Finding Fun Activities For Kids When They Can’t Find Any Themselves!

Why are you reading an article on finding fun activities for kids?

Perhaps you were attracted by the short, snappy title and the promise of many pearls of wisdom contained within?!

Was it just another way to waste time you really should be spending working?!

Finding Fun Activities For Kids When They Can’t Find Any Themselves!

Or, possibly, you are the same as most of us… With children to entertain, the simplest of daily activities – a car journey, a shopping trip – suddenly becomes much more stressful. You need ideas. And you need them fast. This magical promise of ideas has lured you in… Ideas to transform the most mundane of tasks into an activity fun for kids too.

A quick Internet search will show you that there’s a lot out there (‘bored kids’ yields over 3 million sites!). Be honest, this is not the first article you’ve read that claims to have all the answers to the age-old problem of keeping your kids busy.

A correction : this article doesn’t claim to have all the answers. However, with any luck you might find one or two ideas here that will stop your nerves from being frazzled just yet…

Be a spin-doctor.
In today’s political environment, the ‘spin-doctor’ is widely regarded as someone pretty low on the popularity scale. Putting a positive ‘spin’ on otherwise negative looking unemployment statistics or election results can often look like thinly disguised dishonesty.

Parents? Teachers? It’s time to reclaim the role of spin-doctor for ourselves. That’s right; we’ve been doing it for centuries. Of course, kids can often see through the old “It’s not broccoli, it’s a mini-tree… Now eat it up!” But that doesn’t mean the ancient art of spin is dead. Keep at it.

Laying the table can be turned into a game where someone plays the role of an extremely discerning guest and your child has to lay the table as a posh waiter possible. Give it a catchy title (Sack the Waiter? Posh Nosh?) and you’ll soon see your kids having fun whilst doing the most menial chore.

Use humour.
I once knew a teacher who, before a test of any sort, said to his class, “I’ve got a fun activity for you today. I just can’t wait to see your excited faces…” The kids, of course, knew exactly what this meant and groaned on cue; but they loved the way it was dealt with. Recognise that going grocery shopping isn’t going to be number one on your kid’s ‘Fun Activity List’ and use this to your advantage. “Guess where I’ve planned for us to go today. Your favourite place?” Cue groans. “I was only planning to be quick, but seeing as you enjoy it so much… We can take all morning if you like?!” Before you know it, you’ll have a child begging you to do a quick shop. You may even have a pair of hands to speed things up!

Do your research.
As mentioned already, there are plenty of websites in existence that claim to provide ‘fun’ activities for kids. Be careful, however. Many of these charge a join-up fee and don’t provide a great deal in return. Your best bet is to search for articles that simply promise ideas. Keep a notebook of what you find. Having done your research, you will be less likely to be stumped when crunch-time comes.

And on the subject of ideas…  

Here are one or two to start you off. All of them stem from possible boredom hotspots and I hope that they prove to be as useful as you hope they will be!

- YOU’RE THE DJ! (for the long car journey) Using a CD or a local radio station, it can be fun for your kids if you let them play the role of DJ. They have to rate each track a Hit, Miss or Maybe and even predict what you think of each one.

- RECONNAISANCE MAN/WOMAN (for the nature walk) If going on a walk instils boredom in your kids, fun can be established by having a ‘rekky’ beforehand. What unique sights are on the route? Then when you return, instead of telling your children they are going for a walk, invite them on a voyage of discovery. “Do you want to see a sheep’s skull?” “Have you ever seen a flower that looks like a man’s face?”

- THE FORGETFUL WAITER (for the meal-table) Someone closes their eyes after studying the table carefully. An object is taken and hidden. What’s missing? What did the waiter forget? A good test of observation skills.

- MAKING A ROUGHIE (for time spent in the kitchen) A roughie is like a smoothie… but far more delicious. You will need a banana, some yoghurt, a variety of squashable fruit and a big bowl. Although you may not find this activity much fun, for kids to squidge, squash and smudge the ingredients between their fingers is a feeling second to none! Let them drink (eat?) the resulting mess!

There are more ideas where those came from. And you can think of them yourself. Think of the times you most need a series of fun activities for your kids…

Do some research with a reliable site, add a little spin, a catchy title, use humour and you’ll be surprised what results.

The art of the spin doctor is not dead yet.

