Even lovers of the great outdoors sometimes need to stay inside. Whether its too hot, too cold, too spring hayfevery or just a little whiffy (we’ve all experienced the effects of smoke on air quality), there is always something to do indoors to keep the kids entertained and you sane. 

Try these great indoor destinations next time the elements are on your radar. 

Enter a world of wonder at the Chocolaterie

Take a class or workshop, taste chocolate and enjoy amazing tastes in the café, which features chocolate inspired sweets, ice cream and delicious savoury dishes. Do some chocolate tasting and stock up on chocolate everything in the shop at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Icecreamery.

sage hotel, Ringwood, indoors

Plan a getaway

Hotel living is a great way to beat the elements. Everything you need is under one roof, and you’ll feel like a VIP. Try Canterbury International, or Sage Hotel in Ringwood where you can also satisfy your shopping urges at Eastland.

Get active in the great indoors

Try:

  • Indoor archery in Don Valley, rollerskating in Lilydale and Eltham
  • Indoor swimming pools (and often gymnasiums and basketball courts) at Yarra Junction, Aquarena in Templestowe, Eltham Leisure Centre and 
  • Indoor playgrounds – there are inflatable worlds in Ringwood, rascally fun in Ferntree Gully, and endless playdays in Doncaster East

Hang out at your library

At Lilydale Library there is a cafe and indoor play space for toddlers. Diamond Valley Library also has plenty of other things to do. Keep an eye out for interesting classes and workshops, or chance across a book discussion group or story time. 

warburton arts centre

See a movie

Theatres are cool, quiet, out of the elements and highly entertaining. There are several cinemas in the region with both children’s and adult programming including Healesville,  Warburton, Belgrave and Chirnside.

Arts for everyone

The Yarra Ranges Regional Museum has a café onsite, gift shop and two levels featuring permanent (local history buffs enjoy!) and visiting exhibitions to keep you occupied.

Wander away some hours at TarraWarra, Heide, Montsalvat, Warburton Waterwheel Gallery and many more.

pick your own strawberries at gateway east indoor crop

Fresh is best

At Gateway Estate, you can pick your own strawberries from their indoor crop. Taste something new, fill your shopping bag with goodies and enjoy lunch in the café.

Regardless of the elements – rain, hail, shine, smoke, pollen, there’s plenty of fun to be had when you explore more indoors!