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Kids events and family friendly fun in Sydney

The best playgrounds in Sydney
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The best playgrounds in Sydney

Got a wriggly little one? Let them run off some of that energy at these parks and playgrounds.

The best kid-friendly pubs in Sydney
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The best kid-friendly pubs in Sydney

There are pubs in Sydney that have amazing facilities for kids.

School holidays in Sydney
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School holidays in Sydney

We've found the best children's theatre, workshops, festivals and exhibitions during the holidays.

The best kid-friendly restaurants in Sydney
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The best kid-friendly restaurants in Sydney

Here are the best places to dine with your kids for an early feed and child-knowledgeable staff.

Activities for kids in Sydney

The best toy shops in Sydney
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The best toy shops in Sydney

When it comes to toys, there’s something to be said for browsing. A good toy store has been stocked by someone who has put thought and care into what goes on their shelves, and you’ll always find something special.

Rainy day activities for kids
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Rainy day activities for kids

It pays to have a few wet-weather saviours up your sleeves.

101 fun things to do indoors in Sydney
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101 fun things to do indoors in Sydney

Take shelter with our guide to the best indoor activities in Sydney. 

The best Sydney swimming pools for families
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The best Sydney swimming pools for families

Find delightful family-friendly nooks in our most popular beaches and aquatic centres. 

Where to see animals in Sydney
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Where to see animals in Sydney

There’s many a stable, sanctuary, zoo or harbour beach that houses wildlife in Sydney.

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Where to find the best Sydney parks
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Where to find the best Sydney parks

These sprawling parks are perfect for families.

The best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney
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The best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney

Meet your dog-mad neighbours and let the kids and pup get sandy.

Where to go fruit picking near Sydney
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Where to go fruit picking near Sydney

The kids can pick their five-a-day in the sunshine.

The best picnic spots in Sydney
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The best picnic spots in Sydney

Wrap up the whole family for lunch on the grass.

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Eat and drink your way through Parramatta
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Eat and drink your way through Parramatta

Naturally Sydney’s “second CBD” Parramatta has a thriving food and drink scene. Thanks to the delicious cuisines of the many diverse communities who call it home, Parramatta is bursting at the seams with hole-in-the-wall eateries, heaving family restaurants, and a new in-flux of uber cool cocktail bars. But where to start? Never fear, we’ve got some hot food tips under our (expanding) belts for you. Kickstart your Parramatta food trip with robust coffee and memorable brekkie. Circa Espresso has got the breakfast goods with their signature Ottoman Eggs – a Middle Eastern-inspired egg and eggplant dish given that extra zing from garlicky labneh and crispy fried sage and leek. Try a caffeinated brew with a view at the riverside Armory Wharf Café with their Sriracha eggs – a blue swimmer crab laden breakfast of champions. Top it off with a mid-morning sweet treat and ignite your Instagram likes with one of Bay Vista dessert bar and café’s towering desserts. Parramatta (and neighbouring Harris Park) is so rich with fantastic Indian restaurants we devoted an entire feature to it. Head to Billu’s Indian eatery for their signature tandoori chicken and classic thaalis, or hunt down our pick for the best biryani in Sydney from Hyderabad House. Finish your tasty trip into ‘Little India’ with a rainbow-hued treat from Chatkazz sweets or a delightfully sticky gulab jamun from Taj Indian Sweets and Restaurant. As the sun sets take your full belly to one of Parramatta’s fun bars and brew

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Join the launch party for the kooky new bar above the Marly
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Join the launch party for the kooky new bar above the Marly

The team at the Marly are finally ready to unveil their absurdist new creation, Cuckoo. Designed in collaboration with Monster Children and International World Wide (the Norfolk, the Old Fitz), Cuckoo will be more than a new bar. They’re not giving too many details away, so to properly investigate what wonders await, you’ll want to ascend the stairs on October 18 and jump down the rabbit hole at the launch party.  What can you expect from this curious new venture? They’re promising an uninhibited and raucous attitude. Think wood panelling and retro style – with just the right amount of kitsch mountain décor. Insta moments will abound: visitors will be able to test their skills on an epic indoor climbing wall, for instance.  Crusty giant pretzels will be your primary bar snack, designed to be dunked in delicious condiments from the vast array housed in the “Condiment Kingdom”. Schnitzels will be the star of the main menu, and you’ll have the chance to sample a rainbow of schnapps in between bouts on the dancefloor. Cuckoo will be creating this beloved European concoction in house, and since cocktails simply can’t be ignored at a party, you’ll likely spot a few fruity distillations in your more elaborate drinks. If all this heady aband

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See the Australian thriller Splinter in Sydney
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See the Australian thriller Splinter in Sydney

This thriller by Hillary Bell follows a couple whose missing five-year-old daughter returns after nine months missing – with no scratches and no explanation. They're forced to grapple with the uncertainties of their past and move forward under enormously difficult circumstances. “There was this play that I read before it went into production at Sydney Theatre Company, which I loved but didn’t get to direct, and it stayed with me always,” Griffin Theatre Company's artistic director Lee Lewis says of Bell’s work. The original production played in Sydney in 2012, would usually count a play out of a major revival for at least a few more years, however, Lewis wanted to challenge that expectation during her time at Griffin. “There’ve been extraordinary plays that have been written over the last 20 years which aren’t old enough to be considered classics so we can’t do a ‘classic revival’, but we could just do the damn play again because it’s good.” Starring Hilary Bell’s sister Lucy Bell and Les Miserables star Simon Gleeson, this claustrophobic chamber piece questions how well we know our families. Splinter runs until October 12 at the Griffin Theatre Company. Further details and tickets are available here.

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IKEA launches an Australian Slow TV channel
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IKEA launches an Australian Slow TV channel

IKEA caused a bit of a stir in marketing circles a couple of years ago with its series of deliberately boring YouTube commercials. These included a teenager doing the dishes for five minutes, a couple on a couch kissing in front of a TV for eight, and some young people arm wrestling for six. The ads played in front of YouTube content and many people skipped them, but they also garnered a cult following of joyfully disbelieving fans. The ads were inspired by the Scandinavian trend of ‘Slow TV’ in which almost nothing happens – designed as an antidote to our over-stimulated lives (some cool examples of Slow TV screened on SBS last summer). Now, IKEA is using the phenomenon as a way of promoting their new 2020 catalogue. They have launched an Australian Slow TV channel live streaming the 14-day (336-hour) journey of its products in shipping containers on board a ship to Australia. The channel, which in perfect Nordic understatement IKEA says  “does not aim to excite”, is narrated by Kent and Sara Eriksson, narrators of the original IKEA Sleep Podcast. The Swedes are reading from the new IKEA catalogue with the sound of waves gently crashing against the ship’s stern in the background. Sounds a bit – well, dull, right? And that’s exactly the point. IKEA say they want to help Australians get a good night’s sleep, and watching this YouTube channel may indeed have that exact effect. And if you’re inspired to go buy a new IKEA bed to do it on, well that’s entirely up to you. The c

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