If you want to get out of the house with your toddler and you’ve already visited all your favourite parks in your area, where do you go? We investigated some day trips you can take with the little one, to keep both of you entertained! All of these destinations are an hour or less out of Melbourne, and will provide some fun and exciting memories for preschool aged children.
The Busy Peacock
Where: 16 Mornington – Tyabb Road (Off Peacock Rd), Tyabb, VIC 3913
Price: $10 per child for a 45 minute session, free for children younger than walking age
Attached to The Hungry Peacock café is the Busy Peacock messy shed. This is a play area which encourages sensory exploration, there’s plenty of activities where the children can get messy and leave the clean up to someone else! There’s paint, water play, sensory play and other fun hands on activities, where it’s about the process and not the end result. The messy shed do provide aprons, but don’t forget to dress your toddler in some clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. It would be a good idea to pack a spare set as well, in case they get too excited at the water play station.
You will need to supervise your child while they play, but The Hungry Peacock café is next door for a coffee or bite to eat before or after your session.
Animal Land Children’s Farm
Where: 200 Duncans Ln, Enter Gate 2, Diggers Rest VIC 3427
Price: $10 adult, $18 child, $50 family
A great place for your toddler to learn about farm life. They can milk cows, feed ducks, take a tractor or pony ride, collect eggs from the chooks, nurse baby animals and plant seedlings. There’s no open access to the farm for safety reasons as it’s a working farm, but visitors can book in to a tour on the website. It’s open every day.
Seville Water Play Park
Where: 2 Monbulk- Seville Road, Seville
The old Seville pool has been revamped into an exciting water play area for families. During the warmer months the water play park becomes a fun place for children to run and frolic, with the water fountains being the main attraction. Kids can run through the jets, trying to guess where the next one will pop up. Bring along a picnic, or some food to cook as there is a barbecue area, tables and trees shading the lawn. Bring some camp chairs or blankets if you plan to sit on the grass in the shade. A small playground area is available too.
All 4 Mess
Where: Factory 6 / 3-11 Bate Close, Pakenham, Victoria
Price: $13 per child for a 90 minute session and $9 for each additional sibling
An arts and crafts factory for children where they’re encouraged to enjoy messy play and have fun doing it. Your child will love all the different activity stations, crafts and toys to play with. They will also have an opportunity to socialise with other children. You can book beforehand to make sure there’s a space available, and then bring them here for an afternoon of fun that won’t mess up your own kitchen table.
Where: 1385 Frankston-Flinders Road, Somerville
Price: $15 adult, $12 child, $50 family, children under two are free
Set on a Christmas tree farm, Dinosaur World is a great place to go back in time and explore history. If your child loves animals, they will love walking around the park looking at the huge dinosaurs on display and learning facts about these prehistoric creatures. Wilson the walking dinosaur comes out a few times during the day to say hello. There’s a barbecue area if you’d like to bring your own lunch, and a kiosk for snacks.
Where: 182 Kidds Road, Doveton
Price: $8 adult & child, $7 concession, $28 family, $22.50 concession family, children under one free
The farm is right next to the Dandenong Creek, so you can walk along with your family and see the wetlands as well as explore the farm. Families are able to have hands-on contact with the animals, and it’s a great learning opportunity for toddlers to see how a farm works. Children can ride the pony, or you can go together for a train ride around the farm. Stop to feed the animals, or feed yourself in the barbecue area or café.