If you’re keen to spend some quality time with your teenager, check out our top teen activities in Melbourne for some inspiration.
Have a budding zookeeper in the family? A visit to Werribee Open Range Zoo [K Road, Werribee South] provides a taste of the African savanna in Melbourne’s west. During your visit, your teens will walk past prides of lions and troops of gorillas on the Pula Reserve Walking Trail. They can also enjoy a safari on the grassy plains where it's not uncommon to spot antelopes, rhinos and giraffes. This will keep them occupied for hours and we know you’ll love it too! The best bit? There’s no entry fee on weekends for under 16s so, if they fall under this age, it’s a perfect free thing to do with teenagers in Melbourne.
Funfields [2365 Plenty Road, Whittlesea] is ideal for thrill-seeking teens. This adventure theme park in Melbourne’s north has 25 death-defying rides like the Voodoo 360 which will have them swinging upside down 18 metres in the air, and the Gravity Wave: the biggest, longest and tallest waterslide in the world. Along with great rides, you can fuel up on classic theme park eats like burgers, hot dogs and ice cream. Or, BYO food and cook up a storm on the free barbecues.
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Strategy and stealth are vital to laser tag at Dark Zone [942 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill]. It has a four-level arena, three bases for attack and defence, and recharge areas to power up or gain superpowers that can make you temporarily invincible. If you want to extend your time here, it’s got loads of arcade games and virtual reality stations plus they serve pizza, so you can refuel after all the action. Everyone over eight can partake so why not put the vest on, grab a laser and join the fun.
If you or your teen have ever wanted to test your skills at wakeboarding or kneeboarding, give Melbourne Cable Park [5 River End Road, Bangholme] a go. It’s one of the more unique things to do in Melbourne with an overhead cable that loops around the lake and pulls you over obstacles and jumps. Experienced wakeboarders will feel right at home on the lake and newbies are also catered to, with staff on hand to assist.
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A family day at Escape Room [9 Lee Street, Flemington] is a challenging, fun and exciting day for everyone, not just the teens. Your crew will be locked in a room and faced with the challenge of solving a range of clues to escape. You’ll all need your puzzle skills to get to the bottom of the mysterious room that’s said to have been abandoned for over a century and full of secrets. Or, if you’re confident in your problem-solving expertise, try the even more challenging Surveillance: Division 5. This is Australia’s only indoor and outdoor escape room that will see you searching the streets of 1960s Melbourne to find the rogue ASIO surveillance van — good luck!
A tour at Old Melbourne Gaol [377 Russell Street, Melbourne] is a great thing to do in Melbourne with teens and will have them thinking twice about breaking the rules. The imposing bluestone prison had 133 hangings in its 79 years of operation and housed some of Melbourne’s most notorious criminals like bushranger Ned Kelly and gangster Squizzy Taylor. If they’re really daring, book them in for one of the night tours where it’s not uncommon to meet some of the ghostly prisoners that still walk the halls.
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Sidetracked [370 Huntingdale Road South, South Oakleigh] has everything under one roof and is an ideal teenage activity in Melbourne. It has go karts, dodgem cars, ten-pin bowling, laser tag, arcade games, mini golf and a fully stocked cafe to keep you going. Go in and enjoy one of its many activities or opt for one of the packages and combine a few. Everything is indoors so it’s a fun thing to do no matter the weather in Melbourne.
Reach new heights at Clip ‘n Climb Williamstown [Warehouse 2, 134 Maddox Road, Williamstown North]. At this colourful climbing centre there’s heaps of variety so it’s the kind of place that you can keep coming back to without getting bored. Teens can test their courage on the Leap of Faith where they’ll jump out to grab a large beam, six metres above the ground. Or, they can see how good their balance really is on the Stairway to Heaven: an arrangement of vertical beams that get higher and higher as you hop from one, to the next.
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There are two themed mini golf courses to choose from at Latrobe Golf Park [906 Plenty Road, Bundoora]: The Lakes Course and The Desert Course. The Lakes Course will challenge even the most confident teen as they putt through castle walls, weave around logs and avoid running water. On the other hand, The Desert Course will see them putting through a tortoise’s shell and between a toad’s legs, testing their ability and perhaps even their patience. Each course has 18 holes and the course is open late, so it’s an ideal after-school or weekend activity for teenagers in Melbourne.
Le Mans Go Karts [11–55 Waterview Close, Dandenong South] is Melbourne’s largest go-kart centre and a great place for thrill seekers and car enthusiasts to get their adrenaline fix. Take a set of wheels for a spin on the Penrite track and zoom through the hairpin bends and tight corners. Or, take a ride on the Lakeside track, the most advanced track at Le Mans, which is a 650-metre loop made up of long straights and fast corners. As well as teens, this place also caters to adults so you too can bring your competitive spirit out. If you’re after something a bit more relaxed, you can team up on one of the double carts and enjoy the track with a partner at a more leisurely pace.
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If you and your teens love horses and the outdoors, a day at Living Legends [Woodlands Drive, Greenvale] will be one well spent. It’s a retirement home for some of horse racing’s greats where the family can learn about the lives and careers of each horse on a self-guided or guided walk. The staff are passionate about looking after the legends, so they're eager to chat if you want to learn more. To extend your day, order a Devonshire Tea at the Black Caviar Cafe and Dining Room on the grounds or make your way to Woodlands Historic Park for a picnic where your tribe can spend the rest of your afternoon spotting kangaroos and exploring the native Australian woodland.
If your teens are bouncing off the walls, BOUNCEinc [22 Joseph Street, Blackburn North] is your answer. They can test their nerve on the three-tiered cliff jump or challenge their friends to a slam dunk competition. There are over 50 interconnected trampolines in the free jump area, which means there’s plenty of space for them to master their airborne manoeuvres. BOUNCE is not just for the kids and teens though; you can also channel your inner child and join them on the trampolines.
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The carnival atmosphere at Luna Park [18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda] will have even the coolest customer smiling with delight. Both you and your teens can lose yourselves in the Mirror Maze or enjoy being flung high into the air on the Pharaohs Curse. Make sure you take a spin on The Great Scenic Railway; not only is it the world’s oldest continuously running roller coaster of its kind and filled with stomach-dropping dips but it also has some of the best views of Port Phillip Bay and the city.
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