Things To Do With Kids

26 Of The Best Things To Do With Kids In Sydney

By Kartya Vucetic

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Whether it's the weekend or school holidays, every parent needs a go-to itinerary packed with fun, family activities to keep their kids entertained and amazed for hours on end. From underwater adventures to artsy fun, and magical treetop sights, Sydney/Eora, has got it all going on. 

Urban List has wrapped up the most heart-racing, mind-boggling, and eye-opening kid-friendly adventures that will also bring out your own inner big kid. 

Here are the best things to do with kids in Sydney. 

Best Zoos To Visit With Kids In Sydney

Taronga Zoo Sydney

Bradleys Head Road, Mosman

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Lions and tigers and bears oh my, Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals and Sydney’s only cable car; the Sky Safari. For countless hours of family fun, explore the zoo’s grounds or catch a seal or bird show. Perfect for the aspiring zoo keeper, kids can hear from the expert keepers and learn facts about animals every day of the week, all year round. Catch a ferry across Sydney’s sparkling darling harbour from Circular Quay to make the experience even more fun. 

Sydney Sea Life Aquarium

1-5 Wheat Road, Sydney CBD

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Dive into a magical underwater world at Sydney's SEA LIFE Aquarium in Darling Harbour. As one of the world’s largest aquariums, there are nine breathtaking aquatic zones to journey through, home to over 13,000 animals. Get up close with the most adorable penguins at the Penguin Expedition, discover the unmissable Great Barrier Reef experience and face your fears at Shark Valley as sharks and stingrays soar over you in SEA LIFE's submerged tunnels. Buy tickets here. 

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

1-5 Wheat Road, Sydney CBD

Take a walk on the wild side at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo located in Darling Harbour where you’ll be able to spot and learn about some of Australia's iconic native and endangered species. Cue Tasmanian Devils, numbats and adorable koalas all in one convenient location. 

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

217 Kildare Road, Doonside

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Those wanting to get out of Sydney and visit a zoo with fewer glass barriers should head to Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park in Doonside. The zoo is smaller and far more interactive, giving kids the opportunity to get up close with some of Australia’s cutest native wildlife. Buy tickets here.

Best Outdoor Activities To Do With Kids In Sydney

Archery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park

Bennelong Parkway, Sydney Olympic Park, Parramatta

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For all the Robin Hoods running around at home, take them to Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre. There are awesome weekend and school holiday programs where kids and adults with any skill level can get in on the action. 

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Biking In Western Sydney Parklands

Between Blacktown and Leppington

There’s plenty of room for everyone to play at the Western Sydney Parklands, which expand across 27 kilometres. It’s also perfect for bike riding, making it the ideal spot for the kids to have a crack sans training wheels (or not). For the little adventurers, Cecil Park also offers mountain biking and BMX racing grounds. 

Centennial Parklands Horse Riding

Centennial Park

Beginners and pros are all welcome to join in on the many riding trails Centennial Parklands has to offer. There's something for everyone from riding lessons to show-jumping and leisurely meanders across the leafy park. 

Best Indoor Play Centres To Take Kids In Sydney

Planet Mino Kids Club

10 Smith Street, Chatswood

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Perfect for littlies needing to burn some energy or host a party, Planet Mino Kids Club is the ultimate indoor playground (and they're about to launch a second location in Warringah Mall). Three internal levels, ball pits and an indoor volcano slide are all bound to produce some excited screams while parents can sit back with a cuppa at the cafe. Wanting to check out even more play centres? We've rounded up the Best Play Centres in Sydney for your convenience. 

Indoor Rock Climbing

Various locations

Good news for parents, for kids who won't stop climbing the furniture—there are a tonne of indoor rock climbing centres in Sydney that are kid-friendly. Honourable mentions include Climb Fit Sydney, Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym and Northern Beaches Rockhouse

Entertainment Park

361 Milperra Road, Bankstown

Open 10am to 10pm daily, Entertainment Park Bankstown is guaranteed fun for everyone. With 3,500 square metres of indoor go-karting tracks, bowling lanes, virtual reality arenas and racing car simulators, there isn't a better place we could think of for a fun day out in Sydney. 

Best Hands-On Workshops For Kids In Sydney

Children’s Workshops At The MCA

140 George Street, The Rocks

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The Museum of Contemporary Art isn’t just for high-profile art buffs, families of all ages and art lovers are welcome too. The MCA has an array of children’s workshops and school holiday programs to spark kids' creativity like Artplay, a free unstructured creative play session for 0-5 year olds. You never know, you might have the next Picasso on your hands. 

Class Bento Kid-Friendly Workshops

Various locations

Get crafty with Class Bento, offering a wide range of workshops and classes with a whole section on its website of activities that are specifically designed for kids. From art workshops to guided meditations, you’ll be amazed by the range on offer. 

