First published on 5 Jan 2011. Updated on 9 Apr 2013.
The highlight of an otherwise sleepy Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Wonderland Fun Park at Docklands has heaps of rides and attractions for all ages including old favorites like dodgem cars, giant slide, a grand carousel and giant tea cups.
It may seem a little way to go for a bit of water fun, but in 50 minutes you’ll reach the home of Victoria's first water theme park in all its 22 ride glory. The highlight though is the 120-metre water slide but we’ve heard the 110-metre one isn’t too shabby either.
Exactly what its name suggests. Get lost in a huge maze, play maxi golf or become an illusion at Amaze'N Things. If you haven’t taken your kids on at least one summer holiday in Cowes, shame on you!
Animal Land gives city slicker kids a real hands-on farming experience. Expect the usual suspects: cows, sheep, goats, pigs and ducks, plus a few surprise additions thrown in.
The Maize Maze is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Navigate the twists, turns, false trails and dead-ends or just head straight for the Amazing Lolly Shop – lots of fun to be had there too.
The one school excursion that all Victorian primary school kids look forward to. This theme park is a collection of castles, cottages and caves with over 22 animated hand crafted scenes that come to life at the push of a button. Cinderella would be very impressed.
For almost 100 years, Luna Park has provided Melbourians with much amusement – even before jumping on the first ride. Older kids will love eyeball popping super thrill rides like the Pharoah’s Curse and Metropolis, while the more family-friendly Silly Serpent and Red Baron are best for the little ones.
Currently going baby crazy with the arrival of baby hammerheads and Gentoo penguin chicks, the Melbourne Aquarium has enjoyed long queues since opening in 2000. There are four water worlds filled with aquatic animals and plenty of educational and interactive exhibits for all ages.
Hidden away off Neptune Street, this huge playground features a flying fox, trampolines, a wooden maze, giant ship and a castle. There’s a BBQ area so bring a picnic and make a day of it.
Australia’s biggest indoor amusement facility, Galactic Circus offers the latest in high-tech attractions, motion rides, and interactive games.