Family holidays are one of the best things you can do with your children. Forming memories that will last a life time in new and exciting places are a beautiful way to spend school holidays and weekends. Whether you’re traveling or you’re a local who wants to try something new, Melbourne is a city that has it all. However, if you’re tired of visiting one child-focused activity after another, and you want to go out for dinner without needing to pack toys and colouring sheets – or book a baby sitter – then these five child friendly pubs in Melbourne motels and hotels are sure to be a hit with the whole family, parents included.
1. Edinburgh Castle Hotel
Nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s trendy inner city sits the Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick’s longest standing pub. With delicious lunch and dinner specials throughout the week, including $12 burgers on Tuesdays and $15 pot and parma’s on Thursdays – and a complimentary soft drink for kids with their steak and fries – this community pub has something for everyone. Even better, the pub welcomes our four-legged friends into its spacious bear garden, making it the perfect choice for the whole family.
2. Croxton Park Hotel
Whether you’re coming for lunch or dinner, children love the Croxton Park Hotel in Thornbury, thanks to its huge kids’ entertainment area! Touted as one of the biggest in the inner suburbs, you’ll find it hard to call them back when it’s time for dinner – which come free with the purchase of a main meal on Sundays and Mondays. There’s even free children’s entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings from the memorable and ever popular Captain Adam.
3. Templestowe Hotel
This expansive, yet down-to-earth pub in Templestowe Upper is most famous for its spectacular buffet. A favourite among both children and adults alike, the international buffet will ensure your kids are begging to come again soon. Expect flavours from across the world to suit all tastes, from modern Australian dishes including seafood and roasts, to popular cuisines from Indian, Italy, Asia and the Mediterranean. To top it all off, your children will be well looked after, with a huge play area, face painting, clowns, and generous ‘kids eat free’ offer.
4. Matthew Flinders Hotel
If you’ve spent a day at the fashion capital – Chadstone, the southern hemisphere’s largest shopping centre – then you likely need to stop and refuel. The Matthew Flinders Hotel has a reputation for entertaining the entire family, complete with fine food, an indoor playground for the little ones, and even a video game arcade for the older children! This will be loved by the young and young at heart, as it features all the classics like air hockey and race car driving, as well as a new and improved bowling alley!
5. Flying Duck Hotel
More than just a pub, the Flying Duck Hotel in Prahran combines a restaurant, lounge, dining room and beer garden into a truly beautiful space. Their spectacular glass atrium steals the show, making it the ideal place for young parents to share a glass of wine with friends whilst toddlers run amuck. Likely one of the best pieces of outdoor real estate in the area, it’s easy to see what makes it a local favourite.
If your little ones aren’t as enamoured with these pubs as you are, then you can knock us down with a feather. These child friendly pubs have built their reputation on offering an inclusive family experience, so you can enjoy a night out with your partner or friends, without worrying that your children will cause trouble or cry boredom. Whether you’re a Melbourne native or you’re living like a local at one of our fabulous and cheap hotels or motels, these pubs can’t be missed.