Kids Activities in Sydney
Trying to find new kids activities for you and your child to do can be challenging. This page will give you a few ideas of fun, free (or cheap) places you can go in Sydney, Australia.
Best Parks For Kids in Sydney
Sydney has heaps of fantastic parks for kids. Those without a cafe are often visited by a mobile coffee van.
Blaxland Riverside Park, Armory, Jamieson St Newington
This is a must visit park for kids of all ages. It is truly unique, with its tunnels, webs, rock climbs, huge slides, flying foxes and swings - your kids will love exploring it. A water fun area has just been open, be prepared for your young ones to get very wet. There is also a sand area and a climbing tower for those who dont mind heights. Bring your bikes for a beautiful riverside ride, have a meal at the cafe, or an ice-cream and coffee at the kiosk. Giant chess can be played on weekends. This is becoming a very popular destination and it can be hard to find parking, although a second parking area has just opened up and it is well worth the trip.
Livvis Place, Timbrell Park, Henley Marine Drive Five Dock
This park was voted "Best Playground in Australia for 2010" so it is worth a look! This is a gated playground, with BBQ's and tables within the gate and public toilets close by. It has a merry go round, netted swing, sun shades, sand pit, equipment suitable for a large age range of children and children of all abilities. It has a great area of low to the ground play equipment for under 2's.
Sydney Park, Sydney Park Rd St Peters
Probably one of the best parks I have been to, with equipment for all ages. A great sand & water play area (bring a change of clothes), good slides, a cafe and bike track with traffic lights!
Blenheim Park, North Ryde
Excellent flying fox, kids cycle way, special circuit for remote control cars, enclosed off leach dog play area, BBQ's and toilets. Lots of scattered play areas to explore.
Darling Quarter Playground, Darling Harbour
A new and exciting playground with climbing ropes, slides, water games, sand play, flying fox, jumbo swings and more. Make sure you pack a change of clothes and towel. There is something here for all ages but be warned it is very popular with kids everywhere! Catch a ferry to Darling Harbour to make a day of it - on Sundays families can travel for $2.50 per person. This park is accross the path from the Monkey Baa Theatre.
Pirrama Park, Pirrama Rd Pyrmont.
This park is uniquely design, it uses historical carved sandstone pieces from the local area and incorporates them into the play equipment. The park has a great climbing net structure, swings, water play area (bring a change of clothes). The park has a modern toilet block and kiosk. Parking is limited, timed and costs a few dollars per hour. Parking is easy during the weekdays. Watch your toddlers in this park as it is not fenced and there is a harbour swimming area close by (great for older children to have a dip).
Water Activities for Kids in Sydney
Greenwich Baths, Albert St Greenwich
A netted swimming area in Sydney Harbor. With lots of sand and water toys to play with. Cafe, sun lounges and change rooms. Entrance fee is a couple of dollars for adults and children to get in.
Sheltered, small beach perfect for toddlers. If you are feeling adventurous bring along a snorkel and goggles to explore the rocks. There is also a fenced playground with equipment suitable for toddlers and other equipment for older children. The playground is next to the beach, there are also toilets, BBQ's and a cafe accross the road.
Aquatic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park Homebush
This pool has a great play area for kids, big slides for older children and a water playground for younger ones. Watch out for the large tipping bucket of water! Cost $5.70 children, $7 adults.
Putney Park, Pellisiner Rd Putney
If your little one wants to have a splash, go to Putney Park, situated on the Parramatta River, a great place for a picnic or BBQ and has a water play area (more like a shallow pool so bring swimmers). It also has a huge tower slide and large climbing frame. And best of all it is free!
Darling Quarter Playground, Darling Harbour
If you are in the city on a hot day and the kids need to cool off, go to Darling Quarter Playground and have fun dodging the water squirts, playing water games and building sand castles.
Steel Park, Illawara Rd Marrickville South
This water play park features sprinklers, jets and fountains in the warmer months (October - March). This park also demonstrates an environmental process in action designed to encapsulate the total water cycle. A great destination for a play and a cool off!
Library Rhyme Time for Babies and Toddlers
An outing to the library is always a great activity. Many libraries have specific sessions for babies or toddlers that are free to attend and include nursery rhymes, songs, books and often arts and crafts. Ask at your local library if they run these sessions. They are often run during school term only and have special school holiday activities aswell.
Museums in Sydney That are Good for Kids
Mini Mariners for 2 - 5 year olds, every Tuesday during school term. Craft, games, books, dress-ups and story time. $7 bookings necessary. Visit the Australian National Maritime Museum site for more information.
Bushwalks In Sydney for Toddlers and Kids
Cumberland State Forest, 95 Castle Hill Rd West Pennant Hills
One of Sydney's hidden secrets, a beautiful forest for kids to explore. Three short bushwalks to choose from, all well sign posted and colour coded. Suitable for 3+ year olds. Picnic areas, cafe, visitors centre, weekend and school holiday activities (bookings required and small cost). Free entry to the forest.
You do need to book into these sessions at some TAFE's and there is sometimes a waiting list. Contact your local TAFE to see if they run this and find out how it works in your area.
TAFE Playsession, Meadowbank, Petersham, Crows Nest plus more locations....
It is well worth your while to contact your local TAFE or College to ask if they run a playsession for toddlers. These are weekly activity sessions where students from early childhood courses at TAFE run various activities including craft, music, sport, puzzles, pretend play and much more. The kids love these sessions as there is such a variety of activities to do and so much attention from the students.
This is a fun music group for parents and toddlers, there is 30 minutes of music, movement and fun, followed by refreshments for the kids and adults and the session finishes with toys and free play - and all for $5 (does vary in different locations). You can attend casually, a great place to go and meet other parents in your local area. Have a look at the Mainly Music website to find a location in your area. This is a church run group so keep in mind there are a few songs about god etc.