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Melbourne with Kids - Best Kid Friendly Cafes and Adventures in Melbourne

Melbourne has so much to offer families it’s hard to know where to begin, so let us help you start your journey by sharing some of our top picks for meal time, kid friendly fun activities and adventures. 

Top Picks for Child Friendly, Plant Friendly Cafes in Melbourne (and surrounds):

Top picks for fun family activities in Melbourne (and surrounds):

  • Visit the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

  • Explore the Melbourne Museum

  • Experience the Melbourne Sealife Aquarium

  • Partake in ArtPlay by the Yarra

  • Check out the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

  • Visit the Melbourne Zoo

  • Experience Collingwood Children’s Farm

  • Check out Scienceworks

Top picks for free family adventures in Melbourne:

  • Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens

  • Jog around the tan with the pram

  • Stroll down Anzac Avenue (St Kilda Road)

  • Pay a visit to the Melbourne City Library

  • Walk along St Kilda pier with baby in the carrier

  • Explore Melbourne’s CBD by foot

Top playground picks in Melbourne (and surrounds):

  • Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne

  • Ron Barassi Snr Park on Docklands Drive, Docklands

  • Royal Park Nature Play in Parkville (right near the Royal Children’s Hospital)

  • Middle Park Community Playground on Canterbury Road, Middle Park (Albert Park)

  • McNish Reserve on Court Street in Yarraville

  • Coburg Lake Reserve on Murray Road in Coburg North

  • Skinners Adventure Playground in Dorcas Street, South Melbourne

  • St Kilda Adventure Playground in Neptune Street, St Kilda

Want more cafes to choose from in Melbourne? Read about them here.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy our beautiful city! 


Little Markets - Farmers Markets in Melbourne’s Outer Suburbs

We love markets! Fresh produce to stock the pantry, delicious food stalls for a bite to eat, handmade wears for the family, and best of all - the opportunity to support local trade. There are plenty of markets on offer in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. Here are a few of our favourites:

Yarra Valley Farmers Market @ Yering Station

Held once a month at Yering Station, this is our favourite market. The market runs from 9am until 2pm on the third Sunday of each month in Yering Station's historic barn. There is a range of delicious goodies and fresh produce available, from the Yarra Ranges Regional Food Group. It's a fun day out for the whole family, as the little ones can explore and enjoy the Yering estate.

St. Andrews Farmers Market

This market is held every Saturday from 8am until 2pm. Fresh organic produce, arts and crafts, organic skincare products and delicious food are on offer. The market is located on the Main Road in St. Andrews. Your little ones will love exploring the bushland, and there is also free childrens activities on selected days.

Lilydale Farmers Market

Members of the Rotary Club of Lilydale and surrounding areas hold a produce market at Lilydale Lake on the first Sunday of each month. The market runs from 8am until 1pm and is located at Bellbird Park, on the corner of Swansea and Bellbird Roads. There is a large playground at Lilydale Lake for the little ones to enjoy, and you could also bring the fur-babies along for a nice walk around the lake.

Eastland Farmers Market

New to the farmers market scene is the Eastland Farmers Market, located in Ringwood. Held every Sunday from 9am until 2pm, this market showcases a range of produce from regional Victoria.

Berwick Farmers Market @ the Old Cheese Factory

Your little ones will love exploring the Old Cheesecake Factory when you stop by the Berwick Farmers Market. This market is held on the fourth Saturday of each month, from 8am until 12.30pm. 

Warragul Farmers Market

Held on the third Saturday of each month the Warragul Farmers Market is located at Civic Park.  Live music, scrumptious local produce and plenty of space makes for the perfect excuse to catch up with family.

Collingwood Farmers Market @ Collingwood Children's Farm

This market is loved by many families. The Collingwood Farmers Market at Collingwood Children's Farm is runs on the second Saturday of each month from 8am until 1pm. There is so much fun to be had at this large market, with entertainment, produce, crafts and more! The Collingwood Farmers Market makes for a great day out.

Mornington Farmers Market

If you're looking for a weekend road trip, this one is worth planning for. The Mornington Farmers Market is held on the second Saturday of each month from 9am until 1pm at Mornington Park. While you are in Mornington why not plan a weekend road trip to explore all that the peninsula has to offer?!


Welcome to Plant Based Mum - another mummy blog, with a focus on organic living for the whole family. We blog about our adventures. We also share where to head for healthy, family approved, allergy friendly cafes across Victoria, Australia. We provide information on local markets & food stores, and share our favourite organic and allergy friendly baby wear, plus give our tips on fun sustainable family activities and more!

Who Am I?

Mummy Green

I am Mummy Green - wife, an eco-beauty fanatic, a lover of tea, a plant-based eater, and - most importantly - Mummy to a gorgeous baby girl (Itty Bitty Green). I created the Plant Based Mum site as I wanted to find, and share, suitable lifestyle options and activities to help my family stay healthy and happy! 

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