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

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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

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Things To Do With Kids – Top 6 Child Friendly Museums in Sydney

If you are feeling guilty about the amount of time you let your kids spend in front of the computer / TV or playing electronic games, while you get all your work/housework done, then why not plan a day out during the school holidays or on the weekend, when you do something educational with your kids. Museums often conjure up images of boring school excursions, but the truth is there are many fantastic museums which are not only educational, but also very interactive. Even if the kids grumble while you pry the Xbox controller from them, you will see once you arrive at the museum, their imagination will take over and they will start to explore and have lots of fun.

Australian Museum – Sydney
Address: College Street, Sydney
The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia, and specialises in the fields of natural history and anthropology. It features collections of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, as well as mineralogy, palaeontology, and anthropology. Located in the heart of Sydney, the museum has something for everyone, including young children. Kidspace is a mini museum which features cubby houses loaded with fun activities. It also has a special closed off area for babies and toddlers. Several times a week, the museum runs a ‘Carla’s Deep Sea treasure Hunt’ which allows 3-5 year olds to decorate their own treasure box and then to follow clues to discover the amazing deep sea creatures and collecting little treasure along the way. For older children, the museum organises kids sleepovers, dinosaur detective kids workshops, marine worlds kids workshop and many others.

Powerhouse Museum – Sydney
Address: 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
The Powerhouse Museum is a home to a unique and diverse collection spanning history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration. It is estimated to have well over 500,000 separate items in an ever-changing program of temporary displays and permanent exhibitions. It has a state of the art playground and café and is guaranteed to keep the children amused for hours.
Currently the museum has a Wiggles Exhibit and in early June 2012 the Sydney Brickshow will make its appearance. You can experience amazing creations built by adult fans of Lego or learn from one of Lego certified professionals how to use bricks in ways that challenge the normal concepts of Lego building. For children 3-8 Powerhouse runs powerplay – creative artists lead children in hands on arts and crafts, storytelling and performances. The exhibitions and activities change regularly so check out their website for the latest news.

Kids Museum - Powerhouse Museum

Kids Museum – Powerhouse Museum

Maritime Museum – Sydney
Address: 2 Murray Street, Sydney
The Australian National Maritime Museum explores Australia’s links with the sea and features displays which show how maritime activities and issues have shaped the lives of people in Australia. Wharf 7 Maritime Heritage Centre next door is the museum’s ‘backstage’ area, housing the Vaughan Evans Library, museum collection storage, boatbuilding workshops, the conservation laboratory, ship model workshop and display area, a design studio, photographic studio and other facilities. At the museum wharves, you will find one of the largest fleets housing 14 vessels which include a former navy destroyer HMAS Vampire, a former navy submarine HMAS Onslow, a full-scale replica of Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour and a variety of smaller vessels.

The Rocks Discovery Museum – Sydney
Address; Kendall Lane, The Rocks
The Rocks Discovery Museum is a free, family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks area of Sydney from pre-European days to the present. Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, The Rocks Discovery Museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks. The exhibits are filled with interactive fun for kids of all ages and uses touch screens, audio and visual elements to bring the history of the area alive.

Kids Museum - The Rocks Discovery Museum

Kids Museum – The Rocks Discovery Museum

Hyde Park Barracks – Sydney
Address: Macquarie Street, Sydney
The Hyde Park Barracks was built in 1819 to house, clothe and feed convict men and boys. Later the building became a hub of government departments and renamed Chancery Square. Until the late 1970s, thousands of public servants, legal workers and litigants occupied dingy office spaces, courtrooms and corridors, scattered throughout the increasingly crowded complex. Today the Hyde Park Barracks is a museum about itself.

Kids Museum - Hyde Park Barracks

Kids Museum – Hyde Park Barracks

Cockatoo Island – Sydney
Address: Cockatoo Island, Sydney
Cockatoo Island is the largest heritage listed island in Sydney Harbour and is located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers. The Island is a former imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory and gaol. The Island offers guided tours, and include an overview of the island’s interesting history, and features some of the best examples of early colonial life.

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