School holidays in Sydney
Looking for ideas to entertain the kids? We've found the best children's theatre shows, classes and workshops, outdoor activities and family festivals taking place during the summer school holidays.
The best playgrounds in Sydney
Got a wriggly little one? Let them run off some of that energy at these parks and playgrounds that know how to entertain the real bosses of the household.
Kids activities Sydney
Looking for ways to entertain the little ones? Here’s a list of what’s on in Sydney for kids and families, from children’s theatre shows to sports camps and events in the school holidays.
The best waterslides in Sydney
Slides, flumes, shoots and tunnels – we’ve found the best places to make a splash in and around Sydney. For more ways to entertain the kids, we've got fun things to do indoors, rainy day activities for kids and best skate parks in Sydney.
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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 kid-friendly restaurants in Sydney
We’ve picked the brains of some of Sydney’s most clued-up mums and dads to make these recommendations.
The best toy shops in Sydney
Need gift inspiration for a niece, nephew or new baby? Try one of these toy shops for size.
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.
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.
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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Girl Asleep at Belvoir
Before it was a favourite at Berlin Film Festival and in Australian cinemas, Girl Asleep was a critically acclaimed collaboration between long-time partners in crime Windmill Theatre Company and writer/actor Matthew Whittet (School Dance). This December, Girl Asleep comes to Belvoir, starring Whittet and Amber McMahon as Mr and Mrs Driscoll (aka World's Most Embarrassing Parents) in a show that's an explosion of hormones, imagination run wild, and the kind of 1970s design that would make Wes Anderson squeal with delight. Girl Asleep follows Greta Driscoll on the cusp of her 15th birthday as she grapples with crushes, first kisses and a gang of teen Queen Bees at school. Then there's her parents, who want to throw her a birthday party. Awkward. To celebrate Girl Asleep, Belvoir are transforming their Downstairs Theatre into a 1970s-themed pinball arcade, complete with retro pinball machines, arcade games, beanbags and an original Nintendo console. For $10 you get unlimited plays, with the proceeds going to Belvoir’s Arts Access Program, which gives free theatre tickets to students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Girl Asleep runs December 2-24 at Belvoir St Theatre.
NYE at the Argyle
The Rocks is party central on New Year’s Eve, and what better place to be in among the action than the Argyle? The Argyle plans on kissing goodbye to 2016 with a no-holds-barred, golden-themed event right in the middle of Sydney’s world-famous New Year’s Eve action. Expect an-over-the-top production with the whole venue dripping in gold. Dancers and performers will be roaming through the outdoor courtyard and across the Argyle’s five bars – roller skaters, stilt walkers, golden mermaids, and more. And of course, it wouldn’t be NYE without confetti cannons to add some glitter to the night. An epic line-up of some of Australia’s biggest dance and house DJs is promised over the two levels of the Argyle, with DJs Brooklyn, Tenzin and Andy Murphy welcoming the New Year with golden vibes and epic beats. So get your tickets and get ready to paint the town gold. Early bird tickets are now available for $69 + booking fee. The early bird catches the party worm when it comes to New Year’s Eve in Sydney, so book ahead and get ready to paint the town gold.
Harbour Bar and Kitchen
If you’re after Darling Harbour convenience, Harbour Bar and Kitchen is the spot. You’ll find the restaurant spanning the balcony of Harbourside Shopping Centre in Darling Harbour with views of Sydney Harbour and the CBD skyline visible from any seat in the house. Taking cues from the pit masters of North America, Harbour Bar and Kitchen takes top quality meats, adds just enough seasoning and smokes them with wood for many hours until the perfect harmony of smoke, flavour and time emerges. Then they're slow cooked over a roaring woodfire oven to produce an authentic flame-grilled meal. The house chateaubriand special for two is 500g slow-roasted tenderloin finished on the woodfired chargrill, carved and served with woodfired crispy potatoes and seasonal steamed vegetables with a choice of red wine jus or grill baste. HBK are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serve everything from smoky, chargrilled meats direct from the oven to strawberry stuffed French toast with ground cinnamon, mascarpone cheese and icing sugar. The signature cocktail list includes a refreshing strawberry and basil frozen Margarita alongside classics like the Espresso Martini and an Old Fashioned.
Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas Inner West
Gadigal Green, on the south-of-King-Street side of the University of Sydney, is gearing up to host the new season of Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas.The event's sponsors take their responsibility to cinema goers seriously, ponying up free Ben & Jerry's ice cream as well as live music before the screening at the four Sundae Sessions, which are always quick to sell out. The four movies screening in Sundae Sessions this year are comedy Keeping up with the Joneses (Sun Nov 27), Marvel flick Doctor Strange (Sun Dec 4), sci-fi think piece Arrival (Sun Dec 11) and raucous seasonal comedy Bad Santa 2 (Sun Dec 18). Live music is courtesy of Jeff Riley, Lisa Heller, Nick Casey, the Runaway Houses and Naomi Sequeira, and there are DJ sets from DJ Who. Other highlights of the season include Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge and acclaimed modern-day western Hell or High Water.Classics getting a nostalgic screening on 'Time Travel Tuesdays' include Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Rocky Horror and Will Ferrell's funny holiday flick Elf. Ben & Jerry's ice cream, booze and pizza are available for purchase on site and tickets start from $16. Loungers and deck chairs are also available. Doors open Tue-Fri at 6pm and Sat, Sun at 5pm, and movies begin at sunset. Click on the DATES AND TIMES tab for the full movie line-up and Time Out's critics' picks. Be sure to book well ahead to avoid disappointment.