Ivana Katz of Kids Universe says she is old enough to know better, but young enough to do it again, as she rides camels, swims with dolphins and often embarrasses her son. If you want to join her on adventures and find things to do with kids, join her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KidsUniverse

Fun Activities for Kids: Exploring Through The Senses

Every child loves to have fun. As a parent you can motivate, teach and empower children through the use of fun activities for kids. For children under the age of 10, there are many things that are fun for kids but at the same time teach them something useful or help them to explore their surroundings. A good way to do this is through using their senses.

Kids Activities - Exploring Through The Senses

The following activities are interesting, unique ways to help your child of any age to learn about their senses.

Exploring the Sense of Smell

For younger children, the sense of smell can be an amazing thing, something that they don’t think about. The sense of smell is not just a simple sense. There are many ways to have fun exploring it. For example, blind fold a child and ask them to find a specific scent within a room. Place strong smelling items in various corners throughout the room. Let their nose guide them from place to place.

For younger children, it can also be fun to have a smelling contest where parents give each blind folded child something to smell and they have to guess what it is. Exploring the sense of smell can be a lot of fun and educational, too.

Using Your Eyes

For children, being able to see is something they take for granted. Take this away and your child is in a world that is completely foreign to them. After removing all of the harmful objects from a room, have the child close their eyes and identify certain objects. The other senses are heightened when they can’t see.

For older children, purchase or find online a book of optical illusions. From moving surfaces to objects that look like others, this is a fantastic way to explain how the inner eye works and why the brain and eyes have to work together to understand the image.

Feeling Something New

There is nothing more fun than getting dirty and for this activity kids can get a bit messy. To teach them about the sense of touch, take an empty shoe box and turn it upside down, open side down. Cut out just a large enough hole in one end to allow the child’s arm to reach in. Then, secretly put different items under the box and have them guess what they are. Try cold spaghetti, homemade slime and cold, round ice cubes. They are sure to be wondering just what you having them touch. This is a great way to get children to learn through play.

Hearing Something Fun

Kids learn through creative play. You can teach your child about their sense of hearing fairly easily. A fun kids game to play is to simply have them close their eyes and listen to sounds over various areas of the room. Or, head outside in a very safe area. Blind fold them and take turns calling the individual to come towards your voice. See how long it takes until they find you! Keep an eye on them to be sure they are safe, of course.

For younger children, boys and girls play can be as simple as guessing what sounds are from a recording. For older children, even teens, have the child listen to a chord of music and try to mimic the sound with their voice. Ba…ba.ba.ba….

Tasting They Will Love

Since children learn through play, a great way to help them learn the sense of taste is trying new foods. But, how do you get a child that is picky willing to taste new foods? There are several things to do here. First, invite them into the kitchen. Allow the child to help peel and cut (age appropriate and safe) and have them help with any other method of preparing meals. Encourage them to make their own foods, too. Perhaps they would like to make something with you, that they create. Good or bad tasting, they still get to see the transformation of taste in their mouths.

With older children, explore textures, too. The crunch of a carrot mixed with the softness of bread creates a unique texture in the mouth. What happens when vegetables are cooked instead of eaten raw? Explore each of these areas thoroughly with them.

Fun activities for kids can fall into that learning category, too. Kids love to explore new things and play games, especially when mom or dad gets to help them with it. Best of all, you will want to spend your time explaining why things happen the way they do. These kids fun games and projects are something you can do with your child!

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Ivana Katz of Kids Universe says she is old enough to know better, but young enough to do it again, as she rides camels, swims with dolphins and often embarrasses her son. If you want to join her on adventures and find things to do with kids, join her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KidsUniverse

5 Ways To Make Parenting Fun

Making parenting fun can be a challenge sometimes - the endless hours, the stress and of course those less than perfect times when no one is cooperating. But, how can you make even these times more enjoyable? There is a variety of ways that you can give kids fun without making everything child’s play. In other words, you can definitely help your children to enjoy themselves, learn and grow, while still following the rules.

Before you read these methods for making parenting fun, keep in mind that you should have some ground rules in place. There should always be a rule about respecting each other. Lay down the rules about safety. Even in the most fun games, there are rules to follow. The same thing is true for parenting. You need to establish what the rules will be, then you can have fun within them. Here are some ideas for making learning fun.

