Information for parents and carers


Information for parents and carers


Activities for Kids

Melbourne Zoo

At Melbourne Zoo, you can meet over 300 different species from around the world, only minutes from the city centre! 
See majestic Asian Elephants, sleek Sumatran Tigers and Orang-utans swinging through the trees. Visit the Gorilla Rainforest, or see koalas and kangaroos in our Australian bush setting. And discover our exciting new interactive exhibits designed especially for kids.You will get the chance to learn all about our animals, our fight to save wildlife from extinction and what you can do to help.
Children aged 0-15 get in for free on weekends and public holidays (Mon-Fri $16.30) and adult prices range from $24.90 (concession) to $32.50.

Visit the website for more information 

Melbourne Aquarium

Dive into one of Melbourne’s top attractions, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, and walk through our crowd-favourite oceanarium tunnels, get hands-on in the Discovery Rockpools and marvel as our King and Gentoo Penguins dive in and out of the water within their icy habitat. No matter your favourite underwater creature, our aquarium never fails to create lasting memories full of fun and adventure. General admission tickets available from $33.60 for adults and $22.40 for kids. 

Visit the website for more information 

Luna Park

Overlooking the famous Port Phillip Bay, this historic park has been a destination for Melbourne families for the past century. With 2012 celebrating 100 years of fun-filled adventures, Luna Park continues to surge forward with a generous mix of heritage listed attractions and brand new thrill rides to satisfy all thrill seekers.
Luna Park offers a range of rides and attractions for all ages from our latest additions, a day at Luna Park cannot be missed when visiting Melbourne, no matter your age.
View the ticket prices here

Visit the website for more information

National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is a place for everyone and warmly welcomes children, teenagers and families. NGV Kids exhibitions and programs reflect the Gallery’s commitment to providing creative experiences for young people and their families. NGV International houses the Gallery’s collections of International art and is open 10am–5pm. Entry to the NGV Collection is free; however entry fees may apply to special exhibitions.

Visit the kids page on the website for more information 

Melbourne Museum and IMAX

Melbourne Museum offers an ever changing program for kids and families including a Children’s Gallery, ‘Hello Possums Story Time’ and Sunday Family Programs. IMAX Melbourne is a custom-built 3D theatre and home to the largest cinema screen in the world. IMAX provides the most immersive cinematic experience in the global market. 

Tickets can be purchased separately, or you can purchase combined tickets for the Museum and IMAX. See the website for further information.
For information on the current program for kids and families click here

Collingwood Children’s Farm

Collingwood Children’s Farm is 5km from the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Their aim is to bring city folk closer to land, animals, farm life and community. The farm exists to support people in the Victorian community who are experiencing disadvantage, supporting social inclusion by delivering a range of programs from a rustic community working Farm.
Visit for a leisurely stroll or a picnic in the paddock and watch the farm community at work. Your entry fees support the farm to look after our animals and run community programs.

Visit the website for more information

Adventure Playgrounds

St Kilda Adventure Playground
26 Neptune St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Chock full of play areas including a big aeroplane, big wooden horse with saddle, trampolines, tree for climbing, go-kart path, big metal slide, chook house, ride on dinosaur, various swings and slides, real flying fox (six years and older), cubby house, elephant, climbing frames, pirate ship, metal half-pipe, little basketball court, big tepee, big wooden castle with lots of nooks and crannies (like the House of Horrors at Luna Park without the horror) and great tunnel slide. 
Click here for further information 

Skinners Adventure Playground
211A Dorcas St, South Melbourne VIC 3205

Skinners Adventure Playground in South Melbourne is a free communal backyard and a hidden oasis of junkyard creative play. The playground has an educative purpose so there are veggie patches and animal enclosures as well.
Click here for further information 

Royal Park Nature Playground
Cnr Gatehouse Street and Story St,  Parkville VIC 3052

A fantastic new playground with natural play elements including an area of high rope traverses, large climbing structure made from logs and ropes, water play area and landscaped areas. 
Click here for further information 



Kids Facebook Page 

Visit the ICPhS Kids Facebook page to share ideas and information about activities for kids around Melbourne during August, and to ask advice from locals in the know. The ICPhS organising committee will share relevant information as it arises but this page is intended primarily for discussion among delegates.

MCEC Parent’s Room

MCEC has two parents’ rooms located at either end of the venue. Please contact the Customer Service team for directions.

Plenary streaming room for parents and carers

ICPhS 2019 are pleased to announce that the Keynote Presentations and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be streamed to a Parent’s Room at the Congress. Room number will be confirmed shortly.