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5 Children’s Activities in Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne

5 Children’s Activities in Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne

We’ve been all over town, seeking the best children’s activities in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. So if your kids have energy to burn: ready, set, go!

Wombat Bend Play Space

Where? Finns Reserve, Templestowe Lower

A fenced play area is worth its weight in gold. You can relax because your little one won’t be running off into the distance. This playground features shady trees, gardens landscaped with native grasses and plenty of natural ground cover to encourage little feet to explore. There’s a colourful mosaic,  lots of play equipment – including a huge sandpit – and so much else to discover. Outside the fenced area, find the ‘nature play’ section, where kids can build cubbies using the natural materials on site. Enjoy a picnic or take a stroll over the suspension bridge to view the pretty Yarra rapids.

Hays Paddock

Where: Hays Paddock, Kew East

Here’s another fully-fenced spot where you can leave your worries behind. It’s safety-first in this playground – even the swings have seat belts! The park is beautifully laid out, with the right mix of easy and challenging activities for different age groups. The sandpit is sheltered with a shade sail, and the kids will enjoy peering through coloured glass panels. There are seesaws and springers and something special for parents – a nearby cafe! A fun few hours for the family.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne

Where: Level 2, Chadstone, The Fashion Capital, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone

For a completely different experience – one which is perfect in bad weather – head to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne. Kids who don’t know much about LEGO® will find it fascinating and for the kids who do, it’s a dream come true! There are thousands and thousands of bricks to play with and plenty of inspiration too. Master Builders are on site to explain their models and share tips and secrets for a better LEGO® build. Reserve a place in one of the creative workshops, and watch your kids gain confidence and new skills. Yes, LEGOLAND® also hosts birthday parties. Start planning now!

Murrumbeena Park

Where: Kangaroo Road, Murrumbeena

The best thing about this playground is the variety of equipment. The park is divided into zones, where kids can find age-appropriate activities. There’s even an area just for toddlers! This is excellent news if you have a tiny tot who gets knocked over by bigger kids. If your kids are older, they’ll love the flying fox and multiple slides built into the hillside. The playground is enormous fun for kids of all ages, and great for adults too, thanks to the cleverly planned zones and gorgeous wooden sculptures.

Kid-friendly Cafes

After all the frantic children’s activities have ended, it’s time to calm down with a cuppa. For somewhere that welcomes kids, try Little Sparks in Kew. This ‘play cafe’ features a kids kitchen, with adorable wooden cups, saucers and cupcakes. Your little ones can play along, as you grab a bite. Further afield in Gembrook is ‘The Local,’ which does classic pub-style meals. The kids’ menu is a stand-out, and there’s a games shelf too. For a sweet treat, head to the Augustus Gelatery in Upper Ferntree Gully, where 32 flavours of gelato sit temptingly behind the glass case. There’s no way your family will let you walk past without stopping for a taste!