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We asked our Eastern Suburbs mums where they go on Rainy Days in the East with preschoolers, and this is your TOP 10. Please keep adding your great ideas in the comments below. Also See TOP 10 Rainy Day Ideas in Sydney City.
#1: A visit to the Library: Browse the kids section, have a read and a play then choose a new book or DVD to take home. You can find a library story time every morning somewhere in the East Paddington, Double Bay, Watsons Bay, Randwick, Maroubra, Malabar. See also: Surry Hills, Kings Cross, Newtown, Ultimo, Glebe, Green Square
#2: Go Swimming: Get wetter on Rainy Days with a trip to one of the local pools: Des Renford Aquatic Centre (Maroubra), Allsorts Fitness (Alexandria), Cook and Philip Aquatic Centre (Sydney City East) – This has a great shallow kids pool, and 33 degree hydrotherapy pool available for use (when no classes are on) perfect for little babies. Adult swim $6.40, Kids $4.80
#4: Craft Centres: Visit The Messy Spot (Maroubra) Open Tuesday – Friday mornings – Drop in to let the kids get all messed up painting on the walls and craft activities. Adele’s Action Kids: A popular drop in class that runs every morning in various locations in the East, 1 hour of high octane fun for preschoolers 1-5 yrs. $15.
#5: The Movies: Closest Cinema’s are Event @ Bondi Junction Westfield, Randwick Ritz, and Hoyts in the Entertainment Quarter (Fox Studios ) and Eastgardens. You’ll find Mums and Bubs Cinema sessions running during term times on Monday & Wednesday mornings at Randwick Ritz. Event Cinema at Bondi Junction Westfield on Wednesday mornings, and Hoyts at the Entertainment Quarter & Eastgardens every second Thursday (Hoyts EQ is the best cinema to take older toddlers to, as there’s room to run around on the ground level. Hoyts also run ‘Hoyts Junior‘ weekend morning movies for preschoolers. For older kids try Imax Cinema at the Entertainment Quarter.
#6: Museum Visit: The Australian Museum (Sydney City East) One of our very favourites for all ages. Adults $12, Child $6, kids under 5 are free plus the excellent Kidspace (brilliant for 0-5′s) Free with museum admission. See also Art Gallery NSW in the Domain (Sydney City East)
#7: Shopping at the Malls: Depending on your kids of course! a trip to the mall on a rainy day can be fun. You especially like to take the kids to the toy sections of Target, ELC and a trip to the pet stores. Closest is Westfield Bondi Junction & Eastgardens has an Indoor Playcentre for kids.
#8: Go see the fishes! The Marine Discovery Centre (Bondi Beach). All ages Wed – Sun only. Great for 30 minutes entertainment for under 5′s. Kids under 3 are free. Adults $10, Kids 3+ $5. Half price for Waverley/Woollahra residents. Get the $10/$20 annual pass. Bargain!
#9: Indoor Play Centres: Love em or hate em, kids do seem to love these noisy places: try the all-new Monkey Mania at EQ. There’s also Strike Bowling at the Entertainment Quarter who do good 1 game weekday deals (suitable for older toddlers +)
#10: Undercover Markets: You visit the food markets at the Entertainment Quarter on Wednesday’s & Saturday mornings – the two playgrounds next door are pretty sheltered too. You also love the completely undercover Eveleigh Markets on Saturday’s and a run around the spacious Carriageworks foyer.
NEW in 2012! TheMamaClub is a brand new space in Bondi Junction for parents and carers of children 0-2yrs to meet and socialise. Children can engage in age-appropriate play while you enjoy fresh espresso coffee, pampering services, and access to a range of services including a Midwife, Massage Therapist, Counsellor and more.
Where else do you love to go on a rainy day? write your ideas in the comments below.