Be a cool mum (or dad) these holidays and cut the clichéd trip to an overcrowded shopping mall. Hit the Valley instead to explore its fun, family-friendly and, above all, COOL activities.

We’ve got you covered with a bona fide banger of an itinerary, guaranteed to keep you sane and them out of trouble.

Getting There
Save the hassle of parking and catch your local train or bus. Download the Translink app and use its Journey Planner to map your route. Or, hire a CityCycle bike with casual access passes starting at $2 and discounted membership for students.

Cool activity #1 
Play mini golf at Holey Moley Golf Club.
Whether you’re an experienced punter or not, this old church-turned-retro-carnival-themed mini-golf course is bustling with F.U.N.

Tips:

  • Remember to make a booking in advance.
  • Choose between a 9-Hole or 18-Hole game.
  • A round of 9-Holes can take anywhere from 25–40 minutes.

Make a booking here

Address: 25 Warner St
Hours: Open from 12pm – late evening, seven days a week

Cool activity #2 
Get your game on at B. Lucky & Sons.
After dark, this is a hustler’s paradise but before the sun goes down, the games arcade for adults welcomes kids. Turn parental supervision into a blood sport by taking them on in the likes of Mario Kart, NBA Hoops and Space Invaders.

Tips:

  • Children under 18 are welcome before 5pm daily, provided they are supervised at all time.
  • Games cost between $2 and $5 to play. 
  • B. Lucky & Sons hosts children’s parties with one-hour of unlimited arcade games, party food and a VIP area.

Address: TCB Building, 315 Brunswick Street
Hours: Open from 12pm – late evening, seven days a week

Cool treat #1
Feast on fat, juicy and mouth-watering fare at Fat Dumpling.  
Chopstick skills are not necessary; fingers and forks are welcome!
You can’t go wrong with the BBQ pork buns, they’re a hit (even with the pickiest eaters).

Address: 368 Brunswick St
Hours: Open from 11:30am – late evening

Cool activity #3 
Let your inner-child go wild with your actual child at Netherworld’s bounty of retro arcade and board games.
Yes, it’s a bar but Netherworld welcomes kids supervised by a guardian until 5pm, after that the venue is strictly 18+.

Tips:

  • Netherworld runs a ‘Little Monsters’ event one Sunday morning a month with sweet deals on family-priced games. 
  • Check out the events page to see when the next ‘Little Monsters’ event is on here.

Address: 186 Brunswick St
Hours: Open from 12pm – late evening

Cool treat #2
Top off the coolest day out with a sweet treat for the kids and cold brewski for you at Ben’s Burgers.

You can toast a successful outing with a locally-brewed craft beer while the kids are occupied with a delicious diner-style milkshake. We recommend the Chocolate Hershey’s milkshake – it’s hands-down a winner.

Address: 5B Winn St
Hours: Open from 11am – late evening

 

– January 2020