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Family Fun in Launceston - Activities for All Ages

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If you're planning a family visit to Launceston, you can be sure of finding plenty of activities for all ages and interests. And you don't have to endure noisy theme parks or exorbitant prices to keep kids entertained. There are a host of activities that educate as much as they entertain, chairlift rides and picnics in parks to enjoy, and stadium sporting matches for rousing afternoons.

Stadiums and swimming

 

For families who love to watch sport and those who want to be active, 2 state-of-the-art facilities here cater to both. The Launceston Aquatic Centre has outdoor and indoor pools. Aurora Stadium is the Tasmanian home of the Australian Football League (AFL) and also hosts many big-name bands and entertainment events.

 

Aurora Stadium

 

A world-class stadium hosting major sporting matches, this 20,000-seat arena is also used as an entertainment venue for big-name artists and the annual New Year's Eve event.

 

Invermay Rd., Launceston TAS 7250Tel: +61 3 6323 3383

 

Aurora Stadium website

 

Launceston Aquatic Centre

 

At Launceston Aquatic Centre, the whole family can be entertained for the day without spending a fortune. There are waterslides, lap pools, an interactive play area, and barbecue facilities.

 

18a High St., Launceston TAS 7250. Tel: +61 3 6323 3636

 

Launceston Aquatic Centre website

Parks and zoos

 

For some wholesome, old-fashioned fun, why not head outdoors with the family? Take them for a picnic in lusciously green City Park, where you can admire beautiful century-old trees and the kids can have fun feeding the ducks. Tasmania Zoo houses native animals, including wombats, koalas, and that infamous marsupial - the Tasmanian Devil.

 

City Park

 

Launceston's main park is dotted with oak and plane trees and features a conservatory and duck pond. There is also a monkey enclosure, home to cute Japanese macaques, and a toy-train ride to take you around.

 

45-55 Tamar St., Launceston TAS 7250. Tel: +61 3 6323 3000

 

City Park website

 

Tasmania Zoo

 

This privately run zoo is located 18 kilometers out of Launceston in the Tamar Valley. It's home to the state’s largest community of native and exotic wildlife.

 

1166 Ecclestone Rd., Riverside TAS 7250. Tel: +61 3 6396 6100

 

Tasmania Zoo website

 

Educational fun

 

A delight for the whole family, and especially children who enjoy science subjects at school, the Planetarium at the QVMAG Inveresk branch will introduce them to Tasmania’s night sky. At the museum's main venue in town, The Phenomena Factory is a free interactive science centre that has loads of hands-on exhibits. Here kids can learn about principles such as kinetic energy and the powers of perception while having fun.

 

Planetarium

 

Get an insight into Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, or learn about black holes. Sessions are followed by a live description of Tasmania's night sky.

 

2 Invermay Rd., Launceston TAS 7248. Tel: +61 3 6323 3798

 

Planetarium website

 

The Phenomena Factory

 

Located inside the main venue of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, this centre provides an introduction to basic scientific principles through a host of gadgets and interactive exhibits.

 

2 Wellington St., Launceston TAS 7250. Tel: + 61 3 6323 3777

 

The Phenomena Factory website

 

On rainy days

 

Tasmania’s climate is much cooler than that of the mainland’s, and has a much higher rainfall. Whilst this factor plays a part in its lush scenery, it also poses the question of what to do with the little ones on grey days. Indoor parks and children’s centres is an answer. From trampolines to inflatables and foosball, there’s a handful of controlled environments in Launceston that take care of the wet weather blues.

 

Kids Paradise

 

This huge indoor adventure centre for under-12s has a host of bouncy-squashy contraptions, foosball, crazy mirrors, and indoor slides.

 

1 Waterfront Drive, Launceston TAS 7250. Tel: + 61 3 6334 0055

 

Kids Paradise website

 

Airtime 360

 

This indoor area has Interconnected trampolines spanning the size of 2 tennis courts, trampoline towers, and a dodgeball arena for letting off steam, getting fit, and having fun.

 

23 Racecourse Crescent, Launceston, TAS 7250. Airtime 360 website