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Darling Harbour has fun for kids of ALL ages especially during School Holidays
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Kids Fun Activities in Sydney and Australia

There’s a whole lot of activities to do for kids in Sydney and Australia, especially during school holidays. Fun Theme Parks, native wildlife, giant screen theatres, hands on museums, great beaches for learning to surf as well as protected swimming.

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Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Road, The Domain

Phone 61 2 9225-1744
Cost: Free, except for special exhibits
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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
Hours: Daily 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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.

  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Carousel
  • Galaxy World
  • IMAX Theatre Sydney
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Pacific Fly Motion
  • Paddleboats
  • Powerhouse Museum
  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium - Australia’s No.1 Attraction
  • Sydney Learning Adventures
  • WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
  • The Nine Holer - Mini Golf
  • Vertigo
  • W.A. Jacobs Toymaker

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.

Luna Park

Milson’s Point

Phone 61 2 9922-6644
Hours: Rides open weekends and school holidays; call for seasonal hours
Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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.

Luna Park Sydney Australia

Taronga Park Zoo

Bradley’s Head Road

Phone 61 2 9969-2777
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission charged.

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.

Centennial Park

Oxford Street, Paddington

Phone 61 2 9331-5056
Cost: Free
Hours: Daily, but hours change seasonally

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.

Sydney Beaches

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. More about our many Sydney Beaches.

Family Fun Day Out: Manly Beach can best be reached by a taking a ferry across the scenic Sydney Harbour from Circular Quay at the foot of the Sydney CBD. See Circular Quay Map.

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, also located in Manly is just a short walk north of Manly Wharf. Complete with glass tunnels, living coral, brilliantly coloured tropical fish and of course, sharks.

Families!

When swimming at Sydney Beaches and at other places in Australia, remember to Swim Between the Flags!

More Sydney Stuff to Do

  • Featherdale Wildlife Park allows you to cuddle up to a koala and hand feed kangaroos. Get up close to over 2200 animals including over 30 species of rare or endangered animals.
  • Breakfast with the Kangaroos features a continental breakfast amidst wild kangaroos and abundant birdlife, private breathtaking views of amazing blue canyons, Blue Mountains, spectacular Narrowneck Plateau, Sydney’s premier wildlife park and the return to Sydney aboard the Rivercat Ferry.
  • Sydney Eco Whale Watching - The Whales are coming to Sydney! Come and experience seeing these majestic whales up close. An awe-inspiring experience! Our 4 hour Eco Whale Watching Cruise lets you observe and learn about these wonderful mammals. This is a truly personalised and powerful experience.
  • Horse Riding In Centennial Park - See Sydney’s fabulous Centennial Park from the comfort of your saddle. Your personal guide will prepare you and your horse and will accompany you throughout this scenic ride of unique parts of Centennial Park. An hour’s tour of Sydney like none other!
  • Flying Trapeze Workshop For Two - Fly through the air with the greatest of ease! Experience the thrills and adventure of the circus on a flying trapeze in this circus skills flying trapeze workshop. Learn to swing, leap and catch your way through a series of manoeuvres, all under the instruction of professional trapeze artists.

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Great way to experience Sydney Harbour - Take a cruise or a Sydney ferry to Manly Beach or Taronga Zoo
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