Best kid-friendly things to do in Sydney, Australia

May 23, 2018
  • Go on a wild ride
    1 / 4 Go on a wild ride

    The iconic Luna Park Sydney promises hours of fun for kids of all ages. The entertainment precinct, which has been around since 1935, is home to an array of exhilarating rides and attractions, like the Wild Mouse, which dips and zips you around a 400m-long circuit, high above Sydney Harbour; Wonky Walk, which challenges you to walk straight on a path with moveable floors and other obstacles; and Hair Raiser, which raises you 50m into the air before dropping you down at full speed.

    If your children prefer something tamer, no worries – check out the carousels, mini Ferris wheels and bumper cars.

    An unlimited rides pass starts from AU$22 (S$22.30) per child who is 85cm-105cm tall. All rides have height requirements and tickets are priced according to height.

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  • Learn to surf
    2 / 4 Learn to surf

    With its exquisite beaches and impressive waves, it’s no surprise that Sydney is a popular destination for surfers. There are many surf schools near themcity, offering private as well as group lessons fornchildren of all levels of fitness and ability.

    In addition to receiving instruction on how to surf and perform various moves on the water, your kids will learn surfing etiquette and how to engage the ocean safely. The schools provide surfboards and, if the temperature calls for it, wetsuits.

    Manly Surf School, on Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, runs group classes daily. Lessons are suitable for children aged five and older. The cost is AU$55 (S$55.80) per child per two-hour group lesson.

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  • Be an astronomer for a night
    3 / 4 Be an astronomer for a night

    Take your budding astronomers to Sydney Observatory, where they can experience the oldest working telescope in Australia – it was installed in 1874 – and learn how to spot stars and planets with help from the experienced guides.

    After exploring the sky in the telescope domes, head to the 3D Space theatre or the digital planetarium to witness constellations, listen to Indigenous stories about the Milky Way, ride a spaceship to the Moon, and even travel to a distant galaxy.

    A day tour ticket starts from AU$8 (S$8.10) per child; and a night tour ticket starts from AU$20 per child. Family packages are also available.

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  • Enter the world of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
    4 / 4 Enter the world of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

    Visit May Gibbs’ Nutcote, a housemuseum that was once the home of the famous Australian children’s author and illustrator. Gibbs is best known for her iconic story, The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie.

    Located by the harbour in Neutral Bay, this attraction is perfect if you have a couple of hours and just want to relax – watch a short film about Gibbs’ life and book characters, take a tour of the museum, and play with the kids in the gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour.

    Tickets are AU$4 (S$4.05) per child and AU$10 per adult, or AU$20 for a family of four.

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