School holidays in Sydney
We've found the best children's theatre shows, classes and workshops, outdoor activities and family festivals taking place during the July school holidays.
The best kid-friendly pubs in Sydney
Whether it’s the awesome ball pit that’ll keep ‘em busy, or the $5 feeds for little ones that’ll satisfy the bank manager, these local pubs don’t shun parents for bringing their toddlers or their tweens.
Where to go ice skating in Sydney
Cling on to the outer edges or pirouette with pride.
The best kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
Let them run amuck at the playgrounds, farms and kids’ areas in these child-friendly cafés around Sydney. Maybe treat them to a babyccino too.
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The best toy shops in Sydney
Need gift inspiration for a niece, nephew or new baby? Try one of these toy shops for size.
Rainy day activities for kids
When it rains in Sydney, it pours. So it pays to have a few wet-weather saviours up your sleeves for when the kids are home and bored with cartoons and colouring-in books. Luckily, our city has a number of indoor playgrounds and kid-friendly museums – as well as craft workshops, leisure centres and escape rooms – to keep ’em busy for a while. Pull on the gumboots and try one of these ten activity ideas.
Fun indoor things to do in Sydney
Make like it’s your tenth birthday party all over again and head to one of these indoor activities to shoot lasers, bounce to your heart’s content, down some pins and more. You’ll soon forget it’s cold and miserable outside.
The best skate parks in Sydney
The beauty of a skate park is that it's usually free to shred, and all ages are welcome. These skate parks cater for kids and teens, as well as adults, and they're great places to learn.
The best activities for kids in Sydney
Looking for inspiration? These ten venues are our favourite places to go with babies, children and tweens as they’re the most consistent when it comes to offering quality programs for children and families. Check ahead to find out what special events and activities are taking place this month.
Top spots for kids
Sydney Story Factory
In the bustling heart of Redfern is an eye-catching shopfront declaring itself the Martian Embassy – but what’s within is something even better.
The Messy Spot
The Messy Spot in Maroubra is a creative centre for kids of all ages. It offers a Squishy Workshop for toddlers and preschool kids to introduce them to different textures and crafts.
Wannabees Family Play Town
Wannabees Family Play Town is an indoor play centre that enables children to role-play at their dream jobs – from police officers and fire fighters to TV producers and postal workers.
Found next to another crowd-pleaser Sky Zone and Paint and Play, this entertainment centre in Alexandria houses an impressive amount of good times – all under one roof.
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Winter at North Bondi Fish
Things are changing at North Bondi Fish, Matt Moran’s sprawling seafood restaurant with its famous ocean views. The venue has had a spruce up and new head chef Zac Sykes (Coogee Pavilion, the Fish Shop) has revamped the menu with fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce. “My favourite dish at the moment is butter poached cuttlefish, fennel and lemon balm risotto with nori powder,” says Sykes. “I love using cuttlefish as it has great flavour and just like Aussie calamari, it’s sustainable, so you know it’s not overfished in any part of Australia.” Head into North Bondi Fish on a Thursday or Friday night and you can try one of Sykes’ #notjustfish creations, where he favours the likes of pork belly with braised cabbage and polenta or slow-cooked beef shin over seafood. Enjoy the special with a carafe of wine for two people at $30 per head. Winter warmer cocktails are also available throughout the cooler months and include tasty adult treats such as an Irish Coffee or a Kentucky Toddy served in a teacup. Or pop on down for Aperitivo hours, Wednesday to Friday from 4-6pm. NBF are also hosting an after party for City2Surf. Tickets include a three-hour beverage package, food by Sykes and DJ Alice Q playing on the balcony from 9am. Now that’s what we’d call a fun run. Winter trading hours are Wednesday to Sunday, noon till late.
Rock Lily Trivia Tuesdays
Rock Lily, the music-comedy-entertainment venue on Level 1 at The Star, Pyrmont, has a trivia night every Tuesday, from 7.30pm. There’s no cover charge, pizzas are just $10, there are $15 beer jugs and parking is free if you spend $15 in one go. Now here’s the kicker. Many pub trivias will give you $100 in bar credit as first prize. Hell, some will give you less. But at Rock Lily the prize is a cool $500 cash – every single Tuesday. Plus, there are prizes worth $100 and $50 for second and third place respectively, and spot prizes throughout the night. That’s right. Win the comp and half a K is yours for the taking, no strings attached. Mind you, with such a generous jackpot at stake, The Star are serious about the cardinal rule of trivia: namely, no phones, tablets, notes, newspapers or other forms of external assistance – on pain of disqualification. They monitor this closely, so hands off the phones, people. Teams can be as small as two and as large as ten. The smaller the team that triumphs the bigger the individual cut, but then the bigger the team the wider your knowledge base. There are two rounds of 20 questions. Good luck.
Heineken City Shapers Festival Sydney
We all dream of a whirlwind holiday, but the realities of jetlag and airport lounges are not always as romantic as you imagine them to be, which is why on Wednesday night Heineken treated special guests to a round-the-world experience that didn’t require passports. Hosted by Freda’s, Chippendale’s beloved party bar, guests were greeted by samba dancers and live percussionists before heading inside to experience a little taste of the world’s greatest cities, from Amsterdam (home of Heineken) to New York, Singapore, Rio De Janeiro and Berlin. First stop was Singapore where guests were treated to a cold, crisp Heineken and a box of freshly cooked Singapore noodles packed with juicy prawns and chicken. The next station was channeling Amsterdam with local Draught Ambassador Callum teaching guests about the art of a perfectly poured Heineken. Over at the New York corner, guests got to sample beef sliders and hot dogs, treat their ears to the soulful sounds of some live trumpet while enjoying a Manhattan made by the Freda’s crew. Adding some tropical vibes into a wintry evening in Sydney, the Rio stand's samba dancers helped amp up the party vibes for a visit to Berlin, where a DJ was pumping the party tracks. Because you always come home from a holiday with presents there was also a competition on the night to win two Heineken gift packs. All guests needed to do was answer the five questions displayed on the walls and hand their form to our friendly Time Out crew. Sure, we’d
Broadway Sydney announces new food retailers
Visitors to Broadway Shopping Centre this year will have noticed Level 2 has been kept under wraps while undergoing a major redevelopment. Next month we’ll get to see the results of this multi-million dollar renovation as the bandages fall away to reveal an exciting new food offering for Broadway customers, starring the fifth Sydney outlet for Taiwanese dumpling masters Din Tai Fung. Joining those popular purveyors of xiaolongbao will be Mexican taqueria kings Guzman y Gomez, ready to satisfy those burrito cravings, as well as popular franchises Grill’d Healthy Burgers and Nando’s. The other food outlets announced are Zeus Street Greek; Pepper Seeds Thai; Sushi Hon; Schnitz; Mumbai Express; and Ilmi Korean BBQ. The new food retailers join a high profile list of fashion and beauty tenants including recently announced Sephora, H&M and Calvin Klein Underwear, moving into Level 2 this August. More names will be revealed over the coming weeks – watch this space.