40 family friendly things to do with the kids in the City of Port Phillip

City of Port Phillip suburbs include; Albert Park, Middle Park, Balaclava, East St Kilda, Elwood, Port Melbourne, Garden City, Ripponlea, South Melbourne and Windsor.


The City of Port Phillip in Melbourne is a fantastic place to visit and live. It’s as if the entire area was built for families! Boasting some of Melbourne’s best sports and recreation facilities, parks and almost always a new café or restaurant popping up regularly, the City of Port Phillip has lots of things to do with the family.

We rounded up fifty family-friendly activities to do in the City of Port Phillip area whether you’re looking to make the most of school holidays or adding a fun family activity to the list of weekend “to do’s”. There’s something for everyone:

Luna Park, St Kilda

Luna Park has been a family favourite for more than 100 years. The park holds many attractions, from its famous roller coaster and lots of other thrill-seeking rides to food and function hire.

Gasworks Farmers Markets, Albert Park

Every third Saturday of the month, the Gasworks Farmers Markets put on a colourful display of fresh produce. Have a wander with your children and ask them to help you collect ingredients for a healthy dinner.

St Kilda Adventure Playground, St Kilda

If you are looking for something free to do with the kids, take them down to the St Kilda Adventure Playground. There are trampolines, cubbies and lots of space to run around. It is suitable for children aged 5-12 years.

St Kilda Botanic Gardens, St Kilda

Take the kids to the beautiful St Kilda Botanic Gardens these school holidays. There are lots of activities for children going on, as well as the giant chess board, the play space, the gazebo, glasshouse and eco-centre.

SplashOut at MSAC with inflatables, Albert Park

During the school holidays, MSAC holds Splash Out days where families can enjoy their state-of-the art aquatic facilities. The kids will love the inflatable speed slide, pool racers and a beach-style wave pool.

Skinners Adventure Playground, St Kilda

The Skinners Adventure Playground is perfect to let your kids burn some energy. There are plenty of play spaces, climbing structures and trampolines. These playgrounds are also a ‘Junk Food Free Zone’ encouraging healthy eating.

Alive Outside at the Port Phillip Eco Centre, St Kilda

Your child can participate in a fun and educational ‘Alive Outside’ session at the Port Phillip Eco Centre. These sessions involve walking, cycling and even snorkelling around beaches, foreshore and reserves. Children can help protect the environment and local wildlife by making nest boxes, weeding and growing and planting native plants.

St Kilda Pier, St Kilda

Take the kids down to the St Kilda Pier for an afternoon of cycling, rollerblading, fishing or just taking in the beautiful panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay.

The Astor Theatre, St Kilda

Show the kids what it was like to go the movies in the old days. The Astor Theatre is the last single screen cinema still operating in Melbourne since it opened in 1936. They show classics, cult favourites and new releases.

The St Kilda Esplanade Markets, St Kilda

Since the 1970s, the St Kilda Esplanade Markets have been a Sunday favourite amongst families. There are hand-made goods to buy, lots of delicious food stalls and gifts and souvenirs of every kind.

Pony Riding at Catani Gardens, St Kilda

Every Sunday, when the sun is shining (they don’t operate when it’s raining) a group of little ponies are ready for small children to go for a ride. The ponies are very gentle and are only suitable for young children.

St Kilda Fishing Charters, St Kilda

Take the kids out in the open air, on the on the ocean for a day of good old fashioned fishing. Leaving from St Kilda Marina, the boat heads to Port Phillip Bay for some sightseeing and relaxed fishing.

St Kilda Ferry, St Kilda

The ferry ride from St Kilda to Williamstown is scenic and takes around 20-25 minutes to cross from side to the other. It is a faster and more enjoyable than a car.

Kiteboarding and paddle boarding at Kite Republic, St Kilda

Kite Republic specialise in kiteboarding and paddle boarding, offering lessons, as well as all equipment and gear for hire or purchase.

St Kilda Skate Park, St Kilda

Built on the beach in Marina Reserve in St Kilda, the St Kilda Skate park is perfect for skaters of all ages, including kids on scooters. There are a mix of small and medium trannys, with various banks, hips and rollovers.

Veg Out Community Gardens, St Kilda

Kids and families can either visit or volunteer at Veg Out, an organic, chemical-free community garden in St Kilda. There are 140 garden plots full of flowers and vegetables and the gardens is also home to rabbit, chickens, budgies and quails.

Escape Room Melbourne, South Melbourne

Get your children’s brains ticking! They must solve a series of puzzles to escape the rooms in 70 minutes.

Artist’s Lane, Windsor

Artist’s Lane is located just off chapel street and features some of Melbourne’s best street artists work. You can view artwork on the walls from artists such as Tom Gerrard, Ben Simmons and more. Give your kids an art and cultural education.

