Six kid-friendly summer activities

Explore the city this summer with kids of all ages.  

From hands-on sculpting workshops to queer-friendly writing groups, here are some of our top ways to keep kids active and entertained.

1. Immerse yourself in an interactive online exhibition from ArtPlay 

Escape to a surreal desert island in Islands at Home, an interactive online exhibition from Playable Streets, presented by ArtPlay. This experience allows kids to explore the enchanting sounds of sea creatures right from home – they can even add their own sea creature drawing to the exhibition. Islands at Home can be accessed online at any time and from anywhere, provided you have a computer or smart device.  

Add your own sea creature to a surreal desert island landscape

2. Play in nature at Royal Park 

Get active amid some of the city’s most vibrant flora and play in Royal Park’s acclaimed Nature Play playground. Here, kids can run wild, climb logs, and play with sand and water. There are so many exciting things to see along the way, sure to keep all kids entertained and curious about nature. To discover more journeys through green and urban environments, visit Walks and itineraries 

Dog at Royal Park

Fur-kids also love Royal Park’s wide open spaces

3. Attend the NGV Kids Summer Festival 

Flaunt your moves at a disco dance party, chill out and watch a family movie, create bespoke jewellery that honours Indigenous culture, or fashion yourself an architectural paper hat at the NGV Kids Summer Festival. There are workshops, performances and entertainment for all kids, whatever their artistic inclination, from 15 to 23 January. Entry is free and some bookings are required. Visit NGV Kids Summer Festival for more information.  

4. Attend the Kids Takeover at State Library Victoria 

Paper-craft your own Alice in Wonderland-inspired piece, explore your hidden circus skills, or delight in the tricks and tales of a magician during Kids Takeover at State Library Victoria. This takeover will see library spaces transformed into a dreamy haven for kids, with workshops, events and shows happening all day on 20 January. Library tickets are $20 and adults accompany for free. Bookings are essential. 

See library spaces transformed into a dreamy haven for kids

5. Join a trans and gender diverse writing group

Be part of a fortnightly online writing group for trans, gender-diverse or any other queer-identifying older kids and young adults. This group welcomes writers and readers of all levels and experience into a safe, judgement-free space where they can explore all corners of their mind while putting pen to paper. Attendance is free, though bookings are essential. For further information, visit Trans and gender diverse writing group. 

Join a trans and gender diverse writing group online

6. Play a round of disc golf 

Put your disc golf skills to the test by heading down to Royal Park to make use of the new, temporary nine-hole disc golf course. This activity is free for kids and people of all ages to enjoy – it brings frisbee and golf together in a fun and unique way. Don’t forget to bring your own frisbees or discs. Visit Melbourne Disc Golf for more information.  

BYO frisbee for a round of disc golf

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