The rain is here, so instead of battening down the hatches, go and enjoy an indoor activity with the fam!
Rain isn’t usually something to sing about, but we live in Melbourne and that means there’s always going to be rain around. It also means that there are plenty of options for where you can get the kids out of the house and still keep them dry! Here are a few of our favourites.
Let creativity shine through on the next rainy day at Gasworks Arts Park [21 Graham Street, Albert Park]. It’s an arts precinct producing a range of high-quality arts programs, workshops and activities for all ages. With a school holiday program including sword fighting, wand-making and learning the moves to Thriller, the fun and excitement is endless. Accessible by public transport trains and trams, making a day out of a visit to Gasworks and its two theatres, three gallery spaces and on-site café is easy.
If you’re raising thrill-seeking and adventure-loving children, then Casey RACE [65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne] is your destination the next time the rain starts to fall. Laughter and squeals of delight can be heard from miles away, as the centre’s wide range of heated indoor pools and water activities are a guaranteed hit. The large waterslides are always popular, with kids also enjoying water cannons, slides, fountains and a massive tipping bucket that strikes at any moment – spectators don’t sit too close! The two greatest attractions of Casey RACE are the space bowl, rotating inside a large bowl before falling out the bottom and a raft-ride full of unexpected turns that will keep you on edge. Instead of being stuck at home, be sure to check out these fun-filled pools instead.
Take your family to all new heights at Bounce [Hangar 4, 236 Wirraway Rd, Essendon Fields]. This epic jumping universe will entertain the kids for hours with jumping arenas, trampoline slam-dunks, dodgeball arenas and wall tramps. What’s more, Bounce Essendon is home to Australia’s biggest trampoline, the Supertramp! Of course, if the trampolines don’t excite, being so close to Essendon Airport means that planes are constantly departing and landing right outside. Book online in advance to secure your spot and get ready to bounce away.
Please note, children under 110cm can attend at certain times so check the website for more information.
Nothing like a rainy day to read that book you’ve had your eye on for a while. And the kids will love to aswell! City of Melbourne have a series of children’s programs happening around the city during holidays and school terms. From toddlers’ story times, creative sessions for primary schoolers or the homework club for the high-schoolers, the library is sure to impress. Since its open in 2014, Library at the Dock, in Docklands, has set the standard for library quality throughout Greater Melbourne and can be explored in an hour or an afternoon. Alternatively, the East Melbourne Library is home to another popular attraction, the monthly Lego Squad event (visit their website for upcoming dates). The Melbourne library service has exciting and enriching programs perfect for children of all ages, and of course that means the adults can enjoy a quiet book too.