Making Parenting Fun

#1: Sing a Song
Most parents will want children to learn responsibility and how to care for their things. Even children as young as two and three can be taught to put their things away. But, chores are no fun. They can lead to temper tantrums too. A good way to overcome this is to introduce some music. Talk to your child about the reasons that they do have to help out and contribute to the family by doing their chores. Then, make it fun.
Let them know that they have until the song ends to clean up all the toys on the floor. · Give them the chance to sing their favorite song while they put their clothing away. · Have your kids dance away their toys: they pick up the toys, do a few twirls and put them right into the toys box!

Making music part of the process relaxes everyone and still gets the job done. It can be one of the best ways to motivate your child.

#2: Get Down There With Them
Children want to know that mom and dad are people that they love to be around. If you are the type of parent that just tells your kids what to do, let loose. Get down on the floor and play with them. Get out the board games or play a game of charades. You are still being a parent, but, you are spending quality time with your children that they will remember for the long term. This is one of the best ways to teach kids to act, too. They will follow your lead over anyone else’s.

#3: Invite Them Into The Kitchen
Cooking, cleaning, homework…the kitchen is a place where a lot of things happen. Get your kids involved with what you do in the kitchen, too. Older children can even learn to cook, or at least help to make cookies. You are making parenting fun by instilling these skills into your child, but also you are doing something with them.

#4: Tell Stories
There will be times when parenting is not fun. It could be a time when you just can’t find the right words to say, such as when someone gets hurt or when there is an argument. In these times, you can still make parenting fun by explaining through story telling. It can be hard to understand, for example, why the family pet passed away, but when you explain how you felt, what you did, and what happened to you when you were a child and lost your first pet, then your children will understand too. Sure, the topic is not fun, but the way you give the lesson can be. Children latch on to these memories and educational bits far more than the lessons they learn at school.

#5: Be Flexible
Physically, it is important to be flexible with the kids (nothing like fighting with a child that seems to have more limbs than he should.) At the same time, be flexible with your child on a daily basis. Kids have fun when you incorporate fun activities into their day. Bend the rules. Be a little late if it means doing something fun. Here are some ideas.
Ride a bike to school with the kids once a week. · Have a picnic in the backyard if you can’t make it to the park. · Play a game of football with the kids in the yard: you versus all of them. · Help them with their homework instead of hounding them to get it done. · Take the family to the park you used to play at. · Get in a water gun fight with them or a water balloon fight. · Play tag. · Let them stay up late if they don’t have to get up in the morning and tell ghost stories together.

The more creative you can be as a parent, the more fun kids will have. Making parenting fun is not only fun for your child, but it can be fun for you. Imagine the memories you are creating with each one of these fun activities for kids. Chances are good these things will stick with your child.  The rules are followed, but the kids are also having fun.

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Ivana Katz of Kids Universe says she is old enough to know better, but young enough to do it again, as she rides camels, swims with dolphins and often embarrasses her son. If you want to join her on adventures and find things to do with kids, join her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KidsUniverse

How Children Learn Through Play

Lessons from books are great, but children learn through play far better than they do in other forms. There are several reasons for this. At the heart of it is their desire to learn. When learning is not so much work but is fun, children are more willing to participate. They want to jump in and have a good time. As a parent, the more that you can teach through play, the more that your child will retain later on. While some skills need to be taught formally, such as math facts and reading, there are still great ways to teach through play.

How Kids Learn Through Play

Children learn through various methods, but often their physical and social world teaches them the most. Even small infants learn this way. Parents can enhance a young child’s learning process by giving them a variety of ways to learn through sight, touch, taste and smell. For infants, play the games that children love, such as peek a boo and other interactions that teach cause and effect. It also teaches them how to interact socially with their families.

As children grow older, they still need stimulation. Remember, kids having fun gives them an added incentive to do the activity you want them to. Pretend play is one of the core elements of the development of imagination. Pack up a truck full of great costumes (you can pick these up very inexpensively after Halloween) and encourage both boys and girls to play. What you will find is that many of the role playing games they play now are direct reflections of the experiences they have had. For example, a child who may be going to daycare for the first time, may practice leaving her baby doll at a pretend daycare. The act is helpful, but the conversations they have of telling the doll that “mommy will be back very soon” will help them later to deal with their fears of being left. Encourage this type of play.

