Top Things To Do with Babies and Toddlers in Sydney
Mums & Bubs
Take a look at our list of action-packed baby and toddler activities in Sydney:
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
For a family adventure with little ones, Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park is the perfect retreat. There is plenty of room to roam and play in the relaxed bushland grounds, where resident animals wander. With the biggest collection of native animals in the world and hands-on Wildlife Experiences on offer, it is ideal for introducing young children to our unique Australian fauna.
Mogo Wildlife Park
Further afield in a heritage town on the NSW South Coast, Mogo Wildlife Park is a small yet fascinating zoo - ideal for little legs and imaginations. The zoo has Australia's largest collection of primates and a rare display of white lions. They have a family of exotic and endangered species including a small reptile house and an African savanna and offer Up Close & Personal encounters where you can meet their curious creatures.
Fish Feeding at Chinese Gardens
A visit to the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour is a wonderful option for young kids and parents will love it too. It’s a magical oasis of waterfalls, lakes and exotic plants in the heart of the city. Don’t miss the fun dress-ups and the chance to feed the Koi fish at 11.30am daily! Then enjoy some treats and tea at the tea house.
Note: There is a lot of water around so keep a tight hand on your toddler if they’re out of the pram. Some of the pathways are rocky and steep and not pram-friendly so take a carrier instead if possible.
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Breakfast with the Koalas invites little ones to get nice and close to their favourite fluffy animal. Get all-day entry to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, starting with a one hour guided highlights tour followed by a hot buffet breakfast served on the koala rooftop. Plus you will get a photo with a koala to take home!
Royal Botanic Garden
Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens are an urban oasis perfect for a picnic and an afternoon of imaginative play amongst the almost mystical bushes. A great way to get around the Botanic Gardens is to take a ride on the Choo Choo Express mini train service. Take a load off your feet and let your little ones enjoy the excitement of a little rail ride.
Calmsley Hill City Farm
There's always something on at the ever-popular Calmsley Hill City Farm. From animal petting to cow milking, tractor rides, a stock whip show, a working dog show, and a koala talk, your little one will seriously fall in love with animals.
Hop on a ferry to The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and let the kids explore the beaches and parks! Tread quietly through the natural bush to spot any kangaroos.
The Entrance, NSW Central Coast
There’s so much to do in the beautiful coastal region. Perched on Tuggerah Lake, The Entrance is a popular spot for families. Visit the gorgeous Vera’s Water Garden, a fun kids splash pool, throw some crumbs to the pelicans at the waterfront and let the kids run around Memorial Park. When you're done, explore more secret spots on the Central Coast.
Sydney is surrounded by some beautiful, lush trails! Check out Sydney’s Best Bushwalking trails with Toddlers & Preschoolers and find a track for a fun outdoor adventure.
Bouncing Off The Walls
Skyzone’s Little Leapers provides kids under 5 years with a designated indoor trampoline area where they can jump and play with other little ones. It is not available during school holidays, however there are ‘Toddler Only’ jump areas allocated then. Little ones can bounce to their heart’s content in their own safe space without big kids mowing them down.
Ultimate Sydney Indoor Play Centre
Ultimate Sydney in Northmead is a huge entertainment venue, launched in 2016 by two mums who have seven children between them! It is home to Australia’s largest indoor play centre, divided in two, so little ones are kept safe and secure. It's open daily.
Seriously Serene Indoor Playtime
At Nubo, the blue and white colour scheme and instrumental nursery rhymes contribute to the totally serene, heavenly play time experience so different to the chaos of many other play centres. Toddlers will love the blue ball pit and imagination zones.
Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
EQ Moore Park has two excellent outdoor playgrounds or take the kids inside for a creative treat to Plaster Painting Studios, which is open every day for fun plaster painting activities. Kids will love all the activities at the Wednesday and Saturday Cambridge Markets where there are gourmet goods, pony rides, jumping castles, choo-choo train and lots more.
Darling Harbour for Toddlers
Darling Harbour is the perfect day out with your little one. Ride on the antique steam-engined 1892 carousel, which is stunning to look at and thrilling to ride. It’s located at Palm Grove near the Sydney Visitor Centre. Darling Quarter Children’s Playground is considered one of the best play parks in Sydney, with water games, climbing ropes, swings, slides, and a 21-metre flying fox.
