Sydney – A diverse, modern and beautiful city, this metropolitan has many tourist and local hot spots to explore! Whether you are looking for places to take the kids or seeking something to do, these spots will keep you and the family busy.
From scrumptious brunch joints, interactive centres, playgrounds and photogenic attractions, the more time you spend in Sydney and/or researching, you will find those family fun attractions that are truly worth the trip. Here is a quick guide for parents that want to take their kids out and about in the Sydney CBD and the surrounding suburbs.
What To Eat
Three Williams (613a Elizabeth St, Redfern)
Enjoy a cool, hipster warehouse cafe with the kids! Yes, it can happen! There isn’t a kids menu, but there are child-friendly facilities including pram access, high chairs and a change table in the disabled toilets. Although there isn’t a separate kids menu, you can choose from a range of delicious brunch treats for your little ones!
Spice Alley (Kensington Street, Chippendale)
This alley is very easy to miss if you are not looking. Not many people take notice of this alleyway even though they crossed it countless times. Spice Alley has a unique Asian theme setting that the kids would enjoy with high chairs and low tables to choose from. Pram access is easy with a wide range of Asian cuisine on offer. Though you may want to avoid the weekend nights as it gets quite crowded.
The Grounds of Alexandria (7A, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria)
Slightly outside of the Sydney CBD, The Grounds of Alexandria has fresh seasonal dishes perfect for brunch! The kids will love the Secret Garden play space, farm animals, and delicious baked goods. Book in advance to avoid long queues.
West Juliett, Marrickville (30 Llewellyn St, Marrickville)
Stop off for some breakfast at West Juliett, a hip, child-friendly cafe with outdoor seating and a range of healthy treats. Just across from Enmore Park, take the kids to the play area after you’ve eaten, or enjoy swimming at Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre.
Aqua S (27/501 George St, Sydney)
Treat the kids and yourself to a delightful ice cream. Located near Events cinemas on George Street, Aqua S’s unique soft serve dessert has much to offer. It comes in a range of brilliant flavours like sea salt, matcha, lychee, Belgian chocolate, lemon and more, with a range of toppings like marshmallow, popping candy, and caramelised popcorn to match.
Where To Visit
Powerhouse Museum (500 Harris St, Ultimo)
Perfect for budding scientists, head to the Powerhouse Museum to enjoy the immersive, interactive science and technology museum.
Luna Park (1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point)
Step back in time at Luna Park, an old-style theme park with harbourside views. Open daily, enjoy sideshow games, ride the giant Ferris wheel and watch fun performances.
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Sky Zone (75 O’Riordan St, Alexandria)
The ultimate indoor playground – Sky Zone is known for its indoor trampoline park, though it has much more than that. With climbing obstacles, jumping areas, pit zones and more, the kids are able to leap and jump in a safe environment. There are more challenging areas for the adults. “If you can walk you can jump”.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium (1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney)
Head to Darling Harbour to learn about over 12,000 animals, explore the new ride-through penguin expedition and more!
Manly Sea Life Sanctuary (West Esplanade, Manly)
Not as big as the Sydney Aquarium, Manly Sea Life still has fantastic attractions with plenty of marine species. Not only is the sanctuary entertaining but it also serves as an interactive educational experience to learn about marine life and importance of preservation. There are also changing facilities on site.
Bondi To Coogee (Arden St, Coogee)
The kids would simply enjoy this day out. It is a great way to get the kids outdoors. Not only is the walk pleasant with stunning views of the coast, there are playgrounds and plenty of beaches along the way to stopover. The path is also pram friendly. Just keep an eye on the kids when they are at the shorelines as the waves can be quite strong.
PLAYTIME (Market City Shopping Centre, Haymarket)
Finish off the day with some entertaining arcade games. Playtime is the largest arcade in the Sydney CBD with over 125 arcade games. There is also laser tag and bumper cars in the venue. There also an array of great prizes on display.
Where To Play
Tumbalong Park Darling Quarter (11 Harbour St, Sydney)
Visit one of Sydney’s best playgrounds! Located in Darling Harbour, the playground is home to everything from balance ropes and a flying fox to big slides and jumbo nets!
Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills (Chalmers St, Surry Hills)
Close to the city, Prince Alfred Park offers a green space to play, enjoy picnics and more! Swim in the outdoor pool, bring your tennis rackets to the new tennis courts or watch the kids play in the new custom-made playground.
Wulaba Park (O’Dea Ave & Amelia St, Waterloo)
Take the kids to Wulaba Park, a new colourful playground in Waterloo complete with a giant slide, climbing towers and tunnels sure to keep the kids occupied for an afternoon!
Where To Stay
Rydges World Square (389 Pitt St, Sydney)
In the heart of the Sydney CBD, Rydges World Square is a conveniently placed hotel that can accommodate a family quite comfortably. They have large modern family rooms comprising of 1 king bedroom with 2 king single beds in a separate room. There are even free cable kid channels and Wifi for the little ones to enjoy.
- The Location: This central location is great when exploring the nearby attractions. There are plenty of shops, eateries and more nearby.
- The Facilities: Free Wifi, Restaurant & bar, Gym and more. Currently, there is a pool being built.
- The Service: 4.5 Stars, the hotel staff were friendly and very much helpful. They were able to provide great information about nearby restaurants. There is a splendid Spanish restaurant – Encasa, just 5 minutes from the hotel.
- The Price: Single rooms start from $180, with the family room rates around $260. Considered quite an affordable hotel accommodation for its type and location.
- The Dining: Sphere restaurant is located on site near the lobby and offers breakfast and dinner. The Cidery Bar & Kitchen is situated next to the Sphere restaurant and has a pub atmosphere. Lunch and dinner are available here.
- This hotel gets quite busy during the day with lots of tour groups checking in and out. During these peak times, it would be quite difficult to get a hold of the concierge. Though reception is well handled.
- For any additional bedding, the price is an additional $50.
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