Child’s play through the years changes even more so. During preschool and kindergarten, one of the best ways to teach a child is through stories and pictures. They learn to interact with each other as well as with the outside world. For example, set the stage for a great adventure story. Read them the story during the morning hours. Then, give them a few ideas and let them act out the story in their own way. You can teach many of the fundamentals in this manner, everything from manners to helping those in need.

Other activities to encourage helping children learn through play include:

  • Craft projects: they explore their talents and explore texture, dimension, color and shapes
  • Dance: They explore their physical bodies and stay physically fit
  • Building with blocks: Everything from wooden blocks to Lego’s helps children to learn structure, dimension, balance, and help them to grow their imagination.
  • Drawing: Use various types of mediums from paints to pencil to help them to learn numbers, letters, shapes and much more

These activities can incorporate other skills, too. For example, perhaps an art project can center around a specific letter of the alphabet. Do not be elaborate, but do be dramatic.

Kids having fun is something you definitely want to consider for the long term. For example, children who are nine years old and up need to develop great reasoning skills and need to learn to think strategically. They also need to develop good social skills. Great ways for kids having fun through these lessons can be anything from fun science projects to advanced building sets done in teams and even 3-D puzzles. Encourage computer projects and video games as well. Unbelievably, the video game they love to play is teaching them great hand eye coordination (assuming that the content within it is appropriate.)

How children learn through play is really up to you, their parent. Encouraging them to play, pretend, and learn all go hand in hand. The skills most children learn at these early ages are not just their math facts and their ABC’s, but they are the foundations of how to learn, how to interact with other people, and how to explore, reason and strategize. These items will carry on with them throughout their lives.

Ivana Katz of Kids Universe says she is old enough to know better, but young enough to do it again, as she rides camels, swims with dolphins and often embarrasses her son. If you want to join her on adventures and find things to do with kids, join her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KidsUniverse

Fun Activities for Kids – Birthday Craft Activities

Planning your child’s birthday party doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some great ideas for their party.  It’s amazing how much fun one can have with just a few simple ingredients.

Fun Activities for Kids - Birthday Craft Activities

Spider Snacks
Age suitability: 2+

You will need (per spider): two cheese biscuits, a spoonful of cream cheese, 8 Twiglets or chipsticks, two sultanas

A fun way to eat a birthday tea – your kids can prepare their own! Take two round cheese biscuits and, using a dollop of cream cheese, sandwich them together, leaving a 1cm gap. Use the Twiglets (or chipsticks) to represent legs by sticking them into the cheese. Sultanas should be added for eyes, after which you can all gobble up your spiders together.

Fairy Cake Mountain
Age suitability: 2+

You will need: plain ready-cooked fairy cakes (the higher the number, the taller your mountain!), a selection of edible cake-decorations (icing, sprinkles, chocolate shavings, chopped strawberries etc)

If you provide your child with a certain amount of freedom here, it can be tremendously enjoyable to build one of these. Give them free rein to decorate about 20 plain cakes with coloured icing, sprinkles and chopped strawberries. Pile them high on a plate; stick the candle on the mountain’s peak.

Secret Rice Jar
Age suitability: 4+

You will need: a jam jar, rice, a cardboard tube and a birthday treat (chocolate or sweets work well)

If your child enjoys playing tricks on adults, they will enjoy making a Secret Rice Jar. Find a jam jar with lid and pour in a thin layer of rice. Take a cardboard tube, place it inside the jar on top of the rice, then cut it down in size so that the top is level with the rim of the jar. Holding the tube steady and central, carefully pour in more rice around the outside of the tube. When you look through the glass from any angle, you shouldn’t be able to see the tube. Now for the secret treat. Place something delicious inside the tube, such as chocolate coins or cubes of fudge, then screw on the lid and attach a note along the lines of “Dear Uncle, I thought you would like a nice jar of rice”. Wrap up the jar and keep the joke hush-hush until his birthday!.

Pancakes!
Age suitability: 3+ (with adult guidance)

You will need: (For the pancakes) 2 eggs, 200g plain flour, 600ml milk, orange segments, a lemon, (For the decorations) cress seed, cotton wool

When making your pancake batter, break the eggs in half carefully and save the eggshells after giving them a quick rinse. The above ingredients make around 10 pancakes. Beat together the flour and eggs, then slowly blend in the milk. If you like like to squeeze orange juice as well as lemon on to pancakes, it will give you lots of orange-peel quarters to cut into fantastic teeth shapes and slip inside your lips. Award the last pancake to the most grotesque smile. Finally, everyone must have a go at flipping a pancake. Let it cook well on one side, shake the pan to loosen it, then give it a whirl.

