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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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

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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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