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There was a time when pubs were the domain of the working man – and women, let alone children, were nowhere to be seen.
Thankfully those days are long gone and judging by the whole host of pubs that have sprung up in Melbourne with the emphasis on providing food, drink and entertainment for little people, families are big business!
You can even host a child’s birthday party in a Melbourne pub if you wish, and why not? The Kids Clubs in pubs are more fun than the rest of the place!
Here’s our pick of the bunch when it comes to choosing the right pub in Melbourne so that you and your family can have the time of your lives.
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This seaside pub with plenty of room to run around is a favourite for families looking for a little weekend afternoon relaxation.
With colouring-in packs, and delicious kids-size fish and chips on the menu, everyone is sure to be happy as you take in the glorious views of Port Phillip Bay and Queenscliff. Winning.
With a delectable kids menu and a beer garden with plenty of room for little legs to stretch and play, Milanos Tavern is a huge hit with families.
The Village Green Hotel:
Arcade games, cubby houses, Playstations… your kids might never want to leave.
Particularly since there are free kids entertainment sessions on the weekends which mean you can enjoy the rest of the entertainment the pub has to offer for grown ups!
Matthew Flinders Hotel:
This place is set up for kids so well that you can even host a birthday party there!
The video game arcade is a hit with older kids, and the indoor playground is great fun for the little ones.
These guys have child-friendly nailed. A gigantic kids play zone including a toddler specific area with entertainment like face painting, magicians, silent discos and karaoke …
I mean, can we move in?
Chelsea Heights Hotel:
Fridays and Saturday are sorted, because at the Chelsea Heights Hotel, kids will be entertained from 6-8 while you are free to enjoy some time to yourselves.
You can’t do a kid-friendly pub round-up without including these guys because they have Kid’s World!
Perfect for children aged between 2 and 12 years-old, Kid’s World is a colourful and adventurous play area, where kids can use up all those energies and climb, slide and play.
Two words – Kids Club! Yep, a designated play area for kids aged 2-12 makes Templestowe Hotel a popular choice for families.
Another genius idea is the kids buffet for dinner. No more uneaten nuggets when they can choose what they want themselves.
With kids eat free specials, and clowns on Sundays. Why wouldn’t you want to go there?