacles and friends from the Octonauts crew will be entertaining kids from 11-2pm every day.
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Spend quality family time together this school holidays. The Family Getaway package deal is great value and the best September break.
- Accommodation for 2 adults and 1 child (minimum 2 nights)
- Full buffet breakfast for 2 adults + kids eat free
- Free family pass to your choice of Melbourne Zoo or Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
September School Holidays 2015
- Victoria: 19 September to 4 October
- New South Wales: 19 September to 5 October
- Queensland: 19 September to 5 October
- Australian Capital Territory: 26 September to 11 October
- South Australia: 26 September to 11 October
- Tasmania: 26 September to 11 October
- Western Australia: 26 September to 11 October
- Northern Territory: 26 September to 4 October