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

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

How many of these attractions have you visited already?  Post your answers below.

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

Things To Do In Sydney With Kids – Animal Adventures

If your children love animals and you are looking somewhere interesting to take them on the weekend or during the holidays, then check out the following awesome places.

Taronga Zoo
Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
This is probably the first place that springs to mind, when you think of taking your kids to see the animals and rightfully so.  Taronga Zoo has so much to offer.  To ensure you get the most out of the Zoo, visit Taronga website and print your own copy of the Zoo map so you can work out which animals your children would like to see.  There are plenty of great shows and talks featured every day, including a seal show, koala photo opportunity, gorilla keeper talk, reptile keeper presentation, free flight bird show and more.  You can download a  free “Taronga Zoo – Monkey Mayhem” iPhone application, which  takes you on an exciting Zoo adventure of learning and discovery both at Taronga Zoo and at home.

Using the iPhone’s built-in camera and GPS, you can navigate your way around the  Zoo via the interactive map taking photos and adding them to the right animal pages to unlock secret content!
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 4.30 pm daily

Things to do in Sydney with Kids - Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo

Sydney Aquarium,
Darling Harbour, Sydney
Another must visit animal adventure if you live in or are visiting Sydney.  The aquarium is a home to many sea creatures and some of the most popular exhibits include:
The tropical bay of rays – featuring the most colourful combination of Australian stingrays
Saws and Claws – a new joint creature feature of smalltooth sawfish and huge Japanese spider crabs,
Southern rivers includes freshwater fish found in the Murray Darling River System such as the Murray cod, platypus, yabbies, turtles,
Northern Rivers – check out barramundi and lungfish – the only fish species that can breathe air
Southern Oceans – Visit Sea Dragons and Pineapple Fish, octopus, moray eels and a colony of little penguins
Dugongs at Mermaid Lagoon – Pig and Wuru are the only captive dugongs in Australia, and presently there are less than 5 long-term captive dugongs in the world.
Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm

Things to do in Sydney with Kids - Sydney Aquarium

Sydney Aquarium

Manly Sealife Sanctuary (Manly Oceanworld)
West Esplanade, Manly
Manly Sealife Sanctuary is the home of many sharks, giant stingrays, sea turtles and other marine life,  Walk through the Shark Harbour, visit Penguin Cove, Tropical Reef or explore the rockpool. There is something to amuse children of all ages.  If you are looking to do something different for your kids birthday party, then book Manly Sealife Sanctuary – your kids will have a great time and learn something new.
Opening Hours: 10am – 5.30pm

Things to do in Sydney with Kids - Oceanworld Manly

Ocean World Manly

Sydney Wildlife World,
Darling Harbour, Sydney
Get up close with cute koalas and kangaroos, see Rex, one of the world’s largest crocodiles, walk through 9 themed habitat zones and see over 100 species of real, all Australian animals.  Sydney Wildlife World offers 14 keeper talks and animal feeds every day, so you are guaranteed to keep the children amused for hours.  Some of the most popular exhibits include Butterfly Tropics, Gum Tree Valley, Wallaby Cliffs, Daintree Forest, The Outback, Kakadu Gorge and Bugs  Garden>
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm

Things to do in Sydney with Kids - Sydney Wildlife Park

Sydney Wildlife Park

Koala Park Sanctuary,
Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills
At Koala Park Sancturary you will find plenty of koalas, but also red & grey kangaroos, dingoes, wombats, echidnas, emus, wallabies and lots of Australian Native Birds. One of the best features of the park is being able to feed many of the kangaroos.  Food can be purchased at the door.  There are 4 koala feeding times each day as well as a penguin and wombat show.

Things to do in Sydney with Kids - Koala Park Sanctuary

Koala Park Sanctuary

Calmsley Hill City Farm,
Darling Street Abbotsbury
Calmsley Hill City farm is an attraction which features a variety of great exhibits and shows, including animal patting, cow milking, tractor ride, stock whip show, working dog show, sheep shearing show and koala talks.  Check out cockatoo and parrot aviary, snake exhibit, koala exhibit, poultry pens, animal nursery, cattle pens, kangaroo walk in exhibit and many more.
Opening Hours: 9am – 4.30pm

Things to do in Sydney with Kids - Calmsley Hill City Farm

Calmsley Hill City Farm

Featherdale Wildlife Park,
217 Kildare Road, Doonside
Featherdale provides all-day free encounters with Australia’s most beloved and iconic koalas and kangaroos.  You can hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus or enjoy a fce to face encounter with a koala.  The park also features crocodiles, dingos, goannas, penguins, reptiles and Tasmanian devils as well as many native birds.
Opening Hourse: 9am – 5pm

Australian Reptile Park
The Australian Reptile Park is a hands on zoo and is regarded as one of Australia’s premier attractions.  It offers exciting wildlife shows and loads of animal interactions including Elvis, the crankiest  crocodile ,  Hugo, the giant Galapagos tortoise, many reptiles, venomous snakes, wombats, dingoes, echidnas, wallabies, platypus, possums, Tasmanian devils and so much more. The park offers many tours and experiences including “kids 2 keeper” programs  which allow children to experience what it’s like to be a  zoo keeper.
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm

Things to do in Sydney with Kids - Australian Reptile Park

Australian Reptile Park

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

Australian Shark & Ray Centre

The Australian Shark & Ray Centre is located in Port Stephens and offers an awesome experience which allows you to get very close to sting rays and sharks. Both children and adults are able to feed stingrays from either the side of the pool or put on dry waterproof pants or a wetsuit and get in the water with them.

The water is only waist deep, so even young children are able to participate. It is amazing to see the looks on their faces as they feed these giant creatures.

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Australian Shark & Ray Centre

Australian Shark & Ray Centre