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The City of Melbourne is a wondrous place for kids. There are numerous destinations and activities that are waiting for all kids and kids at heart to engage in and enjoy. So if you are planning to travel with your kids on the street of Melbourne, forget your car with its booster seats as you embark on a grand holiday in Australia’s hipster city that’s surrounded by numerous family-friendly establishments and activities using Melbourne’s public transport.
Yes, you read that right. The best way to explore and experience all that Melbourne has to offer is through its public transport. So, here are some safety tips when taking a tram, train, or bus in Melbourne with your kids.
- While waiting for the train, bus, or tram make sure that you and your children stand behind the line or behind from the edge of a footpath or the platform’s edge. When the public transport approaches, don’t run toward it. Instead, wait closer to the front door of the train or tram so that the driver of the public transport vehicle can easily see you. Be mindful of the vehicles that are constantly passing by.
- Make sure to have enough time to reach your destinations so that you are not constantly rushing to get to your train, bus, or tram on time.
- Always be prepared to buy your tickets on time and don’t forget that children who are aged three years old and below can travel for free within Melbourne, and even across Victoria.
- Don’t leave your children alone on platforms of trains or trams or at bus stops.
- Prams and strollers are free to bring along inside a public transport. So if you are travelling with a pram, be sure to hold on to the pram as securely as possible. You have to also make sure that your child is strapped tightly and securely in the pram. Don’t forget to apply the pram’s parking brake when idle to prevent it from rolling. Always follow safety measures when travelling with a pram.
- If you can, avoid peak times of public transport (between 8 to 9 am and 4 to 6 pm).
- Keep your children seated inside the public transport. If you find no available seats for you and your children, make sure that your children have something strong to hold on to.
- Always keep your children together and always keep an eye on everyone. Never leave your children alone while waiting and on board any public transport.
- For long trips inside the public transport, make sure to bring toys so that your kids will have some activity to enjoy, kill their boredom,and prevent them from throwing any hissy fit.
- When getting off the train, tram, or bus allow enough time to gather your things because a public transport will only stop for a short time. If you’re getting off of a tram, make sure to check for traffic before exiting.
Awesome Destinations in Melbourne
Now on to some exciting destinations within Melbourne.
The Melbourne Zoo
You and your kids will surely enjoy the Melbourne Zoo with all its collection of over 300 species of animals of various shapes and sizes; from tigers, elephants, lions, penguins, butterflies, to reptiles and many more. One good thing about the zoo is that it is accessible through tram and even has a train stop within.
The Melbourne Aquarium
Melbourne Aquarium is a very well presented aquarium that showcases numerous species of aquatic animals from sharks, turtles, crocodiles, penguins, and many species of fishes. It is also accessible through a tram, which is only a walk away from the stop.
Children’s Farm at Bundoora and Collingwood
The children’s farms in Melbourne offer you and your kids the chance to wander around a farmyard setting with all the farm animals. It is best to check their schedules before visiting so you can take full advantage of the real adventures of feeding the animals and riding the pony or tractor rides. The Bundoora Farm is somewhat less accessible by public transport than the Collingwood Farm which can easily be reached using the bus or train.
The Melbourne Museum
The Melbourne Museum contains the usual stuff from other museums, like dinosaur, insect, fish, and forest areas. It also offers a Children’s Gallery. Designed for children aged 3 to 8 years old, the Children’s Gallery is an exhibit that showcases to the children on how things grow. It offers a lot of things for children to touch and feel so it somewhat becomes more interactive than the regular museum.
Located outside the museum is a terrific outdoor play area for kids. It is open for children to play anything from LEGOs, to hula hoops, to skipping ropes, etc. It would not be surprising if you can find a train sets for kids which your children can also enjoy playing for free.You can even bring your own portable play pen so that kids can truly enjoy since the place is huge. The museum is also accessible through numerous tram lines.
Other places to visit when traveling around the street of Melbourne include:
- The Scienceworks
- Miniature Railways
- Melbourne Star
- Wonderland Fun Park
- ACMI Screen Worlds
- Bounce Inc trampoline parks
- Latitude Melbourne
The attractions listed above are mostly places that require entrance fees to get into. There are other destinations in Melbourne that are free for tourists. Here are some of them:
The City Circle Tram
With a distinct and vintagelook, the City Circle Tram provides an atmosphere of charm that differentiates it from the rest of the other trams in other major cities of Australia. It is one of the highlights in exploring the city that will turn out to be really unique and very memorable. Kids who ride free on the tram will enjoy the scenery as they listen to the audio commentary pointing out the key buildings and many historic sites of Melbourne.
Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens
Consistently recommended by most tourists as a must-see, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens is a enormous 36 hectares of an impressive collection and display that covers almost all of the plant life in Australia. While it may be jaw-dropping for grown-ups in its sheer size and vast display, it may become boring to children.
This is why they created the “Ian Potter Children’s Garden” for kids. Dubbed as a magical place for kids to experience the world of plants, it is designed to allow the children to get down and dirty as they will be allowed to play in the world of plants; digging, creating, building, and exploring all facilities and plant setups. As the Gardens continue to develop, more fun activities are being added for children to experience a different and exciting type of botanical garden visit.
Melbourne Sunday Markets
Melbourne possesses a variety of Sunday markets offering any item of interest; from fresh produce, to freshly cooked foods, to pieces of art. There are a lot of things to do, see, and experience in the markets with the kids, such as circus entertainment, live bands, and many other spectacles.
Melbourne’s Public Playgrounds
Melbourne has been known to be a “natural” capital city because of a huge number of parks and greeneries that line the many facilities in its streets. These also include many parks and public playgrounds for children. There are many facilities that children can use for free, from monkey bars, to jungle gyms, to merry-go-rounds, and many more. You can even find a high chair where you can place your baby while you feed him or her.
In the end, travelling with your kids in and around Melbourne doesn’t have to be stressful and expensive. Preparation and research is important in order for the whole family to truly enjoy this uniquely Melbourne experience.