When finished, fill the eggshell halves with damp cotton wool and sprinkle with cress seed that you cleverly remembered to buy beforehand. Paint faces on to the shells and stand in egg cups on a windowsill, checking occasionally that the cotton wool doesn’t dry out. In a few days, your eggheads will be sprouting green hair. Very popular with those under six.

Floury Faces
Age suitability: 6+

You will need: plain flour, a bowl and spoon per person, a chocolate button

Older family members will love playing Floury Faces. Pile a mound of flour on a plate and hide a button inside. Be sure to cover your tracks, so it’s impossible to know where the button is. In turn, each person holds a spoon and scoops out a small amount of the flour mound into a bowl. When a player uncovers the button, they must stick their face into the flour and pull it out using only their mouth. Don’t breathe in whatever you do, as flour up the nose is tickly. Keep re-heaping the flour and hiding the button until everyone has been floured.

Ivana Katz of Kids Universe says she is old enough to know better, but young enough to do it again, as she rides camels, swims with dolphins and often embarrasses her son. If you want to join her on adventures and find things to do with kids, join her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KidsUniverse

Things To Do With Kids – Kids Games When You Are Out And About

Keeping kids entertained while you go out for a walk or on a long car journey can be a challenge, especially if they are little. Here are some great games you can play to make the trip more fun for everyone.

Things To  Do With Kids

Walkin’ the Planks
You will need: An open space with plenty of twigs and branches to hand
Find a patch of ground where there’s plenty of dead wood lying around and play Walkin’ the Planks. Rearrange logs and branches so they link up to form a circle. Be sure to leave a few gaps here and there to jump over. Take turns to walk your wobbly course, balancing as you go. Don’t let your feet touch the floor more than three times per circuit. You go first to test its stability; if it’s very tricky, your children may enjoy looking for a long, sturdy stick with which to steady themselves.

What’s Your Story, Corey?
This is a silly game to liven up an otherwise dull walk around the shops or home from school. As you approach someone coming the other way, have a quick glance at their face. Think up an appropriate first name and concoct a tiny piece of their life. When you’re definitely sure they’re at least ten paces past you and won’t be able to hear you, start up a sentence with their imaginary name, for example: “Norman’s just been to see his granny,” or, “Jo’s got a new car.” Particularly good people to peek at are cyclists, young couples and teenagers, shop assistants and dog walkers – guess the pet’s name, too. Be careful that your children are aware this is a game – this one could backfire horribly!

Granny Went To Market
This is another time-filler for walks or car journeys. Start by saying, “Granny went to market and bought a…” Then choose any item – let’s say a melon. Your child then repeats this and adds another item to the list, maybe a Russian doll. You now repeat these two items and add another, saying, “Granny went to market and bought a melon, a Russian doll and a mobile phone.” Aim for a list of 20 items.

I Spy Alphabet
‘I Spy’ is one of those games that children love to play on a long journey, but which can quickly become over-played and stale! This simple variation might make it a bit more interesting for all involved. He spies something beginning with A, then you spy something beginning with B etc, moving through the alphabet to Z

Blackberry Sludge
You will need: containers to collect the fruit in, a saucepan, sugar, an apron and a sieve
Another way to brighten up a stroll is to spend part of it collecting the best of the season’s fruit growing in the hedgerow. This will depend on where the reader is located – the following idea is based on picking blackberries (raspberries will do also). Collect a tubful, eating one or two ripe ones as you go. It may be an idea to take along a plastic bottle of water to use to rinse the berries before eating! When you get home, give them a good wash, tip into a saucepan with a little sugar and simmer gently for a few minutes. Cover any precious clothes with an apron and burn off more of your child’s energy pushing the blackberries through a sieve. You’ll be left with a delicious, thick syrup that looks rather like congealed blood and tastes fantastic poured over ice-cream.

