Imagine what you would do in the city if you were a kid again. How would you spend the day without parental supervision?
Well, we have a few ideas to bring out your inner child!
The best ice cream in the CBD
157 Spring Street, Melbourne
Borne from years of experience making gelato in Italy, combined with overseas travel and an open attitude to new spices and flavours, these guys offer a fresh take on the traditional techniques of this craft.
Happily experimenting with a combination of flavours, the gelato here is churned daily, using high-quality, seasonal ingredients.
It’s a kid’s wonderland of sugar and happiness!
The best doughnuts in Melbourne
535 Bourke St, Melbourne
A kid’s dream, Doughboys are Melbourne locals serving up some of the best doughnuts in the CBD. Inventive creations include salted caramel, butterscotch and creamed banana; berry with vanilla-bean icing and shortbread crumble and more.
The open kitchen is full of activity, with chefs operating hefty stand mixers, frying batches of dough and pulling brownies from the oven, ready to crumble them over the doughnuts. Often there’s an impatient queue, watching hungrily.
Pizza for kids in the CBD
1/660 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Serving up super-sized pizzas to the CBD, Duke’s Pizza has flavours to keep everyone happy. Pizzas come in two sizes: a 13-inch or 24-inch, the latter of which comes in an enormous 64-centimetre-wide box. A kid’s eyes are always bigger than their stomach, right?
Once you’ve eaten entirely too much delicious pizza, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a short 15-minute stroll back to your room, just long enough to help you digest!
Kid’s adventures in the city
ArtVo Trick Art Gallery
26 Star Cres, Level 1, Harbour Town, Docklands
Have you heard of ArtVo Immersive Art Galleries? They’ve been quite popular overseas for some time and are often called trick eye galleries. Better yet, they are probably the only art gallery where visitors are encouraged to stand on, touch and interact with each artwork. Sounds like Artvo Melbourne is perfect for kids, right?
King St, Melbourne
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is broken up into twelve themed zones which focus on different water habitats. The stars of the show and one that will steal the kids hearts are the resident penguins found in the Penguin Playground.
Admire the speedy and adorable Gentoo Penguins darting past underwater and the King Penguins waddling along on the ice, some even cradling fluffy chicks on their feet.
Kids zones and education centres are spread all through the facility, there is plenty to do for a whole day!
It’s incredibly fascinating every step of the way.
SEALIFE can keep you occupied for many hours – but sooner or later, it’s time to head back to your hotel room at Crowne Plaza Melbourne (6 minute walk!) to relax on your fresh hotel sheets with a movie.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
Level 2/1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone
It is every little boy’s (and girl’s) dream – a place filled with Lego creations!
It features a dozen activities and attractions including a 4D cinema, Kingdom Quest laser ride, Merlin’s Apprentice ride, LEGO City Soft Play Zone and a number of build centres.
Guaranteed entertainment for hours!
IMAX Theatre and Melbourne Museum
Rathdowne St, Carlton
Older kids will be awed by the world’s second-largest IMAX screen presenting 3D films on a giant screen, including blockbusters.
Better still, you can visit Melbourne Museum afterwards. Get half-price entry into Melbourne Museum with any IMAX Adult ticket purchase. Visit the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery, which is dedicated to the little ones. Babies and kids up to five years old can get stuck into discovering their own curious instincts through the play and interaction with fossils, in the garden and even a disco where they can transform into spotty and stripy creatures.
101 Waterfront Way, Docklands
The highlight of any child’s trip to the District Docklands is Wonderland Junior. The mini fun park has heaps of rides and attractions for all ages, including old favourites like Dodgem Cars, The Wacky Worm Roller Coaster, The Grand Carousel and The Drop Zone.
All these activities are sure to wear you out! Jump on a quick tram ride back to your hotel for some much needed quiet time at Crowne Plaza Melbourne. Order in our 24-hour room service – that’s dinner taken care of!
So, how would you spend a day in the city if you could be a kid again?
Melbourne CBD accommodation is made easy with Crowne Plaza Melbourne.
Enjoy central accommodation in the heart of Melbourne, featuring large windows that offer spectacular views of Melbourne city and our large heated outdoor swimming pool.
Staying with us on a family trip? Our Superior Twin Riverview Rooms comfortably accommodate 2 adults and 2 children, and demand views of the majestic Yarra river, South Wharf or Melbourne city.
Located on levels 1-5, these spacious guest rooms feature 2 double beds and include 42inch flat screen TV, work station, free wifi and generous modern bathroom all newly refurbished.