While a museum may not initially sound as the best option to go to with young children, Melbourne museum is just amazing for kids.
We flew to Melbourne from Singapore when Thea was slightly over 2 years old. We joined my husband who was already there on a business trip. As he spent 99% of the time working it was just Thea and I who explored the city.
We did many things and visited many places. The most disappointing place was Melbourne Zoo (I’ve written a blog post about it and you can read it HERE). And one of the most exciting- Melbourne Museum.
We stayed in Melbourne for 10 days and went to this museum 6 times. That might sound a bit extreme. However Melbourne museum is totally worth it! It is so well designed for kids, with numerous activities, buttons and hands-on things to do.
There are nice exhibitions like the ‘Dinosaur Walk’, ‘Bugs Alive’, ‘Forest Secrets’ and curious displays of Indigenous artefacts in the ‘Many Nations’. While all of these exhibits were great, the highlight for my daughter was The Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery on the ground floor.
Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery
Children’s Gallery is one of the best indoor playgrounds we have ever been to (and we’ve been to many). Basically it is a large and wondrous place for kids to explore, swing, slide, climb, run, play and learn.
It is not just a playground but rather a very well designed edutainment centre grounded in child-led, play-based learning for babies to up to 5 year olds. Thea was around 2 years old at the time so she fit in perfectly and tried all the activities.
There is a beautiful life- size steam locomotive train model at the entrance of the playground. It is located next to a cozy cafe that actually serves healthy snacks for kids instead of sugar loaded junk that I usually see in other playgrounds.
There are so many things to do and explore! My daughter started with the train, then spent ages in the play area with various different sensory activities and shape sorting challenges.
There are comfortable nooks for parents and caregivers to relax while kids spend ours exploring and running around. I liked how the area is well designed and you can always see the child from where ever you are seated.
The highlight for Thea was this huge multi- level net and crocheted climbing structure. It looks and feels a bit like a kind of a treehouse and is just awesome for children. They can climb, swing, cross over, jump and slide so it is very difficult to get them to come out.
I only managed to convince her to leave because each time she knew we were going to see a new exhibit with animals she loves. Dinosaur walk was a huge hit.
Unlike me she loved ‘Bugs Alive’ and the exhibit with many stuffed animals. I no longer remember the name of it and although creepy, children find it really interesting.
Overall do go to this Museum if you are in Melbourne with kids. I promise you will not be disappointed. I know that we will definitely go again the next time we are down under.
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And an amazing portable exercise device to relax your back and hips after a day of sightseeing is this Pelvic Clock. Click on the banner below for more information how it helps align your spine & hips and stretch your back.