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5 super fun things to do with Dad:

Let's plan your summer early!
By Expert Tips
Date: November 20 2019
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With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start making big, fun plans with the fam.

And there’s no better person to kickstart your summer fun than with dad. He’s the Superman of thrill with a quick wit faster than the speed of a bullet. His bear hugs could move Thor’s hammer, and his superhuman ability to build Lego constructions would put Atlantis to shame.

A big kid at heart with killer barbecue skills, dad’s probably the one you’d want to hang around with when you want to have a blast.

Start your engines as we explore the top 5 most super fun things to do in Melbourne with dad this summer.

Fire up at the tracks and go kart with Ace Karts

Not many things can beat the fun that comes along with roaring engines, high speeds and a big load of fun-filled adrenaline rushing.

At the Ace Karts outdoor track, your go karting experience leaps to a whole new level with finely tuned karts that flow smoothly to your movements. The challenge of weaving through bends and hitting top speeds on a straight 105m track is where the fun begins.

Experience what real life racing feels like with your dad as a challenger. Promising laughter, smiles and memories that will last a lifetime, a day at the tracks is an exhilarating activity that screams summer fun.

Ace Karts is open from Monday to Wednesday from 9am to 9pm, making it convenient no matter what you have going on in the day. They close an hour later at 10pm from Thursday to Sunday.

A futuristic experience in virtual reality

Bringing the best of what technology has advanced to, the future of virtual reality is now. Combining the concept of video games and theme parks, you finally get the chance to experience what it’s like in a virtual world from all angles.

Guaranteed a truly family fun time, bring out the inner child in dad as you explore the modernisation of technology together this summer.

With many virtual reality arcades open throughout Melbourne, you will be spoilt for choice. 

Explore Melbourne street art

Remember the days when dad would thrill over your artistic skills in finger painting? Well, it’s time to take the game to a whole new level with some of Melbourne’s finest street art scattered throughout town.

Located right at the heart of Melbourne CBD, you’ll need to download this map to find the best street art displays that suit your fancy.

It’s free to do and the best times to adventure is during daylight when you’re able to see the art under the best light.

Venture around Queen Victoria Market

If going on an adventure to explore different food, cuisine and culture is something both you and dad are into, a venture around Queen Victoria Market is a must.

With exquisite and boutique stalls that offer unique and intriguing food and items that boast the diverse culture representing Melbourne, both of you will be in for a treat.

Instead of having to travel all the way across continents to explore different cultures, why not stop by the kebab stall at the market or pick up a unique Thai wood carving to display at home? Antiques are also top sellers in the market among specialty brew coffees and homemade baked goodies.

Located at Queen Street Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market is open on weekends between 9am and 3pm. Do check out for special events and regular trading hours.

A homage to the Melbourne Cricket Ground

For many men in Melbourne, the MCG is the holy ground to all good plays. Take dad to a game of football or cricket on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night and watch the fire unleash from within him as he pours his heart and soul into game mode.

You’re always guaranteed a great time, and you’ll also stand for the chance to have an even better time if his team wins!

Nestled at Brunton Avenue, Richmond, you can grab a combined ticket for a tour of the MCG and the National Sports Museum for around $76 for a family. If you’d like to be on the grounds during a sporting event, be sure to check out the schedules for MCG events here.

And don’t forget…

It’s the fun that matters the most!

Dads don’t tell their kids how to live. They show them. So it’s time to raise the fun in the relationship and show dad a great time this summer.

Whether you’re engaging in critiquing art which helps you look at something from many angles, or you’re firing up your engines for a go kart challenge around the track, the five super fun things listed above will guarantee a great time with dad.

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