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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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