The Non-Walk
A helpful tip for enticing your children outside for a walk… Firstly, under no circumstances mention the words, “Go for a walk.” Instead, take a little time beforehand to go on a solitary reconnaissance mission to find a few items en route that will hit their interest buttons. All you need to then do is simply ask who fancies seeing a decomposing rabbit, a fox-hole, etc. Fingers crossed, they’ll jump at the chance. Second, select a tree on the walk with a perfect-sized hole in its bark where wrapped sweets can regularly be stashed and discovered. Walks just got a whole lot more interesting!

Ivana Katz of Kids Universe shows you fun things to do with kids whether it’s rain, hail or shine. Your next adventure is only a click away at www.kidsuniverse.com.au. And don’t forget to download your FREE copy of “Fun Activities for Kids – Free Ways to Keep Kids Happy”

Things To Do in Sydney With Kids – Top 7 Playgrounds

If you are wondering what to do in Sydney with kids this weekend, then why not plan a trip to a new playground you haven’t been to before.   Your children will be excited to explore new places and you can sit back, relax and maybe even enjoy a quiet coffee.

The following are some of Sydney’s best playgrounds, as they offer plenty of stimulation for the children, but also all the comforts and amenities for the parents.

Clontarf Reserve Playground
Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf
Clontarf Reserve is located on Sydney’s northern beaches and a great place to visit for the whole family. The playground is shaded and is suitable for kids 0-12 years of age.  For the parents, there is a kiosk, which serves hot food as well as ice cream, cakes and coffee,.  The park has plenty of seating and free BBQs as well as a bubbler and showers. In summer it is ideal for swimming for even young children as there are now waves and at low tide shallow water.

Things to do in Sydney with Kids - Clontarf Reserve

Flying Fox (Winnererremy Bay) Playground
Mona Street, Mona Vale
This excellent playground has recently been upgraded with new play equipment.  It is suitable for kids of all ages and includes an adventure trail with stone carvings of sea creatures , flying fox, space net, snakes and ladders and spring rockers and many others. Flying Fox Café is located right next to the enclosed playground so parents can keep an eye on the kids.  Free BBQs and shaded tables  are also nearby as is a great bike/scooter track.  Children will also enjoy seeing pelicans wandering nearby.

Things to do in Sydney with Kids - Flying Fox

Bicentennial Park Playground
Australia Avenue, Homebush
Bicenennial Park offers something for the young and old.  Children will enjoy exploring the adventure playground with sandpit, slide, climbing frame, swings and shade sails or riding their scooters or bikes on the many bike / pathways.  A great water play area is also located in the park, where kids can run and splash for hours.   Lilies Café is located near the playground and serves great coffee, lunches, drinks, ice creams and cakes.  You can also hire a bike from the bike hire shop located next to the café.  Free BBQs, tables and seating are located next to the playground, so bring sausages for an easy lunch.

Things to do in Sydney with Kids - Bicentennial Playground

Darling Harbour Playground
Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour
A very popular family spot, Darling Harbour Playground has lots of fun play equipment for kids of all ages.  There is plenty of seating for parents and lots of cafes right next to the playground as well as toilets.  Bring a towel and change of clothes for the kids, as the playground offers several water features.  Also very popular among the kids is a large spider web, slides and sand equipment.  McDonalds is located right next to the playground, so lunch is easily taken care of.  For older kids, there is plenty of green space and ping pong tables.

Things To Do in Sydney - Darling Harbour Playground

Collaroy Beach Playground
Pittwater Road, Collaroy
This enclosed shaded playground is suitable for children from 1 to 8 years of age.   For older children, there is plenty of green open space, where they can run and play. Several BBQs and tables are located inside the playground area.  For coffee, ice cream or lunch there are several takeaway shops and cafes across the road. Toilets and showers are located next to the carpark. During summer you can swim at the patrolled beach and if you have young kids, there is a great rockpool.

Things To Do In Sydney With Kids - Collaroy Beach Playground

Dee Why Beach Playground
Griffin Road, Dee Why
Dee Why Beach has become a very popular family spot due to its recent upgrade. There are 2 excellent playgrounds – one at the southern end, with plenty of tables and seating, making it ideal for families with young children. And another smaller playground is located near the large car park, behind Dee Why Surf Club.  For older kids, there is an oval, where they can play cricket or just kick the ball.  Dee Why Beach has lots of excellent cafes, restaurants and a gelato bar with delcious ice cream and coffee.  There are a couple of toilet and shower blocks nearby, as well as a rockpool.

