If you are heading to Melbourne’s West for a few days and looking for fun activity ideas, then you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you want to enjoy fast-paced go karting action, or a pleasant stroll in the local national park, there is no shortage of activities on offer to keep yourself and kids of all ages entertained for days.
But first, a trip to one of Melbourne’s most iconic museums…
Since opening in 1992, Scienceworks’ vision has been to challenge curious minds of all ages – which it has successfully done by helping people play with science.
After just one visit it’s clear to see why. You can race against Cathy Freeman, marvel at the night sky and learn about the solar system at the Planetarium Exhibition, and explore the surface of the moon and a space station at the virtual reality Earthlight: Lunar Hub showcase.
Best of all? Children up to 16 years of age can visit most of the museum totally free of charge – making for a fun and affordable way to enjoy the afternoon.
Werribee Open-Range Zoo
Only a short 30-minute drive from Melbourne, the Werribee Open-Range Zoo features an array of local and exotic creatures on 225 hectares of gorgeous open grassland – where animals are free to roam just like they would in the wild.
Take a free safari bus tour to explore the vibrant bushland and see some of the world’s most iconic animals such as giraffes, zebras, rhinos, ostrich’s and bison, to name a few.
Or you can enjoy an overnight experience with the Slumber Safari. Here you will enjoy stunning up-close animal encounters, be treated to an African-inspired dinner and buffet breakfast, and sleep in comfort with modern accommodation that includes ensuites, heating and cooling appliances, and electric blankets.
Gather a group of thrill-seeking friends, family or workmates, and experience the thrill of real racing in the great outdoors, exposed to the elements and behind the wheel of your own suitably powered go-kart.
Featuring up to 700 meters of heart-pumping track length, you will feel like a real race driver as you blast through 7 corners and reach blistering speeds of up to 75km/h.
For parents who want to take their littles ones along for the ride, a 2-seater kart is the perfect way to introduce your child to the thrill of racing in a safe, controlled environment.
Dialogue in the Dark
If you are looking for a unique, mind-bending experience that’ll challenge the way you see the world, Dialogue in the Dark is right up your alley.
Simply put, Dialogue is a sensory journey where for one-hour you explore a simulated layout of Melbourne, but the catch is you experience it all in pitch black. The purpose is to show you what it’s like to experience low vision and blindness in a safe and controlled environment.
With a trusty walking cane and a friendly tour guide, you will have to rely on senses other than sight (i.e. smell, sound, touch and even taste) to navigate around obstacles and make sense of the world around you.
Sunshine Roller Skating
Roller skating is a classic, family-friendly activity that never gets old. So if you have fond memories of going to ‘roller discos’ in your youth, now you can relive those treasured memories and introduce your kids to the joys of roller skating.
General skating sessions are held every day of the week and open to people of all ages and skill levels. Inside, you will be surrounded by colourful décor and neon lights to help get you into the roller skating spirit.
Not to mention, a friendly and engaging DJ who’ll play upbeat tunes of today and yesterday, and curate a series of mini-games during each skating session. Plus, there’s a convenient snack bar so you can treat the kids to some hot chips and a refreshing drink.
You Yangs Regional Park
Located 55km southwest of Melbourne, the You Yangs Regional Park offers breathtaking views from the highest summit and plenty of bushwalks, bike trails, and river paths for you to explore the lush greenery.
There’s so much to see and do at this beautiful park. You can go mountain biking, fire up the barbecue at one of the many picnic zones, admire the gorgeous exotic birdlife, and abseil down steep rocky slopes.
In fact, you may need more than one whole day to discover everything this unique place has to offer.
The SUBSTATION is a multi-purpose performing arts venue that hosts an annually curated program featuring local and international artists who deliver contemporary live musical acts, theatre shows, art exhibitions, dances, and video installations.
While each event is devoted to exploring different artistic styles and mediums as a form of self-expression, the venue itself is well-known for inviting artists who strive to push the boundaries and provide insightful commentary into today’s modern living.
BOUNCE Inc Essendon
BOUNCE Inc is the most popular and feature-packed indoor trampoline centre in and around Melbourne.
After just one visit you will know why. You can bounce your way across a giant network of interconnected trampolines, play a competitive game of trampoline dodgeball, shoot some hoops, and launch yourself from a long runway into a giant air bag.
If you want to learn how to pull off a backflip or front flip on a trampoline, the highly skilled and friendly team will be happy to show you how.
Source: Digital 360