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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Activities for kids in Sydney
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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Serial’s Julie Snyder
She was the co-creator and producer of the most addictive podcasts of the past decade and her investigative journalism skills unearthed a case that had the world round wondering just 'whodunnit'. And now Serial's creator is coming to Sydney for Bingefest. Julie Snyder – the woman behind the smash hit Serial – will be giving you an inside look into the creation of her true crime podcast. This exclusive Australian conversation will see Snyder sharing recordings peppered with personal anecdotes and memories from creating the series. Aired in 2014, Serial blew up to be one of the biggest podcasts ever, breaking Apple's download records as the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads. The the murder of Hae Min Lee and conviction of Adnan Syed was pulled apart across 12 detailed episodes and Snyder and co-creator Sarah Koenig scored critical acclaim for reinvigorating long-form nonfiction storytelling. It went onto be so influential that podcasts were created about the show, everyone had an opinion to who the murderer really was, and Adnan Syed's case even went to retrial. Don't miss your chance to hear from the storytelling maestro at this year's inaugural Bingefest.
NYE at Portside Sydney
Another year has sped by and now it's time to farewell it. Do so in style at one of the best vantage points in Sydney for seeing the Harbour Bridge fireworks: down at Portside Sydney Opera House. All night long there will be free flowing Moët & Chandon Impérial, and local Falcona signed DJ Dena Amy will be spinning electronic, pop and classic hits to soundtrack your 2016 send-off. A menu specially curated by Lauren Murdoch will be served throughout the evening, alongside a signature Belvedere Vodka cocktail list. There will also be wines from Cape Mentelle, beers from James Squire and 5 Seeds Cider. The celebrations at Portside Sydney kick off from 7.30pm, meaning you will have one of the best vantage points in all of Sydney for both the 9pm and midnight fireworks.
Experience the magic of Christmas in Martin Place
Bulgari is helping set Christmas aglow with a mesmerising jewelled light installation in the Martin Place precinct. Crafted using thousands of individual LED lights, the festive decorations interpret the Roman jeweller’s most famous shapes. The coiling Serpenti centerpieces evoke precious garlands, while the Divas’ Dream collection becomes stylised Christmas trees. The shimmering display is on every evening from 6pm to midnight up until Wednesday December 28. As well as admiring the light display shoppers and commuters will be able to visit the GPO Dessert Bar, installed in Martin Place next to the Christmas Tree. Visit the dessert bar for gelato, housemade sweets, cakes, coffee, cold beverages and savoury options, with casual seating available as well as views of the interactive Christmas tree. The GPO Dessert Bar is open Monday to Thursday 8am-10pm; Friday 8am-11pm; Saturday 9am-11pm; and Sunday 10am-10pm, up until Friday December 30. Bulgari Christmas Lights and the GPO Dessert Bar are part of sydneychristmas.com.au.
Lights of Christmas
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and you’ll certainly feel it if you visit St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt. Every night until Christmas (7.30pm-midnight) the grand cathedral will be transformed with a beautiful free light and sound show.The Lights of Christmas, presented by PAYCE, will see a Fantasia-style animation projected onto the façade of St Mary’s Cathedral. The colourful, interactive story will be set to a soundtrack of the festive favourite, Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker Suite'. The show kicks off at 7.30pm every evening, with choirs from around Sydney performing carols on the steps.Following The Nutcracker Suite animation, there will be beautiful super-sized projections of great artists' interpretations of the Madonna and Child. There are also projections at Sydney Town Hall and Martin Place, so make an evening of it and head to the heart of the city to celebrate the festive season.