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INSIDE: Everything you need to know about things to do in Sydney with kids. 

Sydney Australia is one of our favourite cities for kids in the world.

And there’s thousands of reasons why.

The views of the harbour are spectacular.

The National Parks are sublime.

The Sydney attractions for kids are so varied, and there’s something for everyone of all ages.

But mostly, it’s the good weather, the friendly people, and the Sydney atmosphere.

Sydney is electric! (and we love it)

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3 Best Things to do in Sydney with Kids

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No.1: Best Sydney Bike Tracks for Kids

Ride your scooters or bikes around the fun Sydney Park Bike Track

Here’s another cool bike track in SydneyBrightmore Reserve kids bike park

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No.2: Art Deco Cinema Cremorne

See a movie at this retro cinema – The Hayden Orpheum in Cremorne

Bring money for the candy bar so you can buy all the jaffas. 

No.3:  See a Musical at Capitol Theatre Sydney

Take the kids to see a musical show at the heritage-listed Capitol Theatre in Sydney.

Our last visit, we watched Aladdin, the most sumptuous stage production we’ve ever been lucky enough to watch!

We were also lucky enough to see the musical Cats, with Delta Goodrem in the title role.

No.4: Circular Quay

Head down to Circular Quay to see the harbour ferries, and the street entertainers! 

(If you are headed that way, you can catch a Sydney ferry from here to Taronga Zoo. )

Visiting Circular Quay is one of the best free kids activities in Sydney too.

All you need is an ice cream treat! 

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No.5: Luna Park

There’s lots of fun rides & attractions for kids here.

Don’t miss the old school wooden slides, and carnival hall! 

It’s unchanged since the 1950’s, and LOADS of fun! 

No.6: Darling Harbour

One of Sydney’s most popular precinct for families, with a top notch playground (Tumbalong Park), water splash pad, children’s theatre, plus loads of family friendly restaurants and cafes.

Darling Harbour celebration space and leisure complex is home to Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and WildLife Sydney too. Learn about native Australian wildlife such as koalas, kangaroos, snakes, reptiles, and Australian ocean life here. 

(These animal zoos are two of the best things to do with toddlers in Sydney) 

Chinatown Sydney is just a few minutes walk away. Check out Paddy’s Market and the Chinese Garden of Friendship there too. 

The famous Sydney pie shop, Harry’s Cafe de Wheels at Darling Harbour can be found here too. 

The Sydney Powerhouse Museum is a hop skip and a jump away also, perfect for older kids. 

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Best Museums and Art Galleries in Sydney for Kids

No.1:  Art Gallery of NSW Kids Activities 

There’s FREE school holiday activities plus more all year round at the Art Gallery of NSW in the CBD

Hot tip: Go shopping at the New South Wales Art Gallery shop for the best Australian souvenirs for design lovers including coffee table books, socks, scarves & more. 

While you are there, wander the Royal Botanic Gardens to see the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge views, and Hyde Park Barracks. 

No.2: Museum of Fire Penrith

The Museum of Fire in Sydney showcases all things fire-department.

It’s home to model fire trucks, helmets, and uniforms too.

AND a dedicated children’s play space. 

No.3: National Maritime Museum

Visit this museum to climb aboard a submarine, go down into the holding area of a replica tall ship, and find lots of hands on activities for Sydney kids inside.  

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Best Playgrounds in Sydney for Kids

No.1: Pirrama Park playground

There’s a water park at Pirrama Park playground and views of the water too.

It’s just up the road from the Star Casino.

A hidden treasure, with a giant sand pit water course too. 

BYO sand pit toys. 

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No.2: Enmore Park Sydney

Climb the Rocket Ship in Enmore Park Marrickville

Bring swimmers and towels for a dip in the pool next door too. 

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No.3: Prince Alfred Park playground

Prince Alfred playground has ADORABLE play equipment for toddlers.

There’s an elephant to slide down!

Plus HEAPS of playground equipment and sports courts for kids of all ages, including this epic slippery dip. 

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No.4: Wulaba Playground

Whizz down the gigantic slide at Wulaba Park playground in Waterloo Sydney

This is a hidden gem, known only to locals and few others.

Bring your hats and sunscreen. It’s hot. 

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No.5: Sydney Park playground

Enjoy a day out at Sydney Park playground near the heritage chimney stacks.

It’s a nature scape where the playground is surrounded by natural landscapes, and designed with the colours of the history of this place in mind. 

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No. 6: Tunks Park playground

Check out all the fun play equipment at Tunks Park playground

It’s another hidden secret in Sydney, with two popular bushwalking tracks suitable for kids nearby. 

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Best Places to Swim in Sydney with kids

Wondering where to swim in Sydney with children in tow? 

Check out these safe places to swim in Sydney with kids. 

No.1: Malabar Rock Pool Sydney

The Malabar Beach rock pool is a iconic place to swim with kids.

It’s our number one rock pool in Sydney for kids. 

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No.2: Parsley Bay Beach Sydney

Take a look at the ultimate guide to Parsley Bay Reserve for families and kids.

This is another flat water beach surrounded by beautiful Sydney bush. 

PIN best things to do in sydney with kids

No.3: Prince Alfred Park Pool 

The best splash pad for toddlers in Sydney is at the Prince Alfred Pool!

Combine a visit to the pool with a stop at the Prince Alfred playground (link in playgrounds section above) 

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No.4: Camp Cove Beach Sydney

How to get to Camp Cove, Sydney’s prettiest beach.

It’s like a tropical island, only better, as it’s just minutes from the Sydney CBD. 

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No.5: More of the Best Sydney Harbour Beaches for Kids

Check out this guide to the BEST Sydney Harbour Beaches for children and families.

There’s a whole bunch of cute coves and bays to discover around the Vaucluse area. 

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Eating in Sydney with Kids

No.1: Emperor Puffs Sydney

If you are visiting Chinatown, join the queue for mouth-watering hot Cream Puffs at Emperor’s Garden Sydney 

Be sure to eat them while they are HOT! 

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No.2: Sofitel Sydney High Tea

Looking for high tea in Sydney?

There’s themed extravaganzas for High Tea at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth hotel for groups and families too.

The guide also includes a list of MORE of the best high teas in Sydney, and unique high tea experiences too. 

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Best Sydney Events

No.1: Christmas Carols in the Domain Sydney 

At Christmas time, do not miss Carols in the Domain

It’s our favourite yearly tradition in the festive season school holidays to get us in the spirit!

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