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What to do in Melbourne when the Kids are in Charge of the Itinerary!


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Have you ever wondered what your holiday would be like if your kids were in charge of creating the itinerary?

Well, on our latest trip to Melbourne, we were staying in the heart of Flinders with Holiday Inn. Holiday Inn challenged us to let the kids take charge of our itinerary, and that is exactly what happened.


Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders

Holiday Inn on Flinders / Things to do in Melbourne with Kids

Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders went out of the way and helped us to figure out what our kids’ passions and dreams are in regard to the ideal holiday. Saying that Lily and Katie had a blast using the Chatterbox Cards and picking the most fun things to do whilst on our stay.

As a result, our Melbourne trip was filled with nothing but excitement, joy, adventure and plenty of limit-breaking experiences! Wondering what we got up to? Here is a look at what our kids absolutely loved doing whilst in Melbourne.


Things to do in Melbourne when the kids are in charge of the itinerary!

Holiday Inn on Flinders Melbourne

Every time we travel to different countries with our kids, my gorgeous wife Jolene is the one who creates our travel plans. She is amazing at sorting out our itineraries, putting together the list of amazing destinations to visit and filling that list with plenty of attractions for both kids and parents alike.

Saying that we have never really allowed our kids to be completely 100% in charge of our itinerary. Well, we were given an incredible experience to let them take charge and we were really surprised at the outcome! Here is a look at what they came up with and it was super fun!


Check out a full video from our Melbourne trip on



Werribee Open Range Zoo Safari & the African Cat Encounter

Werribee Open Range Zoo Car Encounter / What to do in Melbourne with Kids

As you probably know, Katie and Lily are crazy about their South African heritage (Jolene’s side) and they go absolutely nuts about anything to do with cats. We wanted to focus on one of their major passions by giving them the opportunity to get up close and personal to a pretty unique type of cat.

Yes, Katie and Lily came up close and personal with the majestic Serval cats at Werribee Open Range Zoo! We all got to learn so much about these cats. It was educational, it was amazing and it truly was a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience, both for the kids as well as for us big kids aka. the parents!

Needless to say, our kids were already ecstatic with this experience, but the zoo had even more for us in store. I am talking about the African Safari of course!

Werribee Open Range Zoo Melbourne

This was a glimpse into the real African outback! We usually aren’t big fans of zoo’s, but we love Werribee Open Range Zoo because all the African animals here: Rhinos, Giraffes, Zebras and even Hippopotamus, live peacefully and can enjoy their lovely free-range enclosure. Now I cannot wait for our trip to South Africa next year!


Tree-Top Surfing and The Maze at the Enchanted Adventure Garden

Enchanted Garden Lily & Mum

Katie and Lily love adventures and they love spending time in nature! And what better way to do it than challenging yourself into new heights climbing and walking on ropes in some of the tallest trees in Victoria.

I was so impressed with our little munchkins here! I realized that Katie really has no fear when it comes to heights. And I have to say, that it is totally opposite when it comes to the rest of the family. Whilst Katie was almost flying by through the obstacles, the rest of us were taking it nice and slow. Haha… However, scared of heights or not, we all made it to the end of the course and down the long flying fox to the safety of the ground.

The Enchanted Adventure Garden had plenty to do for the whole family. Whilst the bigger kids enjoyed tree-climbing and tube slides, Avie loved running around the Children’s Maze.


Vertical Drop at the Clip’n Climb

Ok, so this one requires a little bit of explanation. Lily had this idea to push their parent's limits to the max and surprise us with an activity that would force us to face our fears. At first, Lily wanted me to do bungee jumping, to which I have firmly declined. Yes, I am petrified of heights! Haha… No joke!

Well, I couldn’t back out totally from a challenge, so we settled for the Vertical Drop at the Clip’n Climb and rock climbing instead. Anything is better than jumping from some extreme height. No thank you!

Rock climbing was super fun! We were surprised at how brave Katie was and really loved watching her tackle climbs. Lily’s determination to succeed made us so proud of her. And even Avie had a go at some of the climbs. She is going to be as fearless as Katie, I reckon.


Riding on the inter-city trams in Melbourne

Melbourne Trams

Katie and Lily love trams, and one of their top picks for things to do in Melbourne was to go for a ride on one of them. I loved looking at Katie glued to the window checking out the sites. It always gives me so much pleasure to see our curious kids absorb the world around them.

Who would’ve thought that a simple ride on a tram can give so much joy? I guess, as we grow up to become adults, we tend to see the trams merely as a form of transport to and from work, forgetting the simple joys. I love that kids can remind us of what is really important in life. It’s the little thing that matter the most!


Amazing view of the city from the Eureka Skydeck

Melbourne Eureka Skydeck

Our kids know that every time we visit destinations, we are always very busy, and our itineraries don’t allow for much downtime. So, for the last activity, the kids really wanted to focus on doing something that was relaxing for the whole family.

We headed up to the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower for amazing 360-degree views over Melbourne.

Eureka Skydeck Melbourne

The views of the city in the sunset were sensational. It is truly the best way to see the city and an amazing activity to end a fun-filled day of exploring. As part of the adventure Katie also wanted to check out the famous glass cube called “THE EDGE”. Yup, this is a one-of-a-kind experience for sure.

The glass cube extends out from the Eureka Tower’s 88th floor and suspends the visitors about 300 meters above the Melbourne CBD. Well, standing on a glass floor high up in the sky is definitely something I will remember forever. Thanks, kids! Haven’t I mentioned enough that I am scared of heights? Right. Anyways…

Having our kids being in charge of our entire itinerary in Melbourne was a great eye-opener for me and Jolene. I am so grateful to share in their adventures, be included in their passions and to play with them like a kid again. I think we all need to sometimes let go of our preconceived ideas of what travel as a family looks like. Inspired by the challenge set by Holiday Inn, we want to keep the kids part of the family trip planning from now on.

Family trip to Melbourne

Our kids were in charge of the holiday. And it was fabulous! They were so happy, they barely complained and whinged little to none throughout the days. They totally enjoyed challenging us to new adventures. And we thoroughly enjoyed learning so much more about our kids along the way.

After this trip, we really want to allow our kids to have a say in the itineraries on a regular basis. Only that way we can truly discover more about them and perhaps rediscover ourselves in the process.

So, what are you waiting for? Where are you going next with your kids?


Check out a full video from our Melbourne trip on


This post was written in collaboration with Holiday Inn.


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    June 12, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    wow, what a nice blog. I don’t know how to explain about your blog.such a wonderful family and your kids are very pretty.

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