Top 5 free things to do with kids in Hobart
Experience the best of Hobart without breaking the bank: fun for all the family.
- September 2018
Hobart is one of those unique hotspots, equal parts outdoorsy delights and cultural jewels. There are a bunch of experiences you can enjoy with the whole family – absolutely free! Here are some of our favourites.
Jump on an Artbike
Take in Hobart’s fresh air and pretty scenery via two wheels and hop on a free ARTBIKE. You can pick one up and pedal your way from gallery to gallery, café to café, park to park, on Hobart’s eastern shore. These light-weight, designer bikes are available in male and unisex options and you’ll be sent on your way with a helmet, lock and map. Take your time and cycle together.
Our favourite link: Clarence Arts ARTBIKES page
Dance at Rektango
Every Friday night, between 5:30pm and 7:30pm, Salamanca Arts Centre busts out Rektango, a free musical event in their internal courtyard. The courtyard has been snazzed up and it’s one of the city’s favourite al fresco performance spaces, so grab the kids and head along for some sunset dancing. Music can vary from funk to swing to samba, and there are warm drinks and open fires in the winter, crisp cold drinks in the summer.
Our favourite link: Salamanca Arts Centre’s Rektango page
Hit the Market
Salamanca Market is almost synonymous with Hobart. This vibrant and picturesque outdoor Saturday market stretches along the front of the historic Salamanca Place along the Hobart waterfront. There are more than 300 stallholders showcasing Tasmania’s biggest range of locally made goods, from homemade fruit leathers to finely crafted ceramics, woodwork, warming woollies, organic produce and lots of delicious food truck snacks. It’s a popular spot and parking can be tough but don’t worry – there’s a free shuttle bus to get you there!
Our favourite link: Salamanca Market’s official site
Dive into Hob-Art
It’s completely free to dive into the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). It’s a combined museum, art gallery and herbarium and Australia’s second oldest museum. It also now takes up an entire city block! It’s full of all sorts of amazing objects and wonderful art, so kids can explore all the beasties on display. TMAG also hosts an annual Children’s Festival every April and has a host of resources for families, including Discovery Backpacks and Museum Toolkits.
Hobart’s world-famous MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) is free to enter for all Tasmanians and anyone under 18. There is an admission charge for everyone else though.
Our favourite link: TMAG’s official site
Climb a Mountain
Hobart’s famous Kunanyi/Mount Wellington is a natural wonderland, where you can take in incredible views, go bushwalking, rock climbing, picnicking, bike riding, you name it. In the winter, you might be lucky enough to frolic in the snow but, if not, the area has a whole host of different landscape to discover. Rug up your little adventurers and head up the mountain!
Our favourite link: Tasmania.com’s Kunanyi/Mt Wellington guide