Melbourne: Active & free things to do over Easter


Get out and about with your kids these school holidays before the sunny weather abandons us. Here are some free, or at least cheap ideas to do this in Melbourne.

Walk or ride the Solar System Trail along the foreshore of Port Phillip. A great, and educational ride to sculptures representing planets in our solar system. There is a safe bike trail the whole way and plenty of places to stop for snacks. For more info check out this guide:

Come up with an amazing race for your kids. Get them familiar with your neighbourhood or perhaps the city if they are more independent. Set them a series of challenges to complete – use your imagination! e.g. What colour is the door of the house three down from the corner of XXX Street, take a photo of you next to the Larry la Trobe bronze dog statue in the city.

Try a new sport or activity. This on caught my eye: ultimate style frisbee are holding lessons on Wednesday evenings (7pm) in Albert Park for families, beginners, anyone really.  More info at www/

Adventure playgrounds: Hays Paddock is great for younger kids as is St Kilda Adventure playground hidden away on Neptune Street. Alma Park is fantastic as well, especially if the flying fox is working.

Register via Premiers Active April and get 10 free YMCA passes to use during the month. That’s a lot of swimming! ( On the site there are also lots of other ideas for getting out and about for people of all ages and abilities.

The Triennial at the NGV finishes on the 15th April. Many kids (mine!) say they ‘don’t want to go to a museum or gallery because they’re SO BORING’ but usually enjoy it after I have forced them. A good combo with a trip to the Botanical Gardens.

Enjoy the school holidays!