Toddler Activities in Melbourne

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We rounded out our holiday with a weekend in Melbourne so that Nick could attend the buck's party of a good friend and so we could catch up with Nick's sister. I was a little daunted about keeping Lulu entertained in Melbourne. When we lived there years ago we didn't have a child and I never noticed what people with kids actually did, such as where is it appropriate to take a pram? Can toddlers even go to the NGV? Well, it turns out Melbourne is a lot more welcoming to kids than we had thought. In no instance did we feel like our toddler was unwelcome. In fact, in most places people seemed happy to welcome Lulu as well and we did our best to minimise her impact on each place.

Here are a few of the toddler friendly activities that we did:
The Collingwood Children's Farm - Experience children's animals close up! Pat the cows, boss the chickens around, see the pigs. They have a great cafe and on the first Sunday of every month (just when we happened to be there) they have donkey & pony rides. The entrance fee is $16 per family.
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ACMI - ACMI has an exhibition on Dreamworks animation running until October 2014. You can see concept drawings, artworks and animations from the movies. ACMI will store your pram in their coat check and you can retrieve it at any time if your toddler is getting tired! The exhibition is $50 for a family pass.
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National Gallery of Victoria - The NGV has a children's exhibition where children can touch things and also create their own works. This was closed for change over the day we went so instead we looked at the ceiling in the great hall, ran up and down the great hall, explore the sculpture garden, and then explored each floor. Lulu was great about not touching the art ('No touch' she'd say as she held her hand out) and she loved the Warhol pieces in the contemporary gallery. But what she loved the best was the child size toilet and sink in the bathroom! It's the small things that matter. The NGV is free entry.
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Nick and Lulu also spent a fair bit of time at Flagstaff Gardens Park.

We stayed at the Mantra on Exhibition Street. We booked a 1 bedroom suite & were lucky enough to be upgraded for free on arrival to a two bedroom suite. There was no extra charge to use one of their port a cots. The suite had a washer dryer (which we used as toilet training is providing me with a lot of extra washing!) and a small bath. It was lovely to be able to put Lulu to bed and be in another room from her while we sat up a little later.

Have you been to Melbourne with a toddler or do you live in Melbourne and have any other tips/activities to add? I'd love to hear from you.