Things To Do in Sydney With Kids - Dee Why Beach

Cook Park Playgrounds
General Holmes Drive, Rockdale
Cook Park stretches for 8 kilometres along the western foreshore of Botany Bay  It is a fantastic family spot as it offers everything one needs for a great day out.  Several playgrounds offer great entertainment for kids and a long walkway/bike track for children to ride their scooters, rollerblades or bikes.  You will also find BBQs, showers, change rooms, picnic shelters and seating, toilets in several spots.  Grab a coffee, snack or lunch in one of the many great cafes and restaurants located in the park or across the road.  For those wishing to get some exercise, the length of the park offers a great walkway / bike track, where children can ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards or rollerblade. During summer you can swim at the sheltered Brighton Le Sands beach, which is located right next to the park. As the park opposite Sydney Airport, kids will enjoy watching planes take off and land.

Things To Do In Sydney With Kids - Cook Park

Maroubra Beach Playground
Marine Parade, Maroubra
For young kids, Maroubra Beach has a great enclosed and shaded playground and for older children, there is a fun Skate Park, where kids can ride their skateboards, scooters and bikes.  As the playground is located right next to Maroubra Beach, during summer you can take a dip in the ocean, while the kids build sandcastles.  A kiosk and café are located near the Maroubra Surf Club, where you will also find toilets and showers.  The park has several free BBQs and sheltered tables with seating.

Things To Do In Sydney With Kids - Maroubra Beach

Ivana Katz of Kids Universe says she is old enough to know better, but young enough to do it again, as she rides camels, swims with dolphins and often embarrasses her son. If you want to join her on adventures and find things to do with kids, visit www.KidsUniverse.com.au  join her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KidsUniverse

 

101 Things To Do In Sydney With Kids

Sydney has so much to offer families with children of all ages.  Here is a list of the best things to do in Sydney with kids.  Print out the following list and tick all the places you have been to and add those you haven’t yet visited to your list of things to do during the next school holidays. The following spots have been selected because of the family friendly features, facilities and amenities that they provide.

101 Things To Do in Sydney With Kids

Sydney’s Best Beaches

1. Clontarf Beach – Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf
2. Shelly Beach – Bower Street, Manly
3. Little Manly Beach – Stuart Street, Manly
4. Manly Cove – West Esplanade, Manly
5. Balmoral Beach – The Esplanade, Balmoral
6. Chinamans Beach – Parriwi Road, The Spit
7. Maroubra Beach – Marine Parade, Maroubra
8. Palm Beach – Ocean Road, Palm Beach
9. Parsley Bay – Parsley Road, Vaucluse
10. Dee Why Beach – The Strand, Dee Why
11. Collaroy Beach – Pittwater Road, Collaroy
12. Bronte Beach – Bronte Road, Bronte
13. Shark Beach – Greycliff Avenue, Vaucluse
14. Tamarama Beach – Pacific Avenue, Tamarama
15. Bondi Beach – Campbell Parade, Bondi
16. Coogee Beach – Arden Street, Coogee
17. Manly Beach – North Steyne, Manly
18. Freshwater Beach – Kooloora Avenue, Harbord
19. Clareville Beach – Delecta Avenue, Clareville
20. Clovelly Beach – Eastbourne Avenue, Clovelly
21. Greenwich Baths – Albert Street, Greenwich
22. Shelly Beach – Ewos Parade, Cronulla

Sydney’s Best Parks & Playgrounds
23. Cook Park – The Grand Parade, Brighton Le Sands
24. Manly Lagoon Reserve – Pittwater Road, North Manly
25. Little Manly Point Park – Stuart Street, Manly
26. Carss Bush Park – Carwar Avenue, Blakehurst
27. Bronte Park – Bronte Road, Bronte
28. North Harbour Reserve – North Harbour Street, Balgowlah
29. Centennial Park – Lang Road, Centennial Park
30. Bicentennial Park – Australia Avenue, Homebush
31. Winnererremy Bay- Mona Street, Mona Vale
32. Darling Quarter Playground – 1-25 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour
33. Lyne Park – New South Head Road, Rose Bay
34. Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam) – Allambie Road, Manly Vale
35. Nielsen Park – Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse
36. Robertson Park – Military Road, Watsons Bay
37. Rushcutters Bay Park – New South Head Road, Rushcutters Bay
38. The Basin – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
39. Banjo Paterson Park – Punt Road, Gladesville
40. Leichhardt Park – Glover Street, Lilyfield
41. Buffalo Creek Reserve – Pittwater Road, Hunters Hill
42. Royal Botanic Gardens – Mrs Macquarie Road, Sydney
43. Parsley Bay Reserve – Parsley Road, Vaucluse
44. Prince Alfred Park –  Chalmers Street, Surry Hills

