Best Things To Do With Tweens In Melbourne
There are always plenty of things to do with kids in Melbourne but as they get older the gloss seems to fade on some of those fun glory days and tweens can start to feel a little left out. They’re caught somewhere between childhood and the burgeoning teens years, and their entertainment standards go up a notch! It’s a great time to reconnect over some new experiences before the teenage years strike. Here’s some inspiration for cool things to do with your tweens in Melbourne.
Have a lark in Luna Park
Luna Park is always a surefire favourite with thrill-seeking tweens. This historic amusement park on the Port Phillip Bay foreshore has loads of hair-raising rides like The Power Surge, Cooney Drop and Pharoah’s Curse. An Unlimited Rides Pass will ensure they have a full day of action, but the park does look especially cool at night in all it illuminated splendour!
It’s All Fun and Games
The revival of old-school amusement centres has seen some exciting new places pop up around town. Sidetracked is packed with exciting activities including go-karts, laser tag, ten-pin bowling, dodgem cars and video games. Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq has bumper cars, bowling, arcade games and prizes in a funky retro setting, plus you can treat your tween to a crazy shake at Dazzler’s Diner! TimeZone is a classic family-friendly funhouse with all the latest attractions and locations all over Melbourne. For the tween speed-demons, try the fastest go-karts in Victoria at Le Mans Entertainment. They also have laser tag and virtual reality.
Be a Tourist for a Day
Pretend you’re on holiday and explore your own backyard. Have a digital detox and take a day trip around your own fabulous city. You might have seen it all, but it could be a fun eye-opener for your tween! Put on your socks and sandals and act like a tourist on a free tour. Try a self-guided walking tour of the city’s famous street art hotspots, or Walks101 and I’m Free Tours offer walking tours for nix (they survive on tips!) with passionate local guides. Cover more ground with a sightseeing bus tour on the Big Bus and hop on and off all day scouting the city. If you prefer to two-wheel it, you can join Freddy's Bike Tours for an adventure.
You can take a spin in the Melbourne Star, the only Giant Observation Wheel in the Southern Hemisphere, for the most epic view of the city, or for slightly less daunting heights, head to Bounce where your tween can jump on a series of springy trampolines and expend all their energy on challenges like dodgeball and slam dunk.
Daredevil tweens will rise to the occasion at Eureka Skydeck in Southbank. The world’s first Edge Experience – a moving glass cube suspended nearly 300 meters above street level- will take you to new heights.
Ramp It Up
You’ll get loads of street cred when you grab your tween and scope out one of Melbourne’s epic ramps. Avid skaters will love showing off their skills at one of the YMCA skate parks in Frankston, Junction, Riverslide and Knox. If they’re not ready to plunge into the pipe, inspiring skaters are always there to put on a show. You can also try Rampfest, a top-quality, indoor skate park dedicated to action sports, where you can ride, skate or scoot alongside resident pro riders. They also run coaching clinics.
Go Larger Than Life
ArtVo is an amazing, interactive art experience where kids will be equally mesmerised and bamboozled. Step into huge murals of fantasy scenes, creating logic-defying optical illusions that are made for the camera. Take as many photos and selfies as you like to impress your friends. For another multi-dimensional experience, the screen at IMAX Melbourne is the largest in the world and there’s an always-changing schedule of 3D documentaries and cinematic blockbusters to get you right into the action.
Hole in One
Little kids love putt-putt, but give it a twist and it’s a blast for tweens too! Holey Moley Golf Club is a unique mini-golf course that uses clever pop culture references and crazy themes for a more mature spin-off of the classic game. In fact, it is actually an adult venue (it has a fully stocked bar) but under 18s can experience this popular place with an adult before 5pm - and what tween wouldn’t be stoked with that! GlowGolf Docklands has 18 holes of Australian-themed icons, with 10 glow in the dark holes under special UV light so you can play in the dark.
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