Kids and Family in Melbourne

Expat kids moving to Melbourne will scarcely have time to miss their friends back home; relocation to this fun-filled Australian city will certainly be an adventure to be reckoned with. 

The communities that make up the city's melting pot culture place a very high value on family life and are very kid-friendly. The majority of families live in houses, not apartments, with easy access to outdoor space. Not to mention, with at least six months a year of warm dry weather, kids certainly can take advantage of fun-filled activities outside of the house.

Education and schools in Melbourne

With both public and private education on offer and an extensive range of subjects, expat children don’t often take long in adjusting to their new school. Some schools provide a bus service, but for parents who are stuck with the school run and needing to get across Melbourne’s sprawling suburbia, a car is essential.

Although children are encouraged, for health reasons, to walk or cycle, many parents perceive this to be a riskier option – although not because of any danger other than traffic on the roads.

Out and about with kids in Melbourne

Melbourne caters for all types of kids – from the adventurous to the artistic, no matter their personal preferences, there's plenty to see and do.

For kids who love animals, there are three zoos within an hour’s drive filled with weird and wonderful marsupials, the like of which exist nowhere else but Australia. A little further out of the city, families can head to Philip Island to see the penguins. Meanwhile, Collingwood Children’s Farm is handy to the city and conveniently located on a train line.

The beach in summer is the place to be, and Melbourne's array of beaches promise hours of fun in the sun.

Arts and entertainment for kids in Melbourne

During school holidays older children can check out a 3D movie at the IMAX Theatre, or for the more creative kindred spirits, there’s options to get hands-on with the interactive technology exhibits at Scienceworks or splash paint about at a painting class.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image and The National Gallery of Victoria both run a lively kids holiday programme where children can interact with demonstrations and artworks.

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United Kingdom. Melbourne, Australia
Alison Ripley Cubitt is an author and relocation consultant for Australia and New Zealand. She has lived and worked as an ex... more

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