Sydney’s Best Skate Parks
45. Monster Skate Park – Grand Parade, Sydney Olympic Park
46. Avalon Skate Park – Barrenjoey Road, Avalon
47. Manly Skate Park – Pittwater Road, North Manly
48. Kitchener Park – Pittwater Road, Mona Vale
49. Frenchs Forest Vert Ramp – Warringah Road, Frenchs Forest
50. Forestville Skate Park – Warringah Road, Forestville
51. Chatswood Skate Park – Orchard Road, Chatswood
52. Lane Cove Skate Park – Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West
53. Maroubra Beach Skate Park – Marine Parade, Maroubra
54. Balmoral Skate Park – Coronation Avenue, Balmoral
55. Helensburgh Skate Park – Park Avenue, Helensburgh
56. Bondi Skate Park – Campbell Parade, Bondi
57. Bundeena Skate Park – Bundeena Drive, Bundeena

Sydney’s Best Museums
58. Powerhouse Museum – 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
59. Australian Museum – 6 College  Street, Sydney
60. Australian National Maritime Museum – 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
61. The Rocks Discovery Museum – Kendall Lane, The Rocks
62. Hyde Park Barracks – Macquarie Street, Sydney
63. Cockatoo Island – Cockatoo Island, Sydney
64. Justice and Police Museum – Corner Phillip and Albert Streets, Circular Quay
65. Nutcote May Gibbs Museum – 5 Wallaringa Avenue, Neutral Bay
66. Museum of Fire – 1 Museum Drive, Penrith

Sydney’s Best Animal Encounters
67. Taronga Zoo – Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
68. Whale Watching Sydney – Harbour Master, Circular Quay
69. Koala Park Sanctuary – Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills
70. Calmsley Hill City Farm – Darling Street, Abbotsbury
71. Sydney Aquarium – Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour
72. Sydney Wildlife Park – Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour
73. Featherdale Wildlife Park – 217 Kildare Road, Doonside
74. Symbio Wildlife Park. Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Helensburgh

Sydney’s Best Child Friendly Cafes
75. The Deck – 1064 Pittwater Road, Collaroy
76. The Sandbar Café – Shelly Beach, Manly
77. Flying Fox – 2 Mona Street, Mona Vale
78. Newport Arms – 2 Kalinya Street, Newport
79. Little Manly Beach Kiosk – Stuart Street Manly
80. Lilies on The Park – Australia Avenue, Homebush
81. Armory Wharf Café – Jamieson Street, Newington
82. Aqua Bar & Grill – Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour
83. Hard Rock Café – Level 2 Harbourside Centre, Darling Harbour
84. Pancakes  On The Rocks – 4 Hickson Road, The Rocks
85. Dragonfly Café – Cnr Lane Cove Road & Fontenoy Road, North Ryde
86. Centennial Parklands Kiosk – Grand Drive, Centennial Park
87. Watsons Bay Tea Gardens – 8 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay

Sydney’s Best Attractions
88. Sydney Luna Park – 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
89. Imax Theatre – 31 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour
90. Sydney Tower – Cnr Pitt and Market Streets, Sydney
91. Moore Park Entertainment Quarter – 122 Lang Road, Moore Park
92. Eden Gardens – Cnr Lane Cove Road & Fontenoy Road, North Ryde
93. Manly Water Works – Cnr West Esplanade & Commonwealth Parade, Manly
94. Splashers Water Playground – Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush
95. Sydney Observatory – Watson Road, The Rocks
96. Chinese Garden of Friendship – Darling Harbour
97. Q Station – 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
98. Madame Tussauds – Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour

Sydney’s Best Ice Skating Rinks
99. Macquarie Ice Rink – Cnr Herring & Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park
100. Canberbury Olympic Ice Rink – Phillips Avenue, Canberbury
101. Sydney Ice Arena – 11 Solent Circuit, Baulkham Hills

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