Fun things to do with kids under $40

The great thing about having kids is that you have the power to fill their young lives with incredible family memories. And those moments become your favourite memories too. It’s both a privilege and a challenge, because the cost of keeping the family entertained can add up very quickly.

That’s why it’s worth finding the family adventures and experiences that won’t break the bank. To help you out, here are some ideas for family friendly fun across Australia that will only cost you $40 or less to cover a child. Take a look and go make some memories.


The Melbourne Star

If you’re in Melbourne, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is a must-visit. It’s basically a giant, fluorescent-lit fancy ferris wheel, so needless to say it’s any kid’s dream. Tickets for adults and children are inexpensive so it’s a cheap choice with a huge impact. The Melbourne Star gives the whole family unbeatable panoramic views over the city skyline from the comfort of your viewing cabin. It’s a ride neither you or the kids will ever forget.


Sea Life Aquarium 

You never really grow out of the enthusiasm for visiting the aquarium. Seeing all the marine creatures going about their business in their element is like peaking into another world. There’s so much going on at the Sea Life Aquarium that it can keep the kids and the whole family immersed in the underwater action for hours. Whether you’re visiting Sea Life Aquarium in Sydney, Melbourne, or the Sunshine Coast, there are penguins, sharks, jellyfish and plenty more to get excited about without paying a fortune.

Sail Tallships in Melbourne

Treat the kids and make their pirate ship fantasies come true on a tallship cruise in Melbourne. Between the billowing white sails, the traditional wooden deck and the high flying flag, this sailing experience transports you to a different time. Jumping on board a tallship fortunately doesn’t cost a huge fee, and it’s enjoyable for the whole family - not just the kids. So take on the ocean waves, soak up the salty breeze, and head out on the water.

Gold Coast Aqua Park

Sit back while the kids take on the most impressive aquatic playground in Australia at the Gold Coast Aqua Parks in Southport and Oxenford. These obstacle courses of inflatable equipment sits in the shallow waters just off shore for the kids to explore. They’ll be climbing, swinging, jumping, balancing and generally exhausting themselves with all the other kids in the inflatable kingdom, while you kick back on the grass or beach area nearby. It’s maximum fun at a low price.

Flying Fox Adventure Park

Get the whole family out in the fresh air and scaling the treetops at the Gold Coast’s Flying Fox High Ropes Adventure Park. It’s a huge course with over 80 aerial challenges, including ziplines/flying foxes, designed to be enjoyed by everyone aged eight years and up. For a low cost, experience the Australian bushland with some seriously active, family friendly fun.

Jet Boat Circular Quay

The thrill of a jet boat joy ride is something you’ll remember for a long time, and the kids can enjoy jet boating Circular Quay for less than $40. Hold on tight for an action-packed cruise around Sydney’s iconic Harbour with twists, turns, and full throttle splash back, plus incredible views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Be a hero and give the kids the time of their lives. 


Melbourne’s Legoland is a popular family friendly attraction like nothing else around. The kids can have hands on fun as they build innovative lego creations, enjoy rides and experience 4D cinema with 3D lego characters. Whether you visit on a weekend or a weekday, Legoland is a great and inexpensive choice to give the kids something exciting to do.

Visit Australia’s Zoos 

As a country, Australia is renowned for its wildlife, so it makes sense that going to the zoo is always a favourite activity for the whole family. Animal encounters are the kind of pure, wholesome fun that you love at any age, and the kids prices make for an ideal outing. Whether you head to the Gold Coast’s Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Sydney’s Featherdale Wildlife Park, Adelaide Zoo, Perth Zoo and scenic cruise, or the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, wildlife experiences are an easy win. 

Sandboarding Port Stephens

For an activity that combines the thrill of extreme sports with the safety of family friendly fun, sandboarding is the perfect fit. Get the kids outside and active at the Stockton Sand Dunes near Port Stephens and enjoy the excitement together. Even if you have zero experience surfing or snowboarding or doing anything of the like, you can take on the epic 40 metre sand dunes and have a great time for a great price.

Penguin Island Wildlife Cruise

Take the kids to explore the wildlife both above and below the water with a glass bottom boat cruise around the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Not far from Perth, the Penguin Island Wildlife Cruise will take you around the coastlines of Penguin, Seal and Bird Islands to spot heaps of native wildlife like dolphins, sea lions, pelicans, and plenty more. Enjoy a memorable time out on the water with discounted prices for kids. 

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