Windsor’s BMX Track – Windsor

The BMX Track in Windsor is perfect for all BMX enthusiasts! It is a popular track and you’ll find many riders show off their latest tricks.

Planet Sport Program at MSAC, Albert Park

Another holiday program MSAC holds is Planet Sport for 5-12 year olds! The kids can use of all MSAC’s awesome sports, aquatic and recreational facilities, including swimming and stadium sports.

Acland Street, St Kilda

For a serious day of shopping and eating, Acland Street in St Kilda has it all. Acland Street Village has a mix of retail, restaurants and Melbourne icons. Treat the kids to mouth-watering cakes, live music and breath-taking sunsets.

Bike Share on the Esplanade, St Kilda

Take the kids down to the Esplanade in St Kilda to hire bikes from Bike Share and ride around the area. It is an easy system to use: simply unlock a bike from the Bike Share station and when you are done with your ride, return them to any Bike Share station.

Hot Air Ballooning over South Melbourne, South Melbourne

View some of the most famous Melbourne landmarks from the air. Float over the Yarra River, the MCG, Eureka Tower, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Westgate Bridge and the bay area.

Play some basketball or table tennis at MSAC, Albert Park

MSAC has ten indoor basketball courts available for a casual shoot around, as well as 24 table tennis tables ready for some family fun! 

Auscarts Racing, Port Melbourne

If you have children who love cars, then they will love Auscarts racing! They have a state of the art track and also cater for children’s birthday parties too.

Spend the day at Edwards Park, Port Phillip

Edwards Park is a charming area in the City of Port Phillip. There is a large playground that features a wave slide, a chain net climbing wall, ladders, monkey bars, a flying fox and more. There are two areas – one for older kids and one for younger kids.

Spend the day at Garden City Reserve, Port Melbourne

Garden City Reserve is another of Melbourne’s fantastic spots to take the kids for the day. It features a playground, flying fox, picnic tables and seats, BBQ facilities and more.

Walk along Station Pier, Port Melbourne

Opened in 1854, Station Pier is a historical part of Melbourne and is the city’s main passenger terminal. There are a number of delightful cafes and restaurants along the pier.

Play Central, Port Melbourne

Play Central is perfect for families and kids of all ages! It is the ultimate indoor play centre and features dodgem cars, volcano mountain and tunnel slide, themed party rooms, healthy food, a relaxation area and much more.

Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Since 1927, St Kilda’s Palais Theatre has been presenting some of the best live entertainment in Melbourne. Check out what’s on these school holidays and treat the kids to a live show!

St Kilda Free Walking Tours, St Kilda

Meeting in front of Luna Park, the St Kilda Free Walking Tour is as delightful as it is educational. Your guide takes you past the Victorian sea baths, wild penguins, The Promenade and more. The walk goes for 2 and a half hours and you can tip your guide what you think the walk was worth.

Itsy Bitsy Chef, Port Melbourne

Get the kids in the kitchen these school holidays! Itsy Bitsy Chef in Port Melbourne is running a school holiday program that enables children to cook their own dishes. Each day is a different dish and include favourites such as traditional apple pie, pineapple pizza, carrot cake, sausage rolls and more!

Ripponlea Estate Ripponlea

Ripponlea House is a historical gem. You can take a tour through the old mansion and enjoy sandwiches and sweets at the tea rooms in the Gate House.

Ripponlea Gardens

The gardens at Ripponlea are set on 14 kilometres of beautiful nature. You can wander through the garden and participate in their programs such as the Ripponlea Tree Replacement Program.

Have a family swimming day at MSAC, Albert Park

Take the whole family down to MSAC for a day in the pool! Features include the indoor wave pool, waterslide and toddler pool.

Learn to swim at MSAC, Albert Park

Swimming is one of the most important skills your child will ever learn. Enrol them at the MSAC Swim School and teach them a skill they will value for life.

Baby sitting at MSAC, Albert Park

As a parent, do you want to squeeze in a work-out but find it difficult with the kids? At MSAC, they have a crèche and can look after your children aged 5-12 years old while you enjoy a quiet workout or run some errands.

Fairy Penguins at St Kilda Pier, St Kilda

At the end of a big day, adorable little Fairy Penguins come home to roost at the end of the St Kilda Pier. Take the kids down to the pier to hear guides talk about the seabirds and answer any question.

Albert Park Lake

Albert Park Lake is one of the most stunning lakes in Melbourne and is only a stone’s throw to the CBD. You can bike ride, roller blade, skateboard and walk and run around the lake. Parents can also push the stroller, as the paths are nice and wide.

Learn to sail at Albert Park Yacht Club

The Albert Park Yacht Club holds lessons for both adults and children to teach them how to sail. This is a great activity for a parent and child to do together!

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