Best Adventure Activities With Kids In Sydney

BridgeClimb Sydney

3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

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Kids over the age of eight and in need of something a little more exciting than Lego can join the adults on the famous BridgeClimb Sydney. Ascend as a family up the Harbour Bridge (aka the world’s largest steel arch) and take in 360-degree views of the spectacular harbour. The Pylon Lookout and Museum is also perfect for younger kids not old enough to climb the bridge. 

Raging Waters Sydney

427 Reservoir Road, Prospect

With over 30 rides, slides and attractions, Raging Waters Sydney is the ultimate outdoor theme park destination to cool off during warmer weekends. A tonne of the slides also have relatively low height requirements, meaning everyone can take part in the action.

TreeTops Adventure Western Sydney

Plough & Harrow East, 749 Elizabeth Drive, Abbotsbury

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Provided the kids (or the adults) don’t have a fear of heights, a day at the TreeTops Adventure Western Sydney should definitely be on the family bucket list. Sessions run for just over two hours, and Junior Courses are even available for those aged between three and seven. Buy tickets here.

Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk

Level 5/108 Market Street, Sydney CBD

Taking you to the highest point in Sydney where you can catch 360-degree views of the entire city, the Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk is a 60-minute guided tour not for the faint-hearted of families. Kids won’t feel so small anymore, as they’ll be able to spot landmarks from as far away as the Blue Mountains.

Luna Park Sydney

1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point

Tick off an adrenaline rush as well as visiting one of Sydney’s most iconic attractions with a visit to Luna Park Sydney. In operation since the 1930s, the nostalgic theme park to this day is still beloved by both kids and adults. It’s also perched right on top of Sydney Harbour, so you can lap up the cracking views. 

Best Museums And Galleries To Visit With Kids In Sydney

Australian National Maritime Museum

2 Murray Street, Sydney CBD

Located on the waterfront of Darling Harbour, the Australian National Maritime Museum hosts a range of Australia's largest and most diverse naval fleets—including a replica of Captain Cook’s ship the HMB Endeavour. Six permanent galleries, ongoing exhibitions and the kid-friendly Ripples Cafe makes it the perfect Sunday Funday activity. Buy tickets here.

Children’s Workshops At The Art Gallery Of NSW

Art Gallery Road, Sydney CBD

Not only are children under five years admitted free into the Art Gallery of NSW, but the gallery offers activity sheets, specialised children’s trails and art labels—making the experience accessible for the whole family. 

The Australian Museum

1 William Street, Darlinghurst

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Showcasing the most fascinating parts of both science and nature, the Australian Museum regularly hosts new exhibitions that are almost always kid-friendly. Kids can get hands-on in exploring and learning about the world around them, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the adults learned a thing or two as well. 

Best Gardens To Visit With Kids In Sydney

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Mrs Macquarie's Road, Sydney CBD

Situated right next to the Sydney Opera House are the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, AKA the ultimate family picnic spot come a sunny day. Roam through the grounds and you might even learn a thing or two about some of Australia’s native flora. The gardens also regularly host a range of kids workshops and events. 

Centennial Parklands

Centennial Park

Aside from the horse riding, the leafy grounds of Centennial Parklands make it a perfect inner-city location for family picnics and strolls. The park is also bike-friendly and offers an array of school holiday programs and workshops.

Best Historic Sites To Visit With Kids In Sydney

Cockatoo Island (Wareamah)

Sydney Harbour

Just a short boat ride from Circular Quay, Cockatoo Island is renowned for its rich history of housing convicts—making it a perfect day trip to learn of Sydney’s settlement history. Kids' maps and treasure hunt activities are also bound to make it feel less like a history lesson and more like an adventure.

Hyde Park Barracks

Macquarie Street, Sydney CBD

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If you’re wanting to stay on shore, Hyde Park Barracks is a great option for families looking to brush up on their knowledge of Aussie convicts and penal settlement. Kids can plug into a tailored audio guide and activity trail, and see how life was lived back then, trying out old hammocks and all. 

Powerhouse Museum

500 Harris Street, Ultimo

For the little ones into all things tech and science, the Powerhouse Museum is a great place to immerse themselves in the workshops and exhibitions packed with loads to explore. There are also family-friendly workshops on offer regularly.

Sydney Opera House

Circular Quay

The iconic Sydney Opera House is not only an attraction worth visiting in itself, but the institution also hosts an array of kid-friendly performances and productions throughout the year. Stay up to date with what’s on to see what works for the whole family. 

Need ideas for keeping the kids occupied on a rainy day? Check out our wet-weather guide to exploring Sydney with kids here.

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