Sydney Kids Activities - Family Fun
There’s a whole lot to do for kids in Sydney, especially during school holidays. Fun Theme Parks, native wildlife, giant screen theatres, hands on museums, great beaches for surfing and body surfing as well as protected swimming and myriads of kids activities.
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Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain
Phone 61 2 9225-1744
Every Sunday afternoon at 2:30, families can enjoy special performances on various topics, including art appreciation, dance and storytelling. During school holidays, the museum schedules storytelling and performances, often in mime or Aboriginal dance, for children aged 6-12. Children can also participate in occasional hands-on art workshops.
The Australian Museum
6 College Street
Phone 61 2 9320-6000
For children under 5, Kids Island is gaily decorated with a model hot-air balloon and features a slippery side and a shipwrecked boat with interesting cubbies to explore. The museum’s dinosaur exhibit appeals to children aged 5-12. A Science and Discover Room, with microscopes, specimens and reference books, allows children to conduct their own ‘research.’
Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Queens Square, Macquarie Street
Phone 61 2 8239-2311
Constructed by convict labour, the Hyde Park Barracks was the principal male convict barracks in New South Wales. Explores the daily lives of convicts and other occupants, with interesting exhibitions on Australia’s convict system, a soundscape and excavated artefacts.
The Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris Street
Phone 61 2 9217-0111
More than 250 interactives bring the Powerhouse Museum to life for thousands of people each year. Touch screen computers, audio phones, science experiments and hands-on fun are guaranteed to delight children and adults alike.
A NASA space station will entice their older siblings as well as Locomotive No.1, from the 1800s. Occasionally, the museum offers supervised children’s activities from crafts to storytelling, free with entry.
Darling Harbour, just 5-10mins walk west from the City Centre. Lots of activities for families and kids of all ages.
Phone 61 2 9240 8500.
Darling Harbour also has free entertainment every week and for especially for families, during the Christmas Holidays. Festivals include Australia Day (Jan 26th), Jazz and Blues, the Hoopla - for acrobatic and street theatre and the Latin American Fiesta - three days of music and dance. New Years Eve also has special entertainment for people of all ages.
Phone 61 2 9922-6644
Built in 1935, modeled after Coney Island’s Luna Park and set against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, this is an energetic amusement park that features a variety of classic rides. Visitors enter beneath the ghastly, grinning face of a painted clown, who has evolved alongside the park’s collection of attractions.
Taronga Park Zoo
Bradley’s Head Road
Phone 61 2 9969-2777
Taronga lets children visit up close with some of Australia’s most spectacular and exotic creatures - native koalas, of course, but also kangaroos, dingoes, Tasmanian devils and wombats.
Oxford Street, Paddington
Phone 61 2 9331-5056
Rent children’s bikes and rollerblades to help youngsters burn off excess energy in the park’s beautiful setting. A nearby Equestrian Center offers horseback rides, and guided nature walks are available during school holidays.
Various locations, many easy to get to. Bondi Beach is a 1km stretch of golden sand and surf, with a rock pool for families if the waves are up.
When swimming at Sydney Beaches and at other places in Australia, remember to Swim Between the Flags!
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Photo: Darling Harbour has fun for kids of ALL ages especially during School Holidays
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