Rainy day activities in Melbourne’s East

As a Melburnian, it’s always good to have a few ideas in your back pocket for when the weather turns. Here are our top wet weather activities in Melbourne’s east, including options for the kids.

1. Lido, Hawthorn

Catch a flick at one of Melbourne’s coolest cinemas, Lido [675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn]. Screening both blockbuster films as well as a selection of arthouse and independent titles, whether you’re with the kids, partner or friends you’re sure to find something to suit the occasion. Colourful décor and a candy bar stocking items trendier than your average — think craft beers, lollies from Sassafras Sweet Co and Pana chocolate bars — make this place a standout among other local cinemas. 

2. OTAO Kitchen, Richmond

Cook up an authentic Asian feast at OTAO Kitchen [360 Victoria Street, Richmond], right next door to some of Melbourne’s top Asian restaurants. Choose from its range of cooking classes — including Vietnamese, Indonesian, dumpling-making and Japanese — and prepare to up your cooking game. Learn traditional cooking methods and surprise yourself with how tasty your creation is. OTAO also offers cooking classes for kids on select dates where they’ll prepare a meal they might otherwise be reluctant to try.

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OTAO Kitchen, Richmond

3. Big Swing Golf, Kew

Whether you’re an avid golfer or teeing off for the first time, protect yourself from the elements and try your hand at virtual golf at Big Swing Golf [320/324 High Street, Kew]. Forget what you know about traditional golf, here you won’t need to bring along a collared shirt, or a caddy. Pair your round of golf with a round of beers from the onsite bar, or bring the kids along for their first swing. You can even bring some food in from the nearby eateries of High Street for a mid-game snack.

4. Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen 

Heide Museum of Modern Art [7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen] brings together art, architecture and history and if you want to spend an afternoon indoors, its three gallery spaces are the perfect places to explore. Immerse yourself in the artistic world at a gallery that was once the hub of the artistic collective known as ‘Heide Circle’. These artists lived and worked at Heide and some of its notable members include painter and sculptor Danila Vassilieff, as well as painter Sidney Nolan.

Image credit: Jeremy Weirauch

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Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen

5. Inflatable World, Doncaster

At Inflatable World [350 Blackburn Road, Doncaster], jumping castles aren’t just for kids. Adults can join in on the fun, too! This indoor inflatable playground means that no matter the weather, the kids can jump, slide and run till they drop out — no scraped knees or muddy hands necessary. Channel your inner gladiator and take someone on in a friendly jousting battle on Inflatable World’s podiums (make sure you pop on a helmet). Have little ones under five? No worries, there’s also an inflatable section for the littlies. Each session goes for two hours, so there’s plenty of time to run wild. 

6. Bounce, Blackburn North 

Unleash your inner child, or bring yours along and jump to your heart’s content at Bounce indoor trampoline park [22 Joseph Street, Blackburn North]. With more than 50 colourful trampolines, this place is massive and has plenty of areas to elevate your jumping experience. There’s a slam dunk area, trampoline lanes that lead to a big air-filled bag (perfect for launching yourself onto) and of course, what is known as the ‘Great Wall of Blackburn’ for wall-running adrenaline junkies.

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Bounce, Blackburn North

7. The Peddler, Nunawading

Enjoy a tasty brunch or lunch at rustic-chic cafe The Peddler [295B Springfield Road, Nunawading]. It has a fire place so it’s a great place to go on a rainy day. Aside from keeping patrons toasty, the vibes are warm and friendly, and the food also has that homemade feel about it in the best kind of way. For a sweet start, try the Peddler take on French toast for brunch; with blueberry maple syrup, mascarpone, fresh berries and banana, this fluffy french toast is a party on a plate. If you prefer something small, order the gluten-free carrot cake and a coffee, set yourself up by the window and watch the raindrops fall while the fireplace keeps you warm.

8. Clip 'n Climb, Richmond

Not ready to take on rock climbing in the great outdoors yet? Try your hand at the indoor version at Clip 'n Climb [144 Murphy Street, Richmond] where rock climbing has been completely reimagined. This colourful climbing centre features 37 climbing challenges that make for a thorough but fun workout. You won’t need a spotter either; the beauty of Clip `n` Climb is that the clip does all the work of a spotter for you, plus there can be multiple climbers taking on a challenge at the same time. When you’re done, simply glide back down to ground level. Want to take things to the next level? Take on one of Clip `n` Climb’s extra challenges — The Leap of Faith will see you leaping out to catch a trapeze swing, while the exhilarating eight-metre Vertical Drop Slide is like no other slide you’ve been on before. 

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The Peddler, Nunawading

9. Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Box Hill

Feel like a crafternoon indoors? Your local arts centre is a great place to go and will often offer programs and workshops at a fraction of the cost of art schools. One of our picks is the Box Hill Community Arts Centre [470 Station Street, Box Hill]. It’s the base of many artistic community groups and offers a chance to learn everything from visual arts to ceramics, performance to cooking. With programs tailored to little ones including school holiday programs, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. 

10. Kew Recreation Centre, Kew

Get soaked on your own terms with a visit to an indoor heated pool. With four indoor pools plus a water slide, at Kew Recreation Centre [383 High Street, Kew] it won’t matter what the weather is doing outside, you’re bound to have some splashing fun. If slow and steady is more your style, make a beeline towards the spa or sauna where you can sit back, relax and reap the health benefits. Prefer to stay dry? Check out the health club's class schedule that features everything from yoga to body pump. 

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