Whether you want to bone up on local history or art, we're super-lucky in Melbourne to be so well served for galleries that are both child friendly and highly interactive. Whether you're seeking a fun-packed day out, need an educational distraction for restless little ones or are just at a loose end, here's an insight into what's on offer. Ready. Set. GO!

Heide Museum, Bulleen


One of our favourite Sunday adventures is to jump in the car and head to the Heide Museum.
Heide Museum of Modern Art (or Heide as everyone calls it) is a great discovery and you don't even need to step into the gallery itself to appreciate it either. They've got a great iconic sculpture park where the kids can run free or scoot around the veggie patch, as well as organised kids activities, a Sunday art club, a school holiday program, an art program for bubs on once a month and the famous Cafe Vue.

It's totally relaxed and a great way to kill a Weekend!

Where: 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC 3105


McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Langwarrin

mcclelland sculpture gallery

Just a short drive from the CBD and 4km's east of Frankston, McClelland is adorned with trees, space, a lake, cafe and art gallery. The Sculpture Park is set in 16 hectares and showcases over 70 works by prominent Australian sculptors such as Inge King, Lenton Parr, Clement Meadmore, Anthony Pryor and Norma Redpath along with, recent acquisitions including Rick Amor, Peter Corlett, Robert Owen, Lisa Roet and Ken Unsworth.

The kids will roam, play, discover and quite possibly learn amongst the sculptures. There's no set direction on where to head so it's fun to just discover and find your own trail. You can even picnic under the sculptures. Space is on your side.

There's a cafe on site too that's open for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. It overlooks the lake and sculptures and offers a seasonal menu, good coffee (takeaway too), cakes, cold drinks, wine and has gluten free options too.

Where: 390 McClelland Drive Langwarrin 3910


NGV International, City

ngv international kids

Pack snacks and get ready to roll! If a trip to the the City is on the cards then the NGV International is a must-see destination.

The National Gallery of Victoria International is open 6 days a week (closed Tuesday) and houses the temporary free and kid-friendly, Open House: Tromarama for Kids exhibition. Step inside a house of fun at the latest family-friendly exhibit and into a bathroom (complete with bath and toilet), a bedroom, an enchanted courtyard tropical garden, a dance floor (!!) and a kitchen and get set to take on different roles of interactive play and let the imagination go crazy. This could be anyone's house where it all comes to life with touch, sound, dance and play. Throw in some pink flamingoes, garden gnomes, an upside down dining room, some stop-motion animation videos the kiddos can create, an interactive sensory animal/car/dino play scenario and a wall of flowers and you know you've got every kid of any age engaged for a few hours!

When you're done indoors, head outdoors! Grab a take-away coffee, babycino and treats and head out the back of the NGV. There's plenty of space to stretch those legs, let off steam, enjoy some snacks and in the far left corner there's a climbing sculpture for the kids.

Where: 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006