Choose your own adventure.
Spook the kids with ghost stories or have them arrested by the charge sergeant at the Old Melbourne Gaol. Nearby, roam the Carlton Gardens then explore the many and magical exhibits at the Melbourne Museum. See bugs, dinosaurs, Phar Lap and more. Take the littlest ones to the children's gallery, designed just for the under-eights. If time allows, get wide-eyed at the adjoining IMAX cinema. For dinner, expect a warm welcome for the bambinos at family-friendly Italian eateries on Lygon Street, Carlton.
Step into a world of creativity, colour and building fun at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne. Kids can watch their favourite LEGO characters come to life in the 4D Cinema or get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas. Check out global and local landmarks made from over a million bricks in MINILAND, or hop on a LEGO-themed ride for a thrill.
Take the whole family to Scienceworks in Spotswood for an awesome interactive afternoon of super science. Kids little and big alike will love the Lightning Room, powered by a giant Tesla Coil capable of generating more than two million volts of electricity, and the planetarium. Keep up the adventure with a ferry to Williamstown, to check out the passing boats and of course, for fish and chips for dinner.
Spend the afternoon in St Kilda, exploring the beach and running riot at iconic amusement park Luna Park. Ride rollercoasters and dodgem cars till you can no more, and when the little bellies have settled, go on an ice cream mission to Acland Street. If there's room for dinner, consider Republica on the foreshore, where you can relax with a wine and distract the littlies with views of the beach and boats. Just after sunset, head down to the breakwater to see the locals' favourite families come home from a hard day's fishing: the St Kilda penguins.