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 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

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