Melbourne is home to not only a host of commercial galleries, but also one of the world’s largest living art exhibitions, with vibrant splashes of graffiti hidden around every corner. These eye-catching murals provide a level of excitement and interaction that museums often lack, encouraging visitors young and old to appreciate art in every form. Located in the heart of the CBD, DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street brings the laneways into the hotel room; complete with original artwork, colourful murals, graffitied bed linen, and tagged furniture. While parents enjoy a playful cocktail at the eclectic restaurant Platform 270, children are treated to a specially designed edible graffiti snack and a collection of street-art themed DVDs and books.
The exclusive ‘Graffiti Loft’ package was created in partnership with local street artists 90 Degrees, led by founder and creative director Daniel Wenn, who has had a lifelong love affair with street art. “I remember when I was younger, seeing graffiti on the train into the city and wondering who did it and how they did it,” he said. Families can take a guided tour of some of the city’s liveliest streets including Hosier Lane, Union Lane, Degraves Street and Finalay Avenue. For a more educational experience, visit the National Gallery of Victoria where children can roam through the great treehouses of the Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons exhibition until 8 October 2017. This brightly lit space encourages kids to think about environmental issues and get hands-on in a range of creative activities.