Published 19 November 2019

There are lots of places that are great dining experiences for families – places with terrifically yummy children’s menus, places with lots of activities to keep kids amused, and destinations that offer wide open spaces where little legs can burn off some energy and build big appetites. 

And there are places that are truly memory making destinations that kids will love and adults will appreciate because they just make life easier.

Bring the whole family and enjoy the finest offerings of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.  

Kids Menu Masters

One day they like something, the next day they don’t. Who can even predict? At the Yarra Valley Grand Hotel, Yarra Glen the kids menu will compel even the fussiest eater to gobble up! And there are two playgrounds on site that provide hours of fun while parents catch up. Take the whole crew.

Across the valley and up in the mountains, the Micawber Tavern in Belgrave is also a terrific destination for hungry bellies. Check out the hills for great food and live entertainment that will have the children enthralled. 

Great Big Outdoors

Most parents sing from the same songsheet and the name of the tune is ‘go outside and play’. The chance for fun is sky high when you take the kids to Kinglake Forest Adventures or SkyHigh Mt Dandenong. Great café or restaurant dining combined with fabulous outdoor activities up high in the trees, down low in a maze or in between on mountain bikes. Views from the edge with more trees and more adventures for more kid fun.

Sweet Treats

Treat the kids to some sweet love with some of the best chocolate in the valley. Tastings, kids masterclasses, a sublime dessert menu and crazy milkshakes inside, and grand roll-down-the-hill lawns outside where kids can play and stay all day. That’s how to do the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Promise.

Easy Access

Please everyone at one place at the Beechworth Bakery in Healesville. Plenty of space, plenty of choice and easy access for families. There’s an indoor play space, and after lunch your right next door to the Queens Park Playspace for super-duper fun.

Growing Kids

Hands on kids can learn as the grow at Edendale Community Environment Farm. There’s animals to love, veggie gardens to tend and an onsite café to feed them up on wholesome garden goodness. Over at Rayner’s Orchards, kids can experience taste testing right from the tree, while on a tractor ride, and then learn handy skills in bottling so they can take their produce home. With an onsite café that showcases the fruits they now love on a menu that reflects the highlights of, not just the season, but the week in orchard life. This is how you get kids to eat more fruit!

Wild Wild Life

Bring a picnic or take in the scenery as you enjoy a meal in the café, Healesville Sanctuary is a favourite destination that gives kids up close and personal experiences with wildlife in a natural setting. Wander the pathways to discover playgrounds among kangaroos, and water play parks among echidnas, platypus, dingoes and more! Wild times guaranteed.=

Parents Retreat

Kids aren’t the only ones that need to have fun. Parents get all the best attention at Oakridge Wines for delicious food and wine experiences while the kids enjoy outdoor games and open spaces. Yarrawood Estate is another kid friendly winery with pet farm animals and plenty of opportunities to enjoy life al fresco on the lawn. For sharing tables, long runs across the green (towards the vineyard) and the odd helicopter to spot, Zonzo Estate is family friendly in a true Italian ‘bring the whole family’ way.  Pizza lovers will be especially pleased – and who has ever met a kid that doesn’t like pizza?

Bring the family to the Yarra Valley or Dandenong Ranges and discover these amazing places to eat, and things to do. There are endless activities so you’ll be planning a return trip before you leave!

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