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Kids and families will find plenty to do to keep active and entertained in Melbourne. If your kids enjoy sealife, take them for an afternoon at the Melbourne Aquarium where there are over 10,000 animals over four levels. Stop by the "Biggest Fish Bowl" for daily feeds and demonstrations with a variety of animals like stingrays and turtles. The aquarium is located at the corner of Queenswharf Rd and King St. For more info, check out www.melbourneaquarium.com.au.
For more in wildlife excitement, there is also the Melbourne Zoo on Elliott Ave. Just 4 km from the central business district, there are over 350 different kinds of animals, including the latest Trail of Elephants Exhibit which allows visitors to experience the world of Asian Elephants. There are also Gorillas, Hippos, Tigers and all the Australian animals you'd expect and hope to see like Koalas, Kangaroos, Wombats and Penguins.
After running around all day looking at animals, bring the kids to a movie. But not just any movie - bring 'em by the IMAX theater where the screen trumps regular movie theaters. The 2-D and 3-D films will capture any child's imagination, which is great for parents. The IMAX is located on Rathdowne St and the website is www.imaxmelbourne.com.au
For families that like to have fun and learn at the same time, there's no better place than Scienceworks & Melbourne Planetarium. With hands-on exhibits, tours, activities and shows, there will never be a lull in the afternoon. Definitely take time to visit the Lightning Room and the Sportworks Exhibition.See www.scienceworks.museum.vic.gov.au for more details.
For a hassle free day, buy a (sadly non refundable) myki public transport smartcard for A$6 (adults) and A$3 (children) and load each with say A$10 in fares. Melbourne's public transport has a flat fare of A$3.50 per person on Saturdays and Sundays that covers both the inner Zone 1 and middle distance and outer suburbs' Zone 2. You can even visit Puffing Billy or Healesville Sanctuary by public transport, as well as bayside beaches such as Sandringham, Brighton, Altona or Carrum. Further details are at www.visitmelbourne.com