Best Big Thrills
Who says thrills are for big kids only! We’ve found the most exciting adventures for little ones from pony rides to bouncing sessions. They’re perfectly safe and tons of fun for toddlers who are eager to burn some energy. Check out Six of the Best Big Thrills for Little Ones.
If your little one is hot and bothered, a trip to Raging Waters might just be on the cards! Although there are heaps of superslides and rides for bigger kids and adults, what most parents don't know is that Nickelodeon Beach, Dinosaur Lagoon and The Beach are all totally toddler and family-friendly.
Indoor Playgrounds in Shopping Malls
If the weather is pouring down or you simply can’t be bothered to go on a gruelling trek, then pop into your local shopping mall! You can do some shopping, get a coffee and let the kids go wild in the Best Indoor Playgrounds In Shopping Malls. The bonus is that most of the indoor play areas are more suited for younger kids so the older ones get bored and leave very quickly.
Mums & Bubs Movies
Take your baby with you and watch a great movie in your local cinema without any worries about your baby getting restless and disturbing the audience. That’s what these movie sessions are designed for we’ve rounded up the Best Mums And Bubs Movie Sessions In Sydney.
Fenced Playgrounds & Bike Parks
As mums of toddlers will know, finding a playground which is fenced makes the whole outing so much easier! You’re not worrying constantly about your mini-Houdinis wandering off onto roads or other trouble. Take a look at some of our favourite fenced playgrounds across Sydney – they’re so good your little ones won’t even want to escape.
If it's a hot summer's day, scrap the adventure playgrounds and head straight to a FREE water play park or there are some amazing bike and scooter trails and dedicated learner rider parks around Sydney. Here are some much-loved bike parks for the under 5s.
Awesome Educational Activities
Sydney Living Museums
The gorgeous collection of Sydney Living Museums properties offers sprawling lawns, fountains, animals and fascinating historic houses to explore. They are the perfect destinations for kids encouraging hands-on activities like museum kids’ trails, cooking meals and lots of other exciting activities. During school holidays, we recommend taking one of their Family Tours - educational and engaging for the whole family!
The Museum of Contemporary Art
With its continually changing program of exhibitions and workshops, we never get tired of visiting the MCA with our little ones. For Mums and bubs, take the Art Baby guided tour and multi-sensory play session, while toddlers and preschoolers love the engaging Art Safari sessions introducing art through music, storytelling, drama and crafts.
We just can’t get enough of Kidspace at the Australian Museum. This dedicated area for under-5’s is a treasure trove of nature. There are dress-ups, puzzles, art & craft, puppets, animals and lots of interactive activities. They also do a weekly term-time playgroup for children aged 9 months to 3 years and their parents or carers called Tiny Tots. Older kids can take part in the Mini Explorers program for children aged 3 to 5 years. Read our playgroups review!
** PLEASE NOTE: The Australian Museum is currently closed to the public due to major renovation and due to reopen in Spring 2020 **
Australian National Maritime Museum
Grab the Free Galleries Ticket at the Maritime Museum which covers the permanent galleries and the under 5’s play zone Mini Mariners Play. Mini Mariners is an interactive gallery and play space f target="_blank"or kids under five, with free-play games, activities and displays specially designed to stimulate their growing minds and inspire their curiosity.
Art Gallery of NSW
If you have a flowering artist or just a kid that loves to get their hands scribbling furiously, then they’ll love the Art Gallery. Admission is free, and so are the permanent galleries and most exhibitions and events. The Tours for Tots and Drop-In and Make sessions are great for kids 5 years and younger. See their free kids activities.
The Powerhouse Museum offers so many fun things for little ones - visiting the trains, exploring the outdoor playground and let’s not forget the Wiggles exhibition, fitted with an interactive big red car, and memorabilia from the new cast including Lachie's teddy bear and Emma's ballet slippers.
Treat your kids (and yourself) to a fun meal out. Here are a couple of delicious and kid-friendly ideas:
- Kid-Friendly Cafes with a Play Area
- Best Cafes Near Playgrounds
- Yummiest Chocolate Cafes
- Have a Cuppa and a Cuddle at Sydney’s Cat Cafes
- Kid-Friendly Cafes With A View
- Top 10 Cafes With A Playground
- Delicious Babycinos
- Sydney's yummiest milkshakes
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